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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

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