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Use the interactive map to browse some of Jack's notable experiences along with excerpts of their corresponding articles in Outdoor Life.

Jack O'Connor's first love was the outdoors and writing about hunting, firearms, and the natural history of big game animals. As the longtime firearms editor for Outdoor Life magazine, O'Connor hunted and collected trophies throughout the world, and introduced millions of readers to hunting and firearms.

The .270 Winchester became one of the most popular big game cartridges due to Jack’s promotion of it as an effective caliber for the average hunter.

Jack's famous .270, based on a pre-64 model 70 Winchester and built by Al Biesen almost 50 years ago, has been carefully recreated by Al and his son roger Biesen on pre-64 model 70 actions to identical dimensions, differing only in trim and engraving. The first rifle, dubbed his #1-.270, was built in 1953 and is now owned by Henry Kaufman, a longtime friend of Jack's. He considered it to be so perfect in every way that Jack wanted a second, nearly identical rifle as a backup. The second rifle, built in 1959, and owned by Bradford O'Connor (Jack's son) is on permanent display at the Jack O'Connor Center. It turned out that Jack liked the #2 rifle even better than the #1 rifle and used it extensively.



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Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center®
5600 Hellsgate Road
Hellsgate State Park Lewiston, ID 83501

Office: 208-743-5043 (Fax: 208-798-4980)

Mailing address: P. O. Box 394, Lewiston, ID 83501