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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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5 Best Air Rifles for Squirrel Hunting

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5 Best Air Rifles for Squirrel Hunting

These ain’t your granddaddy’s air rifles. They’ll still shoot your eye out, but they’re also dead accurate and powerful enough to lay down a squirrel with a single shot every time. They’re quiet, cheap to shoot, and easy to use. If you’re thinking about exploring the small game woods this year, you...
Caliber Battle: .308 Win. vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

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Caliber Battle: .308 Win. vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

Last month, I called the .30-06 Springfield and the .270 Winchester “the most frequently debated rifle cartridge matchup on the planet.” Comparing the .308 Winchester and the 6.5 Creedmoor might give that statement a run for its money. No one doubts the .308 Win.’s ability to take big game. It’s...
How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

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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

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

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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

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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...
The Guns of America’s Most Famous Hunters

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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.

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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...
Your Next Deer Gun Should be a "Scout" Rifle

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Your Next Deer Gun Should be a "Scout" Rifle

In 1983, Colonel Jeff Cooper hosted a conference he believed would modernize rifle design and launch the “new wave” long gun of the future. The famous instructor, hunter, and author described this new style of firearm in a manifesto of sorts published in the gun magazine, American Rifleman. The...
Why Everyone Hates the 6.5 Creedmoor

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Why Everyone Hates the 6.5 Creedmoor

Here’s a fun fact. If you type into Google “why the 6.5 Creedmoor,” the search engine auto-fills “why the 6.5 Creedmoor is overrated.” It’s not clear why everyone (including Google, I guess) loves to hate the uber-popular cartridge. Introduced by Hornady in 2007, the 6.5 Creedmoor is among the best...