Thousands of big-game hunters rely on .270 Winchester rifles, like this Browning X-Bolt, to bring down pronghorns, deer and elk every year.
One of the pleasures of writing for and editing firearms periodicals for a living is getting to hear about what the general shooting public (new hunters, recreational shooters, serious handloaders, new gun buyers and so on) thinks about “this” and “that,” even though I’m buried in the office much of the time. Such correspondence is generally sincere, is often enlightening and typically includes honest questions – some of the same ones I probably asked back when I was in my mid-20s.
Once in a while, however, a somewhat unusual query pops up in a gun shop conversation or by email, partly, I believe, because there are so many younger men and women joining the ranks of firearms owners, whether due to upturned politics or just general interest in shooting or, more likely, hunting. Plus, there is an increasingly expanding jumble of cartridge, rifle and pistol options to pick from, when and if they are available. Way back when I was younger with little cash flow, just old enough to purchase my own guns, picking one over another required a careful, painstaking decision. So it’s easy to empathize with people, especially now, as prices for both new and used guns ratchet up every few months or so.
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MAUSER MODEL 1898
THE HUNTER'S TRIGGER
LOCK, STOCK & BARREL
EOTECH VUDU 5-25X 50MM FFP
A RIFLEMAN’S OPTICS
WHY THE WINCHESTER PRE-'64 MODEL 70 STILL MATTERS
MOSTLY LONG GUNS
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: THE SEQUEL
H-S Precision PLR Rifle
Shooting the 6.5-284 Norma
AN INTERESTING OPEN SIGHT
After using a 6.5 Grendel to cull a goodly number of Texas feral hogs, I’ve developed a great deal of respect for the cartridge. This has mostly involved nighttime forays shooting with thermal imaging optics. The 2.26-inch confines inherent to AR-15 magazines, and the Grendel’s limited case capacity, make 123- to 130-grain bullets the practical upper limit for such activities. These projectiles chug along at around 2,350/2,450 feet per second (fps), but deliver well out of proportion to its diminutive size.
.240 WEATHERBY MAGNUM
The .240 Weatherby Magnum gets little respect. Knowledgeable varmint hunters will spend a lot of dough to build up a custom 6mm-284 or one of the variations of the 6mm-06 wildcat rounds to get the ballistic features already available in a .240 Weatherby Magnum factory rifle: flat trajectory, good performance in wind and the ability to anchor larger game more reliably if called upon to do so.
The 6mm Creedmoor was designed for long-range target shooting with long and skinny, heavy-for-caliber bullets that slip through the air with the greatest of ease. Wind affects these bullets little; they just fly right through it, almost unaffected.
7MM SHOOTING TIMES EASTERNER
CRIMPING THE .45 COLT
BULLETS & BRASS
Guns of Mexico's Freedom Fighters
During Mexico’s 1910 Revolution, rebel forces fought with muzzle-loaders, lever-action and bolt-action repeaters—even machine guns.
A young hunter’s five-year quest for a Washington State black bear
Testing New Brass and IMR Powders
Finding Twist - Suitable Bullets
7mm Remington Magnum
New Bullets and Powders
6.5x52mm American: Wildcat Cartridges
Those of us who enjoy wild-cats do not need much of an excuse to come up with another one.
AIMING FOR THE SUMMIT
SENNHEISER IE 900
Going out with a bang
The German company goes back to basics with this in-ear and CliffJoseph reckons that can only be a good thing