.22 LONG RIFLE POPULARóDo you consider the .25-20 repeater better for shooting such game as squirrels, rabbits, ducks, quail, etc., than the .22 Long Rifle? Can accurate shooting be done at greater ranges with the .25-20? I have read that the black powder cartridges were the most accurate and the H. V. cartridges the most inaccurate. How are cartridges loaded with smokeless powder and lead bullets for accuracy?
The .22 Long Rifle is the most satisfactory lot all of the game you mention, with the exception perhaps of ducks. The .25-20 mutilates the game too much, if you use the factory cartridges, but you can get reloading tools and loads for pointed bullets, make nice small game loads for the .25-20. Then you also have a rifle heavy enough for foxes, turkeys, etc. But where you are I guess you have no such game, and the .22 Long Rifle repeaters will cover all your needs. The ammunition is cheap and accurate up to the limit of all ordinary small game hunting ranges. I doubt whether there is any difference in small game loads for the .25-20, black powder cartridges and those loaded with low pressure smokeless powder and either lead or metal cased bullets, but the H. V. cartridge is not as accurate as these others. You can also get this cartridge now loaded with Lesmok powder, and this powder gives very satisfactory resultí in the rim- fire cartridges, so not knowing something more about it than I do, I would guess that it would also give superior accuracy in the .25-20. It is a semi-smokeless powder and a lead bullet is used with it.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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