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
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.
The key to becoming a great hunting shot is to master the eight essential rifle skills. But first you have to know them -- and your rifle. A great rifle shot knows his or her rifle top to bottom, front to back, inside and out. He knows how it feels, how it loads, how it … [Read more...] about Eight Essential Rifle Skills
Eider hunting is similar to mallard hunting — only different. With both species you set out decoys, hide and wait for shots. There the similarities end. You set up in salt water bays for eiders and don’t call to them. They don’t circle, bank, drop, rise or … [Read more...] about Eider Hunting is Different
How Much Performance Do You Lose to a Short Barrel on Your Hunting Rifle? Short barrels bother some hunters. They shouldn’t. It’s true that short barrels usually cost you some velocity. A cartridge/bullet fired through a 24-inch tube will generate more speed than the same … [Read more...] about Short Barrel Performance Loss
Alaska is where good rifles go to die. Swamps, muskeg, wet meadows, alder jungles, rocks, sand, snow and rain combine to rust, warp and defile rifles in record time. But not Mossberg’s Patriot Laminate Marinecote in 375 Ruger. I dragged one of these inexpensive … [Read more...] about Mossberg’s Patriot 375 in Wet Alaska