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Measuring BC

Understanding ballistic coefficient is critical for any type of long-range shooting. Here's what it is and how it is measured.

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Measuring BC

Understanding ballistic coefficient is critical for any type of long-range shooting. Here's what it is and how it is measured.

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Rifles Articles

25 Greatest Deer Rifles

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Best Elk Rifles

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We gave a crew of young shooters seven youth-model guns and cut them loose on a test...

Dad's Gun

Each year, OL's Editor Andrew McKean hunts with one of his late father's favorite...

Best Coyote Guns

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Custom Stocks

Paul Stevens owns Cottage Craftworks, which creates unique stock designs at very...

  • July 15, 2014

    The Safari Rifle Challenge - 4

    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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  • July 7, 2014

    How Public Funds Benefit Shooters - 1

    The Pittman-Robertson Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 and has been a main engine for funding wildlife conservation in the United States. The PR Act, as it is known, levies a 10 to 11 percent tax on the sale of ammunition, firearms, and outdoors equipment, and has garnered more than $2 billion since its inception. Not all sportsmen realize, however, that PR funds also go toward hunter education and, by extension, toward public shooting ranges.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allocated more than $138 million from PR tax revenues this year to states to expand hunter-ed and shooting opportunities.

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  • June 24, 2014

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


    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 23, 2014

    Tips for Shooting from the Sitting Position - 0

    The sitting position is king whenever the brush, grass or terrain is not conducive to making a prone shot. It’s also very fast to assume, making it ideal for those opportunities when a quick, accurate shot is needed.

    Here’s how and when to use it.

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  • June 18, 2014

    HSUS Petitions For Lead Ammo Ban on Public Lands - 2

    Our old friends at the Humane Society of the United States are at it again.

    This time the anti-hunting organization is looking to effectively shut down hunting on public land by eliminating the use of lead-based ammunition.

    This is a tactic that has been tried before and beaten back. The Center For Biological Diversity, another anti-hunting group, had its petition to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting a ban on lead-based ammunition twice rejected.

    Some states have also dealt with – and rejected – the notion of banning lead ammo. But one state has adopted a ban: California.

    But HSUS being HSUS, they figured they might as well give it another whack and have even developed a plan of attack for getting it done (See the HSUS Lead Free Campaign). [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 11, 2014

    3 ARs for Hunting Feral Hogs - 0


    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 10, 2014

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


    Photo by Stuart Fisher [ Read Full Post ]