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Hello fellers! As you all know, I am doing a long term rehab from 3 strokes on11-21-17, it has been a long, hard pull, and the docs all say it will be 3-5 years before I hit my limits, and gave me a realistic goal of about 50-60% back of what I could do before the strokes. I have been pushing myself every day, regained about #30 of the 60 I lost, and have regained most of my upper body strength, but still have to walk with crutch thing that goes around my left arm, to support me when walking, right leg is about 75% numb, right arm and hand 40-50% numb.

I have went thru my guns, and got rid of a lot of them I don't shoot regularly, many of them at a substantial profit, and reinvested part of the funds into single shot rifles, Rem. rolling blocks, sharps and high wall variants all which have been 45/70 except one which is a Husqvarna rolling block in12.77x44R,which is basically a 50/70 govt short, is 1/10 of an inch shorter. l am a off hand shooter from years of shooting ML's in local, state and National competiton, medaling 31 times in NMLRA events and winning the bluegrass state games twice! When I started back loading and shooting the big cartridges, I started out off a bench, establishing the real accuracy of each rifle, and all of them shot extremely well. When I started shooting off hand on some steel clanger plates at 100 and 150 yds, I was only hitting them about 20% of the time, and this is with good balanced guns. This was a hard pill to swallow for me, so I started back shooting .22's and a air rifle at 20-25 yds, every day, sometimes 2-3 times a day, and also shooting the big guns at least one a day except Sundays. Yesterday I stood unaided and hit my 100&150 yd clangers several times in a row. I then rode over to the 100 yd plate and painted it yellow, gave it time to dry, then held dead center as well as I could and and hit dead center 1" high! I then used the splatter as my aiming point and shot4 more shots, all snuggled up under the 1st shot in about a 2"with the Browning Hi Wall 45/70! Man that made my day, especially when 3 months ago I was shooting so crappy. Being able to do this gives me hope, especially when recuperating is a slow go, no noticeable improvement over a month at a time. My motto is "life is not meant to be lived with the body well preserved until death, but sliding into the grave with body thoroughly worn out, used up, bow in one hand and a rifle in the other, yelling Whooo Hoo, what a ride!!! just thought I would share! wi
 

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Congratulations! That would be tough for many folks to shoot offhand with those big rifles, let alone after the strokes.
 

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Congrats.
When my Dad had his first stroke he couldn't talk and his whole right side was paralyzed, but after getting out of the hospital and checked into a rehab, he soon got where he could talk. And always said God would help him walk again. And he did, with a cane most of the time unless he left it hanging somewhere. Got his arm working too. He went on to come elk hunting several times with me, and always got his own elk. Wasn't easy but he never gave up! Fourteen years later he had another stroke, but mostly recovered from that one too. He's been gone now for almost six years.
Sounds like you're a lot like him. Never give up!
GOD BLESS. Dean
 

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Glad to hear you're back at it, Sam. Keep plugging away.
 

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I'm glad you are getting better and the main thing is never give up. BTW I don't think I could shoot as well as you did.
 

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Great story of fortitude and inspiration, not to mention great shooting.
I am glad to hear that you are getting back to shooting, it's a great motivation to always try harder next time.
Ken
 

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Great news. Thanks for sharing your story. You are inspirational. Prayers sent up!
 

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Sam, you are a hard dude. We wish the best for you and as much of a recovery as you can pull out.
 

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Good work Sam.

Former 45-70 owner and shooter..got to a point where I liked looking at it more than shooting - found it a new home. He took the tang sight off and installed a scope. Didn't hassle him too bad, got a fair price.

Best.
 
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