GunHunter Magazine

Ballistic Balance

Ballistic Balance

By Richard Mann

How to sort out which load offers the most  balance for your hunting rifle. Balance is important in everything, even in hunting firepower. A ballistically balanced load offers the most power and the flattest trajectory with the least amount of recoil in a sporting-weight rifle. Average muzzle velocity of the most popular big game cartridges i... READ MORE

Smith & Wesson’s 686 Revolver

Smith & Wesson’s 686 Revolver

By John Haviland

This brother of the Model 19 is great for hunting and plinking. Last summer, I bought a Smith & Wesson Model 686 .357 Magnum revolver, and ever since, I’ve been happily shooting it at the range and in the field. The gun shoots tight groups from the bench and balances well in the hands for accurate offhand fire. It digests a variety of loa... READ MORE

Remington’s Classic Rimfire

Remington’s Classic Rimfire

By Clair Rees

After 54 years of service, the Model 552 Speedmaster is still one of the sleekest .22 autoloaders available. I fell in love with the Remington Model 552 Speedmaster .22 the first time I saw it in the Sears and Roebuck window. That was in 1957, when the gun was first introduced and Sears and Roebuck still sold firearms. One of its features was a big... READ MORE

Savage Model 25 Lightweight Varmint Rifle

Savage Model 25 Lightweight Varmint Rifle

By Clair Rees

A varminter needn’t be cumbersome to be accurate. One of the most interesting new rifles I’ve seen in recent months is the Model 25 Lightweight Varminter from Savage. It’s a startling departure from the 110 series of rifles the company has produced for more than a half-century. Highly successful because of its accuracy and low cos... READ MORE

How to Read a Ballistics Chart

How to Read a Ballistics Chart

By Ron Spomer

All those columns, numbers and abbreviations become clear as you explore. The majority of hunters are not ballistics experts. Nor do they have to be. Some of the most successful hunters know nothing more about rifles than which cartridge to shoot through it, usually to deadly effect. Many of us, however, become curious, sometimes fascinated by bal... READ MORE

The .30-06 Cartridge Family

The .30-06 Cartridge Family

By Ron Spomer

Offspring of the .30-06 are popular and effective, just like their Ma. Most hunters know that the .30-06 Springfield, now 105 years old, has proven to be one of the most versatile hunting cartridges in the world. It’s been used to take everything from elfin squirrels to enormous elephants. Many hunters might not know that the .30-06 has also ... READ MORE

Marlin’s XT Youth .22s

Marlin’s XT Youth .22s

By Richard Mann

The XT series of rimfire rifles are budget models with kid-worthy features. It took a long time for gun makers to come around to the notion they needed to build rifles for kids. Maybe this is because when the generation that is now in charge was growing up, there were few youth guns. They learned to shoot dad’s rifle, even though it did not f... READ MORE

Shotgun Choke Designations

Shotgun Choke Designations

By John Haviland

Other factors besides choke constriction influence pattern size, and only through testing can you learn how a load performs in your gun. Just because your shotgun choke is labeled modified doesn’t mean it will shoot a modified pattern. Modern barrels contain longer forcing cones and chokes that treat shot tenderly to keep it flying straight. ... READ MORE

Muzzleloader Tune-up

Muzzleloader Tune-up

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Photo: To protect a scope from corrosive blowback, wrap electrical tape around the area just above the breech. To the uninitiated, muzzleloaders are veiled in a cloak of mystery. To hunters who understand them, blackpowder rifles are simple and predictable in operation. What they are NOT is forgiving. Pay attention to the rules, and they will never... READ MORE

Bear Bait

Bear Bait

By Clair Rees

My right leg throbbed with every step as I plowed through the knee-deep snow. Ed Stevenson, my guide, was breaking trail — an exhausting chore we normally shared. I was no longer hunting.  All I could think of was reaching the tent and removing the boot from my swollen leg. Randy Brooks and I had arrived in the Alaska bush on the first o... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd