In this video I'm shooting a rifle that my dad bought new, probably in 1962. This Remington 700 BDL's serial number dates it back to the first year of production for this model, which was 1962. I was 9 years old when he brought it home. It seemed like he had owned it forever. It was his favorite hunting rifle and he took quite a few deer with it. One deer came home with a story. Daddy spotted it stand about 200 yards away. I think it was an 8 point buck. He said he aimed and fired and the buck just stood there. Daddy could believe his eyes. he said to himself "How could I have missed?" He aimed again and fired. Again the buck just stood there, not moving a muscle. Daddy put a third round in the chamber and raised his gun. Just as he got the buck in the scope, he dropped straight to the ground. When Daddy went to claim his prize, he found two bullet holes about an inch and a half apart. Both had gone straight through the heart and left an exit hole about the size of a goose egg.
Daddy passed on in 2001 and left the rifle to me. I have had it for over 16 years and had not shot it until three days ago. I had shot it before, but only one round when I was about 18 or 19 years old. So that would have been about 45 years ago.
I was shooting at Alpine range, which is a few miles southeast of Fort Worth, near Kennedale, Texas.