I want to get a shingle-shot rifle for target work and to shoot such animals as woodchuck, geese and foxes. How about the .32 Stevens "Ideal" caliber for this work?
I have never seen one of these guns around here and wonder why they would not be a popular size for such shooting.
The .32 "Ideal" would, I believe, make you an excellent weapon for such general shooting as you mention. It is one of the very easy shells to reload and loads of varying power may be worked up. This shell is straight inside and out, made very strong with solid head and strong primer pocket and will stand reloading as many times as any shell I know of. The charge of 25 grains of powder and 150 of lead make a powerful medium-size cartridge, one that will kill the animals you mention and has been used successfully upon small deer. The .32 "Ideal" is larger than the other .32 calibers, being .323 of an inch in bore, a size that permits worn-out or badly rusted or pitted .32 short, long and extra long, rim-fire and centre-fire, also .32-20 barrels, to be bored out and chambered for it, thus converting such arms into practically new guns. You can obtain this caliber in both Stevens and Winchester single-shot rifles, either of which will make a very serviceable and practical weapon. The .32 shell is un-crimped upon the bullet, which is held tight by friction, a point that makes it unusually accurate.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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