Revolver for Large and Small Game
Revolver for Large and Small Game-What caliber revolver would you advise me to get for use on the trap line? The game runs in size from muskrat to deer and bear. I wouldn’t shoot at such big game unless I got a “sure thing” shot. Any advice on the above will be appreciated.
The choice of a revolver for such use will depend on many things. While you say that the game ranges from muskrat to deer and bear, I still do not know just what use you expect to make of the revolver; or which game animal is of the most importance; which you would be most likely to see and need a revolver for; or what other gun you would be carrying. If yo carry a rifle capable of killing big game, even as small as the .32-20, the only use you could have for a revolver is to kill trapped animals and to kill small game for bait and food. For that use the finest revolver made is the new Smith and Wesson .22 caliber Target model. Next to this comes the Smith and Wesson Perfected, with six inch barrel, and the Colt Police Positive Target revolver, again in .22 caliber. It is somewhat doubtful whether any of them are better than a single shot target pistol. It depends on which you prefer-rapidity of fire or the simplicity, light weight and added power from the cartridge being fired from a solid barrel instead of a cylinder. I would just as soon have a Stevens Target Offhand.
But if you want to make an occasional trip over a trap line and not carry a rifle or shotgun at all, you have a horse of another color. Your choice then would depend on which you consider of most value-our chances at big game, or at small game. If the former you want a heavy gun. My choice would be the Colt Single Action with a 7 ˝ inch barrel, using the .44-40 cartridge. If I were to take a double action, which would be a second choice, I would choose the Smith and Wesson, .44 Military, Model 1908, 6 ˝ inch barrel, using the .44 special cartridge, or the .45 Colt New Service.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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