FIREARMS FOR HUNTING
My father always advised purchasing the best tools I could afford. My hunting firearms are tools, and the money spent on good firearms will always repay itself. With that said, I have very few firearms, but each one has a purpose.
I own a Mossberg Model 500 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun. Mossberg has been producing firearms for years, and the Model 500 exemplifies the solid performance the company is known for. I use it for turkeys, waterfowl, upland birds and, in areas where rifles aren’t allowed, for bear and deer hunting. I’ve had this shotgun for 30 years, and it hasn’t failed me.
My bear and deer rifle is a Henry lever-action .30-30 Winchester. The .30-30 has claimed more deer than any other round. I can count on my Henry to put meat in the freezer if presented with the opportunity. It recoils lightly compared to other popular deer rounds, such as the acclaimed .30-06 Springfield.
I also have a Marlin Model 60 .22, which I use for small-game hunting. Nothing is pretty about this rifle, but it performs well when I’m out roving for little critters. Marlin .22s are perhaps the most popular rimfire rifle, most featuring a semiautomatic action perfect for firing multiple shots repeatedly when needed.
Though small, woodcock add to the food stock. PHOTO BY DANA BENNER