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Iron sights are still useful in some hunting situations.

 

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New bullet designs and construction have given new life and new versatility to the venerable .45-70 Government.

By Kelly Ross

While big bore lever-actions have long been a favorite of deep woods  whitetail hunters, 21st Century reloading components and ammunition have made the .45-70 much more versatile and easily capable of taking moose and elk out to 250 yards.

 

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Should you try to come up with the "perfect" rifle for your hunt, or choose a versatile rig that will work for a variety of situations?

By Craig Boddington

I have friends and colleagues to whom the hunting rifle is about as interesting a tool as a shovel. They’re focused on the hunt, and whatever tool is in their hands they will make work. I actually envy them, because I’m an inveterate rifle nut. I spend sleepless nights agonizing over the exact right rifle, cartridge, load, and scope for an upcoming hunt.

The reality is, in any given situation there are a whole bunch of setups that will work just fine, and you have to be pretty offbeat for a choice to become wildly unsuitable. Even so, as a rifle nut,  I fantasize about taking the exact, perfect rig for a given hunt, and when I can I work pretty hard to make sure my choice is close. The problem is that the situation you envision may not be even close to the situation you have to deal with.

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I have both a .300 Win Mag and .375 H&H. What bullet weight and bullet type would you recommend for each for plains game? For a plains-game hunt only, which rifle would you take?

 

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A new rifle engineered for the serious female hunter.

by Diana Rupp

With the introduction of the new Model 11/111 Lady Hunter, Savage Arms is one of the first rifle manufacturers to design a rifle specifically for women. Most gunmakers seem to think a “lady’s” rifle is just a standard rifle with the stock cut down and maybe some pink highlights, but the engineers at Savage consulted with serious women hunters (yours truly included) and discovered that there is a lot more to it than that.

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