All posts by Barbara T. Frawley

Autumn Hunt Traditions in the UK

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One of the traditional benefits of owning property has always been having the right to hunt. Nobles would look to have their own estates for the freedom to do as they wished on their land. Hunting has been a recreational sport throughout history, and royals traditionally enjoyed the right to hunt on any land within their kingdom. It could be said that hunting was a chance for nobility to show their dominance over their citizens.

Game creatures are intelligent, and they gradually moved away from inhabited lands. So, the forests nearby would become hunting reserves where royals would go on their steeds, with hunting dogs, and search for creatures. By the 12th century, the role of the gamekeeper evolved, and those men would monitor game population in forests and warrens, and track the health of the populations.

Hunting gradually became a sport for all demographics, but in England it did not take long for it to become a regulated activity, because of the falling numbers of wildlife. Nobility were still allowed to hunt, but others became poachers – a crime that was punishable in court. Hunting became something that was done by the aristocracy and as a part of military training. No longer a right, hunting became a clear privilege for the upper classes.

Autumn hunting is a tradition that is often used to introduce young hounds and horses and new hunt staff to the practice. It’s also the perfect time for investment in one of these shooting jackets. If you are going on an autumn hunt then it is important that you learn the rules so that you do not commit a social faux pas, or worse, put the hunt in danger.

  • Find the hunt master, and be sure to greet him at the start of the hunt
  • Follow the directions of the field master and never overtake them
  • Thank traffic that stops, slows down or moves out of the way
  • Do not block the road
  • Stay away from gates or driveways unless given permission to use them
  • If you hear ‘whip please’ or ‘huntsman please’ step out of the way
  • Say ‘hounds’, rather than ‘dogs’
  • Shut the gate if you are the last one through. If the person in front of you calls ‘gate, please’, then pass that back as well
  • Switch off your mobile
  • Speak quietly when having conversations
  • Do not ever ride across a field of sown corn; sometimes hunt staff will do so, but novices should not
  • It is OK to ask questions about what is going on
  • Find the field master or hunt master and say “thank you and goodnight“, even if it is morning by the time the hunt is over, “goodnight” is the traditional way to say goodbye

Be polite, be considerate, and enjoy the hunt. You will learn a lot as you go along and should find that most people are happy to help novice hunters.

A Detailed Look At What To Wear When Shooting

Here are our main suggestions for choosing clothing for shooting:

– Ask your host what style of clothing is most appropriate

– Consider wearing clothing in shades of green or brown since these are the traditional colors

– Wear high-quality ear protection

– Put on a hat

– Choose shoes that are comfortable, functional, and appropriate for the conditions

Hearing Protection

Never skip ear protection when shooting. Choose between disposable earplugs, molded earplugs, or noise-blocking headphones with digital technology. Ideally, you should look for a solution that also provides warmth for your ears.

Hats

You can’t go wrong with a classic flat cap made out of tweed.

Shirts

Traditionally, most people where brown or green shirts with small checked patterns while shooting. Darker shades are better for grouse shooting since they make it harder for the birds to see you.

Neckties

For formal shooting, you may be expected to wear a necktie. Discuss appropriate attire with your host ahead of time.

Waistcoats And Shooting Vests

Guns often wear three-piece suits that are made out of tweed on formal shoots. These suits are usually made up of a jacket, a waistcoat, and matching trousers.

Outerwear

Winter is usually the season when most shooting occurs. Be prepared by investing in a coat that will keep you both warm and dry. Choose a jacket that allows you to move freely so that you can easily raise or move your gun. A jacket that has plenty of room in the pockets is also a good choice since it makes carrying cartridges easier.

Cartridge Bags

If you use up all of your cartridges, you won’t be able to shoot anymore. That is why it is important to bring along a cartridge bag so that you can carry plenty of spare cartridges.

Trousers Or Breeks

For shoots that are formal in nature, trousers or breeks that are made out of tweed are a good option. When it comes to more casual shooting, trousers that are made out of moleskin are appropriate

Long Socks Or Stockings And Garters

Combining garters with stockings or long socks will help keep them from sliding down during the day. Consider doubling up your socks during the winter to provide additional warmth for your feet.

Shooting Boots

When choosing boots for shooting, consider the amount of support that they provide for your ankle. Supportive boots will make walking over any type of terrain easier, whether the surface is rough or flat.

Clay Shooting Clothing

When it comes to clay shooting, there isn’t really a strict dress code. Despite that, you should still choose clothing that is comfortable, attractive, and functional. Opt for pieces that are suitable for the weather and that allow you to move freely.

Protection For Your Ears

Ear protection is more vital with clay shooting than it is with game shooting. Choose hearing protection that is comfortable to wear and that won’t interfere with your ability to use your gun. There are quite a few options available ranging from simple disposable earplugs all the way up to advance digital headphones.

Protection For Your Eyes

Anytime you are clay shooting, it is also important to wear protection for your eyes. You may want to choose tinted safety glasses to make it easier to spot the clays. Try out different styles to see which ones you prefer. You can also purchase safety glasses that are customized with your vision prescription if you normally wear glasses.

Shirts

Clay shooting usually takes place during the warm summer months. In most cases, you don’t have to exert yourself nearly as much as when you are game shooting. You also don’t have to worry about packing all of your clothing along with you like you would if you were out in the field. Dressing in layers is a good option so that you can add or remove clothing as needed throughout the day.

Vests For Shooting

Invest in a high-quality shooting vest that fits your body well. A good vest can make a big difference in your comfort while shooting.

Guns

Each individual who participates in clay shooting needs to bring along a gun of their own. The only exception is if you are taking lessons in clay shooting. In that case, the gun is usually provided by the school. When you are waiting for your turn to shoot, make sure to put your gun away properly.

Shoes Or Boots

The type of footwear that you choose depends on what the weather is like. If it is wet outside, consider going with Wellies. If it is dry, on the other hand, boots or shoes that are comfortable and supportive are the best choices.

A Waterproof Bag

Invest in a waterproof bag that is large enough to hold all of your shooting gear. With clay shooting, the bag will need to hold everything from chokes and cartridges to a spare cloth. You may even want to stock it with healthy snacks so that you can concentrate all day. If you need to add or remove clothing, you can also use your bag to store any extra pieces. The Tethera bag shown above is a great choice.

Jackets

If you are going to be shooting in the rain, you should wear a waterproof jacket that provides you with a complete range of motion. During periods of nicer weather, you should take your jacket off before shooting to get the best fit with your gun.

Call of the Wild: Hunting Guide from A to Z

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Deer hunting means a lot to many people. But, sometimes, it can seem intimidating to keep up with – especially if you’re new to it. With this A to Z guide, you’ll be able to reference a plethora of information about hunting.

Attention

A successful hunt doesn’t usually happen in the first few minutes. Success usually comes with paying attention to your surroundings for an extended period of time.

Boots

The gear you wear is just as important as the gear you carry. One of the most important wearables is your boots. To stay safe, dry, and focused, you’re going to need the right pair of boots.

Calls

Bow hunters especially utilize deer calls when they hunt. There are a number of calls including grunts, rattling, and bleats. Different calls have different purposes – there are plenty of guides to help you out.

Doe Estrous

Doe estrous is a tool that many a hunter uses. However, many make the mistake of pouring a lot out at once and hoping for the best. Instead, turn towards a dragline or rag. Most drag these behind them as they go.

Ethics

Ethics is a key factor in hunting. This includes not only local laws but a respect for the quarry as well. It’s also only fair that you limit any unfair advantages that you’d have over the quarry. If they don’t have a chance to escape or you can’t make a clean kill, chances are it isn’t ethical.

First Aid Kits

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Of course, you should do everything you can to avoid injury but it’s crucial to be prepared just in case. This means bringing a fully stocked first aid kit. The Red Cross has a suggested supply list.

Go Slow

If and when you move on the hunt, the last thing to do is loudly stomp along. Quickstep for a few yards, wait for a few minutes, and then repeat. A standard human cadence will put deer on the alert.

Hanging Carcasses

Whether outside or inside a shed, you never want to hang your game low enough for other animals to reach it easily. Keep them at 3’ or more above the ground.

Instant Drops

It’s tempting when you see an animal drop instantly to come over. However, an instant drop doesn’t equal instant death. Give it a minute and approach slowly to avoid having an animal rush up when you’re too close.

Just Stay Calm

Hunting takes time and there are going to be moments of frustration and moments of excitement. For the best results, do your best to stay calm and steady your hand.

Knives

Whether you’re cutting branches or skinning a deer, hunting knives are essential. There are a lot of options here such as size and design. There are a lot of different opinions on what makes a good knife so you’ll want to do plenty of research.

License

This is one of the most important points for any hunter because it keeps everything legal and regulated. The exact laws for specific areas vary, though. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a handy state-by-state guide.

Map Out the Area

Scouting is one of the most important things a hunter can do. This allows you to get a lay of the land before the season starts. This includes looking for paths, scrapes, fresh water sources, and food sources. Remember, you’re going to want to scout the way you hunt: don’t rush. Use a map or GPS to mark favorable trails.

Necessities

Aside from a first aid kit, you’ll want to pack some necessities. Extra ammo, water, food, binoculars, and rangefinders should all go in your bag. It can help to make a checklist of supplies before you go to ensure you don’t forget anything.

Optics

Most hunters spend about half as much or more on optics as they do their rifle. The National Rifle Association has tips everything to look for from glass to recticles.

Pants

We already mentioned that what you wear is just as important as what you carry. Hunting pants are usually camouflaged in design and insulated for warmth.

Quiet

This is short and simple: if you aren’t using a call, it’s best to stay quiet. Talking or tromping through the woods is going to scare deer away.

Rifle

A rifle is usually the biggest investments that a hunter makes. Whether it’s a transition into rifle use or a new one for your collection, you’re going to want to consider caliber, action, and what you’re comfortable using.

Shot Placement

Any hunter worth their salt aims for a humane kill. According to the Quality Deer Management Association, it’s best to shoot through the lungs and heart. This will ensure a direct and quick kill.

Tree Stands

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The most important thing about tree stands is to know everything about your model before you go. Practice taking them up and down and getting in and out of them. Make sure to know the safety manual front and back and wear a safety harness too.

Understand Your Game

You can’t catch a deer if you don’t know how a deer behaves. Well before hunting season, it’s best to research your local ecosystem. It can be particularly helpful to turn to experienced hunters who have firsthand experience hunting in the area.

Vest

Safety orange isn’t something whitetails will see but other hunters will. This is also a piece of gear that is required by law in most areas.

Weather

Paying attention to the weather is essential because conditions will change how and when you can hunt. Snow lends itself to tracks, you’ll need gear to keep you dry in rain, and heavy wind can change the way you aim.

X Out Your Trace

We’ve already discussed ethics regarding your quarry but there are also ethics regarding the rest of the environment. Crossing out your trace means leaving the area as you found it.

Young Hunters

Families often pass hunting down through the generations. There are plenty of intricacies to teaching young hunters but the two biggest tips are to check regulations for young hunters and exercise patience.

Zip Ties

It’s a good idea to keep some zip ties with you when you go out into the field. They can help with a variety of tasks from tagging a deer to adding a cover to your stand.

How to Stay Warm When hunting in cold Weather Environments

Cold game hunting can be difficult due to the adverse nature of conditions involved. When you are hunting in the snow, you are likely to experience cold and slippery conditions. With the right approach, aided by a bit of comfort, you could improve the quality of your hunt and ensure that you are protected from the risks involved with a cold hunt.

Is Snow Hunting A Great Idea?

Even though many hunters consider the conditions too unfriendly for a hunt, snow can be a great companion. For new hunters in unfamiliar territory, it could even serve multiple purposes. But is a snow hunt worth the effort?

The low temperatures should not detract you from a potentially great experience. For starters, anything that moves on the snow will leave tracks. Some game will leave unique prints, which may make it easier to keep up with your target. In hunting zones that are experiencing regular snow fall, it could even be used to mark new trails and attract you to new targets which are very likely closer by.

Unlike regular hunting environments, snow allows you to see tracks even in places that they otherwise could not have. Areas with thick underbrush may be too covered to convey tracks without snow. It also facilitates tracking of multiple animals, allowing you to follow the prints to a prey highway. This will make your hunt easier and increase the likelihood that you make the best catch available.

hunting in cold weather

Snow will not cover active sources of food, which could offer you a vantage point on their target. By setting up yourself near the food source, you could create better conditions for a successful hunt.

There is usually a limited amount of food available during this period, which makes any such find a lucrative opportunity for you. Snow can also help you track and avoid other hunters if you prefer to hunt privately even on public hunting space. The increased visibility and strategic benefit could work in your favor.

Snow hunting naturally has some downsides that may make it untenable for many people. The cold weather, which is ensured by the below-freezing temperature of both the ground and air, can be uncomfortable. You do not even have to suffer from Reynaud’s disease, which may be caused by exposure to cold environments for a prolonged amount of time, to find the hunt uncomfortably cold.

Snow decreases ground traction, both for use by vehicles and for walking. You will be more likely to experience slipping, which could even reach hazardous levels. It can also hide jagged edges and holes, which may increase the likelihood of an accident. While snow can provide a great tracking tool, it will also increase the likelihood that other hunters, predators and your prey could track you.

How Can You Improve Your Snow Hunt?

Is it possible to improve the quality of your hunt and ensure that the snow aids you? Here are some tips to help you boost your experience. You can also visit The Big Deer for more tips on how to improve your hunt

Make it more comfortable

Camperism can help improve your level of comfort and increase the quality of your hunt. There are many steps that you could take to improve factors surrounding your hunt, which may make your experience more comfortable. For starters, you can find a better vehicle.

There are many towable and motorized options that can transverse the difficult terrain and help you stay comfortably while you are on the hunt. You will be able to rest and prepare better for overnight hunts. A mini-motor home could be an ideal long term camping aide for you if you take up snow hunting with a decent number of people.

It can offer you convenience and reduce the costs of your cold weather hunt. Not many people can comfortably drink home brewed drinks while lying on their RV mattress while on a hunt.

Layer your clothing

hunting in the weather

Your home on wheels should improve your comfort level while travelling. It can also be your base of operations while you set up and take part in your hunt. The environmentally friendly home on wheels can offer you comfort even in the woods.

However, you will need to interact with the environment as you track and hunt down your targets. It is important that you layer warmly when hunting to avoid experiencing the effects of extreme cold. Thermo-regulation will play a big role in maintaining ideal body temperatures.

By wearing many layers, you will be able to take off one every time you experienced sweating to avoid being soaked. Aside form increasing your risk factor for a host of medical problems, your hunt may be interrupted frequently if this is the case.

Track right

The right tracking techniques can help you improve your snow hunt. Do you know where the other hunters are heading? It can be a great way to keep up with or avoid the crowd, depending on your preferences.

Tracking the weather can help you understand changes to animal print and increase your likelihood of a successful hunt. Tracking the animal print left behind can bring you to an even more lucrative catch if carried out right. You should always keep in touch with the weather patterns to improve the accuracy of your tracking efforts.

Carry the right gear for snow

Do you know what you need for your hunt? You should create and follow a checklist with all the essential items necessary for a snow hunt. You need to have a rich supply of food and water, especially if you are considering hunting over a lengthy period. If you are travelling to extreme locations, you will need to carry a sufficient amount of emergency resources as well.

People who have not embraced camperism may be forced to carry alternative replacements for a fireplace and lighting equipment, and any other home effects that could come in handy in the woods. Still, you should make sure that you have several portable alternatives for these essential resources packed for use in the event that you are unable to access your camper quickly.

Quick Guide on Choosing the Best Scope for Deer Hunting

Hunting deer is such an American thing to do!

Every time we go huntin’, we feel proud of being citizens of the land of freedom.

Get your rifle, get your pickup, get to the wilderness, get yourself a deer, get a brew and a barbecue, that’s our idea of the perfect weekend.

With the advancement in optics and technology, we’re blessed to have scopes, and we’ve become dependant on them to the point where we can’t imagine hunting without them.

But, which one should you buy?

There are so many of them on the market, so to help you make your decision, here’s a quick guide on picking the right scope!

1. Set A Budget

The best scopes today have gotten ridiculously expensive, with some of them retailing in the 200-300$ range! For a scope! Do yourself and your wallet a favor and decide whether you need that expensive scope for shooting a poor deer.

A proper scope retailing under 100$ is enough for most game-hunting needs, and anything too expensive is meant for sniper operators who shoot for a living or for a trophy (no, not the kind you have stuffed and hang on a wall), not for ol’ Jim and his beer belly!

2. Don’t Act Bright

Optics-shoppers often place too much of an emphasis on brightness, ignoring other more important aspects of scopes. The law sets a limit on scope brightness anyway, so getting one brighter than the threshold is inviting trouble from the game warden.

Besides, brightness is an overrated aspect of buying a scope. While it is important, most scopes will let you shoot between the first and last legal lights anyway, making super bright scopes redundant.

Therefore, don’t chase oversized main tubes. While useful for zoom, they do not affect brightness, and a 34mm tube is useful only for reticle adjustment, not a brighter view.

3. Nice And Shiny

Well, we’d hold off on shiny, because nothing lets a deer know that it’s about to become dead meat more than the glint of sunlight reflecting off your shiny new scope and directly into its eyes.

hunter-tracking-scope

Try to disguise your scope with camo paint, using leaves or cut-outs as a template. Make sure to paint over the body only, lest you may render your scope useless (use cardboard cut-outs for the lenses).

A lot of scopes these days are available in matte paint, which is best for hunting, especially during the daytime.

4. When The Going Gets Rough…

…you need a scope that’s tough! The wilderness isn’t a controlled environment like a corporate office, and if you’re hunting game, be ready to change your position several times, as deer don’t exactly stand still and wait for you to shoot.

Bangs, bumps, and dents are inevitable, and a scope that breaks at the first hint of abuse isn’t going to do wonders for your hunting’ game,’ so rugged scopes like the Bushnell Elite 4200 are strongly recommended.

5. Pinch To…

…yes, zoom. Be very careful while choosing a scope based on magnification, because too much magnification can ruin your hunting experience. The power of a scope is the divisor; the distance is the dividend, the quotient is the visible distance after magnification.

So, a 10x scope reduces a 1000-yard object to a 100-yards, a 20x scope to 50-yards, and so on. Too much zoom will prevent you from making quick adjustments and hunt deer who are on the move, and you’ll have to deal with the bulk and the weight. Get yourself a scope that’s just right and made for hunting deer, not rats. Learn more about magnification here!

6. Objective Lens Size…

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…is more subjective than you think. While it is true that a bigger objective lens yields a greater exit pupil, remember that the human eye, after dilation, cannot handle an exit pupil greater than 7mm. If you buy a huge objective lens, it might prove to be redundant and a source of bulk, weight and cost.

Now that we know this, it’s best to get yourself an objective lens that’s just right, and this depends on the level of magnification you plan to use. An objective lens of 20mm yields an exit pupil of 2mm at 10x, whereas it yields an exit pupil of 4mm at 5x.

Therefore, if you’re aiming for that ideal 7mm exit pupil, aim for a 10x-70mm (or thereabouts) combination.

7. Not Too Sharp, Are You?

It’s okay, remember this while buying a scope. Brightness is an somewhat overrated aspect of scopes, and sharpness an underrated one. Also known as resolving power, sharpness helps you distinguish that slimy deer from a heap of brown leaves.

So, ask yourself, do you want all that brightness in your scope, or do you want to be able to pick out a deer from the foliage from just a glimpse of his hide? Of course, that’s where sharpness comes in.

8. Let There Be Light!

Not to be ‘that guy,’ but illuminated reticles don’t light up objects. Disappointed? Well, you shouldn’t be, because we just saved a ton of cash by preventing you from buying the latest illuminated scope, because you probably do not have any use for it.

An illuminated reticle only lights up your sight in the dark, meaning you can see the markings and indications on your scope, even at night, but, alas, the deer you’re checking out will not be illuminated (it’s not night vision… yet).

If an illuminated target is what you’re after, you’ll need maximum light coming in through the scope (a little like the exposure on a camera), and multi-coated scopes work best for this.

Conclusion

Choosing a scope is not an easy task, and scopes are more complex than we take them to be, utilizing the latest in optical technology to provide the perfect view for that perfect shot.

While they are complex, with a little research, you can end up with the ideal scope that doesn’t cost a ransom, and this guide lets you know all you need to look out for.

Happy hunting!

The Best Gun Cleaning Kit – 2020 Reviews And Top Picks

Owning the best gun cleaning kit is mandatory for every gun enthusiast. Simply put: a clean gun is a gun that will function excellently, every single time. However, you must be careful, because this task should be handled with utmost seriousness.

That being said, today, I will present to you the results I got in my quest for finding the products that could pass off as the best gun cleaning kit. You will also discover other important buying information, so read on.

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Otis Elite Cleaning System with Optics... Otis Elite Cleaning System with Optics… Check Best Price
DAC Winchester Super Deluxe Soft Sided... DAC Winchester Super Deluxe Soft Sided… Check Best Price
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Otis Tactical Cleaning System with 6... Otis Tactical Cleaning System with 6… Check Best Price
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The Best Gun Cleaning Kit – 2020 Reviews And Top Picks

The Importance of Keeping Your Gun Clean
Factors You Should Consider When Looking for the Best Gun Cleaning Kit
Portability
Versatility
Durability
Gun Cleaning Tips
Our Top  5 Product Reviews
1. Otis Elite Cleaning System with Optics Cleaning Gear
2. DAC Winchester Super Deluxe Soft Sided Gun Care Case
3. Real Avid Premium Cleaning Kit
4. Otis Tactical Cleaning System with 6 Brushes
5. Hoppe’s BoreSnake Soft-Sided Pistol and Revolver Cleaning Kit
Final Thoughts

The Importance of Keeping Your Gun Clean

gun cleaning kit

It’s significant to understand the reason you should do your best at maintaining your gun. Each time your gun is discharged, the bullet is sent down the barrel.

Apart from that, each time you fire, the workings of your gun gather residues. Although the amount of residue isn’t that notable, in time, it adds up. If you don’t clean the pistol or rifle on a regular basis, your gun’s performance will be diminished. Plus, the rifling could be plugged. That would lead to an incorrect spin.

Via Gunsamerica.com

In the worst case scenario, the passage of the bullet could be entirely blocked. That would lead to a breach explosion or a backfire. Not only that your shooting wouldn’t be accurate, but this could also jeopardize your safety.

And that is not all. The firing pin, which examines the moving parts inside the pistol or rifle, could be damaged. That determines unnecessary wear, minimizing the functionality of your weapon. Sooner or later, your gun might need costly repairs to function properly.

However, the powder residue isn’t the only concern. Debris, dirt, and dust play their part as well. Even though you store your firearm in a suitable air-tight cabinet, it is still exposed to dirt and dust during use. By simply opening the gun safe, your firearm can be filled with dirt, debris, and other particles.

What does that mean?

In plain English: whether you use your gun round to clock or once in a blue moon, you have to clean it periodically.

That will extend the life of your firearm. It will also ensure its safe and optimal functionality. The cost of the best gun cleaning kit is priceless if we were to consider the benefits it brings.

Factors You Should Consider When Looking for the Best Gun Cleaning Kit

Portability


The Best Gun Cleaning kit

The physical size of the gun cleaning kit is an important consideration. Cleaning kits are separated into two categories: field and home cleaning kits.

If you’re the kind of hunter that needs to clean his weapons on the field, you should select a compact, small product. There are such products that combine portability with practicality. In other words, they contain the essential tools you might need, while not occupying too much space.

Compact kits could be less extensive than large ones. However, they are effective and reach their purpose. Additionally, you should ensure that the kit is manageable for your hunting habits.

Versatility


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The versatility element is crucial for hunters that own distinct types of guns – and not only.

In this respect, the cleaning system you select should clean a broad range of gauges and calibers. The design has to be compact – this would dramatically simplify the maintenance process of your firearm.

Moreover, the best gun cleaning kit should possess the following features: cleaning, lubricating, scrapping, disassembling and reassembling.

At the same time, you should ensure that the versatility element doesn’t jeopardize the effectiveness of the functions.

In other words:

Each of those capabilities should comply with their performance standards.

Additionally, the kit should include more than the cleaning items. You should also get high-quality gun oil, gun cleaner, utility brushes, bore snakes, bore brushes, and others.

Durability


The kit you select has to be solid and resistant. It should also be designed in a way that maximizes its durability. Remember that it should support the weight of the tools needed for cleaning, lubricating, scrapping, disassembling and reassembling.

Gun Cleaning Tips

remove rust from a gun

Cleaning a gun demands maximum attention. It also implies that you should follow the primordial rules of safe handling.

First and foremost, you should unload the gun. Secondly, ensure that you place the ammunition away from the cleaning area.

Thirdly, check again whether the gun is unloaded or not.

If you don’t know how to disassemble the arm, I advise you to check the gun’s manual, especially if it’s the first time you’re doing this. Remember, this isn’t something to joke with.

You shouldn’t use too much lubricant/solvent. Some people assume that the more, the better. Still, this could cause damage to your firearm. Use as much solvent as the patch will absorb. The excess of lubricant will drip down into the trigger mechanism. That will imminently lead to a gummy trigger.

Additionally, you should clean your firearm in the natural direction of the bullet. Otherwise, you could end up pushing the residue and dirt into the receiver and chamber.

  • Also, please avoid running a brush in the barrel first. That will cause real damage to your arm. This way, the brush will collect powder residue, moisture, dirt, etc. into the receiver or chamber.

Our Top  5 Product Reviews

1. Otis Elite Cleaning System with Optics Cleaning Gear

Otis Elite Cleaning SystemVia Amazon

Our first recommendation for the best gun cleaning kit is the Otis Elite Cleaning System. It is a high-quality product that aims at making the cleaning process as simple as possible.

The case looks sturdy and well made. You can tell that it will keep your gun cleaning equipment safe and sound. It’s the details like these that make the difference between a top and an average product.

What does this kit include?

A range of useful gun cleaning brushes and bronze bores, a muzzle cleaning system, and a memory flex road. Additionally, the system incorporates three sets of distinct sizes of cotton patches for cleaning. I like that the patches are made of first-quality cotton.

Another great feature is that you can use this kit for your handgun, shotgun or rifle. It features six cables, meant to be used as memory flex cables.

In other words:

The cables are both flexible and adjustable. They come in different sizes to meet distinct gun preferences and specifications. You get two extra tubes of Bore Solvent for a thorough gun cleaning procedure.

That’s what I would call a complete gun maintenance system. In short, this kit includes everything you need, gun maintenance wise.

Pros

  • Functional and well-made
  • You receive everything you need for thorough gun cleaning
  • The guide is a useful addition to the kit

Cons

  • Pricey item – still, you get what you pay for

2. DAC Winchester Super Deluxe Soft Sided Gun Care Case

DAC Winchester Super Deluxe Soft Sided Gun Care Case Via Amazon.com

This is a comprehensive kit that includes a generous combination of brushes for 14 distinct calibers, plus matching mops. Both the mops and the brushes feature the caliber number on them, which enables easy identification.

The kit also features 150 cotton patches of three distinct sizes, slot tips, and a bunch of utility brushes made of high-quality material – stainless steel, bronze, and nylon.

Moreover, you get a 13-piece sturdy jag set that is designed to match calibers from .17 to .50. The list continues: the kit incorporates brass rods for long guns and shotguns alike.

Rest assured though; the case includes screwdrivers and cleaning solutions as well. This is a truly versatile kit. The main reason I recommend this product is that it is one of the few kits that are suitable for large weapons of .50 to .540 caliber.

So, if you take pride in your far-reaching collection of weapons (small and large alike), this kit would perfectly serve your needs.

This might be the best gun cleaning kit for various reasons. It provides you with simplicity and affordability. It’s not only the number of the pieces that impresses you – it’s their utility as well.

Pros

  •  Impressive range of caliber accommodation
  •  Durable, well-crafted case
  •  Excellent value for the price

Cons

  • The craftsmanship of the bore rods could be enhanced.

3. Real Avid Premium Cleaning Kit

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This product is a great starting kit if you’re new to the AR. However, it’s an excellent item if you’re proficient, as well.

To begin with, it incorporates three distinct Real Avid products: MSR scraper, MSR field guide, and an updated MSR Gun Boss cleaning kit.

The scraper tool does a fine job at discarding off accumulated carbon build-up on the internal parts of the gun. The brushes designated to clean the bore and chamber are also practical, from my experience.

A segmented cleaning rod with handle is added to the kit, which enables me to get the rod length of the ideal sizing.

And lastly, the kit also includes a field guide indicating how to disassemble the rifle, how to clean the bore and chamber, the carbon encrusted parts, where to apply oil, and other useful information. I appreciate the addition of valuable details.

All things considered, I would advise you to get this kit if you’re looking for a useful, to-the-point kind of product that gets the job done.

Pros

  • Easy to carry – portability
  • Multipurpose gun cleaning kit
  • Affordability
  • It saves time

Cons

  • The T-handle could be improved
  • The cleaning attachment isn’t quite sturdy

4. Otis Tactical Cleaning System with 6 Brushes

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If you need an equally capable and portable gun cleaning system, this kit could serve your needs. It features six distinct brushes that are perfect for different gun calibers ranging from .17 to .50.

Most firearm owners – me included, face one common problem. I’m referring to the copper deposits and fouling found in the gun’s barrel. On that note, the brushes deliver an excellent job at cleaning rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

Simply put:

If you are a firearm enthusiast and you own a collection of guns, this kit could be a decent option.

The removal tools and T-handle present in the kit do an excellent job at cleaning jammed cases and eliminating barrel blockages. As for the memory-flex cleaning rods, their tensile strength is over 750 pounds.

On the whole, you could easily attempt to carry this compact cleaning kit in your gun bag. It incorporates high-quality items. This enables you to clean your guns in a detailed and thorough way – that’s how I do it.

Pros

  • Convenience: you can clean the bore of various types of weapons
  • Portability – compact and practical packaging
  • Ease of use

Cons

  • The patches leave a bit of lint

5. Hoppe’s BoreSnake Soft-Sided Pistol and Revolver Cleaning Kit

Hoppe's BoreSnake Soft-Sided Pistol and Revolver Cleaning KitVia Amazon.com

This cleaning kit is created for one caliber pistols or revolvers. Still, it is available for rifles and shotguns, as well. It aims at meeting the highest standards of practicality and portability.

As a matter of fact, you could easily attach the case to your belt. This means you could carry this around, without harming your back or anything.

I would have to mention that one of the first pros of this kit is its user-friendliness. Using it is easy and time effective. In less than 10 minutes, I have finished cleaning the weapon, without any difficulties whatsoever.

According to the manufacturer, this kit is specifically designated for tough environments. I subscribe – been there, done that! Moving on to the potential drawbacks – the solvent comes in an aerosol. This could make it challenging to control (particularly in severe environments).

Also, if parts of your firearm feature some bluing finish, be watchful that this solvent could damage the coloration.

On the whole, if you want to purchase a handy, practical kit that comes at an affordable price, I would suggest you get this one.

It qualifies as the best gun cleaning kit. And most importantly, it does what you expect it to do, hassle-free!

Pros

  • Affordable rate
  • Small, portable case
  • Easy to use
  • Saves time

Cons

  • It could damage the bluing finish
  • Created for one caliber guns only

Final Thoughts

To conclude, the best gun cleaning kit for you will depend almost exclusively on the gun you own and your needs. If you own a fine collection of distinct types of guns, a universal kit such as the Otis Elite Cleaning system would be ideal.

This kit brings the concept of safe and responsible gun ownership to another level. It combines the right set of features: portability, durability, and versatility. It also includes literally everything you would need to maintain your guns in optimal order.

The high-quality construction of the items indicates the time and effort put into creating them. Still, since it’s quite pricey compared to the other products listed in this guide, you couldn’t go wrong with either of our more affordable recommendations.

At the end of the day, what matters the most is to keep your gun clean. This way, you will prolong its life, while ensuring your safety and performance!

How to Choose the Best Archery Release For You

If you are on the market for the best archery release for your bow, you’re going to want to dig in and do plenty of research before making your purchase. Read through this guide to find out what the best archery releases for your bow are in 2017, and what makes each of them worthy of being on this list!

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Tru Ball Max Hunter Pro 4 Release Tru Ball Max Hunter Pro 4 Release Check Best Price
TruFire Hardcore Buckle Foldback... TruFire Hardcore Buckle Foldback… Check Best Price
Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution... Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution… Check Best Price
Scott Archery Shark Double Caliber... Scott Archery Shark Double Caliber… Check Best Price
Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release Check Best Price

Best Archery Release

What Type of Archery Release Is Best for You?
Wrist Style Releases
Handheld Style Releases
Is It Comfortable?
How Convenient Is It?
Can I Adjust It?
1. Tru Ball Max Hunter Pro 4 Release
2. Tru Fire Hardcore Buckle Foldback Adjustable Archery Release
3. Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution Archery Release
4. Scott Archery Shark Double Caliber Release
5. Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release
Conclusion

What Type of Archery Release Is Best for You?

Archery releases come in two different types – wrist/caliper style releases, and handheld releases. Both types of releases have their own pros and cons, and the choice of which release to get is completely up to the shooter. Both types are popular on the market today, and many famous brands tend to make one or both kinds, so you can either choose one that matches the brand of your bow or choose something else that appeals to you.

When considering options, you should keep in mind that more expensive releases have more adjustability features as opposed to cheaper releases, which are more or less ready to go right out of the package, since there are little to no adjustability options.

Wrist Style Releases

Wrist style releases tend to be the most popular style of archery release, and they are the easier of the two styles to use. The releases have a strap or cuff that can easily wrap around your wrist, securing the release to you.

With this type, the releases tend to come in different qualities, with the higher quality models having the ability to tighten or loosen the jaws, allowing a smoother and more personalized way to release. Instead of focusing all of the bow’s weight on your fingers, the wrist strap transfers much of it to your wrist and your forearm, allowing you an easier time with pulling back your bow string.

Handheld Style Releases

Handheld releases are a lot newer than wrist style releases and have been popping up on shelves a lot more recently. As they tend to be much lighter in weight and easier to maneuver than the competing wrist style releases, many archers, both new and seasoned, are choosing to pick up at least one handheld style release to try out.

While the handheld style releases still feature a trigger that must be “pulled” in order to fire the bow, you are able to fire it with your thumb as opposed to the trigger finger on the wrist style releases, which can irritate the finger over time. Many archery professionals tend to favor handheld style releases over the older wrist style releases.

Is It Comfortable?

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When choosing an archery release for yourself, you need to look into comfort levels. You should purchase an archery release that you are comfortable using and that works best for you without injuring you or making you strain your hands and fingers.

If possible, check into practicing with some of these releases at a sporting goods store or with family members or friends who also enjoy archery; it will ultimately change your archery game.

It is also important to consider the type of material that the wrist strap is made out of if you choose a wrist style release. Some companies make their straps with material that is a bit uncomfortable, while others make theirs with breathable fabric that flexes with you and will make it easier for you, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time with the strap on your wrist.

How Convenient Is It?

When purchasing an archery release, you need to take into consideration how important convenience is, especially on wrist style releases. Some of these releases have a Velcro style strip that allows the wrist release to attach to your arm, while others have buckles.

You need to think about how loud a Velcro release might be as opposed to a buckle – if you are just shooting archery targets for fun, it might not make a difference, but if you are out in the field, you are going to want something quieter, like a buckle.

Can I Adjust It?

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One more thing you should think about when purchasing your new archery release is how adjustable it is. You will want something with options – for a wrist style release, you might want something that will allow you to lengthen or shorten the fabric that goes around your wrist, securing it in place.

You also need a release that will allow you to adjust between the trigger and the wrist, so that you can keep your shooting form intact while using the release. Perhaps you want a release that has an adjustable tension in case you decide to change the amount of tension in the release when firing the bow. The options are purely up to you, so be sure to choose what is most comfortable and right for your style of archery.

1. Tru Ball Max Hunter Pro 4 Release

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The Tru Ball Max Hunter Pro 4 Release is a handheld archery release that is known for its abundance of adjustment options and the ability to pull back quite a large weight of a bow string. The Tru Ball Max Hunter Pro 4 also comes in two colors, and multiple sizes for youth or adults.

This release has a large list of features that many find to be perfectly great when it comes to usage, making it perfect for new and experienced archers.

Pros​

  • A fully adjustable knob activator
  • Low noise levels – this release is virtually silent
  • 360 degree swiveling head
  • Highly and easily adjustable sensitivity
  • Ability to use for both left or right handed archers

Cons

Like all releases that you are going to come across, even this has a few cons over some other release choices.

  • Springs aren’t as strong as some competitors
  • Has a tendency to “misfire” without proper oiling and care

As you can see, the pros of this bow release far outweigh the cons, which are mostly touch and go, and with proper care and maintenance, can even be avoided completely.

2. Tru Fire Hardcore Buckle Foldback Adjustable Archery Release

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The TruFire brand is a great one for archery releases, quite popular and with a good reason! The TruFire Hardcore Buckle Foldback Adjustable Archery Release is a wrist style release that many archers swear by.

The release has a lot of options that one might feel necessary to their archery experience. Since this is a foldback wrist release, you are able to fold the release back against your wrist when you are not using it for added comfort.

You can easily use this for any archer – from young adults and even women, as it is completely adjustable. Here are a few important pros about this release that are necessary to point out:

Pros​

  • Buckle strap eliminates noise and provides comfort for the wearer
  • Head pivots at 20 degree angle to eliminate torque on drawback
  • Automatically aligns for center shot
  • Fully adjustable trigger
  • Fits both right and left hands

Cons

While this release is short on cons, a few of them appear to be:

  • Works better for smaller size wrists
  • Tends to wear out faster than more expensive options

3. Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution Archery Release

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The Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution Archery Release comes in two different colors – both camo and black, so that you have the option to choose a design that suits you best. The release, which is a handheld release, is an upscale release that is of high quality, and again made by a popular archery brand that you can trust.

The release has many features and is quite adjustable, as well as silent, making it ideal for helping you make the shot every single time. Some of the pros to the Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution Archery Release include:

Pros​

  • Comfortable and sleek
  • Aluminum construction
  • Lanyard for easy portability
  • Eleven ball bearings give you a 360 degree rotation
  • Sixteen position trigger knob
  • Adjustable tension
  • Works for both left and right handed archers
  • Smooth head rotation

Cons

While this release tends to have a lot more pros than cons, there are a few that can cause a little bit of concern for those who are looking to purchase a high quality release. Some cons for the Tru-Fire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution Archery Release include:

  • A bit pricier than other models
  • Hook can be difficult to keep on string loop

4. Scott Archery Shark Double Caliber Release

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The Scott Archery Shark Double Caliber Release is a wrist release that comes in both camouflage and black. This release is Scott brand’s number one selling wrist release, making it a favorite of many archers. It is moderately priced and is simple to use but still offers a lot of important adjustment features that many archers swear by.

The compact design makes this release easy to carry back and forth to tree stands, the archery range, and back home again, easily. It fits into your bag or hunting pack and is great for all ages. This release has plenty of great features that make it such a great archery release, including:

Pros​

  • Solid swivel connector
  • Five hole length adjustment
  • Forward-positioned knurled trigger allows you to fully draw back bow easily
  • Oversized head adds comfort
  • Dual jaw design
  • Larger jaw radius
  • Choice of velcro or buckle
  • Smooth and easy to use

Cons

A few cons about the Scott Archery Shark Double Caliber Release include:

  • Velcro is a tad noisy
  • Not as long lasting or durable as other releases in price range
  • Release works better for those with smaller hands

5. Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release

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You can definitely see a recurring theme with quality archery releases, that being that many of them are from the Tru-Fire company. This company creates some great releases for archers of all ages, and in this case they have come out with a new handheld release that is sleek, lightweight, and has loads of adjustability options to help you stay on top of your game.

The release is made of aluminum that is solid, and since it doesn’t weigh much, is the perfect companion for your bow to have in your bag when you head to the woods or to the range. This release can handle a 70 pound weight with no problem, making it great for a variety of bows. Here are some pros to consider if you are looking to the Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release:

Pros​

  • Spring loaded trigger
  • 360 degree rotating head offers torque free shooting every time
  • Adjustable trigger travel
  • Sleek and comfortable lightweight aluminum construction
  • Easy to carry with you
  • Solid, easy to grip design

Cons

A few cons for the Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release include the following:

  • A bit more difficult to adjust than other models

Conclusion

In the case of which archery release would win from the five listed above, one would really need to decide first if they would wish to go with a wrist release or a handheld release first. In the category of handheld release, the Tru-Fire Edge 4 Finger Black Release is a great choice, as it offers many different options, is quite adjustable, and has more pros than cons.

In the case of wrist style release, however, the TruFire Hardcore Buckle Foldback Adjustable Archery Release is definitely one worth checking out. The ease of use and the adjustment features are great for the middle of the range price point, and it is perfect for those who are looking into getting into archery.

When Should You Carry Arrows In The Nocked Position? (And Shoot Your Prize Game Every Time)

When deciding whether or not to nock your bow, keep in mind that arrows in a bow should be treated as carefully as the bullets in a gun. Carrying your arrows in the nocked position when you’re not ready to fire can damage your bow, and they can even be deadly. So when should you carry arrows in the nocked position? Be sure to keep these general rules in mind as you go out into the woods to catch that prize game.

Spot the Game Clearly

Spotting your game clearly is the first key when knowing when to draw your bow. Whether you’re aiming at a game in a tree or on the ground, getting a clear view is vital. Be sure that your surroundings allow you to stand in the correct position.

  • With your feet standing straight beneath the width of your hips, turn your body so that you are at a right angle from the spotted game.
  • Where you place your feet has an enormous effect on your accuracy. Be sure that your stance is open and your front foot is set forward and pointed in the direction of the target. This opens your stance and allows for slight movement when drawing back while still maintaining your target.
  • Then take a small backwards step with the front foot, as this will square your stance.

Don’t Nock Arrows with Bow Pointing Up

Never nock your arrows while your bow is pointing up. This can be deadly, as an arrow that is shot up while returning to the earth at its point has enough force to crack a skull.

  • Grip your bow in a way that is comfortable so that you don’t move slightly to the left. This is the torque effect, which happens when you hold the grip of your bow in a way that isn’t suitable for your arms strength or the pressure you’re putting onto the bow grip.
  • Practice gripping your bow so that you can avoid the torque effect that is common in even experienced archers. (Read more here about fixing torque effect: http://www.bowhuntingmag.com/ask-winke/how-do-i-fix-bow-torque/ )
  • Be sure that your target is not so far above you that you’re aiming at a 90-degree angle above your stance. If your target is too high above you, be sure to move back enough to be able to lower your bow to a more comfortable target in front of you. Never shoot over the horizon. Always be sure to see where your arrow will stop in case you miss your intended target.

Nocking Your Arrow

Nocking Your Arrow

Nock your arrow only when you have your target in sight. Never nock your arrow unless you are ready to draw your bow and shoot your target. Archery can be deadly; additionally nocking your bow before you have a target in sight can negatively affect your ability to shoot the target once you do have it in sight.

Walking through dense forest with a nocked arrow could tire your hand if you’re remaining in a grip position. It may also damage the bow.

  • Stand at a 90-degree angle from your target in your open or squared stance. Be sure that you’re comfortable. You may even step forward with your front foot to open your stance more.
  • Using the hand that you write with, place the arrow between your thumb and index finger.
  • Using the string, align the nock and the slot. The arrows feathers should be pointed at an 180-degree angle. You should have your target at a 90-degree angle from your front foot.

Assess Your Target

Assess Your Target

Study your target and never rush a shot. Take your time, and be sure to aim and assess your target for at least ten seconds before each shot. It takes a time to assess your targets complexities, including its movements and next possible movements.

  • Never drop your bow immediately after making a shot. Always pay close attention to your target after firing. Dropping your bow too soon may lead in the future to dropping it slightly during your shot.
  • Make sure that the area surrounding your target is going to be able to stop your arrow effectively. Be sure not to nock your arrow before you’ve made sure that your target isn’t in an area with the possibility of people or other hunters in the area.
  • Make sure that you’re relaxed. Your mood has a large impact on your posture. Have fun and enjoy archery.

While archery has many different moving parts from stance, to accessories of your bow and safety gear, to assessing your target and effective aiming and reducing torque-effect, remember that it is a fun sport.


Never be too hard on yourself. Every so often, invest in a professional lesson or use a camera to tape your stance and your shooting methods. This way you can assess your own performance against what you know to do or how you’d intended to shoot. Comment below if you have any questions or recommendations for when to nock your bow!

What Should be used to Screw On Broadheads?

What should be used to screw on broadheads? Well, this is a question with very few answers because there is no shortcut to tightly screwing your broadhead on the arrow shaft. Every seasoned hunter will confess to you that a tight arrowhead is critical when it comes to bringing down a big game.

I mean, there is no need of hitting that whitetail deer in the right spot only for the broadhead to fail to do the expected damage. That is the reason every hunter should be eager to know what should be used to screw on broadheads.

I have been in countless hunting expeditions, and I can confess that several of my friends have lost big trophies because their broadheads were not well fixed. In most of these cases, the broadheads were either poorly fixed, or the wrong material was used to connect them to the shaft. Today, I want to demystify what should be used to screw on broadheads. Read on…

So, What Should be used to Screw On Broadheads?


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Hunting has been around for several thousands of years. Therefore, hunters have had a long period to discover and determine the best ways to screw on broadheads on arrow shafts. The most common and most efficient include the tie and the glue on method.

Tying arrowheads has been around ever since human beings began walking on earth. It was the earliest way to screw on broadheads though it was not and is still not that efficient.

Broadheads are strongest when glued on the arrow shafts. However, gluing will also work for traditional arrow tips. Gluing comes with several benefits apart from being strong enough to hold the broadhead even when penetrating tough hides and skins. It is the most efficient way to fix a broadhead

There are two types of glues that can be used to fix broadheads on the screw on adapter. These include the cold and hot glues. These methods are very efficient, but they also come with their disadvantages as we are going to see later in this article.

How is Hot Glue used to Screw On Broadheads?


Hot glues have been around for several decades, and arrow hunters have fallen in love with them due to their effectiveness and efficiency. Additionally, these glues are very efficient, so you can use them without having to worry about the budget.

One of the main reasons I strongly recommend hot glues is that they can be melted to retrieve a broadhead if you want to change the shaft. Therefore, you do not have to worry about removing the broadhead after screwing it using hot glue.

Nonetheless, it is crucial to be aware that you have to heat the broadhead if you want to retrieve it. Heating it can reduce its temper is the heating process is not done professionally. If you want to remove a broadhead that has been fixed with hot glue, use only low heat sources to avoid damaging the tip. If the broadhead does not have any ceramic coating, heat it carefully because the heat can damage the finishing standards of the heads.

  • We also recommend that you should never use a torch to heat the broadhead. You are just spelling trouble if you will use such kind of heating method.
  • Instead, just use an alcohol burner. It can give the sufficient heat that you need to melt the glue. Moreover, it can guarantee you that the composition of your broadhead won’t be affected.

Cold Glue

Cold glues have just hit the market the other day; they have not been existing in the market for so long, and for this reason, not many hunters have heard about them. Despite these being new entries in the glue market, they are very efficient when it comes to screwing on broadheads. They easily dissolve and are equally sticky. Hunters mix them with super glue to make very strong and tight adhesions.

The main difference between this type of glue and hot glues is that they do not require to be heated when fixing the broadhead. This is the best way to screw on your broadheads if you hunt bigger animals like deer and elk. The glue is strong enough to withstand any kind of impact.

Cold glues might make very stable adhesions, but they still have disadvantages. Many of my hunting boys have questioned it quality due to its susceptibility to becoming brittle once cured

Special types of chemicals may also be required to retrieve the broadhead. This makes the process of removing broadheads from the shaft expensive when compared to hot glues.

How Do You Screw on Your Broadhead Using This Method?


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Many novice hunters wonder whether they have the skills to screw on broadheads themselves. My answer to this is yes as long as you follow the right guideline. If you don’t fix your broadheads in the right way, it could affect the degree of your accuracy when times to bring down that duck or goose comes, so pay attention if you don’t want frustrations.

Preparation

Like anything else that needs to be glued, you have to inspect where contact will be made. Clean them using a sandpaper and wipe them off to get rid of the dirt. This step is crcial since it will determine the strength of the adhesion made. Any oil residues must also be gotten rid. This can easily be achieved by using alcohol-based detergents.

  • N.B.: even if the broadhead arrow is new, it must be cleaned

Gluing

If you decide to use hot glue, ensure that your source of heat can be controlled. On the other hand, if you choose cold glues, ensure that you have the necessary chemicals with you to make the process smooth.

Despite the type of glue you decide to use, ensure that you have worn the necessary protection gears, glues can be lethal especially if they get into your eyes. They could even result in very serious burns.

Aligning

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Once the broadhead is glued on the shaft, it is time to ensure that it is well aligned. If you fail to align the arrowhead correctly, you may never hit your targets on the fields, and nothing can be as disappointing as this. A crooked Arrowhead will not fly in the right direction. So, how do you align the broadhead?

The easiest way to align an arrow head is by spinning it before during and after the gluing process to ensure that it is well aligned.

  • This method is easy and cheap but may not always produce true results.
  • Alternatively, you can buy a commercial aligner. Mechanized aligners are very reliable because they will always produce very satisfactory results.

Conclusion

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Learning what should be used to screw on broadheads is essential to make sure that it won’t come off from the arrow. Moreover, it also helps in the proper alignment, so the arrow’s flight is correct and steady

Knowing what should be used to screw on broadheads is the first step to becoming an accomplished hunter. It is the foolproof way to ensure that your arrow head will not come off before it hits your target.

Additionally, it gives you the chance to align your arrow heads to ensure that they will fly in the right direction once released from the bow. I have also talked about the best ways to screw on broadheads; it is upon you to decide whether you will use hot or cold glue.

What Is The Difference Between 9mm And 9mm Luger Ammo?

So, you have already bought your gun, and you want to find out whether these rounds are similar? Or perhaps, you have been using the two types of rounds, and you are just curious whether the two rounds have any similarities?

Well, there could be a few similarities with the appearance and the shape. The big question is, what is the difference between the 9mm and the 9mm Luger? This is not an easy question especially to people who don’t want to accept the reality.

Personally, I have to accept that it’s a lot of fun discussing such a topic- as in, is there any difference between a round that is loaded into a 9mm NATO pressure and one loaded into a 9mm Luger pressure? Of course, there is! Before we can even continue, it is important for you to acknowledge that indeed a big difference exists.

I am stressing on this because there are people who will fight arguing that the specs of the 9mm Luger are similar those of a 9mm NATO round. Trust me there are a lot of differences. Apart from the most obvious difference of the bullet, 9mm rounds are loaded to a higher pressure than the 9mm Luger.

If you are an enthusiast of armor, you already know that the ammo industry normally uses SAAMI Standards to determine the pressure ammo should be loaded into. 9mm Luger ammo should be loaded in a SAAMI pressure of about 35,000 PSA and CIP (those from Europe should be loaded under a pressure of 34, 80 PSI).

On the other hand, according to CIP, the 9mm NATO round should be loaded with a pressure of 36, 500 PSI. This implies that the 9mm Luger runs at a lower pressure when compared to the newer 9mm NATO round.

The Difference Between 9mm And 9mm Luger Ammo

So, Does This Have Any Meaning For You?
Tapered walls
Feeding Reliability
Shootability
More Guns
Conclusion

So, Does This Have Any Meaning For You?

Well, most people will recommend treating the 9mm Luger like the 9mm NATO round which implies that you will be loading the 9mm Luger in a higher pressure than it should be. If you are a casual shooter, this could have several meanings for you.

  • First, never put a 9mm Luger into old guns;
  • secondly only use the 9mm Luger rounds in newer and stronger guns that have been stored in good conditions.
  • Finally, it will make you appreciate the 9mm NATO because it is used by like the half of the world in a very wide variety of pistols including the following:
  • Beretta M9
  • ​Glock 19 and 17
  • ​Browning Hi-Power
  • CZ-75
  • ​All manner of Sigs
  • HK

Tapered walls

Tapper does affect the angle of the cartridge when the rounds are stacked together as I have illustrated on the picture below. This results to a curvature which is not desirable in a magazine. On the other hand, the straight walled 9mm NATO rounds do not produce this kind of curvature which makes them better than the 9mm Luger rounds.

This effect can also be transferred to the way they feed into the chamber. Normally tapered cartridges will result in an over exaggerated nosedive gap which will result to feed problems as the round enters into the feed ramp. This effect is highly noticeable.


Feeding Reliability

From my tests, I did not experience any feeding malfunctions with the round nose 9mm NATO rounds. However, many shooters will bear me witness that flat nosed bullets can have feeding malfunctions in guns that rely heavily on round nosed bullets. This is another advantage of the 9mm NATO rounds over the 9MM Luger.


Shootability

Though many guns shoot the 9mm Luger well, very few of guns will shoot the 9mm less accurately. If you are finding yourself with problems shooting the 9mm Luger try out the 9mm and your shots will be more accurate than before.

The 9mm will always be more accurate because it does not have tapered wall and its head is not flat but rounded. Shot placement is very important when it comes to neutralizing a threat, and the 9mm will do nothing but enhancing it. That is also one of the main differences of this round.

The 9mm Luger was invented in 1902, and very few things about it have changed. On the other hand, the 9mm is a recent invention which can also be used in automatic guns. Since 1902, guns have changed a lot, but the 9mm Luger has never changed which makes an underdog to the more modern and reliable 9mm round


More Guns

Like I said before, more than half of the worlds pistols are using the 9mm. Even police officers prefer using the 9mm as opposed to the 9mm Luger before of its efficiency and reliability. Every shooter wants a round that will hit the target with a lot of ease, and that’s all the 9mm has. Due to tapered walls and feed problems, the 9mm Luger has become an underdog when compared to the 9mm. Experienced cops will also bear me witness.


Conclusion

The bottom line is, there exist several differences whether we accept it or not. You cannot just a judge a round by looking at it. There are several factors that distinguish these rounds as I have discussed above. For those who don’t want to accept the facts, let them try out the functionality of the two rounds and make a conclusion for themselves.

What is the Correct Way to Shoulder a Shotgun? A Skill You Never Knew

Are you a hunting enthusiast or just a novice? Whichever the answer to this question, the truth is that whether beginners or professionals, we are all in love with the game. If you have not yet taken the game up, you must have heard how relaxing this sport can be and also how much calmness it can bring to the players.

Personally, I will spend entire weekends chasing geese, ducks, deer, elk and rabbits. What tastes better than a wild grown duck? We will discuss that on another day; let’s keep to the point for now.

Before shooting your first goose or duck, you have to master the techniques required to make accurate shots. Amongst these skills, learning the correct way to shoulder a shotgun is the most important. You might be already be asking, what is the correct way to shoulder a shotgun and why should you even bother learning?

Well, the reason you should learn the correct way to shoulder a shotgun is to increase your accuracy. I mean, you can’t be a good hunter if you can’t accurately shoot your targets. If your gun is placed in a strong position, the higher the chances of taking that elk or deer home. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect day out in the fields? Of course, it does, but you have to learn first.

So, what do you need to know?


First Things First: Basic Guidelines

If you are not aware, the sight of most shotguns is a bead which is usually located in the front part of the gun. This sight is imperative when it comes to positioning your head correctly on the stock. In addition to this, you should bear in mind that you have to align the barrel of the gun with your eyes.

If you already own a shotgun, you are well aware that aiming at targets is usually very rare. As hunters, we are always shooting on moving targets. For this reason, we must know how to handle our guns and make a kill even when that duck is flying.​

People who use rifles are always shooting at targets. For a hunter like you and me, we will constantly be shooting on moving objects. At one moment, that deer is in your sight, the next few seconds, it is running, and finally you have lost sight of it. That’s why we need shotguns. Due to the nature of this sport, shotguns have a pointed design.​

Closing in the Stock

When time to point a shotgun comes, your face should be close to it as much as possible. Precisely, your cheek should be close to the stock. If it is possible, let the gun fit snugly in this position. Like I said before, your eyes should also be aligned to the centerline of the gun This is the best way of positioning your shotgun on the face.

By doing so, you increase the control and accuracy of the gun. If you find this hard, there is no reason to give up. Just keep on practicing, and you will soon be perfect. If you can do this, then you can proceed to the next step on the correct way to shoulder a shotgun.​


What is the Correct Way to Shoulder a Shotgun?

If you want to shoulder a shotgun in the correct way, then you have no choice but learn the right way to close in the stock on your cheeks. This is where most shotgun owners fail. Many learners will just lower their head all the way to the stock.

This is a mistake you should never commit at all if you are interested in shouldering your shotgun the right way. The secret here is to ensure you do not adjust your head. Only the gun should be adjusted. The stock should also be placed close the cheek and not you placing the cheek close to the stock.

Once you have achieved that, you can safely take the back of the stock to your shoulder for stability. You should develop a habit of doing this every time you are handling your shotgun because it is the correct way to shoulder a shotgun​

Nonetheless, there are other ways you can shoulder your shotgun correctly. I have made a list of a few of them.​

  • Lower your head then bring the stock near your cheek. After you are in this position, bring the back of the close to your shoulder for stability.
  • Lower the head, however, this time push the back of the stock to your shoulder before bringing it near the cheek
  • Without having to lower your head, push the stock near your cheek then directly push the back of the stock near the cheek. There is no need to lower your head when on this position.

What is the Best Way to Shoulder a Shotgun?

Now that we have already talked about the correct way to shoulder a shotgun, you might be wondering, which of these is the best? Well, the answer to this is subject to debate. Every other shotgun owner like you and me has their preferences. It all depends on your preferences and the position where your body is comfortable.

Some of the things you should take into consideration are the hunting conditions and the shooting position. Otherwise, you do not have to compromise your favorite shooting position and style.

What is The Correct Way to Pull the Trigger And Deal with the Swing?

Learning how to correctly shoulder a shotgun won’t necessarily guarantee you a kill. You need to know how to pull the trigger and deal with the swing. Shotguns and rifles don’t work the same way. When firing a shotgun, you have to do it as fast as possible so that you can’t compromise on the shot of the accuracy of the shot. If you don’t deal with the swing, the bullet is going to fall behind your target

Let’s wrap it up, folks!

There is nothing bad as watching a hunter miss all of his/her targets. And do you know why? Well, because this can be fully avoided. You just need to learn how to shoulder your shotgun correctly!

Let me hope that you learned something and also enjoyed reading this article. Come back for more tips on hunting. But until then, it is good bye from me. Have fun and shoot as many deer as you can. I might pass by and ask for some ribs.