This is why Destiny's auto rifles and shotguns were nerfed by Bungie.
Bungie has taken steps to explain their reasoning behind the latest weapon balancing patch for Destiny.
The last patch played with the effectiveness of auto rifles, scout rifles and shotguns in order to better reflect what the weapons were designed to do. This meant reducing the effectiveness of auto rifles and shotguns at longer ranges and tweaking scout rifles so they are better at long ranges.
The auto rifle tweaks have been particularly controversial as many players feel like Bungie has nerfed their favourite weapon.
“The Auto Rifle archetype is designed to appeal to players who like to throw up a wall of bullets and not worry if a few miss their target,” Bungie explained. “It is intended to inflict sustained damage at close to medium range, but to lose effectiveness at longer ranges.Today the Auto Rifle is too effective at long range, even beating Scout and Pulse Rifles in some circumstances. Expect stability and/or damage adjustments to the Auto Rifle to address this in the weeks ahead.”
Shotguns also had their performance tweaked to provide a greater drop-off of their potency at longer ranges.
They explained, “Shotguns are for those situations where you need to deliver a massive spike of damage, right now, to the thing standing next to you about to do you harm.Today shotguns are effective beyond their intended range, especially when upgraded with that intention. Expect changes soon to address shotguns which push the envelope of what it means to be close quarters.”
Scout rifles were improved a bit to emphasize their effectiveness at long range but Bungie are promising more improvements coming too.
They added, “Scout Rifles are for players who like to keep their enemies at medium range and hate to miss. They are intended to be an awkward weapon to use at close range but to be dominant - as long as you land your shots - at medium and longer ranges.Scouts just aren't hitting hard enough today when compared to other precision weapons. We'll be addressing this soon.”