Recently I was blessed to be able to see some heirlooms of my family:
- loads of photographs some more than 100 years old,
- a Ross Rifle (.303 British), designed and built in Canada before WW I, and
- a Cooey rifle (.22 Rimfire), also designed and built in Canada early in my lifetime.
Many fond memories were rekindled and I learned lots too. It was a great event coinciding with the anniversary of the political birth of Canada, Canada Day, July 1, 1867.
The Ross Rifle was in very good condition with bluing in great shape and the bore crisp. The only rust I could find was on the butt-plate. I’d like to shoot one more deer with this rifle, just for old time’s sake. The Cooey was in rough shape, having been stored dry and dirty in a damp place. Bore is crisp but there are some rust spots on the outer parts. I cleaned and oiled both to keep them working longer. The Cooey was used by me on the farm to dispatch lots of rabbits, grouse and even a skunk once. My father also used it to slaughter cattle and pigs as well as hunting wild game. The Ross was used by my father to hunt deer and to kill coyotes. It was certainly adequate for those tasks out past 250 yards or so. I think it had been owned by my grandfather on my father’s side. I can reload some of the original “Dominion” ammunition that still exists. A relative had used a few rounds and kept the empties. I’ve also found a few empty cartridges discarded by hunters/shooters over the years. It’s all good.