“Go ahead punk. Make my day.” So did Dirty Harry accelerate our magnum cartridge misconceptions. You can’t blame Clint Eastwood's character for all magnum cartridge misconceptions. They've been around for at least 100 years. And will probably remain for another hundred. But that … [Read more...] about Magnum Cartridge Magnum Bullet? Go Ahead Punk
Ballistics is the science or study of projectiles in flight. This might seem arcane and boring, but it's at the heart of how we hit or miss game. Internal ballistics refers to what goes on within the gun. External ballistics covers the projectile's flight, and terminal ballistics is all about what happens when that projectile lands. If you truly wish to become a better shot, study ballistics. Yeah, it's physics and a bit of rocket science, but we'll make it as plain, simple and useful as we can. Hey, if an old country bumpkin like Spomer can grasp this stuff, you can. Shooters who routinely put bullets on target at 300 yards and beyond know their ballistics.
As sometimes happens in the world of rifle cartridges, the 280 AI (Ackley Improved) is becoming more popular than its parent, the excellent 280 Remington. Here’s why: 280 AI shoots 50 fps to 100 fps faster than the 280 Remington with the same bullets in the same … [Read more...] about 280 AI My My My!
The unpopular 280 Remington (ever seen or shot one?) can out-perform the highly respected 270 Winchester, the historic 7x57mm Mauser, the modern-Mauser-replacement 7mm-08 Remington, the 30-06 Springfield, the sparkling 25-06 Remington, and even that trendy of trendiness (dare I … [Read more...] about 280 Remington Amazing History Performance
A reader recently asked if I think “it is possible to improve the 30-06, you know bring it into the modern day.” Great question, and it’s already been answered. Multiple times. In many ways. Alterations to 30-06 case make it faster, more powerful Alterations to bullet … [Read more...] about Antiquated 30-06 Springfield Improved!
From new camouflage patterns to laser range-finding rifle scopes that illuminate the precise aiming point for any distance, all things hunting and shooting were being hawked last week at the annual Vegas bazaar known as the SHOT Show. “Hurry, hurry! Step right up! Get the world’s … [Read more...] about SHOT Show Gear 2019
My old buddy Richard Mann recently wrote an article profiling “10 Great Coyote Cartridges.” He should have just cut to the chase and picked the best coyote cartridge of all time — the 22-250 Ackley Improved. 22-250 Ackley Improved has an ideal balance between recoil, MV, … [Read more...] about Best Coyote Cartridge Revealed
Does the Optimum Game Weight formula favor the 308 Winchester over the 7mm-08 Remington? Does the Optimum Game Weight formula actually work for determining a suitable hunting cartridge? A reader, Bruce, recently asked what I thought about this. Bruce was, wisely, comparing … [Read more...] about Optimum Game Weight Formula 308 Winchester
If you want to start a fire storm, announce that the venerable 375 H&H Magnum is overrated. Okay, I will. The overrated 375 H&H Magnum is just that: overrated. Maybe. Here are possible reasons why: Too many game animals have escaped after solid hits. … [Read more...] about 375 H&H Magnum Overrated?