Animal’s Hump Day Newton

Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

No, the title is not a typo.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there was a firearms designer who was decades ahead of his time.  His name was Charles Newton, and in addition to creating the still-in-use .250 Savage and the obsolete .22 Savage Hi-Power cartridges, along with a forerunner of the .25-06 Remington, Mr. Newton also created a line of bolt-action sporting rifles that would not be out of place in any of the world’s game fields today.

Newton Rifle
Newton Rifle

The Newton bolt rifles featured controlled feed, hinged floorplates, set triggers, state of the art sights (for the time) and scope mounts – this at a time when lever-action, open-sighted rifles were the most common arm found in North American hunting camps.  He also produced an innovative straight-pull bolt gun called the Newton Leverbolt, which proved somewhat less commercially successful, in no small part because of the sudden onset of the Great Depression.

The regular Buffalo Newton bolt gun was available in the ubiquitous .30-06, and for some years I’ve been keeping a space in the gun rack open in case I stumble across a good example of such.  While Newton rifles are still highly collectible, if one ends up in our rack it will nevertheless see field time.  That’s what rifles are made for; that’s what they should be used for.

I’m pretty sure Mr. Newton would have wanted it that way.

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