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Paper Tuning

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelHommeLeave a Comment

Fine-tuningLet’s say you have the numbers and found a great deal on some of last year’s arrows. It’s time to paper tune, which is literally shooting your arrow through a large piece of paper. The resulting tears will tell you how much your arrow wobbles during flight. Smear your arrowhead with a bit of lipstick, chalk or dry marker to clearly see where the arrowhead enters the paper and to keep it separate from the …

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Choosing The Right Arrow

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Today’s high-tech, high-speed bows can be a fickle lot when it comes to the arrows they like best. You wouldn’t jack a .270 shell into a .22, so why do that with your bow? Choose the wrong arrow, and the best-case scenario is it won’t hit where you aim. Worst case? A carbon arrow could shatter as it leaves the rest. We’ll give you the most basic knowledge to get you started making a match, …

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Long Term Safety at the Range

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Let’s say you’re already well-versed in shooting range safety: always assume your weapon is loaded, safety on at all times, etc. But how about protecting your eyes and ears? Going deaf won’t kill you, but it will get annoying as you age. Get a blast of dirt, powder or a spent cartridge in your eye, and you’ll wish you had worn safety glasses. In this article we’ll take you through the basics of staying safe …

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How to Adjust Trigger Pull in a Browning Rifle

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Tools Needed:Trigger Pull GaugeAllen Wrench SetKnife First, check your starting trigger pull with the trigger gauge. Remove the housing surrounding the trigger housing using the allen wrenches. Make not if the any screws or bolts are different sizes. Once the housing is off, you can use a knife to pop any sealant out of the screw used to adjust the pull strength. Using an allen wrench, make slight adjustments clockwise to increase the pull weight …

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How To Clean Your Gun/Firearm

In Gear 101 by RMEF6 Comments

A clean gun, is an accurate gun. Follow along with our friends from Browning to see the right way to make sure your rifle is clean before your next hunt. Procedure Ensure your firearm is unloaded. Remove the bolt from the firearm and place out of the way.  Start with a clean patch and a little bit of solvent to loosen the grim on the barrel. Place the bore guide into the gun and insert …

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Weather – Shelter from the Storm

In Gear 101 by John SolomonLeave a Comment

Consider this scenario: you are a long way from camp and get caught in a serious storm. You have a day pack that includes a fleece jacket and beanie, a lightweight poncho, lunch and a few odds and ends. Avoid the instinct to “tough it out” and hike to camp. You need to prevent getting soaked, cold and potentially hypothermic. Prioritize your actions and eliminate your exposure in these steps. First, get yourself out of …

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Boutique Ammo – Ordinary softpoints once killed elk. Why change?

In Bugle, Gear 101 by Wayne van Zwoll20 Comments

Once upon a time, talk in white wall tents—after tales of extraordinary shots and antlers the size of truck axles—drifted to custom rifles with fine walnut. These days, you’ll as likely hear chatter about bullets and ballistic coefficients and ammunition companies fresh as the latest Trump tweet. Physiologically, the elk haven’t changed. I may have started perusing Gun Digest and Shooter’s Bible as early as age five, though neither was on introductory reading lists in …

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Range Time

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelHomme18 Comments

Understandably, elk hunters want a bullet that goes where they aim—every time. The more you shoot, the more you find that not every bullet performs the same way in a particular rifle. Once you find a factory round that works well for you, stick with it. Hopefully, it won’t be discontinued. If you’re trying new rounds, a new rifle or zeroing in for the start of the season, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Understanding Rifle Recoil

In Bugle, Gear 101, The Hunt by Wayne van Zwoll1 Comment

Bullet launch is a violent event. The sudden expansion of powder gas that boots a snug-fitting bullet from zero to 3,000 feet per second (2,045 mph) moves the rifle, too. You’re the brake. You absorb the recoil. No matter how big or tough you think you are, you will react to punishing recoil. Flinching moves your rifle before bullet release, so it affects point of impact. Sir Isaac Newton described recoil when he determined that …