Re: On altering weapons
- From: browninghighpower9@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:39:21 +0000 (UTC)
On Aug 22, 9:21 pm, "Mike Marlow" <mmar...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Actually Moss made a valid comment. It was not so long ago that
telescopic sights were a rarity on hunting rifles. Most of the worlds
big game that became extinct or reduced to near extinction was taken
with open sighted muzzle loading rifles and yes they did shoot as far
as 300 yards. Daniel Boone once shot an African Slave that had been
living with the Indian's and who at the time was in the process of
attacking a fort in which Boone was defending and Boone then shot him
at a measured 300 yards with a muzzle loader. Admittedly "modern
times weekend Joe" could probably not even do this today with a magnum
rifle but it stil does not mean it cannot be done by a "real rifleman"
like Boone was.
I think Moss's point was that military rifles in their original
configuration and in their original caliber can be used to take big
game. As a matter of fact back east the ranges of game taken are
often well under 100 yards which would enable even "weekend Joe" to
very easily take game with the military sights. True you can see
better in poor lighting conditions but in most states its illegal to
blast away before sun up and after sun down anyway.
Moss's point was that spending a lot of money to convert these rifles
is not necessary when they could in most cases be used "as is" for
hunting which would result in their not being destroyed for future
collectors of original historical rifles.
Now would you put a laser sight on Daniel Boones historical muzzle
loading rifle today or any other historical muzzle loading rifle? Not
if you were in full control of your mental faculties. Its the same
with collectable military rifles as many are not seperated by that
many years from muzzle loaders and in some models not at all.
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