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The 2017 Outdoor Life Gun Test

The Outdoor Life Gun Test reveals some amazing values and high quality knockouts in our largest-ever gun and optics test.

  1. Rifles
  2. Shotguns
  3. Binoculars
  4. Scopes

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Questions and Answers

  • Q. What would you do? My bother wants to hunt an area where he's bagged 3 bears, but anti-hunters harass hunters there.—GARY DEVINE ANSWER THIS QUESTION
  • Q. 60 DAYS TO EARLY ARCHERY IN MY UNIT!!!???!!!??? I'M NOT READY—JCARLIN READ MORE

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Tips and Tactics

From the Editors

  • tim macwelch
    Our resident survival expert, MacWelch has been a survival instructor for two decades. He's also the author of multiple New York Times Bestsellers.
  • tyler freel
    Freel calls Alaska home. If it can be hunted, fished, or trapped, he does it there, but hunting Dall sheep is his biggest passion.
  • andrew mckean
    McKean is OL's Predator-in-Chief. Bow, rifle, shotgun, slingshot—doesn't matter to him. He has hunted around the globe, but always comes home: Montana
  • john snow
    Snow is OL's Shooting Editor. He lives in Montana with a French Pointer that gives him dirty looks whenever he picks up a rifle instead of a shotgun.

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