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    Rifle November/December 2021

    On the Cover: An H-S Precision PLR 6.5-284 Norma rifle with a Kahles K624i 6-24x 56mm scope. Photo by Matt West.

    Volume 53, Number 6 | ISSN: 319

    Article Bites


    Lock, Stock & Barrel

    The Hunter's Trigger
    column by: Lee J. Hoots

    There came a time when the idea of providing unsolicited advice to another shooter became something I wanted no part of, and still don’t. This first started back when internet forums were wired up and became crammed with “factual opinions,” many of which made little sense to me. Twelve years later, such web chatter still goes on and on, though some pundits now provide good advice – although people will believe what they want anyway, no matter if it’s wrong or right. ...Read More >


    Mostly Long Guns

    Why the Winchester Pre-'64 Model 70 Still Matters
    column by: Brian Pearce

    It has been 58 years since the famous Winchester pre-’64 Model 70 rifle was discontinued; however, it is still highly relevant and influential with select rifle manufacturers. Collectors justifiably snatch up and lockup pristine examples, rare calibers and configurations, etc., to preserve a piece of history. But knowledgeable hunters and sportsmen desiring a highly rugged and reliable rifle, especially those that pursue big and potentially dangerous game, or that hunt under harsh conditions, still search out shooter-grade Model 70s. So why is there so much fuss over a bolt-action rifle that has been out of production for nearly six decades? Let’s take a closer look. ...Read More >


    Down Range

    Mauser Model 1898
    column by: Mike Venturino

    Without a doubt, I consider the Mauser Model 1898 as king of bolt-action rifles – both military and sporting types. Nearly every twentieth-century, bolt-action sporting rifle was based on the ’98 Mauser’s design to one degree or another. ...Read More >


    Light Gunsmithing

    An Interesting Open Sight
    column by: Gil Sengel

    Today, it seems that firearms we use for hunting have to carry either a scope or a red dot sight. Included are not only rifles, but handguns and even shotguns used for turkeys. This is all rather strange to someone who grew up long before red dots, where the only scopes seen were either on centerfire .22 varmint rifles or rimfire target guns. ...Read More >


    A Rifleman's Optics

    EOTECH Vudu 5-25x 50mm FFP
    column by: Patrick Meitin

    Since 1996, EOTECH has become known for its industry-leading Holographic Weapon Sights (HWS), used by many law enforcement and military organizations, including U.S. Special Operations, elite army and U.S. Marine Corps combat units. By 2016, EOTECH expanded into premium magnified optics offering the same degree of reliability and precision. That lineup expanded greatly in 2020, when EOTECH separated from L3Harris, a defense-contracting firm, allowing the company greater agility and independence. Since that time, EOTECH has been quickly developing a reputation for manufacturing stellar optical riflescopes under the Vudu name. ...Read More >


    Walnut Hill

    Industrial Revolution: The Sequel
    column by: Terry Wieland

    This is certainly one for the books: As more and more people find themselves out of work because of technological advances, some prominent voices are suggesting the answer to the perils of the fifth industrial revolution is a return to the very thing the first industrial revolution sought to crush: self-employed craftsmen, slowly and painstakingly producing high quality items. ...Read More >


    H-S Precision PLR Rifle

    Shooting the 6.5-284 Norma
    feature by: Patrick Meitin

    I won’t deny it, the prospect of shooting an H-S Precision rifle was something that really excited me. Paraphrasing the late Colonel Townsend Whelen, accurate rifles are most interesting to me, and H-S Precision is known for manufacturing some of the most accurate rifles around. Honestly, just the thought of owning a quality H-S Precision stock to drop one of my existing rifles into has always remained a longtime dream. ...Read More >


    Trendsetting Rifle Cartridges

    Nosler's Complete Lineup
    feature by: Brian Pearce

    In 2013, Nosler began offering a line of rifle cartridges that are exceptionally well designed, offer outstanding performance and are modern in every respect. They have been well received by hunters and shooters that expect more than the traditional “good enough” approach; rather they offer outstanding performance for the specific task that each caliber was intended. ...Read More >


    .17 Ackley Hornet

    An Unusual Anschutz Rilfe
    feature by: John Barsness

    In twenty-first-century America, riflemen primarily acquire rifles in sporting goods stores or through advertisements, often on the internet. Once in a while, however, we find rifles the old-fashioned way, by word of mouth. In the spring of 2021, I found one through my local friend Randy, who had another friend with a unique rifle for sale, and suspected I might be interested. ...Read More >


    Winchester's Unloved Baby

    The Low Wall Gets No Respect - Not Enough Anyway
    feature by: Terry Wieland

    Winchester is one of the two most collectible names in firearms in the U.S., rivalled only by Colt. As such, every model Winchester ever made, and every wrinkle of every model and every variation, improvement and option has been studied, written about, classified and listed. All, that is, but one: The single-shot Low Wall. ...Read More >


    Auxiliary Chambers

    Turning Rifles into "Handguns" and Back Again
    feature by: Art Merrill

    Caliber conversion sleeve, supplemental chamber, chamber adapter, auxiliary chamber, auxiliary cartridge – the devices go by many names, but their purpose is the same: to fire a smaller cartridge from a larger, dissimilar chamber. Never manufactured in huge quantities, and today occupying a niche somewhere between “uncommon” and “curiosity,” the auxiliary chamber did find its way into many a sportsman’s pocket to reduce the cost of plinking and to replace the need for a second firearm. ...Read More >

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