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Swatting a Hornet's Nest

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Swatting a Hornet's Nest

If you've ever been stung by a hornet, you likely don't want to have that experience again. The real problem is of course that normally they don't come at you singly but they come at you in a swarm. That swarm is also what we look for in a turkey choke. We want a swarm of pellets to hit the target, the turkey, and put it down for the count. That's really what it's all about in turkey hunting. Many designers work to create what they believe to be the best "internal geometry" in their chokes to allow them to...

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"Deep Cleaning" a Shotgun Barrel

"Deep Cleaning" a Shotgun Barrel

The "Deep Cleaning" process that I'll describe will take just a  little bit of your time, a good gun cleaning product, I've used Hoppe's #9 for years,  a good brass/bronze brush of the appropriate size*, a cleaning rod, some good cotton patches, a warm work area that's protected from  the mess, and some elbow grease.

This is the step-by-step process that I recommend:

Remove the barrel from the...

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