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Defining the Shooter - Spotter Roles

By Mark on October 24, 2015

By Ed Rochnowski

Long range shooting, whether you like it or not, is here to stay, and I am happy about that. The shooting industry has made huge technical advancements in optics, laser rangefinders, and the general overall accuracy of most brands of rifles.

We now can hit something in a different zip code. What seemed impossible a short time ago can now be done consistently. With that being said, I personally want to take advantage of knowing what can and will help me to achieve my long range shooting goals. 

The fundamentals of Positions Shooter Spotter

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The Competitive Edge

By Mark on October 12, 2015

How rifle competitions can make you a better long-range hunter

By Jim See

I started my long-range hunting addiction back in 2004 with a factory Remington 700 BDL. My goal was simple: become a better marksman so I could effectively take advantage of those cross valley shots on whitetail bucks in the hills of Southern Wisconsin.

I imagine that’s how many of us got into long-range hunting. I assume most of us progressed into better equipment such as: optics, high-end rangefinders and custom rifles. What did we do to increase our proficiency as marksman? Some of us did it on our own or with friends, others attended shooting schools, but I chose a differen...

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How To Ship a Rifle

By Mark on July 17, 2015

Everyday our warehouse is filled with rifle cases. Some small, some large, and some make you wonder what you will find inside. They arrive in wood, plastic, and metal boxes. Nothing is a surprise anymore. On one particular day, I was preparing to open a metal rifle case that was sent to us from a customer. The packaging was intact and latches, secure. As the lid came open, I was horrified at the sight inside. There, lying on the foam interior was a beautiful wood stocked rifle, broken into two pieces. What a shame. This treasured firearm was destroyed.

On another occasion, I received a very heavy and very sturdy, well-built wooden box. Screws holding the lid in place, handles on...

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Shooting Positions

By Mark on July 9, 2015

When that once in a lifetime dream hunt finally comes, you might only get one shot to make your dream come true. There are many factors that can make you miss or make the perfect impact on your animal. Understanding and being able to make the shot from an unconventional shooting position is one of the most prevalent factors other than a poor wind call. You can be assured your shot will be taken from the ground, seated, kneeling or the prone position. Prone is the next best position to shooting off of a bench, but it must be done correctly to make an ethical shot on an animal at extended ranges.
After 26 years in the Army and many of those years as a sniper working overseas in a mul...

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Spotting 101

By Mark on June 24, 2015

The goal in writing this article for me was to share the most valuable piece of shooting gear that I take with me in the field. We have dedicated a lot of time and effort in our magazine to bringing you the best technical information available about rangefinders, shooting equipment, rangefinders, ballistic calculators, and the list goes on and on. A topic that I don’t feel has been covered in great detail is how important it is to have a reliable spotter by your side while in the field. If you have ever put your crosshairs on a trophy animal at a distance over 500 yards, in a tricky wind, from an awkward shooting position, you know exactly how valuable this person can be to your hun...

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Well Crap, Now What

By Mark on May 23, 2015

Have you ever been there? A fall, trip, slip, broken piece of equipment sends your rifle into the mud, dirt or rocks. It happened to me years back and I decided that I needed a better infield solution to get it clean again. Not just an infield solution, but also a maintenance program for before, during, and after the hunt. Here is what I have come up with over the years and hopefully it will stop a hunt ending disaster.

Let’s talk stainless steel. Stainless steel is the predominant steel used in most actions and barrels, so this is going to be an important metal for us to be familiar with. What sets stainless steel apart from the more common carbon steel is the amount of c...

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The 300 Winchester Magnum

By Mark on March 15, 2015

My Grandpa is an incredible hunter and an amazing shot. He hunted for many years with a 300 Win Mag so I thought I would get his opinion on this classic caliber. When I asked him what should be said about the 300 Win Mag he said without hesitation, “It kicks like a mule.” Although this is true, he and many others would not have used it for so long if it did not have so many desirable qualities as well. Over the years since its conception in 1963 it has become a staple not only in the hunting world, but also in target shooting and military use as well. In the context of long range shooting, the 300 Win Mag is often the standard that we measure all other cartridges against. The ...

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Ammunition for Long Range Shooting

By Mark on February 17, 2015

Books, countless articles, video series and even classes have been devoted to the subject of long range shooting and the factory or hand loaded ammunition needed to achieve success. Many shooters can’t agree on what distance constitutes long range, much less the specific steps or equipment needed for that first-shot hit or to hold a tight group. While 600-yards is considered long range by many, others consider it mid-range. Specific to ammunition, disregarding shooter ability or rifle accuracy, we can easily consider 500-600 yards and further as long range. That distance is where we really sta...

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Choosing the Right Outfitter

By Mark on December 17, 2014

What do we look for when it comes to choosing the right outfitter?

The person we will spend our hard earned money and dedicate our even more precious time available to?  The planning, preparation and practicing show out dedication to our passion…our way of life.  If we demand excellence from ourselves, then shouldn’t we expect it from those professionals we choose to employ?  A guided hunt will, in one way or another, be an experience you will never forget.

I still remember like it was yesterday, a Mountain Goat hunt that went south the minute we booked.  As inexperienced as I was at the time, I think the outfitter was even more so (H...

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African Outfitters' First Take

By Nate on December 16, 2014

Mention the word Africa, and most drift off in thought with visions of Lions and Elephants roaming the continent’s vast plains.

They may also see Zebra dotting the savannah in their thousands, and Africans drumming in chorus long into the night. That is Africa, but not all of Africa is the same.

There are most certainly endless savannas stretching for as far as the eye can see, but then there are the forests, mountains, and deserts. The same can be said about rifles.

Over the past thirty years John X Safaris has seen the likes of numerous great rifles from various makers in a large variety of calibers. With each new rifle entering the market, the norm...

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