FROM SQUIRRELS TO BEARS—What is the best caliber of rifle to use for all purposes, in a country where game of all kinds, from squirrels to bears, is found?
There is no rifle made that will give entire satisfaction for all around use; anyway there is no cartridge made that will do good work on both large and small game. Some of the high power, small bores will come nearest meeting all requirements, as they can be used with the full charge and soft point bullets for large game, and the shells may be reloaded with light charges and lead bullets for small game at short range. You will find many such combinations recommended in the “Ideal Hand Book” especially for the .30-30 and the .32-00, two of the best calibers for all around use. You should select a rifle with an action which will allow of keeping the magazine filled with high power cartridges, while the arm is used as a single loader for small game.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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