Technical & How-To Articles

  1. Scope mounting: Should I Lap or Bed my Mounting System?

    By Jim See. What measures do we take to assure our system is flat and parallel to best align the rings with the scope tube?
  2. Tweaked: My Ever-Evolving Gear List

    By Nate Simmons, from Western Hunter Magazine. This gear list is everything I might possibly pack on a weeklong backpack archery elk hunt during the rut.
  3. What You Need To Know Before Buying A New Rifle Stock

    By Don Bitz - Owner - - Did you know that not so long ago it was almost impossible to find the right aftermarket riflestock?
  4. Triggers

    By Les Voth - I'd read about Jewel Triggers, but never owned one or pulled on one until my friend Richard gave me a lesson on what a trigger should be on a hunting rifle. He said it should be something you don't have to think about. I'd never thought about it like that.
  5. Distance Bulls-How to Hunt Elk from 5 Miles Away

    Distance Bulls How to Hunt Elk from 5 Miles Away By Remi Warren, of Western Hunter and Elk Hunter Magazine The first elk tag I received in my home state of Nevada came well after I started elk hunting; ten years later to be exact. By that point, I had taken quite a few bulls in other states and guided many more while working as an elk guide in Montana and New Mexico. Most the bulls I had spotted while glassing, but most were probably a mile away or less. Big open country can be the best...
  6. 7mm Remington Magnum

    7mm Remington Magnum By Nathan Foster History When the Mauser brothers designed the 7x57 cartridge for use in their M93 military bolt action rifle, the excellent qualities inherent in the 7mm bore diameter soon became apparent to cartridge designers all over the world. Here was a cartridge that produced a flatter trajectory than most of its competition, minimal wind drift and potentially, optimum terminal performance at extended ranges. Following these discoveries, cartridge designers...
  7. Basic Brass Preparations

    Basic Brass Preparations By Jim See Your rifle brass is the foundation of your load. Take the time to ensure it is consistent and truly ready to load. Let’s start with Lapua brass, but the same can apply to Norma. It’s often stated that this brass is “ready to load straight from the box.” Well, not really. Shooters who use quality brass realize how consistent quality brass is. Typical weight variations between pieces and boxes in the same lot are usually within a weight range of 2 grains,...
  8. What is Parallax?

    What is Parallax? By Earl Hines, Best of the West Master Gunsmith When we talk about the accuracy of a shooting system, there is one element that most people know little about, don't understand, don't know how to apply, or don't recognize. Many people have indicated that they understand it but when asked, they give an inaccurate response. What I am referring to is that thing called parallax. What is it? How does it work? How do I adjust it? Is it important? How do I know when it's...
  9. As a Matter of Fact, You Should Start Reloading

    So, you’re on the fence about reloading and not sure you want to take the plunge. Let’s talk about why I chose to start reloading.
  10. Teton Crest Trail Backpack Adventure Of Len And Barbara

    Looking down from Paintbrush Divide at 10,700 feet onto Lake Solitude "What an amazing adventure - just finished backpacking with my 71-year young dad in the Tetons across the Teton Crest Trail. 3 days. 35 miles. 3,000' of climb covering 6 miles in 4 hours the last morning. Overshot our permitted camp zone for the last night so we decided we were close enough to hike out and sleep in a hotel with a hot shower last night. Resulted in 16 miles yesterday, including the big ascent in the...
  11. X-Ray's Stick

    How many times have you thought about which rifle you would keep if you could just keep one?
  12. Barrel Life: A Screed of Old Standby & the Math of the Matter

    When you talk about “barrel life”, exactly what you are talking about is of paramount importance but isn’t clarified by the simple words “barrel life”.
  13. Effective Game Killing - Part 2

    The speed of incapacitation or what we call fast killing is one method for which the hunter is able to measure a cartridge’s effectiveness on game in comparison to other cartridges.
  14. What's In Len's Backpack?

    Which 51 items are in Len's backpack? By Len Backus A couple weeks ago I had my hunting stuff spread out on the floor in front of me as I organized for an upcoming annual DIY mule deer hunt in eastern Montana. I get so many questions from LRH members about what’s a good widget to use for whatever. Plus we have a constantly growing number of members who are learning about how to get into western state DIY hunting. So I decided then and there that when I returned from the hunt I would write...
  15. Prone Shooting Position

    Prone Shooting Position By Jim See Prone shooting from the bipod should be our most accurate and precise position, yet some of us suffer in this area. I still see the biggest mistakes in this position at rifle matches from some well rounded and experienced shooters. Most of these issues can be easily fixed by the individual with a little forethought and awareness in their practice. First I’m going to start with the conventional prone position that encompasses much of the very precision...