from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tack-hammer.
- n. A hand-machine for driving tacks.
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My go to favorite a Rem 700 CDL in .280 it will cleanly kill anything on this continent - the bullet choice is incredible and it is a tack-driver with the right load.
With modern slugs, it would be an absolute tack-driver by slug standards.
Of course, a snub-nose revolver wasn't going to be a tack-driver at any kind of range, no matter how good a shooter you were.