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10 most common reloading mistakes
Shooting Times
The old warning, “Don’t ever shoot ammo reloaded by anybody but yourself” has saved shooters a lot of grief over the years. Another should exist: “Be afraid of your own sloppy reloading habits.” Poor reloading habits seem to commonly fly under the safety radar. Most of the newer firearms available today are very strong, allowing small reloading mistakes to go undetected.
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TPWD releases dove lethality study findings
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas leads the nation in dove hunting with roughly a quarter million hunters bagging 5 million mourning doves each fall. Their success afield should not change with the type of shot used, according to the results of a just-released study examining the lethality of lead versus non-toxic shot for mourning dove. The field collection phase of the study was conducted in Brown, Coleman and McCulloch counties during the 2008 and 2009 Texas dove hunting seasons.
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Teachers with guns
David Thweatt is not a man who minces words. “If someone breaks into our homes, and there's really no way for us to escape — if my children are there — it's capital punishment. We're not asking, ‘Hey, are you on drugs? Did you go into the wrong home?’ ” And what's good enough for Thweatt at home is good enough for the school he runs.
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The new Umarex Octane pellet rifle shoots .22 caliber pellets at rimfire speeds with the ReAxis gas piston. These air rifles use the SilencAir system to reduce muzzle noise. Rimfire costs 4x as much as pellets and rimfire availability is still problematic.

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New culprit threatens a park's rebirth years after fire
The Texas Tribune
Greenery has begun to cover the scars of a devastating fire that ripped through 32,000 acres of Central Texas three years ago. Feeding on tinder and trees withered from a searing drought, the Bastrop County Complex Fire burned for nine days, destroying more than 1,600 homes, before it was brought under control. As shrubs and seedlings have taken hold in the scorched park, however, park officials face a new quandary. An abundance of whitetail deer, they say, is threatening the new growth. Park officials will soon begin allowing the deer to be hunted, saying it is necessary if the park is to bounce back.
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Don't forget small-game hunting
The Courier
Hunters here in Texas are still deer hunting and with doe seasons ending for a while in many counties bucks only are available and that will narrow the legal deer numbers for the meat hunters. The trophy hunters are still where they were last week and that is looking for the big antlers. There is a still muzzleloader only season to come in many counties that will extend the season on into the middle of January and does will again be available during that period.
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Remington issues recall on select Model 887 shotguns
Remington is recalling all Model 887 shotguns manufactured between Dec. 1, 2013 and Nov. 24, 2014 for safety reasons. If you have a late model Remington 887 made or purchased in the last year or so your shotgun may fall into the recall range. Remington flagged these guns over a defect that might bind the firing pin to the forward position. If a round is chambered with the firing pin locked forward it’s possible the shotgun may fire, resulting in an unintentional discharge.
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The correct shotgun choke can make all the difference
By Irwin Greenstein
The wise use of shotgun chokes can make a significant difference in the results you'll see for wing and clays shooting. In the strictest interpretation, the choke section of the barrel determines the constriction of the muzzle in order to regulate distribution of the shot charge to your target. These days, however, a choke often refers to an interchangeable tube that screws into the muzzle of the shotgun. By adjusting the density of the pellet spread, the choke lets you achieve maximum penetration depending on the distance, angle and velocity of the target.
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Black Friday gun purchases a test for background check system
The Associated Press via the Columbian
Black Friday isn’t just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It’s also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases. In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons. On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly two checks a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
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First look: New LaserLyte training products for 2015
Guns & Ammo
LaserLyte has introduced four new products designed to help shooters train in the comfort of your own home. Their new training products for 2015 include two trainer pistols with fully integrated lasers, a laser trainer barrel for Glock 19/23 and an interactive target for use with LaserLyte trainer pistols and cartridges.
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8 great KeyMod forend accessories
The KeyMod attachment system has become widely popular among rifle enthusiasts as the firearm industry has searched for a new forend design to replace the standard MIL-STD 1913 “Picatinny” quad rail. Featuring a number of key-shaped slots that serve as modular attachment interfaces instead of one continuous rail, the KeyMod system provides a universal platform that is lighter and more ergonomic than traditional quad rails.
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