Time Travel

May 1980: My cousin Johnny Walker and I groundhog hunting at our family camp in Hampshire County, WV. We both had Remington model 700s; his was a 7mm Rem. Mag. and mine a .270 Win. (The rifle I killed my first deer with.) I still remember the ammo I used; 130 grain Remington Bronze Points for ground hogs and 150 grain Corelokts for deer. We also both had Tasco riflescopes. Johnny’s was a 3-9X and mine a 2-7X. What I don’t remember is how many rounds we fired that spring and summer but it was a bunch and is likely why I have tinnitus today. We never did use ear protection.

Both of those rifles were tack drivers by any one’s standards! 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the Remington 700. I just might have to get me a new one. I’m thinking maybe its time for another .270.

We still make it a point to get out and hunt together at least once a year but we both look a bit different now. You can’t see it in the photo but I was also carrying a pistol.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to Time Travel

  1. I remember those days… I think I have some cartoons from that era.

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