Hunting Guns


Giveaway: Win a Copy of “Gun Digest 2013″

Gun enthusiasts can hardly be considered a homogeneous group. The variety of interests spans gun collecting, target shooting, hunting, concealed carry, personal protection, gunsmithing and reloading. The focus for any individual might be rifles, shotguns, handguns, or all of the above. This week, in celebration of this diverse group, we're giving away a copy...

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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Foul the Bore Before Hunting?!?

It’s always good to clean your gun and keep it in top-notch shape. Why, then, would you intentionally foul the bore by sending a shot down the barrel prior to heading out on a hunt?

The author killed this gemsbok with a rifle during a

Big Game Rifles: What Happens Between Shot and Down

Big game that drops instantly to a shot is cause for concern. Bullets don’t hurl animals to earth; an immediate collapse usually mean you’ve struck the spine. A severed spinal cord anchors the beast. If your bullet has also sent fragments through the chest or so shattered the forward spine as to deliver fatal...

First Winter

Filmmakers Document Alleged Deer Poaching, Illegal Firearm Use

 by Daniel E. Schmidt, Deer & Deer Hunting editor * Used in full here on with permission UPDATE: Actor charged with poaching. Click here. Do you think your state game agency would look the other way if you decided not to buy a deer license  (much less take the required hunter’s education course)...

Late-Season Goose Hunting Guns, Setup No. 5

Beretta AL391 Urika 2 Beretta never lets a good product stand on its own, choosing, rather, to always improve upon a winner. A fine example of this is its AL391 Urika 2, part of the company’s American Waterfowler collection. A gun evolved from Beretta’s original AL390, this most recent model has improved functionality of...

Franchi Affinity 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun

Late-Season Goose Hunting Guns, No. 4

Franchi Affinity This company doesn’t make a bad gun to my knowledge and experience. Everytime I’ve shot one I’ve found it responsive, nimble, and always reliable. I don’t think you’ll find the brand-new Affinity to be any different. Replacing the model I-12, the Affinity sports a very trim receiver profile and fore-arm lines. It...