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Jack O'Connor's Custom Ruger M77 in .280 Remington

Classic Guns: Jack O’Connor’s Last Rifle, the Ruger M77

I love to find old hook-and-bullet magazines, the older the better, and read the old-school gun writers. I like the grainy black-and-white photos shot in the field. I like the horn-rimmed glasses, canvas shooting jackets and the Jones hats they wear. Some of these writers have penned stories for Gun Digest over the years....

The author’s custom-made .280 Ackley Improved was built on the CZ-550 action, fitted with a Montana Rifleman barrel and decked out with a nice, heavy piece of English walnut. The barrel band swivel was intended to give it a European “safari-style” flair.

.280 Ackley: The Ever-Capable Deer Cartridge

P.O. Ackley gave the world — both wildcatters and average shooters alike — a 7mm to love: the .280 Ackley Improved. And all these years later it’s still one of the most versatile big game hunting cartridges ever conceived.

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Classic Guns: Collecting Custom Rifles

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Tom Turpin’s new book, “Custom Rifles: Mastery of Wood and Metal” will be hitting the bookstores this month.  It’s a handsome hardcover and heavy with photos printed on glossy paper. Turpin takes the reader inside the workshop of one of the best...

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Explained: The Three Types of Custom Rifle Barrels

  The vast majority of custom rifle makers do not manufacture their own barrels. It is simply too costly to perform this function in-house due to the cost of the equipment necessary and the relatively few barrels that the maker will require. This is, simply put, another area that required years of expertise to...

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Gun Photos: David Miller Co. Custom Rifles

Custom rifles don’t get much better than what David Miller Co. is producing. These photos are from the new Custom Rifles: Mastery of Wood & Metal book. While the book acknowledges a number of custom rifle makers, it focuses on the works and procedures of David Miller Co. of Tucson, Arizona. This shop has...

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Podcast: Patrick Sweeney on Tactical Rifles

Noted gun writer Patrick Sweeney discusses tactical rifles and his latest book, "Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Rifle." He gives an overview of non-AR rifles such as the FN SCAR, AK, and Steyr AUG. More importantly, he offers suggestions about choosing a sling, what to look for in an optic, how much to...

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The Custom 1911s of Rich Dettlehauser

Rich runs Canyon Creek, his shop that works on 1911s and a couple of other very interesting pistols. Rich is a USPSA Grand Master, and that is something uncommon in shooting and gunsmithing circles. Yes, many gunsmiths can shoot, some quite well indeed. And some top shooters can be good at working on guns,...

The STI Hi-Cap 1911 and IPSC Competition

While also in the business of producing fine single stacks, STI makes a hybrid polymer-steel 1911 that takes hi-cap mags. There is no such thing as a "basic" STI.