"Oh ho ho," I said, "you'd be lucky to hit Dutchess County, New York, with that gun if you were standing in the middle of Dutchess County." So Hurteau shot the awful thing and produced a couple of groups that measured probably an inch and an inch and a quarter--fine, attractive groups that would do credit to a modern bolt-action. How come? Probably the ammunition. This is not the first time I've seen a supposedly inaccurate 20th century rifle turn in very good groups when fed modern ammo. Charlie Yellott, a hugely talented gunsmith and a lover of hunting rifles from the early part of the last century, has shot amazing groups using handloads with modern bullets. For those of you who are damp behind the ears, it's hard to appreciate just how far bullets, and factory ammo, have come in the past 40 years or so. It's roughly the equivalent of how far scopes have progressed. Take a look through a scope from the 1970s and then look through one that was made this year and you'll see.