Best Hunting Rifle-Will some reader tell me which is the best hunting rifle, the .30-30 or the .32-40 caliber? Is the .32-40 shell straight? I would also like someone to give his experience with the 20 gauge shotgun. Would it be heavy enough for ruffed grouse?
In reply to the inquiry regarding the .25-20 Marlin or Winchester being powerful enough for deer or bear, I would advise him to get something with more than double the striking power. The .25-20 is a nice, accurate, little gun, and might kill a bear or deer if the chance occurred to put the ball through the brain; otherwise you would lose out. Look over some of the following and make no mistake; .30-30, 32-40 or better still .35 Remington. Also the .22 Stevens Tip-up on the trap line. Personally I am an admirer of the .35 Remington, and have rid myself of all guns at present, as a few years ago I made quite a mistake in purchasing rifles that soon accumulated metallic fouling, which is no little task to remove; and unless you do, the imprisoned gases will soon ruin your barrel for future use. I have also found that short barrels accumulate less fouling than longer ones, in fact, nearly free from it, yet no one has a satisfactory explanation as to the cause. There is another rifle besides the Remington that I would like to possess and that is the Krag .30-40 Government, but the necessary red tape to be gone through is something fierce.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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