As I am very much interested in the Gun Rack I thought I would contribute something. I do not profess to be an expert on guns, but have had considerable practical experience in that line. I like the Marlin and Winchester lever action repeating rifles, but prefer the Marlin, regardless of considerable complaint I have heard about their unreliability. I think good care is responsible nine times out of ten in the reliability of any firearm. I do not think much of the automatics, they being too complicated and do not stand hard usage. One has to be very careful and use plenty of thin oil, as they clog. The fellow that says he can hold a steady bead on a running deer with one and just pull the trigger without having to get a new bead is sadly mistaken, for they jump more than ordinary repeaters.
The late Remington pump action rifles are well balanced, neat and trim, being unsurpassed in my mind for brush and snap shooting. I own one of the above-mentioned rifles in .25-35 caliber, using the same cartridge as the. 25 automatic.
I have given it a thorough try out and find it is the highest powered gun on the market, excepting the Savage creations, the .22 high-power and the .250-3000. I like the .25-35 caliber the best for deer, for with a mushroom bullet they will shoot through a deer and when they come out they tear a hole big enough so that a deer can't go very far. I have absolutely no use for the .30 caliber, for they will only shoot into the hollow and a deer is apt to go a long way before he realizes he is badly hurt. The .30 is a very popular gun and this may ruffle the feelings of its many admirers, but my opinion is derived from experience and there is no changing it. There are a great many guns on the market, and one that meets the individual tastes of one, does not meet the requirements of another, so it is extremely foolish for a person to get stuck on a certain gun and say all other makes and caliber are no good and the people are foolish who use them. The best gun for every hunter and trapper is the gun that suits him the best.
Well, boys, keep up the Gun Rack talk; I find it quite interesting and many useful pointers are picked up from it.
Robert W. Stevenson.
Shasta County, California.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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