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The first firearm that I ever owned was a Steven's "Favorite" long rifle when I was about 14 years old. I got this from a friend of mine for two dollars. The first afternoon that I had it I went out to the pasture field to try it out. The first game sighted was a chipmunk and of course the first shot missed as did four more but by waiting a little he would come out again until finally I knocked him over. I surely did feel like a real hunter and I brought him home and skinned it and nailed the tiny pelt on the barn wall.

1 shot many squirrels after that with the little rifle and did get a woodchuck and rabbit now and then. I soon decided that I wanted a shotgun and bought one off a neighbor for $4. It was badly pitted but I managed to get a few partridge and rabbits with it. My brother soon reached the age where he wanted to hunt so I sold him the rifle and shotgun. I wanted to get new ones and keep them in good condition so that I would not have to blame the gun for every bad shot. I bought a double barrel hammerless 12 gauge and liked it very much and it seemed to anchor the game about as well as the high priced ones. I have not tried it on game as yet but the way it pulls down the crows on good long shots it seems to be alright. I dropped a chicken hawk at about 45 yards and he was dead when he hit the ground.

I could not be without a 22 so I bought a 22 Stevens repeater and it works fine and is very accurate. I get a lot of fun out of it mostly shooting sparrows and use it for hunting squirrels and can get about as many with less expense and more sport than with the shotgun.

Here is a tip that I found out and it should be welcome news for those who have trouble keeping the bore of the rifle clean, and I guess that is about every one who don't do this way. Clean the barrel as soon after shooting as possible and never wait until the next day. You can use any kind of solvent and gun oil but be sure to use it. Then put in the bore one of Marble's Anti rust ropes that has been soaked full of melted vaseline. They are made to fit any bore and are just the thing to keep the rust away. Just try one they are cheap and easy to use.

M. J. Nelson, Pa

Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,

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