Episode 20: Custom-made Rifles: G&H and Dale Goens

Episode 20: Custom-made Rifles: G&H and Dale Goens

As you watch this video, you may be confused by the ammo loads I mention in the field as compared to those mentioned in the video. To clarify, I sight rifles in with popular target bullets and then proof them at 200 yards with my favorite hunting bullets — same loads, different bullets.

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  1. Meg Dye on April 1, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Fun with flags 😂 beautiful rifles though😊

  2. flash.gordon on April 1, 2023 at 2:37 am

    FBI !!!

    Nobody moves or writes anything!!!!!!

  3. flash.gordon on April 1, 2023 at 2:38 am


  4. Craig Leibbrand on April 1, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Griffin & Howe were and still are at the top of the game

  5. boostimalaka1 on April 1, 2023 at 2:43 am

    I have a 1957 Marlin 336 with the G&H side mount. The quality was impeccable. These were the types of side mounts hunters wanted on their hunting rifles.

  6. Highcountryrob on April 1, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Very nice rifle and excellent shooting Roger.I agree that a rifle like that needs to be taken out and used for hunting game.

  7. Jb Neon on April 1, 2023 at 2:54 am

    Looking for info on a early, what I believe to be, 1923/24 Abercrombie & Fitch #137- 30-06. Supposedly owned by one of the "4 great white hunters" whom assisted in the production of the 1931 MGM movie – Trader Horn. It does possess many indicators of a Griffin and/or G&H. Existing G&H records apparently begin in 1930, so no help there. If you could steer me to a resource ? Would love to share pics in order to learn more. Thank you in advance for your time.

  8. Craig Leibbrand on April 1, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Yes I have used the Dale Goens custom rifle elk hunting and will use it again. Like Browning said in its catalog, The scars of many hunts will only enhance its inherent value.

  9. Ron Wassom on April 1, 2023 at 3:02 am

    Prior to the early 1970’s, I believe you will find that G&H sporting rifles did not have the straight stock as the one you show here from 1973. Add to that, neither do Dale Goens (or many other stockmakers’) stocks show straight buttstocks prior to 1972. I’m rather sure Mr. Goens was the first to stock a rifle as such for the consideration of scoped rifles. I’m proud to say that my father and Dale Goens had long conversations regarding stock style in 1972, as he was building a fine rifle for my dad…which he stated was his first "straight combed" stock.

  10. Martin Stiastny on April 1, 2023 at 3:03 am

    Very nice. I enjoy the craftsmanship of the gunsmiths. I do appreciate these works of art, and I hope you hunt with them.
    I understand that currently, the trend is AR’s and other synthetic rifles, but the warmth of walnut and the craftsmanship of mating wood to metal is, to me, so much richer.

  11. Raymond Lara on April 1, 2023 at 3:07 am

    I’m on the Big Island! Nice to see one with a shorter length of pull.
    I’d love to “talk story” when COVID has passed.

  12. Kenai Dog on April 1, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Too bad the 338 was drilled and tapped for scope mounts. Some people.

  13. Craig Leibbrand on April 1, 2023 at 3:13 am

    Beautiful custom rifles state-of-the-art

  14. Craig Leibbrand on April 1, 2023 at 3:15 am

    I have a Dale Goens custom with his 17-point checkering pattern, From Monte Kennedy’s book Checkering and Carving of gun stocks. A left-handed Mathieu action and New Zealand circassian Walnut stock. Beautiful custom rifle. Chambered for my favorite cartridge the 270 Weatherby Magnum.

  15. Craig Leibbrand on April 1, 2023 at 3:29 am

    I always wanted one of G&H detachable side mounts.