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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

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

Bear Bait

Bear Bait

By Clair Rees

My right leg throbbed with every step as I plowed through the knee-deep snow. Ed Stevenson, my guide, was breaking trail — an exhausting chore we normally shared. I was no longer hunting.  All I could think of was reaching the tent and removing the boot from my swollen leg. Randy Brooks and I had arrived in the Alaska bush on the first o... READ MORE

Six Rules of Glassing

Six Rules of Glassing

By Ron Spomer

Good glass and proper technique are the keys to locating game. Photo: A straight eyepiece is not comfortable for use over long periods. It forces one to bend the neck and shoulders to see through it. Every serious hunter has a binocular. Quite a few hunters understand the immeasurable value of a spotting scope. And nearly all hunters know you are s... READ MORE

The Traditional Way

The Traditional Way

By John Haviland

Hunting with a caplock or flinter connects us with our ancestors and a simpler time. Some shooters claim the last improvements to muzzleloading rifles came in the early ’60s — the 1860s, that is. These traditionalists prefer shooting a pure lead projectile, a rifle that belches a cloud of smoke and requires almost a minute to reload. Ca... READ MORE

The 7-30 Waters

The 7-30 Waters

By J. Wayne Fears

Great First Deer Caliber for Youngsters! The offspring of the .30-30 has mild recoil, and is effective on whitetails out to 200 yards. The cabin door opened with authority as my 13-year old grandson Justin walked in. It was his first time to hunt deer alone, and I thought for him to be coming back to the cabin so soon, there must be a problem. &l... READ MORE

The Knockdown Power Myth

The Knockdown Power Myth

By Ron Spomer

Bullet placement is far more important in the field than bullet theory. Photo: Although black bears are usually not as large as grizzlies, they can be just as dangerous, so it’s best to knock them down. The author prefers a deep-penetrating bullet that will exit, leaving two holes for trailing. There’s an old joke about the hunter who k... READ MORE

The Core-Lokt Stands the Test of Time

The Core-Lokt Stands the Test of Time

By Larry Teague

Granddad’s ammo saves bucks and still brings home the bucks. Photo: A 150-grain Core-Lokt pointed soft point instantly dropped this 9-point Kansas whitetail. The Marlin XL7S rifle with a stainless action and barrel is new this year. Let’s say it didn’t already exist, and you wanted to develop a good-performing, inexpensive deer ca... READ MORE

A Wild Hog Sledgehammer

A Wild Hog Sledgehammer

By J. Wayne Fears

The stout .45-70 cartridge is bad medicine for big pigs. Photo: Winchester recently reintroduced the modern .45-70 Model 1886. It’s a dandy. Few calibers available to the wild hog hunter have a more colorful history than the .45-70 Government. Popular among settlers, buffalo hunters, cowboys, lawmen and others, the cartridge was with Gen. Geo... READ MORE

Four-Gun Battery for Life

Four-Gun Battery for Life

By Ron Spomer

Choose carefully, and you’ll be equipped to hunt any game anywhere in the world with just a few rifles. So you are a rifle hunter. Welcome to the club. And you’d like to hunt everything all the time? Lucky you. In North America, you could spend a lifetime pursuing a wonderful mixed bag from small rodents through the biggest deer in the ... READ MORE

Trijicons Are Different

Trijicons Are Different

By Ralph M. Lermayer

It’s dusk of opening day. You’re easing down a forest road or skirting the edge of a field, when, suddenly, you spot movement in a clearing in front of you. Is it a buck? Whatever it is, it knows you’re there. You instinctively shoulder your rifle. In the blink of an eye, you must locate, identify, evaluate and center the target t... READ MORE

Federal’s Triple-Range Turkey Load

Federal’s Triple-Range Turkey Load

By J. Wayne Fears

New shotshell solves the problem of taking “surprise” gobblers that show up unannounced and ultra-close. It has happened to most spring gobbler hunters at one time or another: You are set up, and from out of nowhere a gobbler steps into view at 15 yards. It’s now or never, so you take aim and pull the trigger. At the sound of the ... READ MORE

Make It Shoot

Make It Shoot

By Dave Henderson

Is your rifle shooting better patterns than groups? Here are the most common problems — and fixes. Brand-new rifle. Well, it’s new to you, and a dandy — a Remington Model 700 BDL in great condition. The price was steep, but the week’s pay was worth it. Add rings, a scope, a couple of boxes of ammo, and you’re ready for... READ MORE

A High-Tech .45-70

A High-Tech .45-70

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Rock River’s .458 SOCOM has the thump of a .45-70, but feeds in AR-15 platforms. There are several ways new cartridges come into the world. One is the military. They put out a request for a set of specs they want, and arsenals and commercial manufacturers go into high gear until the round is created. The .308, .223, 7mm Mauser and venerable ... READ MORE

Stock Options

Stock Options

By Ron Spomer

Got an inaccurate rifle? Maybe it’s time for a different handle. Photo: One of the most unusual stocks on any rifle is this weird combination of walnut and metal on the Browning Buck Mark Rifle, a conversion from an autoloading pistol. There was a time not long ago when a rifle was fitted with a wooden handle designed to aid the operator in u... READ MORE

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