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Best Bullets for Black Bear

Hunting black bear in the near future? Before you select your bullet, read on for some in-depth research by contributor Aaron Carter.

Hunting Ammo: What to Look for in a Big-Game Bullet

Contributor Aram von Benedikt details the critical characteristics necessary for an effective deer, elk or moose round, and lists his own personal favorites.

Idaho Redemption: Success in the Scree Slides

Our man returns to the rugged stretch of Idaho that his hunting party narrowly escaped last season in search of success on a mountain muley.

6.8 Western: A Candid Look at the New Cartridge

Is the new 6.8 Western as good as it sounds? Here’s a closer look at its accuracy, velocity, aerodynamics and maximum lethal range compared to four popular, proven cartridges.

An Ode to the 7mm-08 Remington

Released in 1980, the 7mm-08 Remington would go on to be considered one of the best deer cartridges ever conceived, and the gamut of 7mm bullets available make it extremely flexible.

Head to Head: 6.5 Creedmoor vs. 6.5 PRC

Between the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 6.5 PRC, which is the better choice for the hunter? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.

Behind the Bullet: .300 PRC

A beltless non-rebated .30-caliber magnum rifle cartridge designed for extreme performance at long range, the .300 PRC is the product of years of tinkering by Hornady. It will handle almost any game in North America and is fully capable of doing double duty as a long-range target choice.

Behind the Bullet: 7mm STW

Just about every case shape imaginable has been modified to hold both 7mm and .30-caliber bullets, but it was gunwriter Layne Simpson who saw a gap in the lineup: there was no 7mm cartridge based on a full-length .375 H&H case. In 1979, Simpson took the excellent 8mm Remington Magnum and necked it down to hold 7mm bullets, giving his wildcat the name “Shooting Times Westerner.”

Hardware: Tikka T3x Lite

The Tikka T3x Lite is a wonderful balance of portability, accuracy and dependability. It’s available in time-proven varmint and big-game calibers, has a user-adjustable trigger, the action is nicely bedded and it carries like a dream.

An Ode to the .300 Weatherby Magnum

Despite an array of competitors being introduced since its 1944 debut, Weatherby’s original .30-caliber magnum cartridge is arguably still the best in class.

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