With all the talk about high performance guns these days, I thought this experience was worth passing along:
Yesterday I needed to sight in a rifle for shooting at longer ranges than the muzzleloader I've been carrying for deer the last few weeks. Conditions are tough right now, and the only deer I've seen have been further off than I've been willing to shoot with the charcoal burner.
So when packing for a range trip I put a scoped 7 mag and a scoped 257 Roberts in the truck, and at the last minute added a peep-sighted Savage 99 in 250 and a standard sited- Model 94 in 25-35. I'm a 25 caliber nut, and hadn't shot the last two in a while.
The 257 and 7 delivered as usual, allowing me to stretch the range to 300 yards and beyond if needed. Once they were sighted in, I went through 80 rounds in the 250 and 100 rounds in the 25-35.
Much as I had planned to really stretch my range, I came home replanning the hunt to allow me to use the 25-35 (shots to around 125 yards) or the 250 (shots to around 200 yards). Yeah, I've increased my reach over the 75 yards or so I'll shoot a muzzleloader, but I just can't bring myself to go hog wild for range and leave behind the 94 or the 99.
That's a nod to plain old fun rather than efficiency and power. The guns are way more fun to carry and shoot, and the heck with "better" rifles.
While chasing long range capabilities and power, have you lost track of some old favorite guns and calibers in the corner of your closet? If you want to put the fun back in your range sessions and hunts, drag out those old "inefficient" models and shoot them a while. I'm willing to bet that you too will replan your hunts to match their capabilities just so you can carry and enjoy them again.
"Efficiency" and "power" are good words on paper, but chasing them can make you forget a whole bunch of other guns that are really fun to shoot and hunt with. Choosing a 25-35 over a 7 mag? Efficiency freaks will think I'm nuts, but I think I'm crazy like a fox.