There is a lot to consider when choosing a hunting shotgun, so we asked Rafe Nielsen, communications manager for Browning, to answer questions and help us through the process.
GET THE KICK OUT: LEARNING TO TAME RECOIL IN YOUR HUNTING FIREARM
If you’re going to hunt, you will need to learn to manage recoil. Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which means every time you pull the trigger the gun will push back. Learning to control recoil is key to making a successful shot in the field, and here’s how you can beat the kick:
HOW TO STAY ON TARGET WITH PROPER GUN FIT
There are a lot of choices that must be made when purchasing a new rifle or shotgun. Gauge or caliber is an important consideration, and action type is another critical choice. But very few hunters ever spend time finding a gun that fits them, and that might be a mistake. Improper gun fit can lead to a host of problems.
THE FOUR RULES FOR MAKING A SAFE SHOT
Knowing when to shoot—and when not to shoot—is critical when hunting big game. There are few moments that are more exciting than when a big buck or bull steps out into the clear and offers a shot. Usually that moment comes after long months of preparation and planning, and that leads many hunters to take ill-advised shots. As hunters, our first priority is safety—we need to know when it is safe to shoot and when to hold up, even if there’s a big buck right in front of you.
TRACKING THE HISTORY OF AMERICA'S MODERN DAY HUNTING RIFLE
Throughout history, hunters have adapted military technological advances into helping them more efficiently harvest game. None of these advances has had a more profound effect on hunters than the rifle. From crude, ancient shoulder-fired mini-cannons, to smaller, lighter rifles with improved ignition systems, to cutting shallow grooves inside barrels we know as “rifling” that exponentially increase accuracy and were available by the Revolutionary War, to rifles that could handle the hotter loads and higher pressures produced by metallic cartidges, the rifle has been both a staple of the military and has been putting meat on the table for hundreds of years.
HANDGUN HUNTING: WAHT YO KNOW BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE
Using a pistol or revolver to take game can be exciting and challenging, but you need to understand your limitations.Most shooters associate handguns with concealment and personal defense, but handguns are functional hunting tools that can, in the hands of an experienced shooter, bring down big game out to 100 yards or more. Handgun hunting is a special challenge, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time in the field. There are many other advantages to hunting with handguns outside of just the challenge:
MUZZLELOADER: A BLAST FROM THE PAST
When it comes to hunting options and seasons today, one popular method can actually take hunters back in time…the unique experience of hunting with a muzzleloader. In this pursuit, all hunters must begin by thoroughly study the rifle and bullet, and then measuring blackpowder precisely. loading is a step-by-step process that requires pouring in the muzzleloading powder—or dropping in pre-formed blackpowder pellets, wrapping a musket ball or bullet with a patch or sabot, and then pressing the bullet into the barrel’s muzzle.
THE MSR: THE HUNTING RIFLE OF TODAY'S GENERATION
Take notice the next time you enter a hunting camp or venture to your local shooting range; the odds are there might be something new in the hands of your fellow sportsmen. Where once the classic wood stocked bolt-action reigned supreme, a modern suitor has made its presence known. While its looks might be misleading, little separates this rifle’s core from its more traditional counterpart.