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Gun Writers Then and Now....Keith, O'Conner, Boddington and others
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Reading this article over on RifleShooter and got to thinking where people stand on those writer's philosophies. For instance, to generalize....are you a big smack-em-down round person such as Keith, or stab-em-with-a-stilleto guy like O'Conner? Then you throw in the middle crowd like myself.....those, who like Boddington, prefer to use a .30 cal bullet for just about most rifle game hunting?
God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
No, I am not an overly head over heals .30 cal guy. Yes, I have multiple .308 Winchesters and .30-06 Springfields and they work awesome as to be expected! Just not a .30cal Magnum fan myself.
Both men were right in their philosophies, but the war between the sold a ton of magazine subscriptions....
If you're asking what we use I'd have to say I'm a .30 and up guy. But that's just how it played out over the years. Had I started with a .270 or one of the .25s things might have been different.
But it matters not a whit to me what another man uses. IMHO it's more about proper bullet and shot placement.
These types of discussions often come up around the camp fire. And i always enjoy them.
Writing these days seems to be more of an After Action Review than storytelling.
Unlike most other magazines, the contributors are actually writers not salesmen. Something I appreciate.
Boddington is a very good, down to earth writer. He has 'sold out' some as of late, but not as bad as the majority of others.
What I miss most from today's salesmen, I mean writer.......is an opinion. Seems opinion doesn't sell. Shame.
So, since opinion and writing skill is out the window........bring on the adventures!
Amen to that. I know a lot of that is combo deals with gun/glass/ammo company junkets but I've wondered if Boddington's family didn't have money or something.
I'll tell ya my favorite all time gun/hunting writers are O'Conner, Capstick, Skelton, Ruark, and what's that guys name who wrote for G&A that was a big proponent of the T/Cs in rifle calibers? He died of cancer I think. It was years ago. I mean the T/C hand guns. Or maybe it was the Remington bolt pistols. Yeah, that's the ticket.
But Ruark told the best stories IMHO
.....After I was collecting guns and ammo, and learning how to reload,talking in depth to others who did the same as I, spending time on the range, getting the chance to shoot other folks guns and such, I came to the conclusion that, (and this is just me), if I want to try a new caliber in rifle or handgun then do it. After all if one isn't satisfied with it, ya can always sell it, trade it, modify it, etc. Personally I don't think one caliber is the 'all magic bullet, with expected results'.
Some situations will call for a good .30 cal cartridge and some may call for a larger caliber like the .416 or .458, and by the same token maybe some situations might even call for a smaller caliber. All I am saying is different strokes,for different folks. Truth be know there is probably not one caliber on the market that I can really say I despise or absolutely will not have. Granted some calibers are too big for me,with too much recoil, like that .300 Wichester magnum I used to have, but at least I can say I owed one,shot one and it was not the caliber for Robert. I like a .300 win. mag..Man that caliber is POWERFUL, enough,but it's not a caliber I can or ever be able to master as a gunowner,no matter how many article I read about it. "It is what it is", I just think, that it's better to own several different calibers in rifle and handgun, as opposed to think one caliber can do,or be made to do everything.
And speaking of good gunwriters,I think there are a lot of folks,right here on the G & A board that are good gun writers, or certainly have the knowledge and skill, and the potential to be a good gun writer.
Yep. One of my all time favorites. Dearly missed.
But I concur Zee, what's missing these days is an opinion....and the huevos to stick to it.
I liked their writing styles.
They clashed themselves on handgun hunting for sure.
That tactical consideration is fuel for another thought when I get the time...thank you Ned.
I have mixed emotions about this. I'm not really a fanatic on any one cartridge, not in real life. I'm going to hunt deer on opening day and I will guarantee you I won't be packing my .270 Win. then. I may later, but I do like to switch around. I plan on using my .270 on hogs more this year. My .257 AI and my .250 Savage will probably be my first choices. Also, I want to use my 22-250 or .223 on a deer or hog. And definitely I want to use the 30-06 and 8x57 on hogs and deer. And last but not least I want to try my 30-30 out with the Hornady Spitzers and see how they work, but with only four tags for the year, I'll have to do some picking and choosing here. Some of my guns, as I said about the .270 will get relegated to Hog duty this year. But that's not so bad. So you can see I'm all over the page on this. I have fun with them all.
:that::agree: That pretty well sums it up...
I too agree 5280 Shooter, And both Keith and O'Connor qualified as described. They had the cajones to stand by their sometimes bold opinions. They were great Americans. Now everybody is into PC crap. Not me, if I have to agree with everybody to survive, I'll just die. No way. I have my opinions and they are what they are. I guess that's why I loved some of these old guys, because right or wrong, they stood by what they believed. No way you can beat that. I say, read all you can, education's good, if used right. But use your own experience and knowledge to form your own opinion and stick by it. Hell, it worked for them!!!
I've been an avid O'Connor fan (please don't spell it O'Conner) since I was a youngster and over the years have read just about everything he wrote in Outdoor Life, Petersen's Hunting, and his dozen or so books. The reason he wrote so much about the .270 is because it was the hottest thing around in the '30s and '40s. He used it a lot but also took a lot of game with the .30-06, .257 Roberts and in Africa with the .375, .416 Rigby and others. Toward the end of his career he wrote that the .280 Remington was probably a better all-around cartridge than the .270. In fact the last custom rifle he ordered was a .280. He died, however, before it was completed. Also, it wasn't a Model 70. (See Tom Turpin's story "Jack O'Connor's Last Rifle" in the 2013 edition of the Gun Digest.)
O'Connor was a talented writer and story teller. If he hadn't been a big game hunter, I have no doubt he would have been a successful journalist, novelist, or sports writer... probably all three.