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  • October 31, 2008

    Huge. Whitetail. Deer.-0

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    A picture is worth a 1,000 words? Maybe more in this case. Not one but two giant bucks from Kansas.
    They were taken by bowhunters Jamie Farr and Scott White earlier this week.
    Story and more photos here.

    —John Snow
     

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  • October 30, 2008

    6.8 SPC For Whitetail Deer-1

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    A Gunshots regular asked me the other day about the suitability of a particular bullet chambered in 6.8 SPC for whitetails. The bullet in question is the 110-grain boat-tailed hollow-point from Hornady. He settled on this bullet because the other factory loads he tried either didn’t group well in his AR-style rifle or, in the case of one cheapo brand, misfired frequently.

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  • October 29, 2008

    Illegal Record Keeping In Delaware-1

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    The Delaware State Police have been caught breaking the rules regarding gun purchase records. This came to light after the police refused to authorize the purchase of a firearm by a woman because of her age, gender and the fact that she hadn’t purchased a gun ever before.

    Never mind that a person’s age and gender are not valid reasons to deny a purchase—the fact that the police have apparently been keeping a database of gun purchase records illegally has many gun-rights advocates up in arms.

    According the article, Delaware’s database goes back at least seven years.

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  • October 29, 2008

    More Pre-Election Jitters-1

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    Gun sales are up in Florida. Another report here. The bad economy and the prospect of a President Obama are the stated causes. (Via Drudge.)

    —John Snow

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  • October 29, 2008

    Turn A Ruger 10/22 Into A MG 42-0

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    I’m getting a pretty strong itch to add this to my Amazon cart and see how it works out. I can’t remember where I first saw this—on Bane’s blog I think—but this is certainly one of the cooler looking upgrades for the 10/22 platform. How can you not like the idea of having your own Maschinengewehr 42? I’m just worried it will look cheap and cheesy. Also, I’m pretty happy with all my 10/22s right now and don’t want to tear one apart to build this up, so I’d need to throw down for another rifle.

    If nothing else, though, this shows once again that the 10/22 is the ultimate platform for customizing rimfire guns.

    —John Snow

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  • October 29, 2008

    Picture of the Day: Max’s 11-Point Buck-0

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    Reader LaDonna Chase sent in this picture of her grandson Max and the nice whitetail he took last week.

    She writes:

    Here's a good photo for you all!  This is our grandson, Max, from Sand Springs, OK, age 9, who took this 11-point buck on public land on the youth gun hunt weekend 10/18/08 in Locust Grove, OK with his Papa John Chase.  He's been around hunting since he was about four and got a doe last year but he shot this nice buck with a .243 Handi-Rifle!

    Have to say I like young Max’s choice of gun. Granted, I’m not the biggest fan of the .243 Win. for hunting, but I do like those Handi-Rifles. They’re a good, solid value and a smart way to start a youngster hunting.

    Good job, Max!

    —John Snow

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  • October 28, 2008

    Why Do You Own A Handgun, II-2

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    This image from The Post provides some extra background on the story. I'm guessing the reason that De Niro and Keitel are listed as also having a "premise" permit is that they have more than one firearm and aren't allowed to carry that other firearm for personal protection.

    When I had my "target" permit while living in upstate New York I had to list the serial number of every handgun on the license. Those were the only firearms I was legally permitted to handle. So if a pal of mine and I owned identical guns it would technically be against the law for use to shoot the other's pistol, just because the serial numbers were different. Smart, eh?

    I pushed our local cops on this issue and asked if it was against the law for my wife to use my gun in the event that an intruder came into the house while she was home alone. They hemmed and hawed and I never got a straight answer because, I suspect anyway, that by the strict letter of the law she wasn't allowed to touch it.Again, brilliant.

    But this goes hand in hand with the attitude that a barrel shroud or a pistol grip is what makes a gun an evil object that should be prohibited.

    —John Snow

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  • October 28, 2008

    Why Do You Own A Handgun?-1

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    Some of us own handguns for protection. Others like to hunt with them. Still others enjoy participating in shooting competitions.

    But if you’re Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis, you own a pistol in order to shoot your dogs in the head:

    Permit holder Alexis Stewart, daughter of homemaking queen and ex-convict Martha Stewart, told The Post that she applied for a gun license after 9/11.

    She said she got a gun, now kept in a lockbox in her $3 million TriBeCa apartment, to euthanize her elderly dogs in the event that another calamity struck and forced her to abandon them.

    "I had two very old English bulldogs," said Stewart, who hosts a show on her mother's Sirius Satellite Radio channel.

    "They could never make it out of Manhattan. I could never leave my dogs to die of thirst in my apartment, so I looked on it as a euthanasia situation. I would never kill my pets unless they were going to die anyway."

    This is from a story in the New York Post on celebrities in New York who pack heat or who have gotten permits to keep handguns in their homes. The latest to join the ranks of celebrity gun owners are New York Mets David Wright and Carlos Delgado.

    The famous-folks-with-guns is one of those stories in New York that crops up every few months. It highlights the well-known fact that celebrities have an easier time getting approved for permits in places like New York and Los Angeles than the rest of us, who either face additional red tape or are denied the right to have a firearm.

    As much as I question Stewart’s motives for arming herself, it makes me wonder if the NYPD is relaxing its notoriously strict requirements for gun ownership in the Big Apple. After all, if the desire to whack your dogs is justification enough to have a gun in the home, what would the police say to someone who wanted to carry a handgun in order to protect and save their life?

    —John Snow

    Update: Ahab's take.

    Update: Murdoc sums it up rather nicely:

    Hello Kitty guns: Bad.
    Goodbye Doggy guns: Good.

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  • October 28, 2008

    .30-06: The Ultimate Grizzly Cartridge-10

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    “Anyone who says the .30-06 is not effective on brown bears or grizzlies either has never used one or is unwittingly commenting on their marksmanship.”
    —An Alaskan Bear Guide

    When most people think of grizzly cartridges, something on the order of a .338 Win. Mag. is what usually comes to mind. The .375 H&H also ranks up there, or used to at any rate. I've killed a couple of bears with the .375 H&H and I'd certainly put it at the top of my list, though for reasons as much sentimental as practical.

    Today, a lot more guys head north on bear hunts with souped-up .30-caliber magnums of some sort. I attribute this to the compromise that hunters who travel a lot reach to find that one "do it all" round that is big enough for heavy game and will shoot flat for longer shots they might encounter. By that yardstick it is hard to fault a .300 Win. Mag. or any of the newer or more exotic mags out there in .30 caliber.

    I've never killed a grizzly but I would  be very comfortable using a .30-06 loaded with 180-grain bullets on one. But I'm also kind of a cartridge freak too. I like to shoot big stuff with small cartridges and vice versa. I've used a .260 Remington on elk and a .338 Federal on moose, neither of which are particularly large, and I've also used a .450 Marlin on caribou and have shot a whole petting zoo worth of critters—including the tiny duiker—with my .416 Rigby.

    So is the .30-06 enough gun? Jack O'Connor killed a number of big bears with a .30-06 (more than with the .270, despite what some people say) and found it up to the task. And there's no doubt what my guide pal has to say on the subject.

    Would you take one on your grizzly hunt?

    —John Snow

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  • October 28, 2008

    Gun Sales Are Up. The End Of The World Is Nigh.-3

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    This interesting article in the Washington Post highlights the forces driving the boost in firearms sales this year. According to the story, sales of firearms and ammunition are up 8 to 10 percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

    The biggest factor cited by the buyers and gun store owners is, not surprisingly, the presidential election and the worry that an Obama administration will restrict gun rights through bans and other means. The poor condition of the economy also has an effect.

    Gun buyers were more likely to say they were responding to the political situation than to the economy, and all but three people said they feared that Obama would restrict gun rights. Two who indicated that they would support Obama anyway said their concerns about the economy and health care outweighed those about gun rights.

    Most buyers who emphasized the economy said they thought the worsening situation could lead to an increase in crime and jeopardize their safety. A few said they were buying guns as an investment.

    "Look at the political situation and the financial situation," said Fred Russell, owner of Russell's Gun Emporium in Hagerstown, Md. "It's common sense. People are scared."

    This is a double-barrel vote of no confidence for Obama from sportsmen. Not only are our gun rights at risk, but we don’t think Obama’s economic prescriptions are going to cure our economic woes either.

    We’re voting with our wallets before we head to the polls—sadly it seems our prediction is that we’re going to be the losers.

    —John Snow

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