11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2009
The Hunting Rifle, by Jack O'conner, makes for interesting reading if you long for the "good old days". Mr. Jack takes you back to a time and place before all of the short fat, long thin, new and improved, super duper magnums, and all of the computer drawings for deer/elk tags, etc. arrived. The historic and/or technical information that you glean from his book is invaluable, and it is loaded with tasty tidbits of some of his actual hunts both in the U.S. and abroad. I find that Mr. Jack is somewhat opinionated (rightfully so)..... but at the same time amusing. If you like to curl up before the fire with a big cup of nostalgia, then this is the book for you.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I do not want to give this one away. More boring, more targeted books, I just might. Not this one, though, because it would benefit every hunter to take the time and read this book. It offers a corrective to the spirit of things that have gripped the hunting scene lately. Today, if one reads a hunting magazine, they are offered the view that the fastest and loudest cartridges, rifles with special finishes and the most expensive of anything. Ole Jack reminds us that many have killed game with "lesser" guns for a very long time, and that these new gimmicks will not make you a more lethal hunter. Maybe a more confident one, but it is far from certain that you will be more lethal in the field. So, get O'Connor's view after reading this one and become a better rifleman and hunter.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
As a hunter of 30 years, I learned so much from this book and I consider myself a advanced hunter and reloader. It should be required reading for all hunters with the rifle. Jack certainly knows how and why calibers work. Practical knowledge and limits to each caliber. This guy has hunted all over the world with many calibers but certainly the Winchester 270 is his favorite and after reading this book you know why it is a superior caliber. Jacks technical knowledge cuts through all the caliber myths and tells you what to really expect with most all of the popular rifle calibers. Billet spin rates, balistic coefficients, etc are all covered. 222, 243, 30-06, 270, 7mm Rem mag, 300 magnums, 375, etc.. are all covered in depth and Jack will tell you how they performed for him on various game all around the world.. This book needs to be on Kindle for reference. It is a book you will use for reference your entire hunting career. Its easy to see why Jack O"Connor is call "The Rifleman".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
I have owned a copy of this book for 30-plus years. O'Connor wrote for the common man, and gave his readers a sense of the pleasure of owning and shooting accurate rifles. His pet rifle, the bolt action .270 Winchester, is featured from time to time, but his theme is that an accurate, well-cared for rifle does not have to be the latest fad, and that the man (woman) with one rifle who knows how to use it because he/she spends time shooting in all conditions and over all distances is in a better place than the owner of many firearms who seldom shoots. I remember thinking, "Good! I'll just keep practicing with my 30-06, then." Excellent book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
Jack O'Connor's take on the title subject is not to be missed. While it doesn't cover today's new cartridges and rifles, it offers good insight into the more traditional. The outfitting information provided is also dated, but still interesting. Now roughly 40 years since publication, the book offers insight into how hunting and rifles used to be. Jack shares some of his personal stories and anecdotes giving insight into hunting in the "good old days." You'll learn why he believes using a firearm/cartridge combination that permits accurate placement of the bullet in the vital zone is more important that using the latest, uncontrollable magnum-thumper. The book is a thought-provoking, educational, and enjoyable read. Highly recommended, especially if you can get this book at a good price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
“The Hunting Rifle” by Jack O’Conner
O’Conner was America’s indisputable 20th Century Master of rifle shooting, rifle hunting, and big game hunting worldwide. He combined a ton of hunting/shooting experience with a ton of accurate observation; a ton of Common Sense and another ton of writing skill to produce books including this one that virtually have no equal. If you haven’t read O’Conner, you’re a greenhorn
on December 30, 2013
this book might be 40+ years old but jack o'connor tells it like it is on the hunting rifle.
my book is old and looks bad but I bought it to read .
I would tell any hunter of any age to read this book .
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
Soon to be OUTLAWED by "do-gooders" , hunting as americans have done by generations is rapidly fading from the American hunting experience !
on December 24, 2014
This is a great book. I've had one for years and I bought this one as a gift. It may be over 40 years old but the information is still very pertinent for todays rifleman.
on June 26, 2015
A great book by a great man Jack O'Connor sent me this book when I got drafted after it was published. I can't find the actual autographed book but treasure that memory!