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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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