Factory Ammunition Accuracy

A question I am commonly asked from my clientele is “how accurate is the rifle you are building me going...
A question I am commonly asked from my clientele is “how accurate is the rifle you are building me going to be when using factory ammunition?” My reply for decades has always been very consistent “That depends on your definition of accurate.” So what is reasonable accuracy that one should expect with factory ammo? Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 years and haven’t paid attention at all the over all quality of factory ammunition...
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An American Hero

On a cold February morning in the early ‘90’s, I was shooting sporting clays in Tampa, Florida. A cold rain...
On a cold February morning in the early ‘90’s, I was shooting sporting clays in Tampa, Florida. A cold rain ran us into a metal barn that had tables, chairs, coffee and doughnuts. I sat at one end of a long table romancing the hot coffee when a big man, followed by a black lab, walked through the door. He had a 28 gauge over and under crooked over his left arm as the cold drizzle turned into a hard...
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2012 Trophy 8`s of Zapata County South Texas

Tyler Carson, Shaun Harris, and Stan Rogers arrived in Zapata County South Texas mid-December of 2012 at Dr. Gary Schwarz...
Tyler Carson, Shaun Harris, and Stan Rogers arrived in Zapata County South Texas mid-December of 2012 at Dr. Gary Schwarz `s Tecomate La Perla Ranch precisely as expected – on time, enthusiastic, and ready to dive into their first South Texas Brush Country whitetail hunting adventure. Gary`s 4600 acre Tecomate La Perla Ranch was a superb venue for this event. The South Texas rut was in full swing and abundant trophy bucks were moving. There was no doubt that many...
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Traditions Muzzleloader Whitetails - Extreme Wildlif...

On Monday November 5, 2012, Tecomate Pro Staffer Duncan Dobie and I returned to our homes from our Traditions Muzzleloader...
On Monday November 5, 2012, Tecomate Pro Staffer Duncan Dobie and I returned to our homes from our Traditions Muzzleloader whitetail hunt with Larry Ellis of Extreme Wildlife Adventures in the Oklahoma panhandle. True to the name of Larry`s outfit this was an exciting adventure to say the least.As Tecomate videographer Matt Carmen and I were en route to Freedom Oklahoma from Denver, Colorado the day before our three day trophy whitetail hunt, we received word from Larry that a...
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Peace River British Columbia: A Wilderness Whitetail...

The bitter, subzero temperatures of British Columbia were unlike anything I have ever experienced on a whitetail hunt. This was...
The bitter, subzero temperatures of British Columbia were unlike anything I have ever experienced on a whitetail hunt. This was a true test for the equipment that I was relying on so heavily. It was Yeti Cooler COLD! The Remington Model 700 7mm Ultra Mag topped off with a Leupold scope performed flawlessly every time I called on it during this trip. From the rifle range after three back-to-back flights to the kill shot on a 165-inch whitetail to the...
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My Favorite Thing about Hunting

To put into words my favorite thing about hunting is a very daunting task. The sights and sounds of a...
To put into words my favorite thing about hunting is a very daunting task. The sights and sounds of a spring sunrise will always be at the top of the list of my favorite things about hunting. There is nothing like hearing a thundering gobble at daybreak and seeing a full fan appear on the ridge in front of you. The falling leaves and acorns of a fall evening bow hunt are pretty special also. Few things are more exciting...
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My Wyoming Buck

I saw this buck occasionally over the last few fall months in 2012, but could never get him on the...
I saw this buck occasionally over the last few fall months in 2012, but could never get him on the trail cameras to get a real good look at him. I did get a quick look at him on one occasion but he didn't stay around long enough for me to get a shot. I had seen and rattled in a few other deer but he was definitely the stud of the area.The rut was in full swing here in...
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Tecomate Bucks of La Perla 2012 – Part 2

The north wind blew at sunrise on the day that would end in success with the taking of my wide...
The north wind blew at sunrise on the day that would end in success with the taking of my wide flaring La Perla 12. And the temperature was comfortably cool at daybreak, around 50 degrees. The wind direction was not ideal for our first choice location to begin hunting so we stayed on the move checking senderos for early morning rut action. Matt and I saw several good bucks but not the shooter we were after. As it turned out...
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Tecomate Bucks of La Perla 2012 – Part 1

On December 13th I arrived at the Laredo Texas airport to meet Tecomate`s David Morris for another brush country adventure...
On December 13th I arrived at the Laredo Texas airport to meet Tecomate`s David Morris for another brush country adventure with host Dr. Gary Schwarz at his Tecomate La Perla Ranch. La Perla Ranch is another brush country jewel being cut and polished into a shining gem of whitetail lore much like its predecessors, El Tecomate Ranch and El Cazador Ranch. The 2012 season at La Perla is living proof of the power of the Tecomate year round food plot...
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Scouting Public Land Pays Off

When I first moved to Iowa 12 years ago, I had no access to private land. My sole availability was...
When I first moved to Iowa 12 years ago, I had no access to private land. My sole availability was public ground, which fortunately Iowa has a good bit of. I took my first buck that year along the Des Moines River sitting on a bucket in the timber with my bow. Like most states you can gain access to where all the public ground is by contacting your DNR. It requires doing some scouting and in many cases a...
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THE SACRED DOE

Deer season had just ended when we pulled into my parent’s driveway. My father and I were successful in killing...
Deer season had just ended when we pulled into my parent’s driveway. My father and I were successful in killing two does. Our neighbors, Dan and Neal, were over within minutes to see our harvest. When Dan saw the two dead does in the back of our truck his eyes opened wide. He said that "real" hunters don't kill does - only bucks. Dan felt that if does were killed there soon would be no deer left to hunt.Unfortunately, far...
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My Alaskan Black Bear Adventure

As we boarded the plane in Jackson, Mississippi the temperature was a smoking 91 degrees on that mid-May day. My...
As we boarded the plane in Jackson, Mississippi the temperature was a smoking 91 degrees on that mid-May day. My dress was a tee shirt and a pair of lightweight khakis. When I got off the plane in Ketchikan, Alaska, the temperature was a chilly 31 degrees, a 60-degree drop in temperature. I quickly rustled through my Realtree camo carry on backpack to retrieve my jacket. What a difference two time zones, several thousand miles, and a big jump in...
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