18 07, 2014

Video: Best Remington Core-Lokt Deer Shot

2020-06-10T09:22:48-04:00July 18th, 2014|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads|7 Comments

The bullet that has killed more deer than other turned 75 years old in 2014. Serious gun writers with more knowledge of ballistic coefficients and terminal performance than me say that the iconic Remington Core-Lokt produces good accuracy in most center-fire rifles and “typically sheds considerable weight during expansion and penetration, which quickens the death of an animal.” While I might not have as much ballistics knowledge as those gun writers, I have more field and hunting experience than most of them. I have shot dozens and dozens of whitetails and mule deer (and one blacktail) over the years with 140- to 180-grain Core-Lokts, both the soft-point and pointed-soft-points. The shock and knockdown power of these bullets are impressive. They kill [...]

11 07, 2014

Rifle Hunt: How Far to Shoot a Deer?

2020-06-10T09:22:48-04:00July 11th, 2014|BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|7 Comments

One time I shared a camp out West with a gun writer of some repute. He was retired military and rough around the edges, but a nice enough fellow and well-schooled in literature, politics and firearms/ballistics in particular. Having fired hundreds of rifles and a zillion test rounds over the years, the guy couldn’t hear squat, but he could shoot. I watched and spotted for him as he sighted his 7mm Mag. at 100 yards. I was impressed with his 1/2-inch groups, and I told him so. A couple days later he dragged in a nice mule deer buck. “How far?” somebody asked randomly. “542 yards,” the scribe bellowed proudly. He had missed with his first 2 “test” shots, but with [...]

17 06, 2014

Muzzleloader: How Temperature, Air Affect Rifles & Loads

2020-06-10T09:22:49-04:00June 17th, 2014|BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads|4 Comments

Toby Bridges of the North American Muzzleloading Association is an expert on blackpowder rifles and loads. Here is some new info from Toby that will help you sight-in, shoot and hunt better: "Temperature is one variable that affects muzzleloader performance.  So are changes in the humidity and elevation. I almost always obtain the best and most consistent accuracy with saboted bullets when shooting at temperatures from about 40 to 60 degrees. Here in Montana, I'm lucky that through most of June I can still get in several hours of shooting early in the morning with temperatures still in the upper 40s and into the 50s. Even in early July, I can drive up to 5,000 or so feet and shoot for a [...]

24 04, 2014

NRA Mag Names Remington Model 783 “Rifle of the Year”

2020-06-10T09:23:02-04:00April 24th, 2014|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads|3 Comments

In bestowing the honor on the Model 783 American Hunter (May 2014) said: “Here’s a case where top-tier performance comes at a bargain price…a big-game rifle showcasing accuracy, dependability and a retail price of only $451.” Having carried two Model 783s (a .30-06 in fall 2012 and a .270 last season) countless miles in mountains and woods, I can attest to the dependability and especially the accuracy of this no-frills but hard-working rifle. I noted how surprisingly fine my Model 783 in .30-06 shot in this review I wrote a year ago…and I had even better accuracy results with the .270 I used last year. I sighted-in the .270 Model 783 (topped w/the fine Trijicon Accupoint 3X-9X scope) on a cold, snowy [...]

14 04, 2014

22LR: Why Still a Shortage?

2020-06-10T09:23:03-04:00April 14th, 2014|BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Hunting News|8 Comments

The ammo shortage of the last few years has gotten better, but why it is it still hard to find .22 LR in some places? Three reasons, according to this Sierra Bullets blog. Some gun owners are hoarding bricks of .22 in basements, garages and “prepper” bunkers, fearing they might not be able to get the ammo again in the near future--or ever. The blog’s writer, Matt Reams, says this is a “minor factor.” But I think it is a big factor. People know about President Obama’s and Holder’s views on guns (should I say hatred of) and then they envision 4 to 8 years of Hillary out there. No wonder people are hoarding ammo. Then there are the gougers who prey on the anxiety of [...]

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