Wayne van Zwoll

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...

Bolt head

How Handloading Affects Headspace

  Headspace, measured from the bolt face to the cartridge stop in the chamber, is set during barrel chambering and installation. The barrel nut on Savage 110 rifles is a clever way to make headspacing easier and cheaper. British SMLE rifles have replaceable bolt heads that varied slightly in length, for a quick field...

Headspace gauges

Headspace 101: What Happens Inside Your Rifle’s Chamber

  Headspace is one of the most critical measures in your rifle. A quick definition: the distance from the face of the locked bolt to a datum line or shoulder in the chamber that arrests the forward movement of the cartridge. The term originated when all cartridges had protruding rims, so the measure was...

Custom rifle scope for O’Connor Tribute Rifle

Tips for Custom Rifle Scopes

  Custom rifles have served American shooters since flintlocks were fashioned on home forges. Then each rifle differed from the next. For the most part, rifle-scopes have been mass-produced. While scopes appeared on rifles more than 150 years ago and were even used by Civil War snipers, they didn’t take the hunting field by...

Walnut stock

Read More on Fine Rifle Stocks

When I was a lad, you could buy a fancy American walnut stock blank for $25. I paid $7.50 for the plain but semi-inletted blank that went on my first deer rifle. Now even American walnut has become costly. Black polymer is taking over. The problem with walnut is that you can’t manufacture it....

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...