notes on rifles

Notes on rifles from experts and others.

(For hunting and survival)

Theodore Roosevelt, on hunting big game, said: “Personally, I have always preferred the Winchester. I now use a 45-90. (The Wilderness Hunter, by Theodore Roosevelt, Random House Publishers,1996, originally 1893.)

Theodore Roosevelt “The Winchester (m1876 45-75 cal.), which is stocked and sighted to suit myself, is by all odds the best weapon I ever had, and I now use it almost exclusively, having killed every kind of game with it, form a grizzly bear to a big-horn....the Winchester is the best gun for any game to be found in the United States”.  (Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, by Theodore Roosevelt, 1885, 1996 Random House Publishers, p.39.)

Jonathan Waterman in his book Arctic Crossing (Alfred A. Knopf, New York,  2001). Mr. Waterman, while traveling through the Northwest Passage, describes carrying a 12 gauge shotgun, for protection against surprise attacks from polar bears.

Peter Jenkins in his book,  Looking For Alaska  (Saint Martin’s Press, 2001, p44), describes a brown bear attack on an Alaskan resident, Dale Bagley.   “I shot it once with the 30/06 and five times with the .44." The bear walked away, and was never found. Mr. Bagley, although injured, survived.

Jim Zumbo, elk hunting expert, in his book: Hunt Elk (Winchester Press, New Win Publishing,1985,p 76,78,79) " My personal preference for elk is the .30/06, and only because I've used one for years. Yet I've had experiences that suggest it might not be up to the task...I won't go as far as to say that the .30/06 is the answer as far as elk rifles go, however. It's fine for me because it works and I'm confident with it....If any one caliber is showing up more then others, it's the 7mm Mag. Some hunters feel it's the very minimum caliber to use (for Elk)., October 8, 2001, in a report titled: Bear activist killed by Alaska grizzly.
"Park rangers encountered a large, aggressive male brown bear within minutes of arriving. Ranger Joel Ellis said two officers stood by with shotguns as he fired 11 times with a semi-automatic handgun before the animal fell, 12 feet away."
Peter Hathaway Capstick (Professional Hunter, Africa), in his book Safari the Last Great Adventure, (St, Martin's Press, New York, 1984):
"The beauty of the .375 H&H is simple: you can take every animal on earth with the caliber without ever being over- and only rarely undergunned."

image source:
Buzzacott franis H., The Complete American and Canadian Sporsman's Encyclopedia of Valuable Instructuion, M.A.Donohue & Co. 1913, Buzzacott, 1905, 392
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