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Posted on 01/09/2010 4:38:43 AM PST by marktwain
BLAST FROM THE PAST
My Christmas gift to myself was a carbine Id always wanted: a lever action Winchester complete with saddle ring. It was the iconic gun of the Western movies. If it was good enough for John Wayne, it was good enough for me.
As a child of the East, not the West, I wasnt much of a horseman. The closest I ever came to having one of my own was when I owned a Ford Bronco. It took a good part of my life to figure out exactly how that damn saddle ring interfaced with the saddle: you never saw THAT in the cowboy movies.
Another New Englander, one C. L. Innis of Westminster, Massachusetts explained it in the July, 1964 issue of Guns magazine, a publication I would later proudly serve as handgun editor. Mr. Innis wrote, Im not trying to start a controversy but in my younger days I homesteaded for nine years in Campbell County, Wyoming. My Model 94 Winchester .25-35 carbine was equipped with a saddle ring as were most of the lever action carbines of strictly civilian calibers that my neighbors had. The popular method of slinging a rifle to the saddle was to run one of the saddle strings (by the horn, either side) through the ring and secure with a single bow knot for quick release.
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A deer shot in the ear with a 22 doesnt run anywhere.
Depends on the angle... I have seen a number of deer with holes in their ears... ;-)
The Lord only knows how many deer have been killed with a 22. I remember watching my grandfather shoot one that was running flat out and you would have thought it was hit with a sledgehammer.
I myself have killed them with a 22 mag when I was younger.
Back in 1963 the company I worked for had an incentive program that let you pick your prize from a catalogue.
Once I saw the Windchester Model 94 in .30-.30 caliber as an option, my lust for it drove my sales production to new heights.
I’ve had many other rifles, all with higher prices, better calibers, scoped sights and longer range, but none ever gave me more satisfaction or better service when hunting in the close-quarters of S.Texas brush country.
I had an Winchester 1886 45-70 Saddle Ring Carbine. Only 100 or so of these were ever made.