MARLIN 336 CARBINE, .35 CALIBER
If you hunt whitetail deer in heavy brush, this lever action will pay its way. The .35 Remington slug chugs along at a leisurely 2,000-odd feet per second and plows through stuff that would deflect or disintegrate a swifter bullet. There are fancier versions of the 336, but the one shown costs $76.95, not including a 2 l/2X hunting scope, and can stand the rigors of a deer camp.
SAVAGE MODEL 99, .358 CALIBER
When I was 10 years old I thought the Model 99 was the most beautiful object in the world and, even after my voice changed and my horizons broadened, I continued to rate it highly and still do. The .358 Winchester load is able to let the stuffing out of a grizzly bear or bull moose, and a 6X scope isn't too powerful for this versatile lever action. $116.75.
BROWNING SUPERPOSED, 12-GAUGE
With 28-inch barrels, bored full and modified, this is a grand duck gun and can also be a good provider in a cornfield full of pheasants. Weapon has single selective trigger, automatic selective ejectors. At $236, the Browning over-and-under is an excellent value, but if you want to spend up to $615 for fancier versions of the same model you're allowed to.
WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 16-GAUGE
This is America's finest shotgun. With 26-inch barrels, bored modified and improved cylinder, in 16-gauge, it's nearly as light in weight as a 20-gauge, yet with a 2�-inch magnum load it can almost match a 12-gauge in killing power. Thus it's ideal for upland-game shooting, especially for snap shooting ruffed grouse and woodcock in heavy cover. $425.
REMINGTON MODEL 870 MAGNUM, 12-GAUGE
This full-choke pump gun, chambered for 3-inch magnum shells, is a good companion in a goose pit—though the ventilated rib may be a nuisance to keep clear of snow, mud and rust—or when pass shooting high-flying ducks. It also makes a solid, easy-pointing trap gun; and for trapshooting, the ventilated rib is a boon With rib, 30-inch barrel, recoil pad, 8� pounds. $141.
RUGER SINGLE-SIX, .22 CALIBER
Porcupines live on ax handles, canoe paddles, automobile tires and tops of valuable trees. The Single-Six, which has a fascinating kind of Old West look, is an ideal camp gun, and if you point one at a porky and squeeze the trigger you'll save a lot of trees. A dandy handgun for plinking, too. $63.25.
SMITH & WESSON REGULATION .38 CALIBER
This well-known five-shooter packs enough wallop to clobber a treed cougar, yet it weighs only 18 ounces unloaded. Like all handguns, it requires some practice shooting if you expect to hit anything smaller than a silo, but that is the largest part of the fun. With four-inch-barrel, blued finish. $60.