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NV - 132-year-old Model 73 Winchester rifle found in Great Basin National Park

Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by OkieGranny, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs...nd-in-national-park-draws-worldwide-attention

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...e-found-propped-against-a-national-park-tree/

     
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    Thats so cool.I love stuff like this.
     
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    Hey, that's mine! Been wondering where I left it. Now pass it over as I have to go to Sotheby's for a pre-auction estimate.
     
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    I do too!! Thanks Granny! <3
     
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    I nailed it first! I collect them! ;)
     
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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Oh, you guys, I am such a history nerd. This story delights me. :)
     
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    I had hubby come read it. :)
     
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    Some stuff in today's DM I would't mind finding lying out in the wilderness (including the blood-stained glove and saw used by a field surgeon to amputate the leg of the Earl of Uxbridge).
     
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    Interesting story, but am I the only one who is skeptical? I guess that tree could be over a 100 years old, but if the rifle was there for over a hundred years the tree should have started to grow around the rifle. I have seen trees much younger then that, with things attached (chains, signs, etc.), that had grown right into the tree. I think that starts to happen after just a few years.

    Either that or as the tree grew it should have pushed the rifle over. Then there would be the possibility of wild animals or the wind knocking the rifle over. Seems to me that it would be very unlikely that the gun could have remained in that same position undisturbed for over a 100 years.

    Plus I think a rifle exposed to the elements like that would be a lot more deteriorated. So my best guess would be that the rifle was placed there in the last ten years, IMHO.
     

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