Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Homestead Guns and Some Thoughts on Hunting and Trapping

Specailization has even ruined the firearms business. To the homesteader guns are tools. To the suburbanite guns are toys. The homesteader needs to have practical guns that get the job done. He usually dose not have alot of money so they need to be dual purpose guns or what I call good utility guns. Buy a gun magizine today and you can find $3000 woodchuck guns, $5000 big game guns, target guns, duck guns, goose guns, and clay pigion guns but NO good general purpose "woods cruising" guns.

The homesteader needs a gun that he can have in the barn door, on the tractor, or behind the truck seat that can do the job no matter what the job is. One of my favorite guns is my Savage model 24C. It is an over-under .22 over 20ga. Its light, short and can be used for whatever comes down the lane. My favorite revolver is my H&R 9 shot .22. It is a working mans gun, no frills but solid and fool proof. Mines a NTA edition, and a natural on the trapline. I've probably killed more game with that little pistol than any of my other guns. As far as rifles go I love the New England Firearms Handi Rifle. They are inexpensive, made in the USA and are nice gun to handle. I've got a .308 and really like it.

And Another Thing........

I am not a "sportsman". Can somebody tell me when the heck hunting and trapping became sports! I hunt and fish to put meat on the table. I trap to make money selling furs. Has anyone noticed that the only "outdoor" magizine left thats worth a rats hat is the good ole Fur Fish and Game. They still have info that a real countryboy can use. All the rest have devolved into how to manuals for the yuppies and city folks that go to the woods once a year and spend huge amounts of money to kill a trophy for their wall. Be sure to read my post on Deer Hunters. Out in my neck of the woods there is no group of hunters that are a bigger bunch of fools.

7 Comments:

At 3/09/2005 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with much of what you have to say.

The downside of the Handi Rifle is that it is not a repeater. I am all for making one shot count, but I can imagine situations in which a repeater would be valuable.

I would recommend the Marlin Model 1895G Guide Gun as an all around, rugged, homestead rifle for larger game and self protection.

These Gibbs Rifles which are reconfigured Lee Enfield rifles would also be a worthy homestead rifle.

Jeff

 
At 3/10/2005 5:57 AM, Blogger reformed farmer said...

Jeff

You have a good point about having a repeater around! I keep a lever action rifle in the barn. I do however have a love affair with single shots. Over the years they have served me well. A couple of times I could have used a follow up shot, but not too often. Thanks for the comments.

Scott

 
At 3/10/2005 9:19 AM, Blogger abigail said...

Hey,Scott, make sure you don't miss my 1,000-word comment on your "Specialization is for Insects" post!

 
At 3/10/2005 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quote "I am not a "sportsman". Can somebody tell me when the heck hunting and trapping became sports! I hunt and fish to put meat on the table."

I agree with that. I often wondered why anyone would concider hunting a sport...

Linda (smwon) from homesteadingfamily.com

 
At 3/10/2005 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quote "I am not a "sportsman". Can somebody tell me when the heck hunting and trapping became sports! I hunt and fish to put meat on the table."

I agree with that. I often wondered why anyone would concider hunting a sport...

Linda (smwon) from homesteadingfamily.com

 
At 3/14/2005 8:18 PM, Anonymous Randy Jenkins said...

Hey Scott,

O.K. now this is getting wierd.. first a shared ambivalence to over-specialization and now I find we're both fond of single-shot rifles, and not so fond of 'sportsmen'. You probably brew your own beer, don't you? Are you sure you're not a long-lost relative of mine? ;-)

We've always been meat-hunters, finding antlers a bit hard to chew, and therefore not relevant, except as a guide to the age and toughness of a buck or bull. I used a lever action Marlin 30-30 to dispatch pronghorns, mule deer and elk for about 15 years. Never had anything but one-shot kills with it. But then, I always made it a point to either get close or hold my fire. I hate wounding game. My son uses that rifle now, and I use a beat up '06, a remington I think. The main virtue of the '06 is I don't have to get quite so close anymore, (within 200 yards) but other then that, I can't discern a practical difference between the 30-30 and the 30-06. Except maybe the '06 kicks harder. My daughter shot her first mule deer, at 300 long steps, with a handi-rifle chambered for .243. She completely ruined the doe's heart, which was a shame, but the rest of her was fine eating. My son shot his first deer with the same rifle, breaking it's neck since only the head and neck were visible at the time. I haven't shot it, but my kids sure like it. And so far, one shot has been plenty. Especially since I'm usually backing them up with my Remington. I don't believe I've missed a shot with it since '98. Pride goeth before a fall though, so I better quit braggin' and get to the range sometime this week.

Keep on bloggin' brother. You have a kindred spirit out west, hangin' on every word.

 
At 3/15/2005 6:17 AM, Anonymous Reformed Farmer said...

Randy

Of course I brew my own Beer! It has become a an extention of our Bible study we have Tue nights. The boys from Crown and Covenant RPC get together and brew and consume beer afterwards. We ussualy have fun arguing eschatology with our Amill Dutch friend.

Scott

 

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