I thought I would start a dialog on the effects of long range bullets and how they go about doing their job up close or far away. There are three areas to consider for this assuming the bullet is accurate enough to place it in the vital organs of the intended game at the intended distance. Those areas are, killing the animal, immobilizing the animal, leaving a blood trail to aid in recovery if mobilization is not achieved. [Read more…] about Terminal Ballistics of Long Range Bullets
Headspace is a really important factor while resizing our brass. Resizing can be done in a few different ways however I prefer the full length sizing better than neck sizing. Before going into the process I would like you to understand what actually happens to the case when it is fired so you will better understand what happens with the case headspace.
I have been giving the issue of non-lead bullet performance a lot of thought lately, since a lot of my hunting is in California where the ban on lead bullets will be near absolute in the early 2020’s. I had and still have a lot of questions. Do they perform as well on game animals? What are the trade-offs? What do I need to know in making my decisions? I hope that this article will give you some guidance and food for thought on these questions. [Read more…] about Lead bullets vs Non-Lead Bullets
So, the IWA 2016 is behind us and with Swarovski introducing its new, top-line scope (named Z8i), I believe that it will be really useful to provide a comparison between Zeiss V8 and Swarovski Z8i. This on- paper comparison consists of an objective technical comparison which was provided by both manufacturers, and also a subjective description of the advantages between one scope versus the other. I would like to be immediately clear here, that within the subjective section, it is not my intention to tell you which model is better, but rather, which features I liked more based on my own experiences. Therefore, the subjective part will focus a little bit more on long-range shooting, but hopefully everyone can find this information helpful. [Read more…] about Swarovski Z8i vs Zeiss Victory V8 Review
The Blaser R8 rifle can be had with several barrel lengths, the standard profile barrel for standard calibers is 22 ¾” but an optional short barrel is also available. The short barrel is 20 ½“ and comes at a higher cost, about a 40% premium. The short barrel is handier, but how much velocity do you loose and what about accuracy?
I thought it might be interesting to take a look at these two questions because I don’t think these factors are well understood. My favorite R8 barrel is a short, semi-weight, fluted barrel with sights chambered in 9.3X62. I’ve found this barrel to be wonderfully accurate and handles like a dream. But I’m often asked, “don’t you give up a lot of velocity with that short barrel”? And “surely it can’t be as accurate as a longer barrel, I bet you give up a lot of range don’t you?” [Read more…] about Blaser R8 Rifle Barrels Review