Archive for Dave Campbell

The .405 Winchester

As I write this I can smell the ammonia-based bore solvent on my hands from cleaning my Model 95 Winchester chambered in .405 Win. I had taken it with me to compete in a side match at our local CAS sh

June 07, 2013

RCBS Ultrasonic Case Cleaner

Ultrasonic case cleaners are not new, but they have been rapidly becoming more prevalent in handloaders’ rooms. The process has been around for more than 60 years. In a nutshell, an ultrasonic clean

May 28, 2013

Bear Protection

Springtime is here, and that means that bears are awakening from their winter slumber. When they wake up, they’re very hungry. Often a bear will initially eat some fresh grass sprouts in order to he

May 22, 2013

Hunting with the Short Gun

Hunting with a handgun brings a new dimension to your outdoor experience.

May 15, 2013

Back to Basics

Do something long enough, and the basics become so much a part of your being that it’s easy to forget that others may not be so enlightened. I am constantly amazed when someone tells me that they do

April 29, 2013

“You’re Professionals!”

I’ve just finished a visit with an old friend. Alan Roberts and I were once neighbors, and because we share a passion about guns and hunting, we have remained friends for more than 25 years. Alan is

April 23, 2013

J. Guthrie

Moments ago I received one of those e-mails that smacks you in the face, as if someone threw a basketball at you. James Guthrie—who used the byline of J. Guthrie—has passed away at the age of 37.

April 12, 2013

It Was All Going So Well Until…

One of the things I do around the Wyoming homestead besides shooting guns and critters is play farmer. It gives me pleasure to tend the land, and it enhances the habitat for the wild creatures that sh

March 25, 2013

Why I Love the .44 Special

I mostly lurk in several shooting forums on the Internet; occasionally I’ll chime in on something if I feel I have something to say that hasn’t been said. One particular forum has some fellas waxi

March 19, 2013

Bullets Do Not Expand

We gunners like to think of ourselves as very precise and accurate, especially when we talk of guns and such. Much froth and furor are put forth when we hear someone say “assault weapon” instead o

March 13, 2013

Great News!

Gun owners have been taking a beating lately—both in the media as well as from some legislatures. But we've recently scored a victory. My home state of Wyoming passed a bill to decriminalize the use of suppressors while hunting wildlife. We joined 24 other states that recognize that it should not cost one his or her hearing just to be a hunter.

March 04, 2013

Getting Over the Ammo Shortage

What are shooters saying today? “Know where I can find some .22 shells?"

February 20, 2013

A Very Rare Colt

With apologies to “I Have This Old Gun…”

February 11, 2013

I Can’t Wait…

Even up here in Wyoming the weather is beginning to warm. Ol’ Punxsutawney Phil missed seeing his shadow last week, so we’re supposed to get an early spring. And while it hasn’t been an excruciating winter here, I am ready to go back outside and get in some shooting.

February 07, 2013

Redneck Casting

I have always had an admiration for what I call redneck ingenuity—basically the ability to make do or get by with something on the ultimate cheap. Often it means a total lack of sophistication, but it gets the job done. Last Saturday I witnessed a classic example of redneck ingenuity.

January 28, 2013