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  • Gun Nuts Videos 2014

    Posted 2018-12-02 20:06:11 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Shotguns Editor Phil Bourjaily and Rifles Editor David E. Petzal give their best tips on improving your shooting. ...

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  • How Skin a Rabbit Like a Duck...Sorta

    Posted 2017-04-12 20:58:36 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Hunting Get a bunny on ice in seven easy steps Get a bunny on ice in seven easy ...

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  • Hottest New Rifles of SHOT Show 2017

    Posted 2017-01-18 22:32:25 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Guns Our rifles editor picks the seven most promising and intriguing new rifles of the year They are not, as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman pointed out, your daddy’s squirrel rifle. With two notable exceptions, they are dual-purpose guns, or triple-purpose guns. ...

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  • And the Oscar Goes to…Bambi

    Posted 2017-01-04 16:11:02 by: Johnny Gearfire

    A Sportsman's Life Fake out A deer fakes out law ...

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  • Book Review: 'The Accurate Rifle…and Rifleman'

    Posted 2016-12-09 13:24:08 by: Johnny Gearfire

    The Gun Nuts The Accurate Rifle ... And Rifleman, as nearly as it can be done in book form, is 50 years’ worth of hunting and shooting experience brought to you by a guy who has more ...

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  • A First Deer Story

    Posted 2016-12-08 19:16:54 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Hunting A planned slam-dunk hunt becomes a lesson in whitetail hunting reality Jett Sealock goes deer hunting during the Kentucky Youth Season to kill his very first whitetail. It was supposed to be easy. But the planned slam-dunk hunt ...

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  • Hook Shots: Muskie Fly Dreaming (Again)

    Posted 2016-11-21 13:00:00 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Fishing Episode 8, Season 8 In this final episode of 2016, the crew revisits their buddy Robert Hawkins of Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop in Saint ...

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  • Three Pump Shotguns for Under $300

    Posted 2016-11-20 21:14:53 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Guns We fired a total of 1,500 rounds to test three shotguns that won’t break your budget We fired a total of 1,500 rounds to test three shotguns that retail for under $300 ...

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  • Gunfight Friday, Part I: Hunting Feral Cattle

    Posted 2016-11-18 22:51:20 by: Johnny Gearfire

    The Gun Nuts A F&S reader explains his peculiar Hawaiian ...

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  • Want a Scout Rifle? Get One of These Models

    Posted 2016-09-22 21:42:54 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Photo by Steyr/Ruger Steyr Scout Rifle (top): Built in collaboration with Jeff Cooper, the original factory-made scout model comes in .223, .243, 7mm/08, and .308. Ruger Gunsite Scout: Chambered for .223 and .308, this popular rifle comes in 11 different versions, including left-hand models. Some guns are instant successes. Others require years for their wonderfulness to percolate down to the shooting public. And so it has been with the scout rifle, the brainchild of Jeff Cooper, a hugely influential writer, instructor, Marine Corps officer, and all-around shooter and hunter. Before 2011, there was only one factory-made scout rifle. Since then, Cooper’s idea of the perfect all-around rifle has caught fire, and there are now at least five. He used the term scout to evoke a lone soldier who had to move rapidly and shoot only rarely, but accurately. This was a rifle for him—but also for the hunter who wanted one gun to do many jobs. Cooper began work on the concept roughly in 1980, and the specs he eventually came up with are these:  A bolt action in .308, or if that was not feasible for some reason, 7mm/08. Feeds from a 10-round detachable magazine. Weighs about 7 pounds without scope. Employs a ghost-ring rear peep sight and a blade front, either as primary sights or as backup. Optional scope is a fixed-power IER model of low magnification mounted on a Picatinny rail. Barrel length is between 16 and 20 inches. Trigger pull is roughly 21⁄2 pounds. Accuracy of 1⁄12 to 2 inches at 100 yards. Not to be used to hunt critters of more than 1,000 pounds, or dangerous game, or at ranges longer than 400 yards.   Given the new popularity of Cooper’s design, my editors issued me a challenge: Get your hands on as many scouts as you can, they said, to find out which are the best. So I have done. (Or tried to; one test rifle came without a firing pin.) After handling and/or shooting the current crop, I concluded that today’s best scout ...

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