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 [...]

15 03, 2021

Are Lead Bullets Contaminating Your Venison?

2021-03-16T06:45:44-04:00March 15th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|3 Comments

  Back in 2008 when I was writing for Outdoor Life, I broke a story to our readers about potential lead contamination in deer meat. North Dakota, Minnesota and a few other states had allegedly found lead fragments from hunters’ bullets in ground venison donated to homeless shelters. The story caused controversy back then, with most people saying this was just a ruse by environmentalists to stop hunters from shooting lead bullets. Most people said that we have been eating deer shot with lead bullets for decades and it ain't harmed or killed anybody yet. I can’t argue with that. The lead issue kind of flamed out for a decade. I hadn’t heard much about it, until now. Kool 101.7 [...]

1 03, 2021

CZ Purchases Colt, Plus Other Gun Industry News

2021-03-01T13:28:04-05:00March 1st, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on CZ Purchases Colt, Plus Other Gun Industry News

Czech firearms company Ceska Zbrojovka has signed a deal to acquire Colt, the American gun maker.... The deal is worth $220 million…and is subject to approval by regulators. The Czech company said it expected the transaction to be completed in the second quarter of 2021. “With this strategic move, CZG will acquire significant production capacity in the United States and Canada and substantially expand its global customer base,” the Czech company said. As a side note, CZ-USA is the new firearms sponsor of BIG DEER TV for 2021 and I am excited about it. My first year of hunting deer with CZ rifles, which are renowned for dependability and top accuracy at a price deer hunters can afford, was wildly successful. [...]

23 02, 2021

3 Shooting Tips To Kill More Deer With One Bullet

2021-02-23T14:30:35-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on 3 Shooting Tips To Kill More Deer With One Bullet

1. Most of us go to the range a month before deer season, fire a few shots off the bench to confirm our rifle’s zero and call it good. But you need more training than that for consistent one-shot kills. Best way to practice is with a scoped rimfire rifle that approximates the heft and feel of your deer rifle. Grab a brick of .22 LR ammo if you can find it, and set targets 50 yards away in a safe area. Once or twice a month, fire dozens of rounds from the sitting, standing, kneeling and prone positions. With the .22 there’s no recoil, so practice as much as you want. It's fun, and you’ll be amazed how much [...]

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