DIFFERENCE IN KILLING POWER
DIFFERENCE IN KILLING POWER—Why is it that two guns of the same make and caliber do not kill alike? With one gun I can hit an animal in any place and he remains there, where hit, while with the other, no matter how hard the animal is hit, it gets away. Is it the fault of the gun, and if so, how can it be remedied?
I understand that you are speaking of shotguns, and while there may be some difference in the killing of the two guns, your explanation of the difference appears to me to be rather far-fetched, but I presume you only made it so that it would have more force. Anyway, if you have one gun that will kill game no matter how it is hit, you have something to be proud of, while a gun that will not kill, no matter how the game is hit is certainly worthless. I have never, myself, noticed any difference in the killing power of shotguns, if the same size shot are used in each, if the shot have the same penetration, and if they hit in equally vital places. I have heard lots of talk of this nature and have always concluded that if the shot hit the right place they are going to kill anyway if they don’t it is not the fault of the gun. This is my opinion, but I may be wrong. Some shooters maintain that the shot from one gun will tear ragged holes, while those from another gun penetrate cleanly, and, that the gun which causes the shot to tear ragged holes kills best. Anyway, if a gun does not kill when the shot hit vital organs, I cannot tell why it does not, or how to remedy it.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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