It goes without saying that when it’s time to hunt down a Christmas tree, Hickok45 doesn’t use an ax.
hickok45, whose real name is Greg Kinman, prefers an 1886 .45-70 lever action as a tree-chopping tool.
The powerful cartridge was developed for the military after the Civil War, and is used to this day for taking down big game, like moose and grizzly bears. So it stands to reason that the thin trunk of a pine tree doesn’t stand a chance.
Kinman, who takes his YouTube name from his favorite caliber and the gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok, is loved by his more than 1 million subscribers for his fun approach to shooting, not to mention his dead-eye aim. His other videos show him shooting holes in pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns, capping watermelons with a 500 Magnum and blasting away at zombies with a 12-gauge.
His persona is especially present in this video, in which he pretends to stalk the tree and says he’s seeking a “90-pointer.” With only nine shots, he then takes down his quarry.
At about $15 in ammo costs, this method may not be as economical as a saw, but it’s a heck of a lot more fun.