Gun Reviews

  1. Savage Long Range Hunter Rifle Review

    Savage Long Range Hunter Rifle Review By John Johnston The Savage LRH has been around several years, enough time to let Savage do some fine tuning to meet the needs and desires of the long range crowd. When they first came out, Savage sent a rifle for review. This rifle was in one of our favorite calibers for long distance, the 6.5x284. I kept the rifle for quite a while to see exactly what I could get in the way of accuracy out of the 6.5x284. Now usually I can find that sweet spot for...
  2. .240 Weatherby Magnum: The Hotrod 6mm

    .240 Weatherby Magnum: The Hotrod 6mm By John Johnston In 1968 Roy Weatherby designed and created his last Weatherby magnum cartridge. The .240 was born to compete with the .240 H&H. Typical of Roy Weatherby’s prior rounds, the .240 had a belted case. It has survived for all these years, but its future may be in doubt. Like most of Weatherby’s cartridges, the cost of .240 ammunition and brass is rather expensive. Norma makes the brass with the Weatherby head stamp plus the loaded...
  3. Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

    Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 By John Johnston The .260 Remington round is far from dead. My relationship with the .260 started early in its history. In the late 1990’s Remington did a slight change to the 6.5-08 A Square which had been around for many years and standardized by A Square through SAAMI. The .260 has the same ballistics as the 6.5-08 but the neck of the .260 is just slightly longer. About the time the .260 hit the market, Thompson Center brought out the Encore....
  4. Ruger #1 in 6.5-284 Review

    Ruger #1 in 6.5-284 By John Johnston Bill Ruger, 1916-2002, was and will always be a giant in the firearms industry. Like those who lived through the great depression era, he had a tremendous work ethic. Along with firearms he loved to collect fine old cars. He loved the fine lines of these cars. Even though his first firearm design was a pistol, his baby was the Ruger #1. He would listen to hunters and shooters for ideas. There were a lot of hunters that would appreciate a rifle that they...
  5. The Black Rifle Has Come of Age

    The Black Rifle Has Come of Age By Charles E. Speck It was Col. Townsend Wheeling who said, “Only accurate rifles are interesting,” and I will agree. Someone else said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and that too, is a truism. While the black rifle doesn’t have the historical beauty of a well shaped, beautiful wood stocked bolt gun, there are ARs being built that, in this shooter’s eyes, are yet another form of beauty, both in their looks and accuracy. Unless you’ve been living...
  6. Steyr + Quigley/Ford + Berger = One Antelope Buck

    Steyr + Quigley/Ford + Berger = One Antelope Buck By John Johnston The idea for this hunt started almost two years ago. A fellow retired police sergeant, Frank Miller, got interested in long range shooting especially when the Best of the West Shooting Range opened not far from his ranch. We started talking antelope hunting since he had already taken an antelope in New Mexico and Wyoming a few years back. He purchased a new Savage LRH in .260 Rem. for the possibility of a hunt. One day I...
  7. Rugers Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

    Ruger’s Classic Model 77 Rifle Review By Bob Campbell ©Copyright Precision Shooting Magazine If I were to pick the most influential bolt action rifle of all time, what would it be? The Lee Enfield may be the greatest battle rifle and the Springfield 1903 first in our hearts and minds, but the Mauser rifle is by far the most influential. By the same token there are quite a few rifles today that are based on the Mauser action but they are considerably better than the original as far as the...
  8. 6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review

    6.5mm x 47 Lapua Review By John Johnston A while back Len Backus and I were on the phone discussing future articles. After talking a while Len said, “John, you are really stuck on the 6.5mm?” I had to think a moment and said “Len, I guess you are right.” Let it be known I am a hunter first, reloader second and a non-competitive target shooter. I expect most of my rifles to shoot MOA or better and will not keep one that does not. Several years ago I was shooting 6mm cartridges. I felt that...
  9. Weatherby's Newest Vanguard: The Series 2 And The .257 Weatherby Magnum Review

    Weatherby’s Newest Vanguard: The Series 2 And The .257 Weatherby Magnum Review By Dan Arnold ©Copyright Precision Shooting Magazine “I feel the need…the need for speed!” Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw – Top Gun 1986 Like Tom Cruise’s character, we all have a need to go just a little faster whether we’re talking about horses, cars, airplanes or rifles: Especially rifles. In my own case there was the .257 Roberts, a fairly quick stepper with good manners: Easy to...
  10. Ruger 6.5 Creedmoor Review

    Ruger 6.5 Creedmoor Review By John Johnston Bill Ruger was a giant in the firearms world. Yes, some of the Ruger line has had some ups and downs over the years but with each problem there was a solution that made them stronger. My first single shot center fire rifle was a beautiful Ruger #1. In the early days you could pay a little more for better wood and that rifle had a very well figured walnut stock. Ruger currently makes five of their rifle models in the 6.5 Creedmoor. It is the 77VT...
  11. Savage Models 12 and 112 Review

    The Savage Models 12 And 112 Enter The Switch Barrel Arena Norman E. Johnson For the past few decades switch-barrel rifles have become mainstays among my test rifles and hunting rifles. Having some of these rifles limited to one barrel and one cartridge didn’t really make much sense. Tying up a major amount of money in a rifle with a mounted scope and a single barrel simply didn’t prove the logical thing to do. Shown here are the Savage Models 112 and 12 single-shot rifles with six...
  12. Long Range Rifles, LLC - 7WSM Rifle Review

    Long Range Rifles, LLC - 7WSM Rifle Review By Lorenzo Young “Hit!... Center wind, half minute high.” I smiled at the faint tone of surprise in Brian’s voice as I turned the elevation knob down two clicks. I settled in and eased off three more rounds. Boom....whap. Boom...whap. Boom...whap! “When do you gotta send it back?” Brian asked. He was thinking about the same things I was: the smooth rugged looks, the comfortable feel, like a well worn saddle, the sub half minute hundred yard group...
  13. Equipment And Planning For Backpack Hunting

    Equipment And Planning For Backpack Hunting By Allen Jones Having been on a couple of backpack hunts that turned into survival ordeals instead of pleasant outings to reminisce about, I feel somewhat qualified to speak with a little authority on this backpack hunting subject. A few items carried along can literally mean the difference between life and death when situations turn critical on a hunt. Archery hunting season in Colorado is a beautiful time of the year to be out in the back...
  14. A Store Bought Long Range Rig

    A Store Bought Long Range Rig By John Johnston The sport of long range shooting is on the rise across our great nation, and it is here to stay. Whether it is long range hunting, bench rest shooting, steel silhouettes, formal F Class events, or just plain fun recreational shooting, public interest in long range shooting grows daily. And there is even more intense interest in long range shooting evident at the trade shows, where manufacturers of rifles, scopes, ammunition and accessories are...
  15. Marlin XL7 Review

    Marlin XL7 Review By Jon R. Sundra ©Copyright 2008, The Varmint Hunters Association, Inc. Mention the word “Marlin” to anyone with even a casual interest in guns and chances are it will evoke the image of a lever-action rifle. Of course lever-actions are not the only type of firearm Marlin has produced since the company was founded back in the late 1870s, but the fact remains that Marlin and lever-action have become virtually synonymous. Interestingly enough, Marlin sells more semiauto and...
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