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RifleShooter July/August 2021

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
new gear

Ruger Precision 6mm Creedmoor Ruger’s Precision rifle gets the custom shop treatment with a TriggerTech trigger, heavy-contour stainless steel barrel and APA muzzle brake. The front of the magazine well has a barrier stop, and the Magpul MOE-K2+ grip has a more vertical angle. The fore-end has M-Lok slots and a target-style flat bottom. The magazine well now sports a flare for faster, surer reloading. There’s a 20-m.o.a. optics rail up top, and an oversize bolt handle makes for fast bolt work. Comes with two 10-round PMags and a Sorbothane cheek pad. >> $2,399, RUGER.COM Leupold VX-3HD I’m a big fan of Leupold VX-3 scopes because they offer terrific performance while remaining trim, light and relatively inexpensive. The new VX-3HD line includes 1.5-5x20mm, 2.5-8x36, 3.5-10x40, 3.5-10x50 and 4.5-15x50 models. They feature the company’s Elite…

5 min
turning pro

Reloading dies are not all created equal. Basic dies are of adequate quality and offer simple, serviceable capability at an affordable price. Premium dies provide higher quality and advanced features such as interchangeable neck bushings and micrometer-adjustable seating depth. And then there are Lyman’s new Pro reloading dies. A cut above, they are designed to provide handloaders the ability to load match-quality ammo in high volume, with a minimum of maintenance. While the Pro reloading dies are suitable for use with all single-stage and turret-type reloading presses, the first characteristic that sets them apart is that they are also optimized for use with high-volume progressive reloading presses. Plus, several advanced features are isolated and given task-specific dies should the reloader wish to apply, for example, a very precise crimp in a…

6 min
go west(ern), young man!

I’ve said so many times we have just about all the cartridges we need that folks must be getting tired of this grumpy litany. Probably isn’t true anyway. Combining platform niches with current trends and emerging bullet technology means there’s always room for innovation—and I’m excited about Winchester’s new 6.8 Western. It’s nothing more and nothing less than a new “.270” cartridge, using 0.277-inch bullets. Although never as outspoken about the caliber as Jack O’Connor, I’ve been an off-and-on .270 fan for most of my career. I got my first .270 in 1970, and I’ve had at least one or another ever since. In recent years, I’ve come to realize O’Connor was right all along. The .270 Win. is a marvelous mountain cartridge and equally useful in many hunting applications. I’ve also…

4 min
rossi rio bravo

As popular as the lever-action rifle has been in this country, you would think there would be more rimfire lever-gun options. But with the departure of Ruger, Marlin and Winchester from this segment over the years, we’re left with just three: various Henrys; the Browning BL-22; and the subject of this review, the Rossi Rio Bravo. The rifle is based on the company’s R92 centerfire lever action. It’s available with a black polymer stock—complete with M-Lok-type slots for mounting lights and lasers—or with a German beechwood stock. Traditionalist that I’ve become, I chose the latter. The Rio Bravo has an 18-inch barrel with dual barrel bands, a full-length 15-round tubular magazine and, as I mentioned, a German beechwood stock. What is German beechwood, you ask? It’s what the lumber folks would call…

9 min
making the grade

While it’s a timeworn slogan, there’s no denying that for many shooters the Winchester Model 70 is, has been and always will be “the Rifleman’s Rifle.” Introduced in 1937, it brought important improvements to the company’s Model 54 bolt action that endeared it to shooters of the day, who were only beginning to embrace the sporting bolt-action repeater over the lever action and other designs. With the Model 70 came a single-stage trigger, hinged floorplate, more graceful sporting-type stock, horizontally pivoting three-position safety and other features. Its action was incredibly strong, able to handle cartridges up to .375 H&H right out of the gate, and for nearly a century it has been one of America’s premier bolt actions. Despite all this, in recent years the Model 70 has become almost an afterthought.…

1 min
the .50-70 gov’t

Gen. Hiram Berdan barnstormed the world, electrifying all with the power and range of his unique .42-caliber brass-cased, bottleneck cartridge firing a paper-patched bullet in his new turn-bolt rifle. Almost every country adopted some manner of the basic bottleneck cartridge firing such a bullet. Many were in the equally new Remington rolling block or other single-shots, while some embraced the bolt action that would soon dominate the world. However, in the United States the thought of a cartridge less than a half-inch long was unthinkable. The fundamental changes to long-range ballistics Berdan’s cartridge delivered were initially unappreciated. Cartridges made of brass were equally unproven. Copper cases had known weaknesses such as softness, poor expansion/contraction and often burst in the chamber. Such weaknesses should have caused copper to be abandoned early, but…