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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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Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

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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

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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...
5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

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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 Best Straight-Wall Cartridge for Whitetail Hunting

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The Best Straight-Wall Cartridge for Whitetail Hunting

Straight-wall cartridges are surging in the whitetail world. The best evidence of this is recent legislation. Several big deer states—including Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana—have passed laws in the last five years allowing straight-wall cartridges in zones previously designated as shotgun- or...