My thoughts were skeptical when I found that EHP (Electronic Hearing Protection) was making in ear digital electronic shooting plugs (EHP-MC1) by hand in the USA for a very reasonable price. Putting my skepticism aside I ordered a pair and joined the ranks of those I’ve envied for years. I have now shot 3 gun, IDPA matches, and a mountain lion (see pics below) using the EHP in-ear-canal digital plugs.
Savage decided that for the 2011 SHOT Show they would introduce a new lightweight hunting rifle in .338 Lapua. There wasn’t a lot of hype about it but it was one of the coolest things we saw there. Custom .338 hunting rifles are the rage
Savage introduced a lightweight hunting rifle this year at the SHOT Show. The rifle in .308 only weighs 5.5 lbs. It has an American Walnut Stock, detachable magazine, fluted bolt, and action that has been lightened. The pricepoint is
We got to shoot the new Savage 16/116 Bear Hunter. The model we shot was the 116 in .300 Win Mag and we were impressed with Savages twist on/off muzzle break as it made the recoil very manageable. The rifle has a 23″ medium
Last summer I decided that if the perfect hunting scope existed, I would find it. Of course “perfect” is subjective as everyone has a different opinion of what “perfect” is. My perfect bucket list is known to change depending on application. For a medium to long range hunting scope I think its important that it not be too big or heavy, have good glass, turrets that can be dialed accurately, enough eye relief to be used on a magnum rifle, have a good reticle with the ability to make fast holdover shots, enough magnification to make the long shot, waterproof, fogproof, durable, etc. It also needs a good manufacture warranty to back it up just in case your horse rolls down a mountain with it. Last, it shouldn’t require robbing a bank to buy one. I ruled out an unbelievable number of good scopes for one reason or another, including some very big name expensive scopes. A scope would seem like it was working but then would fall short in one of the categories I listed as being important. Things got so bad that I had an excel sheet with specs, eye relief, field of view, price, adjustment range, and any other data that I could get in an excel spreadsheet. I was analyzing reticles and comparing glass in scopes every opportunity
I had chased bears all over the mountains off and on for several weeks with my good friend Don, who’s a very experienced bear chaser. I’d had opportunities to shoot many bears but none got me excited enough to start shooting. I’d had a chance, for about 1.5 seconds, to shoot a running bear with a rifle at about 150 yards and passed it up because I wasn’t confidant in its size. Afterwards, I regretted not taking the shot. I resolved not to make the same mistake again.
The day started at 3:30 AM. Ben, one of Don’s friends, had joined us and by 10 or 11 AM we’d seen a couple of bears but