What gun would this be?

What gun would this be?

This is a discussion on What gun would this be? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I'm doing a little research for one of the books I'm writing. You're about 40ish, come from the edge of the woods in Tennessee, Virginia, ...

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    What gun would this be?

    I'm doing a little research for one of the books I'm writing. You're about 40ish, come from the edge of the woods in Tennessee, Virginia, or Kentucky. You started hunting as soon as you could handle a rifle, your great-grandfather's, handed down from generation to generation. Grandpa was a Marine sniper and taught you well. You took it hunting squirrel and rabbit. It's good enough that you can shoot 1" group at about 50 yards, open sights, with quality ammo. What might this rifle be? Looking for an almost Sargent York quality shooter.
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    Probably an old Remington or Winchester bolt action 22 rimfire. Make sure and include how the front sight has been filed on both sides to make it thinner, as was the practice of the old timers in the belief that the finer front sight gave more precise accuracy.
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    My thinking would be the 1917 Enfield since from what I have read Sgt. York favored it over the 1903 Springfield.

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    A fun fact that might help: The famous, ground-breaking Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock (who I had the privilege of meeting once) learned to shoot in rural Arkansas with a Stevens 15-A .22 rifle owned by his family. The gun was manufactured starting in 1937 and was sold by Sears, Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penney, and others, through 1971. It was first known as the Springfield Model 15, later became the Stevens 15-A and even later was called the Model 120 when sold as store-brand guns by the general retailers.
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    1917 Enfield, could gradeschooler shoot it well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSafety View Post
    1917 Enfield, could gradeschooler shoot it well?
    Not likely. My Dad had one. It was heavy and that 30-06 had some kick. That is more like what the head of household would use to go out an get a deer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSafety View Post
    1917 Enfield, could gradeschooler shoot it well?
    Don't know about a grade schooler but I have seen teenagers do rather well with '03 Springfields and Garands during Highpower Rifle matches.
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    My character has been shooting since about age 6 or 7, so it needs to be something a young grade school kid can shoot. Had to be around in about the '30s or '40s.
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    Savage Springfield bolt action single shot model 120 .22 short, long, long rifle was what I had and was popular as a starting out rifle back in the day. Good luck!
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    My Grampa gave me a Remington model 34 .22, made only a few years, 1932-35. I gave it to my son.
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    My grandpa had a pump action 22 that would kill a squirrel as far as you could see him. I think it was a Winchester model 90. Was his first gun. I shot that gun a lot. It was a 1890, just looked it up.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSafety View Post
    My character has been shooting since about age 6 or 7, so it needs to be something a young grade school kid can shoot. Had to be around in about the '30s or '40s.
    In that case I would definitely go with a .22 too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSafety View Post
    1917 Enfield, could gradeschooler shoot it well?
    I think a better question is would they hunt squirrels and rabbits with it? I would say probably not. I grew up in Arkansas a little earlier than your 40ish character and it wasn't legal to hunt squirrels and rabbits with a centerfire rifle unless it was during deer season. I'm also trying to find edible meat on such a critter after having shot it with a 30.06.
    Has anyone tried turning the country off and then back on again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSafety View Post
    1917 Enfield, could gradeschooler shoot it well?
    My Enfield has some kick to it. Not sure how handy it would be for a grade schooler. Maybe a fat one that was held back a few years.

    Also, you mentioned squirrels and rabbits. Seems a bit overkill of a cartridge for that.
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    Well I'm 64 now and mine would be a Rem 511P with a rear receiver sight and globe front added . I first shot it in 1963 I think and hunted small game for some years with it by 10 years of age . Still have it and used it to teach my girls to shoot with and our grandsons . With good ammo its still a 1" at 50 yards rifle in my older grandsons hands but my eyes are not good enough any more . I did a scope now .

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