Hunters are always looking for the best big game rifle, that magical conglomeration of steel, aluminum, walnut or fiberglass that will carry like a wand, recoil like a rimfire and land with the precision and punch of a guided missile. Part of my job as a writer, TV host and … [Read more...] about How To Find Your Best Rifle Ever
Before you come to blows with your buddies over who has the “Best” rifle, you need to understand two acronyms: bee-cee and em-vee, more commonly seen as BC and MV. These stand for Ballistic Coefficient and Muzzle Velocity. They and they alone determine which … [Read more...] about Shoot Better! Ballistic Coefficient and MV
When it comes to hunting rifle performance, a bigger bullet aren't always better. “Bigger is better” is a common misconception and an understandable one. You look at a big bullet such as a 500-grain flat-nose atop a 470 Nitro Express and you can’t help but be impressed. How can … [Read more...] about Bigger Bullet Better?
Yes, the 7mm-08 defeats 308. Still. Again. Always. Nothing personal against the 308 Winchester. It's just that the 7mm-08 Remington a more ballistically efficient cartridge. Perhaps I should apologize for pointing this out so often (like in this blog.) It ticks people off, as … [Read more...] about 7mm-08 Defeats 308 Again
A reader recently asked about blind magazine feeding problems in bolt-action rifles. He wrote: First of all, I just want you to know how much I enjoy your writing, especially your mountain hunting trips. I am considering a Kimber Montana in .270 Winchester, for my lightweight, … [Read more...] about Blind Magazine Feeding Problems
The popular new kid in the rifle world is the 6mm Creedmoor. It’s winning all kinds of target competitions. It’s also dropping pronghorns, whitetails, mule deer, coyotes, and even elk — and I’m not buying one. Before I tell you why, let’s examine this magical new cartridge in … [Read more...] about Why I’m Not Buying 6mm Creedmoor
Most hunters are a mite confused about the advantages and disadvantages of a short rifle barrel. You might say they are long on fear and short on information. Maybe we can fix that. We detailed short rifle barrel ballistic performance loss in an earlier article on RSO. You can … [Read more...] about Short Rifle Barrel Performance Advantages
Way back in the late 1400s an inventive gun maker added a new twist to firearms — rifling. And shooters have been confused about rifling twist rates ever since. Primitive blackpowder firearms spit balls from smooth bores and the words “accuracy” and “gun” weren’t used in the … [Read more...] about How To Choose the Right Rifling Twist