Stolen Post – “What lever gun for T-Rex?”

You’re hiking up a trail on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Rounding a bend in the trail you hear some loud squeaking/squawking sounds coming from what appears to be a very large nest of white leathery eggs.

Curiosity draws you in when suddenly, the egg lay-er comes running into view.

Over your shoulder is a Lever gun on a simple handy sling.

Which Lever gun is it and what caliber/cartridge and ammo is it loaded with?

There seems to be a growing interest in ”What if I encounter a T-Rex”??

For me, I’ll be packing a Remington made 16” TRAPPER with the factory installed Skinner Sights or…. Mayyyyybe the New Marlin (made by Ruger) TRAPPER which is also wearing the “machined from solid stainless steel barstock, rugged as the rifle itself, sleek and aesthetically pleasing” Skinner TRAPPER and cut from billet BEAR BUSTER front sight. These new Marlins run amazingly smooth and are perhaps more consistently accurate than their predecessors. Mine is a MOA or sub MOA gun with almost all types of ammunition.

Why the Remington as a first choice?? Why not one of my several JM 45-70’s and why a hesitancy on the new Ruger built gun???

We all know the limitations of JM Marlins…. JM stands for ”Just Mammals” which clearly, by definition” puts the New Haven guns out of play.

Rugers proof mark is supposed to be a RP but the P looks backwards so I’m not exactly sure of the intended use.

The Remingtons were marked REP which we all know did stand for “REPtiles” making it the obvious choice.

Three questions now for you….

A. Which rifle and why?

B. Kill zones…. Where are the vitals on a Tyrannosaurus???

C. Taxidermist? Life size? Shoulder Mount? Rug? Or European???

#skinnersights #skinneroptics #skinnersewing #Ruger #Marlin #4570 #dinosaur #trex #phoenixzoo #buffaloboreammo #buffalobore

(This was forwarded to me by a friend, so I’m not sure of who created it – but I approve of the notion of being prepared against all enemies… foreign, domestic, and dinosaur.)

For me, I think the answer is clear.

A. Pedersoli Model 1886 in .45-70. (Because it’s the largest caliber lever gun I own!)

B. When in doubt, shoot for the face – repeatedly.

C. European skull mount, in my living room, with a nice leather chair set between the open jaws.

Author: Erik 'Tracer' Testerman

Erik Testerman is a Marine Corps grunt, a competitive shooter, and an admirer of fine arms and armaments. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, two rambunctious children, and a slobbery English Mastiff. To learn more about Erik Testerman and read samples of his work, visit

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