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Wayne van Zwoll

About Wayne van Zwoll

Wayne van Zwoll is a regular contributor to the Gun Digest annual, and author of the Gun Digest Book of Sporting optics. He is a nationally-recognized expert on rifles, optics and western hunting.

Hunters, settlers and soldiers boosted their reach and firepower with metallic cartridges and Sharps rifles. Even today, the renowned rifle is popular looking to connect with distant targets.

Going the Distance with the Sharps Rifle

Hunters, settlers and soldiers boosted their reach and firepower with metallic cartridges and Sharps rifles. And while the design is more than 150-years-old, it's still is holding its own.

Prone in prairie grass, Wayne steadies a heavy-barreled .33 wildcat on a Remington action. The 4.5-14X Leupold is standard GreyBull fare. It has given him saucer-sized groups at 780 yards.

Long Range Shooting: Rifles That Shoot Far

Riflemen crave more hits at greater distance. This hardware surely marches to that beat. Wayne van Zwoll provides long range shooting tips on the rifles that really reach out there.

Dry fire gun drills

Is It Possible to Overdo Gun Drills?

    Practice. It’s the way to get good at just about anything. Gun drills can even help you get good at doing the wrong thing. Lones Wigger, the most decorated Olympic rifleman ever, once told me he practiced gun drills up to four hours a day for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit....

Traditions designs still make for effective hunting bullets

Big Game Hunting Bullets that Disintegrate?

    Percentage of retained weight may appear the reigning measure of expanding bullet performance in game, but the last deer I’ve shot fell to thin-jacketed hunting bullets of ordinary construction. And in Missouri, Dynamic Research Technologies (DRT) is making big game hunting bullets designed to, well, disintegrate into tiny particles. “We’ve found they...

Target shooting improves marksmanship

The Evolution of Marksmanship

  One shot does not a marksman make. Neither does it demonstrate accuracy. A single hole, in an animal or a paper target, shows only that you fired the rifle. It takes more to achieve true marksmanship. During the iron-sight stage of a smallbore match years ago, I settled into prone and accidentally brushed...

1/4-minute clicks on scope

Wayne van Zwoll Explains: Minute of Angle and Milliradian (Mil)

Though shooters carry the terms as common coin, not everyone can define “minute of angle” and “mil” (milliradian). Minute of Angle A minute of angle, usually used as a measure of group size or shot dispersion, spans 1.047 inch at 100 yards. Call it an inch. But as it is an angular measurement, its...

The 2 3/4x Redfield on this M70 is Wayne’s idea of a fine all-around big game sight. Note low mount.

Wayne van Zwoll: Get the Right Scope for the Right Rifle

A lever-action carbine is as lithe under a scope as a sports car under a roof rack. On a double rifle, optics make no sense at all. While my aging eyes need glass for sharp aim, not all rifles need glass to be useful. Many animals are shot very close to the muzzle. In...