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Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West Paperback – November 15, 2010
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About the Author
Mike Venturino was born and raised in Mingo County, West Virginia, and graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1972 with a BA degree in Journalism. Always attracted by the West, he started working summer vacations in Yellowstone National Park in 1969 and moved to Montana immediately after graduation.
His first magazine article, written as part of a class project, was printed in Guns and Ammo in 1972, and in 1999 his 800th magazine article was published. Unlike most shooting sports writers, Mike actually set out as a teenager to become a full-time gunwriter, and has pursued that single goal throughout his life. However, before attaining that goal, he also wrangled dudes, taught high school, drove a truck, and was even proprietor of his own movie theater.
In 1977 Mike met his wife Yvonne, a Missouri farm girl, also working in Yellowstone Park. They were married on April Fool's Day, 1978, and he credits her with giving him the ambition to follow his dreams. "Before Yvonne," he says, "it was easy to sit around and talk guns with my buddies. After we were married, I knew I had to get serious about some sort of career." Although not a shooter before marriage, Yvonne thoroughly enjoys shooting alongside Mike.
The Venturinos have no children but share their 70 acres near Livingston, Montana, with a vast assortment of dogs, cats, and horses.
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The book is split into two parts: 1)identification and history and 2) shooting tips and reloading data (by make, model and caliber), it's pretty standard Venturino format. At 300 pages, it's not necessarily big, but, there's a lot in it! I am of the opinion that the layout and art/photography is better than his early books, so kudos to his wife who I believe does that work for him.
This book is one that I can heartily recommend to anyone who shoots old guns and wants reliable data, old west buffs, and gun nuts like me who love stuff that goes "Boom". Buy and enjoy.
And to those less than real men who don't like guns, shooting, and reading/talking about them; PHFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT!!
Usually, books like this focus just on the technical details of the mechanics of the guns with unsupported subjective comments by the author. But Mr. Venturino makes the history and mechanics come to life with the real world testing & load data -- which provides the reader with objective data on how these guns performed then and now. Framed within interesting commentary makes for a fun and enjoyable read. But I have already re-read certain sections as a reference as well.
If you like guns of the old west, you ought to buy this book.
I found it immensely informative,and great reading as well.
As I shoot Cowboy Action Shooting here in N.Z. have found many good handloads for my rifles.
This book deserves a 5 star rating.
loads are listed in each section with the models of marlins and winchester. enought
smokeless and black powder loads are listed to give you a good idea on powder-how and
where to get brass to shoot these old timers. a must have for your reload library.
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