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Posted by: Kurt (ID *****8994) Date: March 06, 2003 at 14:49:38
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From the June, 1931 issue of the American Rifleman magazine, an obituary for Horace Kephart as follows: The entire outdoor population of America, clear to the four corners of the land, will unite in mourning the loss of Horace Kephart, who died in April as the result of an automobile accident which occurred near his home, Bryson City, N.C. Mr. Kephart was truly the "Grand Old Man" of the campfire and the Lone Trail. During the great number of years that he spent living out in the open, he brought a keen and trained mind to the study of each day's incidents and experiences, and the soluton of problems as they arose; and he thereby gained a wealth of knowledge and outdoor "instinct" possessed by few other men of his time. His books on different phases of outdoor living are the most widely read and quoted of any in this field; while his work,"Camping and Woodcraft," though written years ago, still stands unchallenged as a classic on how to live and travel far from the beaten path and the haunts of men. In his earlier years Mr. Kephart was an enthusiastic rifleman. He was one of the pioneers in the handloading of the then new, not to say tricky, smokeless powder, and he was in a large measure responsible for the successful development of reduced loads using smokeless powder and lead bullets for use in high-power rifles. In fact, the bullet listed in the "Ideal Handbook," as No. 308206, and which has been and still is one of the most popular cast bullets for reduced loads in .30 caliber rifles, was designed by Mr. Kephart.

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