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  • July 18, 2014

    Hunting With Handguns: 3 Keys to Better Accuracy-1

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    Photos by John Hafner

    A century ago, handguns had no place afield. In 1935, Smith & Wesson’s .357 Magnum revolver prompted hunters to reconsider. A decade later, S&W added the .44 Magnum, developed by Remington at the urging of Elmer Keith. A “stretched” .44 Special (as the .357 is a lengthened .38 Special), the .44 Magnum preceded Dick Casull’s .454, born of handloads in the .45 Colt. The .41 Magnum appeared in 1964; then Thompson-Center put rifle rounds in handgun frames. The .500 and .460 S&W now top the power charts. Accuracy, however, trumps power in hunting. I once steadied an S&W over a backpack and killed a deer at 95 yards. Then I watched Bill Booth rest his revolver on his knee while sitting and down a buck at 200, shooting double-action. But accuracy with a handgun does not come easy. With no stock to shoulder, a pistol is held far from your torso, in hands with small muscles and many joints, on arms you can’t hold steady even when they are empty. Even your heartbeat will rock your aim. The right setup, coupled with practice, however, will help your bullet find its mark.

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  • July 17, 2014

    Grouse Hunting Tips: 6 Ways to Get More Early-Season Birds-1

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    Photo by Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    I saw it weave left, slip right, then disappear through the auburn treetops. It’s not often you get such a clear look at an escaping grouse during the early weeks of the season, but there I was, frozen as the bird slipped through the prettiest shooting lane I’d see on the entire trip. I never pulled the trigger.

    My excuse was that I didn’t want to shoot a bird that hadn’t been pointed by the dog. The embarrassing reality is that I’d been caught off guard. It was my first grouse hunt, and I wasn’t prepared for the surprise of the flush. That was a tough lesson, but it wasn’t the only one I learned during that trip to the hallowed grouse and woodcock coverts of Wisconsin’s north country. Here are some more hits and misses that, if you’ll consider before you reach the woods, should help you bag more early-season birds.

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  • July 15, 2014

    The Safari Rifle Challenge-4

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    There’s really no logical reason for anyone to shoot dangerous game rifles for fun. They bruise your shoulders, batter your trigger finger, induce headaches worthy of the most enthusiastic bourbon binge, and drain your wallet with every boom. Other than when employed for their intended use, about the only thing they are good for is checking the quality of your dental work.

    And yet I found myself making the 450-mile drive to Libby, Montana, this last weekend to shoot a .416 Rigby just, well, because. The Safari Rifle Challenge has been held at the Libby Shooting Sports Complex the past four years and attracted more than 60 shooters from all over the country.

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  • June 24, 2014

    Hunting Tip: How to Use Shooting Sticks to Improve Your Effective Range-1

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    Photo by John Hafner

    I have a couple of gorgeous mule deer on my wall that I never would have tagged had it not been for shooting sticks. The same goes for my best elk and a laundry list of game taken in Africa.

    Shooting sticks come in many varieties, but the common denominator is that all sticks provide an added measure of stability in the field and can dramatically increase the effective range of any hunter when they’re used the right way.

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  • June 11, 2014

    3 ARs for Hunting Feral Hogs-0

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    Photo by Donald M. Jones

    For an elk hunter who hikes all week for one shot, an AR-style rifle typically isn’t an ideal setup. But when it comes to pig hunting, it’s hard to imagine anything better. High-capacity semi-auto rifles chambered in game-stopping calibers are currently being manufactured at roughly the same speed that feral hogs reproduce.

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  • June 10, 2014

    Fundamentals of Long-Range Shooting: Understanding Ballistic Coefficent-1

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    Photo by Stuart Fisher

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  • June 9, 2014

    The Gunner's Mount: Best Gunsmithing Block For ARs-0

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    Photo by Rab Cummings

    Let’s cut to the chase: Any shooter who likes to seriously tinker with AR-style rifles is going to want Santa to bring one of these for Christmas. Assuming the person can wait that long.

    The Gunner’s Mount system is a great example of someone building a better mousetrap. In this case, the inventor—Mark Jenkinson, a retired Merchant Marine engineer—took a look at existing mounting tools for ARs and found them wanting. 

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  • June 3, 2014

    Operation Choke Point: Is The Federal Government Working to Stymie the Gun Industry?-2

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    Is the Federal government trying to pressure banks to put people in the gun industry out of business? Based on revelations around “Operation Choke Point,” it seems the answer might be yes.

    The allegations are serious enough that the NSSF just announced that it is working “with members of the House Financial Services Committee and members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee concerning several documents that have surfaced from the FDIC labeling companies in the firearms and ammunition industry as ‘high risk.’”

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  • May 29, 2014

    Good Budget Shotgun: TriStar Viper G2 SR Sport-0

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    Turkish made shotguns are some of the best values out there. Weatherby’s excellent smoothbores are produced in Turkey as are some shotguns for CZ-USA. The gunmaker Akkar isn’t very well known in the U.S., but it is a Turkish company that makes outstanding shotguns for the money. TriStar is another company that falls into this category.

    I’ve shot a few TriStar shotguns over the last couple years and have really taken a shine to them. The shotguns aren’t very fancy and lack some of the bells and whistles that you’ll see on the Berettas and Brownings out there, but for the money they are hard to beat.

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  • May 23, 2014

    ARs Modifications for Anti-Gunners-1

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    When does an AR-style rifle no longer become scary to anti-gun politicians in places like New York? The answer, it seems, hinges around that nasty, crime-promoting, ergonomic pistol grip. (And you thought that money was the root of all evil.)

    So we now have this rifle from Windham Weaponry, a fine bunch of gun makers in Maine, most of whom used to work at the original Bushmaster factory before it was moved out of state by the Freedom Group.

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