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Favorite Rifles and Cartridges Used by North Country Guides and Outfitters

Contributor Aram von Benedikt teamed up with Book Your Hunt for a survey of North Country outfitter opinions on which calibers work and what bullets will not fail. Read on for their answers.

Belted vs. Beltless Magnum Cartridges

What makes a magnum? Does a magnum cartridge need to be belted? What are the advantages/disadvantages of both designs? Contributor Philip Massaro takes a closer look at each to help you make a more informed decision.

Hardware: Browning Maxus II

The new Maxus II shares the same foundational design and performance of the original Maxus, but includes an array of new features that have elevated the versatility, performance and handling of the revered semi-auto.

Head to Head: .308 Winchester vs. .338 Federal

Between the .308 Winchester and .338 Federal, which is the better choice for the hunter? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.

Cheap vs. Expensive Hunting Rifles: Which is Right for You?

Ever wonder what the difference really is between cheap and expensive hunting rifles (other than the price tag)? Contributor Aram von Benedikt takes us through a few noted differences, along with when to grab which.

The Effects of Barrel Length on Your Rifle

Let’s take a closer look how various barrel lengths, from rimfires to safari guns, play a role in a rifle’s performance.

Head to Head: .222 Remington vs. .223 Remington

Between the .222 and .223 Remington cartridges, which is the better choice for the hunter? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.

Head to Head: .22-250 Remington vs. .204 Ruger

Between the .22-250 Remington and the .204 Ruger, which is the better choice for the hunter in the market for a cartridge capable of handling shots varying from bobcats in thick timber to coyotes across windy, open fields? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.

New Cartridge for 2021: 6.8 Western

Engineers at Browning and Winchester teamed up to create a cartridge that offers magnum performance with a modern high-BC projectile, yet is chambered in a short-action rifle for shorter bolt throw and less weight. The 6.8 Western was designed to be the ultimate long-range cartridge that is capable in any big-game hunting scenario as well as long-range target shooting.

.30-06 Springfield: Is it Still the Best All-Around Big-Game Hunting Cartridge?

In the last 10 years, ammunition manufacturers have delivered newly designed cartridges that are more consistent, more efficient and more precise than ever before. Will the century-plus-old .30-06 Springfield have to gracefully hand the “most popular” position to a new leader?

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