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Close Shots


The 2019 convention in Reno will once again host Wayne Van Zwoll and his always popular shooting seminars. This time Wayne walks you through the process to get up close for that all important shot.

Deer, elk, pronghorn – whatever the game, close shots are best. Here’s how to get close, and shoot better when you can’t belly behind a bipod. Also: rifles, optics and loads Dr. van Zwoll favors for thickets and open places, and why trends haven’t changed his mind. His firearms background, fine photography and 45 years afield have made him one of hunting’s most widely published journalists. You’ll get facts, insights and techniques to enhance your hunt!

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When Elk Go Away


Archetypal elk hunts bring hunters to wild places horseback. Here: Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness.

Had we climbed faster, we’d have beaten daylight to the basin head. We’d also have missed the elk. A storm, brooding all night in the Madison Range, met us mid-ascent. Dishwater skies wept globs of snow big as marbles. Peaks vanished in cloud; fog erased the valley floor. Continue reading When Elk Go Away

A Straight-Pull Lapua!


The .375 bullet shattered both shoulders. A stone’s toss into the thicket, the gemsbok collapsed. If it had not, however, my second shot would have come in a heartbeat. My rifle cycled twice as fast as any turn-bolt – though it was stronger than many, and exceedingly accurate. Continue reading A Straight-Pull Lapua!

Mr. Newton’s Quarter-Bore


NewtonsquarterboreA hundred years ago, .30-caliber rifles were small-bores. Soon, though, hunters realized the great power and reach of the .30-‘06, and disabused themselves of the notion that bore diameter defined killing effect. Charles Newton already knew what higher velocity could do. When the ’06 was still less than a decade old, he came up with his .256 Newton, which drove a129-grain bullet 2,760 fps. Head and rim diameters matched those of the ’06; at 2.457 inches, the case Continue reading Mr. Newton’s Quarter-Bore