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100-yard, 5-shot groups with HORNADY BULLETS fired from ordinary hunting rifles

No special bench rest rifle was needed to shoot these exceptional groups sent us by Al dohnson, 1067 S. Gaylord, Denver. They are evidence of the fine accuracy you get on target and game using Hornady Bullets in your regular hunting rifle.

Hornady Bullets are precision made in tungsten carbide dies to achieve the maximum concentricity and uniformity which produces their remarkable accuracy. Their spire shape gives Hornady varmint bullets pinpoint accuracy plus explosive power for killing at extreme distances.

Varmint bullets in calibers from 22 to 30 . .. super explosive bullets for the 222.

the Jeep out of the immediate vicinity so the game will not get suspicious.

I make my initial approach from behind a hill or rock; that is the only way it can be done because of the eagle's sharp eyes. I always sit down and rest just before I shoot, so heavy breathing and strong heartbeat will not spoil my hold. I also use this break to make the necessary last-minute arrangements. I reverse the parka to white if there is snow on the ground, and put the Navy surplus toque over my head and face. A toque is a knit head cover with only a narrow slit for the eyes. It cuts down glare from glasses and hides the unnatural color of a man's face, which helps avoid spooking the game.

I prefer not to use binoculars on a stalk, as they get in the way when it is necessary to crawl and to worm along on my stomach. The best way to stalk is with the sun to your back and in the eagle's eyes. However, we have to stalk according to the terrain, and an ideal situation seldom exists.

We have found it is best to make the final approach around the side of a hill or rock rather than over the top, because the game usually spots us the first thing when going over the top. We work around the side until a clear shot is possible. Here is where the big gamble is taken. Biologists tell us eagles have sight equalling six-power binoculars. An eagle is constantly on the alert, cranking his head around to cover the area in front, in back, and to both sides.

A move when an eagle is looking never fails to spook him, but it is necessary to take a peek every so often, and if we are lucky and our game is looking in another direction, we may complete the stalk. But

Five 22 cal. 60 gr. Hornady Bullets fired from a 22-250 varmlnter with Douglas standard barrel

Five 270 cal. 100 gr. Hornady Bullets with 47 grs. 4676. "Typical group with your bullets."

17-lb. chuck picked off at 391 paces by Art Ward of Mt. Vernon, Mo., using Hornady 6MM 70 gr. spire point bullets fired from a 243 Rockchucker.

it is necessary to take this gamble to get the eagle's head in the scope.

Right here is where the stalk calls for patience and cautious movements. I get the eagle in the scope on the first look, and all further movements are made when his head is turned away. It takes a lot of time to work into shooting position this way, but there is no point in rushing. When I'm in a comfortable, solid position, I take plenty of time to let the shot off. It pays dividends in the form of more hits.

Cactus presents a problem in stalking. If

"It's a rabbit, pop. But I guess I was a little too close."

I don't pick up a few in the legs or stomach while crawling, darned if I don't usually manage to lie down in some when getting ready to shoot. I'll never forget watching Bob make a stalk one day. Just as he settled into shooting position, he fairly lifted himself into the air, but went on and shot. I never knew what happened until he returned to the Jeep, proudly displaying an eagle and a bellyful of cactus tines. He had simply settled back into the cactus and touched off a long-range connector!

I always consider time spent on a stalk as an investment. If I can get within reasonable distance, then I take extra pains to work into a good position and make the other last minute arrangements. The final determination of where to hold and what wind drift allowance to make, if any, must be made here. I soon learned to observe the direction and force of wind while making the initial approach, and use this information to decide where to hold. Knowing where to hold separates the eagle shooters from the eagle hunters. An eagle hunter is lost until he can estimate distances and wind drift accurately.

An experience last year taught me to carry a sidearm when retrieving; that is, when I decide to leave my rifle in the Jeep. I had shot an eagle and because the going would be tough, I left my rifle behind. Just by chance, I strapped on my .22 revolver, figuring there might be a cottontail up in the rocks.

The eagle had flopped over backwards, and I assumed he was dead; but he had only a broken wing, and lie was very mad. The enraged bird rushed at me, and I started pumping lead into him, using the revolver double action. He stopped only after being hit four times with long-rifle hollow points, and still he did not go down. I put another in his middle, but he simply blinked and started for me again. My last round went into his head, and he finally fell over. I was a little shaken, although there was no real danger. I was more surprised than anything, but I might have been badly clawed.

Analyses of hundreds of eagle crops indicate their normal food items are rodents and rabbits, but this varies with local conditions. They do, unquestionably, kill antelope, deer, mountain sheep, mountain goats, and other animals; and are even more destructive to game birds, up to and including wild turkeys. Calf losses are infrequent, but lamb losses are regular occurrences whenever eagles and sheep share the same range. A survey in one area heavily populatd by golden eagles showed they had accounted for from 23 to 30 per cent of one ranch's unguarded lamb ero-p. This was, however, an isolated instance. It must be remembered, though, that sheepmen in general have eagle losses varying from light to heavy.

Nature's balance has been severely upset for the past decade or so by the vigorous poison campaigns. In fact, the balance still is out of whack. Eagles have been forced to kill larger game and livestock in order to survive. Their liking for livestock has branded them outlaw. Controlling them is truly a rifleman's game, exacting the utmost in hunting ability and shooting skill, plus a generous amount of pure, unadulterated luck. A shooter's ability and skill must always be with him and the luck varies from day to day to make it a right WS

challenging sport. (jH

All popular calibers for varmints and big gamesend card for list

All popular calibers for varmints and big gamesend card for list

FJRST-READER FOR SHOTGUNNERS: PART II

(Continued from page 33)

are ynu hunting?

Suppose it i- c|uail. In that rasp, lmy a box with this legend: "3 drams equivalent. l'„s oz. No. Vh Shot.'' If no 1V-1 shot can he had. acccpt 8's. If neither, accept 7's. hut reluctantly. If none of these arc available, buy a box of 3% drams equivalent. 1% oz. No. IVi. 8. or 7 shot. Buy it as a reluctant second choice.

Suppose you are trying for Canada Geese. Reverse the routine: buy the heavier load if available. If not. take the lighter load and go happily tin your way. (Twenty minutes intermission for the screams of protest to die to a threatening growl.) 1 know all the arguments, hut I also know that wild things do very little reading. The loads which I have recommended will provide you more comfort and more game on the table than any other combination manufactured.

Why. then, are all the other loadings made and recommended for various types of game? .Answer: for the same reason that smaller bores than the 12 are manufactured, advertised. and sold—because the public demands them. And why does the public demand them? Because ballisticians have proved that larger shot will carry farther, hit harder, and penetrate more inches of paper, pine, or tin cans than the smaller shot; because experts can kill game at longer ranges with the larger shot; and, because the average sliotgunner takes his advice from the advertisements and from the experts, overlooking several important items.

\\ hy do I recommend the load with small shot? Because it contains more shot. Because game cannot read. Because more small shot will kill better than fewer large shot. And because at least 90 per cent of all shotgunncrs are not experts.

I am neither an expert nor a statistician. My knowledge of ballistics is elementary, and my knowledge of the killing power of shotgun loads has been acquired empirically in the field, or on waterways, marshes, and bogs, during 49 years of shotgunning. You can lake your choice, as 1 have. I am a hunter, not a theoretician; and I own no slock in any ammunition company.

Range

Range is the distance Irom yon to your target. Killing range—which is the only range of interest to any sportsman—is the range at which game dies quickly when the gunner places his charge of shot to best advantage. What is it in terms of yards? The answer is to be found in many a book, magazine, and table. The yardage given is conservative and, probably, based upon careful tests made upon inanimate objects such as paper, tin cans, pine boards. There is little refutation of this data, primarily because few shooters do much accurate measuring of range to their kills. A few use a special yard—sometimes called the "duck yard"—which often produces phenomenally long kills over water where the exact measurements cannot be made easily.

To measure range accurately by eye is an art which few persons ever master. Maybe it is because they try to learn too many ranges. My method is not easy, but it is easier than any other ever brought to my attention, and I will give it to you, free. I

have practiced for years, over every imaginable Ivpe nf terrain, to learn to recognize 70 yards. When any flying object is under 70 vards. [ shoot. I don't always hit. but I seldom come home empty-handed. If you do not like m\ method, pick one for yourself. Make it 60 yards, if you like—or 40 or .30. You're the doctor; it's your ammo, and your belly.

As you progress in your shotgunning. you will inevitably encounter situations in which the basic rules—mount your gun correctly, see your target clearly above the barrel (s), swing, and shoot—seem to bar some shots. At such times, you must either forego shooting or break the rules. What should you do?

My advice is: break the rules . . . except two. Never break the safe rule, and never break the rule which says shoot, if there is a chance to kill your game. One example will illustrate my reasoning.

Last Fall, while hunting pheasants with one companion and three young Wei-marancrs. misfortune rode me for three hours while my companion got his limit. He wanted to go home, but I persuaded him to take one more trip along a debris-jammed creek between two fairly high banks, heavily tree-

flanked. Walking the right bank, dogs out of sight ahead, 1 came to a place where the hank receded from the stream.

Suddenly, a cock pheasant rose, cackling, and promptly disappeared behind the tree tops to my left. Instinctively. I "snap shot" through the tree tops and, before my mind had time to catch up, a second cock pheasant rose silently and whipped over the high bank to my right. Again. 1 "snap shot," feeling as 1 did so that there was scant probability that I could hit him before he disappeared. To my pleasant surprise, one pup came galloping to me, dripping from her plunge in the creek, bringing me a dead pheasant; and, before 1 could properly receive the first, a second pup came trotting in with the second cock. It was safe, and, I shot. The moral is: know the rules and when to break them—except the safe rule. Never break that one.

Question: Are there any other special situations where it is impossible to follow the approved routine?

Answer: Yes, one. It is a most unusual situation, not worth bothering about. Even then, you need omit only one of the four steps of: correctly mount your gun, see your target above your barrels, swing, and shoot. The situation is that in which a flying bird or fowl comes overhead, from behind, and goes

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