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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 Best .22 LR Rifles

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The Best .22 LR Rifles

Choosing .22 LR rifle is like picking the “best” flavor of ice cream. We can all agree that pistachio is terrible, but all the other flavors? It’s a matter of opinion. The MeatEater Crew has never been short on opinions, so we polled a few of the guys to share with you some .22 LR rifle options to...
Caliber Battle: .257 Wby. Mag. vs. .25-06 Rem.

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Caliber Battle: .257 Wby. Mag. vs. .25-06 Rem.

It’s easy to assume that the .257 Weatherby Magnum and the .25-06 Remington are more or less interchangeable. Both classic quarter-bores are legendary varmint and medium-game cartridges, both have roots in the wildcat business, and both shoot lightweight bullets really, really fast. But even though...
Should Your Next Deer Rifle Be an AR-15?

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Should Your Next Deer Rifle Be an AR-15?

As AR-15 rifles have become more popular among casual shooters, hunters have wondered if it's the right platform for their next deer gun. So, we're here to break down the pros and cons of toting an AR on your next hunt. Some of these will apply to other kinds of semi-automatic rifles like the AK-4...
The 5 Best Handgun Cartridges for Hunting

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The 5 Best Handgun Cartridges for Hunting

Handgun hunting may be the outcast of the outdoor scene, but it still has a few things going for it. For those familiar with firearms, pistols offer many of the same challenges as bows without the necessity of learning an entirely new skill set. Handguns are easy to pack and stow, and modern...
Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .243 Win.

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Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .243 Win.

If you had to pick the sexiest cartridges of the last decade, you’d run through quite a few before you hit the .270 Winchester or .243 Winchester. They can’t ride the love-it-or-hate-it controversy of the 6.5mm calibers. They don’t have that coveted NATO designation. And they aren’t old enough to be...
Caliber Battle: .22 Long Rifle vs. .22 Short

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Caliber Battle: .22 Long Rifle vs. .22 Short

Frank C. Barnes, author of the now-famous “Cartridges of the World,” once said that the .22 Long Rifle (LR) has “established a place so secure it will be with us as long as guns are made.” That’s not surprising. The famous Double Deuce is without question one of the most popular cartridges in...
A Brief History of Flintlock Hunting in America

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A Brief History of Flintlock Hunting in America

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and…flintlock rifles? It’s hard to deny the ironic status of the flintlock rifle in American culture. Many Europeans came to the New World chasing the promise of inexhaustible game, and even though that promise proved less-than-realistic, their efforts cemented the...
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...