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From Common to Classic

Posted on Feb 14, 2024

Many years ago, I had the desire for a .243 Winchester. It wasn’t the time to buy anything, but I had a shotgun that was not being used and a dealer nearby had a .243. When I looked at, it was apparent that it was a Remington 700, but the version was unknown to me.

The .257 Roberts is Still a Versatile Cartridge

Posted on Dec 13, 2023

The fact remains that the .257 Roberts used with bullets of lighter weight is a fine varmint cartridge that also performs well on medium game when used with heavier bullets. What do we call such a cartridge? As stated by Jack O’Connor, it is a good choice for all around use.

In Hunting, What Calibers Work Best For Which Species, & Why?

Posted on Oct 27, 2023

If you’re just getting into the hunting game, it can be hard to find the best caliber for different game. So here’s a comprehensive list of what caliber...

150 Years of the .45 Colt

Posted on Oct 9, 2023

The old .45 Colt is still an excellent choice for many situations. It may not be available in a pistol that features a 17 round double stack magazine, but with the .45 Colt you would not normally need such capability.

Fixed Power vs Variable Power Rifle Scope: Which Is Better?

Posted on Sep 27, 2023

If you’re debating between getting a fixed power vs variable power rifle scope, you can find out which option is best for you and the core benefits of…

The Still Practical .30-30

Posted on Aug 28, 2023

In this age of magnums, short, ultra-short, and otherwise, can a cartridge that has been around for over 125 years still have any relevance? If the consideration deals with the .30-30 Winchester, the answer is yes.

A Redo of A 10/22

Posted on Jul 13, 2023

We all have our tastes in firearms. Some like a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver while others prefer a Glock 9mm. Some like an AR15 but a Winchester 94 lever action .30-30 kindles the flame of other shooters. With the plethora of choices, there is something for any shooter.

The Great '06

Posted on May 17, 2023

There was a time when many shooters and hunters had to get by with one centerfire rifle. Calibers for varmint hunting such as the .222 Remington and the numerous others based on that case did not exist. A rifle chambered for a small-bore wildcat cartridge cost more than the budget could spare and required reloading as a source of ammunition.

So You Think Your Gun Is Accurate, Eh?

Posted on Mar 31, 2023

The gun, the ammo, the optic, the stock, they all are a part of a unit, and they all need to work together beautifully to give you the accuracy, the results of that bagged buck or bull that you’re looking for. Let’s start with the gun. How do you know if you’ve got yourself a really accurate shooting gun? Truth is, you really don’t know, until you shoot it.

Family Mossberg 500c 20 ga Gets a Makeover: Youth Turkey Hunting

Posted on Mar 23, 2023

Turkey Hunting has always been a family tradition that occurs every spring on our family farm. I remember being excited to get out of school and ride along with my dad up to the hunting cabin where we would meet up with our usual hunting crew. When we arrived, my grandpa was always there early because he had been scouting the fields before we got there. My uncle would also usually join us in the morning hunt.

The Fast Stepping .17 WSM

Posted on Mar 14, 2023

Shooting sports can be enjoyed in all seasons, but for many spring is a time to turn to varmint hunting. As a youngster, I dispatched a bunch of rats in the corncrib with an airgun.

A Versatile .243 Winchester

Posted on Feb 9, 2023

We owe a lot to gun writers who are good experimentalists who also have some imagination. One such writer is Warren Page, the late shooting editor for Field & Stream who is generally given credit for initial work that led to the .243 Winchester.

The .22 WMR: My Favorite Rimfire

Posted on Jan 3, 2023

Growing up in a somewhat remote area, shooting sports were always important to me. First, it was with a Daisy Model 100 single shot BB gun that was cocked like a break action single barrel or double barrel firearm. Placing one BB in the muzzle completed the operation.

An Old Timer That Still Works

Posted on Nov 30, 2022

Is it possible that a product that predates cell phones, Facebook, and the EPA could still be taken seriously? As Gabby Hayes would have said, “Yur durn tootin!”

The Illinois Shooter Fall 2022

Posted on Oct 13, 2022

Featuring an article published in The Illinois Shooter Fall 2022 issue written by Jim House.

The Winchester Model 12: The Perfect Repeater

Posted on Oct 3, 2022

Introduced in 1912, the Winchester Model 1912 shotgun soon became known simply as the Model 12. Early in the production period of over half a century, the Model 12 was called “The Perfect Repeater.”

A Tale of Two Kimbers

Posted on Sep 6, 2022

While I was holding the Kimber something made a light go on or perhaps something in my subconscious snapped. In either case I knew that I wanted a Kimber .45 Auto.

The Remington Trio

Posted on Aug 3, 2022

I grew up being very fond of Winchester firearms. The .22 I used during my youth was a Winchester Model 90 pump that shot .22 Shorts. The rifles that were used in the western movies that were so popular during my youth were Winchesters. The legendary Winchester Model 70 centerfire was introduced in the same year I was born.

A Memory Maker

Posted on Jul 25, 2022

Firearms last a long time and as a result they are frequently passed down from generation to generation. I am sure that many people have such special pieces even if they are no longer used for hunting or recreation. In my gun safe there is such an item.

Mounting Problems

Posted on Jun 8, 2022

There is no shortage of problems and the list seems to get longer on a daily basis. When it comes to shooting sports, one problem is the availability of ammunition and reloading components. However, problems may also arise when trying to get the right combination of rifle and scope.