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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Pheasant shooters will almost certainly be using shotguns, not rifles. A shotgun cartridge contains many small pellets, and they lose their velocity much more rapidly than bullets do. In fact, their ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Falling birdshot stings a little, but I've never known it break the skin. It's no worse than having a 5p piece dropped on you from a couple of feet up. If you're on a public footpath, guns may not ...
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What is an appropriate caliber for hunting mule deer?

In theory you could hunt Mule Deer with .223. I had friends who hunt boar with .223 and mule dear aren't really any tougher than a boar. That being said, smaller caliber equals less expansion and ...
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How often do I need to clean my rimfires?

You should clean all guns at the end of every session of use for a few reasons. I am assuming .22 or .17 cal since you said rimfire. These are the most common rimfire calibers. to prevent residue ...
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How should you find out about local shooting ranges in a new area?

Often times it makes sense to ask the locals by asking at gun shops or outdoor gear shops like for example Sportsman's Warehouse or Cabela's. The other good resource would be the managers of public ...
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What are the pros and cons of clear vs yellow tinted shooting glasses?

According to article Benefits of Copper, Orange, Yellow And Brown Lens Tints and from my own experience, but with cycling solar glasses: Copper, orange, yellow/amber and brown lens tints make an ...
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I have an older shotgun designed for lead shot, can I use steel shot?

You shouldn't shoot steel shot through a shotgun barrel that isn't designed for it. Steel shot builds higher pressure than lead and could seriously damage both your gun and your face if the ...
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Why is doubling up with plugs and muffs when shooting not more effective?

As in the article linked by @topshot, it is because of two factors, Sound is being conducted by your bones around the hearing the protection. They don't act as two separate devices. The principal ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

The likelihood of you getting hit is difficult to estimate, but it's very, very improbable that you'd be struck randomly by falling shot. It'd be hard to make that arcing shot of hundreds of yards ...
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How do you remove a bullet from a cartridge?

If you can't break it free with pliers where you've added some kind of protection against the teeth (rags, etc) gouging the bullet, you are left with either a collet puller (top) that goes in your ...
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What is an appropriate caliber for hunting mule deer?

.30 cal is about where big game hunting starts. You could get away with .223 with smaller white tail deer, but you'll increase how often you need to track your deer and that's less humane. For mule ...
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How often do I need to clean my rimfires?

I clean all of my firearms, including rimfires, on about the same schedule: A light cleaning/oiling. I swab the inside of the barrel with an oil-dampened (just oil) cloth AND very lightly coat all ...
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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

The general rule of thumb I've always read/heard is does the trigger hand placement naturally allow the finger to reach the trigger if you were to set the butt on the inside of the elbow - stick your ...
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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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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

@WeatherVane is spot on, there is a specified safe distance for all kinds of projectiles, depending on what is being shot they simply cannot fly farther no matter how it was aimed. If they 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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Is a compound and cross bow really not "qualitative" shooting?

So, is "quality shooting" an official term to describe a bunch of disciplines (like traditional archery etc.)? No, de facto, I'd never met such interpretation even unofficially. Is it ...
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What is an appropriate caliber for hunting mule deer?

My deer rifle is a .270. That is a smaller caliber than what either of the two current answers recommend. My father frequently carries only his .44 magnum bear pistol when hunting bear and/or deer. ...
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What are the pro and cons of two stage vs single stage triggers for hunting?

What the 2-stage gains you is having a perceived lighter trigger weight even though it is the same overall. I forget the technical term for it, but the first stage takes up the "slack" or travel in ...
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What NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) should one look for in hearing muffs/earplugs for indoor shooting?

Despite what the extremely smart and dedicate (and if I say so myself good looking) individuals in the US military say is the maximum safe exposure, more noise reduction is always better to the extent ...
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How should you find out about local shooting ranges in a new area?

You could visit your local police department and ask if they can recommend a public range. This is somewhat more likely to get you a range that caters to handguns than rifles, but it's worth a try.
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Does chambering a round multiple times degrade its accuracy?

If chambering a round deforms or otherwise mars the bullet, it may have a decrease in accuracy. Even a damaged case can change the point of impact for very long range shots. Also, accuracy is a ...
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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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How to find good places for target shooting on National Forest Lands

As most of my experience is in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, this answer may be biased towards that location. I typically try to find promising places within the national ...
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Does chambering a round multiple times degrade its accuracy?

It turns out that repeatedly chambering a round should be avoided, not because of accuracy, but for safety reasons. When a bullet is repeatedly chambered, it can cause what is called set-back where ...
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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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How can one assess the fit of a shotgun?

I have had good luck taking a shotgun in hand and then picking out a spot at a typical bird type height and distance, often where the ceiling meets the wall in a corner. Then I stare at the spot, and ...
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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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I have an older shotgun designed for lead shot, can I use steel shot?

In addition, it isn't only the gun itself you should worry about with steel shot. For instance, my turkey plug is only for lead shot. I believe my shotgun can take either, but the specific plug I am ...
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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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