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Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars is an outdoor writer with bylines in Game & Fish and National Review. He's working on a Ph.D. in English at Baylor University, where he studies the intersection of American literature and the environment.

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How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

Firearms

How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

More than any other technology, precise electronic rangefinders have allowed hunters to make more accurate shots at longer distances. To take one real-world example: at 450 yards, a 150-grain .308 Win. round drops about 40 inches. At 500 yards, that same bullet drops an additional 14 inches. Without...
Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .30-06 Springfield

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .30-06 Springfield

This could be the most frequently debated rifle cartridge matchup on the planet. Both conceived in the early 20th century, the .270 Winchester and the .30-06 Springfield are ballistically similar, easy to find, and chambered in a wide variety of rifles. If you own a .270, your buddy probably owns a...
Did Wolves Really Start a Trophic Cascade in Yellowstone?

Wildlife Management

Did Wolves Really Start a Trophic Cascade in Yellowstone?

You’ve seen the video. Narrated by British environmental activist George Monbiot, “How Wolves Change Rivers” tells the incredible story of how gray wolves sparked a cascading series of ecological benefits for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. “We all know that wolves kill various species of animals...
Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

Gear

Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

In a 1942 edition of Popular Mechanics, an article titled “Super Speed Bullets Knock ‘Em Dead” describes a new wunderkind cartridge that launches a .22-caliber projectile an astounding 5,400 feet per second. The bullet maintains a flat trajectory out to 400 yards, but its real benefit—something the...
Best Rifle Cartridges for New Deer Hunters

Gear

Best Rifle Cartridges for New Deer Hunters

Caliber selection can be intimidating for new deer hunters. There are so many options, and every gun writer with a blog and an Internet connection has an opinion he’s more than happy to share. You can read our recommendations below, but first, know this: almost every rifle caliber can take down a...
Caliber Battle: .223 Rem. vs. .22-250 Rem.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .223 Rem. vs. .22-250 Rem.

In a previous Caliber Battle, I described the .223 Remington as a “classic Army brat.” If that’s the case, the .22-250 is the hippie flower child of the high-velocity, .22-caliber family. Remington introduced the .22-250 as a factory cartridge in 1965, but it spent its formative years as a wildcat...
California Judge Strikes Down State's 'Assault Weapons' Ban

Firearms

California Judge Strikes Down State's 'Assault Weapons' Ban

A federal judge in California struck down the state’s “assault weapons” ban earlier this month, handing Second Amendment advocates a big win in one of the most restrictive states in the nation. U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez ruled that California’s longstanding ban on certain types of...
5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

Gear

5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

Open country, high elevation, and long shots are staples of Western whitetail hunting. Your rifle cartridge better be able to handle it. In most scenarios, the .30-30 Winchester that shines in the thick foliage of the Appalachians won’t get the job done in the Great Plains or Rocky Mountains. You...
The Guns of America’s Most Famous Hunters

Firearms

The Guns of America’s Most Famous Hunters

The long tradition of American hunting isn’t without its heroes. As more settlers moved West, a few men rose to national fame for their skill in the field, and celebrity hunters became a distinctly (if not exclusively) American phenomenon. For some of these outdoorsmen, their firearms became just as...
Caliber Battle: .280 AI vs. .300 Win. Mag.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .280 AI vs. .300 Win. Mag.

Many hunters will be surprised to learn that the .280 Ackley Improved (AI) is about as old as the .300 Winchester Mangum. Winchester introduced the .300 Win. Mag. in 1963. Around the same time, gunsmith and wildcatter P.O. Ackley began tinkering with the .280 Remington, and his wildcat redesign...