MONTANA MUSINGS

FROM THE MIND OF MIKE "DUKE" VENTURINO
BPCR Competition

Is the BPCR Silhouette dead? BPCR stands for Black Powder Cartridge Rifle and Silhouette is the game of shooting metallic targets at 200, 300, 385 and 500...
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To Refinish or Not Refinish?

Want to know something that’ll set my teeth on edge just like chalk squeaking on a blackboard? It’s when someone says they bought a mechanically perfect...
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Plains War Spencers

The Spencer carbine played an important role in the Plains Indian Wars yet it’s almost been forgotten by modern shooters. Its cartridges came with...
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World War II Snipers

Since my pre-teens I’ve been an avid student of World War II. About a thousand times in my reading I’ve encountered something like this, “Sadly so and...
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Last Stand Loads

I’m a lifelong student of the “Custer Battle,” otherwise known as the June 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. There, the U.S. 7th Regiment of Cavalry...
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A “Special” Love

Like so many shooters my age, I began handloading with the .38 Special in 1966. Throughout life I’ve been a “lister” — my made-up word for someone...
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Colt SAA Four For Four

In 2018 I managed to achieve a goal of mine: gathering at least one Colt SAA chambered for each of the cartridges for which the Second Generation of...
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Last Gun To Go?

When a visitor recently asked me, “Which gun would you sell dead last?” I couldn’t give an answer.
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The M1896 Mauser

When planning my book, Shooting World War II Small Arms, I almost didn’t include the Swedish Model 1896 Mauser chambered for 6.5x55. The reason was...
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Casting Call!

How’d you like to engage in an utterly relaxing endeavor while building up your stockpile of expensive reloading components? Sounds good? If so, do what I...
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Krag Fever!

Some people say my luck is uncanny in finding good-shooting specimens of historic firearms to add to the collection. “Nah,” I reply, “Sometimes it’s...
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Slugging It Out

What does a fellow do to alleviate boredom when it’s 20-below outside and you’re recovering from a full knee replacement? This was my question when the...
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Parts for Peacemakers

With my renewed fascination (more like obsession) with the Colt Single Action Army came a renewal of a friendship developed over 20 years ago with Eddie...
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.38 Long Colt

Without a doubt the most denigrated American military handgun cartridge ever is the .38 Colt (aka .38 Long Colt). It is said to have been the cause of death...
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Momentous Metrics

Two cartridges changed the entire planet’s military organization. Until they were developed, most armies used rifles chambered for full-size rifle...
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A Pair Of Great War Aces

When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917 the country was woefully unprepared. The US Army didn’t have fighter planes, artillery,...
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Dear John ...

Hey, John Taffin! I’m about to eat some crow here so I want you to pay attention. Some years back you got a mite upset at an article I wrote saying the...
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A Tale of Three .30s

In the time span between 1892 and 1906 the US Army adopted three .30 caliber cartridges for their various infantry rifles. Two also became popular among we...
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You Gotta Have a Plan

Two days after this writing I’m going into the hospital for a full replacement of my right knee. There’s no reason to mention it in these pages except...
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Precision Peeps

If it were conveniently possible, I’d have peep sights on every rifle I own. Even if they’re already scoped. Peep sights are fast to use, capable of...
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What’s In A Name?

In the beginning of metallic cartridges their names had meaning. As in .44 Henry Rimfire, where “.44” for bullet/barrel bore diameter, “Henry” for...
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Cat Guns

Don’t let the title throw you. Up front I want to state Yvonne and I are both cat and dog lovers. This is not about shooting lost or discarded house cats...
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