How accurate does a rifle need to be?
Every rifle should shoot with such precision that its user may be sure that a miss is his own fault. This means that it should drive its bullets as close to the mark as an expert rifleman can hold, under favorable conditions. Such a man would not be satisfied with a rifle unless it could be relied upon to group nearly all its shots in or on a one inch circle at 50 yards, or two minute of angle. At this level of accuracy, hitting the vitals of a deer is possible out to 300 yards or more.
Those of us, myself included, who’s hunt is confined to thickly wooded areas my be content with a lower standard of accuracy than this. I do not think it too much to expect of a rifle for all around hunting, to be used on the plains and mountains, as well as in woods and swamps.
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