The Advantage of a Pistol in the Same Caliber as your Rifle
I posted a bit about this in the comments to this post over at Tam’s.
Last year I bought a nice new Marlin 1894 in .357 mag to enjoy the new Indiana deer hunting regulations. I grew up with pistols and rifles so I don’t have a lot of experience with scatterguns which is all the old regs would allow.
So in November 2008, I sat in the cold rain on opening morning without seeing any prey. As the morning drew to a close, my buddy and I met at the car to head back to camp for lunch. Since the campground frowns on loaded firearms, I began to clear my rifle when the lever came off in my hand. Unlike a Winchester which uses a press-fit pin as a pivot, my Marlin uses a shoulder bolt – or at least it did. I searched the ground in vain for 20 minutes before abandoning the search.
This year I will be carrying a .357 pistol to supplement my rifle (though the replacement shoulder bolt was installed with Loc-Tite). As Tam says, “two is one and one is none.”
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