Gun Digest Presents Classic Sporting Rifles

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Krause Publications, Feb 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 208 pages
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From David Crockett with "Old Betsy" to the mountain men and their Hawkens to the buffalo hunters and their Sharps and Winchester '73s - These are the rifles that fire the imagination of both hunters and historians. Now, Gun Digest presents a unique compilation of articles celebrating these iconic guns. Classic Sporting Rifles, written by a "who's who" of gun writers from the twentieth century, includes stories by Col. Townsend Whelen (a.k.a., Mr. Rifleman), Elmer Keith, Jack O'Connor, Warren Page, Jim Carmichel, and more!
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
1952 Notes on the Hunting Rifle
7
1945 The Proper Big Game Rifle
12
1951 Choosing the Big Game Rifle
16
1958 The Sheep Rifle
21
1961 World Wide Arsenal
25
1982 Carmichel on Rifles
31
1989 Small Game Centerfires
35
1953 My SingleShot Rifles
101
1967 Rugers Reactionary Rifle
105
1992 The Gentlemans Companion Rifle
112
1956 The Double Rifle
119
1958 English Elephant Guns
126
1967 The Deadly Dependable Double
131
1979 The Double Rifle Its Care and Feeding
138
1985 Make Mine a Sidehammer Rifle
151

1962 Kentucky Rifle
40
1954 Mountain Men and Rifles Pt 1
47
1955 Mountain Men Mountain Rifles Pt 2
51
1946 Shooting the MuzzleLoading Cap Lock Rifle
56
2004 Evolution of the Modern High Performance Muzzleloader
60
1963 Buffalo
68
1968 The Sharps SideHammer Rifle
76
1979 Alex Henry and his Falling Block Rifles
85
1963 John Farquharsons Rifle and its Competitors
93
1965 Lever Action Rifles
157
1988 The Lever and Why It Lasted
164
1980 The Winchester Model 94
169
2003 Selling the American 303
178
1960 Days of the Krag
186
1965 Model 70 Winchesters
193
1996 The Big Little Mannlicher Schoenauer
195
1971 New Mannlicher Rifles
202
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About the author (2012)

Terry Wieland, shooting editor of Gray's Sporting Journal since 1993, is both an award-winning writer and a recognized authority on fine firearms.

In 1971, as a journalist, Wieland made his first trip to Africa to cover the civil war in the Sudan, returned in 1972 to cover the turmoil in Uganda, and again in 1976, covering both the bush war in Rhodesia and the riots in South Africa. He made his first hunting safari in 1990 and has returned a dozen times since, hunting in Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has also hunted in Alaska, the Yukon, and throughout North America, as well as in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Since 1985, Wieland has been a full-time freelance writer, specializing in fine firearms, wingshooting, and big-game hunting, and writes for Rifle, Handloader, Shooting Times, and Safari Times as well as for Gray's.

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