THE .22 RIFLE
I think the .22 is the ideal rifle for the trap line in thickly settled communities. I use the .22 long or extra long for wolf, badger and for pigs at butchering time, and short for rabbit, skunk, and weasel when they are in the traps; but when they are not trapped and a distance away from me, I use the long, or extra long.
For cleaning, I first take a rag and run it through and then I take another rag with some high-priced oil on it and run it through, but not some cheap oil, as this is not good for the barrels. I like the three-in-one oil. I also take a woolen rag with some oil on it and put it on the outside of the barrels, as it prevents rust. I like smokeless powder. My gun is a single shot Winchester, but I would like a repeater because if you miss the first shot you have another shot in reserve, and also when there are two rabbits you can sometimes shoot them both if you have a repeater. The .25-20 is a good gun for a wilder place where there are more animals. For the beginner, I also recommend a .22, as a .22 bullet does not cost much and one can practice shooting.
Clay Co., Minn.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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