Behind the Bullet: 7-30 Waters
Developed in 1976 by Ken Waters as a wildcat cartridge, the 7-30 Waters is based on the .30-30 Winchester necked down to 7mm to improve velocity and trajectory, with a significant drop off in felt recoil. In 1984, Winchester began to produce rifles chambered for cartridge, legitimizing Waters’ dream, and establishing it as a commercial cartridge.
Hardware: Henry Single Shot Turkey Shotgun
Henry’s newest single shot is easy to carry and sports fiber-optic sights and a turkey choke for deadly tight patterns.
Review: Savage Impulse Mountain Hunter
Featuring a carbon-fiber-wrapped stainless-steel barrel and rugged polymer stock, the new straight-pull Impulse Mountain Hunter is lightweight, accurate and reliable.
Hardware: Woodman Arms Patriot Muzzleloader
The Woodman Arms Patriot muzzleloader is light, short and easy to carry. It shoots extremely well and, with the closed breech, can be waterproofed to ensure it goes off every time. It’s accurate enough to manage the open country, light enough to climb mountains and small enough to handle well in a deer blind.
The Tornado Buck
Sometimes it’s amazing what Mother Nature delivers, even after she delivers one of the worst natural disasters in a generation.
Best American-Made Hunting Gear of 2021
Products made tough, dependable and proudly in the USA.
Mossberg Introduces International Silver Reserve Field Over-Under Shotgun
Mossberg has announced its new International Silver Reserve Field series of over/under shotguns, available in 12-, 20-, 28-gauge and .410-bore, along with a 20-gauge Youth model.
American Hunter's 2021 Golden Bullseye Award Winners
The editors of American Hunter have announced the recipients of our 2021 Golden Bullseye Awards.
Hardware: Traditions NitroFire and Federal Premium FireStick
The new NitroFire and FireStick system keeps ignition consistent by protecting the powder, even during storage; the loading process is easy, and the primer can be left in the FireStick or removed without compromising the charge; and the system doesn’t restrict the choice of bullets and 209 muzzleloader primers, meaning hunters can stick with proven favorites.
Black Bears, Ponytails, and Close Encounters
In Alberta, hunters like to hold out for big bears. It’s another thing entirely to hold out for a color-phase bear when coal-black, record-book bruins climb into your lap.