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10 greatest lever-action rifles of all time
Rifle Shooter
If numbers excite you, you probably aren’t into lever guns. Bolt-action rifles are generally more accurate than lever actions, and lever actions will never match the rate of fire achieved by a semiauto. That said, if you appreciate history and nostalgia, you probably have a soft spot for the beleaguered lever gun. Your more practical friends will note the gun’s weak points, but if you grew up watching John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn or held your breath when Augustus McRae made a stand against an armed posse with only his Henry rifle and a dead horse for cover in Lonesome Dove, you probably own a lever gun. Maybe two.
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Championship day for USA Shooting Team
USA Shooting
Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner some 200 years ago. The USA Shooting Team honored that indelible legacy by making sure it was played with great frequency on Sept. 15. Three times, in fact, as the U.S. Shotgun Team produced two World Champions a Junior Team title and an Open Team Bronze medal in a show of strength that topped their sterling performance in Double Trap the day before.
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Poetry Shooting Club teaches kids shotgun, rifle skills at low cost
The Dallas Morning News
Walter Patton is a man on a mission. The mission is for kids to learn safe and effective shooting skills with shotguns and rifles. The motto for his Poetry Shooting Club: “Take a youth shooting to build boldness and confidence in their future.” Poetry Shooting Club is about 35 miles east of Dallas on land that’s been in Patton’s family for more than 58 years. Patton has set up rifle ranges out to 700 yards, and he has a simple trap to throw clay targets for shotgun lessons and practice.
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Geoshooting: Birth of a new sport
Gun Digest
The popular outdoor sport of geocaching involves getting some GPS coordinates from someone that has hidden a “treasure” out in the woods. You plug the coordinates into your GPS and set off to find the treasure. Usually it is a waterproof box where people swap some trinkets and sign and date a logbook leaving comments like, “Great hike with nice scenery” or “Sneaky spot: Clever hiding place.” The great thing about geocaching is that it gets you off the beaten path and encourages you to explore places you normally wouldn’t know even existed. The coordinates could lead you to hidden valleys, lost waterfalls or even a forgotten cemetery. At Gunsite, the 2,000-acre firearms academy near Paulden, Arizona, Ruger firearms and Yamaha four wheelers were added to the mix.
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Some notes on air travel with guns
Field and Stream
Hunting season is once more approaching, and some of us will have to undergo the horrors of travel by air in order to go afield. Going up in the unfriendly skies is, by itself, a loathsome experience, but flying with guns is special. As a customer (Why no longer a passenger?) the airlines consider you an annoyance. As a customer flying with a gun, you are considered an armed, probably psychopathic annoyance.
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Texas school police in arming with military surplus
The Huntsville Item
The generous amount of munitions given to law enforcement agencies by the U.S. military is one thing. But records show even school police are stockpiling weapons, having scored handguns and rifles as well as binoculars, gun sites and trucks. The weapons are distributed free of charge to school districts through the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program, better known as the 1033 program. The distribution has been criticized in recent months as Americans have watched heavily armed police respond to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of a police shooting.
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Hill Country Bighorns
Dallas Safari Club
Looking out over his herd of breeding stock, 64-year-old Thompson Temple shook his head and smiled. He is in the process of developing a new breed of sheep, what he calls the Hill Country Bighorn. What started over 20 years ago has become Temple’s passion. “You know all of this happened by coincidence, or more like providence,” he said. Temple got the idea of importing a big horn/mouflon hybrid from Colorado to provide hunts for the coveted heavy curls of bighorn sheep to Texas hunters.
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Ruger's new Ranch and left-handed American rifles
GUNS
Ruger is adding two pages to the American Rifle story with its new Ranch and finally left-handed models to the popular American line-up. These bolt-action rifles are going to make a lot of people happy. The Ranch Rifle, deceptively named, is the most tactical American series yet. The Ranch family is made of four carbines chambered for 5.56 NATO or 300 BLK with compact 16-inch threaded barrels and a light flat dark earth synthetic stock.
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About those duck blinds on Caddo Lake WMA — TPWD extends removal time
Lone Star Outdoor News
Turns out, those permanent duck blinds can stay at Caddo Lake at least another season. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is extending the time frame allowing hunters to use maintained permanent duck blind structures through the 2015-16 waterfowl season on the Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area.
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The ATF just made it easier to submit payments on NFA forms
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At the request of industry types, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives revised ATF Form 1 and Form 5, with the biggest change allowing the use of credit and debit cards to pay the making tax when filing a Form 1, the agency announced in a regulations update. Both Form 1 and Form 5 pertain to National Firearm Act items — machine guns, suppressors, short barreled rifles or shotguns, and other destructive devices. Form 1 is the application to make or register an item, and Form 5 is an application for a tax exempt transfer and registration of an item.
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Some good, mostly tough for Texas teal opener
Lone Star Outdoor News
The Texas early teal season just started, and like most teal openers, the hunters who had done their homework and scouted birds had good hunts. For those who headed to spots just hoping for a good hunt, many came away disappointed. Many hunters took to social media to lament the lack of birds, especially in parts of East Texas and along the coast. Reports continue to come in about huge numbers of teal staging in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, with low numbers right now in Texas and Louisiana. Better shooting could be on the way.
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Fact or fiction: Push-feed rifles won't cycle reliably upside down
Guns & Ammo
CRF rifles like the Mauser 98 and the pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 offer full-length claw extractors that catch the base of the cartridge as it is removed from the magazine and holds the cartridge against the bolt face throughout the chambering, firing, extraction and ejection process. On the other hand, push-feed rifles like the Remington 700, Weatherby Mark V and Savage 110 shove the cartridge forward into the chamber and the small extractor doesn’t “catch” until the cartridge is chambered.
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10 greatest lever-action rifles of all time
Rifle Shooter
If numbers excite you, you probably aren’t into lever guns. Bolt-action rifles are generally more accurate than lever actions, and lever actions will never match the rate of fire achieved by a semiauto. That said, if you appreciate history and nostalgia, you probably have a soft spot for the beleaguered lever gun.

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Gun review: Ruger's Gunsite Scout is the ultimate do-all rifle
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Many gun articles focus on the best first gun to buy or best backup pistol to a primary concealed carry handgun, assuming everyone who buys a gun will inevitably own a dozen. What about people who don’t have enough cash to buy a gun for every conceivable situation that arises?

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Teaching kids respect for guns doesn't infringe on gun rights
The Boston Globe
Susan Hamilton is a native Texan, and she has been around guns all her life. For Hamilton's family and neighbors, guns and hunting are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives. Neither, however, is treated as something to be taken lightly. Hamilton has a daughter whom she is willing — even eager — to teach how to handle a gun. But I’m not willing for her to die doing so.

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