This is Part 3 of our elk rifle performance review. The first two installments detail hunts from 1985 through 2009. The intent is to compare effectiveness of various cartridges, bullets and rifles. I'll wrap up this series with a few opinions I've "earned" … [Read more...] about Bull Elk, Bullets and Rifles, Part 3
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.
Several hunters have asked me for details on how various rifles, cartridges and bullets have performed for me on big bull elk. This is the kind of first-hand experience all of us want to share. It helps us decide which gear WE want to use in similar … [Read more...] about Elk Rifle Performance: Good, Bad, Ugly
The 6.5-284 Norma is the best balanced, all-round, do-everything, short-action centerfire rifle cartridge on the shelf. You can sell your 308 Winchester’s now. Your 7mm-08 Rem. and 7x57 Mauser, too. 6.5-284 Norma shoots flatter, deflects less in wind, and retains more … [Read more...] about 6.5-284 Norma Best All-Round Cartridge?
In a recent blog, manly man Richard Mann indulged in a weak embrace of the 308 Winchester as his choice for all-round, do-everything rifle cartridge. Like the groom at a shotgun wedding, he says “I do” more out of a sense of self preservation than conviction. Well, I can’t blame … [Read more...] about 7mm-08 Beats 308 Win!
Since the 1920s, pasture and crop field rodent control has evolved from close-range stalking to long-range sniping. Rimfire 22s and shotguns have been replaced by high velocity varmint rifles shooting cartridges like 223 Remington, 22-250 Remington, 243 Winchester and … [Read more...] about Volquartsen’s 17 Best Ways to Hunt Rodents
The sun was on the Nebraska horizon and a Mossberg 243 Winchester bolt-action was on my shoulder when a herd of November whitetails exploded from a copse of trees and scattered into the Sandhills. Flashing tails, leaping legs, long necks and there! Antlers! Wide, tall, … [Read more...] about 243 Winchester vs. 30-30 Win.
In a previous blog we investigated the subtle differences between the 7mm Rem. Mag. and 300 Win. Mag. when firing optimum bullets in each. In this update, we’re going to investigate real-world performance differences among some readily available factory loaded … [Read more...] about Factory 7mm Rem. Mag. vs. 300 Win. Mag.
A war’s been raging since 1963. That’s the year Winchester brought to market its now famous 300 Winchester Magnum. That introduction was, I’m guessing, retaliation against Remington’s 1962 release of its equally famous 7mm Remington Magnum. Each cartridge … [Read more...] about 7mm Rem. Mag. vs. 300 Win. Mag.