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  • April 16, 2014

    Classic Deer Guns and Crapshoot Accuracy

    By Dave Hurteau

    Generally speaking, today’s rifles are much more accurate than yesterday’s, which leads people to think that the old guns can’t shoot. Many can’t, for sure. But some can.

    I have a Savage 99 in .300 Savage that shoots just over a minute of angle and a Remington Model 141 in .35 Rem. that shoots just under. I got lucky with those. On the other hand, I have a Winchester Model 70 Classic Compact in 7mm-08 that won’t put three shots inside a cantaloupe no matter what I feed it. Them’s the breaks.

  • December 10, 2013

    Pick Your Favorite Buffalo Rifle—for Deer

    By Will Brantley

    I must've watched Matthew Quigley exact hell from afar on Aussie bad guys 50 times as a kid. Sure, some of his exploits with that big Sharps rifle in .45-110 were exaggerated, but how could you see that movie and not want a gun like Quigley's for your own?

  • August 19, 2013

    How to Hunt for Years on $2,000: The Rifle, The Bow, The Muzzleloader

    By Dave Hurteau

    You may have noticed that the September issue cover story, “Deer Hunting in the Real World,” included a large sidebar called “Hunt for Years on $2,000.” In it, I wrote that the 12 bargain gear items featured (all totalling less the 2K) “are either very good or shockingly good for the price and will keep you in the game for seasons to come. How do I know? I’ve tested almost every one.” As is increasingly the case in print media, there wasn’t space for me to elaborate, so I’ll do it here, starting with the most fundamental of hunting implements: The things you shoot.

    The Bow: Bear Archery Encounter

  • April 16, 2013

    Gun Writer J. Guthrie Dies at 37

    By Dave Hurteau

    I got the phone call on Friday and spent the weekend not really believing it. But Monday’s usual slap hit like a club, and there’s no getting around the brutally sad truth that Guthrie, as everyone called him, is gone—died in his sleep Friday morning, leaving his wife and two young children.

    Known best for his work with Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, and a variety of other titles, as well as Guns & Ammo TV, Guthrie had just begun doing stuff for F&S, including the March feature story “The 1,000-Yard Shot,” which he and I worked on together. I was hoping he’d do much more for us down the road, because he was very, very good, and because I liked him, and I think you—F&S’s readers—would have liked him, too.

  • April 5, 2013

    March Madness: .30-06 Wins the Long-Range Deer Cartridge Championship

    By Dave Hurteau

    With almost 5,000 votes, I have to make the call.

  • April 2, 2013

    March Madness: The Long-Range Deer Cartridge Championship

    By Dave Hurteau

    I am just back from testing bows in Kentucky with a Norwegian and a couple of rednecks. Before I left, I checked the status of our Final Four matchups and saw that the .30-06 was flogging the life out of it’s little .25 caliber nephew—shocker—and that the .270 was inching ahead of the .300 Win. Mag.

  • April 1, 2013

    Tony Knight, Inventor of Knight Rifle, Dies at 67

    By Scott Bestul

    We’ve lost yet another man who changed the face of modern deer hunting. Tony Knight, inventor of the Knight Rifle—the first mass-produced in-line muzzleloader—died Monday, March 18, near Plano, Iowa.

    Knight set the hunting world on fire in 1985 when he introduced the MK-85 (the initials were his daughter’s), a rifle he produced in Centerville, Iowa. Though the in-line design initially drew as many critics as it did adherents, Knight was a tireless champion for the inclusion of in-line rifles into blackpowder seasons that had been dominated by sidelock guns. He was wildly successful; within a handful of years, in-lines had not only gained wide acceptance, but also a huge market share.

  • March 14, 2013

    March Madness: The Sweet 16 of Long-Range Deer Cartridges: Division II

    By Dave Hurteau

    After more than 3,500 votes per matchup, the Division I Elite Eight cartridges are settled: The 7mm Remington Magnum obliterated the .260 Remington; the .30- 06 predictably crushed the .243 Winchester; the .257 Weatherby Magnum edged past the .257 Roberts; and, in our first upset win of the tournament, the .25-06 Remington took down the excellent 6.5-284 Norma.

  • March 8, 2013

    March Madness: The Sweet 16 of Long-Range Deer Cartridges

    By Dave Hurteau

    I’ve heard a rumor that there is a big basketball tournament going on, but I can’t say for sure. What I do know is that March means the Sweet 16 of Deer Something, and this year that something is long-range cartridges for our favorite medium-size cervids.

  • October 18, 2012

    The $1,000 Long-Range Deer Outfit

    By Dave Hurteau

    This may bring some pain to those of you who have already spent $5K or even $10K in years past to get your sub-MOA, long-range deer rifle with befitting scope and comparable binocular. But the gun and glass I carried last week while hunting mule deer in Oregon cost, all together, about a grand—which in this rotten economy should bring great delight and jubilation to anyone just getting into deer hunting or, say, to the Easterner or Midwesterner planning his first deer hunting trip out west where hyperaccuracy and quality optics come in handy.

    I carried a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic in .257 Weatherby Mag (about $490 real-world price) topped with a 4.5-14x44mm Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Scope (about $280 street price) and a Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 binocular (about $250 street price). That comes to $1,020. I’ve used guns and glass costing much more and I don’t believe any of them would have served me substantially better as a practical matter. (By the way, NRA writer Aaron Carter—a far more accomplished rifleman than I—used the same rig to take his buck at 359 yards.)

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