Tag Archives: deer rifles

The Modern Whitetail Rifle


The grand old 7x57 is one of my favorites for whitetails. It is not ideal in the most open country, but at our place in Kansas there are no shots it can’t handle.
The grand old 7×57 is one of my favorites for whitetails. It is not ideal in the most open country, but at our place in Kansas there are no shots it can’t handle.

The buck came in from my right, almost invisible, and tended a scrape behind a screen of trees for several minutes before stretching his neck forward. I am not by nature a “neck shooter,” but by that time I was nearing cardiac arrest. As soon as I had a clear Continue reading The Modern Whitetail Rifle

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What’s Your Favorite Deer Rifle?


Roger Christianson is shown here, hunting in Alaska with the Model 70 .30-06 (his first favorite deer rifle).
Roger Christianson is shown here, hunting in Alaska with the Model 70 .30-06 (his first favorite deer rifle).

In a recent issue, Safari Magazine asked its readers to weigh in on their favorite rifles for hunting deer. As expected, the question resulted in a lot of strong opinions and made for some interesting email strings. Here are some of the responses: Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Deer Rifle?

The Stalking Rifle


The tradition of stalking the Scottish stag is firmly entrenched in the highlander heritage. This one fell to a Dakota M76 in .270 Winchester.
The tradition of stalking the Scottish stag is firmly entrenched in the highlander heritage. This one fell to a Dakota M76 in .270 Winchester.

We can probably agree that the “stalking rifle” has its origins in the British gun trade, and that in its classic form it’s a beautiful and beautifully light little rifle with origins almost certainly pre-dating smokeless powder (if not self-contained cartridges). But the exact definition, if there is one, is a bit more elusive. Continue reading The Stalking Rifle