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RifleShooter November/December 2020

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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

1 min.
hendguns & defensive weapons

Rich, Jim and Scott work together to figure out how to get better at the shots that give them them most trouble. Rich goes over the ins and outs of carrying behind the hip, and in “Skills Drills” Scott runs a shooting/moving exercise. Rich, Jim and Scott illustrate how different sizes of guns work for various jobs and how people can use size to choose the best gun for them. Jim runs the fun and useful New Bill drill, and Rich discusses the importance of handgun grip. Rich, Jim and Scott have a blast with an assortment of revolvers—from concealable snubbies to big boomers. Jim runs the famous El Presidente drill the way it was originally designed, and Rich covers essential reloading techniques.…

2 min.
commence fire

They Build ’Em, We Shoot ’Em One of the great things about RifleShooter is that you folks actually shoot the rifles! While this may sound strange it seems that some other magazines merely parrot what the manufacturer has said about their products. It also appears that some others may not even fire the arms that they are writing about! (This appears to be much more evident during the cold winter months.) Whatever, I sincerely thank you for your real-world testing and not simply reprinting what the manufacturers say on their websites or in their brochures. Norm Cooter It’s History: Our New Column We’re thrilled to announce that beginning with this issue we’ll have a regular column focusing on historical guns. It’s going to be a tag-team affair, with two of the most knowledgeable guys…

4 min.
ode to the 10/22

“There is no finer 22 rimfire than a Ruger 10/22 autoloading carbine….Its smooth, handsome finishes, racy lines, perfect balance and superb accuracy make this new Ruger an approach to perfection.” So read the marketing copy surrounding the introduction of a gun that would become the biggest-selling rimfire of all time. Half a century after its debut, Ruger estimates it has sold 7 million 10/22s. It’s not like the 10/22 was the first semiauto rimfire. Manufacturers like Browning, Winchester and Savage had developed and sold such guns since the early 20th century. Aside from a few other aspects I’ll get to in a minute, what really set the Ruger apart was its patented 10-round rotary magazine. As the story goes, Bill Ruger’s first gun project was a semiauto version of the Savage 99…

1 min.
the coolest rifle competition you’ve never heard of

You hear “rifle competition” these days and you might automatically think of Precision Rimfire Series or National Rifle League, which are the up-and-comers compared to the traditional NRA highpower and small-bore. These hugely popular sports combine precision with field shooting positions. But there’s another route, particularly if you’re a 10/22 owner: action shooting. One game is NSSF’s Rimfire Challenge, which I shot years ago when it was still Ruger Rimfire Challenge. One I tumbled to more recently, though, is Steel Challenge—a discipline with a strong handgun background. When I first started shooting Steel Challenge as a handgunner at local club matches, I immediately noticed how many rimfire rifles and pistol-caliber carbines were showing up. This phenomenon was really brought home to me at the recent Colorado state steel championships, where rimfire…

5 min.
.25-06 rem. vs 6.5 creedmoor

In the 1920s, American gunsmith A.O. Niedner began necking down the .30-06 Springfield to accept 0.257-inch bullets. His new round, the .25 Niedner, gained a bit of a following, but there was a problem: With the propellants available at the time, the Niedner didn’t offer that much of a performance advantage over the popular .257 Roberts. Slow-burning propellants changed that, and when pushed by powders like IMR 4831, the .25 Niedner was suddenly a far more substantial cartridge than the .257 Roberts. Remington adopted the cartridge in 1969, renamed it the .25-06 Rem., and began chambering it in Model 700 rifles. The .25-06 won its share of fans. While Jack O’Connor had his .270, other writers of that era like Bob Milek thought the .25-06 to be even better medicine for…

5 min.

An old accuracy adage pinpoints the importance of quality in the “Three Bs”—barrel, bullets and brass—when searching for ultimate precision. Hornady’s new Precision Measurement Station can’t do anything about the first, but it sure can help handloaders determine whether quality in bullets and brass is present. This instrument does not fix problems. It finds them. It helps the hand-loader sort projectiles and cartridges for dimensional consistency and in some cases determines exactly where corrective action is called for. Hornady was kind enough to send me an early-production sample for review. It’s an impressive unit right out of the box. Weighing in at eight pounds, it’s got enough inherent weight to be nice and solid on the bench, and leveling feet enable the user to optimize positioning and stability. Additionally, those feet are…