While most game expires from bullet wounds due to hemorrhaging, shocking bullet performance sometimes drops it like a bolt of lightning. Such a shocking event happened in front of my 30-30 Winchester M94 way back in 1968. A whitetail “button buck” dashed past about 50 … [Read more...] about Shocking Bullet Performance
In our last blog post (you can read it here) we deferred to Sir Isaac Newton and learned why the widely advertised “knockdown power” of high-powered, modern center-fire rifle ammunition is not really knockdown power at all. So, if we can’t count on … [Read more...] about Bullets Work This Way
All my life I’ve heard tales of mighty magnums flinging deer and elk “ten feet backwards,” flipping them onto their backs, spinning them 180 degrees and otherwise flooring them like the Hammer of Thor. Impressive. Where can I experience this? Strangely, … [Read more...] about Why Knockdown Isn’t
Any fair-minded shooter interested in clever cartridge design and efficient performance must respect the rarely seen 284 Winchester. This “short-fat” case pushing high B.C. bullets was decades ahead of its time. In practical terms, the 284 Winchester is no … [Read more...] about Mysterious, Magical, Disappearing 284 Winchester
Here is part four and the final installment of our performance review of elk rifles, cartridges and bullets I’ve worked with over the years. Our intent is to determine if there are any clear differences in killing efficiency among the variety I’ve used. General … [Read more...] about Bull Elk, Bullets and Rifles, Part 4
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
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?