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Bushnell ConX 1-Mile LRF

Brownell’s was blowing out the ConX LRF. At $700, I was not a buyer. But at $299? I jumped on it. Looking for a new range, it was clear our current LRF wasn’t getting the job done. So far, I am impressed with the ranging in daylight. As for all the fancy bluetooth and ballistics stuff? Frankly, I didn’t even …

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1897 Winchester Cowboy Action Conversion

Going through some old content I realize that I never posted these images! Whoops! Here is a brief synopsis: This 1897 Winchester probably started life as a standard 30-ish-inch length barrel hunting shotgun. At some point over the last decade, a SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) member had it chopped, barrel threaded for screw in chokes, installed a new brass …

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Shooting the VEPR-12 w/Friends

With all the hoopla going around over the VEPR sanctions, I have noticed increased traffic on our VEPR based content. Specifically, Freeze’s VEPR-12 shotgun. And then it occurred to me, I never posted these photos from a friendly range session with some very good friends. Neither one of them being experienced gun people actually turned out to be a net …

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Jim Clark Bullseye 1911 – 38 Special

Camp Perry was a success for one incredible reason: I got to handle a personal firearm of one of the greatest pistol shooters to ever live: Jim Clark, Sr. But what is even more interesting is this talisman wasn’t hanging on a wall or under glass waiting to be fondled by a cotton-gloved, Gun-Jesus. Actually…it wasn’t even out for the …

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Don’t Dis The Rifle

Personal reality check. Sometimes I forget that people watch what I do closely. Sometimes too closely. Gun people in particular are really bad for this. Let me explain. Yes, you will see some fancy, rare and high-end weapons on our social media properties. It is what it is. But at the end of the day, it’s out picking up YOUR …

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1000 Yard Range Day Pics

Here are some outtakes and photos from the recent 1000 yard DOPE gathering session. You can see a pic of my lifetime best 1000 yard group HERE. And you can watch our reactions to the black bear crossing in front of our target HERE. Points of interest: Spotter has his Savage Rifle. I mention this since I always recommend Savage …

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OCD’ing Yourself Into a Corner

Just a couple of photographs I took recently. I ran into a shooter who was, as I recall, buying Sierra Match bullets and then making them, “more match” by grinding off the OTM (Open Tip Match). I believe his term was, “squaring them up”. Frankly…I had never heard of such a thing. Thought it was kind of weird and took …

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Video — One Handed Shooting HK VP9

I am a big proponent of one handed and weak hand shooting. Without getting into all the reasons, the next time you see video footage of a gunfight, notice how many people shoot one handed. Yes, an argument can be made that it is poor training. Half the time. But the other half of them might be due to your …

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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, …