You can over oil a gun just a easily as under oiling. One of the bad side effects of over oiling is oil soaked wood.

When wood gets oil soaked it softens the wood fibers and will allow them to be compressed under recoil causing setback in the stock which will eventually lead to the stock splitting.

Signs to look for are the tang pushing up a small ridge in the wood, and the wood turning black, and black streaks where the wood  meets the receiver.

If you own a semi auto deer rifle, this little dauber should be your best friend. One of the most common issues I see in the shop with semi auto rifles is a dirty, rusty chamber. After every shooting session or barrel cleaning, you need to clean your rifle chamber; that's where this little dauber comes in handy. Put a little solvent or a light coating of oil on it, insert it into the chamber through the ejection port, and it will clean and protect it from rust. That one little step will help keep your rifle functioning properly and avoid untimely jamming issues - like when the big buck is standing in front of you.















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The 223 Rem. is a very popular caliber - here is a interesting data table I worked up using my hand loads in a Sako 75 223 Rem. with a 22in barrel.

If you hunt coyotes and fox, you'll want to take note of the energy figures of the 40g bullet. It really starts to drop off beyond 300yds to an almost unusable level. To a lesser extent even the 50g start to lose a little of it's punch once it gets out there.

The 75g Amax is a great match bullet, but the drop is too severe to make it useful at much distance in a hunting situation. The drop of the 40g, 50g and the 55g, is almost identical out to 500yds, with the 60g dropping only slightly more.

Where you really start to see the difference is in energy and wind drift. Here the 55g and 60g become the bullet of choice for the 223 Rem., especially when we are talking about larger targets like coyotes. With that said, there is just something about the 40g bullets effect on prairie dogs - under 250yds that is an amazing thing to watch.

Browning A5 2 3/4" Browning A5 2 3/4"
Browning A5 3" magnum Browning A5 3" magnum

Browning Auto 5 owners

Don't forget to make sure your friction rings are set properly

Mosin Nagant A Mosin Nagant with a small red dot mounted on the front receiver ring

A great way to improve the usefulness and accuracy of many older military rifles is to add a small red dot scope to the front receiver ring, by putting a small red dot sight on the front on the receiver you do not have to modify the bolt handle or the safety. 

New over sized Mosberg STEEL safety button, the raised boss will make it much easer to manipulate the safety in all weather conditions including with gloves on. The safety is made of steel to ensure positive function. Fits Models 500, 590, 835.

A note about gun cleaning

A clean gun is a happy gun.

The most important part of maintaining your firearm is keeping it clean and lubed. When I clean your gun, I completely dissemble it and clean every part, as well as inspect each part for wear and any other problems. Then the gun is lubed with quality gun oil, reassembled and function tested. If needed they are also test fired.

Don't wait to sight in your deer rifle.

Making sure your deer rifles are sighted in early can give you a leg up on deer season, it gives you a chance to practice, maybe change the scope or try a new load, and also to make sure your rifle is functioning properly and if it is not it will give you time to get it fixed.

If you have a deer rifle that was acting up on you last deer season, now is the time to get it in and get it working the way it should.

Stainless Steel Myth

What makes stainless steel resist rust is a slightly higher content of chromium, nickel and molybdenum, the addition of or a higher content of these elements gives the steel a higher resistance to rust and corrosion.

What they do not do is make stainless steel rust proof.

So yes your stainless steel barrel and action can and will rust if you do not take care of it, what stainless steel does do for you is give you lots of leeway as to when you clean and maintain your gun.

A little neglect you can get by with, a lot of neglect you can't.

Just remember stainless steel stains less than regular steel it's not stain proof.

If your semi auto is having problems extracting and ejecting fired cases the problem might be a dirty, pitted or rust in the chamber, dirty is easy to fix just clean it, pitted or rust or just a rough chamber takes more work.


The best solution is to clean and then polish the chamber, also using nickel plated ammo can help, the nickel plating make it easier to extract and load.

Extraction problems should be taken care of quickly ignoring them often leads to broken extractors and ejectors and some times bigger chamber problems in the future.