This isn't actually as bad as it sounds if you are prepared for hunting.
I strongly suggest a combat Vulture or better) with full lasers for this. Reason is two-fold.
- Ammunition needs to be restocked.
- Restocking takes you away from fighting.
Do you need a Vulture? No. Its a relatively inexpensive ship to deck out though. If you have a great attack build, feel free to use what you are comfortable in. Be aware that you may have to jump out of system to restock and that you may not have large pads available nearby.
Suggested build: Vulture ~19milhttp://coriolis.io/outfit/vulture/24A5C4C3D5A4C3C1e1e0000040...
Using a Vulture well means learning power management. There are 3 chaffs with only 1 on at any time. I assign all 3 to the same trigger since with the other 2 off, only 1 works. When one is depleted, you must manually disable it before enabling another to ensure you don't shut down systems. There is a SCB (Shield Cell Battery) to help keep that bubble up. With a setup like this you should be able to hold your own for some time before needing to restock cells and chaff.
Once you have your instrument of destruction, you need to find a Compromised Navigation Beacon. These are found in systems where the factions are in lockdown or civil war. They don't last forever since over time the security forces move back into a system. The one I use is in Korazotz
which is very close to LHS 3447 (where you start) and Frey (which is a great mining location.)
Here is a community post with an updated list of such beacons.https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=195838&p=...
Once you find your hunting grounds, start scanning the targets near you. You will note their ship class and combat rank before their wanted status. Focus on those ranked 'Elite' and in ships you are comfortable taking on. Be aware that you will find NPCs in wings - ensure you can tackle the whole wing at once if you engage one. Believe it or not, there are a ton of Elite pilots that love joyrides in Sidewinders and Eagles. Equally odd, all Elite rank ships I've found in CNavB's were wanted.
With the 1.6/2.1 update AI got a huge boost. Be wary when attacking Elite rank ships! Keep an escape plan. Make sure you have chaff at a minimum to break those target locks. Don't forget that you can always high jump (jump to a different system) even if you are mass-locked by ships locally. If you need to get distance - turn flight assist off and boost boost boost in a straight line. By default you disable flight assist with