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Shooting Cut Shotgun Shells

Bull Busters, Buck Busters, Poor Man’s Slug, Ringers. No matter the nomenclature utilized, all these colloquialisms refer to a method of shotgun shell transformation we’re going to call “cut shotgun shells.” These are shotgun shells which have been cut around the circumference of the outer hull. When these sliced shells are fired, they turn the shotgun shell itself (typically filled with birdshot) into a de facto “slug.” A neat idea, yes; but why would someone do this? by Drew, a contributing writer Why People Cut Shotgun Shells The concept of the…

Project Squirrel Gun

If you step outside right now and go for a short walk, the most likely wildlife (aka: prey) you are likely to see will be small and furry, or small and feathery.  While big game may satisfy our survival dreams, the reality is that the billions of squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, prairie dogs, and even rats will be the game of plenty. On the avian side there are crows and pigeons.  I am not endorsing the illegal taking of animals, or poaching, or reckless inner city hunting, but I am pointing…

SHTF Armorer: Back to Basics – Rifle Accuracy

I got a text from a co-worker this past weekend. Deer season is nigh here in Maine, and he was out doing the pre-season rifle check-up. “My 7 Mag is all over the place. I can’t shoot.” is what he sent to me.  I found this hard to believe; the man is a very experienced bow shooter; he turned down an offer to shoot competitively for a major bow manufacturer.  I asked him his setup.  It was a Ruger Model 77 Mark II in 7mm Remington Magnum, a Simmons fixed…

Gear Review: Survival Slingshot Archer

The Survival Slingshot Archer is one of those pieces of equipment that I both like and dislike.  Allow me to explain.  First, let me admit up front that I’m no expert with a slingshot.  I used to make my own when I was a kid and I even owned a wrist rocket for a brief splendid period of time until my mother caught me shooting at things I shouldn’t have been shooting at and took it away.  After that I didn’t really have much interest in them until I was…

Bug Out Ammo for Foraging & Fending

Whenever I teach hunter safety education classes in the fall ahead of the upcoming deer season, I almost always get asked two questions.  One is “What is the best deer rifle and caliber to get for my son or daughter for them to start hunting deer”?   The second is “How do you know what the best hunting ammunition is to buy for deer hunting”?   Both good basic questions any deer or any other kind of hunter ought to know.  For our purposes here this information not only applies to prepping…

The Original Dot Sight

What if I told you that there was a dot sight that existed and worked extremely well for 100 years before the first Aimpoint ever clicked on? True story. It was (and still is) a fast, easy-to-pick-up zero-magnification sighting system that served to annihilate herds of buffalo hundreds of yards from the shooter in the late 1800/early 1900s, and it’s been standard issue on U.S. (and other) military rifles since the 1920’s. It still can be seen in various forms on your grandfather’s old lever-action deer-gettin’ Winchester, or possibly even…

Gear Review: TRU-BORE 12 Gauge Chamber Adapter

There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that when it comes to the one-gun prepper arsenal, the shotgun reigns supreme. King of the hill, my boomstick, baby! We here at SHTFblog have written about many a time – you can find our musings about the ultimate in firearms versatility here, here, and here. If you scroll through the comments, you probably will find mention of a specific item that increases a shotgun’s versatility exponentially – the chamber adapter. Essentially a slug of metal that has been machined into the profile…

A while ago, one of our readers wrote in and asked for advice for a good SHTF shotgun. I helped him out with the knowledge I had, and I guess it was OK, because he wrote back on a slightly different topic. He asked, Dear SHTFblog, You guys gave me great shotgun advice reciently. I’m coming to you again for your thoughts on ARs. I’m a gun novice. I’ve been looking into purchasing my first AR15. I’m trying to keep the price at $1000 or less. I do want a…