A magazine editor recently asked me to write 200 words outlining the all-round, perfect Alaska rifle. Only 200 words? That was about as improbable as finding the perfect Alaska rifle. What the Perfect Alaska Rifle Demands Where do you discover one rifle that can handle … [Read more...] about Find Your Perfect Alaska Rifle
A Mossberg Patriot vs. a Brown Bear? The Mossberg Patriot bolt-action in this story sells for MSRP of just $384. Would you risk hunting dangerous game with such an inexpensive rifle? Tom did. Hunters have been wrestling with this question for decades, often taking … [Read more...] about Mossberg Patriot vs. Brown Bear
Appreciating a Whitetail Buck Has Become Harder Thanks to Successful Wildlife Restoration Appreciating a whitetail buck should be easy, but... It's funny how a hunter's perspective can change. When we begin hunting, we're eager and happy to see a deer, let alone a buck, let … [Read more...] about Appreciating a Whitetail Buck
The dreaded whitetail lockdown. If you hunt whitetails you’ve probably heard whitetail lockdown used to describe the sudden disappearance of whitetails during the rut. Your daily sightings drop precipitously because the bucks are supposedly “locked down” with does. Really? … [Read more...] about Whitetail Lockdown Explained
What exactly are controlled expansion bullets? Darned useful missiles for taking big, big game -- and smaller game when applied properly. Traditional cup-core big game bullets (detailed in this previous blog) work well at “standard” impact velocities. Cup-and-core bullets are … [Read more...] about Controlled Expansion Bullets Explained
The most important tool in the rifle hunter’s kit is the one most of us pay the least attention to — the bullet -- and cup-core bullets are the most common, yet misunderstood. Your $500 scope and $1,200 rifle are spear carriers in this drama, just a launchpad for the bullet. … [Read more...] about How Bullets Work: Cup-Core Bullets Explained
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
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?