GUN FOR CANADA—What gun is best to use in Canada?
I use a 12 gauge repeater; it is the only shotgun that ever suited me and a 12 gauge is, I think, the best gun to carry for the following reasons: A .22 is far too small for the wilds where some large black bear would hardly feel it; unless hit in the right spot it would only serve to enrage him and as they are good tree climbers, what chance has a person? A heavy rifle, .32, .30-30, etc., would kill a bear and all large game but if you shot a mink you would spoil the skin and a partridge would be blown to smithereens and you would have to be a perfect shot to get a running snowshoe at any distance.
Now, for the old shotgun, you can obtain any size shot you require, for the largest moose to the smallest mink or squirrel. You can get a solid ball the size of a marble or buckshot—both are equally good. I have never used anything smaller than a No. 8 shot and that is as small as any trapper wishes to go. I always take 15 shells every day I go out. I generally load with No. 4 and always carry buckshot and a few balls, also No. 7. But use your own judgment, boys, for every gun does not suit every man. Next to the 12 gauge, my rifle is a .30-30.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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