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RIFLE—WHOLE OUTFIT—May I ask some experienced hunter what rifle, giving make, caliber, ammunition and particularly sights, iii fact the whole outfit necessary to help an amateur to kill geese and ducks at long range, or when too far for the best shotgun? Would a telescope sight help?

I would recommend the Model ‘92 Winchester, .25-20 caliber, the standard arm with full length magazine, fitted with either a Marble’s Flexible Joint Peep Sight or a Lyman Combination Rear Sight No. 1 A, and an ivory or gold bead front sight or Sheard’s sight, smallest size bead. I would have the rear sight replaced by a blank, but if you desire an open sight on the barrel have a folding one such as the Lyman Leaf Sight No. 0. Remove the small aperture of the peep sight. Use the Winchester 1-ugh Velocity cartridge with full metal patched bullets. This cartridge has an 80 grain bullet, gives a velocity of 1050 feet per second, an energy of 320 foot pounds and a penetration of 20 7/8-inch pine boards at 15 feet. The trajectory is much lower than that of the black powder cartridge. Order the gun through your dealer, sighted as above, and state that you want to use the H. V. smokeless ammunition. Sometimes you would find a telescope sight a great help but for general use I believe you would like the ordinary sights best, especially if you have good eyes. The telescope cannot be used well when shooting towards the light, or on the water where there is a strong reflection. If, however, you desire to use one, have it mounted on the side so it will not interfere with the use of the regular sights. It should be a medium length tube of not more than four power.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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