See in the November issue a request for "gun talk." Well, I am not a good story teller, but will try and give my experience, which has covered thirty years in the woods and on the trail.
The first gun I obtained was an old muzzleloader, name unknown, and have had nearly every caliber made since then, and can say this much, when a man states that such and such a gun is the best of all guns he does not know a little bit about any gun. Of course we all have our favorites, but you take any standard grade of rifle and one is as good as another in all, or nearly all, respects. Now I have used everything from a .22 to a .303 Savage and even the .280 Ross; but for my business, trapping small fur-bearers and hunting large game, I have laid them all aside for the .22 high-power Savage or the Imp.
You can use light ammunition for procuring bait and you are also there for large game, or in other words, from a cotton tail to a grizzly bear, for it certainly has an awful punch. I have shot woodchucks across a forty-acre lot, or eighty rods, and cut them nearly in two, and at a range of 300 to 500 feet it will nearly annihilate one. It is very light, only six and a quarter pounds, which is a great advantage to a trapper when he has about forty or fifty traps and a heavy rifle is some load.
George L. Watson.
Houston County, Minnesota.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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