Articles from Len Backus


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  1. 26 Nosler - Hot Rod for the 21st Century

    26 Nosler - Hot Rod for the 21st Century By Len Backus I think Nosler has a winner in their new 26 Nosler cartridge offering. The 26 Nosler when zeroed at 350 yards, has a maximum Point Blank Range of 415 yards. For quick shooting situations such as with whitetail deer in long bean fields this cartridge could be just the ticket. With whitetails you often don’t have much time to range and dial before the animal has moved on. The 26 Nosler achieves 3,400 fps with a 129 grain Nosler ABLR...
  2. A Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics

    A Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics By Len Backus, Publisher Last summer Kathy and I made a 5,200 mile road trip from our home in Wisconsin to the northwest coast of the US. We got up as far north as Vancouver Island in British Columbia and as far south as Darrell Holland's home and business in southern Oregon. We visited a number of Long Range Hunting related folks on the way and had a great time. There were many high points on the trip but none more interesting and satisfying...
  3. A Scientific Basis For Evaluating Variable Crosswinds

    A Scientific Basis for Evaluating Variable Crosswinds By Paul Carter Although we frequently discuss wind as if it is constant in both magnitude and direction, that’s seldom true in the real shooting world, where features of terrain make accurate wind doping much more challenging. For instance, it’s possible that a significant wind experienced at the shooter’s location may be completely blocked somewhere downrange by a hill or other physical entity. Of course, the converse can be true,...
  4. A Thousand Stars In The Sky

    A Thousand Stars In The Sky By Len Backus “A thousand stars in the sky make me realize, That you are the one that I adore.” -Song by Kathy Young Those were the words in my mind as I approached the shore of Dream Lake in pitch blackness at nearly 11,000 feet of elevation in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. During that long summer after 8th grade, I had first danced to this song with a little wisp of a girl who sat in front of me that school year. In my high school years, those words would...
  5. Accuracy, A Game Of Strategy

    Accuracy, A Game Of Strategy By Jerry Stordah ©Copyright Precision Shooting Magazine Expectations vary. Few shooters expect a factory rifle to shoot with a custom built gun, but some rifles can come close. It all depends on how accuracy is defined and how the “accuracy game” is being played. Oftentimes, the checkbook says, “Close is good enough.” This Winchester Model 70 in Heavy Varmint configuration is equipped with a McMillan A5 stock as part of its accuracy strategy. Once a factory...
  6. Alaska Dream Hunt

    Alaska Dream Hunt By Ian McMurchy I just returned from a wonderful hunt in Alaska. I understand that Alaska might not be the first choice for a dream hunt for some readers. Matter of fact I hope to experience the Yukon and NWT before I hang-up my hunting boots. Right now Alaska’s my dream hunting location. I would like to share the realities of such a hunt. So let’s say you have made up your mind to go on a BIG hunt and have the finances in place. First, a person has to get over a sort of...
  7. Behind The Scenes With Best Of The West TV

    Behind The Scenes With Best Of The West TV By Len Backus Have you ever wondered how those outdoor TV shows operate in the field while filming a hunt? I visited with Jack Peterson of The Best of the West last January at the SHOT Show in Vegas. I had met him the summer before in Cody, Wyoming and we'd spent a half day touring the new BOTW facilities and then having a great Mexican lunch together. During the Cody facilities tour I saw the "production schedule board" on their wall. It was a...
  8. Dall Sheep Hunt - 2007

    Dall Sheep Hunt - 2007 By Michael Eichele This story begins in the same way as many of my other hunting stories - with the year(s) prior. It was near the end of the season for 2006. I had finally mustered up the courage to hike over a very long ways away from my normal hunting grounds. I had seen a big ram a few weeks prior at the head of a far off drainage but hadn’t seen him for a couple of weeks. In fact I had seen him in the same spot for several seasons including his last sub legal...
  9. Do-It Yourself Western Hunting

    Do-It-Yourself Western Hunt Quest for a place to hunt By Jim Brown A lot of "how-to's" on western hunting deal with the logistics of the hunt . Equipment, transportation, caliber choice, physical condition and so on are all very important considerations and without attention to these details the hunt could be one you would rather forget. Here the focus will be on sources to tap for relatively inexpensive hunts on private land. How would it sound to gain access to 50 square miles of ranch...
  10. F-Class Competition As Training For The Hunt

    F-Class Competition As Training For The Hunt By Jim Collier "The witch was in full force, I'd danced with her awhile and she lied to me and led me everywhere but the X-ring" unknown author The antelope was about 800 yards away and the wind was gusting between 18 and 25 miles per hour. The 115 grain Berger missed so badly that not a hair was cut. The next antelope was about 950 yards away and the bullet flew so wide it barley even landed within the same county. The third antelope was about...
  11. Gear For Dall Sheep Backpack Hunting

    Gear For Dall Sheep Backpack Hunting By Michael Eichele "This was supposed to be my first backpack sheep hunt and I swore it would be my last." I woke up from my 5 minute nap when one of the only two tent pegs keeping my tent from tumbling down the mountain pulled out of the ground. My heart about stopped when my body weight pulled the tent I was sleeping in down the steep slope. I bolted out of that tent like shot out of a cannon, heart pounding, breathing hard from the adrenaline and...
  12. HHA Optimizer Speed Dial Crossbow Sight Mount Review

    These are not always your conditions, so let’s talk about how to do it the right way and get everything we want and more out of the HHA Optimizer Speed Dial system. First of all, it’s not limited to the 80 yard distance that is advertised on the package, so I’ll explain how to set it up for up to 100 yards, but you can take it as far as you feel comfortable shooting. It takes more time and more shots to perform this process, but it's the single most accurate way to maximize your shooting...
  13. LEOPARD IN A TREE !

    Leopard In A Tree By Len Backus "Leopard in a tree!" was Hassan's urgent utterance. It was the seventh morning of our Kenya photo safari. Hassan was driving west toward the area where we had been shooting a cheetah family quite late the afternoon before. A little way further down the gravel road we stopped within perfect 600 mm lens distance from the big male cat.The sun had cleared the top of the hills behind us only twenty minutes earlier and the golden light was perfect in its direction....
  14. Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating!

    Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland We can all look back over our shooting career and note dreadful if not embarrassing moments when we really blew it. Anybody who claims to have never experienced such a moment is either telling a “Big Windy” or hasn’t shot much! After the humiliation of the screw-up, often in front of witnesses, but not always, we internally beat ourselves to a pulp on the trip home. Often displays of foul language, kicking dirt and...
  15. Long Range Hunting - About Us

    Welcome to LRH! I am thankful for all of my involvement in long range hunting over the years. I first got into long range shooting and hunting when my son Andy was in his teens. We were fortunate to do some fantastic back country hunts in the western US, Alaska and Mexico and at the same time we had a large marsh on our Wisconsin deer hunting land that we liked to stay out of so it would act as a sanctuary. In the 1990's I began shooting bucks out to 500 yards or so in the marsh from a...
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