Gunfight Friday: Utility Guns
Today we’ve got a couple of guns that are not fancy, but they are useful, since they’ve been assigned truck...
Today we’ve got a couple of guns that are not fancy, but they are useful, since they’ve been assigned truck gun/camp gun/canoe gun duty by their respective owner. The rifles share in common the fact they didn’t cost much. The calibers share only common backgrounds as service cartridges. Otherwise, they couldn’t be more different. One rifle is chambered for the ancient .45-70, which specializes in launching big bullets slowly, whereas the the other is a .223, which shoots little bullets very quickly and is more appropriate for varmints as well as some deer and pig hunting.
_I had this New England Firearms in .45-70 when Ohio allowed straight-wall cartridges for the first time, last year, for deer hunting. I have loaded 350-grain bullets with IMR4198 and have way more energy than what is needed for deer or bear. This rifle was perfect in the Adirondacks on canoe trips and to have at bear camp. I really like the NEF arms because they are safe to carry and shoot. And you get a very serviceable rifle for what you pay. WIth a single forend screw the barrel comes off (scope stays on the barrel and remains sighted in) and then another caliber or gage can be added. _
Mr. Matthews’s .223
This Savage Hog Hunter Model 111 is my truck gun and it can do whatever I need inside 300 yards. It sports a 20-inch barrel and a Nikon 4×12 p-223 scope, with the BDC Spot On ranging reticle. The rifle eats Hornady 55-grain soft-point all day long. It shoots 1-inch groups at 100 yards, and it’ll do what’s needed so long as I do my job.
There are your choices. Please vote and comment below, and please send your gun photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am not quite ready to do one of my periodic calls for gun pictures, but we’re getting close to the next one. Keep the gun photos coming.
Which gun do you prefer?
Mr. Matthews’s .223