27 05, 2021

Ammo Update: Demand To Remain High Into 2021 Hunting Season

2021-05-27T10:57:42-04:00May 27th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Southwick Associates, a market research firm specializing in the hunting and shooting business, recently surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers as part of its quarterly Hunter/Shooter Survey. They found that in 2020, four out of five consumers encountered out of stock issues while trying to purchase ammunition. Three-quarters of those hunters/shooters have encountered out of stock ammo situations so far in 2021. Of the respondents, 79% reported either fully or partially reducing their target shooting and hunting outings as a result of depleted ammunition shelves. Going forward into 2021, ammunition demand is expected to remain high. Nearly two-thirds of respondents report their current ammo inventory was lower than they would prefer. When asked how much more ammunition they would like to [...]

19 05, 2021

History of the .30-30 For Deer Hunting

2021-05-16T15:32:35-04:00May 19th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Introduced by Winchester Repeating Arms in 1895 as the main chambering for their Model 1894 rifle, the .30-30 was the first sporting cartridge loaded with smokeless powder. The original .30-30 Winchester load featured a 160-grain bullet driven at almost 2,000 feet per second, a huge step up in performance as compared to the black powder cartridges of the day. It didn’t take long for hunters across America to fall in love with this revolutionary rifle/cartridge combo, which shot flat and hit and dropped game hard. The .30-30 quickly became the go-to for deer and bear at short to moderate range. In the 20th Century, Marlin Firearms began chambering lever-action rifles in .30-30, and in 1948 the gunmaker introduced the venerable [...]

24 03, 2021

How To Clean A Shotgun

2021-03-10T11:11:28-05:00March 24th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Guns & Loads|Comments Off on How To Clean A Shotgun

Make triply sure the gun is unloaded. Visually and physically inspect the gun to be sure there isn’t a shell in either the magazine or the chamber. Rack a pump or semi-auto several times, or break open an over/under, several times just to be sure. Secure the gun in a gun vise and spray a little Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber around the action and down the barrel. Fit your cleaning rod with a gauge-appropriate brass brush and work it up and down the barrel. Take care not to drag the cleaning rod along the muzzle. Dowse a patch with gun solvent or bore cleaner and scrub the bore. Repeat as necessary. Run a dry patch down the barrel. Check for [...]

17 03, 2021

Tips For Hunters Concerned With Lead In Venison

2021-03-10T10:20:44-05:00March 17th, 2021|Big Deer TV, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Tips For Hunters Concerned With Lead In Venison

In our last post, we reported that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found that some 7% of the venison donated to shelters has some level of lead contamination from bullets. If this issue concerns you, the Minnesota DNR offers these tips, which are relevant anywhere in the country. ENJOY YOUR HUNT Get out. Have fun. Nothing in the DNR’s lead bullet fragmentation study suggests you shouldn’t go deer hunting. TAKE LEAD EXPOSURE SERIOUSLY Pregnant women and children under six should never be placed in a situation where they could ingest lead particles. That’s because pregnant women and younger children are especially sensitive to lead exposure. They absorb most of the lead they take in, and the brains of infants and [...]

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