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Winterize Your Big Game Rifle

Winterize Your Big Game Rifle

By Clair Rees

Don’t let gun or gear malfunctions spoil a hunt in seriously cold weather. Our bush plane landed on a tiny ice-rimmed lake a dozen miles from Gravina Bay, Alaska. It was early November. Randy Brooks and I were there to hunt the big brown bears for which the area is known. Snow fell throughout the night and was knee-deep by morning. Guide E... READ MORE

Brush Shots

Brush Shots

By John Haviland

One good shot is all you’re apt to get in the thick stuff. Make it count. Despite all the tales of shooting game from one mountain top to the next, the bulk of big game hunters’ shots are at close range in thick cover. Shots in the brush are often more difficult to make than deliberate long-range shots. Branches reach out like a catche... READ MORE

Troubles with Choke Tubes

Troubles with Choke Tubes

By John Barsness

All sorts of things prevent shotgun chokes from doing what we expect of them. Two pheasant hunters stood together, looking down at a creek bottom. A stiff November wind bent the willows and cattails along the creek, places where roosters might hide. The taller hunter turned to his companion and said, “I’m changing to full choke. That w... READ MORE

CZ’s Little Mauser

CZ’s Little Mauser

By Jon R. Sundra

The M1 American is the most attractive rifle in CZ's 527 line of bolt-action sporters. One of the most respected firearms manufacturers in the world is Ceska Zbrojovka, which explains why the company goes by the simple acronym CZ. Based in the town of Uhersky Brod in the Czech Republic, the company’s 200 acres of buildings make it the larges... READ MORE

Don’t Skimp on Scope Mounts

Don’t Skimp on Scope Mounts

By Richard Mann

“Just any old rings and bases” can be the wrong choice and the weak link that fails at the most inopportune time. There you stand, rifle in one hand and a riflescope in the other. Since duct tape and baling twine are not options, how shall you bring them together? Sifting through the myriad riflescope rings and bases on the market see... READ MORE

The Reliable R1

The Reliable R1

By Larry Teague

Most hunters know Benelli for its semiauto shotguns, but there’s a dependable big game gun in the lineup. Not all Texas deer hunting involves taking animals attracted to feeder corn or shooting monster bucks behind high fences. There are no feeders and few blinds on the 25,000-acre Stasney’s Cook Ranch near Albany, in the north-central... READ MORE

Building Your Own Patterning Board

Building Your Own Patterning Board

By J. Wayne Fears

Having a convenient place to test shotshells and choke tubes will make you a more efficient wingshooter. A growing number of shotgun hunters use their scatterguns year-round. It’s turkey hunting in the spring, sporting clays during the summer, upland game hunting in the fall and maybe deer hunting that winter. Coyotes fill the gap between th... READ MORE

A High-Tech .45-70

A High-Tech .45-70

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Rock River’s .458 SOCOM has the thump of a .45-70, but feeds in AR-15 platforms. There are several ways new cartridges come into the world. One is the military. They put out a request for a set of specs they want, and arsenals and commercial manufacturers go into high gear until the round is created. The .308, .223, 7mm Mauser and venerable ... READ MORE

Are Wildcats Worth It?

Are Wildcats Worth It?

By Ron Spomer

Your heart palpitates for a custom chambering, but think before you leap. Forty years ago, as a new shooter and handloader, I was wild about wildcats. Not the furry, spotted kind. The mysterious, esoteric, hot-shooting, custom-formed brass kind. Cartridges like the .22 Varminter, the .224 Clark, the .243 Page Pooper and the .219 Donaldson Wasp soun... READ MORE

Safe Sense

Safe Sense

By Richard Mann

Are your guns safe from boogeymen, fire and kiddies? For a gun owner, the question should not be “Do I need a safe?” It should be “Which safe should I get?” Hunters are often hesitant to spend money on a gun safe. That cash could go toward a new rifle or a guided hunt. Many think they can hide their guns from burglars. Mo... READ MORE

The Cleaning Dilemma

The Cleaning Dilemma

By Ralph M. Lermayer

Just how much scrubbing does the average rifle or shotgun need? The author feels that many hunters may be cleaning too much. Philosophies on cleaning firearms divide shooters into three categories. First is the crowd that scrubs and cleans to a level that would make a surgeon proud. On the other end are duck guides whose idea of cleaning after a h... READ MORE

Protecting the Peepers

Protecting the Peepers

By Richard Mann

No one should gun without glasses. I’ve always thought my older cousin was a pretty smart guy. He proved this numerous times while we were growing up. On one occasion, he demonstrated his superior intellect while we were shooting our .22 rifles. I had a Winchester Model 61 pump, and he was shooting an old Remington No. 4 Rolling Block. My c... READ MORE

The .30-06 Just Plain Works

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

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?

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

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

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

Rimfire Glass

Rimfire Glass

By Richard Mann

How much magnification is best for small-game hunting? “Don’t scrimp on a rimfire riflescope; it is likely the scope you’re going to use the most.” That’s good advice from Pat Mundy, markeing communcations manager at Leupold. Mundy says most hunters shoot approximately one box of cartridges in their centerfire rifles e... READ MORE

Nosler Custom Model 48

Nosler Custom Model 48

By Jon R. Sundra

This step down from the Custom Limited Edition is a semi-production gun offered in 10 chamberings. Mention the name Nosler to any hunter in the world, and it immediately elicits a mental image of bullets, particularly the Nosler Partition on which the company was founded and built its reputation. It all started in 1948 in a small building behind J... READ MORE

The 7-30 Waters

The 7-30 Waters

By J. Wayne Fears

Great First Deer Caliber for Youngsters! The offspring of the .30-30 has mild recoil, and is effective on whitetails out to 200 yards. The cabin door opened with authority as my 13-year old grandson Justin walked in. It was his first time to hunt deer alone, and I thought for him to be coming back to the cabin so soon, there must be a problem. &l... READ MORE

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