This started 2 years ago… sitting in a blind, with lots of time to think. Being a certified gun nut I am always itching for the next one.. I just really love putting together cool guns. I am very much a dedicated use, specialty kind of guy. I like ones that are purpose built for specific tasks. Continue reading 7mm08 lightweight hunter project rifle
I have been using a silencer to hunt for the past 8 or so years. I made the decision that I would never hunt without a can so long as I have one and it is legal to do so. One of the things that a can does that is annoying, is it adds weight and length to a rifle, especially gas guns. I have been searching for a lightweight bolt gun that did not break the bank and shoots well for some time now. I was searching new rifles when I came across the Ruger American series and noticed that the Predator line comes pre-threaded. I have access to some pretty spendy guns, but most of them are pretty heavy, and those that are not are not yet threaded for a can. I decided to pick up a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor to match the build up I am doing on a Ruger Precision Rifle with the same chamber.
We are receiving one of the new Bargara B14 Hunting and Match Rifles (HMR) in 6.5 Creedmoor for testing. Primary use will be for whitetail deer out to several hundred yards. Bargara barrels are praised for their accuracy and the 6.5 Creedmoor is a flat-shooting cartridge rapidly gaining favor among hunters and competitors. Continue reading Bergara Rifles
Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) is recognized for producing high quality rifles in demand by law enforcement and military. The British Army and New Zealand Army have selected LMT weapon systems. The LM8MWS is built around a Monolithic Rail Platform and the Modular Weapon System that allows the operator to easily change barrels and calibers. My particular rifle is fitted with the standard .308 caliber chrome-lined 16″ barrel 1:10″ twist. I look forward to adding a 6.5 Creedmoor down the road. So how well does the LMT .308 perform as a hunting rifle? Continue reading Hunting with the LMT LM8MWS 308
So in conjunction with fellow staff writer, Jason Hallmark, we have finally started planning an elk hunt for next year. While there are a lot of details that go into the planning of a hunt of this caliber, the biggest token piece is choice of firearm. We both decided to build rifles on similar platforms, but in different calibers.
Some time back I had a conversation with Brandon Sneed, owner of South Texas Arms, about a lightweight full frame AR purpose built for hunting. We both understand that there is only so light you can go, and we want premium components which sometimes bring some heft with them. In addition, we considered what calibers are available and decided against the standard .308 that is found in most full frame AR rifles. We both agree that .308 is great on medium game like deer and pigs but a bit much for a coyote gun. We considered 6.5 Creedmoor, but a lack of variety and overall availability of factory ammunition had me looking for a new option. I can’t remember who suggested .243 Winchester, but it was a clear choice with its huge popularity and variety of available factory ammunition. .243 Winchester has been around since 1955 according to Wikipedia and was even designed around the idea of a dual purpose varmint and medium game cartridge.
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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!
Might this be the ultimate youth hunting rifle? Ruger introduces the Ruger American Rife Ranch in a 300 Blackout with a youth stock and 16″ threaded barrel.
Continue reading Might this be the ultimate youth hunting rifle?
With the season rapidly approaching I thought it would be neat to hear what you guys are going into the woods with…
My dad’s 22-250 he built in 1966 Sako short action mated to a Pre 64 Winchester stainless target barrel originally chambered in 220 Swift. A guy ordered it, changed his mind and my dad bought it off of him for 15 bucks! Cut it down to 22″ and rechambered in 22-250. Continue reading Dad’s custom Sako 22-250
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…