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Ernest Shackleton's Rifle

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  1. rich636

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    Having read the books about Ernest Shackleton's exploration and misfortunes in antarctic I became very curious about the rifle he carried. At times they shot seals and penguins for food, and defended themselves from leopard seals. From what I can find in references the rifle was a Winchester 1895 like the one favored by Teddy Roosevelt. Does anyone know what caliber Shackleton's rifle was? From The complete angler and huntsman By Thomas Hubert Hutton, Stanley Blake it appears that at the time it could be had in .405 WCF or .30 Govt M-06 which I assume is 30-06. Any help or a guess would be appreciated.
     
  2. Tim the student

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    No idea, but what those men did was incredible. I'd be interested in hearing what they carried too.
     
  3. waidmann

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    The 1895 was chambered in .303 British. That's my guess.
     
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    Pretty sure the M '95 was offered in .30 Gov't or .30 U.S. ( .30-40 Crag ), then later in .30-'06, and .405 WCF, and a few others.
     
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    They were also chambered in Russian 762x54, though I'm sure Shacklefords rifle wasn't one of those.
     
  6. rich636

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    Hi all, thanks for the input. I'll keep digging around and post if I find the answer. Since the Endurance's port of origin for the expedition was Plymouth, England perhaps the .303 was most available. They did however stop in Bueno Aires, Argentina before continuing to the South Pole...although I can't imagine they would have waited until then to stockpile ammunition.
     
  7. Isher

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    It mentions:

    .45 Revolver

    .32 Revolver

    .303 Rifle

    12 Gauge Shotgun


    Full list here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/9680441/Shackleton-Expedition-Food-List

    BTW, if you have the time, the entire list is fascinating reading.


    Isher
     
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  8. Mamertine

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    Just curious, what is the best book on Shackelton's adventure?
     
  9. Isher

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    Mamertine -

    Here's a precis of Shackleton's life and expeditions with bibliography at the end. F.A. Worseley's books are a good place to start.

    Isher

     
  10. rich636

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    Isher, thank you for the detailed information and link.

    Mamertine, two great books are Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing and the other is called Shackleton's Forgotten Men by Lennard Bickel. Both of those will leave you amazed at what mankind is capable of enduring.
     
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