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  1. What's In Len's Backpack?

    Which 51 items are in Len's backpack? By Len Backus A couple weeks ago I had my hunting stuff spread out on the floor in front of me as I organized for an upcoming annual DIY mule deer hunt in eastern Montana. I get so many questions from LRH members about what’s a good widget to use for whatever. Plus we have a constantly growing number of members who are learning about how to get into...
  2. Len's Big Mule Deer Taken With The New LRR Mountain Rifle

    Len's Big Mule Deer Taken With The New LRR Mountain Rifle By Len Backus Three years ago I booked an LRH Group Deer Hunt with Robb Wiley of Non-Typical Outfitters for 2015. Three years is a long time to wait when you are relentlessly teased over the years with pictures of other big bucks taken by his clients in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Finally it was September of 2015. I had planned to hunt with...
  3. 7 Days in Eastern Cape South Africa

    My dad Floyd and my stepmother Janice had been to South Africa twice, and upon their return the second time in 2014 they said they were going back again in 2016. I had always thought that when my dad started going to Africa, it would be very special for me to join him on an African safari. So I told him that I definitely would be going with him and my stepmother in 2016. The toughest part...
  4. Nightforce SHV 5-20x56 Rifle Scope With New Exposed Elevation Turret

    My introduction to Nightforce optics happened only several years ago as I first became addicted to long range hunting. I had recently found LongRangeHunting.com and delved into a world of information about long range shooting and hunting that I could have only dreamed of. At that point I had never even heard of Nightforce, and at the time local stores didn't even carry the brand.
  5. Prone Shooting Position

    Prone Shooting Position By Jim See Prone shooting from the bipod should be our most accurate and precise position, yet some of us suffer in this area. I still see the biggest mistakes in this position at rifle matches from some well rounded and experienced shooters. Most of these issues can be easily fixed by the individual with a little forethought and awareness in their practice. First I’m...
  6. King of 2 Miles 2017

    King of 2 Miles 2017 By Samantha D. Smitchko from Cutting Edge Bullets The 2017 King of 2 Miles match in Raton, New Mexico came to a wrap on Thursday, June 29. The 49 shooters were split in 2 groups across 2 days (27th and 28th) for first round qualifications. For the qualification rounds, each shooter was shooting at 3 targets: 1543yds, 1722yds, 1888yds, and 1953yds. The shooters had 5...
  7. A Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics

    A Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics By Len Backus, Publisher Last summer Kathy and I made a 5,200 mile road trip from our home in Wisconsin to the northwest coast of the US. We got up as far north as Vancouver Island in British Columbia and as far south as Darrell Holland's home and business in southern Oregon. We visited a number of Long Range Hunting related folks on the way and...
  8. Zeiss Conquest V6 Riflescope Review

    The new Zeiss Conquest V6 riflescopes marry glass quality that will be very hard for other manufacturers to compete with at their price point with all the features, bells and whistles that American long range shooters have come to expect, in an exciting new line of riflescopes that has been several years in the making.
  9. Reaching Into the Past - The 219 Donaldson Wasp

    It’s hard to believe that some of the varmint cartridges that originated in the early part of the last century are still doing an excellent job on small game. As far back as 1912, Savage offered the 22 Hi Power cartridge in their Model 99, and it delivered a 70 grain bullet at 2790 feet per second. This cartridge is no longer available in the US but is still somewhat popular in Europe, and...
  10. Effective Game Killing - Part 1

    For hunting purposes the primary task of the projectile is to provide a fast humane kill. This minimizes suffering to the animal and simplifies location of the carcass. Destruction of the major nervous centers such as the brain or forwards portion of the spine cause the fastest killing but such targets are often difficult to hit.
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