High velocity cartridges pushing small caliber bullets can be barrel burners. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shoot them and extend barrel life while reaping long-range performance advantages. Don’t fire long strings through hot barrels. If a barrel is too hot to hold … [Read more...] about Top 10 Tricks Extend Barrel Life
America has long been a country of rifleman. It began with the flintlock rifle and self-sufficient mountain men like Daniel Boone. Rebels with Pennsylvania deer and squirrel rifles helped defeat the mighty British regiments with their inaccurate, close-range smooth bore muskets. Rifles are more than mere tools for bringing home the bacon. They can become passionate pursuits in and of themselves, luring otherwise sane men and women into a never-ending search for precision perfection. Let's discuss rifles here, their history and their pedigree, their performance and their promise. What makes them work and what makes them fail. What’s new and what’s old.
“Dude, that’s a barrel burner!” Who hasn’t been warned about rifle cartridges that are barrel burners? The 264 Winchester Magnum. The 220 Swift. The 7mm RUM. Barrel burners! Beware! But why? What makes a barrel burner? And how can you minimize burning out your rifle … [Read more...] about How To Identify a Barrel Burner Rifle
The Ruger 10/22 autoloading rifle may be the most durable, dependable, popular, and beloved 22 Long Rifle rimfire in North America. If you were limited to owning just one rifle (heaven forbid!) to keep yourself fed and protected for the rest of your life, this might be your best … [Read more...] about Best Survival Rifle? Ruger 10/22 Rimfire
Why are 300 Winchester Magnums with 150-grain bullets the same length as 300 Winchester Magnums with 220-grain bullets? And why aren't all bullets accurate in all rifles? The bullet is just one part of the cartridge. Like an iceberg, most of it is hidden underwater … [Read more...] about Why All 300 Winchester Magnums Same Length?
A quandary for many “wanna be” Alaska sheep, goat, and caribou hunters is what to do about stopping grizzly and brown bear attacks. Can a light, flat-shooting mountain game rifle also be an effective bear stopping rifle? I’m probably not the best to ask about this because, … [Read more...] about Make Your Mountain Rifle a Bear Stopping Rifle
Don’t tell your friends what I’m about to tell you because they’ll just be jealous, but… you probably own the world’s deadliest deer rifle. What I mean by this is that your current deer rifle, if it is legal in the jurisdictions where you hunt, is potentially perfect for … [Read more...] about World’s Deadliest Deer Rifle
My wife’s new Swift bullets Kimber Adirondack combo is swift and deadly for all the reasons hunters care about — field proficiency. Chambered for the short-action 7mm-08 Remington and spitting 150-grain Swift Sciroccos, this rig is light, short, fast and deadly. Darn near … [Read more...] about Swift Bullets Kimber Adirondack — Ideal Hunting Rig
The Rifles, Inc. Strata stainless bolt-action rifle chambered for the 280 Ackley cartridge may not be the world’s perfect ultra-lightweight rifle, but it’s close enough. The perfect rifle would weigh, oh, say six ounces. It would steady in your hands like a gyroscope and launch … [Read more...] about Sub-MOA Rifles, Inc. Strata Just 5-Pounds