New rifle, shotgun, and handgun reviews, plus shooting tips and the hottest new shooting gear evaluated by Outdoor Life experts.
- Pretty much every hunter I know makes some effort to prepare their rifle and other gear before opening day. But how many of them have actually taken time to prepare themselves for the hunt? I’m not talking about getting in physical shape—which is, of course, a good thing to do—but rather mental shape, which is arguably more important and, sadly, even less likely to have occurred. You might recognize some of the errors in this checklist. Perhaps you’ve committed some of them in the heat of the moment—I certainly have—or have witnessed a buddy flub a good opportunity due to a mental hiccup. But with a little practice, you can avoid these missteps and when the moment arrives be the deer-camp hero and not the zero.
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If you want to trick out your new 6.5 Creedmoor precision rifle and make first-round hits at 800 yards, you've come to the right place. But, if you want to improve the accuracy of your grandfather's old .30-30 lever-action rifle so you can take it deer hunting this season, well... you've also come to the right place. We love all well-made guns, whether they're designed for long-range accuracy, close-range hunting, breaking clays, bagging birds, or personal protection.
Outdoor Life is one of the few publications covering the firearm industry that rigorously and fairly tests and evaluates guns and then honestly reports the results. So find out how the new crop of rifles and shotguns stack up, or which guns we pick as our Editor's Choice and Great Buy winners. We also give detailed reviews on all things shooting gear: optics, ammunition, targets and accessories. Our contributors will share their expertise to help you pick your next new gun, but they'll also share their tips to help you shoot more accurately on the range and in the field.