Gag order planned on Firearms Related Speech

Yup, Obama is at it again! See NRA/ILA website below for details.

Stop Obama’s Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

From NRA website: “Time is of the essence! Public comment will be accepted on the proposed gag order until August 3, 2015. Comments may be submitted online at or via e-mail at with the subject line, ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”

Finally, please contact your U.S. Senators and Member of Congress. Urge them to oppose the State Department’s attempt to censor online speech concerning the technical aspects of firearms and ammunition. Use the “Write Your Lawmakers” feature on our website or call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.

Here is a copy of my email letter below. You may use any part of it.


Subject: ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”

Body of Letter:

“Re: ITAR Amendment Restriction on Firearms Communication and Free Speech

It is my understanding that the public may comment on this International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) amendment until August 3, 2015. With the new proposal published on June 3, the State Department claims to be “clarifying” the rules concerning “technical data” posted online or otherwise “released” into the “public domain.” To the contrary, however, the proposal would institute a massive new prior restraint on free speech. This is because all such releases would require the “authorization” of the government before they occurred. The cumbersome and time-consuming process of obtaining such authorizations, moreover, would make online communication about certain technical aspects of firearms and ammunition essentially impossible.

The new International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) Amendment regulation introduced June 3, 2015 is “in fact” a breech of the First and Second Amendment of the Constitution of United States. I strongly disagree with the amendment and urge you to follow the Constitution.

The Amendment will damage freedom and the ability to communicate among “We the People” set forth in the Constitution under free speech and access to technical aspects on websites for firearms purchases and websites and blogs, web forums and video’s. Further, that I have contacted my Senators and Congressman and state legislators in this regard.


Got to Love the .375 Ruger in Texas

Big Texas loves big Guns! Back some time ago I wrote prolifically about the .375 Ruger and a reader from Texas named Alan L. He read the article I wrote entitled; “Hand Loading the .375 Ruger for Deer, Bear, Moose and Cape Buffalo” and proceeded to purchase the Ruger M77 Hawkeye in .375 Ruger and he has never looked back.

He has changed the stock to a synthetic McMillan Stock, a personal preference, see the photo below and had it professionally bedded and accurized by Hill Country Rifles in New Braunfels, TX.

My Ruger M77 Hawkeye in .375 Ruger is exactly as I received it from a dealer. It shot sub MOA out of the box and I never looked back either. I love my .375 Ruger! Shooting it is really fun!

375 Ruger in texas

He reloads the .375 Ruger the same as I have with hand loads that are customized to the game he hunts. From small game, varmints to deer at 38-55 Winchester velocities, to 2600 fps for wild hogs, and on the higher level with 300 grain Dangerous game bullets including solids, what ever game on the Planet he wishes to hunt. In Texas, wild hogs can gore the hunter with tusks making a close encounter one of dangerous game.

The .375 Ruger on large ornery wild hogs is good medicine when confronted with a charge. For those who believe that recoil is severe, you are wrong when the recoil pad is a Pachmayr decelerator or a Sim’s SVL recoil pad. These pads reduce felt recoil around 50 % making them feel more like a 30-06 instead. If you can’t shoot an ’06 then the best advice is to stay out of the Hog woods.

I would use a round soft nose bullet for Hogs. The soft round nose will expand largely and drive the expanded bullet like a freight train wrecking bone and tissue in its path in such a devastating way as to put the lights out on a hog like it was struck by lightning. Big hole in, a barn door hole coming out. A bullet like the 270 grain Round Nose traveling at 2600 fps delivers over 4000 ft-lb at the muzzle. Amazingly the .375 Ruger that I own and that Alan owns are both sub Minute of Angle accurate; that is to say grouping three bullets in less than 1 inch at 100 yards for heavy bone crushing loads. That is the Ruger hammer forged barrel. I have hunted and killed Moose and deer with the .375 Ruger and after 50 years of hunting and reloading it is truly impressive when the shooter can reload his or her own custom loads with impeccable accuracy over a wide range of bullets and powders.

The key to shooting any rifle is that you must place the bullet in a vital area to do its job. Shooting a big Hog in the foot ain’t gonna do that, so practice. Alan says he chose a scope a Meopta Meostar 1.5-6 x 42. This allows the shooter the ability to shoot at 5 feet using 1.5x and still see the animal in focus to shoot, a great scope choice.

If you are interested in one rifle for the Planet then see your Ruger dealer and check out the Ruger at

375 ruger web site

© 2015



NH Hunter & Bowhunter Education – On-Line Course and Field Day

.I took the NH Hunter Course in the early 1960’s and did not have a Cert. Number. I want to hunt in southern states that have more deer, but some states now require a Hunter or Bowhunter Cert. Number. If you don’t have one then you need to get one by taking the new NH Hunter course. I needed a Hunter Cert Number.

After some grumbling, I took it in stride and took the updated course. I believe the On-Line Course and the Field Day was great. Instructors worked hard to instill the safety and ethics that is so critical to hunting’s future. There is the traditional course with more hands-on would be even better for a young hunter and that still exists. A NH Conservation Officer steps you through the new rules and regs and answers important questions. You can log on today and take the on line course like I did and then attend a field day or take a longer (think its 3 day course) too which is more hands-on. As a former Hunter Ed Instructor I aced the tests and learned alot too as well a getting a refresher.  Go for it…take the plunge and go hunting in NH or any state.

Check it out at

Ruger – 2 Million Gun Challenge to benefit NRA

A Great Idea From Ruger!

Ruger Quote: “Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has pledged to donate $2 for each new Ruger firearm sold between the 2015 and 2016 NRA Annual Meetings, with the goal of giving $4,000,000. Ruger’s donation will benefit the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). Established in 1975, NRA-ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

ruger challenge


Ruger M77 Hawkeye Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor at 600 yards.

On Thursday June 4, 2015 I took the Ruger M77 Hawkeye Predator for its first foray at the 600 yard range at Nashua, New Hampshire. It performed outstandingly well.

nashua with creedmoorThe Scope used was the Leupold Gold Ring VX-6 3-18x44mm with the B&C Reticle. At 600 yards I turned the scope up to 18x and adjusted the focal plane for 600 yards. The target was clear and crisp with the x ring visible. In the target image below the small blue circle represents an unknown shooter at an unknown distance. The larger circle represents shots taken with the Creedmoor.  Initial hits were far to the right so I walked the shots left with three windage adjustments. One minute (4 clicks) equals 6 inched at 600 yards. By the time I was scoring in the ten ring I ran out of bullets. Without a doubt, nearly all the shots would have been in the 10x ring if the rifle was already adjusted left. This rifle is impressive with these hunting bullets and can only get better with a heavy target bullet with some additional powder tests this rifle will shoot groups like those far below. The Creedmoor will do it with less recoil too. For someone that wants an all around rifle for hunting big game like deer, bear, and elk, varmints or f-class target, I give this Ruger a big thumbs up. It is not obvious at first glance but with the laminate stock and stainless barrel it would make a great rifle for a pack-in hunt in any weather. The stock won’t swell in wet weather and the barrel will not rust! Retail is around $800 and a bargain! 

The Ruger M77 Hawkeye Predator in the 6.5 Creedmoor is a winner expecially when topped with the Leupold VX-6 in 3-18x44mm.  The Scope will handle any weather on the planet and any caliber you wish to use and retails for $1100 on sale. See the article on the VX-6 in NH Rifleman.

Ruger M77 Hawkeye Predator with Leupold Gold Ring 3-18x44mm

600 yard target

600 yard target

Interestingly a woman target shooter shot a SIG Sauer Rifle in 308 Winchester with a LR Scope, she was shooting A-Max bullets from Hornady which are known for their high ballistic coefficient and for target shooting. This is what a good 600 yard group looks like when you have done your homework on the Rifle, Scope, Bullet, Powder and practice. I congratulated her on this terrific group seen below on this F Class target.

nashua woman shooter

If you want to read this in context with the other articles, look back in the website history for the first article and read forward.  Good Shooting! © 2015


30-06 Springfield – A Reloader’s Hunting Cartridge

The 30-06 Springfield was introduced to the US Army in 1906. That was nearly 110 years ago. In that 110 years the 30-06 became one of the most popular hunting cartridges of all time in North America and on the African Continent for American hunters.  It still is today due to the wide availability of brass, and later, many bullet weights and styles, shot largely in bolt action hunting rifles. In Africa President Teddy Roosevelt kill much game including an Elephant with the 30-06. I would choose a larger caliber like the 458 Lott for dangerous game (yet another story) , thanks!

In hunting circles the 30-06 brass is still perhaps the most widely available brass along the .308 Winchester a smaller cartridge with its own story as a military round. Every corner store that has ammo stocks the 30-06 Springfield. Reloading dies are everywhere!

What is fascinating is that the 30-06 of military fame gave birth by experimentation by Wildcatters (experimenters) to a plethora of excellent hunting calibers both smaller in diameter and larger in diameter.  The 30-06 based cartridge that has dominated the smaller caliber is the .270 Winchester (diameter actual is .277 inches) a necked down 30-06 case. It was Jack O’connor of Outdoor Life that wrote so prolifically and eloquently on the .270 Winchester for all North American Game and African Plains Game but with moderate recoil in a standard action.  If memory serves, he loaded 130 grain heads with IMR 4350 and exited the muzzle above 3000 fps. I read lots of his work in Outdoor Life Magazine growing up. He was a master story teller but ever to inform that it is marksmanship that makes the kill possible. The .270 with 130 grain bullets were easier on recoil making it easy on the shoulder on long shots out to 200, 300 or more yards. I took my son Jason on Safari with the .270 Winchester and he did very well but I hand loaded 150 grain Nosler Partitions.(see photo below)


Also the 25-06 Remington (diameter .257) held its own on deer size game at long distances and is touted as an excellent Antelope round shooting a 100 grain bullet at 3200 fps.  The .243 Winnchester and 6mm Cartridges stole a lot of the 25-06 thunder.

In the necked up version of the 30-06 is the 8mm-06 (.323 diameter) or the 338-06 (.338 diameter) but they are still in use today because of the availability of 30-06 brass and a wide assortment of bullets that came as a result of other .338 cartridges. I heard recently of someone singing the praises of the 35 Whelen (developed by Colonel Townsend Whelen developed in 1922) whose parent is the 30-06 case. The Whelen can shoot 180 grain bullets at 2700 fps, the 200 grain bullet at 2600 fps, and the 250 grain bullets at speeds of 2400 fps delivering great down punch on all North American Game. Even better is the .338 caliber bullet which when loaded in the .338-06 can push a 200 grain bullet at 2800 fps, a 225 grain bullet at 2600 fps and has a better long range ballistic coefficient (BC) and bullet selection than the 35 Whelen. Today’s excellent recoil pads are engineered to reduce recoil by up to 50% so go ahead and shoot what ever suits your fancy. If you hand load like I do then the world is your oyster with just a few rifles.

You can never go wrong with a 30-06 for North American Game and most African Game. © 2015