My dad purchased this Springfield/Stevens model 85 back in the late 30's. I used it growing up on the farm. Squirrels, blackbirds and striped gophers where the main targets. It had very fine sights and my record was 8 spriped gophers from the hood of my 65 Chev with 8 shots, all head shots. I don't think this rifle was rated highly but it shot very well for me. It had field nicknames of 'gill rifle' or 'clickclack' - Named as the action would remain open until you released the trigger. It also had a bolt lock that allowed you to shoot shorts by using it like a bolt action. Now is a safe queen due to poorer eyesight but had great memories.I forgot to add in the rifle from my youth. My dad bought this Savage Model 29B in 1949. I started shooting it around 5 years old. Shot many squirrels, but we mainly used this on the shoot "Rats" along the Lackawanna River and in the Rail Road Yard in Moosic PA. Between the both of us we shot thousands of rats. At the time my father was the Yard Master for CNJ RR and he would take me to work with him. The Yard had a lot of rats due to the grain spilling out of RR cars and the River at that time was polluted and loaded with rats. About an hour before dark the rats would start coming out. Sure made me a sharpshooter trying to hit a rat at 75-100 yards with iron sights! I remember every couple of weeks my father would buy us a brick of Federal 22 LR Hollow Points in a bright red box. They were Less than $5 a brick back then (penny a shot).