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Air Venturi Samyang Dragon Claw Big Bore 50 Caliber Air Rifle Review

Thursday April 24, 2014

This interesting big bore air rifle sure isn't anything like my old BB gun! It's a well-made, heavy-duty rifle that slings big fat half-inch (.50 caliber) projectiles downrange - sometimes with impressive accuracy. I first got interested in big bore air rifles when I started hearing about hunting hogs with air guns, and really wanted to give that a try. Read the review to learn how that turned out, and to find out whether this airgun is for you.

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Timney Drop-in Replacement Single-Stage Trigger for Ruger 10/22 Review

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Ruger has done some good stuff when it comes to guns, but most of the time, their triggers don't qualify. With the overwhelming popularity of certain Ruger firearms, such as the 10/22 rifle, there's certainly a place in the market for a good, reliable, crisp 10/22 trigger. Turns out, the folks at Timney have come up with a drop-in 10/22 trigger that is easy to install and can do a lot to improve your gun's shootability. Check it out.

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Using a Rifle Sling

Tuesday April 22, 2014

A sling can make it much easier to carry a rifle or shotgun... but did you know that using a sling can help your shooting? Proper sling use can make it a lot faster and easier for you to shoulder your gun and get on target quickly, and allow you to make very steady and accurate shots without resting the gun. From which side of your body to carry the gun, to when it's a good idea to remove the sling and set it aside, this article (and its companion piece How to Use a Rifle Sling) takes a good look at slings and what they can do to help your shooting as well as your hunting.

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Whitetail Deer Body Language

Monday April 21, 2014

When a deer is hit with rifle or bow, it may drop right where it stood. Often, though, it will react physically to the hit, and leave the scene. The way the animal reacts - and even the way it moves when it leaves - can tell you a lot about where that deer was hit. That information can be crucial when it comes to following up on your shot - should you wait, or follow immediately? Did the reaction give you confidence in a good solid hit, or was it marginal? I also take a look at the (false) myth that a deer that runs with its tail up has not been hit...

Learn to Read Whitetail Deer Body Language

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Bushnell Powersync SolarWrap 400 Portable Solar Battery/Charger Review

Thursday April 17, 2014

This portable battery/charger boasts the most durable solar panel I've ever seen, and it's compact as well. It has helped me extend hunts by allowing me to top off my phone while in the woods, and I've even managed to successfully charge my phone to 100% via solar power. But it's not all fun and games with this product, which seems somewhat less robust than I hoped... and takes longer to charge than advertised. Read the review to learn more.

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Montana X-Treme Gun Oil and Bore Solvent Review

Wednesday April 16, 2014

I had this stuff for a while before I wrote this review. I used it with some success, and with some failure. I think the chemicals are pretty good, which is the only reason I gave them four stars... but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. And be sure to never use the solvent unless the area is VERY well-ventilated... it's powerful stuff. But it's made in USA, and I always like that. Read the review for more info on these made-in-USA gun care products.

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How Ammunition and Firearms Cartridges are Named - What Makes a 30-06 a 30-06?

Tuesday April 15, 2014

When it comes to naming cartridges, there are no rules. Sometimes they don't even make sense. This often stems from the fact that the folks who develop new rounds are mavericks who don't easily conform. Other factors include changing standards... at one time in the 1800s, caliber plus black powder charge was the norm (45-70, 32-20, 44-40, etc). Along came smokeless powder, and that trend was of course upset. Here are some examples of cartridge names, what they mean, and how they vary.

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Should You Always Hunt With a Fouled Bore?

Monday April 14, 2014

I've hunted for a long time and have made a few great shots along with a bunch of good ones, and I've never babied my rifle's bore. In general, I believe you should always hunt with a fouled rifle bore. How fouled is too fouled? Well, if you eyeball down your bore and see hunks and chunks, you need to swamp it out. Knock out the big pieces and give it a light coat of oil (I like to do the same after toting a rifle in the rain). Read on to learn more...

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Wheeler Engineering Magnetic Laser Bore Sighter Review

Thursday April 10, 2014

This is a rare find... a new product that easily earned five stars from me. It's simple, really: a device that sticks to a rifle or shotgun muzzle magnetically and projects a laser parallel with the barrel's bore - so you can get your scope or sights close before you start burning ammo to sight it in. Nothing to go into the barrel, no way it can harm the rifling, and no chance of ruining your barrel's crown. Better yet, the green laser version is easily visible at quite a distance - and a reflective surface is included, in case you want to go ape and boresight at long range. Check out this review for more info.

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Cerama-Coat Spray and Bake Gun Finish Review

Wednesday April 9, 2014

When I overhauled a ratty old Mauser, I used this to refinish the metal. While the gun turned out to be very nice-looking, the finish isn't exactly professional-quality. Then again, I was able to do it at home, by myself, without sending the gun away and dropping a big wad of cash. It's supposed to be super-tough; read the review to learn about that...

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