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Belly Down for Accuracy

Belly Down for Accuracy

By Clair Rees

Prone isn’t the fastest shooting position – nor is it always practical, but it’s by far the steadiest. Photo: When shooting from prone in mountain country, a backpack adds steadiness. It was a wild, exhausting stalk. Guide Reg Collingwood and I had spent five grueling hours climbing to the crest of British Columbia’s Skeena ... READ MORE

The Truth About Long-Range Shooting

The Truth About Long-Range Shooting

By Ron Spomer

Ever since humans first threw a stone to kill a bird, we’ve been searching for tools that can extend that range: slingshots, muzzleloaders, centerfires, rangefinders. To facilitate extreme-range sniping, today’s hunter can use VLD bullets, multi-reticle scopes, laser rangefinders, calculators, angled cosine indicators and PDA computer p... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronograph Reliability

Chronograph Reliability

By John Haviland

Many variables can affect velocity readings. Here’s how to set up for best results. Photo: Setting up a chronograph so bullets pass straight and about 6 inches over the top of the photo sensors helps produce precise readings. A chronograph reveals a lot about rifle and pistol cartridges, from velocity to consistency. But how do you know wheth... 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

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

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

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

Make Your Deer Rifle Work Overtime

Make Your Deer Rifle Work Overtime

By Ron Spomer

Turn your big-game rifle into a jack of all trades with light and heavy loads. Photo: How versatile can a cartridge be? The .260 Rem pushing a tough, deep-penetrating bullet can be deadly on moose and eland. You invest $1,000 in a fancy new deer rifle, $1,000 in a scope and perhaps shoot your rig 10 times a year — three to sight-in, six to pr... READ MORE

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