Evolution of the .22
By Ralph M. Lermayer
The .22 rimfire reigns supreme for controlling pests and filling the stew pot. It was conceived as a parlor game, a way for cooped-up people to amuse themselves, by tipping over little targets with a round not powerful enough to do any damage. M. Flobert patented the Bulleted Breech Cap (BB Cap) in 1845. It was simply the existing musket cap with a... READ MORE
Finding the Sweet Spot
By Ron Spomer
The right bullet at the right seating depth can shoot like a house afire. Pardon the personal question, but how deep is your seat? This has nothing to do with furniture or your personal deep-seated convictions. It has everything to do with how accurately your rifles shoot. Bullet seating depth is critical. You probably already know that a particula... READ MORE
One Man’s Meat Rifle
By Sam Fadala
Many of us hunt for tasty venison, not antlers. Here are five opinions on the best guns for makin’ meat.
Hunters revere whitetails sporting magnificent headdresses. But trophy deer are not average, and average is what’s available in numbers.
I spent a decade hunting the elusive Coues’ deer in Arizona and Mexico in pursuit of bon... READ MORE
The Unappreciated .260 Remington
By Jon R. Sundra
Although 6.5s have been dominating long-range shooting, hunters still think of the .260 Rem as a kid’s cartridge. I’ve read a number of articles in which the author, believing a particular rifle or cartridge deserves to be more popular than it is, uses Rodney Dangerfield’s line about getting no respect. It’s far from origina... READ MORE
The Slug Gun King
By Ralph M. Lermayer
Ithaca’s Deerslayer is back, and this one in 20 gauge shoots as well as the original.
One would think that when a large percentage of the hunting public wanted a product, all of the manufacturers would trip over themselves to provide it, especially in today’s competitive firearms market. Well, factor this: Thirty-five percent of the hu... READ MORE
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