Entries for May 2017
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
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
Know Your Limitations
By Chub Eastman
Don’t attempt a shot in the field you haven’t practiced at the range. Photo: Life-size targets are a good alternative to 5-gallon buckets for determining maximum effective range. A small herd of elk was feeding along a logging road winding up a ridgeline more than a half-mile distant. In the bunch was a raghorn bull surrounded by a half... READ MORE
Sage Goats With a Slug Gun?
By Dave Henderson
The author travels to Wyoming to push the envelope of slug gun performance. Photo: An unlikely pairing: the Burris Eliminator Laserscope mounted on a Savage 220F shotgun for hunting open-country game. For a slug shooter, these are uncharted waters. Most folks don’t bring a shotgun into the potentially long-range scenario of pronghorn hunting ... READ MORE
Barrel Fluting: What Does It Do?
By Jon R. Sundra
Fluting makes a barrel distinctive, but there are other benefits, too. Photo: Fluting usually does not extend the entire length of the barrel. One of the most distinctive options available to anyone contemplating the purchase of a rifle is a fluted barrel. It can be a sporter-weight hunting rifle or a varminter. It doesn’t matter. Fluting set... READ MORE