Written by Sierra Bullets Customer Bob Ruder
I started this rifle in 1965 and traded it for bow hunting equipment in 1969. The extra money financed a bow hunting trip to CO. (I did get a small buck.) The rifle was traded in at a small country hardware store in St. Louis county, and the owner never sold it, but put in his massive gun cabinet.
I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, and this old guy knew a friend of mine and asked if I would be interested in buying back my old rifle. That was in 1988, and I jumped at the chance. He sold the Unertal 20X scope off of it and replaced with a Weaver k10, which I sold for the Simmons I set on 21X power. The rifle was not fired from 1969 till almost 1990!
The even crazier part of this is I am left handed as you will note on the old photo. I fashioned the cheek piece on the old Herter’s semi-inleted stock blank for left-hand shooting. I started shooting lefty at 8 years old till age 69 or 70. I developed a serious left-eye problem and had to learn to right-handed at age 70 after 62 years shooting lefty.
I refinished the stock in 2014 and removed that left-handed cheek piece.
I shot very little till about 2011, so you can see how this rifle is still a “tack driver” 50 years after I finished it! The targets below were shot after I learned to shoot right-handed. I shoot only Sierra 52 gr. HPBT MatchKing bullets #1410, since they give me no reason to change.