Anyone else shooting older calibers for small game? I'm talking about 25-20, 32-20, 25-35 and such. Especially the 25-20 was considered the "ideal" small game round in its hayday.
I've got original arms in these calibers, but was always a little hesitant to use them in the field. Then I picked up modern Marlins in 25-20 and 32-20 and a new Winnie 94 last year in 25-35. None measure up to the original arms in the fine details, but they let me have a whale of a good time on snowshoes while shooting some classic calibers.
One step beyond that I use reduced loads for my modern calibers (mostly cast bullets) and take those into the field to hunt snowshoe hares in the off season. Great field practice.
A good 22 rimfire is still fun, but loading the old ones and getting more field time with my big ones sure fills the winter (and the freezer).