THE .22 SHORT
This cartridge contains three grains of powder and thirty of lead, and can be had either in black or smokeless powder. As noted under the general heading, it has been extensively advertised as the correct thing for small game shooting, but neither the .22 short, .22 long-rifle, nor .22 automatic has the range, trajectory, or power that a game rifle should possess.
In the gallery, however, the .22 short has a special field of its own. The very highest possible scores have been made with it, and it is the consensus of opinion among expert riflemen that the .22 short is as accurate as any cartridge made up to seventy-five feet, when used indoors. The points of this cartridge which appeal to the gallery shot are, accuracy, cheapness, cleanliness, light report, and little smoke, all important requisites in the gallery. The outdoor snapshot prefers the cartridge for similar reasons, though accuracy is of less importance to him. If the .22 short is to be used on game, head shots alone should be taken.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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