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Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars is a supporting editor at MeatEater who writes about firearms, conservation, and American literature. He hails from the East Texas piney woods, where he likes pursuing squirrels, whitetail, wild hogs, and sand bass (but mostly squirrels).

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Caliber Battle: .30-06 Springfield vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .30-06 Springfield vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

No two cartridges embody the old school vs. new school debate better than the .30-06 Springfield and the 6.5 Creedmoor. The former got its start in 2007 as a bougie, long-range cartridge more at home on a competition course than in a deer blind. The latter is a World War I and II vet known worldwide...
Caliber Battle: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge

Firearms

Caliber Battle: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge

New hunters often tell me that cartridge nomenclature is the most confusing thing about firearms. Two questions usually top their list: what is a shotgun “gauge,” and what’s the difference between a “12 gauge” and a “20 gauge?” If you’ve found yourself asking these questions–or wondering why larger...
Caliber Battle: 10mm vs .45 ACP

Firearms

Caliber Battle: 10mm vs .45 ACP

The 9mm Luger might be the king of modern handgun cartridges, but it’s far from the most powerful. If you want to start handgun hunting or want something with a little extra juice for bear defense, the 10mm Auto and the .45 Auto are two popular options. In a first for this series, we’re running...
What Do MOA and Mrad Mean?

Firearms

What Do MOA and Mrad Mean?

Spend enough time in the firearms blogosphere and you’ll surely be subjected to heated debates about the costs and benefits of “MOA” versus “MRad” rifle scopes. If you’ve wished the authors of those articles would take two steps back and relax a minute for goodness’ sake, you’ve come to the right...
5 Best Bear Hunting Cartridges

Firearms

5 Best Bear Hunting Cartridges

While whitetail deer have become the country’s most popular big game animal, it wasn’t so long ago that black bears were considered America’s premier wild table fare. MeatEater’s Clay Newcomb has pointed out that black bears fueled the expansion of the American frontier, and bear hunting was...
Gear We Use: The Best 9mm Pistols

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Gear We Use: The Best 9mm Pistols

The 9mm Luger isn’t a great hunting cartridge. Let’s get that out of the way up front. But it is cheap, easy to shoot, and readily available-all things we value whenever we’re evaluating a caliber. These attributes make it a great training round if you’re looking to start hunting with a handgun. It...
Everything You Need to Know About Shotgun Choke Tubes

Firearms

Everything You Need to Know About Shotgun Choke Tubes

There aren’t many gun products that offer drastically improved performance without costing an arm and a leg. You could argue that shotgun choke tubes are one of them. “A choke is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can change on a shotgun to improve efficacy,” MeatEater’s waterfowl guru, Sean...
Caliber Battle: .270 Wby. Mag. vs. .270 Win.

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Caliber Battle: .270 Wby. Mag. vs. .270 Win.

In a now-famous story, Roy Weatherby launched his wildcatting career after he lost a wounded deer on his first hunt in 1942. He became convinced that faster, flatter-shooting cartridges would take game more reliably, and the resulting line of Weatherby Magnum cartridges has been doing just that...
Can an Air Rifle Bring Down a Whitetail?

Firearms

Can an Air Rifle Bring Down a Whitetail?

Any kid whose ever had a pellet gun and an unsupervised Saturday knows that air rifles can take down small game. But what about whitetails? These days, companies offer .35, .45, and .50-caliber air rifles that are more than capable of bringing down deer-sized animals. It’s safe to say that Ralphie’s...
Caliber Battle: .30-30 Win. vs. .350 Legend

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .30-30 Win. vs. .350 Legend

One of the oldest and most popular cartridges of all time, the .30-30 Winchester, was released in 1895 and has been bringing down all manner of game ever since. The .350 Legend has some catching up to do if it wants to rival its 127-year-old predecessor. Released in 2019, the Legend was designed for...