Ruger American Ranch Compact rifle in 300 Blackout

We got the Ruger American Ranch Compact in 300 Blackout back in the fall.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  A lightweight 300 Blackout youth model with a 16″ threaded barrel.   We got it, mounted a Leupold VXR 2-7 on it and sighted it in with some Barnes 110g ammo.  Running a Templar Tactical Nemesis30 can on it.  Right of the box it was shooting 1/2″ groups. Very nice.

We hunted with it and it took care of a few deer for my boys.  It’s a cool little gun, very lightweight and even dad might enjoy it as a truck gun our out walking around!

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All Seasons 100 lb Hercules Road Feeder

All Seasons Feeders have a reputation for reliability and durability.  We have used them extensively on our deer lease for a number of years and they just run – day after day.  When deciding upon a new road feeder the obvious choice was All Seasons.  We ultimately purchased the 100 lb Hercules over the standard galvanized model because we can be tough on equipment.  The All Seasons Hercules is one solid piece of gear that should last many years. Continue reading “All Seasons 100 lb Hercules Road Feeder”

Staff Trail Camera Review: Uway NT50B

I was looking for an updated camera from my old Moultrie and came across the Uway NT50B. Very nice specs, compact unit, and the preliminary reviews looked promising so I jumped in. Because I bought it after deer season I put in on the stock pond near our farm for testing. The other reason I bought it is for security at the farm – as you can see in one of the photos of the trespasser. The “black flash” was appealing from a security cam standpoint. Continue reading “Staff Trail Camera Review: Uway NT50B”

Staff Sneak Peak: Cooper Firearms custom 25-06

By Staff Writer: Charles Coker

Growing up in South Texas and hunting whitetails down long senderos required aan accurate flat shooting rifle.  22-250, 243, 25-06 were all standards for those old deer camps.  Truth be told, we didn’t use range finders, ranging reticles, etc.. As a young hunter if I saw a deer or hog I wanted, I just aimed and slowly squeezed the trigger and boom, down it went.  “Watch it drop in the scope” was  what we were taught by our dad.   Confidence is everything.  I didn’t really know or care if it was 75 yards or 300, if I thought it was “way out there” I held to the top of the hair.  Of course, those were rifles carefully worked over by my dad, trigger jobs, glass bedded actions and meticulously worked up handloads.  The 25-06 has long held a special place in my heart.  After spending some time looking for the “right” one and not really finding what I was looking for, I contacted Mike Hudgins at Cooper…

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Building a youth hunting rifle – Browning X-Bolt Micro Hunter .308

For several years the venerable .243 has been used quite successfully for a youth hunting rifle, and as an adult, I have taken numerous deer and hogs with one.

My oldest son is 13 and has been using my old 1959 Sako that has been cut down to the proper length of pull. He has killed a few deer and hogs with it..

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Browning X-Bolt Review

TGR is currently conducting a long-term field test of the Browning X-Bolt.  Specifications:

  • .25-06 caliber.
  • 24″ free-floating barrel with a 1 in 10 twist.
  • Satin finish walnut stock – very traditional look.
  • 6 lbs 14 oz.
  • Detachable magazine.
  • Browning’s adjustable Feather Trigger. Continue reading “Browning X-Bolt Review”