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    Rifle January/February 2017

    On the Cover: This new Model 1894 .45 Colt shows the fine craftsmanship of Marlin’s Limited Edition rifles. Photo by Chris Downs.

    Volume 49, Number 1 | ISSN:

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    Spotting Scope

    Wheeler Engineering Level-Level-Level
    column by: Dave Scovill

    The first hunting rifle I purchased upon release from active duty with the U.S. Navy nearly 45 years ago was a little-used Savage Model 110 .243 Winchester with a Weaver 6x scope mounted on it. The previous owner claimed it wouldn’t shoot very well, and upon inspection, most of the problem was attributed to the forend bearing on the barrel. ...Read More >


    Lock Stock & Barrel

    6.5 Remington Magnum Misfit
    column by: Lee Hoots

    Curiously, handfuls of European 6.5mm cartridges available in the U.S. off and on since the early 1900s have gone largely overlooked by generations of riflemen, perhaps due to a comparatively limited number of rifles with which to shoot them. There are staunch fans of, say, the 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schönauer and especially the 6.5x55 Swede, both great hunting cartridges. Although none of the European 6.5s have been quite so popular on these shores as the .270 Winchester or .30-06, to name but two. ...Read More >


    Mostly Long Guns

    Mossberg MVP Patrol 5.56 NATO
    column by: Brian Pearce

    Shortly after Mossberg announced the MVP (Mossberg Varmint Predator) rifle in 2011, I was invited to spend three days in central Oregon shooting ground squirrels and hunting coyotes with several model variations chambered in 5.56 NATO and .204 Ruger. I fired in excess of 1,500 rounds through several rifles that were accurate and very interesting. ...Read More >


    Down Range

    Rifle Readiness
    column by: Mike Venturino

    If a rifle is going to have a pur- pose – hunting, defense or competition – it needs to be ready before the first shot is fired. (That’s as opposed to a wall-hanger or item for a collection.) Readiness doesn’t mean only having proven itself capable of decent groups. Whether scoped or iron sighted, rifles must be zeroed properly, and it must feed and eject its correct ammunition. Much more importantly, the shooter needs to be proficient with it. ...Read More >


    Light Gunsmithing

    Final Fitting of Recoil Pads
    column by: Gil Sengel

    In the previous columns on this subject, the stock was shortened (if needed) and a new recoil pad was properly attached. The joint between pad and stock was tight, while the cuts through which the mounting screws were inserted are invisible. Now it’s time to convert all the extra pad material protruding over the sides of the stock to a fine dust that will get on and into everything in the shop. It’s best to do the job outdoors! ...Read More >


    A Rifleman's Optics

    Burris Riflescopes
    column by: John Haviland

    Don Burris founded his namesake optics company in 1971. In the ensuing years, Burris introduced a full line of rifle and handgun scopes and his was the first company to sell scopes with multicoated lenses. Burris passed on to his reward in 1987, but the company continued to expand its product line to include binoculars, spotting scopes and more scopes. ...Read More >


    Walnut Hill

    The Practicality of Aesthetics
    column by: Terry Wieland

    It is a well-known fact among gun collectors that a fine gun from years ago is more likely to come down to us in good condition than a cheap gun from the same era. This is not an absolute rule. Some fine guns do fall into the wrong hands, and some inexpensive guns luck their way through a succession of owners who actually care about them. But generally, if a gun starts out as an aristocrat, it will still be one a century later. ...Read More >


    New Marlin Lever Actions

    Production is Underway in Ilion, New York.
    feature by: Brian Pearce

    Marlin Firearms began producing guns in 1870, but its first lever-action, repeating rifle was the Model 1881; 135 years later, the company is still producing leverguns that are highly regarded among shooters and hunters. The latest rifles are manufactured in Ilion, New York, in the Remington Arms plant. ...Read More >


    CZ 557 Sporter

    Short Action
    feature by: John Haviland

    Since CZ of the Czech Republic introduced its 557 Sporter bolt-action rifle in 2012, it has expanded the rifle’s models to include the Lux, Sporter Synthetic, Urban Counter Sniper, Carbine and Varmint. The newest 557 is the Sporter Short Action chambered in .243 and .308 Winchesters. CZ-USA imports the rifles, and for the last couple of months, I shot a Sporter .308 Winchester that has proved to be accurate. ...Read More >


    Model 70 at 80 - Part II

    The Best It's Ever Been
    feature by: Terry Wieland

    In the previous issue (Rifle No. 289, November-December 2016), we took a brief look at the history of the Winchester Model 70 – its ups, downs and design changes from its introduction in 1936 to the closing of the New Haven, Connecticut, factory in 2006. ...Read More >


    .22 Winchester Magnum Mystery

    Why Some Rifles Shoot Better Than Others
    feature by: John Barsness

    The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR) appeared in 1959, filling a gap created by the demise of older, larger rimfire rounds. Since then the .22 Magnum has seen both ups and downs, and to understand why, we need to examine rimfire history. ...Read More >


    Browning BAR Mark 3

    A new .30-06 repeates and old tradition.
    feature by: Stan Trzoniec

    Hunters often say that semiautomatic rifles are not reliable and are heavy and inaccurate. In all the years of shooting and hunting with them, using handloads and factory ammunition, I have never found a modern rifle of this type exhibiting any of the above. They might be a half-pound heavier than a conventional bolt action simply because of the gas piston system, but I have never felt the extra weight on hunts. ...Read More >

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