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Dogs vs. friends, the zenith of ri­fle tech­nol­ogy, and Brad Pitt plays Petzal. By David E. Petzal

David E. Petzal answers your ques­tions about guns, shoot­ing, hunt­ing, and life

Will my grand­fa­ther’s old .35 Rem­ing­ton pump be enough gun for my first black bear hunt?

—LUKE SEEDORFF, BAT­TLE CREEK, MICH.

The .35 Rem­ing­ton is one of the most ef­fec­tive car­tridges around, and you need have no wor­ries about bash­ing a bruin with it.

Can I use my .270 Win. on elk out to 300 yards?

—DEVON MATHEWSON, KANSAS CITY, MO.

You can use a .270 on elk out to 301 yards, or a lot far­ther than that if you want. I killed an elk in Wy­oming at what was prob­a­bly up­wards of 500 yards with a .270. I say prob­a­bly be­cause the snow was chest-deep and we couldn’t pace off the dis­tance.

I just shot 1⁄2-inch groups us­ing fac­tory ammo—with a $400 ri­fle! Have we reached the zenith of ri­fle tech­nol­ogy?

—JIM WHITE, VIA E-MAIL

We’ve reached a new plateau for sure, but in this cen­tury I look for­ward to some­thing al­to­gether new, not based on gun­pow­der. Or maybe rocks and spears, de­pend­ing on how things work out.

If you could only have one knife for ev­ery­thing, from sur­vival to skin­ning to whit­tling, what would it be?

—RIS WALLING, ANDERSON, IND.

No one knife can re­ally do it all well. But if I were put to it, I’d say that the Rus­sell Cana­dian Belt Knife, the tool­steel ver­sion, can do a pass­able all-around job. What’s the best fac­tory .45/70 ammo for white­tails?

—LESTER SPELL JR., RICHLAND, MISS.

If you’re stick­ing to white­tails, I’d go with Hor­nady Lev­erEvo­lu­tion ammo with the 325-grain Flex-Tip bul­let. It’s very ac­cu­rate and quick ex­pand­ing, and if you hap­pen to get a long shot, it shoots pretty flat, con­sid­er­ing.

Should I get a sur­vival take­down ri­fle? You know, just in case?

—SULLY JAMESON, KNOXVILLE, TENN.

In these trou­bled times, I think a sur­vival ri­fle makes a lot more sense than a Safe Space, what­ever the hell that is. I’ve never been a fan of take­downs, how­ever. The ones I’ve shot have not been as ac­cu­rate as con­ven­tional ri­fles, and why in­tro­duce me­chan­i­cal weak­nesses into a gun? If you’re look­ing for some­thing short and handy, with all the other qual­i­fi­ca­tions, get a Ruger Gun­site Scout ri­fle with the 16.10-inch bar­rel.

If any ac­tor, dead or alive, could play you in Gun Nut: The David E. Petzal Story, who would you pre­fer?

—KEITH CULLEN, NEW PALTZ, N.Y.

I think I’ve an­swered this one be­fore, but so what? Brad Pitt is the ob­vi­ous choice. The phys­i­cal re­sem­blance is un­canny, and he seems able to cap­ture my par­tic­u­lar brand of mad­cap charm.

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