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Petersen's Hunting

Petersen's Hunting June/July 2019

Each issue of Petersen's Hunting Magazine has instructional and entertaining articles for the true hunting enthusiast! Get in-depth coverage of various hunting disciplines, information on the seasonal Hunting Hot Spots, equipment reviews, and much more!

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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3 min.
a spectacular miss

WE’VE ALL HEARD of someone making a spectacular shot—that one-in-a-million attempt that somehow finds its way into the vitals despite an almost impossible level of difficulty. Maybe it’s a swing-through that dumps a running coyote at some unheard-of range. Or it’s a needle-threading shot through heavy brush at a tiny opening exposing the heart of a spiral-horned kudu bull. And the difficulty of the shot always increases in the telling and the retelling around the campfire. For every spectacular shot we make, we likely owe the hunting gods at least one miss that’s equally as amazing. Ever steady the crosshairs on an animal, take a settling breath, and then slowly squeeze the trigger until the firing pin falls, only to have the buck, bull, or bruin run off unharmed? To me,…

3 min.
what’s that rimfire rifle?

Hello, Mr. Carter. Thanks for your note. That rifle—a Remington 541—garnered a lot of interest from readers. Definitely a good-looking little .22 rimfire. It just goes to show you the classics never go out of style.—David Draper, Editor-in-Chief WISE WORDS, ZUMBO I just read Jim Zumbo’s column “Passing Shots” in the March issue, and it reminded me of a similar experience I had. I’m a pharmacist by occupation, so having a holiday off is rare. One Thanksgiving I was off, but my hunting buddies had prior engagements. I decided to go deer hunting alone. I was sitting in my treestand when large snowflakes slowly began to fall. Just then, I spotted five does working their way towards me. They stopped within 15 yards of my stand, and I quickly put the crosshairs on…

6 min.
a win for access

Who said nothing gets done in Congress? A sweeping conservation bill sailed through the Senate and House in February, paving the way for President Donald J. Trump to sign one of the most influential public land bills in decades. Not only did the Natural Resources Management Act pass, it passed by margins unheard of in today’s divided political climate. The vote was 92 to 8 in the Senate and 363 to 62 in the House of Representatives. “The fact that this passed with such strong bipartisan support in both chambers tells us just how important outdoor recreation is to our country,” said Land Tawney, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers president and CEO. “The people rose up and demanded Congress pass this bill. It’s obvious Congress listened to their constituents.” The bill contains numerous…

1 min.
bullet board

BULLET BASICS Engineered specifically for the brand-new straight-walled .350 Legend cartridge, this unique bullet featuresabroad,flatbase,shortbearingsurface,and pyramid-like nose topped with a massive polymer tip.This polymer tip aids aerodynamics—getting the best out of a low-BC type projectile—and initiates immediate expansion on impact. Exiting the muzzle at .30-30Win.-like velocity, it expands beautifully out to about 250 yards, after which it has slowed too much for reliable mushrooming. TESTING GROUND I used the bullet pictured to take a heavy-horned, five-year-old Kansas whitetail at about 130 yards. Fired from a Winchester XPR rifle at 2,325 fps, it impacted the straight-facing buck with an estimated 1,850 fps remaining velocity and around 1,150 ft.-lbs. of energy. FIELD PERFORMANCE Hitting the center of the buck’s chest, the bullet drove through the brisket and rearward, causing havoc to the vitals and coming to rest…

1 min.
cartridge corner

HISTORY Introduced 10 years ago, this short .338 utilizes the .375 Ruger as its parent case and was intended to provide performance similar to the legendary .338 Win. Mag. in more compact short-action rifles. With Hornady’s proprietary Superformance propellant blended specifically for the .338 RCM, it achieved its goal, even with abbreviated 20-inch barrels. Unfortunately, handloaders can’t match factory-load performance, and for that and other reasons this quite-good cartridge has never gained the popularity it deserves. APPLICATION At its best with projectiles in the 210- to 225-grain weight range, the .338 RCM is ideal for hooved game up to and including moose and bison. Handloaded with a tough, controlled-expansion bullet such the Barnes 225-grainTTSX, it becomes a decent big-bear cartridge. Other good options for densely muscled, heavy-boned dangerous game are Swift’s 250-grain A-Frame…

2 min.
open range

Glenn Martin was seated around a campfire in Colorado’s Pike National Forest in July 2015, roasting marshmallows with his grandchildren, when he reportedly jerked forward and said, “Ow.” That was his final word. Martin, 60, had been struck by an errant bullet, apparently fired by another user of the national forest, a recreational target shooter. Martin died on the scene. The person who fired the shot that killed him was never identified. On many tracts of public land, especially in the West and particularly close to urban areas, the most popular activity isn’t hiking, or camping, or even hunting. It’s target shooting, and highly accessible spots show indelible evidence left by participants: broken bottles, shattered televisions, empty shell casings, shot-up signs. On one popular tract of public land west of Utah Lake in…