Technical & How-To Articles

  1. Teton Crest Trail Backpack Adventure Of Len And Barbara

    Looking down from Paintbrush Divide at 10,700 feet onto Lake Solitude "What an amazing adventure - just finished backpacking with my 71-year young dad in the Tetons across the Teton Crest Trail. 3 days. 35 miles. 3,000' of climb covering 6 miles in 4 hours the last morning. Overshot our permitted camp zone for the last night so we decided we were close enough to hike out and sleep in a hotel with a hot shower last night. Resulted in 16 miles yesterday, including the big ascent in the...
  2. X-Ray's Stick

    How many times have you thought about which rifle you would keep if you could just keep one?
  3. Barrel Life: A Screed of Old Standby & the Math of the Matter

    When you talk about “barrel life”, exactly what you are talking about is of paramount importance but isn’t clarified by the simple words “barrel life”.
  4. Effective Game Killing - Part 2

    The speed of incapacitation or what we call fast killing is one method for which the hunter is able to measure a cartridge’s effectiveness on game in comparison to other cartridges.
  5. 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 western state DIY hunting. So I decided then and there that when I returned from the hunt I would write...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Hunting High Country Mule Deer Bucks

    Hunting High Country Mule Deer Bucks By Allen Jones I had always dreamed of sheep hunting. I think I read everything Jack O’Connor wrote on the subject, and the thought of getting my sights on one of those keen eyed, curly horned mountain dwellers sometimes kept me awake at night. After moving to Colorado in 1975, I started sending in my application for the limited draw license. Finally, in 1987, my dream became a reality. The coveted tag arrived in the mail. But that story will have to...
  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 known as the 5.6×52mmR. The 22 Hornet and 218 Bee, first offered in the 1930s, are still in use for...
  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.
  11. Selecting Varmint Calibers

    Selecting Varmint Calibers By Jared Bauder As I dust off my guns from the winter infestation of cold and snow, I think about the gun options for the varmint season. Phrases like, “speed kills” and “going out with a bang” usually come to mind. Despite the usual suspects (Figure 1), I find myself migrating to the best ratio of effective range, cost, and explosive terminal performance. Typical varmint calibers include .17, .20, .22, and .243. Varmint loadings use light-for-caliber bullets to...
  12. 40 Rounds to Perfect PRS Practice

    40 Round Perfect PRS Practice By Jim See You must ask yourself, am I practicing for performance or am I just out here burning powder? Think about that for a minute... are you getting the best return on your practice investment? Well this article is going to give you some well-deserved advice on getting the most out of the fewest rounds. I rarely shoot 100 yard groups, ever... About the only time I fire at 100 yards is after loading a new batch of ammo (300-400 rounds) and that is to...
  13. Level It And Color It Done

    Level It And Color It Done By Les Voth X-ray just built a new rifle. In his search for the ultimate caliber/rifle combo he has been through many. As a past shooting competitor, he knows what works. Working as a paid hunter, X-ray's real world experience eclipses the fantasy worlds of most. From .243s to 6mm SLRs, 308s to .338 Normas, 6.5 Creedmoors to 22-243s, his use of and collection of working rifles is extensive. Heck, who needs a .338 Norma to shoot coyotes? X-ray! He called me a...
  14. Windage Compensation

    Windage Compensation By Jack Peterson, Producer of Best of the West TV Show Anyone that has spent much time in Wyoming knows that the wind can really blow here. According to the University of Wyoming’s website at [URL="http://www.uwyo.edu"]www.uwyo.edu[/URL], “Wyoming contains over 50% of the United States’ top categories for wind energy resource”. Whether it’s the plains of eastern and southern Wyoming or the mountain valleys and peaks of the western Rockies, the wind can be a factor for hunters on any given day of the...
  15. A Reconstructed Ruger

    A Reconstructed Ruger By Les Voth Last summer I tried selling my Ruger Mark II VT. This 28 inch barreled factory firearm was too heavy to carry on a hunt. I have a custom Remington in the same 6.5 Creedmoor caliber that was more practical, so it had to go. Unfortunately, no one wanted it. So after a few months on consignment, I took it back home. The store it was on consignment at had used it for weekend entertainment, and it showed. The squeaky clean barrel was badly fouled, among other...
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