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Hunting with AR’s

by Zach Lazzari, Monday, April 23, 2018

There is some confusion today among the general public about what an AR is. The mainstream media often refers to AR’s as assault rifles, which is inaccurate. The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does not stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” AR-15-style rifles are not “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully auto...

How to Make Wildcat Cartridges | Wildcat Ammo Loading Guide

by Wayne Van Zwoll, Thursday, April 19, 2018
The History of Wildcat Cartridges Designing a cartridge – even tweaking a classic – puts you on the path of handloading pioneers!


The term may have sprung up in the oil fields. Following the Civil War, whale oil had become so expensive, the U.S. government subsidized exploration for petroleum – whose price vaulted from 35 cents a barrel in 1862 to $13.75 later that decade. Wildcatters drilled where oil hadn’t yet been discovered. John D. R...

Starline 6.5 Grendel vs. 6.8 SPC

by By Steve Gash, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The AR platform is one of the most popular rifle systems on the market today, but the vast majority of them are chambered for the .223/5.56mm. Not everyone (including your seldom-humble correspondent) is enamored with this round. Why? It’s just a “rat gun;” shooting lightweight bullets of modest power. As a result, numerous larger-caliber rounds have been developed for the AR that offer more versatility and potential for personal defense or hunting game larger than coyotes, bec...

260 Remington Ballistics and Ammo

by By Norman Gray, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
“IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE”


As you get older, it’s said you get wiser and the latter is rumored to be a byproduct of the former. In the case of ammunition, older is usually better, in that time in the field has built a solid reputation with the shooter. The .223 Remington/5.56x45 (1962), .308 Winchester/7.62x51 (1952) and 30-06 Springfield/7.62x63 (1906) are all household names and are MUCH older than I, Norman Gray (1967). What ab...

Best Public Hunting - Public Lands Hunting in the West

by Zach Lazzari, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The west is ripe with lands that open the door to the best public hunting for everyone. In a way, that access safeguards the future of hunting by ensuring the opportunity is available to the public. Limiting access would only contribute to the decline in hunting numbers. That said, public land hunting isn’t always easy. Areas are sometimes crowded, competitive and difficult. Here are a few ways to plan and approach a western public lands hunt.


An elk herd moves between pu...

.223 Rem/5.56x45mm Reloading and Ballistics

by Bob Shell, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
About the .223 Remington/5.56x45mm The .223 Rem is one of the most popular rounds in today’s market. Developed from the .222 Remington, the .223 was designed to achieve ballistics for military use. The .223 Rem in its military form is known as the 5.56x45mm NATO. The differences between the two are the pressures that they are loaded at and the chamber of the firearms themselves.

There are so many rifles and handguns chambered in .223 being produced that it would b...

Reloading 6.5 Creedmoor | 6.5 Creedmoor Ballistics

by Bob Shell, Thursday, October 19, 2017
There are several new rounds that are becoming more and more popular. One of the most popular in recent years is the 6.5 Creedmoor. With an earned reputation for superior accuracy, competition shooters and hunters around the world are taking notice of the 6.5 Creedmoor.

.243 Winchester Ballistics and Reloading

by Norman Gray, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
240 Page Super Pouper? Oh Yea, the .243 Winchester!

Reloading for .41 Caliber Handguns: .41 Mag and .41 Special

by Bob Shell, Friday, July 21, 2017
In 1935, the .357 Magnum was introduced as the most powerful revolver round in existence. The .357 Mag is a very versatile round, considering the .38 Special and other shorter rounds that can be fired in it. In 1955, the .44 Magnum was introduced and became “the king of the hill.” The .41 Mag was introduced in 1964 in the S&W Model 58. Power-wise, the .41 Magnum falls between the .357 and .44, which puts it in a category of being powerful enough for any self-defense situation, as...

.338 Federal – An Excellent Caliber for Big Game

by Tim Noland, Friday, June 30, 2017
In the 11 years since it’s been introduced, the .338 Federal has earned a reputation for great accuracy and stopping power. Combine those into a controllable package offering less recoil than other calibers with similar capabilities, and you have an all-star big game caliber. Developed in 2006 by Federal and Sako, the .338 Federal packs a powerful punch while remaining easy on the shoulder.

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