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The .25-06: Deadly on Deer

The .25-06: Deadly on Deer

By Russell Thornberry

In the hands of an experienced hunter, the quarter bore shines. One thing I’ve learned over the years as a hunter and writer is that hunters seldom agree about which rifles and cartridges are best, particularly those used for deer hunting. The truth is, no one caliber can do it all across the whitetail’s vast range:  open prairies,... READ MORE

10 Steps to a Tack Driver

10 Steps to a Tack Driver

By Ron Spomer

Turning a so-so shooter into a MOA rifle might be easier than you think. So you finally bought that rifle you’ve been lusting after all these years. Or maybe you inherited one from your uncle. But it’s not living up to your daydreams, not exactly shooting lights out. Well then, tweak it. More precisely, accurize it. Webster’s does... READ MORE

Savage’s Accustock

Savage’s Accustock

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Savage is once again on the leading edge of rifle design with a revolutionary new bedding system. You don’t have to go too far back in memory to recall when Savage rifles were considered low-end or entry-level. They always shot far better than their price tags or appearance would suggest, a function of a great barrel-to-receiver lockup and s... READ MORE

Eight Ways to Save on Ammo

Eight Ways to Save on Ammo

By Ron Spomer

Practice always costs something, but not practicing can cost you success. Ammunition today isn’t just expensive — it’s scarce. Last March, our Cabela’s store looked like old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. The ammo shelves were bare. There was no .380 Auto ammo, few .22 Long Rifle shells, no small rifle primers and precious... READ MORE

Sight-in Your Rifle With Six Shots

Sight-in Your Rifle With Six Shots

By J. Wayne Fears

A penny pincher’s guide to zeroing a scoped hunting gun. Riflescopes are sensitive optical instruments. Just sitting in a gun safe during the off-season can result in the crosshairs moving due to temperature or other environmental changes. The vibration of a commercial airliner can likewise jar a reticle off, even though the rifle is in a pad... READ MORE

Blue Collar Custom

Blue Collar Custom

By Larry Teague

The E.R. Shaw Mark-VII rifle has the options of a custom gun at a working man’s price. Lofty observations are common in articles on custom hunting guns. Shooting writers rave over fancy walnut, fine-line checkering, scroll engraving and other touches that you, the discriminating buyer, can add to make the firearm truly one of a kind. What&rsq... READ MORE

The Overlooked .22 WMR

The Overlooked .22 WMR

By J. Wayne Fears

Often misunderstood, the .22 Mag is a serious stopper of small game up to 20 pounds. I never told my hunting companions the caliber of the Henry lever-action rifle I was carrying. They just assumed it was a .22 Long Rifle. We were on a mission for a church wild game supper. Thanks to its many members who were hunters, the church had a wide variety ... READ MORE

Bolt Basics

Bolt Basics

By Richard Mann

Working a bolt correctly can save the day — and your hide. Sustained fire with a bolt-action rifle can be almost as fast as what can be obtained with a semiautomatic rifle. If that statement surpises you, you’re not alone. Several years back, I conducted a test with different rifle actions and shooters. I used a timer to record how long... READ MORE

Trick Out a 10/22 Part II

Trick Out a 10/22 Part II

By Dave Henderson

How to convert the world’s most popular rimfire rifle to .17 Mach 2 One of the greatest joys of shooting is personalizing a rifle — taking a gun off the rack and molding it to one’s specifications, needs and tastes. There’s an abiding sense of accomplishment in customizing a firearm, even if you’re just making a few ch... READ MORE

Trick Out a 10/22 Part 1

Trick Out a 10/22 Part 1

By Dave Henderson

With just a few simple tools, you can build a semi-custom .22 that looks good and shoots great. The Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle was heralded as a masterpiece in firearm design when it hit the market in 1964. The 5-pound semiauto was easy to work on and featured a 10-round rotary magazine that fit flush in the stock’s action well, precisely at t... READ MORE

7 Cartridges that Never Made the Grade

7 Cartridges that Never Made the Grade

By Ralph M. Lermayer

In the rush to own the latest hunting rounds, we all too often pass by some great performers that have been with us for decades. Who are you going to ask to the prom, the prettiest gal in school or the one whose father has the best deer hunting property? Tough call. It’s sort of like asking, “Which is better, sizzle or steak?” Ans... READ MORE

The Hunter’s Glass

The Hunter’s Glass

By Ralph M. Lermayer

A practical hunter’s guide to riflescopes, binoculars and rangefinders. The subject of optics for hunters is one that gets a lot of press. Rightfully it should, since our choice of scopes, binoculars and now rangefinders can literally determine the success of a hunt. The choices are endless, as each manufacturer extols the virtues of its part... READ MORE

The Inline Solution

The Inline Solution

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Find the “sweet spot” load, and your modern muzzleloader will begin shooting its tightest groups. We’ve long been schooled to accept the adage that every centerfire rifle is unique, and you have to try different handloads, bullet weights and brands to find the one your rifle shoots best. This is true. Different barrel twist rates,... READ MORE

One-Shot Group

One-Shot Group

By John Haviland

All the work that goes into a hunt rides on the first bullet. Make sure it will hit on the mark. Many hunters go on about how tightly their rifles shoot five-shot groups. Well, the real measure of a hunting rifle is how it shoots a one-shot group. All the money and work that goes into a hunt rides on the first bullet shot from a cold barrel. For th... READ MORE

Play It Safe with Your Muzzleloader

Play It Safe with Your Muzzleloader

By Sam Fadala

Hunting with blackpowder firearms isn’t inherently dangerous, but a little safety savvy is required. Accidents always happen to “the other guy.” Or do they? Sometimes that other guy is one of us. Take the man who was killed by a grizzly not far from my camp. Odds of a bear attacking him were less than being struck by lightning. Ho... READ MORE

The Forgotten .264 Win Mag

The Forgotten .264 Win Mag

By Richard Mann

This 50-year-old round has .270 Win power and even better long-range performance. For the most part, the .264 Winchester Magnum has gone the way of the pet rock, but as a young hunter growing up in West Virginia, I always wanted a rifle in this caliber. Visions of traveling to Montana to hunt mule deer in the wide open spaces made the .264 seem lik... READ MORE

The Reloading Revival

The Reloading Revival

By Richard Mann

The high cost of factory ammo and scarcity of .223 Rem rounds has sparked a modern-day handloading resurgence. This year marks Lee Precision’s  50th anniversary. Lee is celebrating this milestone with the introduction of a special kit that includes everything a beginner needs to get started handloading. It couldn’t have come at a b... READ MORE

Choosing a Deer Bullet

Choosing a Deer Bullet

By Steve LaMascus

Which bullets are best for whitetail hunting? Three hunting and shooting experts share their views. Four decades ago when I was a teenager, nobody in my part of the world put a lot of thought into selecting a hunting bullet, or so it seemed. We used lightweight bullets for varmints and heavier bullets for deer. Today, we know better, but with so ma... READ MORE

Remington’s Rabbit Rifle Supreme

Remington’s Rabbit Rifle Supreme

By Clair Rees

The Model 597 in .22 Mag proves its worth on small game in Wyoming’s sagebrush country. Except for a few stunted clumps of sagebrush, there was no place to hide in Wyoming’s high desert country. Tim Jansen and I simply lay in the snow, relying on our white camo clothing to keep us unseen. It was the second day of a coyote hunt that had ... READ MORE

‘X’ marks the Spot

‘X’ marks the Spot

By Larry Teague

Browning’s X-Bolt shares the accuracy and reliability of the A-Bolt, but offers some significant improvements. It’s a quarter past dawn, the sun firing the eastern sky in gradients of yellow and orange. Details of my surroundings are gradually being revealed in the growing light. About a dozen whitetails are gathering around a feeder 1... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd