Technical & How-To Articles

  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. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Reading The Wind

    Reading The Wind By Shawn Carlock MY DAD PREPARING FOR A LONG, WINDY CROSS CANYON SHOT If you are new to long range hunting or an experienced veteran, most will agree that the ability to accurately read the wind is what separates a fair shooter from an exceptional one. Let me say that reading the wind is like most anything else; a lot of people have a lot of ideas about how to do it and how to apply it. I have had a fair number of successes in long range competition and in long range...
  11. Rifle Stocks in Broad Strokes

    Rifle Stocks in Broad Strokes By MeccaStreisand Rifle stocks are seemingly simple things. They are the things you bolt all the actual gun parts to, which keeps you from holding all the actual rifle parts themselves. Why should they be so complicated then? Simple. Because they’re the interface between the oodles of different body shapes and the oodles of different gun shapes and even more oodles of use cases. Trying to pair a stock with a rifle can’t be done without some vision of what the...
  12. My Remington's Fall

    My Remington's Fall By Les Voth This past summer my custom Remington 700 Short Action in 6.5 Creedmoor and I burnt plenty of powder, expended many bullets, popping primers and smacking lotsa steel. I learned how to shoot long with confidence, and my Remington only let me down when I fed it badly built ammo. I learned to build better ammo and my groups got smaller. More steel died horribly impactful deaths. Paint turned to dust, gongs rang, bowling pins flew, and Tannerite blew things...
  13. Is the 6.5 Grendel a True Long Range Hunting Cartridge?

    Is the 6.5 Grendel a True Long Range Hunting Cartridge? By John Johnston There has been a lot written about this round but I just had that urge to try it out myself. This article has been an ongoing project for well over a year and as you read on, you will understand why. The goal of the 6.5 Grendel cartridge was to provide AR15 shooters a round that could be used in that framework that would be more accurate and effective at ranges up to 800 yards. Using the tried and trued 6mm PPC case...
  14. Accurately Learned

    Accurately Learned By Les Voth Les' new book, Life Les'ons, is now available on Amazon HERE. Previously, I told the story of my pursuit of one rifle. A custom rifle. A rifle that would do all I needed a rifle to do. A rifle I could accessorize for comfort and pursue accuracy with. The rifle is a trued Remington Short Action. It has a 27.5 inch 8 twist, 6.5 Creedmoor Krieger barrel. An HS Precision stock cradles the action and a Harris bi-pod hold up the business end. A Vortex HS LR 6-24 x...
  15. Sacrifice For Quality or The Case For Custom

    With this gear, and my friend Mad, I learned to shoot past and beyond my aspirations. I had visions of becoming proficient to 600 yards. I have no good explanation for picking that number beyond the limits of imagination. Mad's Lapua Desert Tech reaching out With many boxes of factory Hornady 140 grain ELD Match ammo, I started hitting steel at Mad's range. From eight inch targets at 536 yards and 739 yards, I progressed out to the twelve inch square steel hanging at 887 yards. The IPSC...
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