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
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?
You might be thinking you need to buy a short-action rifle so you can shoot one of the vastly superior short-action cartridges, especially the 308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor. Think again. There’s nothing wrong with short-action rifles and cartridges, but … [Read more...] about Short-Action Rifle Versus Long-Action
In a previous post we outlined suitable cartridges and bullets for hunting African plains game. In this post we’ll figure out the best Africa safari rifle. Versatile enough to handle 2,000-pound eland down to 10-pound dik dik antelope. Light enough to carry yet heavy … [Read more...] about Identify Your Best Africa Safari Rifle
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
Yes, the 7mm-08 defeats 308. Still. Again. Always. Nothing personal against the 308 Winchester. It's just that the 7mm-08 Remington a more ballistically efficient cartridge. Perhaps I should apologize for pointing this out so often (like in this blog.) It ticks people off, as … [Read more...] about 7mm-08 Defeats 308 Again
A reader recently asked about blind magazine feeding problems in bolt-action rifles. He wrote: First of all, I just want you to know how much I enjoy your writing, especially your mountain hunting trips. I am considering a Kimber Montana in .270 Winchester, for my lightweight, … [Read more...] about Blind Magazine Feeding Problems
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