FIREARMS FOR SQUIRRELS—I am thinking of getting a rifle to kill ducks and squirrels at thirty-five yards and should like your advice on the matter as to what length of barrel and what caliber to get.
Get a .22 caliber repeater, using either the .22 Long Rifle cartridge or the .22 Winchester Rim Fire. I would prefer the latter as the velocity of the bullet is, I believe, a trifle higher and the trajectory the least bit lower. A .22 caliber repeater at the best is a small arm and doesn’t seem to have been intended for the use of full grown men, therefore I advise the use of a long barrel (long for a .22), say 24 inches, and the heaviest weight rifle you can get. Fit it with a medium size bead front sight and a hunting peep rear sight and remove the rear barrel sight, replacing it with a blank. This, of course, if you can use such sights, although think everybody can if they will just give them a fair trial and set their prejudice aside, and not one man out of ten will return ta the open sights after trying these. All the different makes and models of .22 repeater now made work well and are durable, but one that can be easily taken down and cleaned from the breech is preferable.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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