It was a pretty stark choice. Either I would lose my sanity or I would have to get used to the new world order that includes a mind-numbing array of things “tactical.” Tactical guns. Fine. Tactical flashlights. I suppose. Tactical socks. Um, okay. Tactical pens. Really?
A featherweight rifle is great for carrying in the backcountry, but the trick is getting it to shoot accurately.
We sit down with former Shooting Editor Jim Carmichel to get his take on rifle cleaning, pet loads, breaking in barrels, and more.
For long-range precision rifle work I’ve come to favor optics with some type of milling reticle in the first-focal plane (FFP) that have .1 mil corrections on the windage and elevation turrets. The ability to estimate range with these reticles and the ease with which the shooter can make adjustments for follow-up shots give FFP/mil-mil scopes a huge advantage over other systems.
None of us are immune to the effects of recoil. I realized this some time ago and, as a result, have developed a fondness for mid-range calibers that are accurate, deadly and easier to shoot.
Is a tough rubber raft worth the cost of a drift boat?
The “mils” in a mil-dot scope refer to milliradians, which is a measurement of angle. If you picture a mil as an ice cream cone, with the tip originating at the shooter’s eye and an open end that gets ever wider the farther out it goes, you get the idea. So if the mouth of our imaginary cone is 1 mil in diameter, making it 3.6 inches across at 100 yards, it would grow to 36 inches at 1,000 yards.
ATK to buy Savage Sports Corporation for $315 million. Purchase should be finalized by June 30, 2012.
And, they had superior gun handling skills, as this photo plainly shows. This paragon of manhood not only keeps three rifles in the air, but does so with bayonets fixed and with a saber on his hip. Is he biting his lip anxiously or dripping with sweat while worrying about taking one of those blades through his rib cage? Hell no. He’s cool as the flip side of a pillow.
Test protocol includes three distinct, but overlapping, phases. Before a single shell or cartridge is loaded, each firearm is inspected, measured, weighed, cleaned if necessary, and in the case of the rifles, scoped up. This time-consuming process is what we use to build the data sheets provided to each tester, which list all the vital statistics about the firearm. We’re so picky during this process that we even assign number grades to reflect the quality of the machining on the bore and rifling, for instance. Suffice it to say there’s no nook or cranny on these rifles and shotguns, all of which are field-stripped and disassembled, that isn’t inspected.
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