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Gun Fight Friday: S&W 17 K-22 vs Ruger Single Six

This week we’ve got two .22 revolvers facing off in a double-action vs. single action gun fight. Both guns are classics. The S&W Model 17 K-22 was first offered in 1930, much later designated the 617, and is available from S&W again as t…

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Things I’ve Learned Over the Years About…Hunting Pants

I am all for pants, or trousers, whichever, and think that all hunters should wear them unless they are Highland Scots or Greeks.* Here some things I’ve learned about pants over the years.
There are few things worse than tight hunting pants. If y…

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Are Elk Really That Tough?

I read in one of my “Ask Petzal” answers that elk are big, tough animals. Since I don’t believe anything anymore, no matter who says it, I wondered: Are they?
Let’s do big first. As ungulates go, Cervus canadensis is what you ca…

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Gun Fight Friday: Makeover Edition Ruger 10/22 vs Remington Model 700 .308

Today we have a Makeover Edition of Gun Fight Friday. We’re starting with two modern classics, the Ruger 10/22 and the Remington 700. Granted, they don’t have much in common except that almost everybody owns at least one of each, and there…

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What Difference Does it Make?

My apologies for using this space to write about Hillary Clinton instead of something useful like nodes of vibration or powder burning rates, but I seem to be the only one not doing it, and I feel…left out. Mrs. Clinton is important to us b…

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Dove Hunts: How To Answer the "Can I Bring My Dog?" Question

With dove seasons opening and the rest on the way, hunters and their dogs are off the couch and back in the field. If you are putting together a hunt, you will have to face the question: “Can I bring my dog?” Eddie Nickens passed along thi…

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Odd Firearms: Russia’s Underwater ‘Assault Rifle’ Dart Gun

The Internet is full of videos of guns firing underwater these days, but the one below is different: the Russian APS (pictured above) was made to be fired underwater. Introduced in 1975, it was meant to give Russian frogmen an offensive weapon underwa…

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Perfect Rifles: My Custom John Noveske .280

In my post of Aug. 21, I mentioned that a .280 of mine, built by now-departed riflesmith John Noveske, was a perfect gun. Reader R. Peterson, who is obviously a person of taste and culture, asked if I would write a bit about the .280 and run a photo. …

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Gun Fight Friday: Browning Sweet 16 vs. Remington 870 Special Field

Finally, a shotgun Gun Fight—and it’s not just between any two shotguns, either. We have the most popular shotgun in history against a classic bird gun. Remington made the short-barreled Special Field version of the 870 from 1984 to 1995, …

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Over-The-Top Tactical: Bulletproof Couch Sports Hidden 30-Gun Safe

I thought last week’s post on the Loudener would be hard to beat in the over-the-top-tactical category. That was before my older son called my attention to a tactical couch called the Couch Bunker. It not only conceals a gun safe with a 30-gun c…

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How to Hunt for Years on $2,000: The Treestands and Climbing Steps

Click here if missed the last installment. To recap, the September issue cover story “Deer Hunting in the Real World” included a large sidebar called “Hunt for Years on $2,000,” featuring 12 essential deer-hunting items totaling…

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Big Game Hunting and Rifles: "Good Luck"

At the camp where I hunt in northern Maine with 10 or so other geezers, we have a small ritual. As I’m heading out the door at zero dark thirty to spend a day freezing, they say “Good luck.” To which I reply, “Luck has nothing t…

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Pre-Season Bird Hunting PSA: It’s Time to Check Your Magazine Tube Plugs

Part of your preseason preparations should be to check the magazines of your pump or semiauto shotguns and be sure they are plugged—that is, if you plan to hunt migratory birds (or deer and turkeys in some states) with them. If you make your own…

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Sometimes People Vanish

On July 23, a 66-year-old woman from Tennessee, Geraldine Largay, was supposed to meet her husband at a point on the Appalachian Trail in Maine, and when she failed to make the rendezvous, he declared her missing. Largay was an experienced hiker and in…

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How to Hunt for Years on $2,000: The Rifle, The Bow, The Muzzleloader

You may have noticed that the September issue cover story, “Deer Hunting in the Real World,” included a large sidebar called “Hunt for Years on $2,000.” In it, I wrote that the 12 bargain gear items featured (all totalling less …

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Gun Fight Friday: Winchester/Savage vs. Savage/Winchester

Sometimes we will pair up similar guns in Gun Fight Friday (per last week’s Weatherby Mark V vs. Remington 700 brawl). Sometimes we won’t. The rifles in this week’s matchup don’t have a whole lot in common other than that one i…

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Guest Shoot Me Down: Quartering-To Shots Shouldn’t be Taboo for Deer Hunting

Now that I’ve got you all frothy-mouthed and howling from my last Shoot Me Down, it seems like a perfect time to throw Will Brantley, F&S contributor and redneck troublemaker, to the pack. Brantley detailed how to make a clean-killing bow sh…

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Oh Give Me a Home Where You Never Shoot Prone

Prone is a conundrum. On the one hand, it is the steadiest of all positions. On the other, you hardly ever get a chance to shoot prone when hunting, so people don’t pay a lot of attention to it. Over the past couple of decades, I’ve done a …

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The Perks of Buying Used Guns

My Beretta 391 waterfowl gun just came back from the Beretta specialists at Cole Gunsmithing, where they fixed its balky action for about $80. Although the gun had never malfunctioned in the field with heavy loads — or even dove loads — I …

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Gun Fight Friday: Remington 700 BDL vs. Weatherby Mark V

No cars this week. Back to guns, and this week we have a showdown between a Remington 700 BDL and a Weatherby Mark V. The 700 is chambered for 7mm Magnum, the Weatherby in .300 Weatherby Magnum. Both have Leupold 3x-9x variables, so scopes are a wash …

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The Mighty Mosin Nagant

As anyone with the wits to say “powerful assault weapon” knows, the Kalashnikov is the most successful military small arm of all time, with over 100 million produced since its introduction in 1947.
But what’s number two? Is it the Le…

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Practice for Duck Season: Mount Your Shotgun Indoors with a Flashlight in the Barrel

The most important facet of your shotgunning skills to polish is your gun mount.
You can practice the mount at home — using a gun you know is unloaded — with or without an AA MiniMaglite in the muzzle for a 12 gauge; 20s take an AAA MiniM…

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Celebrity Hunter Spook Spann Gets Jail Time and 1-Year Hunting Ban

Warren “Spook” Spann just can’t seem to get it right. Spann, on probation after being convicted of Lacey Act violations last fall, was caught turkey hunting this spring in violation of his parole, which included a six-month hunting b…

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Reductio ad Absurdum

In case you’re not conversant in Latin, reductio ad absurdum means “reduced to absurdity,” and is a principle of logic used to disprove a proposition by taking it to its ultimate conclusion. For example: “If you elect a man to t…

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Gun Fight Friday: Car Edition

This week’s Gun Fight is between cars—armed cars. The matchup features James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and the Hyundai Veloster Zombie Apocalypse Survival Vehicle that debuted at this year’s Comic Con (that’s Comic Conventi…

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Shoot Me Down: Spare Me the Heart-Shot Photo

Have you seen this? A buddy texts or emails you a photo from the field. But it’s not a picture of a handsome critter, posed to look as dignified as possible given that it’s dead. Rather, it’s a picture of the poor animal’s bloody hear…

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Caption Contest: Win a Cabela’s Outfitter Series Game Camera

If you don’t have at least one trail camera out right now, you’re not only missing out on great scouting  opportunities, you’re depriving yourself a whole lot of fun.
What’s that you say? You don’t have a game camer…

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Gun Fight Friday: Colt 1911 vs. Mossberg 500

This week we’ve got guns for gunfights again—but with a “Beauty and the Beast” theme. The beauty is a stainless Colt 1911. The beast is a black tactical Mossberg 500.
Tim Flannery’s 1911

“This gun is a good reminde…

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Optics Review: Two New Meopta Scopes With New 4C Reticle

Meopta’s MeoStar R1 3x-12x RD night scope.
I was very slow to pick up on the excellence of Meopta scopes. This is because the name “Meopta” lacks resonance; it’s rather like the names that are hung on imported automobiles these days. …

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Rifle Review: The Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Back Country

One of the new rifles I tested for the upcoming Gun Nuts (which promises to be bigger than The Sound of Music) is the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Back Country. Vanguard, in case you’ve just fallen off the turnip truck, is Weatherby’s mediu…

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