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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 …

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How To Effectively Use Binoculars and Tripods with Randy Newberg

In Gear 101, Randy Newberg - Hunter by RMEF1 Comment

In this video Randy Newberg explains how he uses a tripod for his binoculars, in this case Leupold binoculars of either a 15x or 10x magnification. Using a tripod stabilizes your image, causes you to slow down, and allows you to examine the entire field of view before moving your optics. Always glass the close areas first, then moving to areas further away. Gridding is essential to make sure you don’t overlook any part of …

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Knife 101

In Gear 101 by RMEFLeave a Comment

I spent one fall semester slinging carcasses at a meat processor in Bozeman, Montana. After a couple of 10-hour days with a cheap, dull knife, I found a long-forgotten high-quality blade tucked behind some boots on the shelf. Devoting a lunch-hour to honing its edge, I gave it new life, and it made my tasks infinitely easier. Every night, I hid that knife in the same spot. The right knife will make gutting and cutting …

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Getting the Most of Field Rests

In Gear 101 by Wayne van Zwoll4 Comments

There’s a proper technique to using a rest. I’m really good at using back rests—even a cave man can do that. But supporting the rifle with a rest isn’t as easy as it looks. Benchrest shooters, who fire match ammo through heavy, accurate rifles over sophisticated rests, are very conscious of technique. Even if the rest is solid, your shoulder can nudge the rifle at the instant of firing. Your trigger pull can tug it …