September/October 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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6 Números

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2 min.
commence fire

Milled Steel and Walnut Thoroughly enjoyed the feature article on the Winchester Model 70 Super Grade in French walnut [July/August, pictured above]. A rifle like this brings that deep-in-the-chest feeling of pride of ownership and a sense of beauty that I think many American shooters have lost in their firearm choices. I’ve heard guys like me derisively called “those milled steel and walnut boys,” but I’ll take that moniker with pride. This is one 60-year-old that’s had enough of walking into gun stores with the shelves filled with black, synthetic rifles and handguns. I don’t know when these whipper-snappers will discover life is too short to hunt with an ugly rifle. My Super Grade is a 6.5 Creedmoor in tiger-stripe maple [inset photo]. My sons are already asking who’s gonna get…

6 min.
a case for records

Recently, I came into possession of a number of vintage military rifles upon the passing of my father-in-law. Accompanying each gun was a folder containing bills of sale, pet handloads, articles cut out of magazines, handwritten notes and so forth. Over the years I’ve amassed a few rifles—more than I need but less than I want. However, aside from my notebooks containing chronograph results recorded over the last 20 years, plus a couple of articles on rifles I reviewed and subsequently bought, I’ve got very little in the way of records. It’s time to turn over that new leaf. As a public service to those out there who might need a kickstart in the right direction, here are the details I plan to start gathering. (And, please, if you have any advice…

3 min.
.308 norma vs .300 norma

When the .308 Norma Mag. was announced in 1960 it was poised to become the next big thing. Capable of pushing a 180-grain bullet from the muzzle at around 3,000 fps, the .308 Norma Mag. shot flat and hit hard, and it earned an enviable reputation for accuracy among its early subscribers. What the .308 Norma Mag. didn’t do, however, was offer lots of ammo and rifle options for American hunters. Winchester saw this and went for the jugular, releasing the .300 Win. Mag. in 1963 and offering plenty of rifles, ammo and brass. Since both cartridges were so close in performance, the .300 Win. Mag. won by virtue of availability. The .300 Norma Mag. came along in 2012. It is the offspring of the .338 Norma Mag., which is based on…

2 min.
new gear

Rock River Fred Eichler Light Predator 2L This new rifle boasts carbon fiber for weight reduction and the coyote paw prints (found on all Fred Eichler series handguards) for a touch of class. Chambered to .223 Wylde for great compatibility with both .223 and 5.56, it has a 16-inch cryogenically treated stainless steel barrel with a 1:8 twist. It has a special Rock River Fred Eichler brake to help control muzzle rise and reduce flash and a two-stage match trigger for a smooth, crisp pull. Furniture includes a Hogue pistol grip, RRA Operator CAR buttstock and BCM Gunfighter medium charging handle. Available with a gray or a black metal finish. >> $1,945 (black), $2,010 (gray); ROCKRIVERARMS.COM Vortex Venom 5-25x56 FFP Want to get into the long-range game without spending a fortune? This could be…

5 min.
a case for annealing

Most handloaders have heard of annealing, but few actually do it. And candidly, in normal times, few really need to. However, today there’s a new need, as shooters who are reloading more than usual due to the dearth of ammunition want to conserve their brass. In the past, annealing was mostly the province of competition shooters who fire thousands of reloads per year—and sometimes per month—and the occasional vintage cartridge shooter with a few really old cartridge cases he or she wants to keep in good condition for continued use. So just what is annealing? It’s the process of softening the granular structure of the brass in your cartridge case necks after it’s become work-hardened by several firings. This is accomplished by heating the necks to between 700 and 800 degrees. Critically, though,…

4 min.
ahead of its time

The 1960s and early ’70s may have represented a high point in print-ad creativity for firearms, and no ad campaign surpassed Remington’s push for the Model 600 Carbine. It was aggressive, colorful and pretty darn cool: “Carries like a carbine, points like a shotgun, shoots like a rifle!” As a teen back then, I can testify it was catnip to me. But there was a lot more to it than a sexy 1960s aesthetic. If nothing else, the Model 600 rates a lengthy footnote in the scout-rifle saga. It was Jeff Cooper’s early interest in a couple of .308 Model 600s altered for a forward-mounted, low-powered scope that pretty much birthed the scout template. The Model 600 was produced from 1964 to 1968 and was chambered in .222 Rem., .223 Rem., 6mm…