Air temperature changes bullet trajectory by increasing or decreasing atmospheric density. This seems counter intuitive to some folks, but cold air makes a given load strike lower. Hot air makes the same load strike higher. Shooters can count on this: Expect to shoot … [Read more...] about How Air Temperature Changes Bullet Trajectory
“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 heavy bullet drift myth continues to fool many hunters. Heavier bullets do NOT always reduce wind deflection. In some cases they make it worse. Higher B.C. is the real solution. Weight is just one part of B.C. Form factor (shape) is the other critical part of high … [Read more...] about Heavy Bullet Drift Myth Busted
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?
Shooters have long wondered why seemingly superb rifle cartridges die or wither away. Remember the 244 Remington? The 284 Winchester? The 7mm WSM or 243 WSSM? How about the 5mm Remington rimfire or the 6.5 Rem. Mag? Bet you've never even heard of the 256 Winchester … [Read more...] about 9 Reasons Rifle Cartridges Die
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
The 264 Winchester Magnum is a 6.5mm cartridge that was ahead of its time when created in 1958. It slipped into a coma in the mid-1960s and has been at death’s door ever since. But it could revive, perhaps even thrive because it produces better ballistics than all but one or two … [Read more...] about Can 264 Winchester Magnum Rise From Dead?
The safest hunting cartridges for congested areas aren't necessarily the old, heavy, slow ones. Fast and light might be right. A reader recently wrote and asked: Hello Mr. Spooner, Would like your expert advice if your have time. On my family farm two sides of farm now border … [Read more...] about Safest Hunting Cartridges for Crowded Areas