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Video — My Broken Firing Pin Face

Drive 4 hours to confirm dope out to 1000 yards and firing pin breaks on first shot. That look on my face when I know I’m done for the day. Still laughing about it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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My Best 1000 Yard Group Doesn’t Count

Now to answer the next logical question: Why? The reasoning is simple. Around here, a 3 shot group is a liar’s group. Only 5 shot groups count. No exceptions. The rifle: Blaser Tactical 2 Caliber 308. Ammunition: 175g ASYM Ammunition 308. Range: 1000 yards. Rounds Fired: 6 Situation. Rifle holds 5 rounds. First round trying to dope wind is a …

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Benefits of a Sandbag with Rifles

This is a little trick I picked up quite a while ago. I always have 2 little “sandbags” with me when I am doing precision rifle work. Doesn’t matter if I am hunting pigs in Texas. Deer in the Midwest. Or shooting 1000 yards from one ridge to the next with a “tactical” rifle. These two sandbags are present. It’s …

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Unexpected Visitor — Black Bear

While confirming some dope on the way back down from 1000 yards, I had something happen that has never happened before. A 200 pound male Black Bear (Spotter said it was a bull. I have no idea) walked right into my field of view and in front of my 600 yard steel target. Truthfully, for about a millisecond I about …

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SCAR-17 Gets a Bad Rap and other Cliches

Perusing some of the bigger precision rifle shooting forums and you will detect a common thread among a wide variety of shooters: The SCAR-17 doesn’t rate. That is probably true and at the same time, wildly incorrect. Let me explain. Major life rule: Always know your audience. Who says the SCAR-17 is a joke as a precision rifle? A guy …

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Hunting Rifle – Long Range?

First off I guess I need to preface this article with a caveat: Your definition of long range vs the next guy could be too completely different distances. This is especially true for hunters who live west of The Mississippi vs East Coast. This past fall, a friend and myself headed out West for some Mule Deer. Here he is, …

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SCAR Aftermarket Trigger: 1500 Rounds Later

A while back I did a quick post about a friends SCAR-17 rifle. In particular I discussed a aftermarket trigger he installed that wasn’t Geissele. That is of note since it seems like Geissele has become the, “Gold Standard” for high quality precision triggers. In the tactical world anyway. And..they command, “made of solid gold” prices to go with that …

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Parker Brothers Shotgun

About a year ago, I happened to come across a old Parker Brothers Shotgun. It was dirty and had years of crud on it, but was in pretty good shape. Now, I’m not an expert on Parker Bros. shotguns. And I know there is a huge following, with some examples going for big bucks. Let’s just say the price was …

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Pig Hunt Bullet Fragment

This is an administrative post for an inside project. Someone wanted to see what a 270wby TTSX bullet looks like after hitting a pig from the hind quarter. This round hit the hipbone. Now for why? Someone in our hunting circles is questioning his choice in TTSX bullets for hunting. Not saying he’s dropping it. Just saying he’s not been …

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Cartridges Before There Were Cartridges

One of the early attempts at self-contained cartridges for repeating firearms was the Volcanic cartridge. The Volcanic cartridge is a conical lead bullet much like a Minié ball, but with a deeper hollow base. In that base was the powder charge, held in by a disk covered with a thin cork wad and a metal cup. The cork and the …

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Everybody Needs an AirGun

When I was a child, the very first “gun” I ever received was…and I am not joking…a Red Ryder BB-Gun. But it didn’t have a compass in the stock like the same model in the famous Christmas movie. Don’t get me wrong, I had fired a .22 rifle under the supervision of my grandfather. But the Red Ryder was the …

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My Debate Between 6.5CM and 6.5 Swede

6.5 Creedmoor is all the rage with the cool kids. It fits in short actions. It fits in standard AI style magazines and it seems to fit in AR’s (I say seems on the last example since I don’t personally have any time on any 6.5 AR). So…all the companies started making 6.5 short action rifles. Great, right? Here’s the …

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CZ 452 w/Bushnell Banner Scope

I have bragged on my CZ 452 for years. I topped it with a Bushnell Banner Scope and since the weather is getting nice, I’m chomping at the bit to take on Marky’s Winchester Model 52. He technically has the advantage with the heavy barrel and optics but I still feel my Czech baby will dominate the day.   Freeze …

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Behind the scenes: Remington 244 vs Winchester 243

This was recorded by accident during a cease fire. Turns out, the conversation was pretty interesting. Here’s why: Today, we see a big push in the PRS series for “better & better” 6mm rounds. 6×47, 6mmBR, 6CR. Turns out everything old is new again. Now I’m not saying these rounds don’t deliver. They do. But for my applications, 243/6mm is …