Sam Millard Whitetail Buck ELD-X

Hornady 143-grain ELD-X: Review & Hunting Performance Test


The Hornady ELD-X bullet is advertised as a technologically advanced, match accurate, all range hunting bullet. This review covers the 6.5MM 143-grain ELD-X, and focuses on how it performs as a hunting bullet. I’ve been shooting Hornady bullets for as long as I’ve been hunting. Quite a few deer, elk, and bear tags were punched using SP InterLocks in several calibers. More recently, a 7 WSM firing the 162-grain AMAX has accounted for a variety of big game animals. I was looking forward to trying

Gunwerks G7 BR2500

Gunwerks G7 BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder: Review


The G7 BR2500 by Gunwerks, is the latest iteration of the popular BR2 ballistic rangefinder. It uses a more powerful laser and tighter beam divergence for increased ranging accuracy and capability. The G7 BR2 claimed its place as the world’s first laser rangefinder with an integrated ballistic solver six years ago. It offered one-button speed and convenience, and was quickly adopted by hunters looking to increase their effective range. I stuck with what I had at the time, but several of my

Sam Checking Conditions Kestrel 5700 Elite

Minimizing Trajectory Errors: Know Your Conditions!


Trajectory errors, whether during or after the validation stage are usually caused by faulty inputs. The three basic inputs needed to get an accurate firing solution include the gun profile, target distance, and air density. This article will cover how to make sure air density is measured correctly and why it matters. Air density literally describes how dense, or thick the air is. The main environmental conditions that affect it are temperature and air pressure. High temperature and low

Leica Geovid Ballistic Function Testing

Ballistic Functions of the Leica Geovid HD-B Edition 2200


This article outlines and reviews the ballistic functions of the Leica Geovid HD-B Edition 2200. It follows our main review of the HD-B Edition 2200, where we focused on general use and rangefinder performance. There’s a lot to cover with the Geovid. If you missed the first part of the review, check it out HERE. I’ll bring up some of that material where necessary, but for the most part this article will focus only on the HD-B’s ballistic functions. Be sure to watch this VIDEO of the Geovid in

Leica Geovid HD-B Edition 2200 Tripod Mount

Leica Geovid 10×42 HD-B Edition 2200: Review


The elk grazed slowly along the edge of an old burn. With two quick presses of a button, the Leica Geovid HD-B ranged it at 854 yards, then displayed the MOA correction needed to make the shot. I ranged that cow several times, each time getting a distance and correction. It was the first time I’d used the HD-B as it was designed during this review. Over the next two months, I would put it through the most realistic field tests I could imagine. I would also examine the advanced ballistic

Savage Model 12 LRP 260 Remington

Savage Model 12 LRP: Off-The-Shelf Precision


When I saw the Savage LRP on the shelf of a local sporting goods store, I knew it would come home with me. It wasn’t hard to guess what LRP stood for. Its heavy barrel chambered in 260 Remington, beefy action, and target trigger hinted at long range precision. That was four years ago. My sales receipt shows I paid $889.99 for the Savage LRP (Long Range Precision), a fraction of what my custom 260 Remington cost to build. It seemed like an incredible value, and I hoped my first impressions of

RCBS Chargemaster Lite

RCBS Chargemaster Lite: Review


The RCBS Chargemaster Lite is a compact electronic scale with an integrated powder dispenser. It brings speed, accuracy, and convenience to the process of throwing powder charges. My first powder scale was a secondhand RCBS 10-10 beam scale. I added an RCBS Chargemaster 1500 scale to the bench over a decade ago, then a Chargemaster dispenser in 2014. Both tools brought increased efficiency and ease to the process of throwing powder. With two young shooters in the house and an increase in the

Reloading Process

Reloading 101: Basic Process Outline


Being able to quickly and efficiently reload a batch of quality ammo is a top priority for me. Once my load development is done, I don’t want to spend a lot of time at the reloading bench; I’d rather be shooting. Here’s my process for getting that done. If you ask a room full of experienced handloaders about their exact process for assembling quality ammo, you’ll likely get a variety of answers. There are a lot of ways to turn a fired case into a loaded round. This article will outline my

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