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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

The term 'rifle' comes from the fact that the barrel of a rifle has spiral grooves (called rifling) cut into the inside. When the bullet is fired it is forced into these grooves which in turn cause ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

In the U.S. there are legal definitions provided by code (18 USC 921) and regulation (27 CFR 478.11), which are somewhat derived from the customary definitions. A shotgun is designed to shoot shot (i....
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Is a .22 air-rifle powerful enough for a clean kill of a rabbit?

It looks like because you are in the UK, there is a power restriction, which means that you can either go high velocity, lightweight pellet or a low velocity heavy pellet. If that restriction wasn't ...
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In the absence of lead, what can I use for a projectile in a flintlock rifle?

In the absence of lead, it is possible to use gravel or pieces of metal, as was done by various tribes in the American West, but it will damage the flintlock. As recorded by Capt. Meriwether Lewis (...
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In the absence of lead, what can I use for a projectile in a flintlock rifle?

One could use many natural things as a projectile, but I will limit my answer to two items and the lethal possibilities would depend on how close you are to the victim. This is such an expansive ...
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Is a .22 air-rifle powerful enough for a clean kill of a rabbit?

I have used a .177 caliber air rifle with a 1200 fps muzzle velocity to kill rabbits. It is a very quick and clean kill if you hit them in the kill zone. Their hide is incredibly weak compared to ...
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Why would one type of 22lr ammo be louder than another?

Assuming both the 40 and 60 grain are actually subsonic (the projectile does not break the sound barrier) and both have similar muzzle velocities, you should expect the 60 grain to be louder. It ...
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Is it safe to fire .38 cartridges in a 38.40

The long and the short of it is no - definitely not. If you check wikipedia (or other reputable sources such as SAAMI) you will see that the parent case of the .38-40 is the .44-40 Wincheseter, which ...
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Is it safe to fire .38 cartridges in a 38.40

No, I don't believe so. The .38-40, perhaps despite its name is a 40 caliber round, while the .38 Special, certainly despite its name, is a much smaller .357 round. The case diameter dimensions are ...
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What are the relative advantages of .308 and .30-06

So the question remains.......what is the difference. Well in my experience there is very little difference when we are talking about bullet weights up to 180gr. A friend of mine has a 30-06 and I ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

The distinction between rifle and shotgun can get convoluted if only considering shot vs single projectile. Shotguns can be loaded with rifled slugs, rifles can fire shot shells. CCI has marketed ...
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Is a .22 air-rifle powerful enough for a clean kill of a rabbit?

When I was young, we would hunt both rabbits and grouse with a .177 caliber air rifle and found them fine for hunting. We made it a point of using pointed pellets while hunting: A selection of .22 ...
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Why use a 20 MOA rail on top of a rifle?

For long range shooting, you have to aim above the target in order to hit it. For example, a 308 will have dropped 340 inches at 1,000 yards. (source: gunwerks.com) Source Instead of aiming above, it ...
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What is the advantage of a fluted barrel on a hunting rifle?

A fluted barrel has two advantages, The flutes make the barrel lighter and thus easier to carry for long periods while hunting. More surface area means that the barrel cools down faster. As barrels ...
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Sighting in a Rifle without firing a shot

A bore sight will get you close, but it's not perfect and you will want to shoot real bullets to test your aim afterwards. If you bore sight it at 25 yards it should be on paper at 100 yards and you ...
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What should I look for in a spinning 22lr target?

Most of these I have experience with the supporting arms are the weak point - hit them and they bend, making it hard to take the target apart for storage, keeping the target from spinning/flipping, ...
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How do I remove 22lr bullet that's stuck to the bolt from the rifle?

22 Long Rifle bolt actions usually hold the bullet to the bolt with a spring. See the red arrow below. That spring is pushing against the cartridge to hold it in place. If you pull on the spring out ...
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Is a .22 air-rifle powerful enough for a clean kill of a rabbit?

Mine is. If you told someone what kind of gun you were using you would get a better answer. I use an RWS 350 that shoots .22 caliber 18.13 grain pellets 750 fps. I've killed rabbits from over 50 yards....
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What to look for in a rifle bipod?

It is important to match your intended shooting height to the bipod that you select. Additionally, the longer that you are shooting the more stable the attachment between the rifle and the bipod need ...
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Is there a M1A1 carbine replica production?

There are 3 different manufacturers currently making these. Auto Ordance Inland Manufacturing Fulton Armory There is also a stock for 10-22 rifles that make it look like an m1 carbine but still ...
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What are the relative advantages of .308 and .30-06

I have owned, reloaded, and hunted with both 30 caliber rounds and have to say that they are both very effective and capable for almost all hunting applications. The first comparison I can offer is ...
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Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?

A difference on the side of the rifle would be that polar bears live in more open environments, so they're easier to see coming. A difference on the pepper spray side could be that these open plains ...
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Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?

We carry both, a handgun (.45) and bear spray in black bear/grizzly country. A warning shot recently stopped a black bear from (bluff) charging LONG before it was within range of the bear spray. I ...
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Locations to sight in a rifle around Boise, Idaho

The best free outdoor range that I found was in Garden Valley. The range is free to use, however donations to the local gun club that maintains the site are encouraged. Personally I donate a few bucks ...
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What should I look for in a spinning 22lr target?

Aside from the durability issue @ivanivan mentioned, if you hit the "stem" that is common to nearly all spinners, you might take that as a hit when in fact it was a miss. You should also look at ...
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Is 5R barrel rifling more accurate than 4 or 6 groove rifling?

tl;dr: No. Any theoretical advantage of one rifling profile over another is lost in execution. Since this is a question of practice, not theory, I appeal here to the experience of authorities in ...
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What are the pros and cons of first vs second focal plane rifle scopes?

The technical difference is on which focal plane the reticle is etched on, at the focal plane between the objective and the image erector lens system (the First Focal Plane (FFP)), or the focal ...
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Why would one type of 22lr ammo be louder than another?

I've worked extensively with the Aguila subsonic .22LR loads. Out of a full-length (i.e., 18") barrel the 40gr runs about 1035fps while the 60gr barely breaks 900fps. So both are soundly subsonic. ...
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What are the relative advantages of .308 and .30-06

Both are good calibers. The 30-06 is better with 200 plus grain bullets. Although for 200 grain and above I use magnum calibers. That's just me. I like lighter bullets for flatter trajectory, because ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

I believe that the term presence of Rifleing in the bore defines the weapon as a rifle, even big caliber guns on Naval vessels are termed rifles. Barrel length defines a pistol, it is really a short ...
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