Letters to Young Shooters; 1st-[3d] Ser Volume 3

Letters to Young Shooters; 1st-[3d] Ser Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...unharmed than to risk one hazardous shot. Even in these days there are fools with guns who are capable of firing at a Woodcock as it rises under your nose, and who are ready to run the risk of injuring the eyes and limbs of some person present so long as they bag, or even try to bag, their bird! One would imagine at times that every Woodcock seen was the last of its race on the face of the earth, to judge by the random and numerous discharges occasionally bestowed upon this by no means uncommon bird, and by the beaming face of the jealous fellow who kills one, even though he blows it to pulp within a few yards of his gun rather than allow his lest friend to have a fair shot. In regard to the gun and charge adapted for Woodcock shooting there is little to be said. No special gun is necessary; you need merely carry the one that fits your eye and hand at all times (provided it is not a choke-bare), and you should load it with No. 7 shot. What you require for killing a small bird like a Woodcock is a cylinder gun, throwing a wide pattern that allows for some inaccuracy of aim; but to make a wide pattern effective the charge must contain plenty of pellets, and 1, V oz. of No. 7 shot is sufficient to cover a target of three feet square at forty yards so that a sparrow could not escape. No. 7 shot will kill a Woodcock at fifty paces, and even when a Pheasant has come over me instead of the expected Woodcock, I have often, to my surprise, dropped it dead as a door-nail from a height I have been almost ashamed to fire at with such small shot as No. 7, lest I wounded it. In all modern guns the pull of the triggers is certain to vary after a time and become easier to the pressure of the finger; now it is very important in Woodcock shooting that your triggers..
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236559053
  • 9781236559050