For turkeys, geese, and the lesser animals, nothing under a .25 caliber should be used, unless it be the .22-15-60 Stevens, which is limited to single-loaders, or the new .22 high power. The .25-20 is a standard charge for such game when hunted near settlements.
A much better cartridge, wherever it can safely be used, is the .25-35. This is the most accurate medium power charge of the 2,000 foot-second class that we have at present and gives but half the recoil of a .30-30. It is far more reliable in windy weather than a .25-20. With a telescope sight on the rifle, sharpshooting at geese and other wary game can be practiced with deadly effect at two hundred yards, or even farther.
The .22 high-power cartridge, recently introduced, has not been standarized at the time of this writing. Its ballistics, as given in my table, are subject to modification. It is a striking example of the killing power of a very small, solid, sharp-point bullet, when driven at great speed. Although the missile weighs only 68 grains, it is more destructive than the 180-grain bullet of a .35 Winchester self-loader; and it is also more accurate.