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  • July 29, 2011

    Kawasaki Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Editors

    You all really got into this caption contest. Was it the photo or the prize that drew a staggering 776 entries? There were so many good ones, it took a while to whittle them down, but here are our editors' picks:

    BClear was gold with the simple, “You should see his bow.”

    gxx9sdb had us rolling with, “My wife said I could only have one gun.”

    But the prize has to go to Jeff4066:
    “Dear Mr. Coyote,
    Your ACME order, #184-56, will be shipped next Wednesday. Our engineering department is having some difficulty attaching the anvil.
    Kim Fong
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    Congrats Jeff4066 on your new Kawasaki Hedge Trimmer. Email this address with your contact info to claim your prize.

  • July 29, 2011

    Jarrett Signature Rifle Review Part III: Give Me A Brake!

    By David E. Petzal

    by David E. Petzal

    For Part I, click here
    For Part II, click here

    Oddly, one of the most striking features of the Jarrett Signature is the muzzle brake. Kenny’s recommendation is that any rifle he builds of .30 or above should come with a brake and I see his point. I’ve shot a good many guns with muzzle brakes, and while they all work, this one is uncanny. There is almost no recoil. John Blauvelt shot the rifle and could not get over it. We guessed that with the brake in place this .300 Win Mag kicked about like an 8-pound .243. To an experienced shooter, who knows what to expect from the .300 Win Mag, it is unsettling.

  • July 27, 2011

    Preparing to Hunt with a Handgun

    By Phil Bourjaily

    This week on the Gun Nuts TV show, Eddie visits the Smith & Wesson shooting center, a place of many wonders where I received my first and only handgun shooting lesson last September prior to going hunting with a .357 Magnum.

    As Eddie does in the video, I started with rimfires and worked my way up to a big gun, in my case the .460 S&W. The .460’s recoil is manageable, but its muzzle blast (for me) was not.

  • July 27, 2011

    Review: Mossy Oak Graphics Gun Camo

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Back before matte finished and camo guns were common, taping up my gun in the spring was an important pre-turkey season ritual, as was holding my breath after the season as I peeled the tape off, wondering if anything had happened to the blued steel underneath. If you hunted in a downpour and didn’t pull off the tape and wipe the gun down right away it would be spotted with rust.

    Now there is a better way. Mossy Oak Graphics sells a kit containing a version of its vinyl truck cladding cut for covering one pump or semiauto shotgun. It’s waterproof and, if you follow the instructions, it’s safe to leave on your gun for as long as you want without fear of rust. You trim the pre-cut pieces to shape, then fix them on with a hairdryer, which shrinks the material on for a tight fit. The gun doesn’t quite look dipped but you can make out the checkering pattern beneath the cladding. It looks good.

  • July 25, 2011

    Jarrett Signature Rifle Review Part II: How It Shoots

    By David E. Petzal

    For Part I, click here
    When you buy a rifle from Kenny, part of the package is break-in and load development that is handled by guys who can really shoot. The .300 Win Mag I shot was tuned by a fellow named Travis Moyer, who worked up a load involving IMR 4350, Federal 215 primers, 168-grain Berger VLD bullets, and Jarrett’s own brass. The group average Mr. Moyer got was .281-inch.

    Now at this point you’re saying, “Stuff and nonsense, Dave. It’s hard to get those kinds of groups from a bull-barreled .22 centerfire varmint rifle. Do you expect us to believe that an 8 ½-pound big-game rifle, burning over 70 grains of powder every time you pull the trigger, can put three shots inside a dime at 100 yards?” To which I reply, “Well, my own groups averaged .344, which will still fit inside a dime. So, yes.”

  • July 21, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Kawasaki Hedge Trimmer

    By Editors

    Well what can be said about this photo...we'll leave that up to you. Write the best caption for this photo and win a Kawasaki Power Products Hedge Trimmer (MSRP: $339.99).

  • July 20, 2011

    Video: Firing a 2-Gauge Punt Gun

    By Phil Bourjaily

    This week on the Gun Nuts Eddie Nickens takes a look at a pair of big bore shotguns.* Eddie doesn’t shoot the gun in the show because he is high-priced talent and, thus, too valuable to harm. Check out this clip to see what shooting a 4-gauge from the shoulder feels like:

    Incidentally, the black and white stills in this piece were taken from “The Outlaw Gunners” by Harry Walsh, a fascinating book about legal and illegal market hunting . In it, Walsh talks about punt guns and batteries which multi-barreled guns as large as three four gauges mounted in the bow of a small boat. Despite the fearsomeness of these guns, according Walsh, they were made obsolete by the 12 gauge semiautomatic shotgun, which was a much deadlier and more practical weapon.

  • July 19, 2011

    Review: Jarrett Signature Rifle

    By David E. Petzal

    I've recently had the pleasure of trying out a Jarrett Signature rifle in .300 Win Mag. It was a true revelation, but before we get to the gun itself, let’s get to what’s foremost in your minds. First, it costs $7,640. This is medium priced as custom big-game rifles go. You can pay about half that for a very good rifle, or twice as much. Second, they did not give it to me despite the fact that I asked to keep it. So, without further folderol, let us proceed.

    Kenny Jarrett, in case you’re new to all this, is one of the two or three most influential rifle designers of the late 20th century. He established a new standard of accuracy for everything that came out of his shop, from .22 centerfire to .50 BMG. His rifles were built mainly from McMillan stocks, Schneider barrels, and Remington actions. But that has changed.

    Jarrett now makes his own Kevlar-graphite stocks, his own button-rifled, hand-lapped barrels, and his own bolt action, which he calls the Tri-Lock, because it has three locking lugs. Introduced in 2000, the Tri-Lock utilizes a unique bolt bushing that seals the locking lugs at the moment of firing and acts as a bolt guide. It’s made right- and left-handed in nearly all sizes.

  • July 18, 2011

    Shotshells: Does Higher Velocity Kill or Just Increase Recoil?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    The trend in shotshells is to higher velocities, both because speed kills and because no one ever got rich selling “slow” to the American public. How important is velocity really? Speed does kill, to a point. Shoot two clay targets at the same distance, one with something like Winchester’s 1300 fps Super Sporting and one with a 1145 fps standard target load, and there is no question that the faster load breaks the target more violently.

    On the other hand, your shoulder will know which is the faster load, too. Increasing velocity increases recoil. The question isn’t “does speed kill?” but “is more speed worth added recoil?”

    The lighter the pellet material, the more it benefits from high velocity to increase its downrange energy. Therefore steel, the lightest shot material, benefits the most from high launch speeds.

  • July 15, 2011

    Trap Shooting: It's All About Concentration

    By David E. Petzal

    I enjoy trap because it enables you to achieve maximum rage and frustration in a minimum amount of time; much more efficient than skeet or sporting clays, or badminton. So I shoot in a summer trap league, and last Sunday I was sitting on the clubhouse porch with a friend who is a couple of years older than I am and has also been shooting trap for 40 years plus, and we agreed on two things:

    First, old age is not the golden years; it’s the s**t years. You watch your friends die one by one and wait for your turn. Second, it’s very hard to bring any real intensity to trap when you’ve been shooting it for four decades plus. Then we went out with our squad and disgraced ourselves because of our lack of intensity.

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