Getting Started

September 12, 2013

Once upon a time, Dave Campbell had to teach himself to hunt. Nowadays, though, he finds that there are plenty of introductory resources available to new hunters and shooters.

The Almost Forgotten .357 Mag.

September 06, 2013

Is the .357 Mag. too often forgotten? Dave Campbell believes so—and admits to being guilty of forgetting it himself, sometimes.

Give it Back

August 27, 2013

Dave Campbell had a chance to introduce firearms to a new generation earlier this month at the "Sportsman's Retreat."

What Makes a Good Shot?

August 26, 2013

What defines a good field shot, and what can we do to make sure our skills are on that level?

Die Maintenance

August 01, 2013

Dave Campbell doesn't want to seem repetitive, but recent developments have convinced him it's time to discuss reloading die maintenance.

Real Old School

July 23, 2013

Dave Campbell had an opportunity to kick it old school during a visit to the Cody Shooting Complex in Wyoming.

Keepin’ ’em Cleaned and Oiled

July 09, 2013

If you wander down the gun-cleaning aisle of any decent gun store, you will see an incredible array of solvents and lubricants with which to keep your guns in their best shape. Each will claim to be better than the others, but the fact is fouling—the junk you are trying to rid your gun of—is pretty much fouling.

Billy Dixon’s Remarkable Shot

June 27, 2013

On this date, June 27, 1874, a battle began that eventually culminated in a 23-year-old army scout—Billy Dixon—felling a Native American with a Sharps .50-90-2 1/2-inch rifle at 1,578 yards. That’s about 9/10 of a mile. Dixon made his famous shot at the second battle of Adobe Walls, along the Canadian River in Texas. Dixon was one of the 28 men and one woman holed up at the small settlement.

Whistle Pigs

June 25, 2013

Summer is here, the grass is tall, and the dumb chiselers and prairie dogs have pretty much been shot. What’s a frustrated hunter to do? Paper—though revealing—is a bore to shoot; steel is only a little bit better. As for me, I head to the mountains after whistle pigs, more commonly known as marmots.

The Long Shot

June 14, 2013

Recently I have seen some forum and Facebook discussions regarding ultra-long shooting of game animals. As a general rule it seems that the less field experience a given pundit has, the more he is in favor of taking pokes at critters nearly a mile away.