This old rifle.....

Buk Bust'r

6 pointer
Aug 16, 2005
Russell Springs, KY
Years ago, I served with the US Army. While stationed overseas in Germany, I roomed with a guy and we became close friends. I left, came back stateside to Ft Campbell. My old roommate from Germany arrived about a year behind me at Campbell and we reconnected.

His name was Tracy and he was from a small town out in Oregon. He was rarely able to get home for the holidays and I brought him home that first year so he wouldn't spend the holidays by himself. Needless to say, we are lifelong friends. He came home with me to hunt, for the holidays, visit, etc.

After I was discharged, Tracy stayed in, matter of fact, until retirement. However, on one visit, he presented an unfired Centennial Narlin 336 30-30 to my Dad. The lever had been zip-tied to the grip by the original buyer years ago. Dad took out his old Case XX, cut the zip-tie and handed Tracy a single 30-30 cartridge. He told Tracy that he would gave to fire the first round thru her. After some talk, Tracy fired her and handed her to Dad. Dad cleaned her and put her up, never firing her himself.

Fast forward several years, Dad gifted the rifle to me, still only having been fired once. A few years went by and I finally got her out of the safe. My son and I were shooting his rifle and I took the old girl out and shot a few rounds thru her.

A few months back, a close friend and I were talking, I told him I'd like to harvest a deer with it. I checked the irons, she shot true and I was determined to take a deer with her.

Yesterday evening, I sat in my stand on a large ridge for an afternoon hunt. The deer were stirring, saw two small bucks, a button and some does. As I was texting with my buddy, I caught movement on the trail to my right. A wide 8 was slipping thru and I eased the old Marlin up and thumbed the hammer. The rest is history I suppose. I was blessed to harvest a good buck with This Old Rifle

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12 pointer
Dec 13, 2016
Congratulations nice story and nice buck thanks for your service to our country


6 pointer
Apr 10, 2019
Hardin County
That is an awesome, heart-felt story! Thanks for sharing. As most non-hunters will never understand, it is often the back story to a hunt that is more impactful than the actual kill.

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