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JJ’s Gun Blog

For years Jeff Johnston has tested and evaluated firearms with the consumer—the hard working American who’s considering plunking down a paycheck for a new gun—in mind. When it comes to guns, bullets and optics that actually work in the woods, JJ's Gun Blog is gospel.

  • What Your Rifle Says About You: Winchester Model 70

    Winchester Model 70 You are a rifleman, and you’d use whatever works best, but you’ve been around the block and never handled a rifle as smooth, slick, or accurate as your Jack O’Connor special. Plus, the wood just feels magical in your hands, and each time wisps of smoke rise...

  • What Your Rifle Says About You

    Yankee Hill HRC 168 in 6.8 SPC You love your bolt actions, but there’s just something about a compact, magazine-fed, semi-auto, scary-looking AR-15 than turns you on. You went with the Yankee Hill because you did your research and wanted something top-quality but slightly different. And this dog hunts, too,...

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5 Awesome Trail Guns

One morning in mid-June I stopped by my cabin to grab my fishing gear. When I sat my tackle on edge of the shack’s porch, I was startled by sudden commotion 6 inches from my hand. Instinctively I lurched back just as six fat feet of diamondback rattlesnake showed me...


What Your Rifle Says About You

Weatherby Mark V Deluxe in .257 Wby. You’re getting up there in years, but you’re still a rifleman through and through. You’ve experienced all the phases as a hunter and as a rifleman. You started with a .243, went to an aught-6 or .270, then you dabbled with the big...


Remington 700 Long Range

Remington Model 700 Long Range I know a bunch of deer hunters, and for the vast majority of them the most strenuous part of their hunt is climbing a 10-foot ladder to their stand. Many ride a four wheeler within yards of it, because what’s the difference if it looks...


What Your Rifle Says About You: T/C Encore Pro Hunter

T/C Encore Pro Hunter You are practical, and you want one rifle that can do everything. Of course, you rarely change from your stainless .270 Win. barrel, but you could if you wanted, and that makes you happy. You like watching hunting shows, and you are a whitetail fanatic. You’ve...


What Your Rifle Says About You

Ruger 10/22 (.22 LR) You are a practical person, sure, but really you just like to have fun. You can plink all day with your Ruger 10/22 for cheap, and each time your girl nails a tin can her face lights up like she’s just won gold. You like to...


What Your Rifle Says About You: Barrett 99

Barrett 99 .50 BMG You trust everyone, but you cut the cards anyway. You don’t really believe there will be a zombie apocalypse, but nothing’s wrong with being prepared—and besides, it’s kind of fun. You're not afraid to argue your convictions when you go to a party in the city;...


CVA Accura MR Nitride St

Seeing how it gets dark at midnight during Saskatchewan’s June black bear season, I had much time to run my fingers over CVA’s new Accura MR Nitride muzzleloader—when what I really wanted was to caress the plush hide of a soon-to-be bear rug. By now, however, after sitting for 8...


What Your Rifle Says About You: Ruger M77

RUGER M77 .243 Win. Your father gave you this rifle many seasons ago, and its walnut stock has more scratches on it than a Beastie Boys vinyl album—if you had any clue, or cared, who those idiots are. People say its trigger sucks, it’s ugly, the wing safety is weird...


What Your Rifle Says About You: Remington M700

REMINGTON 700 XCR .30-06 You wanted one rifle that would do it all in any weather for any game you hunt—mainly deer, pigs, and whatever else you’ll get around to hunting someday—so you chose this venerable rifle because it’s smooth, accurate and dependable. You don’t shoot every weekend, but you...


Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E with EOTech MRDS: A Better Way to Shoot a Pistol?

Handguns just got easier to shoot. After you apply the correct grip (most novice shooters grip a handgun completely wrong like Dirty Harry ), accurate shooting boils down to sight alignment and trigger squeeze. You’ve still got to squeeze the trigger smoothly and let it surprise you when it breaks,...


YHM Hunt Ready Camo 200 Rifle

Perhaps you haven’t heard of the Yankee Hill Machine company of Florence, Mass., but the precision machine shop has been producing parts for the defense of our nation since 1951. Now it’s building great AR-rifles that feature their own custom look—a luxury it can provide because it builds its own...


5 Good Reasons To Buy an AR

If you have a heathly amount of gun-guy in you, you want an AR-15 just to have it. For hard-core hunters, however, the puny .223 Rem. cartridge is tough to justify unless you're shooting a bunch of coyotes every year. But alas, these days nearly every major arms manufacturer makes...


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