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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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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...
Caliber Battle: .375 H&H Mag. vs. the .416 Rigby

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Caliber Battle: .375 H&H Mag. vs. the .416 Rigby

For many hunters, a Hemingway-style African hunt is the stuff of daydreams and social media envy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning. The .375 H&H Magnum and the .416 Rigby have been taking down large and dangerous game since their introductions in the early 20th century. Either would be...
3 Best Rifle Calibers for Youth Hunters

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3 Best Rifle Calibers for Youth Hunters

If you have kids you want to get hooked on hunting, it’s important to think carefully before choosing their first rifle. Throwing them to the wolves with a .300 Winchester Magnum might make for a funny story when they’re older, but it’s a terrible way to recruit a future hunting buddy. There are...
The History of Wildcatting in America

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The History of Wildcatting in America

The term “wildcatter” is most frequently used to refer to oil prospectors from the late 19th century who drilled exploration wells in search of new petroleum fields. But the word also refers to another group of optimistic entrepreneurs, folks who hope to strike it rich (or at least become famous) in...
The Hardest and Easiest Ammo to Buy Right Now

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The Hardest and Easiest Ammo to Buy Right Now

Gun owners are at the point in the ammo shortage when they’d be happy to find something—anything—to shoot. What started as a COVID-induced blip has turned into the worst ammunition shortage in recent memory, and industry insiders are predicting it will last through the end of the year. Hunters and...
The Best Deer Cartridge You’ve Probably Never Shot

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The Best Deer Cartridge You’ve Probably Never Shot

Remember that old children’s story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears?” Some take the moral as a warning against breaking and entering, but most folks probably remember the story’s lesson about moderation: not too hot, not too cold, not too hard, not too soft—just right. The .257 Roberts is the...
What the “Universal Background Check” Bill Means for Gun Owners

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What the “Universal Background Check” Bill Means for Gun Owners

Most hunters know that purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer requires the purchaser to pass a background check conducted through the federal instant check system. In many states, however, purchasers can also buy guns in private transactions that do not require the buyer to pass a background...