HUNTING

The .270 Winchester

The .270 Winchester cartridge was introduced in 1925. A case could be made for it as the most successful American hunting cartridge of the 20th century.
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Pump-Action Rifles

Pump shotguns continue their popularity but I wonder what happened to the pump rifle?
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Marlin Model 94 CSBL

I’ve been using rifle-caliber Marlin lever guns — .30-30, .35 Remington, .45-70 — most of my life and I confess to being a little late to the...
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Federal Launches New...

The Federal Custom Shop is an all-new way to deliver your preference of the perfect centerfire rifle or shotgun load built by ammunition experts.
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Mossberg Patriot Synthetic...

The Mossberg Patriot Synthetic could be called the 21st Century Semi-Classic Affordable because it combines classic features with some modern touches, both...
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Taurus .357 Magnum Raging...

As closely as I can count, I’ve had extensive experience with over 75 .357 Magnums. This includes single and double action revolvers, semi-automatic and...
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Ravin R26 Crossbow

It would be difficult not to see the rise in popularity of crossbows today. From television advertisements on outdoor channels to magazine ads, crossbows...
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WMR or HMR?

The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire was introduced 60 years ago as I write this. Currently it’s offered in more different bullet weights and designs, and in...
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Spyderco Bow River

Spyderco is best known for their dazzling array of folders, but they put out some stellar fixed-blades as well — from slick outdoor field knives to wicked...
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Savage Arms Model 110 High...

If you haven’t noticed, Savage Arms continues to offer new and improved variations of existing models. The company is never satisfied with the status quo
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Meopta Optika6 Scope...

Fall hunting seasons are just over the horizon and the weeks remaining allow time for serious hunters to put new glass on their rifles, get zeroed and start...
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The Essential Optic

Our eyes need light to see. Light has properties of particles and rays. As early as A.D. 1100 Arab scientist Alhazen described the behavior of reflected...
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What Every Precision...

Some years ago in a nowhere corner of South Dakota, I was on a prairie dog shoot and the notion of going prone on unfamiliar grass was no small...
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The .45 Auto Rim

What do you do when you find yourself at war without either the needed weapons nor the ability to produce them as fast as you need them? The answer? Improvise.
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Turkey Takedown Technology

There’s no field sport better than turkey hunting to introduce new hunters to the skills needed to pursue big game. Keen of sight and omnivorous in his food
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Ruger African 9.3x62

As time ticks by, common guns lose their shine and we want something different. Something to put the green-eyed monster in friends’ eyes, making them wish...
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Remington Model 31

It’s steep and rocky in southern Idaho — and today it was cold. I hadn’t gotten 100 yards from the truck when I was already out of breath. “Why do I...
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Brownells BRN-10

Eugene Stoner’s AR-10 was the culmination of an idea so radical it wasn’t accepted — at first. Too many cooks spoiled the broth along the way, yet...
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Advanced Tactical Ordnance...

Between 2006 and 2011 the feral hog population in America grew by 20 percent per year. Conservatively, they cause about 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of...
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Eight Great Straights

The cutlery industry has been shifting toward an increase in hunting and sporting knives the past two years due in large part to the more firearms-friendly...
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Best Elk Cartridge?

Until you’re fortunate enough to shoot at an elk, the cartridge in your rifle matters no more than the size of your boots. As elk can be devilishly hard...
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Guns Of The Guides

Curled up in our favorite easy chair, perhaps sipping a distilled beverage, an outdoor show flickers on the flat screen featuring Alaska’s coastal brown...
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Rifle Gear 101

After weeks of research, you bought your first rifle. Along with scope, bases and rings and ammunition, it took a fairly serious financial outlay but...
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Mossberg Pumpgun Packages

The shotgun is the most versatile firearm system ever developed. It can serve as a shotgun, an accurate big-bore rifle, a handgun and even as a flare gun.
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Spot X Satellite Messenger

If you’ve spent any time in wild places, away from the ever-present cellular phone networks, you’ve had moments when you sorely wanted to communicate...
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Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 HD

You might say I’ve got a pretty strong background in thermal imaging. Before ascending the GUNS throne (a tasteful beige leather recliner) to become the...
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.22 Rimfires? No Thanks!

It was many years ago, but I can still remember the immortal line from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges! We...
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Open Country

A few years ago my wife and I enjoyed a Dall sheep hunt in the Northwest Territories so much we hated to leave.
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Holster History

Imagine, if you will, this discussion between some opinionated old shootists sitting around the celestial campfire:
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Mistakes Hunters Make

Guides and professional hunters see a lot of hunters. One question I like to ask them is, “What are the most common shooting mistakes you see clients...
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Weatherby Magnum 6.5-300

When Weatherby announced the 6.5-.300 cartridge in 2016 you just knew it was going to be the biggest, fastest, flattest-shooting 6.5 on the planet.
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T/C’s 6.5 Creedmoor Compass

With their acquisition of Thompson/Center Arms, Smith & Wesson is back in the bolt-action sporting rifle business following their brief flirtations with HVA...
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The Perfect Deer Rifle

Like John Taffin’s quest for the “Perfect Packin’ Pistol,” my own quest has been for a “Perfect Deer Rifle.” Except my term is so lame, lacking...
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Handguns In Africa

The early morning mist evaporated quickly as the sun beat down on the Zambezi River. As we launched the boat, two women were washing their clothes in the...
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Mossberg 930 Snow Goose

“My heart knows what the wild goose knows, I must go where the wild goose goes. Wild goose, brother goose, which is best? A wanderin’ foot or a heart at...
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A Tale of Two Turkeys

It was springtime in the Mississippi Delta, and the obligatory floodwaters had swollen the mighty Mississippi River well beyond its banks. The farmland on...
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The Magnification

The hole looked the same after the second shot as after the first. Identical after a third. How could this be? At 24X, the crosswire had gyrated like a fly...
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Long Range Hunter

It seems Savage is always building a better mousetrap. Over the years their Model 110 series has undergone steady enhancements such as the addition of the...
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Nuthin’ But Blue Sky

For lots of folks, Labor Day is hunting season. It’s not hard to figure out why. In terms of logistics, dove areas are relatively accessible, and the hit...
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Sticker Shock!

Here’s a non-gun case in point: I wanted a reliable, durable chainsaw to clean up trees downed by the wind and turn them into firewood. Most of the trees...
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Vortek StrikerFire LDR

Coupled with the TAC2 trigger system, Traditions’s Vortek StrikerFire LDR will make you wonder if you’re shooting a centerfire rifle. Ignition is that...
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6.5 Creedmoor Beware!

A red sun was kissing Namibia’s dunes when the wildebeest ghosted past one-quarter mile away. Last chance. Bush to bush, I reeled them in to iron sight...
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Winchester's Model 94 Sporter

The Winchester Model 94 and .30-30 cartridge are so tightly linked in shooters’ minds, some think .30-30 means Winchester 94.
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