You may have noticed a trend over the past decade or so, not the gradual return of high-waisted jeans or a familiar form of music past. The trend of which I speak is at the cutting edge of much of our shooting, and it brings more than just a bold new look. Tipped bullets are quickly becoming the standard from many bullet makers, by tipped I mean they feature a uniform front end that is typically made of some kind of polymer, but can also be another material like aluminum or something else. The purpose of the tip is to increase the bullets uniformity and efficiency, which translate into more consistent and accurate shots. As well as bullets with higher ballistic coefficients which allow them to retain their energy and reduce the effects of wind.
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In a world of marksmen, there are some names that seem to stick out, or rise to the top. A few of the rifles I dreamt about as I grew up shared a well known and revered name, Sako is one of those legendary manufacturers that can get grown men giddy as a sugared up kid. So when the opportunity came for me to put a Sako in my safe, I was expecting to be pleased.
The Model 85
The model 85 is one of the latest revisions of Sako’s hallowed line of bolt action rifles. It is a six-point-four pound three lug bolt action which requires a shorter sixty-degree throw to operate the bolt. The Finnlight is fed by an all metal detachable box magazine that holds five cartridges. The stainless steel barreled action sits in a synthetic stock with a hunting camouflage pattern. The model I have features a fluted barrel with a threaded muzzle, something I was happy to see. The rifle features a single stage trigger and a two button safety, of which I’ll explain later.
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Is there anything more soothing than a campfire surrounded by a relaxing group of hunters vigorously discussing the pros and cons of one hunting cartridge to another? How many times have we entertained each other with heroic stories of hunts past, and how “that old magnum” or something similar saved the day with an unbelievable take down on a monster buck? Well stoke up the fire folks, and draw near, as we’re about to analyze two of history’s greatest contenders.
Pistol shooting, like most shooting disciplines has benefited greatly from technological advancements. Incredible improvements have made todays handguns lighter, faster, more accurate, and reliable. One of these many improvement is in the sight market, pistols have long relied on the simple task of lining up a front and rear sight as you press the trigger. But today we will discuss the hot and competitive red dot sight options that are frequently replacing traditional iron sights. We’ll also look at it from the perspective of home defense use.
Many people wouldn’t even consider eating a mountain lion, whether because its a cat, or because its a predator, or many other reasons. I was eager to try it, as I’d heard wonderful things about it. So I decided to go all out, and made a cougar ham slow cooked in an Adobo sauce (made from various chili peppers, onions, garlic, and some spices). It turned out spectacular, like a pulled pork.