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How to Choose Ammunition When Hunting Large, Dangerous Game Animals

When choosing ammunition for a particular game animal, the terminal performance of the round you choose is extremely important. Winchester has developed (and trademarked) their CXP (Controlled eXpansion Performance) scale which is used to rate ammunition performance on various types of game. Dangerous game animals, classified as CXP4, are generally thick skinned African game animals such as hippopotamus, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo, and can weigh anywhere from 1,000 pounds up to 13,000 pounds or more for large male elephants. As such, when hunting these species, you will need to choose your caliber wisely.

Guest Post: Do you have a plan?

Todays guest post is by Caleb Giddings from Gun Nuts Media. Caleb is the 2009 Indiana State IDPA champion, as well as a Steel Challenge Revolver Division Champion.

Do you have a self defense plan?  If you’re walking with your spouse/significant other and you’re accosted, do you have a plan for what to do?  If you don’t, I’ll share my plan with you.  It’s pretty simple, and easily adapted to multiple situations.  One caveat is that this particular plan assumes I’m with my wife and not out by myself.

SHOT Show 2010 Recap

Well, I’m back from the 2010 SHOT show. We left after day 3, tired, wet and bedraggled, to head back to headquarters and compile our findings so that we could share them with you.

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SHOT Show 2010 Day 3 Recap

We’re just wrapping up day three of the 2010 SHOT show. This has definitely not been the Vegas weather I’m used to: it’s been raining all week! Everywhere I look there are new and exciting products on display, but I also noticed some buckets on the second level of the show catching drips from leaks in the roof. Apparently all this rain is putting the new convention center to the test. Still, inside the new center the weather is fine, and there’s excitement in the air after Steve Sanetti’s “State of the Industry” speech at the dinner last night.

SHOT Show 2010 Preparations

The 2010 SHOT Show is rapidly approaching, and we’ve been preparing for the event for months. The annual event, hosted by NSSF, is easily the largest outdoors, hunting, and shooting expo. Manufacturers prepare all year for the event, and hundreds of new products will be able to be seen by retailers and distributors for the first time. This year’s SHOT show is being held January 19th – 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Leapers UTG Opens U.S. Manufacturing Facility

We here at Cheaper Than Dirt! regularly receive suggestions and recommendations from our customers. One of the more frequent requests that we receive is for more American-made products. While Cheaper Than Dirt! doesn’t manufacture any products, we do have close ties with our suppliers and pass on your requests. Leapers UTG, manufacturer of many of our AR-15 parts and AK-47 tactical accessories, responded to your requests and has recently opened their first U.S. manufacturing facility located in Michigan.

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Interview with Kevin Rich, Owner of Blackdog Machine LLC

I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Blackdog Machine LLC owner Kevin Rich and discuss the history of his little company, as well as get a sneak peek at some exciting products coming out soon. If the name Blackdog doesn’t sound familiar to you, it should. Blackdog is well known as the industry standard for magazines for .22 conversion AR rifles.

Blackdog Announces New Ruger 10/22 Magazine

Black Dog Machine brings their 50 round drum technology to your Ruger 10/22.  Based on their previous drum for the AR-15 platform in .22 long rifle, this 50 round magazine for the Ruger 10/22 brings the same reliability and fun factor to the millions of 10/22 owners.

Available soon, you can watch the test video here.
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New Choate PMAG Magazine Clamp

We recently picked up a new product from Choate Machine and Tool at the SAR Show West in Phoenix Arizona this December.

Choate’s newest offering is a magazine clamp for the enormously popular Magpul PMAG polymer magazines. It simply clamps two PMAGS together. The clamp is made up of a polymer center section with a steel front and rear sections, all held together with a long flathead bolt.

Game Recovery Lessons

Only once in all my years of hunting and in going along with my dad as he hunted have I ever been in a situation where an animal that had been shot made a run for it. I am very thankful for this, as the situation is not one that any hunter wants to be in; not only does it feed into the image of our sport among non-hunters as superfluous and cruel, but no hunter worth the tag wants an animal suffering because of a botched shot. It’s also a terrible waste if the animal cannot be recovered.

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Budget Pistols: Buying Used

In our last post, we discussed choosing concealed carry handguns for a new shooter. One subject we touched on was budgeting for a pistol. Firearms, as a general rule, are not inexpensive. High quality firearms can command prices that exceed $1,000. This places many firearms outside of the average person’s budget. What do you do when the pistol that “works” for you is one that is too expensive? One solution we mentioned was buying used. The problem is, not all used firearms are the bargains that they seem.