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Questions tagged [guns]

Questions referring to use of firearms.

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Is 5R barrel rifling more accurate than 4 or 6 groove rifling and if so by how much?

I am looking for a new hunting rifle, and one of the features I keep seeing advertised is 5R rifling where there are 5 lands and grooves instead of 4 or 6. Supposedly this makes the barrel more ...
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What are the differences between and the pros and cons of first vs second focal plane rifle scopes?

There are two types of rifle scopes when it comes to which focal plane the reticle is etched on and they are called first or second focal plane scopes. What is the difference between the two types ...
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What to look for in a rifle bipod?

I am planning on getting a bipod for my rifle, in the hope of being more accurate and able to hit targets at longer ranges. What features should I look for in a rifle bipod?
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In shooting, what is a MOA (minute of angle)?

In hunting/shooting, you will often see the term MOA (which stands for minute of angle). What exactly is an (MOA) minute of angle when it comes to shooting?
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20-shot magazine for Lee-Enfield? [closed]

Do you know where I can get a 20-shot magazine for a 1917 303 MKIII Lee-Enfield rifle? I currently have a 10-shot magazine. I have searched the internet and I've seen a picture of one but have not ...
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Storing hunting firearms and ammo in a safe not designed for them?

I just got my first handgun and had previously bought a safe that we had used for other things. The safe is a made by first alert, and is the 2087F. It says in the manual, which I've thankfully kept, ...
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What is the difference between single action (SA), double action/single action (DA/SA) and double action only(DAO) semi-auto pistols

Somewhat like revolvers, semi-automatic pistols also come in single action, double action/single action and double action only. Also while there are similarities to how this terminology is used with ...
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What is the difference between single and double action revolvers?

Some revolvers are single action and some are double action, what exactly is the difference between the two types?
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Shooting into tree

A few weeks ago, I strapped a target onto a tree that was about 1.5-2' in diameter to sight my muzzleloader on private property. I fired about a dozen .50 cal bullets into the tree. In addition to ...
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What is a top strap on a revolver?

Some revolvers like the earliest Colts do not have top straps, and that is the easy way of telling them apart from the early Remingtons or from any modern revolvers. What exactly is a top strap on a ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of octagonal barrels?

Some modern firearms can come with either round or octagonal barrels, such as the 45-70 Marlin Guide vs the 45-70 Marlin Cowboy. What would the advantages of one over the other be?
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What is the responsible way to sell a firearm?

I am moving to a different state soon. In order to make the move easier I have decided to sell some of my firearms. I live in a state that doesn't have universal background checks, unfortunately. ...
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Locations to sight in a rifle around Boise, Idaho

One thing I need to do to prepare for deer season is to sight in my rifle. I'm new to the Boise area and don't know where I should go. I'd prefer to go somewhere free, but if the only options ...
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Would a gunshot echo in a cave?

I'm writing a story in which someone is shot in a cave system. Another character is an adjoining tunnel some distance and at least a few tunnel intersections away. Would the sound of the shot reach ...
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Is it safe to fire .38 cartridges in a 38.40

I have an old Marlin 38.40 lever action rifle and am having trouble finding ammo for it. Can I fire modern .38 cartridges in this rifle?
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In the absence of lead, what can I use for a projectile in a flintlock rifle?

A flintlock rifle is a weapon that can be indefinitely reloaded without any reliance on infrastructure. Gunpowder can be made from resources commonly found in the outdoors (urine as the nitrate source)...
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Does chambering a round multiple times degrade its accuracy?

My standard procedure when hunting is to hunt with a round in the chamber, safety on and as soon as the day is over or while getting into a vehicle to remove the bullet from the chamber. This can ...
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How do you remove a bullet from a cartridge?

While reloading some cartridges, I was on the last step of crimping the bullet into the brass case, and made and mistake and the brass was compressed wrong. The other reason for removing a bullet is ...
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What are the pro and cons of two stage vs single stage triggers for hunting?

In addition to getting a trigger with a lighter pull weight, I also have the option of switching from a single stage to a two stage trigger. What would the pros and cons of doing so be?
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Is there a handgun or rifle target practice set-up for the home?

I want to learn target practice inside my house. The goal is to eventually use these skills in The Great Outdoors. I'm looking for: a non-real (e.g. BB type) handgun or rifle that has realistic ...
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Is there still a M1A1 carbine replica production? [closed]

I've always wanted to have a M1A1 carbine. However, I don't want a "original" one because I think that this would be too valuable in my hands. I don't want to take one away from a real collector. ...
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What features should I look for in a scope for a .308

So I've Google this allot over the last couple of days, but it feels like most of the answers are aimed at target shooting. I live in South Africa, and we do allot of hunting in the bushveld as well ...
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Is it safe to fire 38 caliber rounds in a 357 magnum pistol?

I have a .357 revolver. The rounds have a significant amount of kick. When I go out target shooting the kick makes it unpleasant to shoot before I have gone through a full box of ammunition. ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

This is one of those things, that seems like it has just always been in my knowledge. A recent comment about rifles on a question about shotguns got me thinking, it really is not all that simple. ...
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Gunfire in US national parks

What are the consequences of firing a gun in a US national park due to distress? (for instance, shooting at an attacking animal, or firing in the air to attract attention when stranded) There is a ...
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Where is the Benelli R1 made?

I might be in the market for a new Benelli R1. But I can't seem to get a straight answer on where it is made. Obviously, I know that Benelli is a Beretta company and the Benelli address is listed in ...
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How often do I need to clean my rimfires?

When is it necessary to clean a rimfire firearm? Only after exposure to excessive moisture? Only when it begins to malfunction (for autoloaders)? With some frequency of shooting, or time, or before ...
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I have an older shotgun designed for lead shot, can I use steel shot?

I have an older shotgun designed for lead shot, by law I can only fire steel shot. Can I fire steel shot, or do I need get a new shotgun? If I can use steel shot, what additional maintenance is ...
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Which wildlife is it legal to hunt in the UK?

Does someone have a list or a link of exactly which UK wildlife it is legal to hunt & safe (& tasty) to eat? For example, are rabbits safe to eat, or is myxomatosis still a problem? ...
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Trail gun for protection against bears

Choosing a trail gun is proving more challenging than I would like. What handgun calibres are powerful enough to provide some protection against aggressive bears? I want something manageable ...
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When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?

When my friend planned to hike the Appalachian trail, his mother insisted he take her small handgun. I didn't think it would be a great idea in that case, but I'm sure there must be times when such ...
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Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?

In Svalbard, the arctic archipelago administrated by Norway, anyone leaving Longyearbyen is required to carry a rifle for their own safey. For grizzly bears, Wikivoyage recommends that Bear repellent ...