Craig Boddington: Submit your Hunting Permit Applications Now!

Tag Time: Not in the Drawings? Now is the Time! (Craig Boddington)

North American hunters enjoy an amazing bounty of both wildlife and opportunity, but things almost didn’t turn out this way. By 1900, most of our large game species were in serious trouble. Protection and management brought them back, some to incredible plenty, such as our 35 million whitetail deer. Along the winding road to recovery, a unique system of wildlife management developed that we call the North American Model.

Photo: Craig Boddington
My Dad and I with a wonderful Montana bighorn, the first sheep tag I drew. Concerned about disease caused by overpopulation, Montana doubled the tags in this unit after the applications were in. It takes luck, but you must apply!

The North American Model is said to have seven tenets:

  1. Wildlife as a public trust resource
  2. Elimination of markets for game
  3. Wildlife allocated by law
  4. Taking of wildlife only for legitimate purposes
  5. Wildlife considered an international resource
  6. Science as the proper tool
  7. Democracy of hunting

Implicit in the model is the principle is that hunters and anglers provide the primary funding. The first and the last tenants—which hold that we believe wildlife belongs to everyone, not just private landowners or the government—are almost unheard of elsewhere in the world.

The last tenant, democracy of hunting, holds that all citizens in good standing may hunt—subject to seasons and licensing requirements, of course. Due to scarcer resources, both science and law dictate that not everyone can have a license every season. We have a system that allocates permits by a public drawing, a system that serves as one of the very best examples of the democracy of hunting that we enjoy.

Continue reading Craig Boddington: Submit your Hunting Permit Applications Now!

Weaver Super Slam Euro Scopes

I have used many rifles scopes over the last 46 years.  My favorite brand has always been Leuplod.  They and vary greatly in quality according to the price.  But generally you can’t go wrong.

I know have a new favorite the Weaver Super Slam scopes and especially the Euro series with 30 mm tubes and First Focal Plane optics.

I have two 1-5 power scopes one on my .460 Wby magnum and one on a 416 Rigby where I have used both of these on dangerous game i Africa.  This version has outstanding very long eye relieve and I don’t have to worry about getting a scope cut.  They are super clear and reliable.  I have used them on shots from 15 yards to 200 yards.  For your big bore DG bolt rifle, it’s hard to beat these scopes at any price.

But my most favorite Weaver Super Slam scope is the Euro version 4-20X50.  I have replaced all of my Leuplod scopes with this.  I use this scope on a 204 Ruger Varmint rifle, .223 AR Varmint, a 22-250 Varmint, a 300 Win mag , a 257 Wby Mag and a 50 BMG target rifle.

Reloading the Colt 45

The Colt 45 also known as 45 Long Colt, 45 LC is one of the original center fire cartridge still in production and going strong.

The 45 Colt came in to being when the US Army put out for bid a new revolver that would use a 45 caliber bullet at 250 grains over 40 grains of black powder. It is said the requirement was based on the desire to have a revolver that could drop an Indian War pony at 100 yards.

Colt beat out Smith and Wesson with their now famous Colt 1873 Single Action Army revolver and the cartridge got it’s first name the Colt 45.  However good the revolver  was difficult to reload on horse back.  The Army then ordered some break open design pistols from Smith & Wesson known as the Schofield revolver. These guns proved to be very popular and successful however they were not strong enough to fire a full power Colt 45 cartridge. They were chambered in basically a shortened version of the Colt 45.

Now that the Army had two 45 caliber revolver cartridges in inventory and they both could be fired in the 1873 SAA revolver, the name 45 Long Colt started to be used to avoid confusing with the Schofield cartridge. It is a fun cartridge to shoot and reload but caution must be used when reloading because with many smokeless powder there is a danger of double or triple charging a case. That’s why we recommend using Tin Star powder.

Try using Tin Star powder for your Colt .45. This powder will fill the case completely like black powder but it is a smokeless powder that has a light bulky density for use in old black powder cartridges like the Colt 45 and give you the pressure and velocity as the originals. Most people shoot the Colt 45 in Cowboy type guns like the 1873 SAA Colt revolvers or reproductions. I would strongly advise to stay with loading cast lead bullets. The original lead alloy for these bullets was 20 parts lead and one part Tin. This alloy will give you the best performance and the least leading problem.

Quality Cowboy bullets are made by Missouri Bullets. A charge of Tin Star powder that nearly reaches the bottom of a 250 grain Missouri Bullet from a 7 1/2″ barrel will give you a velocity of 930 FPS. LG Outdoors has a good supply of this hard to find reloading powder..

LG Outdoors, your premier online ammo source, offers the best sales on self-defense ammunition!

Looking for superior ammunition for your self-defense needs? Check out our sales on premium self-defense ammunition. Our company believes in combining the convenience of online access with optimal quality. You can rest assured that, should you ever need it, your self-defense ammunition has got you covered. However, when purchasing ammunition, it is important to know what you want and need from your bullets so that you can choose the right product for your intended use. Continue reading LG Outdoors, your premier online ammo source, offers the best sales on self-defense ammunition!

When looking for sales on quality .22 LR ammunition, trust your online purchases to LG Outdoors.

Online Ammunition SalesWhen it comes to competition grade ammo, here at LG Outdoors, we know that not all ammo is created equal. So don’t miss our great sales on Remington .22 Long Rifle Hyper Velocity 36 Grain Truncated Cone Solid Ammunition for your Match practice and developmental shooting needs.

This ammo provides you with consistent quality you can rely on. So, whether practice plinking or shooting for that bulls-eye in a competition, when you’ve loaded your .22 with this competition grade rimfire ammo you can be confident that you’re ready for whatever comes next. With quality like this, you can be assured that your every shot can reach its maximum. The Truncated Cone design of this Remington .22 LR round offers a great balance between penetration and power. The aerodynamic build of the Remington .22 LR Hyper Velocity 36 Grain Truncated Cone Solid Ammunition offers heightened accuracy and reliability, and its light-weight design allows these rounds to reach hyper velocity. Continue reading When looking for sales on quality .22 LR ammunition, trust your online purchases to LG Outdoors.

The Official Blog of LG Outdoors