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    New Springfield P-35

    I picked up one of the new P-35s from Springfield. I've got a long association with the Hi Power, it's one of my favorite handguns. The new Springfield is very nice...
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    300 Win Mag...200gr+

    Since I've got a new .300WM on order, I'm trying to plan some new loads. I've long been happy with the 300WSM firing the 180AB and I'm thinking the 300WM might be fantastic with the 200gr bullets like the AB and PT (provided I can source some). I've got a good selection of powders like Hybrid...
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    Nosler Model 21, 28 Nosler

    I've located a new M21 rifle, chambered in 28 Nosler. While the paper ballistics look pretty impressive, I've got very little experience with 7mms in general and none with the 28NOS. Does anyone have any first hand experience? This will be my first foray into the 28 and, given the state of...
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    Ruger Guide Gun....stock options

    I'm working on a decent deal on a Ruger Guide Gun in .375 Ruger. I've had a couple of the Alaskans and like the overall package, but I'm not crazy about the laminated stock of the guide guns and the Hogue overmold of the Alaskan is kinda clunky. What's out there worth looking at for...
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    180AB vs. Another Large Black Bear

    I took a relatively large black bear with the 300WSM/180AB this spring. The range was 105 yards with the bear quartering away. The first shot impacted behind the last rib, transversed the chest cavity and exited just behind the offside shoulder. The bear spun and took off running. A second...
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    Nosler...Model 21 New Model?

    I saw a brief Facebook blip about a Nosler Model 21. The rifle described was a .375 H&H. A cursory Google search turned up a listing for a Model 21 in 28 Nosler at RGS Distributors. No photo or price. It looks like Nosler may be giving us a new rifle this year. I'm very curious, especially...
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    Spring Bear 2021

    We hit Kachemak Bay for spring bear this year. The weather has been pretty cold and spring was pretty late so the bears weren't as active as last year (which I had to sit out due to work). The hunt plan was pretty simple, glass a large tidal flat and spot and stalk a bear as it popped out of...
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    Range day success...

    I took my Nosler 300WSM out to sight things in for an upcoming bear hunt with some handholds. 180gr ABs over 64gr of Hybrid 100V. I've been concerned that I'm seeing some throat erosion since the rifle has been the "go-to" for the last 15 years and has had quite a few rounds down the tube. My...
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    Tikka T3x Arctic ...which cartridge?

    I'm looking very favorably toward one of the Tikka T3x Arctic rifles patterned after the Canadian Rangers' C19s. I'm a sucker for dual diopter iron sights on a carbine and I may take the plunge. The rifle is available in .308Win and 6.5CM... I load, shoot, and really like both cartridges for...
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    A question on throat erosion...(long)

    I've been using my .300WSM as a primary hunting rifle for a number of years and it has seen a number of rounds- rough guess is 1k or so. In doing load development for the E-Tip, I measured the distance to the lands for the first time in well over a decade and came up with a OAL to lands of...
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    E-Tip Loading Tips and Tricks?

    I've ordered up 100 of the .30 cal 180gr E-Tip bullets to try in my .300WSM. It'll be my first real foray into load development with monumental bullets, any tips regarding seating depth, etc. compared to loading BT or AB bullets? I know the ABs like a long jump for best accuracy. Components...
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    38 Special, FBI Load +P

    Does anyone have a replica load for the now-defunct "FBI Load" that was pretty much standard in the 70s and 80s? I've got a friend looking to resupply his dwindling stock of this load that shoots point of aim in his fixed sight revolvers. Experiments with modern defensive loads just don't...
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    Caribou Success

    I managed to fill my tag on Saturday for a winter caribou hunt. We hunted a high mountain pass about 100 miles from Fairbanks and the 40 Mile Herd was there in force. Once the sun came up, we were surrounded by caribou in the thousands for more than an hour. The shooting started and the herds...
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    Archery moose success

    I drew an archery cow moose tag this year for the Fairbanks Management Area. I hadn't taken a big game animal with a bow although I've had one for the last few years I only had shot grouse with it. On the fourth day of hunting, I got within range of a couple of middling sized cows and let fly...
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