About Ed Hale

I am an avid hunter with rifle and Bow and have been hunting for more than 50 years. I have taken big game such as whitetail deer, red deer, elk, Moose and African Plains game
such as Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blesbok, and Impala and wrote an ebook entitled African Safari -Rifle and Bow and Arrow on how to prepare for a first safari. Ed is a serious cartridge reloader and ballistics student. He has earned two degrees in science and has written hundreds of outdoor article on hunting with both bow and rifle.

S&W New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers are Purpose-Built for Competition

 

 

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New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers

Join Performance Center® Brand of Firearms

New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers are Purpose-Built for Competition

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (November 6, 2017) – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today the launch of two new Performance Center revolvers, the Model 686 and Model 686 Plus, to the company’s line of competition firearms. The new Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers feature premium Performance Center enhancements for a competition-ready package, such as a speed release thumbpiece for quick reloads, interchangeable sights, and a Performance Center tuned action.

Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “When we began designing these revolvers, we wanted to develop an out-of-the-box solution for those seeking a revolver for competition shooting. Equipped with a speed release thumbpiece, tuned action, and unique visual appearance, these new revolvers have attractive features for both new and seasoned competitive shooters.  The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus feature Performance Center enhancements that provide an excellent foundation for shooters looking to customize and gain a competitive edge in the shooting sports, or for those who are new to the sport and looking for an excellent competition-ready value.”

The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers feature a stainless steel frame, cylinder, and barrel with a matte silver finish. Built for competition, these revolvers include a Performance Center speed release, interchangeable orange front sight, and a Performance Center tuned action. These revolvers also feature a unique visual design, including an unfluted cylinder, vented ribbed barrel, and a chromed custom teardrop hammer.

Chambered in .357 Magnum and .38 S&W Special +P, the new Performance Center Model 686 revolver is equipped with a 6 round cylinder and 4-inch barrel, while the Performance Center Model 686 Plus revolver features a 7 round cylinder, 5-inch barrel and features a cylinder cut for moon clips. Both Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus have an MSRP of $966.

All Smith & Wesson products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and lifetime service policy.

For more information about the new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers, including spec sheets and images, please click here.

For more information on Smith & Wesson products, please visit www.smith-wesson.com

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

 

 

Under the Christmas Tree – A Leupold Rifle Scope

Tell your loved ones now, that you want a better rifle scope for next season. Tell her or him you want an American Made and Engineered Leupold scope. Why? They are an investment for life of the finest, most rugged and dependable optics on the planet with a Lifetime Warranty.

If you are not a long range hunter or shooter you can perhaps get away with less expensive second class scopes in the 150.00 dollar range but remember that at some point “what you have is gonna be what you hunt big game with” spending thousands of dollars at some future point. Here is the question you should ask yourself: Do I want to risk a $7000.00 hunt on a $150.00 scope (begins with N) with average light gathering and rubber gasket nitrogen filled whatever that can lose nitrogen and produce internal moisture? Well, on a local deer hunt, I discovered that! Glad I was not on a western hunt…

I used my Leupold scopes in Africa on 2 rifles and was I so glad I did.

Optical Clarity, ability to dial your scope accurately are essential for longer ranges. But most importantly your scope will not fog in cold weather and handle the recoil. I had a lesser expensive scope that was great in summer, but out on a cold day, it fogged up and I could not see the deer. Was I upset! I guess you could say that! Lesson learned.

I am a Leupold Scope fan and advocate at least a VX-III Series Scope a world class contender in optics. You get what you pay for here Diamond Coat Glass, Argon Crypton gas.

VX-3i 3.5-10 x40mm for an MSRP of $519.00. https://www.leupold.com/scopes/compact-scopes/vx-3i-3-5-10x40mm

If you can invest more the VX-6 is my champion in 3 -18 x 44mm. From 3 to 18 magnification in just a twist of the dial. And the VX-6 7-42 56mm far below.

Below according to Leupold’s website;

“Diamond Coat 2™ – Exterior lens surfaces are treated with DiamondCoat 2™, an ion-assist lens coating, for higher light transmission and the greatest level of abrasion resistance we’ve ever offered. DiamondCoat 2™ has the additional advantage of assisting in light transmission, for greater brightness, clarity and contrast, and will prove its worth in the wildest places on earth.

Twilight Max Light Management System

“Light management means delivering usable light to your eye and forming a crisp, high contrasting image. Lens coatings are applied that maximize light transmission in blue and red, and balancing colors to develop the highest possible contrast. Glare is controlled with special mechanical structures. This means you can see antler tines in dark shadows long after the competition has gone home.”

Twin Bias Spring Erector System

“The twin bias spring exerts up to 30 percent more holding force on the erector, virtually eliminating erector system backlash and stress on the vital internal workings of the scope, for longer life.”

For heavy recoiling rifles like my 338 Winchester magnum and my 375 Ruger the twin bias erector system was just the ticket to strengthen the erector system and greatly improve field reliability giving me the utmost confidence.

For Long Range Competition or Hunting you can step up to the VX-6 all the way up to the 7 – 42 x 56mm. Its as long as my keyboard below and sports a 34mm tube.

One twist and go from 7x to 42x , Holy Mackerel! Put that on your bull at 600 yards! We shoot this in Long Range Competition and are mightily impressed and will shoot it in all our competitive shoots. It is for someone who needs the best and most power, most light gathering possible.

Invest in American Made Leupold Scopes, Rangefinders, Spotting scopes too!

 

 

 

New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine New High’s

Shooting and Hunting Friends,

Great News! New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine is surging in readership has grown World Wide to over 50,000 readers each year and is on track to exceed 90,000 readers with its current surge of 250 readers a day. I wish to thank all of my readers for following us.

One of my great finds of this past few years is the 6.5 Creedmoor Cartridge for both target and big game hunting and for the exceptional rifle quality of Ruger, Savage, Thompson Center, and Smith & Wesson shown here in testing.

The best rifle hunting bullets are made by Nosler. Such as the partition, AccuBond® and AccuBond Long Range and the gilding copper E-Tip®. We like Hornady too, especially their Precision Hunter™ Cartridges with the ELD-X bullets with Heat Shield™ tip.

Further that the best US made optics are Leupold Rifle Scopes and optical products. I swear by the Leupold name and highly recommend them as a life long investment for both hunting and target.  The VX-6 3-18 is by far the finest scope I have ever owned and has the best clarity, adjustability, durability and lifetime guarantee out there.

As we approach the years end we look forward to larger things to come for New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine.

If you wish to advertise with us, please send email to erhale@comcast.net we will be glad to discuss options with you.

Cheers! Good Hunting!

Ed Hale – Editor-in-Chief/Owner

Felt Recoil: A progression of purchases for the would-be deer and elk hunter. Enter the 6.5 Creedmoor

There are a number of questions to ask yourself as you make a rifle purchase, invariably felt recoil is a significant factor among many others. For young and female hunters and shooters, if it ain’t fun to shoot, the desire will wane in a few outings. The 6.5 Creedmoor is a real all around big game cartridge and is low in recoil and fun to shoot!

Historically, the BB gun and Pellet Rifle begin the progression and have no felt recoil, are fun to shoot, and take small game like squirrels.

Next is the .22 Long Rifle with very little recoil and fun to shoot and can take game up to Coyote.

The .223 is next and geared more for target and varmint/coyote and home defense and has a felt recoil of well under 10 ft-lbs making it easy and fun to shoot. Under strict circumstances it can be used on deer, but I do not recommend it as a deer rifle cartridge.

The .243/6mm is what I call a great starter first deer cartridge as its felt recoil with an 80 grain bullet is very tolerable, fun to shoot and accurate. You can shoot up to 110 grain bullets with a bit more felt recoil and kill deer out to 300 yards. The problem is that the purchase is another in a stepping stone effect toward a real big game rifle.

In 30 caliber a great starter rifle is the 30-30 for close hunting here in the Northeast under 100 yards as it has a low felt recoil but later gathers dust in my closet for more power. I do not consider the 30-30 a real all around big game rifle.

Enter the 6.5 Creedmoor, an outstanding target rifle and what I believe is a real big game hunting rifle cartridge with a low felt recoil of just over 10-12 ft-lbs. Shooting this rifle standing, a 12 to 14 yr old kid can shoot it and handle the low recoil and make a very fine long term Big Game investment and be used in the off season as a tack driving target rifle and varmint cartridge.

Handloading makes the 6.5 a best investment as you can load down to .243 like recoil and work up.

Next is the .270 Winchester which is a very fine hunting cartridge. But if you already own a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, you don’t need a .270 as the 6.5 replicates it already out to over 500 yards with a 140 grain bullet on deer and elk. Now if you already own a .270 and handload your ammo, then you will never purchase a 6.5 Creedmoor unless you are also a target shooter like me in the off season. The Creedmoor will shoot ultra tight groups that you can rarely shoot with the .270 Winchester and do it with much less recoil. The 6.5 Creedmoor in today’s hunting rifles can shoot holes in holes.

In any rifle you can add a new state-of-the-art recoil pad and cut 50% of the felt recoil. I highly advise that! Accuracy improves dramatically when shooters are comfortable with the felt recoil. In closing, I highly recommend the 6.5 Creedmoor in your favorite rifle for any hunter at ages 12 and over especially if you hand load. And I am a Nosler AccuBond and E-Tip fan too as they stay together in game.

Good Hunting!

© 2017

Smith & Wesson Announces New M&P Shield® M2.0™ Pistol Series

 

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Smith & Wesson Announces New M&P Shield® M2.0 Pistol Series

The M&P M2.0 Family Just Got Slim…and Bright

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (October 16, 2017) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced the launch of its new M&P Shield M2.0 pistol series, including the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol with Integrated Crimson Trace® Laser. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol family builds upon the popular M&P M2.0 platform, delivering professional-grade features and proven performance in a slim, lightweight, and easy-to-carry profile that incorporates the enhanced M2.0 feature set.

James Debney, President, and CEO of American Outdoor Brands Corporation said, “When we launched the M&P Shield pistol, it quickly became the pistol of choice in the concealed carry market.  Having recently shipped our 2-millionth M&P Shield pistol we are now excited to build upon its success by introducing our newest Shield in the popular M&P M2.0 series of products.  As personal protection continues to be a leading driver for consumers purchasing a handgun, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol and M&P Shield M2.0 pistol with Integrated Crimson Trace Laser both provide an all-in-one package for those looking for an everyday carry firearm.”

The M&P Shield M2.0 pistol builds upon the success of the best-selling M&P Shield pistol line through notable enhancements, including the M&P M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull, a tactile and audible trigger reset, and aggressive grip texture for enhanced control.  Those familiar with the M&P Shield product line will recognize the familiar, slim profile and 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim.  Available with or without a manual thumb safety, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol series features a 3.1” barrel in both 9mm and .40 S&W, is available with both white dot sights or tritium night sights, and ships with one standard and one extended grip magazine.

The M&P Shield M2.0 pistol is also available with Integrated Crimson Trace Laser, providing consumers with an out-of-the-box concealed carry solution that features two laser modes and ambidextrous laser activation for user confidence and reliable performance day or night.

The new M&P Shield M2.0 pistol carries an MSRP of $479, or an MSRP of $579 including tritium night sights.

The new M&P Shield M2.0 pistol with Integrated Crimson Trace Laser carries an MSRP of $499.

For more information about the M&P Shield M2.0 family of pistols, including spec sheets and images, please click here.

For more information on Smith & Wesson products, please visit www.smith-wesson.com

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

Rifle Recoil, Accuracy and the 6.5 Creedmoor for Big Game Hunters

It is axiomatic that most can shoot with more accuracy with a .22 LR Rifle than with a larger center fire bullet. The fundamental reason is lack of recoil or kick as some may say.

Many folks recommend the .243 Winchester (6mm) as a good rifle caliber for a young deer hunter. And for good reason, it has low recoil in the 8 to 11 ft-lb class that many women and young shooters can easily handle.

But what if I could raise the caliber to 6.5 and still shoot in the 10 to 11 ft-lb class and really be able to pack a wallop at long range and have even deeper penetration ensuring game going down faster.

The 6.5 Creedmoor does just that and with great accuracy! I am a big fan as you can tell from all of my articles!

At right is a 6.5 Creedmoor next to a 30-06 cartridge. Big difference!!  All said and done, the 6.5 Creedmoor built rifle can be lighter and easily handled in the field making it even more popular for all day or all week hunting and handling. Who doesn’t like that!

I have tested several rifles here in New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine with the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge and find that many rifle brands are extremely cost effective from say the $400 to 600 dollar range for a new rifle such as Ruger, Thompson Center, Weatherby and Savage to name a few. And all of those I tested were MOA or better in accuracy.  I mean really, that is just fantastic. If you hand load the 6.5 you are in for a treat, at the bench and at the target range it shoots holes in holes bringing a smile to  my face every time. As a varmint rifle it is in the process of making new permanent friends for Coyote and Woodchuck/Prairie Dog hunters too.

I hope to shoot the 6.5 Creedmoor soon in a Weatherby Rifle I am due to test. Look for it soon!

© 2017

The WHITETAIL RUT IS ON!!

Each year I wait to hear those words but the hunters like me are in RUT too. They are out buying equipment, ammo, arrows, broadheads, scent killers and soaps a sure sign the hunters are in full rut. On the deer side, the first does are coming or near coming into estrous.

The bucks are going bonkers in anticipation!

Years back I found a spot where a young buck was working a deer trail scraping his small antlers on small saplings. I placed a scrape with multiple scents and never saw any deer use that trail again.

Less is often better.

I could have made a mock scrape and put just one drop of scent in it. Trust me the deer can smell it!

One of the things that I sometimes forget to take into account is that the doe’s are on the look out for potential mates too and walk leaving her inter-digital gland scent saying who she is. She can be spooked out too and leave the area taking the buck with her.

You gotta find where the deer are my friends. I have been out scouting and found very little recent deer activity except in one spot where a very big buck track was seen on the edge of a clover field. Big tracks are very rare to belong to a doe.

I am guessing the doe’s are feeding there at night and the buck is on the lookout for an estrous doe. This is a place I have been before so I know.

WATCH THAT WIND!!!!!!

This is a place to study especially early morning and at dusk.  Got to get into the woods and intersect them without giving yourself away with too much human scent. Yea watch the wind and thermals on hillsides for morning updrafts and afternoon down drafts. If you are caught in a morning updraft thermal say at 7AM, that buck above is gonna smell you. Best to be in place always before light for a morning hunt. And in place by 2 pm or so for an afternoon hunt.

Still hunt when there are lots of other hunters! They bump deer!

Don’t over hunt a spot!

More….

© 2017

 

Muzzleloader Season for Whitetails : T/C Encore Pro Hunter Rifle with Muzzleloader barrel

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Here in New Hampshire Muzzleloader season is almost upon us and it is tough to just get to see deer in my sights. I want the gun to go boom on the first shot! The T/C Encore does that with a flair. I wrote a series of articles on this rifle last year. see below. Check it out! Enjoy!

My  T/C Encore Pro Hunter Rifle can swap to a Muzzleloader barrel. And last year I used a 30-06 barrel on a Russian Boar hunt. Read it below.

http://www.nhrifleman.com/?s=skinner&submit=Search

I swapped back to the muzzleloader barrel for the coming whitetail hunt here in New Hampshire beginning October 28.

Use your favorite bullet. See history of articles below on this TC Encore.

http://www.nhrifleman.com/?s=TC+Encore&submit=Search

Good Hunting!

© 2017