Anyone with a gun safe will relate to me today. In anticipation of going pig hunting tomorrow, I reached into the back of the safe and pulled out a few old friends. I loaded them all up and headed down to the river range behind my house to see how they still shot after not being used in more than a decade. I cleaned them all before heading out. The first was my tried and true Ruger M77 in 30-06 with a 4-7 Leupold scope on it. Once I started Elk hunting about 15 years ago I got a 300 Win. Mag. and haven't used the 06 since. Well, the 30-06 was dead bang accurate shooting about 1" groups with Remington 165 grain core locks. I then moved on to an old Marlin .44 Mag lever gun with a William Peep sight that is only a ghost ring. Wow, I couldn't shoot a decent group to save my life. I have noticed after passing 50 years that my eyesight isn't what it used to be. I was disappointed as I was sure the .44 was going hunting with me. I then pulled out a new model Marlin .357 stainless lever gun that I put a Skinner sight on a few years ago. I have never really shot it much after getting it fixed up the way I wanted it. I won't say I was putting them in the same hole, but I wouldn't want to be a mouse on the other end of that rifle. Boy it shot well. It has a much smaller appeture in the rear ring and I am sure that made a big difference. Also, that .44 was wacking my shoulder pretty good and the .357 wasn't hardly felt. Since I have two pig tags I'm going to bring both the 30-06 and the .357 lever (plus a .357 revolver) and I plan to hopefully shoot the first with the 30-06. Once I have freezer meat I plan on using the .357 lever. It was really fun to spend time with my old friends this afternoon. I'm taking my 4 year old out squirrel hunting in the morning and my 7 year old is going pig hunting with me in the afternoon. It should be a great day.