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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

The Slug Gun King

The Slug Gun King

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Ithaca’s Deerslayer is back, and this one in 20 gauge shoots as well as the original. One would think that when a large percentage of the hunting public wanted a product, all of the manufacturers would trip over themselves to provide it, especially in today’s competitive firearms market. Well, factor this: Thirty-five percent of the hu... READ MORE

Hunting Accuracy: How Much Do You Need?

Hunting Accuracy: How Much Do You Need?

By Jon R. Sundra

Ever been at a shooting range prior to the season opener and overhear someone say, as they’re looking at a retrieved target, “That’s good enough for hunting” or “More than minute of deer”? Those and similar comments suggesting pinpoint accuracy isn’t really needed for hunting are voiced at shooting ranges a... 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

Rifle Weight Balance & Fit

Rifle Weight Balance & Fit

By John Barsness

Got a gun that kicks too hard or just doesn’t feel right? Here are the common problems ... and solutions. Most hunters have a notion of how much a rifle should weigh, but think that balance and stock fit only apply to shotguns. The truth is that all three can be important, and they’re often tied to the ammunition we shoot. Many hunters ... READ MORE

The Reliable Buck Mark

The Reliable Buck Mark

By Clair Rees

The famed Colt Woodsman lives on in this classic .22 semiauto pistol. Browning Buck Marks are affordable, high-quality .22 handguns. Introduced in 1985, they’re accurate and fun to shoot. Recently, I brought a 5 1/2-inch bull-barreled Buck Mark Target pistol to a Montana prairie dog shoot. I planned on switching to the Buck Mark when I grew t... 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

Care and Cleaning of Binos

Care and Cleaning of Binos

By Ron Spomer

A hunting binocular is a bit like a hunting dog. You have to take care of it to get top performance. Fortunately, binos are more easily trained in basic obedience like sit and stay. Lay one on a stump, and it’ll stay there through rain, snow, cold and gloom for as many nights as it takes for you to locate it. If you happen to find the Bushne... READ MORE

Whatever Happened to Walnut?

Whatever Happened to Walnut?

By Jon R. Sundra

Beautiful in color and grain, walnut is the most traditional material for stocking a sporting rifle. Photo: High-grade guns like this Sauer 303 are traditionally stocked in fancy grades of walnut, such as this example of Turkish origin. Walnut cannot be matched for beauty, but there are more efficient stocking mediums. When I was growing up in the ... READ MORE

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Recoil (ri koyl) — To move back suddenly and violently, for example, after impact. Any way you look at it, recoil means something’s coming back at you. And as it relates to firearms, how fast and hard that is depends on a lot of factors. But no matter which caliber, gauge or style firearm you use, there are steps you can take to minimiz... READ MORE

Let Your Subconscious Be Your Guide

Let Your Subconscious Be Your Guide

By John Haviland

You look up to see a pheasant coming. In a flash, it’s going to cross right in front of you. Are you going to take that second to think about swing, angles and lead, or are you going to just shoot? “Shotgun shooting is all about disengaging the conscious brain,” says Shane Naylor, a wingshooting instructor at his Shane’s Spo... READ MORE

The Hunter’s Telescope

The Hunter’s Telescope

By Ron Spomer

There is no magic in a spotting scope; it just looks that way. Photo: Spotting scopes are ideal for open-country hunting, but they also can be used to spy on isolated fields in the east and Midwest, often from miles away. There were nine of us sharing the alpine tundra just below the snow line in Alaska’s gorgeous Chugach Range. It was early ... READ MORE

The Perfect Rifle

The Perfect Rifle

By Jon R. Sundra

Planning for the next hunting gun never gets old. Photo: The 7mm WSM from Montana Rifle Co., a near clone of the Model 70, represents the author’s current ideal hunting rifle. Jon also has a nearly identical model and two other similar guns stocked in wood laminates. Does it exist? The perfect rifle, I mean. The answer is yes, but only for ea... READ MORE

Can You Buy Shooting Skill?

Can You Buy Shooting Skill?

By Jon R. Sundra

There’s no substitute for practice, but some gear items can improve accuracy. With new technology and new products driving the hunting/shooting market like never before, one has to ask if it’s possible to simply buy competency. The answer is yes you can, and no you can’t. A case can be made for both. When guns and hunting really b... READ MORE

Savage’s Lightweight M11

Savage’s Lightweight M11

By Ron Spomer

This 5.5-pound rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor handles beautifully and was exceptionally accurate in our tests. Over the last 15 years, Savage has been dead serious about making great rifles — so serious that I’ve wished they’d lighten up. They have. New on dealer’s shelves this year is Savage’s second true lightweight rifle,... READ MORE

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