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Suggestions for Practice

Go out occasionally in the woods and select a high
hill, or bank of earth sufficiently large and steep to avoid any bullets from
going over or to either side of it, lest they hit some inoffensive ani- mal or
human being. Cut down a little of the bank, (say 5 to to feet from its base)
and arrange in as near an upright position as possible, a white cloth or paper;
after marking with charcoal or paint, a number of rings around a black center,
skewer the cloth with pointed twigs to the earth, bottom, top and well around
its edges, and you have a most excellent target and butt, or back-slop for your

Take your rifle and the cartridges you use on your hunting trip, together with
a few cut stakes or branch cuttings so as to set them up when you mark a range,
after locating and measuring it. Now measure the size of your ordinary step or
pace (which we will say for example is 24 inches,) walk straight away from your
target, and when you have paced off too yards stick up your stake as a marker
for that range, then pace off various ranges up to 300 yards (more if you
desire it ) You now have a practical known distance range, and are ready for
excellent target practice. Commence at your nearest range and put in a few
shots, doing your level best to get them in; notice your hits and correct any
existing evils as to your shooting, be- fore you proceed to try other ranges
more distant -take your time here, and when you can bunch your shots in well,
go on to the next range that you paced off and staked. When you are fairly
proficient at these known distance ranges, pull up the marks indicating them,
and you are ready for the finest kind of practice that an embyro marksman can
indulge in. For this a fresh cloth or paper target should be arranged over the
old one. If you desire to mark your shots, the charcoal will serve to do this,
by marking the shots at each range differently. Start out on a run away from
the target, just as you would if running after game, so as to test your
shooting, ( while you are partly winded) pay no attention to your paces or the
dis- tance of ground covered by you, and when you think you have gone far
enough (say 25o to 300 yards) turn and face the target, load, adjust your
sights, windage, etc. if required, and put in a few shots in various positions,
kneeling, sitting or laying flat on your stomach (prone.) Such practice as this,
un- known distance rapid firing, calls for quick action estimating distances,
etc., that is of great value to the hunter especially. Try and learn always,
"bi- nocular shooting," keeping both eyes open-for mark you, the closing of one
eye should have end- ed when flint locks and powder flashes went out of date,
but somehow its fashionable still ; and strange to say most shooters have been
doing it ever since; not altogether useless I will admit, as it is well to use
one eye in learning to aim, should the use of both both prove confusing; but it
is always best that one should master the art of keeping both open whenever
possible, and by sighting with either eve, the marksman will soon accustom him-
self so as to keep both often, which is by far the better way. It is the style
practiced by most of the expert shots of the world, and it has been proven
beyond dispute, that there is .no more ne- cessity for closing one eye in
shooting, than in. archery, base ball, billiards or bowling; to test it close
one eye as you read this, and see if your eye- sight is improved. Even the
military is now trained to this. Try it some time on such practice as I have
recommended, and let results speak for themselves. If you have already acquired
the habit of keeping one eye closed, it may be a trifle confusing at first, but
results sooner or later will show you that I am right, and your shooting will
be more accurate when you have mastered the art of binocular aiming and

As for the method of target practice I have de- scribed, it is on the lines
used by the most expert marksmen of the day, especially with our foremost
military (American) crack shots; and as they have at divers occasions wrested
the highest honors from the flower of the world's armies, I leave you to judge
whether or not it is worthy of at least more than passing attention from you.
Follow these rules, pay. close attention to every shot you fire, remedy
existing faults, and when you can at various unknown ranges, adjust your sights
quick- ly and group a few shots in a 24 inch space, hitting the mark 3 out of 5
shots, congratulate yourself as being ready and capable of going on a trip, and
holding your own with the best of them.

In conclusion, I advise the use of the following sights fitted to your rifle,
provided it is to be of either the grades I mention, viz: For big game hunting
with the Winchester '95 Model , 35 caliber the Lyman Sights No. 21, No. 6, and
either No. 4, 28 or 20. For the same work with the Savage 303 Rifle No. 1 or
No. 21, No. 6 and either No. 4, No. 28 or No. 20. (See Lyman Rifle Sights