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 [...]

25 01, 2021

Ammo Shortage: Federal, Remington Update January 2021

2021-01-25T11:38:30-05:00January 25th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Ammo Shortage: Federal, Remington Update January 2021

I have blogged multiple times about the incredible ammo shortage of 2020 and now running into 2021. You’ve felt it and so have I. In fact, for my deer hunting the last 3 months, I had to rummage my ammo stash and dig out a box of 20-year-old-plus Federal Premium .30-06 w/165-grain Trophy Bonded bullet. No complaints, I shot 5 bucks with 5 shots and the old ammo performed beautifully. Here’s an update on the ammunition situation from Federal and Remington, the 2 brands I have hunted with exclusively for the past 2 decades. In a recent story on the Outdoor Life website, Jason Vanderbrink, head man at Federal Premium, explains that before the pandemic hit last February/March, the previous [...]

27 10, 2020

Ruger Acquires Marlin Firearms

2020-10-27T09:46:09-04:00October 27th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Ruger Acquires Marlin Firearms

Sturm, Ruger and Company’s $30 million offer to purchase Marlin Firearms was accepted by Remington Outdoor Company and approved by a bankruptcy court in Alabama. As of October 2020, Ruger now owns Marlin. "The value of Marlin and its 150-year legacy was too great of an opportunity for us to pass up," said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. "The brand aligns perfectly with ours..." The transaction is exclusively for Marlin Firearms assets. Remington guns and ammunition, and any facilities and real estate, are excluded from the Ruger purchase. Ruger will soon begin the process of relocating Marlin assets (designs, machinery, stock materials, etc.) to existing Ruger manufacturing facilities. I have spoken with several sources in the firearms industry, and [...]

23 10, 2020

The 2020 Ammo Shortage: If You Can Find It, Buy It Before Deer Season

2020-10-23T10:50:49-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Photo is from a Walmart in Virginia, two weeks before the gun deer season. Other than a few boxes of .300 Win. Mag. (we don’t shoot a lot of whitetails with the .300 Mag. around here, lol) the shelves were pretty much bare. There were 2 lonely boxes of Winchester 165-grainers for .30-06, a fine round that many Virginia hunters do use. I’d have scooped them up, but I have a good stash of .30-06 at home. Sure they are long gone by now. The ammo shortage of 2020 is real and widespread across America, worse in some places than others, right before the start of gun deer seasons. I asked followers on Twitter if ammo was scarce where they [...]

21 10, 2020

“Bingo”: Joe Biden Wants To Take Your AR-15 

2020-10-20T09:59:21-04:00October 21st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Hunting News, Remington|1 Comment

A television reporter asked Joe Biden if he wanted to take away peoples’ guns and he snapped back, “Bingo!” He means it, and then some. Bearing Arms reports: Gun owners will be left with a choice; hand over your (so-called assault weapons) to the government in exchange for some amount of cash, or fork over $200 per firearm in order to register them under the National Firearms Act…  The National Rifle Association estimates that gun owners would pay at least $3.6-billion in taxes if they wanted to legally keep their guns: A tax of $200 on 18 million AR-15s means that gun owners could potentially be required to a pay a collective $3.6 billion in taxes, if this policy were enacted [...]

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