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The Shot Debate

Advice for the Shooter

Is One Pellet Size Best For Turkey Hunting?

At first glance, the difference between No. 6 and No. 4 shot is slight: only 2/100-inch, to be precise. But that small distinction (0.11 inches in diameter for No. 6’s vs. 0.13 for No. 4’s) translates in to huge variation in the number of pellets in a given shot load.


An ounce of No. 4 lead shot has about 135 pellets, whereas an ounce of No. 6 lead shot...

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Internal Geometry of Choke Tubes

Advice for the Shooter

It's what's inside that counts. A few years ago, I was asked to write an article about the differences in shotshells, in particular shotshells used for turkey hunting. I elected to entitle that article, "It's not the Shot, It's the Shell". That article, first published by "Turkey & Turkey Hunting", is still available on this web site.

When it comes to choke tubes, it's not really about the exit...

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It's Not the Shot, It's the Shell.

Advice for the Shooter

A good bit has been written about tungsten-based shot and what choke should be used with it. When Environ-Metal introduced Hevi-Shot several years ago, some thought it was “death to chokes and gun barrels” and some even thought of it as evil incarnate. Of course it was neither but rather the beginning of a shotshell revolution.

Some 7 years later, we’ve seen not only the original Hevi-Shot and the...

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How the decline of hunting is changing the natural order

Advice for the Shooter

The two wolves emerged like specters from the tree line and crossed a field of snow. From that moment, and even after everything that followed, no one disputed their penetrating beauty. Silver on white.

Two men watched them approach. The men—a pilot named Todd Svarckopf and an aviation worker named Chris Van Galder—worked at Points North Landing, an outpost that serves local mining camps in...

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Education May be the Key

Speaking the Language

Education may be the key to preventing a real assault on firearms ownership in the next few years. This may be especially true in the area of semi-automatic guns.

The NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) has put together some information that can be used to educate media, politicians and others who are truly unaware of the differences in fully automatic weapons and semi-automatics that are...

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