Hunting

The 5 Guns Every Hunter Should Own

I have been trying to write this for over a month now and have been struggling with what to put on this 5 guns list, so here goes.

Most people already have their 5 guns list or have already set up their own collection. This is how we came up with our 5 guns list.

Coverage is the name of the game (stolen from Steve Rinella). The five firearms in this list allow a hunter to pursue everything from wing shooting and small game, to big game. The following calibers chose are common and relatively inexpensive, but also shtf-proof. Have you visited a sporting goods store lately? If so, you have probably noticed that most of them are sold out of the popular calibers.

With all that in mind, it may seem like a good idea to buy a gun that is chambered in a round other than the common types. The only problem with that thinking is, unless you are a reloader, those rounds will become increasingly hard to find in a SHTF scenario or if manufacturers produce the more common rounds to keep up with demand.

12 Gauge Shotgun (Pump/Semi-Auto)

This one may come as no surprise as the Shotgun is synonymous with versatility, dependability, and inexpensive. Particularly the 12 Gauge is one of the most versatile and well rounded shotgun calibers. With the simple swap of a choke, shot, and barrel you can hunt anything from Pheasant, Dove, Grouse, Rabbit, all the way up to White Tail and Bear.

I have seen people put rifled slugs in a 1in group at 100 yards. Which is why this makes such an effective well round firearm to have in your hunting arsenal.

.22 Long Rifle (Semi-Auto)

Now this one may seem a little controversial to many in that there are some very solid bolt action .22 Long Rifles out there. For me though, looking at this as a end all be all 5 gun setup, the semi-auto variant is hard to beat. In particular I am a huge fan of the Ruger 10/22 Take Down rifles. With a super small footprint and easily storable in a backpack, this makes the .22 a perfect companion for all hunts.

Whether you are hunting squirrel, rabbit, or other small game, the .22 long rifle is super quite and usually won’t disturb other large game that might be in the area. Also as I stated this can be a companion rifle that comes with you on all hunts, which means even if you don’t find your intended target, there will always be something to eat.

The rounds for this are super small, lightweight, and pack a decent punch. Also 1000 rounds for $15 bucks isn’t a bad deal. You can stock pile ammo for this and know that you will never be without. Add a suppressor and some sub-sonic ammo and this thing is all the fun you will ever need again, hence why it gets the nickname, Plinker!

.308 Win or 6.5 Creedmoor (Bolt Action/Semi-Auto)

Ok, now I do admit, this one is more of a bonus, but hear me out. Everyone has their own personal preference. 308 is definitely tried and true, and the 6.5 Creedmoor has been gaining a lot of notoriety the last few years. Notably because of the smaller cartridge but higher ballistics coefficients.

Both are great calibers and both can pretty much hunt the same animals. I would tend to say the .308 might pack a little larger punch at greater ranges. In all honesty I haven’t had an opportunity to try a 6.5 Creedmoor out past 300 yards. You can get various grain weights for both calibers; although due to length of cartridge being available, from what I have seen the .308 wins in this category. The downside to the .308 is that it is a super popular cartridge and flys off the shelves.

Personally I have a .308 that I use for hunting and right now I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love the versatility it offers the readily available ammo selection and it is super easy to reload. Ultimately you will need to choose what feels best to you and what your intended uses are for this particular rifle. Side Note: I 100% will be building a 6.5 Creedmoor in the AR platform for LRS Competitions.

.300 Win Mag (Bolt Action)

Now this is a fun cartridge. Not the lightest weight gun in the world; but super fun to shoot and excellent at handling those longer range shots, that might be just out of reach of your .308 or 6.5 creedmoor. Personally, I don’t feel like any 5 guns setup is complete without one of these in the bunch. People who swear by the 7MM in contrast to the .300 Win Mag. If forced to take a shot from say 600 yards on a Mule Deer or Elk or any other big game, I would put my money on the .300 Win Mag.

Higher pressure loads and a bullet that to me has better ballistic coefficients than that of the 7MM or similar cartridge. Makes this a great go to long range shooter or back up hunting rifle. Lets be honest, if you only brought one gun to a hunt and slip or fall and break a scope, you are unfortunately shit out of luck.

.50 Cal Muzzleloader

There really isn’t much to say here about this one as it speaks for itself. Been around forever and they are as basic as it gets. They are legal in all 50 states and effective out to 150 yards. (Or so I have been told, as I personally have never hunting with one).

If anything these are super fun to take to the range.

Parting Shots

While this 5 guns list may or may not fit for you. The simple fact of the matter is no hunter should be without one. You may want to swap out the .300 Win Mag for a 7MM or even a .338 Lapua. You may want to say forget the .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor and go with a .45-70. Being prepared to hunt in any conditions and in any location is the point of the 5 guns list. I urge every hunter to put together your own.

Lastly .30-30 is the god cartridge! 🙂

Happy Hunting!

Firearm Maintenance and Why it is Important

Firearm Maintenance and Why it is Important

The rough definition, Firearm Maintenance – is a series of periodic, preventive maintenance procedures aiming to ensure the proper function of a firearm, often with the use of a variety of specialized tools and chemical solutions.

Just like brushing your teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, firearm maintenance is there to prevent failures, rusting, and other common issues. Firearm maintenance should become a routine and should be part of a regular schedule. Depending on usage and storage should determine your maintenance routine.

Being that a firearm is an expensive investment, a good foundational cleaning kit is a must. Below are the basics and a great place to start when looking to build your cleaning kit.

CLEANING SOLVENTS

Cleaning solvents help remove the carbon buildup from your barrel and other key parts and are best used in conjunction with cotton cleaning patches and swaps. Note that cleaning solvent and gun oils are not the same thing (these will be covered later). You start with solvents and finish with oils. You should only use a minimum amount of cleaning solvent as an excess solvent can negatively impact key firearm parts like the trigger, ejector, and recoil spring. There are many solvents out there, but a few that have stood the test of time are Hoppes & CLP. For most of my cleaning, I tend to use CLP as it works great to both clean and protects parts.

GUN OIL

Gun oil is another necessary piece for effective cleaning of your firearm. It helps lubricate your firearm and protect it from the onset of rust and can help reduce friction on key parts. You find all in one oil and solvents and lubrication specific oils. Which one to use is a matter of preference, but the most comprehensive solution is usually a combination of a cleaning solvent and separate gun oil. Go-Juice

CLEANING ROD

A good cleaning rod or bore snake is an essential part of any cleaning kit. A good rod will come as a kit with interchangeable pieces, while a bore snake will be specific to your caliber and barrel length. Rods come in several different materials like aluminum, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and brass. Brass usually represents the best option though it will be heavier. It is ill-advised to use any other material as it may scratch your barrel. A bore snake will usually be a cloth material that is semi-absorbent and flexible that is sized specifically to your caliber. Both are a great option, but rods tend to lend themselves to be a little more versatile.

BORE BRUSH

A good quality bore brush (not to be confused with a bore snake) will help remove residue and keep your barrel as clean as possible. Brushes, caliber specific, to be used in conjunction with your rod, so for the best performance, use only approved caliber brushes in your firearm barrel. You can also find some universal brushes, depending on how customized you want your kit to be. Brushes come in a variety of materials, again brass is the most popular material.

PATCH HOLDER

Another essential part of the cleaning process involves a patch holder. Patch holders are configured to fit a variety of barrels, but make sure the patch holder you select is approved for your chosen firearm caliber. Patch holders are usually made of brass, and they will attach to your cleaning rod just like a bore brush. An alternative to a patch holder is a cleaning jag that acts more like a pushing device for the cleaning patch. Jags are slightly less wide than the caliber barrel you’re cleaning, and you’ll need to get one specifically designed for each barrel you plan to clean.

COTTON PATCHES

Of all the items in your kit, make sure you stock up on patches. They are great for running solvent through your barrel, wiping down slide parts, and overall are a utility item to be used as you see fit, but since they are absorbent and also gather carbon, you can only use them once before they need discarding.

SILICONE CLOTH

A silicone cloth is a pre-treated piece of absorbent fabric, which contains a silicone type solution. It is the perfect material for use as a wipe down cloth for the outside of the firearm. When looking to get that little extra oil off and clean the exterior, this is a great final step to your cleaning process. It also helps to avoid rust.

EXTRAS (NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT NECESSARY, BUT NICE TO HAVE)

MUZZLE GUARDS

The most seasoned firearm owners always caution owners about cleaning rod damage. For only a few extra dollars, you can add a muzzle guard and protect the muzzle crown from unnecessary damage. Muzzle guards also keep the cleaning rod centered, and they are usually composed of brass materials.

BENCH BLOCK

A bench block is used to help remove pins when taking down a firearm. While not a necessity, they are nice to have. They help keep your take-down pins from flying all over the place during disassembly.

FIREARM CLEANING MAT

If you are cleaning a firearm, then a firearm mat can be a great investment. A quality firearm mat serves several purposes. It provides an ideal cleaning/work surface and are non-slip to keep gun parts in place. They can also be printed with a diagram of your chosen firearm, which can be a guide to where every part fits. Firearm mats are also resistant to cleaning chemicals. They are a good investment for firearm cleaning around the house. They also help protect your work surface.

There are many companies out there that create cleaning kits and mats. Personal preference plays a role in what you choose to use and what brands you ultimately end up using. Below are a few inexpensive options if you are in the market for a starter kit. TekMat

Happy Cleaning!