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Gun Test: CVA Hunter In .44 Magnum

4:36 PM 10/04/2014

Recognized for its high-quality, yet economical, muzzleloaders and switch-barrel long guns, CVA has also manufactured dedicated Spanish-made single-shot rifles since 2010, with the debut of the Scout. As of 2012, the Scout was in its second iteration, the V2, which incorporated many of the “premium” features found on the company’s muzzleloaders. This rightly increased the price. In upgrading the Scout, CVA left a niche for a no-frills, value-priced, entry-level rifle. To fill this void, the company introduced the Hunter.

Ruger Hawkeye Guide Gun

5:57 PM 09/10/2014

Many dangerous-game guides carry a different sort of rifle than their clients. African professional hunters often carry open-sighted, large-bore double rifles, and an Alaskan bear guide’s rifle is typically a short lever- or bolt-action chambered for a cartridge of at least .33 caliber. The reason is because it’s the client’s primary job to place the first shot correctly, and the guide shoots only if the client wounds an animal, and usually at close range.

Shooting Steel-Cased 7.62x39mm In Ruger Mini Thirtys

3:29 PM 07/16/2014

Q: I’ve been shooting Russian-made 7.62x39 mm ammunition in my Ruger Mini Thirty. The steel cases are coated in some sort of lacquer for corrosion protection, which I think has been causing rounds to get stuck in the chamber. My brother has had similar issues, and he said the lacquer is causing a residue that is very difficult to remove—even after a thorough cleaning. Anyhow, I believe that this cheap ammunition is a failed product that is being offered and that NRA members should be made aware of the issues.