Really enjoy reading the posts on this rather long-running forum. I noticed an earlier post wherein the writer stated that he had regrets over having traded a gun some years ago. Got me to thinking and I realized that I have owned guns (a wide variety of types, gauges, calibers, manufacturers, etc.) for some 50 years and I have never sold or traded a gun. No, I do not consider myself a "gun collector"; as I shoot and hunt with many of my guns. Just never had a gun I wanted to get rid of, other than occasionally passing one along to one of my boys.
The past 10 or 12 years, I nearly always deer hunt with my old standby Remington model 760 (pump) in 30.06. And sometimes use a NEF single-shot, also in 30.06, but I enjoy shooting my other guns as well.
Over the years, I have given my sons (both now adults and avid hunters themselves) a few guns, but the thought of trading or selling any of my guns has never crossed my mind. Now I have a couple of young grandsons to whom I intend to bequeath some of my firearms, but that's down the road a ways - I hope.
New subject: Although I have never owned a .243, my one son just recently purchased an NEF, single shot, with an extra 20 guage barrel. He intends to use the .243 for deer hunting. Not being familiar with that particular caliber, I was a little unsure about its stopping ability. However, I see from a number of posts on this forum, that a good number of folks are big fans of the .243. I agree with other posters that shot placement is the key to success.
Thanks for all the interesting items on this, and other forums.
PS: You have to keep in mind that I live in Virginia, hunt in West Virginia and right now I've been cooped up for a while due to record amounts of snow and this forum is the next best thing to being out there.