It’s hard to foster a budding young Babcock or Ruark on an ersatz diet of pen-raised quail. While There Were Still Wild Birds: A Personal History of Southern Quail Hunting, by Richard E. Rankin Jr., is one modern exception.
Lately there has been a resurgence in the popularity of small gauges among fine-gun enthusiasts and collectors, and now several bespoke makers are being commissioned to build these for discerning clients.
Readers have enquiring minds, and I receive many thoughtful letters throughout the year. I always am glad to help. It’s time again for a round of exchanges that should be of general interest to shotgunners.