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A Hell’s Of A Rifle

NEW BROWNING, PLUS WINCHESTER XPC, RUGER GP100 IN .44 SPECIAL IMPRESS AT S.H.O.T.

By Dave Workman

Media Day at the Range once again preceded the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, and it gave outdoor and gun writers – including yours truly – the opportunity to press a lot of triggers.

One experience I won’t soon forget is the all-too-brief time I spent at the Browning display because the centerpiece of that exhibit was a brand-new entry in the X-Bolt family they call the Hell’s Canyon Long Range rifle. It’s a gem.

The author also was able to put a couple rounds through Winchester’s XPC bolt-action tactical rifle. He reports that with a suppressor attached, the .308 Winchester round sounded more like a .22 rimfire. (DAVE WORKMAN)

Keep in mind, this is the 100th anniversary of the famous Browning Automatic Rifle, and the company chose the occasion to introduce a BAR Safari model, a handsome self-loader chambered in .30-06 Sprg. Only 100 of these guns were made to commemorate this centennial anniversary, and they’re likely all gone by now. So, for the people who want a rifle to shoot rather than admire in a display case, the Hell’s Canyon Long Range is just the ticket.

Browning chambers this rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 22-inch barrel, .270 WSM and .300 WSM with a 23-inch barrel, and 26 Nosler, 7mm Rem. Mag., 28 Nosler and 300 Win. Mag. with a 26-inch barrel. MSRP on the Hell’s Canyon ranges from $1,229.99 to $1,299.99.

So, what’s the big deal? Well, for starters, from a sandbag rest at 200 yards, I hit everything I shot at, including a small steel plate. Since an elk, deer, moose, goat, sheep, caribou, black or brown bear are much larger, I’d say that at double the distance, they’re all in big trouble. Translation, this rifle was dead-bang accurate, and it had been fired by at least a few other people before I got my grubby little hands on it.

Winchester’s new 20-gauge Long Beard XR load should be on dealer shelves in plenty of time for spring turkey hunting. General season opens March 25, with youth hunting opportunities beforehand, and this might make a good shell for smaller-framed gobbler gunners. (WINCHESTER)

The sample gun I fired was chambered in .300 Win. Magnum.  Thanks to modern recoil pad technology and materials, this baby is a delight to shoot. I was wearing a lightweight nylon jacket and felt recoil was no different than with my own ’06.

Browning put some eye-catching cosmetics into this model. It’s got a burnt bronze Cerakote finish that is unlike anything I’ve seen before. It wears a fluted heavy sporter contour barrel, and the composite stock is finished in A-TACS AU camo with Dura-Touch armor coating. The grip has a palm swell and gripping surfaces are textured, which is important to anyone who hunts in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, North Idaho or Western Montana, and especially in Southeast Alaska.

While the other cartridges are dandies, especially the 26 and 28 Nosler, I think the .300 Win. Mag and 7mm Rem. Mag are probably the two most popular long-range big game cartridges now in common use in North America. I like that .30-caliber pill for any number of reasons, and being a handloader, if this was my rifle I’d already be tinkering at the loading bench with a good supply of Hodgdon powder and an assortment of 180- to 220-grain bullets from Nosler, Hornady, Barnes, Speer and Sierra.
ANOTHER ENTRY THAT impressed the hell out of me is Ruger’s brand new GP100 in .44 Special. I’ve never owned a .44 Special, or even a .44 Magnum for that matter. I’m a fanatic for the .41 Magnum, and I have a couple of Ruger single-actions in .45 Colt.

That said, when I cut loose with the GP100, which is all stainless steel with a Hogue Monogrip, adjustable rear sight, smooth double action and crisp single-action, I was impressed. The .44 Special can be handloaded to fairly stout levels for defense against bears and other predators. The fiveround GP100 no doubt will handle factory and recommended handloads, and I happily discovered that it is also a comfortable and accurate shooter. You can find several good loads in the various loading manuals.

With any luck I’ll round one of these wheelguns up for a more extensive test and evaluation. With a 2.75-inch full shroud barrel, this will make a terrific trail gun for backpackers – frankly, it’s a revolver that will be right at home in the backcountry. If you’re a fisherman who hits rivers in bear country, this could be a perfect handgun because it’s just about impervious to wet conditions.

I ALSO HAD the chance to shoot Winchester’s new XPC rifle, a hot little bolt-action with a tactical stock, steel receiver wearing a Permacote black finish, button-rifled free-floating barrel and a Cerakote-finished machined alloy chassis frame.

The one I fired was fitted with a suppressor, and chambered in .308 Winchester. It was a kick in the pants to shoot, with a good crisp trigger and was very quiet. For hunting in areas that might have seen human encroachment, or for gun ranges that are now falling victim to suburban sprawl, suppressors might be the answer.

There is legislation before Congress called the Hearing Protection Act that would remove suppressors from the red tape that currently includes registration, background check and payment of a $200 tax under the National Firearms Act of 1934.
LAST BUT CERTAINLY not least, Winchester Ammunition has introduced what it calls a “ground breaking Long Beard XR” load in 20 gauge, just in time for spring turkey season. This new 3-inch magnum comes with either No. 5 or No. 6 shot and it is packaged ten rounds per box.

Author Dave Workman had a chance to shoot Browning’s new Hell’s Canyon Long Range Rifle in .300 Win. Magnum at January’s SHOT Show, and he found it to be deadly accurate. (DAVE WORKMAN)

So, what makes this stuff so hot? This new entry in the Long Beard XR family features Shot-Lok technology. Shot-Lok is injected into the hull with the lead shot and it then hardens, keeping pellets in place until the shot is fired. At that point, the Shot-Lok fractures into what Winchester calls a “micro-buffer” that prevents the shot from deforming, so that when it exits the muzzle, it maintains its shape to create a uniform pattern. The result, provided you do your part, is a tom in the bag.

Over the past few years, I have grown increasingly fond of 20-gauge shotguns, even though I have hunted since my teens with a 12-gauge Beretta S/S double barrel that has put more grouse and pheasants in my cooler than I can remember. CS
Editor’s note: Dave Workman is a longtime gun writer and a columnist for California Sportsman’s big brother magazine, Northwest Sportsman.

Flush and Shoot

Watching good dogs work over a first-person pheasant hunt will keep you warm and have you looking for your shotgun.
Here’s a nice video that will only take up a few minutes of your time and keep you from forgetting that beautiful pointer laying on the dog bed beside you.

Enjoy a little pheasant hunting from the comfort of your living room while you clean the 12-gauge. We’re out here waiting for you.

That looks like some good fun! It’s probably a pheasant club somewhere since the birds were letting the dogs and hunters get right up on them.

Some of us in the hunting community will cringe at the sight of any pointing breed creeping on a bird when it should be holding the point, and worse, chasing on the flush.

Maybe the hardest thing for me was with 40 seconds left watching the dog bring back a downed bird and dropping it at his feet, only to watch it break and flush again. We taught our pointers (with the help of professional trainers) to hold until given the “out” command, and it saved a few wounded birds from escaping.

by Craig Raleigh

Sources: I Love Hunting Facebook

Fast Shoot 3 Bucks in 35 Seconds

While participating in a party hunt, this hunter (John Oens) shoots 1 ten point and 2 eight point bucks in 35 seconds with an Ithaca Deer slayer III with a 20 gauge. The first buck is at the 200 yard range but the Hornady SST slugs does its job.

This shooting skill is off the charts. Try doing this, yourself! It’s difficult task to harvest two bucks in one hunt, much less three.

The hunter and his uncle are driving the deer which forces them up on their feet and gives the hunters their shots. Though it seems like he shoots a lot, the hunter is a pretty good shot by downing three deer with limited ammo locked and loaded.

All three bucks are good sized deer. The gun is pretty darn accurate as you can tell by the first semi-long distance shot to finish off the first deer behind the tree.

When it’s all said and done the hunter harvests two 8-pointers and one 10-pointer in 35 seconds.

Video Transcription

Alright, just to give you some background before all the shooting starts: I’m making a Deer drive with family and friends when I’m walking through the center of this piece, and I notice that herd of deer are trying to cut out the side of our drive. So I picked out a nice buck at what looks like about two-hundred yards, he stops with his head just behind a tree, and I take a shot.

[Shooting and pursuit]

Alright, so while I’m working my way up this hill to check on my first buck I shot at, I wanna tell you about the shotgun that I’m using. I’m shooting the Ithaca Deer Slayer III, chambered in 20 gauge. This was a 200-yard gun. It’s accurate, it’s reliable, it’s made like a rifle, and it looks like a shotgun. And I’m shooting Hornady SSTs out of it.

Alright, let’s take another look at this thirty-five seconds of shooting. Buck number one at the top of the hill, he goes right down. Then I fire a couple more rounds at these bucks that’re running. They run toward my uncle, and you’ll hear him shoot a couple times. I shoot at another buck, and then two more come from back by my uncle. So buck number two is hit, buck number three is hit. Then this shot finishes buck number three.

So here we are back to buck number one, looking for him, I’m making my way to the top of the hill, and then I see him move. I’ll take one more shot to put him down. I just approach him to make sure that he’s finished off, and he’s a decent eight-pointer. Then I have to go track down buck number two. Here’s number three, he’s still down. Decent little eight-pointer. Then I look for blood and find some, and here’s buck number two. Nice little ten-pointer. That’s three bucks in thirty-five seconds. Some meat in some freezers, another good day for me.

Sources: petenrock Youtube, Nathan Unger

2016 Compilation of Wild Boar Hunt

For some families if into hunting, it’s spending time with family and friends in the woods, especially by doing a wild boar and deer drive.

There is nothing like a good ol’ day in the woods with the gang armed with their favorite long guns, rounding up some hogs and deer.

It definitely tests your skills to shoot ethical shots on the run, can help reduce the boar herd and manage deer herds.

Bottom line, we enjoy hunting, and this is just one tactic that when it comes together, it can be a fun hunt.

Or maybe this version:
We all know that wild boar play havoc on the local ecosystem. They’re invasive, they’re potentially very dangerous, and they aren’t exactly good for the landscape.

That in mind, here’s a compilation of boar hunts and shooting. While these boars (and a few other animals) make tracks, the hunters put them down quickly in the name of conservation– and a good Pulled Pork sandwich or Hawaiian BBQ.

In most -if not all- cases, wildlife officials are more than happy to get rid of wild boars before they start making litters and breeding like mad– or worse, injuring somebody! With the amount of fat and muscle they have, they’re not necessarily easy to put down, and can have sharp tusks that cause serious damage.

It’s good to see hunters taking part in helping the environment in a way that makes for plenty of meat for the freezer in the process.

by Sam Morstan

Source: Potterek81 Youtube

Duck Hunting in the Sea

Does it count as ‘sharp shooting’ if it’s birdshot? Well these guys are trying to find out. Landing three sea ducks in one fly-by,this handfull of hunters does a pretty great job of putting some duck on the table.

I wonder, does sea duck taste much different from any other kind of duck?

Watch as they harvest several impressive birds over the deep blue sea.

Judging by the accuracy of those shots, these guys were seasoned hunters and found duck hunting in the sea to be fulfilling. They were able to take down many birds and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Did you see the water splash around the ducks when the hunters took their shots? It look as if the bullets were hitting the duck and the area all around it on several occasions.

Source: Jeff Coats Youtube

Too Close for Comfort

Wild boar hunting is an extreme sport and can be quite dangerous and meant only for the thrill seeking hunters and sharpest shooters.

The following video below shows these hunters really taking this close quarter shooting at a really close distance. The problem is that these guys were pulling it in ways that most would deem unsafe.

Tell that to the boar about to bite their face’s off!

Check these mad pigs out:

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Yes, its true that in the video just about every “safe shooting rule” in the book was thrown out the window while trying to get a shot at the charging boar.

From the perspective of the hunter when a wild boar is charging. There isn’t any place to hide, and you have a loaded gun in your hands you may not be thinking too clearly either!

In any event this is a animal that most know is a very dangerous animal and not to be taken lightly. Just make sure that you work out a system that your hunting partner isn’t too close to you, like in the video. Mishap can occur, be safe.

by Craig Raleigh revised by Calstaff

Source: Antler Addicts Facebook

Hit em with your Best Shot

Where to Bulls-Eye a deer

Earlier in my years I had learned the skill of tracking, but as you know its a perishable skill. If you don’t track much, chances are you wouldn’t be a good tracker. My thought was that if I can track, this would help me track my game once its been hit with my arrow. What I didn’t know was where you hit your game matters in terms of being able to track it down or never finding it.

As in tracking where you look for the tell tale sign within the bushes of where the game has gone. It’s important to look at the blood on your arrow which tells you about your shot placement.

Take a look at the video below to get some great descriptions of exactly what to look for on your arrows and see just how well placed your shot was.

Video Transcription

Shot placement on a deer is critical to a successful hunt, and each type of shot will lead to a different consistency of blood.

Gut shot: This is the least desirable shot you wanna make on any animal. Initially, the deer will run a few yards, then arch its back, tuck its tail, and walk away or bed down. The arrow will not only stink of guts, but will have brownish-red blood on it, along with greenish plant matter.

Ham shot: You might get lucky in recovering your deer if you sever one of the femoral arteries on either side of the hind leg. Initial reaction will be similar to a gut shot deer, and the blood will be red, though the arrow will often break off in its ham.

Liver shot: These shots are lethal, but take longer to kill the deer. Blood trails will be strong initially, but will typically lessen as the trail continues. Dark, almost burgundy-colored blood may indicate a hit in the liver or kidneys.

Lung shot: A lung shot or double lung-shot is always a good place to aim, and your deer won’t run far. The blood on your arrow will be a very specific pinkish-red color, and covered in air bubbles.

Heart shot: One of the best shots you can make. You know you’ve made this shot when the deer makes the famous ‘mule kick’. The arrow will be covered in a crimson-red blood, along with some blood usually found after a shot to the lungs.

by Chris Buckner

Source: Rated Red Youtube, Abby Casey

Duck Hunting with a Bow

Is this a trend in hunting?
Turns out this is a thing: bow hunting for ducks.
So, you practice with your bow all the time? I thought I was pretty good with my bow. Then I watched Tim Wells video below.


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Duck hunting with a bow is a huge challenge. Shooting well with a bow like Tim, takes a lot of practice. Its amazing to see him take out several birds while they were flying. Being able to shoot a bow well makes you appreciate having a shotgun.

I know people who have a hard time leading a duck with a shotgun; not to mention, one of those birds was hit perfectly in the head. The beautiful slow-motion footage just rubs salt in the wound.

Let’s face it: this is some amazing footage and even better shooting. Now, watch the video again and keep an eye on his bow. That’s right; he doesn’t use sight pins. Awesome! How many of you have tried duck hunting with a bow?

by Jake VanDeLaare

Source: Tim Wells Youtube

875 Yard Elk Shot

This hunter nailed an 875-yard elk killer shot with a rifle chambered in .308 Winchester on day two of their hunt.

These hunters noticed a herd of elk feeding on a hillside two canyons away. After observing the herd for a little bit, the hunter selected a yearling cow out of the herd to shoot. He passed on the larger cows because he knew they would have a heck of a hike to get the meat out of the woods afterwards. In any case, they settled in, and he squeezed off his shot, which resulted in an 875-yard elk kill.

Check out the video and see what you think of the whole deal.

You can skip ahead to the shot at the 3-minute mark to see them take the shot.

Taking a shot at that range is far beyond my skill as a shooter, so I have the utmost respect for his shooting abilities.

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The hunter was using a custom Remington Model 700 chambered in .308 Winchester using 168gr Berger VLD bullets, which is a great combination for long range shooting.

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The rifle was topped with a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm scope. He was also using a Leupold Rx-1000i Rangefinder, which is one of the best rangefinders out there. Clearly, he was using top-notch equipment, and he really looked like he knew what he was doing.

While the elk immediately dropped at the shot, that sort of reaction from the animal indicates a hit to the brain or spine. If you look closely, it looks like his shot hits really high on the elk’s shoulder, likely hitting the top of the lungs and the spine. Something tells me that’s not where he was aiming.

What do you think about the shot? Would you have taken it?

Source: DocTocDad Youtube

Hunting on a Budget

And you need a gun that can meet all your hunting needs? A pump shotgun may be what you are looking for.
If you’re on a budget, or you are the kind of hunter who likes to keep it simple with survival in mind, consider getting one gun that will cover all your small and big game hunting needs.

This video is definitely food for thought when you want to get one gun that will serve you well in marsh, forest and field. A pump shotgun, like the Mossberg 500, is a great American-made choice. With a wide variety of smooth and rifled barrels, at a very reasonable cost, you will have one gun that can do it all. What other guns do you use for hunting if you’re on a budget?

by Andy Van Loan

Source: Backwoodsman Youtube