I've decided to name one of my rifles. Its my Marlin 1895 in 45/70. I'm calling it "Jonah".
I first carried it for 1/2 day in 2007, and two other members of the gang shot deer. I didn't take it back again 'till this year, and because of its weight decided to use it only when I was sitting.
On the afternoon of the first day, I decided to sit in a blind, so took it with me. One of the guys shot a buck. The next morning we were running a drive, so I took it along. Another guy shot two deer. I retired it for the rest of week 1.
On monday morning of week 2 I sat my blind again, and took the 45/70 - a guy shot a doe. That afternoon I decided to sit where I saw a bear during the moose hunt, so took the Marlin - another guy shoots a doe.
That night I told the guys how the gun was a jinx for me, but a good luck charm for everyone else in camp, and decided to leave it on the wall for the rest of the week.
The next morning when heading out, I tripped and got a bunch of mud in my barrel, so had to switch to the Marlin - guess what - the third guy shoots a doe. - thus using our last tag and ending the hunt.
Next year, if those guys want me to carry that 45/70, they'll have to come up with cash - and a lot of it!
Boy, I might have to leave that gun at home. OR have someone else carry it.
Find it another home!
If ya ain't comfortable with your equipment, you may as well not even have it!
I'd send it down the road right-dang-skippy. Good trading stock or convince someone they can't live without it.
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