12 and 20 gauge shotshells

Tactical Talk: The 20 Gauge for Defense

I’ve had several experiences during the past few months that have impacted my ideas about shotguns. One was the research and shooting tests involved in firing more than two dozen shotguns while writing “The Preppers Guide to Shotguns” for Skyhorse Publishing. Another was seeing my oldest granddaughter embrace the shooting sports. At 14, she is slightly built but serious about shooting. A 12 gauge shotgun would beat her up and get her off to a bad start in shotgunning.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

The Youth Shotgun

As the dog days of summer wind down, most of us who venture afield in search of game and fowl can’t help but look forward several weeks to what has become, in many places, a national holiday—the opening of bird season. Most seasons open with dove and some early goose season.

Sierra Hunter round-nose bullets

The Advantages of Handloading

I am the first to admit that factory ammunition has improved considerably during the past three decades. Consistency, accuracy, and performance are better than ever. This is largely due to the pressure put on factories by handloaders. Today, a handloader can produce more accurate ammunition than the factory.

Ruger American rifle with the bolt open

Review: Ruger American .308 Rifle

When I first began shooting and realized the superiority of the bolt action—over lever action and self-loading rifles—for accuracy, I obtained affordable surplus rifles. I still own a stock Springfield 1903, and it is a fine rifle. However, sporting rifles were another matter and I eventually obtained a number of nice, scoped bolt-action rifles.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

Choosing a First Shotgun

A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not—or at least does not have to be—so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. However, while versatile, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and aforethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot. Here’s your guide to put you on the right path.

Shooter and spotter adjusting a rifle scope

The Pros and Cons of Turret Dialing

Turret dialing is a great way to aim precisely at extreme range targets—But it’s not perfect. Before you wed yourself to a turret dialing scope, you should consider your targeting needs and how they balance with the pros and cons of turret dialing scopes.

Good-Coyote

Predators: Offseason Action

A few years ago, I was very frustrated during the deer season. This particular year, I had a hard time fitting in hunts because of work and family obligations. As deer season approached, I was feeling the pressure of getting to hunt the rut for the best possibility to bag a nice buck and put venison in the freezer. It was coming close to taking the fun out of hunting.

Narrow food plot with ladder stand

The Hunting Plot That Keeps on Giving: Evolved Harvest Shot Plot

Hunting over a food plot will not only increase your odds of success, it will provide more deer sightings, excellent placement trail cameras, and after your successful harvest, you’ll still be providing plenty of food and nutrition, which benefits the remaining deer population. Depending on your geographic location, different foods are local and on occasion more attractive to the local population, but some are universally popular among whitetails, brassicas is one of the best.

A harvest of ducks hanging with a shotgun and camouflage pack

Waterfowl: Take the Advantage

Have ever put your heart and soul into setting up the perfect duck blind and decoy spread only to find the that the ducks had ‘flown the coop’ just before you started hunting them? Did you make a mistake or was it something more innate to the ducks?

Remington 700 with Hogue overmold stock right profile

Increase Performance With a Hogue Overmold Stock

I have owned some type of Remington 700 rifle for more than 40 years. I enjoy the smooth action and excellent accuracy of these rifles. My most recent addition is a Remington SPS Varmint rifle with 26-inch barrel. I am pleased with the operation and accuracy. In fact, this is the single most accurate Remington rifle I have ever owned, but I still want to make it even better. This is a serious hunting rifle with much to recommend. With the Hornady ELD .308 loading, the Remington consistently groups less than an inch for three shots at 100 yards. The only drawback was the stock. The fit wasn’t what I would have liked it to be.

8 point whitetail buck dead on the forest floor

Deer Hunting 101: Scouting and Selecting a Stand Site

Most deer hunters know the benefits of hunting agricultural land. Food sources are easy to find, utilize, and therefore, pattern. There are also usually a lot of deer in and around agriculture—in some areas, there are as many as 30–50 deer per square mile! Much of the public land in the U.S., however, is Non-agricultural. Woods, swamp, hills, and mountains are certainly good deer habitat, but finding and patterning the deer is notably more difficult. Several factors can be attributed to this fact a lot less deer per square mile—sometimes as few as 5–8.

Female hunter scaling a mountain side carrying a rifle

Choosing the Right Caliber for Deer

If there is one way to get folks talking off the cuff, it is to broach the subject of deer rifles and calibers. Everyone has a favorite their dad, granddad, or aunt used to tame the Wild West and deplete the Elk herds in downtown Burbank. The problem is what works for one doesn’t work for the other, at least it doesn’t work as well.