So you have a daughter, son, friend, etc that is going on their first big game hunt. You have two rifles, one of which is marginal for the species they intend to hunt and one that is acceptable (by all accounts). For the sake of arguement, the accuracy and precision of both rifles are the same.
You start them with the marginal rifle, target shooting with the intention of working them up to the other rifle as they start to get the hang of shooting.
They practice hard and do great with the marginal caliber, so you bump them to the satisfactory caliber. However their shooting starts to go down hill a bit because they can't handle the recoil as much and occasionally flinch and no amount of practice will fix the flinch. They are not shooting horrible, but it is clear they are better with the marginal rifle. Furthermore this is range shooting so it is expected that they will, at the least, be a bit worse in the field. So now they are shooting marginally but the caliber/load/rifle is acceptable.
Here is the question. Would you let them hunt with the marginal caliber/load, or with the marginal shooting, or not at all?
[ This Message was edited by: bitmasher on 2003-11-18 23:33 ]