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Classic Deer Guns and Crapshoot Accuracy

Classic deer guns and crapshoot accuracy with those. On the other hand, I have a Winchester Model 70 Classic Compact in 7mm-08 that won’t put three shots inside a cantaloupe no matter what I feed it. Them’s the breaks.
When a new rifle shoots well, you’ve gotten what you expected. Big deal. But with a classic gun, you have no idea what to expect, or what you’ll get. It’s a crapshoot. A gamble. And it’s all part of the charm. The reason why people gamble is because there’s the off chance of a genuine thrill. And I got one from the old Winchester Model 100 .308 Carbine pictured above.

I (roughly) sighted it in for the first time last week, during a big rifle-accuracy test about which you’ll hear more soon. I got the gun for a steal last summer on, but because I needed to replace the long-ago-recalled firing pin and because the gun shop was backed up and because I got crazy busy, I just hadn’t had a chance to really shoot it.

Finally, this would be that day. When I uncased the rifle, the other shooters and I took bets on how it would group at 100 yards. Competitive shooter and gunsmith John Blauvelt, who’d seen some good 100s, guessed it would do pretty well. Our own David E. Petzal, who’d seen many bad 100s, figured it would stink up the place. And I, trying to manage expectations, bet on 3-inch groups, telling myself I’d be happy with anything under that.

Then I put the rifle on the sandbags, shot the two groups in the photo—and the angels sang.

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New Zealand Pizza Chain Advertises With Billboard Covered in Real Rabbit Skins

rtising with a billboard covered in real rabbit skins, ABC News reports. Animal rightists are (surprise) outraged.

One of the first species introduced by Europeans, rabbits quickly overpopulated parts of the islands and are now pests in New Zealand. Stoats, ferrets and weasels were introduced to control rabbits, and the result was a disaster for New Zealand’s native birds.
Rabbits are controlled by year-round hunting in New Zealand and much of the meat is processed and sold commercially. The rabbit furs on the Hell Pizza billboard came from a commercial processor. The Hell Pizza creation itself features smoked wild rabbit, toasted pine nuts, beetroot and horopito relish (horopito is an herb native to New Zealand). No reports yet on how it tastes, but it sounds good.

Otter Fishing Tradition May Be Coming to an End in Bangladesh

“We use them because they catch more fish that we can alone,” Shashudhar Biswas, a fisherman in his 50s whose family has trained otters for generations, told Time.

Biswas said the otters do not catch the fish themselves, but they chase them toward fishing nets. His son Vipul said this technique makes it easier to make ends meet.

“The otters manage to spot fish among the plants, then the fish swim away and we stay close with our nets. If we did it without them, we wouldn’t be able to catch as many fish,” said Vipul.

But this specialized type of fishing is seeing a rapid decline thanks to water pollution and decreasing fish stocks. And the conservation efforts of the short-haired otter might be affected by it.

“The captive population here is very healthy because of the fishing,” Mohammed Mostafa Feeroz, a zoology professor at Dhaka’s Jahangirnagar University, told the Daily Mail.

Sometimes fishermen release otters into the wild which strengthens that population, research shows.

“But as the practice gradually decreases, the wild population will face increased pressure,” Feeroz said.

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Write Best Anagram and Win a Pair of Redington SonicDry Waders

play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example orchestra can be rearranged into carthorse. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled ‘anagrammatists’ is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller.”

Good luck and get to writing. We’ll pick a winner next week.

High-Speed Video: Shooting Federal Shotgun Loads

is a buckshot load intended for home defense. Most HD encounters take place at very close range, and while a shotgun is devastating at close quarters, its pattern is overly tight. Federal engineers wanted a pattern that would open up quickly to make it easier to hit with at close range under stress. They eliminated the plastic shot cup found in most shells and instead just used a basewad over the powder. They also used softer lead 4 buckshot with a lower antimony content — antimony being the element alloyed with lead pellets to make them harder. With no shot cup to protect them, the pellets deform against the bore and the pattern opens up very quickly. I shot this target at five yards and the pattern spread out to an eight-inch circle at that distance, which is remarkable. Most buckshot loads spread about three inches at that range.

The second shot is a Heavyweight turkey load which, like all turkey loads, is made to shoot the tightest pattern possible. It uses the densest commercially made tungsten-iron pellets, which are very hard and resist deformation. They are loaded into the Flitecontrol wad, which holds the shot together for several feet out of the muzzle and then releases it cleanly as little vanes on the back of the wad act as brakes. The result is some very tight patterns.

I shot this target at 40 yards. By my count it put 27 pellets into the pink vital area indicating the brain and neck vertebrae of the bird, which is quite a bit more than enough to kill a turkey.
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