.38-40 MARLIN—Some years ago I knew a man who took a .38-40 with him to hunt moose in New Brunswick, notwithstanding the jeers of his friends who thought it was much too light to hunt even deer with. He spotted a moose at over 90 yards and let him have it about four inches in back of his left shoulder low down. It made a hole about as big as a nickel going in; it stopped about an inch and a half from the skin on his right side. The man was curious to know what kind of a hole it made inside, so he cut the moose open. The bullet had broken two ribs, cut his lungs up into threads and although it had missed the heart by three inches, the lower end of the heart was all split. The bullet hole had steadily widened until where the bullet stopped it was 4 7/8 inches wide. The same day one of the scoffers had to give a smaller bull three .30-30’s (all in vital spots) to give it its quietus. I forgot to say that the moose only ran about 20 yards before it fell, being hit with the .38-40.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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