HUNTING

A Prince, A...

The sable is known as “the prince of Africa” for its majestic beauty. It’s a perfect moniker too. With sweeping, ringed horns, black saddle and...
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The Marlin 336

Marlin rifles were one of the biggest names in the U.S. firearms industry since its founding in 1870 by John Mahlon Marlin. The company didn’t necessarily...
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Playing Favorites

I met my friend Kevin at the skeet range and when I pulled out my Parker VH 28, he asked, “Do you ever shoot anything else?” Hmmm, I thought, a good...
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Springfield...

Planet Earth doesn’t need another bolt rifle. But, when the east wind brought scent of this one, I had to look twice at its origin — Springfield Armory.
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Kelbly Koda

Ultimate is thrown around a lot but not too many things live up to the hype. The “ultimate defensive handgun,” the “ultimate long-range rifle,” the...
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Taylor's &...

Quick, what 130-year-old product do you still use in its original form? A car? Nope. Airplane? Nope. Train? Nope. Radio, TV set, computer, socket set,...
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Marlin Lever Guns

Ask most shooters when the first .45-70 lever-action rifle appeared and they will say the 1886. Winchester had begun with the 1860 Henry .44 Rimfire then...
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Winchester Model 64

A whole lot of lovers of leverguns consider Winchester’s graceful Model 64 to be the best-looking rifle ever put together — and they’ll certainly get...
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The Immortal .30-30

New cartridges come and go. Occasionally — not often — they come and stay. Sometimes a new cartridge is so sensational, so far ahead of its time, it...
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Franchi Momentum Rifle Package

The Momentum is Franchi’s first center-fire sporting/hunting rifle, so why buy something brand new? “Brand” is the key word here — Italian company...
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Evolution: Decades of Deer

Big game rifles have evolved continuously with the introduction of new models, new cartridges, new manufacturing methods, changing hunting conditions and...
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solo stove bonfire 2.0 in mulberry
New Bonfire 2.0 From Solo...

Now available in four all-new colors, the Bonfire 2.0 from Solo Stove is perfect for everywhere your outdoor adventures take you including hunt camp,...
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Stalking the wild camera lens

It was hunting and stalking of the most dangerous kind. The consequences of a misstep would be drastic, maybe even fatal.
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Real Deal or Pea Shooter?

Small-bore shotguns have always had a cult-like following but more and more shooters are finding out the 28 gauge is legit.
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Jack O'Connor's .450 Watts...

As buffalo landed just below lion on Jack’s list, he’d secured a suitable rifle in .450 Watts. Winchester had yet to unveil its .458, so this was a...
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The .308 Winchester

My all-time favorite hunting rifle has been a 1952 vintage Winchester Model 70 Featherweight chambered for a cartridge introduced that same year — the...
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Cosmi Shotgun

I’ve handled, fired and admired Cosmi shotguns up close. If you get a magnifying loupe out and go over one carefully, you won’t find a single mistake...
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Back To The Future

The last time-travel event was in June 2022. I had just picked up another Ruger 10/22, this one a carbine with plastic stock and stainless steel barrel.
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Leica Range-Finding Optics

Before optical sights, hunters managed to kill game without using rangefinders. If the brass bead dwarfed the deer, the shot was too long. When the sight...
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‘What’s your favorite...

Friends and relatives sometimes ask for advice on cartridge choice for big game hunting and they seem surprised I don’t have any particular favorites.
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Levergun Leverage

In 1855, partners Smith & Wesson, Horace and Daniel, formed the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company to improve upon the Rocket Ball lever action design of one...
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Side-by-Side Shotguns

Ask a shotgunner if they like side-by-sides and the answer is usually “of course, who doesn’t?” Side-by-sides are sleek and sexy, they’re...
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Win The battle Of The Bulge

Wild birds live in rugged areas and we go there for lots of flushes or knots of geese double-clucking their way into a field.
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Duck and Cover!

I’m an inveterate duck hunter but in my case, don’t take enthusiasm to correlate with any skills.
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Marlin 1895 SBL

“We’re mighty proud of it,” said Mark Gurney. “But it’s not a Ruger Marlin. It’s a Marlin.”
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Staggered Shells

I sort of miss the old Poly-Chokes E.F. White developed in Hartford, Conn. in the 1920s. Poly-Chokes were a practical, dial-and-go way for shotgunners to...
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Howa 1500 Mini EXCL Lite

We have quite a choice of bolt-action rifles with detachable magazines holding 10 or so cartridges.
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SIG Sauer MCX Rattler PCB

The revolutionary SIG SAUER MCX Rattler PCB, there are some remarkably practical 21st century real-world applications for this most radical of black guns.
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Savage 1920 Rifle

The Savage model 1920 rifle was introduced over a century ago. Commercially it was not a big success with only about 12,000 made and production ending...
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Take A Gun Or Rent?

Maybe our two-year nightmare is drawing to an end. Travel abroad for hunting may once again become routine. We are blessed with wonderful hunting...
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Ruger .416 Hawkeye
Ruger .416 Hawkeye African

The Ruger .416 Hawkeye African shares the same elegant homage to express rifle conventions with a black ebony forend tip, twin stock crossbolts, single-leaf...
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Benelli Ultra Light 20...

Benelli’s Ultra Light 20-gauge semi-auto shotgun was designed for upland game and maneuvering through brush and trees.
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The Ruger American &...

How Ruger’s engineers designed a basic entry-level-priced rifle capable of shooting as good, if not better, than rifles costing five times the price of...
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The Dreaded Camp Rifle

If you travel much, it’s no big secret flying with guns and ammo is no longer fun.
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Africa Rifles

For many hunters Africa has been a “one of these days” destination. The current pandemic with its restrictions on travel mean we don’t — at least I...
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Taurus .460 S&W Magnum...

For several years Brazilian gun maker Taurus has been offering a variety of revolvers for shooters and hunters alike. Their Raging Hunter series has been...
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