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Pig Processing

One really neat thing about Freeze is his inherent proclivity to “do it myself”. If he’s being modest, he’ll always justify it by saying, “I’m a cheap bastard”. And while he doesn’t like to waste money, that isn’t really the driving force behind that trait. I suspect it’s something deeper. Freeze is actually a direct descendant of the original Mayflower …

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Holland & Holland’s “Little” Big Bore

The .375 H&H cartridge was a total game changer when the British firm of Holland & Holland introduced it in 1912. It was one of the first “belted” cartridges, and probably rivals the .30-’06 when it comes to the number of factory and wildcat cartridges sired. Though the case has a shoulder, it headspaces on the belt, meaning that it’s …

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Antelope Rigs

Pronghorn antelope aren’t so hard to kill as they are to get close to. They not only have super vision, but also like wide open areas with little cover for a hunter to use. They tend to favor being in groups, meaning lots of eyeballs keeping watch for danger, and can kick on the afterburners so quickly that they’re frequently …

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The One That Got Away

Every so often in the business of gun writing you send back a gun that you wish you had bought instead. When I worked at NRA, the Technical Editor used to lament that there was a time when he could buy all the Steyr AUGs he wanted for $200 each but didn’t. My gun that “got away” is Ruger’s Gold …

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Vepr 12 Slugs for Deer

A curious reader wanted to know more about shooting deer with the Vepr 12. This may seem odd to some, but not all states are “rifle states”. Some limit you to shotguns for deer. Here are some photos Freeze and I took last fall getting his Vepr 12 ready for deer season. At the time, the Vepr was just planned …

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Turkey Tune Up

If it’s not already turkey season in your neck of the woods, it should be soon. As much as it’s a thrill to have a tom thundering his gobble on his way to you, it’s equally devastating to miss one. I mean it’s a shotgun, right? You can shoot doves out of the air at 40 yards, so how the …

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So what is a Mountain Rifle?

A handy demonstration about rifle weight. Frankly, I think this is something that has really jumped the tracks in the US shooting community. We are starting to see “some” movement towards lightening up the AR rifles. Some. But the average American rifle is grossly overweight. Not technologically. But philosophically. The average American “tactical shooter” never carries a rifle farther than …

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Slug Guns—Smooth Bore or Rifled?

There are several areas in the US that mandate slugs for deer hunting, and even where it’s not law, there’s just something about smacking a buck with such a big hunk of lead. Hit well, they go down HARD. There has been so much advancement in slug technology in the past two decades that you do have to ask yourself …

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Beautiful Opening Day 2015

As I type, I am sitting in the dark. With no power. And it’s zero degrees outside. Winter is fully upon us in these parts. I know many of you had your winter suspended because someone forgot to pay the, “Old-man-winter-tax”; but rest assured, tacticaltshirts’ winter dues are paid in full! I kid. To some, pictures from a beautiful opening …

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Mountain Mike European Skull Mount

I decided that my 2015 buck really wasn’t big enough to justify doing a full mount. So after discussing with Freeze, we decided to do a European skull mount. As I type, the rotting skull in tied down in the back 40 waiting for mother nature to do it’s microbial magic. But that got Freeze to thinking. He told me …

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Germany’s “Cabela’s”

On a recent hunting trip to Germany, I came across what can only be called the Deutschland equivalent of Cabela’s. Frankonia was stocked with everything one would expect from a European sporting goods store. Classic shooting stools, brass hunter’s horns and loden wool hats and garments were plentiful. Also plentiful were guns, including guns I really did not expect to …