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Paul Harrell: Top 5 Briefcase Guns

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 23 hours ago

Tactical Sharps 45-70 Carbine

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 23 hours ago

Chris Costa is doing some cool stuff and with the recent focus on 45-70, revolvers, and now the Sharps carbine, and I like the direction of his channel.

I have to tell you.  I’ve never had more fun shooting than when I sighted in my muzzle loader a few months ago.  You build your own cartridge.  Men have done it for centuries.

But good Lord, you’d better clean (and clean, and clean) that muzzle loader, and soon after shooting it!

Can Over-Lubrication Cause an AR-15 To Malfunction?

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

Common Shotgun Shooting Mistakes

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

Lucky Gunner: How To Mount A Rifle Scope

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks ago

At 2.35 Miles, This Is The Longest Rifle Shot Ever Recorded In Competition

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 1 day ago

Outdoor Life.

Ryan Cheney, a 41-year-old competitive ELR shooter from Conway Springs, Kansas, just made a couple of those shots that are going to be tough to top. In a competition last weekend, Cheney put two impacts on steel that were jaw-droppingly impressive.

He hit a plate at 3,592 yards—which itself was a record hit for a .33-caliber projectile—but then managed to drop a shot on a piece of 6-foot by 6-foot steel at 4,134 yards, which is 2.35 miles. Here’s his account of the achievement, which took place at the Spearpoint Ranch in Barnard, Kansas, on March 27.

“The day started off late. We had fog until 10 a.m. and couldn’t shoot until it cleared off. My squad started on targets five and six (T5 and T6) at 2,073 and 2,203 yards. You had to hit T6 at 2,203 to advance to the far plates. I had some elevation issues with target six because of the 17 to 26 mph 4:30 wind. It was squirrely, pushing the bullets high or dropping them low because of the hilly, uneven terrain.  Luckily, I hit it on the fifth and final attempt to be able to engage the bonus target 3,592 yards. The rest of the targets from T1 to T4 went well, and I cleaned T4, going 5-for-5 at 1,942 yards.

“Then came the bonus plates at 3,592 and 4,137. In order to shoot at the 4,137-yard target, you had to hit the 3,592-yard plate first. The first four shots, my spotters and I saw the misses as I got closer and closer to hitting the plate. On the fifth and final shot at 3,592 we didn’t see where it went, so I grabbed my gear and left the firing line thinking I had missed.

“That’s when I was approached by another shooter who said I hit the bottom right portion of the plate, and I looked through his spotter to confirm. I could definitely see a splash from my 300-grain Hornady A-Tip on the steel. I talked to the score keepers watching the target cameras and they confirmed they could see what looked like an impact on the plate as well.

“About 30 minutes later, after the other shooters had cycled through, I was able to get back on my gun and try for the long plate. The sun had just set and it was pretty dark looking through my Nightforce ATACR scope fitted with a Charlie Tarac Macro Charlie optical prism. I had dialed all the elevation in my scope, 33 mils above my zero, and had an extra 35 mils thanks to the prism. Even so, I was holding 10 mils over the target, for a total of 78 mils of elevation. [Editor’s note: At 1,000 yards, this puts the shot more than 200 feet above the ground.] I had to zoom out to about 17x in order to do that, putting the 11-mil mark on my Mil-C reticle right at the bottom of the image. I had also dialed 6 mils of right wind, the max my scope allowed, and had to hold an extra 1.2 mils more into no-man’s land for the 7.2 mil windage correction. [Editor’s note: That’s about 90 feet of wind drift at 4,134 yards.] Luckily, Steve Ream and Rusty Newton worked together to spot for me, and brought me onto the plate to make a fourth-round impact. At that point, I could barely see anything. It was dark and, at 17-power, that 6-foot plate at 4,100 yards was very small.

“After the match we went downrange to check the plates, and sure enough, there was a single, beautiful lead splash on both targets.

With custom rifles and high powered scopes and a lot of practice, combined with very meticulous hand loading, these guys are just getting better and better at putting shots a very long ways down range.

Paul Harrell: Can a Hot Barrel Affect Velocity and Accuracy? (Part 2)

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 3 days ago

How to Choose the Right Handgun Red Dot Mounting System

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 6 days ago

Shooting Illustrated.

You can also purchase a new slide or have a current one machined to anchor without adapter intervention. Rival Arms, a Texas-based firm with an enviable reputation for that service, explained, “We offer two different optic cuts, RMR and DOC. The RMR cut, as you can imagine, is the same optic cut as the Trijicon RMR sight and will also work with other optics that follow this footprint (Trijicon SRO, Holosun 507c, Swampfox Kingslayer, TruGlo TRU-Tec Micro RMR variant, etc.). The DOC refers to Docter Optic footprint/setscrew pattern, which is compatible with the following popular sights: Vortex Viper [and] Venom, Burris FastFire, etc.”

I’ve noticed that this is beginning to be a real problem in the gun industry, i.e., choosing the right mounting option for pistol sights.

Here is another interesting article, more detailed and much more technical, entitled Footprints/Mounting Standards on Red Dot Sights.  I catalog this sort of thing just for you, the reader.

You’re welcome.  Enjoy.  Share thoughts.

CZ Colt Acquisition Update

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 5 days ago

The 10 Most Powerful Handguns in the World

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 5 days ago

The 10 Most Powerful Handguns in the World.

The .44 magnum is a sensible buy in my opinion in spite of the stiff recoil.  One can shoot .44 special with it, and then .44 magnum if the need arises.

But I don’t think I want to shoot most of these handguns.


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