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An Ode to the 28-Gauge

Thanks to advancements in ammunition and new, moderately priced shotguns, the once-obscure 28-gauge is now a top choice for hunts ranging from pheasants in CRP fields to bagging a trophy tom.

What’s on the Box: How to Choose the Right Shotgun Shells

If you’re new to shotgunning, you need to know what you’re buying to ensure you’re using the ideal load for your shotgun and intended purpose. Here’s a detailed guide to all the information provided on a box of shells.

Tested: Smith & Wesson Model 648 .22 WMR Revolver

Outfitting this smooth-cycling .22 WMR wheel gun with a red-dot optic makes it a potent small-game hunting option. If you’re looking for more punch than a .22 LR pistol can provide, with tight groups to boot, this wheel gun deserves your consideration.

How to Choose the Right Hunting Bullet

Understanding the intended purpose of a bullet and its effect on the body of your quarry is vitally important for making ethical, one-shot-kills. But with so many bullet styles, brands, calibers and game animals of varying sizes, the process can be confusing. Here’s a primer to get you started.

Shotshells 101

A solid understanding of shotshells will make you a better hunter. Here’s a detailed look at each of the five primary components.

Top 10 Varmint and Predator Loads

Here’s a look at the top 10 varmint and predator loads available right now. Thanks to widespread availability and quality manufacturing, many of these loads are fairly inexpensive yet highly reliable.

Tips and Tactics for Hunting Western Cottontails

Here are some tips and tactics that will help you get rabbits in your crosshairs.

Deer Hunting: Post-Season Scouting Equals Next-Season Success

While the art of last-minute scouting won’t soon disappear, most hunters know they’d be better served having been better prepared. The season’s end is the best time to get the drop on deer movement and behavior. And you don’t have to worry about busting your spot putting boots on the ground.

The Shot

In the open Sonoran Desert, where mule deer can be spotted at the edge of your range, it pays to prepare for long shots. A decent short game doesn’t hurt either.

Hardware: Winchester SX4 20-Gauge

Winchester’s SX4s are some of the best gas-operated semi-autos on the market, and the 20-gauge version is a welcome addition to the line. It’s durably built, offers a lot of sensible features, produces minimal recoil and is priced affordably.

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