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Just curious on what a bunch of handi-holics subscribe and read....i subscribe to guns and ammo, petersens hunting, and american rifleman.
 

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Outdoor Life, Petersen's Hunting, Rifle, Handloader, North American Hunter, IBHA, Successful Hunter and Turkey & Turkey Hunting....probably a couple more, but those are the important ones!! :wink:

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Fur, Fish, and Game, Field & Stream, Buckmasters, and The Backwoodsman. The last couple of months have had 2 sections about the Handi-rifle. You might still find it at www.backwoodsmanmag.com. Backwoodsman is my favorite.
 

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870: American Rifleman, NRA lifer, Muzzle Blast, Fur Fish & Game. Once in awhile I'll buy a copy of Rifle Shooter, Shooting Times, or Handloader off the rack. One question I'd like answered is how many others feel that many magazine especially the ones I listed as off the rack are nothing more than "info-mercials". Have A Good'un: :D <>< Duce:
 

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Besides American Rifleman I get an annual publication from the Izaak Walton League. But, mostly I buy off the shelf issues that have articles or features that interest me. Mostly Rifle and Handloader. Occaisionally, G&A and Shooting Times for features on new stuff.

A guy I used to work with had a subscription to a magazine that gave candid reviews and test of firearms. I was the "Consumer Report" magazine for guns. Very informative. I cannot recall the name, however. Bummer.

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I subscribe to the following:

"American Rifleman" (with my NRA membership)

"Single Shot Rifle Journal" (with my American Single Shot Rifle Association membership -if you're into SS rifles, you want this magazine)

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"The Fouling Shot" (with my membership in the Cast Bullet Association)

I will occasionally pick a "Precision Shooter" or "Reloader" off the rack, but I'm sick of authors fawning over the latest and greatest calibers/guns because their afraid to lose advertising dollars. I've grown weary of Venturino's verbal diarrhea on cowboy calibers as well.
 

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Backwoodsman
Wisconsin Sportsman
Rifle Sporting firearms Journal
American Rifle Man
Hand Loader
Bow Hunter
feild and Stream

That about covers it.

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Maximum PC :grin:
Me too! One of the best buys at $1 an issue I have ever found!!!!! :grin: Can't say as I've ever found a Handi in it, though, but I use info in the magazine to keep mine and customer's PCs running better and I use my PC to come here, so this is indirectly not off topic!!!

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I haven't bought a gun rag in over 6 months and probably never will again. I have found that the net is as good a source of info and in many cases better than what the publishers want me to pay for.

I wholeheartedly agree with Duce, the gun rags have become little more than info-mercials. There was a time, at least 25 years ago now, that gun rags were a primary source of good information. Not so today, at least for me. Perhaps it is just me, and over the years I have become a somewhat mature and knowledgable reloader/shooter, and there is nothing I see new or interesting in the gun rags. But what I do see of them as I thumb through the pages in the grocery store, doesn't strike me as having the quality of the rags of years past. Worse yet is having to be subjected to having paid for reading articles of less quality than I can write myself.

I don't see good how to articles these days, but it was through reading Guns and Ammo and Shooting Times that I took up both reloading and casting. Late 70's through early 80's almost every issue of either would have very good articles on these topics. Not that I see today. I tried Rifle and Handloader for a while in the recent past and they are pretty good, but again, I get more from hanging out around a few boards.

There are many good people on the net, sharing the honest results of their shooting and reloading and working with guns and chamberings that interest me.

Twice I have seen writeups on the Handirifle, one my Mike Venturino, and one by Layne Simpson. Mike I felt, was given a rifle that had been worked over as at the time. Some 2 to 2 1/2 years ago, no one was getting rifles with 3 pound trigger pulls. He wrote a bit more glowingly than folks around this board were writing at the time. Layne wrote about a 308 Ultra and a 200 yard shot on a caribou. While he never put a hard figure on the groups he was getting, he made it plain that 2" was about what he was seeing.

I will still buy a magazine, but it has to have a lot to offer in both number and quality of articles
 

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I've always enjoyed Handloader, but it is becoming increasingly less subtle about it's product promotion.

This month Dave Scovill pimps a $300 RCBS powder scale/dispenser. The article end with "If you think you want to be a handloader and you aren't using an electronic scale (and dispenser), your kidding yourself."

Excuse me!! Did he just say I'm not a handloader? And I paid $4.99 for the privilege? Damn I knew I should have dropped the price of a new Handi (or two) on a glorified scale. I'll carry my old Redding out to the trash, burying it deep so the guys at the dump don't know I've been using the old warhorse.

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I've been refraining from posting on this thread but I just can't help myself...

IMHO, the last decent "gunwriter" left the range when Skeeter Skelton passed on.

I stopped buying the likes of Shooting times, American Handgunner; etc ad nauseum, when I found myself spending more time shaking my head over obvious fallacies touted as "fact" than reading informative text. The point 218BEE makes about Scovill's comment regarding electronic powder measures is a perfect example of the kind of thing I'm referring to here. If you've ever been to a centerfire benchrest match, you'll know what I mean. Most of those shooters don't weigh their charges at a match-- they throw them using a cavity-type scale.

I even had my American Rifleman stopped; I now value space in my house above anything I might learn in the rifleman. For me it's entertainment value is zero as it has been for many years now.

It's become increasingly obvious that with very few exceptions modern gunwriters have little practical feild experience. Going on a guided hunt for prarie dogs doesn't make you a varmint hunter and being able to hit a 10" plate at 100 yds doesn't make you a marksman.

If a person wanted to learn about a shooting discipline, they would be far ahead to seek out books on the subject written by people who have actually "been there, done that..." than by purchasing the pitiful excuses for journalism that one finds on magazine racks today.

The works of such giants in the shooting world as Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith, Townsend Whelen, and P.O. Ackley, to name just a few, are out there to be had, some available on the net.

The real-world experiences of my fellow shooters hold more appeal for my curiosity than anything I could read in one of today's magazines, except for precision shooting magazine, if you can stand the editorial tone.
 

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I have slowly been allowing most of my subscriptions to expire. But I do still get a few:

Guns and Ammo
North American Hunter
American Rifleman
Outdoor life
Playboy (I know, they're kind of liberal, but there's NAKED WOMEN in there :twisted: )

What I enjoy more than the guns and gear reviews are the hunting stories. I can find more "real world" reviews of what ever gadget or gun I'm wanting to buy than I care to read here on the net. But I do still like to read about hunting trips to exotic locations I'll probably never go to.
 

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I agree, the hunting stories are the best articles in them and what I enjoy the most. Although I don't desire to go on any african hunt, I sure enjoy reading about those that have, in particular, the classic PHs of the past. But current hunts of the DIY type here in the good ol' US are of real interest, also.

Tim
 
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