A dangerous-game rifle has two missions, the first of which is pretty simple: never fail. Plenty of rifles seem to live up to this standard. You might even have one or two tucked away in your gun safe right now, like that favorite bolt-gun that’s never let you down, either in the field or at the range. Every time you load it and pull the trigger, it goes bang. Come to think of it, pretty much all your rifles do this, no?
I’ll guess they’ve operated this way under comparatively posh conditions. Further, I’ll wager you’ve never actually tried to make your rifles seize up and quit. Why would you? It’s not like we have reason to expect a hippo charge on the morning walk to the deer stand.
And yet, it can be a revealing exercise to attempt to induce failure in a rifle, especially if you get creative about the torture test. Approach it with the devious mindset you had when you used to pick on your little brother and, believe me, you’ll see your rifle come up short.