What is the worst rifle you have ever owned?

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
What is the worst rifle you have ever owned? By that I mean a rifle that is full of issues, shoots patterns, etc. OK, I am going to post mine.


The worst rifle I have ever owned was a Marlin 336 CS in .35 Rem. It was a nice rifle and it had a williams peep sight. So me & my dad took it to the range and it consistently shot 5-7 inch groups at 50 yards with Remington 200 grain core-lokts. My dad looked it over and couldn't really find anything wrong with it exept that 2 screws on the cartridge tube were way to tight (which can affect accurace with lever guns). So he fixed that problem and it still shot 5-7 inch groups at 50 yards. So we sold it to a guy. We told the guy what was wrong with it but he still gave us 325 $.


So, what rifle was the worst you ever owned?
 

Rastaman

AH veteran
Joined
Sep 8, 2009
Messages
171
Reaction score
7
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
SCI
My worst rifle to date is my second CZ 550 in .416. The first one was claimed at the border of Zimbabwe in 2004 because it was presidents day. Whatever. I came back and bought a new one but CZ then changed the model to a CZ American and it was crap. It would not cycle smoothly and also would not hold a pattern. I shot 4 boxes of ammo and couldnt stop the random flyers. I had it recrowned and finally obtained some consistency. Then, the foreend was cracked from the sling lug forward. I took it to Zim but was afraid to rely on it. So...I recently sent it to AHR for one of teh upgrade packages. I have not received it back yet but have high hopes.
 

Kiwi505

AH veteran
Joined
Aug 18, 2010
Messages
169
Reaction score
48
Media
3
Member of
Terrace Rod and Gun Club
Hunted
Canada, New Zealand
What was wrong with it? Did it shoot patterns? Was there something wrong with that made you want to bang it up against a tree.:)

What wasn't wrong with it! Would not feed and was inaccurate, fell apart and I had to send it off for service repair! Finally sold it off!
 

monish

AH elite
Joined
Sep 3, 2009
Messages
1,389
Reaction score
529
Media
1,093
Articles
86
Member of
AfricaHunting.com
Hunted
Tanzania, Nepal, Canada,
Christian,

The worst rifle I owned was .22 semi by Sterling , damn thing even in the vice grip rest would not shoot a group, had micro grooves with 22 " barrel. Never could decipher what was wrong, but the rifles gone now...

Monish
 

ibie

AH veteran
Joined
Aug 2, 2010
Messages
164
Reaction score
22
Media
7
Articles
2
Member of
south african hunting and game conservation asociation
Hunted
South africa;Zambia and want to hunt in nimibia
my worst was a .22 sub machine gun it backfired/blew or burnt my friends hand can't remember which 1
 

andriesdeklerk

AH veteran
Joined
Aug 31, 2010
Messages
150
Reaction score
82
Location
South Africa
Media
235
Articles
3
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Hunted
Nam, Zim, Mos, Oz and RSA
The worst rifle I had and still have is a 223Rem built by Musgrave. It was a present by my dad when I was 12. So the rifle was made for kids! I still laugh at the idea that will make most mothers crinch for the rifle is called a MINI. It is fitted with what I think is called a 94 action or lyttleton action. Because it’s a push feed it doesn’t grip the round when it leaves the magazine. This is where the problem starts, the magazine feeds poorly and if not accustomed to the rifle one tends to think it dint feed and then force another round into the breach. Then you’re stuck. Sounds odd? But take into consideration that this is my culling rifle and most hunting is done at night. It is fitted with a suppressor and military rounds are used for culling which makes it a fine choice in calibre. I would love to throw this rifle into the sea. Never to annoy anybody again and get myself a new one. But because of gun laws I have forced myself to get around these problems. But I fear the end for this rifle is growing near. Long live the 98K Mauser!
 

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
Christian,

The worst rifle I owned was .22 semi by Sterling , damn thing even in the vice grip rest would not shoot a group, had micro grooves with 22 " barrel. Never could decipher what was wrong, but the rifles gone now...

Monish
Did you say it had a micro groove rifling? Micro groove rifling is terrible. A lot of times it only shoots lead cast bullets accurately.
 

davidarizpe

AH veteran
Joined
Feb 19, 2010
Messages
184
Reaction score
22
Media
30
Member of
BBFT Mexico,SCI New Monterrey Chapter,IHEA
Hunted
Zimbabwe, USA, Mexico , Central America, Kyrgysztan, Scotland, Argentina
Mine was a 300 Savage, the lever action one , The firing pin was undependable, my two worst hunting experiences were with that rifle in my shoulder, I literally trow it away in damn in my grand parent ranch, I pray it will rot in the dark bottom waters.
 

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
Mine was a 300 Savage, the lever action one , The firing pin was undependable, my two worst hunting experiences were with that rifle in my shoulder, I literally trow it away in damn in my grand parent ranch, I pray it will rot in the dark bottom waters.
You threw a model 99 Savage in a dam because it had a bad firing pin? Why didn't you just replace the firing pin? You could've replaced the firing pin and had a nice rifle. And if you didn't want to do that you could've gave it to someone and they would've replaced the firing pin. It would've been far better to give it away then to throw it in a dam.
 

monish

AH elite
Joined
Sep 3, 2009
Messages
1,389
Reaction score
529
Media
1,093
Articles
86
Member of
AfricaHunting.com
Hunted
Tanzania, Nepal, Canada,
Christian,

Yes the rifling was bit similar to the Merlin .22s, but the rifle never shot straight , thank my stars its no more in my gunrack........

Monish
 

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
Christian,

Yes the rifling was bit similar to the Merlin .22s, but the rifle never shot straight , thank my stars its no more in my gunrack........

Monish
My dad has had some good experiences with micro groove rifling and some bad. A few of his Marlin 336's shoot good groups and others shot poor groups. The .35 Rem. that I listed in my original post also had micro groove rifling. So, it appears that micro groove rifling has consistency issues. One rifle you buy shoots good, the next poorly.



BTW, Marlin uses micro groove rifling in there lever actions also.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jul 20, 2009
Messages
16
Reaction score
1
My worst rifle was a Savage bolt rifle that fired decent (not great) groups but did not eject fired cases on any regular basis. Even a gunsmith couldn't get it to be reliable. Cheaply made and rough. The "accutrigger" functioned OK, but I did not like it at all.
 

enysse

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 20, 2009
Messages
11,817
Reaction score
4,438
Media
136
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
1
Member of
Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
My worst gun...was a 20 gauge Mossberg pump action, The action would jam all the time and the stock cracked if you looked at it...sold it for $80...even after I mentioned all the problems...The new owner...grew to hate it too (lol).

Never will buy another Mossberg!!!! Junk...better to buy a Remington or Browning!!!!
 

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
My worst rifle was a Savage bolt rifle that fired decent (not great) groups but did not eject fired cases on any regular basis. Even a gunsmith couldn't get it to be reliable. Cheaply made and rough. The "accutrigger" functioned OK, but I did not like it at all.
I have only had good experiences with Savage. I have owned 3 savage rifles in .22 L.R, .22-250, and .243 Win and all 3 of them could shoot very well. I currently have my Savage MKII in .22 L.R and that is my chuck slayer. Also, none of these rifles had accutriggers.
 

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
My worst gun...was a 20 gauge Mossberg pump action, The action would jam all the time and the stock cracked if you looked at it...sold it for $80...even after I mentioned all the problems...The new owner...grew to hate it too (lol).

Never will buy another Mossberg!!!! Junk...better to buy a Remington or Browning!!!!
I used to own a Mossberg bolt action 20 gauge. I liked it but it had an issue, the metal pin that the trigger pivoted off of would bend into a boomerang, because of pressure from pulling the trigger. And when it would did this the trigger became almost inoperable. It happened 2 times and both times my dad fixed it, but we eventually sold it for 75 $ because of this issue.
 

505ED

AH veteran
Joined
Jun 1, 2010
Messages
174
Reaction score
54
Media
18
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
SCI,DSC,NRA,DRSS
Hunted
North America, South America, South Africa
I have owned alot of guns and in most of them found a tread of somthing I liked in them, but clearly one of the worst POS I ever had was 7 stw (built on a winchester M70) by a good maker that will remain nameless. It shot like shit, stock paint flaked, and scope mounts were crap. It was truly a POS. The maker wanted it back and offered to fix it--as he knew what kind of crap it was.

I also owned a Weatherby Accumark in a 30-378. Nothing wrong with the gun. It was accurate, well built, and deadly but... that has to be the most obnoxius round in existance! I'm not a fan!

I have become a staunch fan of Sauers/Blaser/Mauser/Steyr... they are consistant and their fit and finish is above par. I really like the takedown advantge of the rifles. I still like my A-square's too... little ugly but they work!!!!
 

trigger creep

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
300
Reaction score
121
Media
4
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
USA
I have owned alot of guns and in most of them found a tread of somthing I liked in them, but clearly one of the worst POS I ever had was 7 stw (built on a winchester M70) by a good maker that will remain nameless. It shot like shit, stock paint flaked, and scope mounts were crap. It was truly a POS. The maker wanted it back and offered to fix it--as he knew what kind of crap it was.

I also owned a Weatherby Accumark in a 30-378. Nothing wrong with the gun. It was accurate, well built, and deadly but... that has to be the most obnoxius round in existance! I'm not a fan!

I have become a staunch fan of Sauers/Blaser/Mauser/Steyr... they are consistant and their fit and finish is above par. I really like the takedown advantge of the rifles. I still like my A-square's too... little ugly but they work!!!!
That 7MM STW sure sounds like a peice of crap. Did you get your money back?
 

Forum statistics

Threads
39,907
Messages
777,715
Members
72,773
Latest member
tedbird
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

gprippers wrote on Tucketed's profile.
Hello, saw that you want the Jeffries brass. So you an either send a USPS money order or paypal i guess, which ever works for you is fine with me at this point. If you want to us Paypal use [redacted] friends and family and dont mention gun stuff at all or they will go bananas! LOL!

Let me know what you want to do.
Thanks,
Rob
Cowboy wrote on MBIZI SAFARIS's profile.
Good afternoon, please send me a list of pricing for 2022.
NTH wrote on JimT's profile.
Hey Jim, I read that you’re from Dequincey and just returned from Africa. I’m from Lake Charles and went there in April. What outfitter did you use and would you share your experience and pics? I won our trip to Kuche through DU.
gprippers wrote on SAFARIKIDD's profile.
Hello! Nice rifle! I have IDENTICAL rifle in 375 H&H so i was wondering what gunsmith did the work on it? Appreciate it and if you decide there is anything you are willing to take in partial trade, let me know. I have quite a few pistols, long guns and sxs & o/u shotguns as well.

Let me know if you are looking for anything in particular.

Thanks,
Rob
Bearhunter46 wrote on Philip Glass's profile.
Philip, do you still have the 416 for sale?
 
Top