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Patterning allows you to learn which shotguns throw the best pattern for turkey hunting. Turkey patterns and cleaning tips
215 Views - Posted: March 20 at 9:00 am

In turkey hunting, preparation is everything.

So thinking about you guys (and gals) who get all heated up over feathers in the spring, I thought I would write about patterning — and cleaning your guns.

I have a 12 gauge, 2 ¾-inch-chambered barrel I had cut off years ago to about 25 inches and had the gunsmith install screw-in choke tubes.


The ability to start a fire can be critical to survival when an emergency strikes in the field — and that same fire can act as a signal for rescuers. Manchac swamp stranding shows importance of survival gear
163 Views - Posted: February 21 at 9:00 am

If you’ve ever traveled Interstate 55 south to New Orleans, you have passed over that exotic, and almost mystical area between two of Louisiana’s major lakes — Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

The mixed cypress and hardwood swamps bordered by brackish and freshwater marshes are connected by Pass Manchac, the winding waterway that connects Lake Maurepas with its much larger brother, Lake Ponchartrain. 

Little has changed this area since Iberville passed through in 1699, en route to the French fleet anchored at the Chandeleur Islands. He and his brother Bienville split their forces at Bayou Manchac, just south of the site of present-day Baton Rouge. They were returning from their exploration of the Mississippi River as far north as the Red River’s junction with the “Father of Waters.” 


The Ruger American Rimfire is solidly built, has an adjustable stock and can flat-out shoot. A real matchstriker, finally
360 Views - Posted: January 23 at 9:00 am

One of the greatest shots I ever made was with a bolt-action .22 Magnum. 


Ruger offers two 1911 versions with many features that once were only available in custom guns. Ruger’s 1911
317 Views - Posted: December 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

It has been noted that what you get today for a reasonable price in a 1911 pistol would have cost you a lot extra just a few years ago.


Armadillos can destroy a field, rooting up the ground in its search for food. That makes them perfect targets for varmint hunters, since no one complains when they are shot. Handgunning for varmints
469 Views - Posted: November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

We were never overrun with those juicy targets we read about in the big sporting magazines — articles by guys who referred to their shooting cult as “varminters.”


The author was so enthralled with stories of varmint hunting when he was young that he resorted to shooting coots with a .257 Roberts — not realizing doing so was illegal. Varmint hunting (Deep South style)
330 Views - Posted: October 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

I don’t know why we were never arrested.


A new documentary highlights positives of gun ownership. “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire”
473 Views - Posted: September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

Kris Koenig introduced himself to me as “the only national public television producer I know of with a concealed carry permit.”


Government stockpiling of ammunition has been blamed for recent ammo shortages, but that theory isn’t supported by facts. Where have all the bullets gone?
493 Views - Posted: August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am
If by now you haven’t experienced the frustrating bullet shortage or voiced a loud complaint about it, it’s a fair bet you don’t shoot for a hobby — or shoot at all.

Shooting skills learned on the skeet range translate to more doves when the season opens. How to shoot well
504 Views - Posted: July 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
I’ve never been much of a shotgunner — mainly due to lack of practice.

Beulah Belle fired a wildcat .25-.348 cartridge—a necked-down .348 Winchester developed in 1936 to fit in the Model 71 Winchester Lever Action—still said to be one of the smoothest lever actions ever invented. The building of ‘Beulah Belle’
416 Views - Posted: June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
In the late ’40s and ’50s, the United States was undergoing a boom economy, recovering from restricted materiel supplies that resulted from World War II.

The Rossi RG410 looks like an old .30-30, but it’s a sweet-shooting .410. Shotgunning fun
1919 Views - Posted: May 27, 2013 at 9:00 am
An attorney friend who knows a little more about guns than I do about the dark side of the moon — but not much more — was wandering around a regional gun show, looking for I’m not sure what.

I think he had been caught up in all the furor and hype and just figured he needed another gun to go with his one revolver.

Everything needed to make a cheap and effective cleaning solution likely can be found in your kitchen and bathroom. Gun cleaning miracle home remedy
1573 Views - Posted: April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
This month, we’re supplying you with one of those tips you will wish you had discovered long ago. It’s a cleaning liquid so simple, so easily concocted, you’ll probably wonder why you never heard about it before.

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