Just Another Old Wive’s Tale


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You won't hit game if you can't hit paper.
You won’t hit game if you can’t hit paper.

Q: The other day at the range I was asked to sight-in a rifle for another guy who told me that he can’t hit paper targets very well, although he has no trouble killing game at nearly any range. That sounds like rubbish to me because I’ve never known a good target shooter who had trouble hitting a game animal in the field. What do you think?
Larry Croft
A: I think you hit the nail squarely on the head! Targets are not moving and are set up at a known distance. Game animals

There may be another reason that targets are hard to hit.
There may be another reason that targets are hard to hit.

are likely to be at any distance and at odd angles and likely to move any second. Obviously, if you can’t place your bullets on paper, you aren’t going to be much of a game shot either. Like you, I’ve never known a good target shooter who was a dismal failure in the field. So I think the guy who makes such statements is only kidding himself.


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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