Pennsylvania Game News - March 2015 - 5

The shotgun was first to arrive.
Is there any better smell than a
factory-fresh gun? Two boxes of 6s and
all I had to do was wait for the season.
A few sessions with thrown
condensed-milk cans and a trip to the
swamp where running Norway rats
provided a suitable practice for rabbit
hunting, and I was ready.
The Winchester arrived in one of
those wonderful old boxes with the
galloping horseman on the front. The
preservative oil had soaked through the box
adding a workman-like appearance to the
packaging. Even today, that galloping
horseman and the smell of gun oil
will evoke the nostalgia of a more
innocent time.
That evening, the gun received a
thorough cleaning, including putting a
piece of white paper in the open action to
reflect light down the barrel. A cigarette
paper was the right size for this operation.
Holding the open action up to a light and
looking into the muzzle allowed you to
judge the cleaning.

Rust never sleeps!
MARCH 2015

Waiting for the season, that .3030 saw enough oil to fill the crankcase
on a diesel engine.
With a handful of my brothers'
leftover shells; we punched some holes
in paper, made sight adjustments and
preparations were complete.
I dutifully cleaned and oiled the gun at
least once a week. You can't be too careful
about rust, you know. If I would have had
a 55-gallon drum of Kendall 40W motor
oil, the Winchester would have resided
in there between shootings.
Yes, I know better now.
A brand new box of silvertips sat
next to the full box of Super X 6s; the
only thing lacking now was an open
season. Small-game season finally arrived
clear, crisp, and with early frost on the
ground. The beagle was in fine form.
No chance of rain; I didn't have to
worry about my new gun getting wet.
This year was a whole new ballgame:
young eyes and reflexes, flip the safety
off as you mount the gun, hit the trigger
and sometimes there was success. What
happened to the old 12-gauge?
We loaned it to a relative, he
never returned it and we didn't
ask for it. He never returned
granddad's Winchester either.
We did ask for that back.
That first season with the
20-gauge saw some firsts: my
first limit of grouse and first
limit of rabbits. I became a
pretty good shot with that
bolt-action. Friends who
also started with the same
brand have said they shot
theirs very well, too. If I
hadn't hacked several inches
off the stock for my young
sons, I would be tempted to
compare measurements to
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