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RifleShooter March/April 2021

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RifleShooter, the magazine dedicated to advanced rifle enthusiasts. All rifle sports are covered including hunting, target shooting and collecting, while focusing on fine custom rifles, great classics, and new high-tech designs.

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
commence fire

He Thinks We Get It I just wanted to let you know you are one of very few gun magazines that get it. Most current publications seem to be obsessed with shooting people, and I am sick of it. I know full well the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting, and I own many self-defense guns and practice self-defense drills, but the fact is there are many other positive things that happen with firearms! Every weekend, thousands of folks gather at ranges and compete in competitions. Every day, friends and families are making priceless memories while plinking. All fall, winter and spring, age-old traditions are followed in hunting camps and blinds. This culture that surrounds using guns for recreation is full of values that are worthy of admiration. Thank you for…

6 min.
the henry railroad rifle

Years ago I wrote an article for Guns & Ammo about the role the Henry rifle played in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, a 1,912-mile steel-ribboned link that joined the civilized East with the untamed West. It was a massive undertaking that began in 1862 and—after an interruption due to the Civil War—ended in 1869, thus making it possible to traverse the country over a period of weeks rather than months. To accomplish this historic feat, two newly formed railroad companies were created: the Central Pacific, which started out from Sacramento, California, laying track to the east; and the Union Pacific, which began putting down rails at Omaha, Nebraska, heading west. On May 10, 1869, near what is now Promontory Point, Utah, they finally met. Although the Central Pacific initially had…

3 min.
6mm arc vs .223 rem.

In February 1964 the military adopted the 5.56mm Ball Cartridge M193, and the following month Remington introduced the civilian version—the .223 Rem.—to market. Based on the .222 Rem., the .223 Rem. was more than 100 fps faster than its parent cartridge. To be clear, the .223 Rem. and 5.56 NATO are similar but not identical rounds. I’ll stick with the .223 Rem. on this fight card, although virtually all of what can be said about the .223 Rem. applies to the 5.56 NATO. Modern .223 Rem. factory loads range from 35 to 77 grains. Bullets in the 55- to 64-grain range remain popular for varmint hunting, target shooting and even big game hunting. The heavier .223 Rem. loads are mostly target loads designed to maximize ballistic coefficient for better ballistic performance. Loaded…

2 min.
new gear

Ruger Magpul X-22 Backpacker Part of the family of Takedown 10/22s, the X-22 Backpacker features a Magpul stock with a hinged storage compartment in the buttstock that’s capable of holding three spare 10-round mags. The setup also allows you to lock the stainless barrel and fore-end to the stock when broken down—making it easy to stash in a pack or vehicle. The stock features a non-slip rubber buttpad and storage in the grip. The rifle comes with a combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and .22 tip-off mounts, and sights include an adjustable fiber-optic rear and fiber-optic front. $529, RUGER.COM Rival Arms ST-3X This new buttstock is designed to fit chassis with AR, buffer-style tubes, and it provides comb height and length-of-pull adjustment. The cheek pad is reversible, and there’s an M-Lok slot…

6 min.
measure like a pro

Introduced in 2020, Hornady’s Auto Charge Pro is the most ergonomic electronic powder dispenser I’ve used. It’s not a revamp of the old Auto Charge—it’s an entirely new system that’s much better than the old one. Recently I reviewed RCBS’s new $1,000 MatchMaster powder dispenser, which is capable of 0.01-grain accuracy and is extraordinarily fast, and I suggested it’s the single most capable unit of its type on the market. I still believe that’s true, but it’s expensive and complex. Although Hornady’s new Auto Charge Pro offers “just” 0.1-grain accuracy, at $330 you could get three of them for the price of one RCBS. And the Hornady is a very good machine. In large part, the Auto Charge Pro is all about ergonomics. Yes, the mechanics, sensors, and electronics are top-shelf, but…

5 min.
rumble in the jungle

The No. 5 Enfield in .303 British is almost the perfect bolt-action rifle. For once designers delivered a rifle with the right weight, length, balance and power for almost any task a World War II infantryman might encounter. But the No. 5 came too late because the bolt action itself was already obsolete, and two serious flaws consigned it to the scrap bin. For one, its zero sometimes wandered inexplicably, and while the short rifle that was perfectly capable in the jungles of Southeast Asia, it lacked the longer range performance the Western Front of Europe demanded. Since the self-loading rifle was ascendant and fixes for the No. 5 were too slippery—not to mention plenty of No. 4 rifles still in inventory—it was scrapped in 1947 and the old, tried-and-true No.…