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The neglected .22 WMR

The neglected .22 WMR

By J. Wayne Fears

Often misunderstood, the .22 Mag is a serious small game plug up to 20 pounds. I never told my hunting companions the caliber of the Henry lever-action rifle I was carrying. They just assumed it was a .22 long rifle. We were on a mission for a wild game supper at church. Thanks to its many members who were hunters, the church had a great variety … READ MORE

The .30-06 Just Plain Works

The .30-06 Just Plain Works

By John Barsness

Many of us intellectually know that the .30-06 is a good all-rounder for big game, but the explanations are not experience. The .30-06 was the most common chamber for big game rifles when I first started hunting in Montana in the mid-1960s, although some hunters thought it was unnecessarily powerful. My dad did, that’s why I took my first … READ MORE

Safe remedies for the domination of the evil eye

Safe remedies for the domination of the evil eye

By Ralph M. Lermayer

There are a surprisingly high number of people with eye complications, the kind of issues that make rifle shooting difficult or nearly impossible. The most commonly affected shooters are those who are right handed but dominate the left eye. While these shooters instinctively mount a rifle or shotgun on their right shoulder, their left eye is … READ MORE

The .30-06 cartridge family

The .30-06 cartridge family

By Ron Spomer

The offspring of the .30-06 are popular and efficient, as is their Ma. Most hunters know that the Springfield .30-06, now 105 years old, turned out to be one of the most popular hunting cartridges. versatile in the world. It has been used to carry everything from elven squirrels to huge elephants. Many hunters may not know that the .30-06 also has … READ MORE

The Unappreciated Remington .260

The Unappreciated Remington .260

By Jon R. Sundra

Although the 6.5s dominated long-range shooting, hunters still view the .260 Rem as a children’s cartridge. I have read a number of articles in which the author, believing that a particular rifle or cartridge deserves more popular than it is, uses Rodney Dangerfield’s line about not to be respected. It’s far from original … READ MORE

The Forgotten Win Mag. 264

The Forgotten Win Mag. 264

By Richard Mann

This 50 year old cartridge has a potency of .270 Win and even better long range performance. For the most part, the .264 Winchester Magnum followed the path of pet rock, but as a young hunter growing up in West Virginia, I always wanted a rifle of this caliber. Visions of traveling to Montana to hunt mule deer in the great outdoors made the .264 seem like … READ MORE

This thing called eye relief

This thing called eye relief

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Perhaps no part of a rifle scope’s specifications are understood less than eye relief. Many hunters don’t have a clue what the eye relief on their rifle scopes is, and they don’t care either. As long as they can wear Ol ‘Betsy over the shoulder and instantly find hair in the glasses, that’s perfect. Eye relief is the distance from the rear g … READ MORE

Barrel spline: what is it for?

Barrel spline: what is it for?

By Jon R. Sundra

The flute makes a barrel distinctive, but there are other advantages as well. Photo: The splines generally do not extend the full length of the barrel. One of the most distinctive options available to anyone considering purchasing a shotgun is a fluted barrel. It can be a sport weight shotgun or a verminter. It does not matter. Set of splines … READ MORE

Problems with choke tubes

Problems with choke tubes

By John Barsness

There are all kinds of things that keep shotgun chokes from doing what we expect them to do. Two pheasant hunters stood together, gazing out at the bottom of a stream. A strong November wind bent the willows and cattails along the creek, places where roosters could hide. The taller hunter turned to his companion and said, “I am going to full strangulation. Que w … READ MORE

What .22 centerfire?

What .22 centerfire?

By John Haviland

It’s hard not to like cartridges with names like Swift, Hornet, and Fireball. Here’s what they do best on the pitch. Photo: The .22-250 Rem and .220 Swift have range when the hits are long. There are really only a few popular .22 caliber centerfire cartridges, and each only covers a certain range of bullet speeds. This makes you try … READ MORE

How to read a ballistic table

How to read a ballistic table

By Ron Spomer

All of these columns, numbers, and abbreviations become clear as you explore. The majority of hunters are not ballistics experts. They don’t have to be either. Some of the most talented hunters know nothing more about rifles than the cartridge to fire, usually with lethal effect. Many of us, however, become curious, sometimes fascinated by the ball … READ MORE

Are you using too much scope?

Are you using too much scope?

By Clair Rees

Winter was setting in along the Utah-Colorado border. It was two days before Thanksgiving, and I was walking slowly through a foot of snow covering the Dolores Triangle. I had drawn an end-of-season permit for the region. Hunting had been spotty here during the 10-day October deer season in Utah, when only ‘average’ males were in residence … READ MORE

The .25-06: deadly on the deer

The .25-06: deadly on the deer

By Russell Thornberry

In the hands of an experienced hunter, the quarter bore shines. One thing I have learned over the years as a hunter and writer is that hunters rarely agree on the best shotguns and cartridges, especially those used for deer hunting. The truth is that no caliber can do it all in the vast range of the white tail: open grasslands, … READ MORE

Shotgun choke designations

Shotgun choke designations

By John Haviland

Besides the constriction of the choke, other factors influence the size of the pattern, and only by testing can you learn how a charge behaves in your pistol. Just because your shotgun choke is labeled modified doesn’t mean it will fire a modified pattern. Modern barrels contain longer forcing cones and chokes that treat the shot tenderly to keep it in straight flight. … LEARN MORE

The family .308

The family .308

By Ron Spomer

The descendants of the .308 are precise, compact and easy to pull. Rifle cartridges can be inanimate, but they have families. One of the most prolific is the .308 Winchester family, a complete line of well-balanced cartridges that are fast, powerful, easy to fire, and rightly popular. The clan currently consists of .243 Winchester, .26 … READ MORE


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