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Shooting Times

July 2021
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Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
the long-anticipated barkeep

I’M REDUCING MY FOUR FAVORITE GUN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS TO three, and Shooting Times is still on my list! Sam Wolfenberger’s “Just for Fun” article that covered Heritage Manufacturing’s Barkeep rimfire revolver was extremely welcome! His complete article was spot-on. We all know what great, reliable, reasonably priced, and beautiful firearms Heritage produces, and the long-anticipated Barkeep is no exception. Thanks to Shooting Times, Sam Wolfenberger, and Heritage for this great read. Norm Cooter Via email More About the Shelton Brothers Gang I read Joel J. Hutchcroft’s “Hipshots” column about the Shelton Brothers Gang in the May issue. I found it very interesting, but I think Mr. Hutchcroft left out the most interesting facts of the gang. He mentioned they were defeated by Charles Birger, a rival gang leader. He should have included the fact…

3 min.
new guns & gear

Taurus G3 T.O.R.O. THE TAURUS G3 SERIES PISTOLS ARE NOW OPTICS-READY. THE FULL-SIZE 9mm G3 T.O.R.O. (Taurus Optic Ready Option) slide features a factory optic cut so consumers can install their choice of micro red-dot reflex sight. Four mounting plates along with four sets of screws and an L-Key are included, and they fit Trijicon RMR, Noblex Docter, Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire, Sightmark Mini, Holosun HS407C, Leupold DeltaPoint, C-More STS2, Bushnell RXS 250, and TRUGLO TRU-TEC Micro sights. The polymer-frame G3 T.O.R.O. also comes with a drift-adjustable rear sight and a white-dot front sight, a 4.0-inch barrel, a manual safety, a trigger safety, and two magazines. Magazine capacity is 10, 15, or 17 rounds depending on the version. The pistol weighs 25 ounces. MSRP: $408.77 taurususa.com VihtaVuori N568 Powder The new N568 powder from Vihta-Vuori is…

5 min.
what’s the .25-20 good for?

Q: I JUST CAME INTO POSSESSION OF AN OLD WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 made in 1914. It has a 20-inch barrel, and it’s chambered for .25 WCF, a.k.a. .25-20. I remember that my grandmother had one like it a long time ago, and she has told me of how they used it on predators that sometimes bothered the livestock. What can the experts tell me about the .25-20? What’s it good for? Noah Andrews Via email A: The .25-20 once was a very popular small-game and varmint-hunting cartridge. Sources differ on when it was introduced (either 1893 or 1895), but riflemakers embraced it in a big way, with most of the major companies offering rifles in single-shot, lever-action, and bolt-action models. The Winchester Model 1892 like yours was incredibly popular. The .25-20’s traditional factory-ammo…

5 min.
winchester model 9422 xtr

CALLED BY SOME “THE BEST RIFLE WINCHESTER has made since 1964,” the rimfire Model 9422 XTR lever action was introduced in 1972. Engineered to utilize a modified version of Winchester’s super-reliable Model 61 slide-action rimfire mechanism but mirror the look and feel of the legendary Model 1894 centerfire lever-action rifles, it was a rip-roaring success. The Model 9422 was intended—and by many accounts succeeded—in reestablishing Winchester’s reputation as a premium firearms manufacturer. Frames were forged and then milled. Internal components were of top-shelf quality—no pot metal or stamped parts. Stocks were nice walnut and were well-fitted and beautifully finished. The standard model featured a 20.25-inch, round barrel and a straight-grip stock with a shotgun-type buttplate, but myriad variations were made. While official production numbers are not available, an estimated 850,000 were made…

4 min.
transitional propellants

WHEN I WROTE ABOUT MUZZLE FLASH RECENTLY, I extensively referenced Tenney L. Davis’s classic textbook, The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives. It has been helpful in my understanding of propellant evolution and is a key source of historical information. Where Davis lacked information, I turned to Philip B. Sharpe’s Complete Guide to Handloading (Third Edition, 1953), which gives a superb and detailed account of propellant development and history, including actual component ratios taken from U.S. and foreign patents. The development of nitroglycerine (NG) in Italy and nitrocellulose (NC) in Germany happened in 1846. We can trace our current propellant materials to those two breakthroughs. Treatment with nitric acid “supercharges” organic materials that contain stored energy; proper nitration enables the release of much more of that energy than normal burning. Nitrating plant fiber—usually…

4 min.
handloaders need a chronograph

ONE OF MY GUNSMITH’S HUNTING BUDDIES, RUSTY, called the other day asking for some specific reloading advice. He asserted that he’d had enough of cleaning guns to last the rest of his life and intended to only load “one of those new copper-cleaning propellants.” Unfortunately, his two favorite hunting rifles are chambered for cartridges for which there isn’t any load data using those new-type powders. Rusty told me he has always used IMR 4064 for his two favorite cartridges (.35 Remington and .35 Whelen), and he thought IMR 4166 Enduron looked like it would be suitable. So I called one of my sources at Hodgdon, which owns IMR, and asked about it. My source said it would work and to start out by reducing the maximum loads for IMR 4064 by…