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  1. For the "Newbys".

    Oft-times I'm asked by those just getting started in the "Survival Arena" as to where they might start and what they might learn & study. I'm putting my answers here and will refer to them in the future whenever asked this question again. The 1st thing you have to do, no matter what, is to prepare yourself mentally to accept the advice you're given here, even if it doesn't fit in with what you think it should. Pick up a good book on survival, yes, but also study all the threads ...

    Updated 12-30-2007 at 12:37 AM by Sarge47

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  2. Understanding Trajectory... Rifles

    The law of gravity dictates that a bullet will begin to drop toward the earth from the moment it leaves the rifle barrel. The reason that some rifles shoot “flatter” than others is simply because their bullets travel faster and are able to cover more distance in a given amount of time. The bullets still drop to the earth at a rate of acceleration of 32 fps, but they simply cover more ground than slower bullets before dropping a given distance. It is necessary to elevate the rifle’s bore slightly ...
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  3. When the far wind blows

    Shooting In Wind
    The wind’s effect on a bullet’s flight has been a subject of heated discourse for as long as shooters have been trying to hit targets at long distances. We have developed charts and computer programs in attempts to make predictions, but at best, they are only a guideline. All the mathematical theorists from Einstein to my SWAT Sniper friend Rick can’t predict exactly what a bullet will do when it is fired through a real-world moving air mass.
    However, the computer programs ...
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  4. Matching the bullet to the Cartridge

    Even though different cartridges may take the same bullets, not all the cartridges will extract the same bullet performance. You simply can’t expect a bullet to act the same way from a .308 Win. as it does from a .30-378 Wthby. Mag. It may be traveling nearly 1,000 fps faster from the big gun, and that changes things radically.
    A good example of this is the old Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets. For a long time, many hunters thought they were too "soft" and didn’t like them for big game ...
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  5. The wonderful little Rimfire

    Whether you plink cans or pursue critters, there’s never been a better time to buy a new rimfire rifle.
    Several years ago, my hunting partner and I responded to a request for assistance from a farmer friend: “My pasture is completely over-run with gophers, and I hate to use poison. Will you guys thin them out for me?”
    Every hunter knows these requests are usually too good to be true, but this one was for real. When we arrived, the pasture was truly a beautiful sight for a varmint hunter’s ...
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