Entries for October 2015
The .30-06 Just Plain Works
By John Barsness
Many of us know intellectually that the .30-06 is a good all-around big game cartridge, but explanations are not experience.
The .30-06 was the most common chambering for big game rifles when I started hunting in Montana in the mid-1960s, though some hunters thought it was unnecessarily powerful. My father did, which is the reason I took my first ... READ MORE
Overcoming Oversized Rifles
By Russell Thornberry
Sometimes even youth-size guns are too large for small children. Part of the author’s solution was to build a custom stock.
I don’t believe in pushing young children into deer hunting until they are mature enough and express a desire to go. However, sometimes a child will express a strong desire to hunt before they are very big.
Such ... READ MORE
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
Smokin’ White-Hot Hogs
By Ralph M. Lermayer
Muzzleloading pellets from IMR prove their worth on call-happy pigs in South Texas. I own two FoxPro electronic predator calls. Actually, truth be known, I own one and my wife, Laura, owns the other. Last September, I was invited on a hog hunt in South Texas to field test IMR’s new muzzleloader propellant, White Hots. The primary hunt objecti... READ MORE
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