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#596808 05/12/2021 10:03 AM
by Parabola
Some years ago I was browsing in one of the more expensive book shops in Charing Cross Road, and was thumbing through a book by Lord Dunsany who was a keen snipe shooter as well as being the Irish chess champion and revolver champion.

I cannot even remember if it was one of his fantasy works, or (more likely) a tale set in Ireland. Anyway, as I looked through it I came across about a page and a half in which he sets out how the sights on Rook rifles should be set up and why he considered most gunmakers were doing it wrong.

The book was not otherwise of great interest to me, and went back on the shelf, but it has since irritated me that I failed to make a mental note of the title.

Are any of you familiar with the book?

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#597271 May 24th a 10:34 AM
by Parabola

You were right, the book is indeed “The Curse of the Wise Woman”. I have bought a paperback copy.

In it Lord Dunsany, writing about a .250 rook rifle, a hammer rifle with a non-selective ejector recommends disabling the ejector to lose the very audible “click” on opening the rifle and learning to cock the hammer silently.

He recommended shooting with both eyes open, and using hollow point bullets as being more humane and less likely to ricochet .

He does however condemn the “shiny” centre line on the back sight stating that it makes it “impossible to tell” “whether you are taking a fine sight or a coarse sight” and says there should not be anything “shiny” on the back sight .

He clearly did not subscribe to the school of thought that says you should only use “the bead, the whole bead and nothing but the bead” and just aim up or down on the animal to allow for range.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction,

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