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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

In the picture given: The brown spot beneath the arm is a gut shot. If sitting just like this you'd have to shoot through the arm for a chest shot (and waste most of that meat). In general: Rifle ...
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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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Is there a handgun or rifle target practice set-up for the home?

There are a number of aspects you need to train for shooting a gun. The specific scenario you are training for will change your choice of gear and approach. I have trained a number of people for ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

Having actually hunted and killed squirrels for food before, if you're planning on keeping the meat, then you don't want to shoot it in the body, shoot it in the head. A squirrels head is just as big ...
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Is there a handgun or rifle target practice set-up for the home?

My point of view will come from training for competition (eg, Olympics) since that is what I did. You won't find any non-cartridge BB/pellet gun that will simulate real recoil so I wouldn't bother. ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the lightest arrow practical for target practice?

Currently, the lightest arrows I can find are 5 grains per inch of arrow, plus a few for the head, knock and feathers. You are looking at about 150 to 160 grains for the lightest 28 inch draw arrows. ...
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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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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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How should you find out about local shooting ranges in a new area?

Often, public versions of these ranges are also operated/regulated by the same agency that regulates hunting/fishing/game harvest in the area. When I moved from Alaska to Michigan, I found that while ...
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What is the lightest arrow practical for target practice?

You can shoot an arrow from a bow that is so light as to cause damage to the bow! There needs to be some resistance/weight in the projectile or you will be - in effect - dry firing your bow, which is ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

Well if you're Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett you'd aim for the little stump the squirrel is sitting on and bark the squirrel1: As the reader may imagine a squirrel hit by a rifle ball would be torn ...
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What is the lightest arrow practical for target practice?

The weight of the arrow depends on the material used to make it. First let’s understand that you pick an arrow based on the weight of the bow (poundage) and the archer’s draw length. That will give ...
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Minimum draw weight for a target practice only crossbow?

You are comparing apples to oranges here. You can have a much much higher pull weight on a crossbow, simply because it is easier and you can use mechanical advantage. If you look at history, the ...
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How Do I Determine Who Profits From A Given Shooting Sports Event?

I suggest straight up asking the competition organisers. If they're reluctant to tell you then there's something to hide, not saying it's the mob but it could be the mob. If it's the NRA or a local ...
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Amount of recoil in a 357 magnum with a 5.5 inch barrel if using a 38 special cartridge

It depends on the mass/weight of the gun. A 357 is likely to have thicker sections = more weight, so less recoil. But the longer barrel will increase recoil. It seems like it would not be much ...
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Is there a handgun or rifle target practice set-up for the home?

I recently ran into a mention of the Coolfire system: https://coolfiretrainer.com/ My understanding of it is that it attaches to a real gun and simulates recoil. I have no experience with it. ...

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