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First Look: SnapSafe LockBox

The new LockBox from SnapSafe offers security in a portable, economical package. Here’s the scoop.

Savage Launches .17 HMR A17 Rifle; CCI Releases A17 Ammo

.17 HMR has never been a caliber that's taken well to semi-automatic rifles, but Savage Arms might have rolled out a new answer at SHOT Show 2015's Media Day at the Range.

Mossy Oak Announces Break-Up Country

Mossy Oak's "Break-Up" line reaches its fourth iteration with the new pattern, known simply as Break-Up Country.

Otis Technology Ear Shield

Much slimmer than earmuff-style hearing protection, the new Ear Shield from Otis Technology keeps your ears safe while shooting without getting in the way.

Hi-Point Carbines Now in .380, Camo

The low-cost, hardworking Hi-Point Carbine can now be had in a caliber to complement your carry gun.

New Ultra Light Arms Signature Series

Melvin Forbes' Signature Series rifles celebrate 30 years of top-flight rifle quality.

Winchester AA Shotshells Celebrate 50 Years

Celebrate AA loads with a commemorative case of the famous shotshells.

28 Nosler

Last year, 26 Nosler was introduced to the industry. The cartridge's success prompted an expansion of the family in 2015, and the company has used SHOT Show to roll out its new 28 Nosler.

Savage Arms A17 Rifle

Savage Arms had its new A17 semi-automatic .17 HMR rifle on display at SHOT Show 2015's Media Day at the Range.

Hunting with Dead Air Suppressors

Executive Editor Adam Heggenstaller discusses suppressor use by hunters with Chad Schearer at SHOT Show 2015.

Winchester Repeating Arms XPR Bolt-Action Rifle

Winchester Repeating Arms had its new entry level bolt-action rifle on display at SHOT Show 2015's Media Day at the Range.

American Hunter Shoots the Benelli 828U

We put the Benelli 828U to work during SHOT Show 2015's Media Day at the Range.

Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec

Yamaha kicked off SHOT Show by introducing the Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side that's designed and engineered for exploring extreme terrain.

Mossberg Blaze

Mossberg announced its "Big 5" for 2015 on the eve of SHOT Show 2015—including the new Patriot, reviewed by Richard Mann here—and among the new releases was an expansion to its rimfire family: the Blaze.

New Glock 10mm for Hunters

Handgun hunters: Glock just introduced its G40 Gen4 MOS, a long-slide 10mm with a cut milled near the rear of the slide for mounting a small reflex optic, like the Trijicon RMR.

Winchester XPR

Among the new bolt-action rifles on display at SHOT Show 2015 is a new entry from the folks at Winchester Repeating Arms, officially named the XPR.

Deer Season XP: Knockdown Loads for 2015

NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent takes a closer look at Deer Season XP, Winchester's upcoming 2015 release.

Magpul Hunter 700 Stock

The new Magpul Hunter 700 Stock is an easy way for hunters to improve the ergonomics and function of their Remington Model 700.

First Look: Browning Citori 725 .410 and 28-Gauge Shotguns

Browning has announced additional 725 shotguns in .410 and 28-gauge. If you’re in the market for a sub-gauge shotgun, here are six reasons to consider the Citori 725—a direct, evolutionary descendant of Browning’s famed B25 Superposed shotgun.

Hardware: New Mossberg Patriot

For 95 years Mossberg has supplied hardworking Americans with hardworking and affordable firearms, but only recently has the company become a serious player in the centerfire rifle market. This year at SHOT Show Mossberg will introduce what might be considered the pinnacle of its sporting rifle efforts, the Patriot.

Hatsan Releases .30 and .35 Caliber Carnivore Airgun

HatsanUSA has announced that it will be releasing .30 and .35 caliber airguns for 2015, under its new "Carnivore" line.

First Look: Savage Hog Hunter in .338 Federal

Savage Arms, long time producer of accurate, affordable rifles, is adding the .338 Federal to its six of its rifles this year: the 11 Long Range Hunter, 11 Hog Hunter, 16 FCSS, 16 Bear Hunter, 11 Trophy Hunter XP and 16 Trophy Hunter XP. Here are five things you need to know about the new Hog Hunter.

First Look: Stevens 555 20-Gauge Over/Under

The budget-priced 555 20-gauge is a basic field gun with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Here are five things to know.

First Look: Benelli 828U Over/Under

At SHOT Show 2014, Benelli made waves with the public introduction of its Ethos semi-auto, which quickly became one of the well-regarded new releases of the year. What could the company possibly do to follow that up in 2015? Well, throw us a heck of a curveball, for one, by introducing its first-ever over/under: the Benelli 828U. Here are five things you need to know.

Winchester Deer Season XP: Knockdown Loads for 2015

While there’s no shortage of factory loads that reliably kill deer, Winchester had an even sharper goal in mind for what would become its Deer Season XP line.

SHOT Show 2015 Coverage

Is it that time of the year already? Our staff has arrived in Las Vegas for yet around go-round with SHOT Show. Follow along with our coverage right here, with "The Gun Club."

Special-Order Savage

The Savage Arms Special Order Department may be the best-kept secret in the firearms industry—especially if you want a rifle chambered for a non-cataloged cartridge like the 9.3x62mm.

Life Lessons Beneath the Flyway

Like fathers across America who have been teaching their children to hunt for countless generations, Mark Johnstad of Bozeman, Mont., welcomes his 9-year-old son, Cooper, to the wonderful world of waterfowling. Get an inside look at their journey with this photo essay. Photos by Denver Bryan.

Book Review: The Practical Guide to Reloading

Keith Wood takes a closer look at Nathan Foster's "The Practical Guide to Reloading."

132-Year-Old Winchester Rifle Found in Great Basin National Park

Here's a Throwback Thursday for you: The National Parks Service announced yesterday that a team of archaeologists conducting surveys in Nevada's Great Basin National Park last November discovered a 132-year-old Winchester rifle.

NRA Hunters' Leadership Forum

Enhanced emphasis on a long-time NRA priority is marshaling the resources, creative solutions and the muscle necessary to ensure hunters meet the challenges of a new century.

First Look: Remington V3 Semi-Auto Shotgun

Remington is set to unveil a brand new, American-made, semi-automatic shotgun next week at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Here are five things you need to know.

Korean-Style Venison

Bulgogi is a marinated, sliced beef that is grilled over fire, or a stove top frying pan. And now you can try it with venison. Check out this Korean-style recipe from Jessica Kim.

Know How: Twilight of the Dogs

No one thinks this is sane. Nevertheless, a few find it addictive. After deer season is long over and icicles are hanging over the front door and winter is deep and cold it is time to go predator hunting in the blackest hours. Field Editor Frank Miniter explains.

10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Hunter Should Make

The heck with joining a gym, saving money and other cliché New Year’s resolutions that nobody sticks with beyond February. How about some that involve hunting?

First Look: Meopta MeoPro 4.5-14x50mm

The U.S.-made MeoPro scopes begin right at $500 for the 3-9x40mm model and climb to just under $1,000 for the 4.5-14x50mm version, though the “street price” from retailers is often lower. Here are five features worth mentioning.

Carbon Express Introduces Intercept SuperCoil LT

Carbon Express has introduced its new Intercept SuperCoil, the latest addition to the company's line of high performance crossbows.

Meopta Adds Two Riflescopes to MeoStar Line

Meopta has added two new riflescopes to its newest generation MeoStar R2 series: the 1.7-10x42 RD and 2-12x50 RD.

Talk Back to Coyotes the Right Way

Brush up on your coyote conversation and you could be brushing more fur this season and beyond. Coyote vocalizations can play a vital role in your predator hunts throughout the year, and understanding the language can help you send the right message during any season.

2015 Golden Bullseye Award Winners

The editors of American Hunter have announced the recipients of the magazine's 2015 Golden Bullseye Awards.

10 Ways NRA Stands Up For Hunters

The NRA stands for American hunters.

Making Tracks: 2014-15 Ram Power Wagon 4WD Crew Cab

Just the Power Wagon name should tell you this truck has some impressive heritage—if you’re old enough to remember.

New Product Highlights from the 2015 ATA Show

You name it, they've got it here as day three kicks off at the ATA Show. Based on what I've seen over the first two days, the new year will be a promising one for us bowhunters!

Weatherby Announces 70th Anniversary Mark V Rifle

Weatherby, Inc. is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a limited-edition Mark V custom package that should catch the eye of hunters and firearm collectors throughout the industry.

Building a Leopard Blind

Pop-up blinds are for more than just turkey and deer hunting. However, as this video shows, the pre-made blind is only the beginning of a good setup.

Yamaha, Polaris Call on Consumers to Fight Potential New CPSC Standards for SxS Vehicles

Yamaha, Polaris and other off-road vehicle manufacturers are calling on hunters and off-road enthusiasts to stand up and resist potential new Consumer Product Safety Commission mandates for off-road, side-by-side vehicles.

Last Chance: Crimson Trace Man Cave Sweepstakes

Consumers have one more week to enter the Crimson Trace Man Cave Makeover Sweepstakes, which officially closes on Jan. 15, 2015.

Weatherby Bringing Back Orion Over/Unders in 2015

Orion over/under shotguns are returning to the Weatherby product line in 2015, and will be on display later this month at SHOT Show 2015.

Hardware: Swarovski SLC 42

If you’re really serious about glassing for big game, it’s never a mistake to use Swarovski binoculars. How does the company's new SLC 42 stack up? John Barsness takes a closer look.

Mossy Oak Introduces Break-Up Country

In advance of SHOT Show 2015, Mossy Oak has announced its newest camouflage pattern: Break-Up Country.

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By Keith Wood
May 20, 2011

I read somewhere that today’s premium bullets represent the greatest advance in big game hunting technology since the widespread use of the optical sight, and I agree 100 percent. Many of the myths that we face today are the product of outdated truth.

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Frank wrote:
January 12, 2015

Been hunting all my life so I'll relate a few stories which illustrate shot placement is the correct answer. California high desert: .50BMG shooting FMJ 750gr. Frontal, slightly off center hit on coyote. Thought it was a miss because the coyote walked away down into a ravine. Never found him. Looked at spot where coyote hit and saw blood. Wyoming: Shot antelope in boiler room with .22-250. Antelope dropped in tracks. No meat damage except to ribs. Same hunt, a friend shooting 270 Weatherby Mag. Hit dear in left hindquarter. Bullet exited out right front-quarter. Extensive meat damage with 1/2 of meat shot to hell. Conclusion: Chose a bullet designed for the job then place your shot where it will count i.e. instant death, minimal meat damage. This is the ethical way. .223 will work just fine with right bullet and shot placement, 270 Weatherby mag and bad shot placement = too much meat damage. Slow big bullet or fast small bullet arguments can be made either way. Make your shots count is the right answer.

Caden Maydew wrote:
December 25, 2014

There is so much doubt in the .223 I got my first buck with two rounds that I hit him with and the buck never even realized he was getting shot. He dropped about ten feet from where he was shot. And it was about a 200 yard shot one through vitals one through guts. The deer was facing away from me so it wasn't perpendicular but also not quite parallel. The 223 will definitely work at 200 yards if you can shoot it quickly and accurately.

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