I have been reading your magazine for some time and am very interested in rifles and dogs, chiefly Airedales.
Some people seem to have the idea that a .22 cal. is not good for shooting except sparrows and targets. I admit that some cheap .22 caliber guns are not accurate and of course no good for anything except burning ammunition. The .22 caliber is recommended for anything up to crows and squirrels at a range of about 50 yards.
Now I can prove that a .22 will kill much larger game and do it right along and also that 50 yards is not its limit, but the above statement is a good average.
We have ground squirrels here that we call "diggers" for short. They average about 16 in. from tip to tip. I have often shot them at from 75 to 150 yds. with a Marlin '92. 28 in. bbl., using the .22 long rifle ammunition and two different parties have seen me make the shots, and they stepped the distance.
Talk about the size of game a .22 will kill. I know men who have used them for hunting deer and some of them got their game with single shots, and none got away. My Marlin worked fine on one and it didn't run a mile before falling. But understand I do not recommend them for deer but do say that the .22 long rifle is some little gun '
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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