Articles from Len Backus

  1. 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 going to start with the conventional prone position that encompasses much of the very precision...
  2. 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 shots at the first target and 3 at the following 3. If any of the targets are not hit with the allotted...
  3. 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 had a great time. There were many high points on the trip but none more interesting and satisfying...
  4. 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.
  5. 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 known as the 5.6×52mmR. The 22 Hornet and 218 Bee, first offered in the 1930s, are still in use for...
  6. 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.
  7. The Bullseye AmmoCam Long Range Edition's New Features

    Bullseye AmmoCam Long Range Edition’s New Features

    By Clint Bryant

    Shortly after submitting my original article on the Bullseye AmmoCam Long Range Edition in late 2015, I found out that some changes and upgrades had been made to the unit. Then, at the 2017 SHOT Show, Nick from Bullseye let Andy Backus of Long Range Hunting know about the improved capabilities added to Bullseye’s Target Manager app. Andy then asked me if I would be interested in putting the new features through their paces....
  8. Sig Sauer KILO 2200 Laser Rangefinder Review

    Sig Sauer KILO 2200 Laser Rangefinder Review

    By MeccaStreisand

    Great googly moogly! What an amazing bit of kit, really! The new Sig Sauer KILO 2200 is just spectacular beyond words, and you won’t even begin to be able to understand until you own one of these laser rangefinders, or find someone that’ll let you try one out.
    Well that was a surprise wasn’t it? An excited first paragraph about a laser rangefinder, coming from me of all people. Let me explain: I’ve passionately hated laser...
  9. Getting Started In Tactical Rifle Competition

    Getting Started In Tactical Rifle Competition

    By Ed Shell

    This article is intended to help the shooter new to precision and tactical matches get started. There are many matches around the country with many different themes, so to begin, we need to define "tactical match" in our context and thus define our goals. For our purposes, "tactical rifle" would be precision rifle shooting under varying field conditions that would be common to military designated marksmen, police marksman and even...
  10. Testimonials - - Len Backus' Long Range Rifles, LLC

    TESTIMONIALS - - Long Range Rifles, LLC
    6.5 GAP
    Brian S.



    123 Amax

    100 yards, 3 shots

    I think the rifle has potential!
    30 Nosler
    Ron P.


    I'm still fairly early in my break-in on the 30 Nosler you built, but here is a 3 shot group. It was a 3 shot group on paper after 2 foulers were shot at steel. Thanks again. I'm really looking forward to doing more shooting. - Ron
    Bob T.


    I asked for a hunting gun - got an IBS benchrest accuracy capable gun --...
  11. Hike Less for Success

    Hike Less for Success

    By Nate Simmons ©Elk Hunter Magazine
    Death marches aren’t always the best answer for killing good bulls

    The success rates for a public land elk hunter in most units out West are very low. Typically, in the average OTC or easy draw area, a good success rate would be between 10-20%. However, we all know hunters who seem to consistently beat the odds and find great success in the exact same areas where 80-90% of the hunters go home empty-handed. From my observations and...
  12. 7 Habits of Highly Successful Combo Hunters

    7 Habits of Highly Successful Combo Hunters

    By Remi Warren ©Elk Hunter Magazine
    Don’t pass up on the chance to double down

    I’ve made my living specializing in guiding elk and deer combination hunts. The idea of going on one trip and bringing back more than one animal is appealing, but it’s not always the easiest thing to do. Over the years, I’ve developed some successful habits that maximize opportunity to fill multiple tags on a single trip.
    Jeff Mikus with a bull he took targeting elk.
  13. Idleback Shooting Chair Review

    Idleback Shooting Chair Review with Hunt Clips

    by Eric A. Mayer

    A shooting platform that is portable, allows for 360 degree motion, yet sturdy and comfortable enough to sit on for hours while shooting varmints?
    That's the thought that went through my head as I wandered by the Idleback booth at the 2014 SHOT Show last January. My first glance of the chair lit up more than a few light bulbs in my brain, as I thought about all the ways I (or any varmint hunter) could utilize such a device! It...
  14. 26 Nosler - Hot Rod for the 21st Century

    26 Nosler - Hot Rod for the 21st Century

    By Len Backus

    I think Nosler has a winner in their new 26 Nosler cartridge offering. The 26 Nosler when zeroed at 350 yards, has a maximum Point Blank Range of 415 yards. For quick shooting situations such as with whitetail deer in long bean fields this cartridge could be just the ticket. With whitetails you often don’t have much time to range and dial before the animal has moved on.

    The 26 Nosler achieves 3,400 fps with a 129 grain Nosler ABLR...
  15. Long Range Hunting - About Us

    Welcome to LRH!

    I am thankful for all of my involvement in long range hunting over the years. I first got into long range shooting and hunting when my son Andy was in his teens. We were fortunate to do some fantastic back country hunts in the western US, Alaska and Mexico and at the same time we had a large marsh on our Wisconsin deer hunting land that we liked to stay out of so it would act as a sanctuary. In the 1990's I began shooting bucks out to 500 yards or so in the marsh from a...