I may be somewhat tardy in writing about the automatic article that appeared some time ago by "30-30" Shamrock, but I may be able to -we a few points on the automatic rifle you spoke of, as I was entirely an automatic man previous to the coming of the 250-3000 rifle. I was then using the 35 auto Winchester rifle, the 32 Savage auto pistol and Remington 12 gauge auto shotgun, so you can see that I was somewhat an automatic fan.
I would guess that Shamrock's first trouble was the like of target practice under conditions similar to hunting. I take it for granted that he proved the gun correctly sighted and accurate. This should be done by firing rapidly and see how many times you hit the target out of 10 fast shots. Then if you have been lucky enough to score 6 or 7 hits in a 4 ft. target you can get the general direction of your missing and can proceed to correct your sighting for it. It may be low but in most cases it will be high and to the left. You may laugh at the size of the target I recommend but try it and see if you put 6 shots in a 4 foot target in that many seconds. If you can, you can call yourself a good beginner. In hunting with an automatic, count three between shots and you will increase your bag 100 per cent First it is impossible for a factory to set sights so as to be correct for everyone and for firing in different ways. This we will have to correct for ourselves by practice under hunting conditions or quick aim. A man does not grip the gun in quick firing as he does when he takes aim at a standing game. So the first step would be to adjust your sights to suit your own personal grip. Second is to take a target 4 or 5 feet square and fire rapidly at a 10-inch bull's-eye at a distance up to two or three hundred yards.
If any one wishes to know my authority for this advice I will give them my word that I have to my credit between 400 and 500 coyotes, 10 deer, 25 black bear and 3 or 4 Silver tips while behind a 35 Auto. I have killed my share of sage hens and quail for five years with a Remington auto 12 gauge.
My trouble with all autos seems to be the shooting high and to the left when shooting fast.
A Cow Puncher.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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