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.