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?
Rifle cartridges have a history all their own, and serious shooters want to know it. Where did the .308 Winchester come from? Can the .300 Weatherby Magnum fire a .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge? Is the .280 Remington Express the same as the .280 Remington or the 7mm-08 Remington? Is the 6mm Remington the same as the .243 Winchester?
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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
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
The 6.5mm (264-caliber) revolution is well underway, so let’s meet the baby of the bunch, the 6.5 Grendel. Last summer I had a chance to work with a prototype Howa 6.5 Grendel Mini Action rifle designed specifically to optimize this diminutive 6.5mm cartridge in a bolt-action. I … [Read more...] about 6.5 Grendel Deer Hunting Surprise
After reading my blog about the Best Whitetail-Pronghorn Cartridge, a reader asked this about cartridge/bullet performance: When discussing BC, is there something special about the 6.5mm other than there are already bullets made in the 140gr+ range? If there was a 130gr .257 … [Read more...] about Four Keys to Ballistic Performance Exposed
What's the Best Dual Purpose Whitetail-Pronghorn Cartridge? A reader, Jake J., recently asked this: Ron, keep up the good work! I appreciate all that you do. I would like your opinion on what a good all-around caliber might be for mainly hunting Antelope and Whitetail … [Read more...] about Best Whitetail-Pronghorn Cartridge
The 300 RUM (Remington Ultra Magnum) is a monster. But it's attracting a lot of attention and gaining a lot of fans. Why? Because this is America where bigger is better! Seriously, there's a lot of truth to that old wisecrack. Cartridge development over the past 150 years … [Read more...] about Five Reasons to Own a 300 RUM
The old 30-06 Springfield seems to have become the Rodney Dangerfield of centerfire rifle cartridges. If you are one of the many who "don't give it no respect," you might want to study its potential and reconsider. Recently a young hunter in camp shot a mule deer at … [Read more...] about Five Reasons Why 30-06 Springfield Is Best