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Centerpoint Sniper 370 Review: A Fantastic Crossbow to Choose

Crossbows have undergone an amazing level of innovation over the years. At this point, they shoot much like long-range sniper rifles. Many manufacturers are providing upgrades so advanced they are driving more interest to the industry. If you are looking for a well made and powerful crossbow, this Centerpoint Sniper 370 review is for you. We will cover the Centerpoint Sniper 370 and a few other bow options in a variety of price ranges. Whether you are a skilled marksman or a novice, we have you covered. Read on: you may just find your first, or next, crossbow.

What Is the CenterPoint Sniper 370?

Crosman makes the Sniper 370. The company is best known for making BB guns but recently expanded its weaponry offerings. It can feel dicey buying a bow from a company without an extended history of making them. Nevertheless, prepare to be impressed. This bow comes with a significant number of accessories and is precise and durable. It is one of the best bows on the market in its price range and has earned a positive reputation for a reason.

Centerpoint Sniper 370 Review: Product Specs

In the box, you will receive all the essentials for your crossbow and additional accessories. Items included in the box are the crossbow itself, a 4×32 scope, a four-arrow quiver, a cocking rope, a shoulder sling, and several 20-inch carbon bolts. Also included are the owner’s manual and warranty card.

In all honesty, the manual is not much help. However, you should have no trouble with assembly if you have ever assembled a crossbow. If do not know how to assemble a bow, you can visit an archery shop or there are video tutorials online.

Bow Specs

This bow allows you to easily maintain 1-inch patterns from 30 yards away, and that is pretty impressive. More impressive is the fact you can achieve 5-inch patterns at 40 yards. To sweeten the pot, this bow has a 370 FPS firing velocity. For example, if you use 423-grain arrows, this bow can produce 128 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. In short, this bow is twice as powerful as it needs to be to take down animals as large as a Cape buffalo or grizzly bear.

All that said, this bow is not on the small or light end of options on the market. However it is compact, so it can be hauled easily. As far as measurements, uncocked, the bow is 21.5 inches wide, cocked it is 18 inches, and the whole thing weighs 7.9 pounds. It comes with a standard-issue shoulder sling for convenience.

Draw Weight

If you have shot a crossbow, you know it takes a bit of strength to draw them. This bow has a draw weight of 185 pounds. You will need a bit of upper body strength to not struggle with it. However, the bow comes with a rope cocking device to make your draw a little easier. Also, there is no stacking when using it.

Extras

Another notable inclusion is the multi-reticle scope. It is not the nicest one we have seen, but it does the job. It sights well and is able to hold zero for a significant time and shouldn’t need to be replaced for a while. The bow comes with three carbon 20-inch bolts. They are ideal for target practice. That said, for this bow to express its full potential you will need to purchase other bolts, or at least ones with more than 100-grain field tips.

Safety

Safety is another area where this bow excels. It has a very reliable anti-dry fire mechanism and automatic safety. The rail is made of CNC-machined aluminum. To reduce noise and lessen vibration, there are integrated string suppressors. CNC-machined cams have been matched with the fiberglass quad limbs for precision and a smooth draw.

Pricing

Crossbow pricing can range from 200 to 3000 dollars. That is a huge gap, but the quality and capabilities of bows on either end of the spectrum vary greatly. When you pay thousands of dollars for a bow, it will be professional grade. Lower priced bows will be less powerful, be made of less expensive materials, and will have less reliable scopes.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Barnett Whitetail Hunter II Crossbow
  • Bear Archery Karnage Apocalypse
  • CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper

CenterPoint Sniper 370

Price $

Weight 4 Stars

This bow weighs 7.9 pounds.

Velocity 3 Stars

This bow’s shooting power is impressive for the price at 370 FPS firing velocity.

Accuracy 4 Stars

At this price point, the accuracy of this bow is excellent. As an added bonus, the included scope holds zero well.

Warranty 4 Stars

We do not feel the five-year warranty is bad but compared to the lifetime warranties offered by other manufactures we had to give this one four stars.

Pros

  • Tactical stock and forearm are both adjustable
  • 370 FPS
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Scope included

Cons

  • Front-heavy
  • Manual is simplistic
  • Tactical stock does not feel sturdy
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Barnett Whitetail Hunter II Crossbow

The next pick on our Centerpoint Sniper 370 review is true to its name. The Whitetail Hunter was designed with deer hunting in mind. Despite the modest price of this bow, you get a lot of value. It shoots at 340 FPS. That is sufficient to support the speed and accuracy needed to shoot up to 60 yards. In deer hunting, 20 yards is the average distance used for taking down most deer.

This bow has 103 pounds of kinetic energy. Such power nearly ensures you can make a humane kill. The Whitetail Hunterbow is on the lighter side at 6.2 pounds, so it is very mobile. It also has a shorter length and width so you can fit it nicely into tight deer blinds. It has a 7/8 inch Picatinny rail, a bristle retainer that is under patent, and finger reminders on the foregrip.

The bows limbs are a durable composite laminate suitable for cold weather hunting. A standout feature on this bow is its adjustable butt pad. It is also outfitted with a 4×32 scope for accuracy up to 60 yards. A rope cocking device comes as standard and the quick detach quiver gives an easy release of the three arrow quiver when needed

Three 20 inch Headhunter arrows are included with three field points. There is also a foot stirrup. For those who are not into rope cockers, there are screws included to install a crank cocking device. A fun but functional touch is the glow in the dark de-cocking bolt.

Price $$

Weight 4 Stars

The weight of this bow is 6.2 pounds, making it the lightest bow on our list.

Velocity 4 Stars

We are basing our star rating on this bow being used for deer hunting since that is what it was tailored to do. It shoots at 340 FPS.

Accuracy 4 Stars

The accuracy of this bow is excellent up to 60 yards.

Warranty 5 Stars

Each bow comes with warranty information included and is covered for a lifetime. It is worth noting that for the warranty to be valid you must register your bow within 10 days of purchase.

Pros

  • Ideal for deer hunting
  • Accurate
  • Lightweight
  • Smaller size for easy maneuvering

Cons

  • The scope can take time to sight properly
  • Anti-dry fire mechanism sometimes malfunctions
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Bear Archery Karnage Apocalypse

The Bear Archery Karnage Apocalypse came out in 2018. It has made waves with its high-end design and lifetime warranty at a budget-friendly price. It is capable of outperforming many more expensive models on the market. The reputation of this bow is nearly unparalleled in its price range, earning it a place on our Centerpoint Sniper 370 Review.

The bow’s accuracy is extremely precise at ranges of 50 yards and above. It fires at 370 FPS. The Karnage Apocalypse has an adjustable cheekpiece and rear stock with three inches of adjustments and five settings. The fore-end grip is also adjustable and mounted on a Picatinny-style rail system. The design increases both accuracy and support. It has a weight of 7.8 pounds.

The bow’s dual mount string recoil suppressor system is designed to reduce noise and friction. The trigger design is ambidextrous and features a dry fire inhibitor. Included with the bow is a 4×32 illuminated scope.

The scope has a 5-position rheostat light adjustment. Inside the box is a neoprene sling outfitted with quick detach spring-loaded pins. You will also find the standard cocking rope, four boat modular quiver, three carbon bolts. and a rail string wax.

Price $$

Weight 3 Stars

The weight of this bow is 7.8 pounds.

Velocity 4 Stars 

The velocity of this bow is 370 FPS.

Accuracy 4 Stars

This bow features superior accuracy.

Warranty 5 Stars

This bow has a limited Lifetime Warranty to the original owner.

Pros

· Powerful
· Durable
· Easy assembly
· Value for the money
· Lots of accessories
· Adjustable
· Four arrow quiver

Cons

  • Some issues with the 4×32 scope
  • Sometimes a shim is needed to get the best angle
  • Difficult to cock
  • String quality could be better
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CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper

The CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper is a wallet-friendly silenced crossbow. It has a 380 FPS we feel is at maximum efficiency for humane kills under 60 yards. This bow packs 120 pounds of kinetic energy, making it sufficient for large game. The all-weather stock makes it efficient for all climates and the compact design lets you maneuver in tight spaces.

The silencing system does a good job of reducing noise and vibration. Noise reduction is crucial if you want to lessen the chance your target will be startled. A little known fact is noise-canceling technology also softens the internal damage to the bow and shock to the shooter.

A three-bolt quiver is included as well as three 20 inch carbon bolt and three field points. We have mixed feelings about the scope, however. It is not the best for anything but close-range hunting. That said, the company does offer an upgrade gives you a 4×32 1-inch scope with various illuminated reticles and flip-open lens caps.

Price $

Weight $$

This bow is the heaviest on our Centerpoint Sniper 370 review at ten and a half pounds.

Velocity 4 Stars

This bow has a decent velocity at 380 FPS.

Accuracy 3 Stars

The potential for accuracy on this bow is high at close range, but we recommend getting the upgrade for maximum accuracy.

Warranty 3 Stars

This bow comes with a one-year warranty.

Pros

· Great value
· Feature packed for the price
· Whisper silence technology
· Compact

Cons

· Stock scope is poor quality
· Heavy
· Short warranty

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Centerpoint Sniper 370 Review Conclusion

That concludes the bows we are featuring on this Centerpoint Sniper 370 review. Although we featured several products at various price points and quality levels, we feel the Centerpoint stands out. It is an excellent bow for the money with grade A accuracy. While we are not in love with the warranty, it is longer than most. We do like the overall reliability and durability of the bow.

Overall we have to give this bow 4 stars ranking it against other bows in its class. If you are looking for an inexpensive but well-made bow with decent options, the Centerpoint Sniper 370 is a good choice. We hope you have found this Centerpoint Sniper 370 Review informative. If you don’t pick the Centerpoint, we are sure one of the bows on our list will meet your needs. Happy hunting!

Ruger 22 Rifle Review: Does It Live Up to Its Name?

Most shooters start with a .22LR rifle.

It’s simply the ideal firearm to learn how to shoot before moving on to guns with a bigger caliber. The 22 rifle is light, easy to handle, and the ammo is cheap. The 22 rifle is probably one of the most practical rifles out there.

It’s superior to other rifles when it comes to cost and hunting prowess. Whether you’re hunting small game or using it as a survival tool, the .22 rifle really gives you the best bang for the buck.

However, not all 22 rifles are created equal.

With that said, we’re going to highlight the Ruger 22 Rifle. Among American shooters, it’s what everyone wants, everyone keeps, and everyone can afford.

But is it really good as they say? Let’s find out!

Ruger 22 Rifle General Information

Ruger 22 Rifle Model 1103

There are plenty of models for the Ruger 22. For this review, we’ll try to focus on most of them but will mostly talk about the Model No. 1103. Let’s first take a look at some of its key specs:

Stock:

Hardwood

Front Sight:

Gold Bead

Rear Sight:

Adjustable

Material:

Alloy Steel

Twist:

1:16" RH

Capacity:

10

Finish:

Satin Black

Weight:

5 lb.

Overall Length:

37"

Barrel Length:

18.50"

Grooves:

6

Suggested Retail:

$309.00

Key Features:

  • ​Patented, detachable 10-round rotary magazine features a unique rotor to separate cartridges and provide reliable feeding.

  • ​Legendary action, a tried and true Ruger design, ensures consistent, reliable performance.

  • ​Cold hammer-forged barrel is locked into the receiver by a unique, two-screw, V-block system.

  • ​Positive, push-button, cross-bolt manual safety.

  • ​Combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and .22 tip-off scope mounts included.

  • ​Easy-to-use extended magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss removal of flush-mounted magazine.

  • ​Heat-stabilized, glass-filled, polymer trigger housing assembly is precision made of high-tech material for improved manufacturing tolerances, impact and abrasion-resistance and an unmatched ability to withstand the elements.

First Impressions

The Ruger 22 is the chameleon of the firearm world. It can be anything from your young one’s first long gun or a varmint rifle, to a deadly but accurate firearm that can be used in survival situations.

One of the most distinctive features of the Ruger 22 is its magazine. The 10-round magazine is kind of odd, even in the world of rifles. The gun uses a notary mag which is only used by Tommy guns back in the day.

The Ruger 10/22 is available in a wide range of configurations. You can get them from walnut stocks (like the 1103) to synthetic stocks with matte black finishes. This option is great for everyone who wants a 22 but doesn’t want to settle with either the more classic or modern look.

The Model No. 1103 is a thing of beauty with a hardwood stock and the sleek Satin Black finish. I know that the Ruger 10/22 is a legendary rifle in terms of reliability, but you really get that sense once you hold the gun in your hands. Everything just feels so solid and the moving parts are just smooth.

You just get the feeling that this gun can do just about anything you want.

Reliability

The Ruger 22 is a rifle that just offers no surprises. As I’ve mentioned, it’s a gun that does the exact thing that you want it to do. The main advantage of this rifle is its sterling reputation for reliability, and that’s something I’ve experienced first-hand.

This is why the rifle has earned the distinction of being one of the best starter guns.

For a semi-auto rimfire, the Ruger 22 is a rifle that’s just trouble-free. You can fire 200+ rounds downrange before it requires any sort of maintenance. While it’s not that impressive by itself, it has no problem managing the excessive amounts of carbon that’s produced by the gun.

Even during heavy-use sessions, the gun gives the feeling that there’s more shooting to be done.

Accuracy

The reliability of the Ruger 22 definitely extends to its accuracy.

The model is designed for a serious tackdriving, so accuracy is key when it comes to this rifle. However, the accuracy will also depend on the quality of the ammunition, or if you had any aftermarket modifications to the rifle.

For testing, I’ve used a bulk .22 ammo and burned through it. With a stock barrel, the numbers are not exactly what I would describe as great but it’s still within the realm of my expectations. But then again, I was shooting bulk ammo and it’s practically a stock 10/22.

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Ammunition and Shooting

Pretty much all .22LR ammo is affordable, at least when compared to larger calibers. However, not all .22 ammo is created equal. There is some ammunition that are so cheap, but they’re cheaply made as well. At some point, you’ll find a cheap ammo that won’t even work in the gun.

Based on my experience, most semi-auto weapons can be rather picky when it comes to ammunition. The Ruger 10/22 rifle definitely fits the bill.

I mean, it’s not like you’re going to be limp-wristing but it’s really not that hard to stovepipe a round in the Ruger 22 with a cheaply made ammo. So my recommendation is that you should buy a small number of rounds from different brands. Then you can just test them one by one and see which one works best. Buy the best ammo in bulk.

With how the gun shoots, you’ll be needing a lot of .22LR ammo. You have a gun that is fairly lightweight and feels great to shoot, so you’ll be shooting a lot of it. I’ve found myself blowing through a box of ammo in no time.

Customization

The Ruger 10/22 is the Ford Mustang when it comes to customization options.

The Ruger 22 is right up there with M-16/AR-15 and the venerable model 1911 when it comes to customization. In fact, with the right aftermarket parts, you can build a 10/22 from scratch. From custom stocks, options, and a myriad of accessories, the Ruger 22 rifle is one of the most accessorized rifles available in the market. Most heavily customized 10/22 rifles bear a little resemblance to the stock model.

So it’s not just a reliable firearm, it’s very versatile as well. With the millions of accessories, add-ons, and mods out there, you can do just about anything you want from this rifle.

Want to make it look like an AR-15? You can get yourself an Archangel stock and swap it off with the original. Want to make it look like a desert warrior? Swap out the original stock with something like a Tapco adjustable stock.

With the right aftermarket parts, you can make the Ruger 22 the best gun you’ll ever own.

​​Pricing

The Ruger 10/22 Rifle is available from $214 to $300 which is fairly standard for semi-auto rimfire.

Considering just how reliable and versatile this firearm is, I’d say you are getting the best bang for your buck with the Ruger 22. Plus, the ammo is quite affordable as well, so you can shoot all you want and not feel like you’re being fleeced. And yes, you’ll be shooting a lot since the gun just feels so nice to shoot. The lightweight profile of this long gun will enable you to shoot longer as well.

It’s also a very versatile gun that lends itself well to a gazillion of customization possibilities. It’s an amazing gun for beginners but it’s a great platform for people who have been shooting for a while as well.

Pros And Cons

So what are things that we liked and didn’t like about the Ruger 22?

PROS

  • Top-notch reliability

  • Amazing customizability

  • Good price

  • Cheap ammunition

  • Great fun to shoot

  • Good starter rifle

CONS

  • Requires ammo testing

  • No consistency in loading

User Reviews And Feedback

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So what do other people think about the Ruger 22? Well, it has earned the reputation of being legendary and many people think that it has lived up to its name.

One of the main things that people like about this gun is its reliability. While it’s a popular starting gun for youths and beginners, many advanced users use the rifle as their main hunting weapon. From plinking to routinely taking down a big game, the rifle is a reliable weapon in the right hands.

Many people also enjoyed the fact that it’s such a joy to shoot. Since it’s a very popular gun, there’s a huge aftermarket to this gun. Thus, many people opt for this gun for its customization capabilities. Many reviews also stated that this gun provides a great value for the money.

Here are some examples of the positive reviews:

“​I've had this rifle for at least several months now and I am very pleased with this purchase. The front sights are very precise and ideal for long range targets. Have not used a scope yet but I'd imagine it would take any scope and a very far target at ease.”

- ras25arm

“​​I’ve only had the chance to take it out once but worked flawlessly no jams. My only complaint is the iron sights. The front sight is a gold bead that was hard to pick up in the sight window. Considering putting a tru-glo beads on instead. Otherwise, it seems to be a very reliable gun.”

- deerhunthud

​On the flip side, there are also a couple of negative reviews about the Ruger 22. Perhaps the most common complaint about the gun is the notary magazines. Some people just outright don’t like the mag and some are saying that it’s not consistent when it comes to loading and unloading.

There are also a couple of users who are not thrilled with the trigger and had to get an aftermarket replacement, otherwise the gun is not usable.

Here are some of the negative reviews we’ve found:

“​My brother has one that is about ten years older and it is of superior quality. His bolt is a much better finish and trigger housing made of aluminum not plastic. Trigger is very bad and an aftermarket hammer or polishing of factory components is a must. Polishing of all friction points is a must in my opinion. Factory mags work flawless, butler creek ones are hit and miss.”

- Saskboy

“​​​Conceptionally this is a good idea. Practically it does not function well. The bolt release is a disaster and does not work in the rifle as purchased with the stock trigger group. I installed a Volquartsen trigger group and it works fine.”

- 25characters

​​What We Think

The Ruger 22 rifle is an all-around great choice.

For me, the greatest use of the rifle is for plinking. The rifle excels as a tool to introduce youth shooters to the joys of marksmanship, and firing a reliable and quality firearm in the safest manner.

If you love customizing guns, you’ll downright fall in love with this gun. With the right aftermarket parts, it’s not hard to turn your gun into its best form possible. It’s a good thing that parts are also cheap and plentiful.

This gun is just hard to beat.

Our Rating: 10/10

The Best Duck Calls to Buy on Amazon Today

When you think about it, it’s incredible that we can communicate with ducks. Granted, we’re not yet at the point where we can have full conversational exchanges with these birds, but we can use the best duck calls around to mimic the sounds that ducks naturally produce to lure them toward us.

Anyone who has been duck hunting knows just how essential the duck call is to the whole process. But we can’t pretend there is a single, end-all-be-all duck call out there. The modern hunter has myriad options when calling ducks, and it’s for that reason that we put together this guide on the best duck calls on today’s market.

Having a good aim and a steady hand only helps to seal the deal when it comes to duck hunting. So much of the process requires knowing where to find ducks and them luring them in. A duck blind and a decoy will go far to helpyou get the drop on these flying fowl, but the addition and use of one of the best duck calls to your game will greatly increase your hunting success.

How Can You Evaluate The Best Duck Calls Around?

In order to discover which are the best duck calls for you to purchase, you need to know a bit about duck calls and what makes them differ from one another. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to bagging your limit and bringing home the dinner. For that reason, we have tackled two major issues in this article.

First, it is our aim to give you all the facts and factors that will allow you to choose the best duck calls for your hunting style and your pocketbook. Secondly, we have listed a number of duck calls that we have shortlisted as members of the “best duck calls on Amazon today.”

duck call from duck commander

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By the end, you will have all the tools you need to make a decision, and we will even provide links to the best duck calls on the market to help streamline your shopping process.

To do this, we need to start at the beginning and answer the question: “What are Duck Calls?”

What Are Duck Calls?

duck commander duck calls

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A “duck call” is either the animal mimicry process whereby duck hunters lure ducks towards them, or the device itself that the hunter uses to produce the sound of a duck. The best duck calls are quite adept at producing sounds that ducks are attracted to. They share much in common with woodwind instruments, as anyone who has heard an oboe understands.

The original duck calls were basically types of simple woodwinds that happened to produce sounds within the range that a duck does. Later developments led to some of the best duck calls being constructed out of plastic and rubber. These often allow the duck hunter to adjust the tone and volume of their specific call.

Types of Duck Calls

Today, the best duck calls usually fall into two categories. They are usually either single or double reed calls. There are triple reed duck calls, but these are rare and few of the best duck calls use this method. Double reed duck calls are considered a bit easier to master, even if less versatile than single reed duck calls. The goal of all three types of duck calls is to imitate a live duck and convince other ducks that a decoy is actually alive.

Beyond whether the call has one reed, two reeds, or three, duck calls can be further categorized by their material. Today, the most common types of duck call materials are wood and acrylic. In general, acrylic duck calls tend to produce a louder call that can carry its signal much further than its wooden counterpart. Volume is not everything, however. Many hunters find that their best duck calls end up being wooden, especially if they favor hunting in swampy areas.

Does The Type Of Duck Call Matter?

duck commander duck call

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The type of duck call definitely matters. Among the many considerations one needs to make when picking out a duck call is their own ability to imitate a duck. The calls go far to help lure ducks into your crosshairs, but ultimately the hunter needs to know the “magic words” to speak into the device.

These “magic words” vary depending on the style and construction of each duck call, but some general guidelines can be followed. Using air from your diaphragm, you can press air into your duck call while saying either “wuit,” “hut,” or “oak” which produces a sound quite like a duck’s quack. If you wish to imitate the sound of a duck’s feeding call, you can quickly repeat “tiki-tika” or “duga-duga” into your duck call.

The more experience you have hunting, the better these calls will get. There are many magic words to learn when it comes to manipulating your anatine prey. Let’s explore what your options are when choosing between the different types of the best duck calls around.

Single Reed vs Double Reed

There is no rule of thumb as simple as “____-type reeds are the best calls you can buy.” Instead, choosing between a single reed or a double reed duck call boils down to a matter of personal preference.

Single reeds tend to have more range and more versatility than double reeds. This makes them ideal for calling over long distances. It also means that if the hunter is advanced enough to use a wide variety of calls to manipulate the ducks, the single reed will be more accommodating. That said, for beginners, a single reed can end up making many more un-duck-like noises compared to double reeds.

The double reed has a sweet spot that will almost always sound duck-like if you can hit it. It usually takes a bit more lung power to get a double reed sounding right, but we still consider double reeds to be better for the beginner duck hunter.

Acrylic vs Wood

Acrylic duck calls tend to be much louder and produce a much sharper sound than wooden duck calls. That is because acrylic is very dense when compared to wood. This means that some of the best duck calls for open water and long distances are made of acrylic. Remember that you are also part of the equation when it comes to picking the best duck call for your hunting adventures. If you find the call too sharp, you will annoy yourself, and an annoyed hunter is a poor hunter indeed.

Other duck hunters opt for wooden duck calls. These produce a softer, more mellow sound than the acrylic versions. Wooden duck calls excel in closer range scenarios, and many duck hunters find that they prefer the quality of the sound. Both acrylic and wooden duck calls can do a great job of imitating birds if you choose among the best duck calls on the internet.

Another factor to consider is that acrylic duck calls are much easier to maintain than wooden duck calls. This is because acrylic is dense and wood is porous. Since you constantly blow into a duck call there is always a risk of it retaining moisture from your mouth. The wooden calls will absorb this moisture, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

As with all parts of your hunting gear, maintenance is a must. Know that you will have a little more maintenance on your docket if you favor wooden duck calls over their acrylic cousins.

4 Best Duck Calls You Can Purchase On Amazon

The duck call comes in a real tree camo pattern, designed not to give you away when you are hunting in the New Zealand bush or even in the swamps of Louisiana.

With only a little experience, this one duck call can be used to do haling calls, feed calls, quacks, comeback calls, … the sky’s the limit. Ideally, the Camo Max call is used for the finishing call when the ducks are closing in on the blind.

If you buy this duck call, then you will have it for a long time to come. It is made of high impact plastic which takes a long time to degrade even when exposed to weather. Further perks of the call include its low price point.

The duck call for both casual and experienced hunters, the call combo pack has some serious advantages compared with the competition. For starters, the pack has two calls, comes in at half the price of most other single pack calls, and is easy to use for anyone, young and old.

The Duck Gardner combo pack comes with two calls. One of the calls is a Buck Gardner 6N1 Pintail Whistle made for shy and late season ducks that you do not want to miss. The second call is for a more dynamic and versatile call.

Designed with a new type of reed, which sustains a more dynamic call, the Buck Gardner is a whistle perfect for Mallard Drakes, Pintail and Widgeon Drakes, and Wood Duck Drakes.

Zink ZNK6017 Hunting Game Calls Duck

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While the price on this duck call may be a bit shocking, there are a few advantages of a more expensive call compared with the competition. The Zink Hunting Game Duck Call is a great buy for a hunter who wants to blow their call really hard and loud. Due to the design of the Zink Duck Call, there is no chance of the reed sticking when you blow.

The other major advantage of this call over the others on our list is the design. Most duck calls are, let’s face it, a bit on the ugly side. If you want a call with pizzazz or flare, then a call from Zink is really the only way to go.

Another duck call by Duck Commander that made our list, the Jase Robertson Pro Series has a bit more design choice and durability than the other model that we reviewed, however, either is a good choice for a starter duck call.

The Jase Robertson is loud enough for open water, but the manufacturer emphasizes its ideal nature for finishing. The versatility of the call is due to the precision cut acrylic cast rod design, making it easy to blow loud or soft.

This call is great for beginners because it has a double-reed system and comes custom tuned from West Monroe.

Conclusion

The best advice when looking for one of the best duck calls on the internet is to know yourself and your duck hunting style. Odds are that you already favor one type of duck call over the other, whether that means single reed over double reed, or acrylic over wood. For that reason, the best deal concerning the best duck calls around has to be awarded to the Buck Gardner The Finisher Duck Call Combo Pack.

This pack not only costs less than many of the other calls which make a claim to be one of the best duck calls around, it also provides you with options. Both experienced and casual hunters will find something to love with the Buck Gardner The Finisher Duck Call Combo Pack.

We were really impressed with its state of the art reed in the more dynamic of the two calls in the pack that allowed for a greater amount of variation on our calls. And while one half of the pack grants you a high degree of customization, the other half makes for a great stand-by. The Buck Gardner 6N1 Pintail Whistle is simply one of the best duck calls around in terms of bagging those late season ducks and it is only one half of this pack that barely costs more than two Big Mac meals.

Buck Hunting Knife Review

If you are in the market for a new hunting knife, you have most likely heard of Buck Knives and all they have to offer. We are going to be exploring the company and their knife products to see if they are worth your time and money.

This is a company that has been around for a long time and has a lot of different items to offer, so this will be a fairly general review. We will be looking at the company and their practices as well as the overall quality of the knives they sell.

Let’s first start with the history of the company and their knives.

What Is The Buck Hunting Knife And How Does It Work?

If you have never heard of this company before, here is a little background for you.

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Buck Knives was started by a very young blacksmith’s apprentice in Kansas named Hoyt Buck. He was looking for a more advanced way to temper steel so that it would hold an edge longer, and by doing so he created the first Buck hunting knife in the year 1902.

Fast forward to today, and Buck is considered to be an American icon in the knife industry. They are well loved and respected by both hunters and other users alike. At this point, they have also been a family company for five generations as well.

They are best known for inventing the “folding hunting knife.” Their Model 110 is an iconic design that is the most well-known, and has been created and sold with a series of a few alterations since it was first made in 1964.

This company now makes a wide array of knives, both for hunting and other activities that you may need a knife for. They also make high quality sheaths for the knives, as well as sharpeners, t-shirts, and special collections of knives as well.

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As for the Buck hunting knives specifically, the company has so, so much to offer. They have dozens of different designs for hunting depending on your needs and preferences, and a lot of them are able to be customized by you as well. You can’t go wrong with the variety that Buck Knives offers for hunting products. They are also still testing and improving designs, so their ideas never become stagnant.

After learning a little about the company and knives history, let’s take a look at the unique aspects of the brand and the Buck hunting knife.

What Makes the Buck Hunting Knife Unique?

So what makes this company and their products unique?

One great aspect about Buck Knives is that they have been around for so, so long. At this point, this company has been creating and perfecting knives for over an entire century. They have a multitude of different designs that have gone through years and years of tweaks to become to well-constructed, beautiful knives they are today. This company being well loved and successful for decades says so much for the quality of the products they put out.

This company, as we stated before, was also the one to come up with the idea of the folding hunting knife. The innovation that they show again and again with their products is inspiring and fairly unique as well.

Another aspect that we love about the Buck hunting knives is that they are so customizable and easy to personalize. If you are on Buck Knives website looking for a hunting knife, you will see an option to customize the product you want under every selection they have. This is perfect for gifts or simply making the knife your own.

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Lastly, the Buck Knives company offers a lifetime guarantee, meaning that if your knife needs to be replaced, they will do it no matter how long you have owned it. They promise that each and every knife from them will be free of defects in workmanship and material for the life of the knife, so they will repair or replace in the case that there is a deformity.

This does not, of course, cover misuse, product modifications, or normal wear and tear.

In the case of misuse, the company’s repair department can analyze the damage that was done and repair it for a reasonable fee. If there is no way to repair the product, they extend a one-time courtesy offer, which allows you the option to purchase a brand new knife for 50% off the price on their website.

Now let’s consider how their pricing looks compared to their quality, and how it compares to other brands on the market today.

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These knives can, of course, be purchased on the Buck Knives website, but also from many other retailers online like Amazon and Ebay. So, the pricing is really going to depend on where you choose to purchase the knives from.

Another factor that goes into their pricing is the fact that they have such a wide variety of different knives, so you can pretty much buy a knife at any price point you want. They have many versatile designs, grips, and colors, so you are guaranteed to find something that you love.

Another thing that factors into the price of your Buck hunting knife is the personalization and customized aspects you can add to them. Each knife will have a base price of course, but that will change the more you tweak it and make it your own.

In comparison to some of the other top knives on the market today, Buck Knives does not typically have incredibly high prices. Yes, they do have some designs that are fairly expensive, like the newer 112 Auto Elite Knife that will cost you a base price of $225.00. However, on the other hand, you have knives like the Bantam BLW Knife that will only cost you $34.00 for the regular design. It is truly going to depend on what you need for your hunting expeditions and what customizations you want to add to it.

Now that you know what you are looking at price wise, let’s consider what customers that have purchased Buck hunting knives before think of their company and products.

Public Perception (Other Buck Hunting Knife Reviews)

To ensure that you can easily weigh the positives and the negatives against each other, we are going to separate the praises from the complaints for the Buck hunting knife reviews.

The Positives

​Edge and sharpness

​Beautiful design

​Lifetime guarantee

​Easy to grip

​Affordable

Now there are a few potential shortcomings to keep in mind as well, so we will share those customer thoughts with you too.

The ​Negatives

These knives are extremely well-loved products, and there were not too many negative aspects to discuss about them.

​Repair or replacement

​Fit and look of the sheaths

​Some products are being made in China

​Handles are too short

What We Think

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So now that we have covered the bulk of what we and others think of the Buck hunting knife, what are our final thoughts?

Overall, we think these are fantastic, versatile, affordable, timeless knives that are well worth your time and money. There are many different designs to choose from so make sure that you are choosing a knife that works for you and your wallet.

We also really love their lifetime guarantee and how long they have been a trusted company for these types of products. It is definitely great to see them thriving after so much time.

What are your final thoughts? If you have owned a Buck hunting knife before, would you recommend it to others? If you haven’t owned one before, which one are you interested in purchasing?

Cutco Hunting Knife Review: A Cutting-Edge or a Dull Buy

What’s in a knife? For such a simple product with a straightforward purpose, there’s no denying people are very choosy when it comes to which option they use. And there’s a good reason for this – the right knife offers a combination of everything a person wants.

It has style and sleek looks. It delivers a clean, reliable cut every time it is used. And, arguably most importantly of all, it holds up well over time. Because knives are purchased (or skipped over) based on these characteristics, it’s no surprise that many manufacturers have risen to try and crack the code of what makes the perfect blade.

Among these names is Cutco – a company that is aptly named for their ability to create a killer blade.

Whether you’re an outdoorsy type who wants a blade for whatever the wilderness could throw at you, or you prefer to keep a good knife on hand at home just in case the need for self-defense ever comes up, you obviously want the best brand money can buy.

Today we’ll be taking a look at the Cutco hunting knife – what does it offer? Does it appeal to more than just hunters? And how does it stack up against the competition?

What Is The Cutco Hunting Knife? Examining The Company Behind It

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Before we buy a product, we usually like to research it – but before that, it is a good idea to look into the company itself. After all, the name behind the product provides some insight into what to expect in terms of longevity and design expertise.

Cutco Corporation was formerly known as Alcas Corporation. They function as a direct sales group that focuses primarily on knife sales. They aren’t only in the business of making hunting knives – that’s just one area where they excel.

Their ability to offer a diverse inventory shows how they work to master the fine art of the knife. For those who don’t know a lot about knives, they may assume that every blade is created equally. They may think that a knife good enough to be in your holster on a hunting trip is suitable for cutting your steak in the kitchen, and vice versa – but seasoned knife owners and experts would likely recoil at such a statement and for a good reason.

Cutco opened their doors in 1949, and while they had their old name back then they still had a dedicated approach to perfection in their industry. This remained throughout the 50s, 60s, and early 70s, continuing on as the company’s structure changed.

Alcoa purchased co-founder Case Cutlery's shares of the company, thus making them the primary owner and setting the stage for the company’s continued growth and evolution.

It wasn’t until 2009 that they changed their name, but their approach has been consistent throughout the years. Some of their products are so unique and their designs so carefully crafted they are patented – and the company uses a vector marketing approach that sees them market their product lines through multiple methods.

But enough about the company themselves – we want to know about their hunting knife selections. Let’s take a closer look at the Cutco hunting knife, and what it can offer to buyers.

Characteristics Of The Cutco Hunting Knife: What Makes It Unique?

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The Cutco hunting knife – one look at it will cause lovers of knives to crack a smile automatically.

Why? Because it has that sleek look that combines a classic, low-key design style without the superficial frills. But don’t let that make you believe it isn’t a great piece to look at.

The blade has great looks because of its beautiful blade material, skillfully crafted handle, balanced dimensions, and even the stylish leather sheath it comes with. Let’s take a look at each category and break down each one:

  • Blade Material: The 5-3/8” blade is made from a gorgeous 440A high-carbon stainless steel. It glimmers in the sun during a hike at dawn or the glow of a spotlight during a late-night hunting expedition. The sharp clip-style blade is available in both straight edge and double-d edge. There’s also the engraved Cutco logo, letting fans of the brand brandish their chosen knife provider’s symbol proudly.

  • Handle Material: The ergonomically crafted 5” handle is built from the highly engineered thermo-resin material. The result is a comfortable grip that feels like it was made perfectly for the human hand – because it was. And there’s even some room for stylistic preference here – it comes in both classic brown and white, so you can pick whatever looks best in your opinion. Every hunter’s style is different, and the choice in terms of the handle gives you some options.

  • Leather Sheath:  What’s a great, name-brand knife without a specialized case to go with it? You get a brown leather sheath with the Cutco hunting knife, complete with gold hardware and buckle for a secure latch that looks as good as it holds. Clipped on your belt or tucked in your bag, your knife will be nice and secure without sacrificing any style or security.

There’s also a couple of other options for the Cutco hunting knife – at least when it comes to gifting it. A foldable gift box comes with it, and you can even engrave it.

Whether you’re buying it for a parent, a spouse, or a close friend, you can have their name, a special date, or an endearing message built right into the hardware. It makes the knife that much more special and can allow it to function like a priceless heirloom just as it could function as a reliable hunting blade.

Hunting knives are expected to offer a degree of quality people can rely on. Whether you’re trying to cut into animal hide or slash through a thick bunch of vines, you need a knife that can handle the job. This one can do that, and it can do it while looking great.

But there’s something else hunters want when it comes to a knife – affordability. What is the pricing for the Cutco hunting knife like?

What Is The Price Of The Cutco Hunting Knife?

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The standard price for Cutco’s hunting knife is $192. That’s a bit on the high side if you’re used to buying budget knives. After all, a regular pocket knife can go for under $50 – but the question is, can their quality match this one?

Cutco isn’t a brand hunters go for when they want to grab some cheap junk or shop on a tight budget. They’re built with high standards in mind for the hunter that puts a lot of effort into their hobby and wants a piece of equipment that can hold up to their high standards.

For the sake of comparison, let’s examine some other knives from Cutco’s line. Technically, these could be called hunting knives too. While they don’t brandish that official title, they’re close enough that comparing their prices can help us see where Cutco’s primary hunting offering stands in terms of value and affordability.

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  •  No products found. :This knife is made from 100-percent synthetic material and is made in the USA. It features a seven-inch 1095 carbon steel blade and a non-split Kraton G handle.

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  •  No products found.: This is another 100-percent synthetic option great for outdoor services. It is 10-1/2” and comes with a heavy-duty polyester pouch.

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  •  No products found.As the name suggests, this model is built for field dressing of game and catches. It uses a similar blade to the primary knife we’re reviewing and has a sure-grip handle for superior control.

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  •  No products found.: This model also uses a similar blade and comes with a free sharpening guarantee and lifetime replacement promise. The stainless steel black Kraton handle looks sleek, and the knife goes for approximately.

As we can see, there are plenty of choices out there if you’re in the market for a great hunting knife from Cutco. While some of them are around the same price range as the one we reviewed, there are cheaper options out there.

As for how the price fares in comparison to the features, that deals with whether the knife is considered to be a value-based product. According to customer feedback, is it?

Public Perception Of Cutco’s Hunting Knife

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Going back to the main knife of this review, let’s examine the feedback it has received. On the official site page where shoppers can buy it with a few clicks, it has a 4.8 rating out of 5, with over 127 total reviews.

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We know how the knife stands in terms of perception – Cutco’s brand has risen to its current heights largely because of quality. But the same could be said for many knife brands. How does this option compare to the competition?

Comparing Cutco’s Hunting Knife To The Competition

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Looking at other knives used for hunting, it is easy to see that certain features are a mainstay among top hunting knives in general – while Cutco favors certain design choices, so do many other brands.

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As we can see, many knives built for hunting have similar features – blades that are designed for ultra-strong performance and unmatched durability. For high-quality knives from big-name manufacturers, the price range is usually similar. This means while Cutco’s blade could be considered a bit extravagant and expensive by some, this quality isn’t unique to them.

It also means Cutco isn’t the only game in town – if you have no problem spending big money on a knife, you have a lot of options to choose from.

Final Thoughts And Special Deal Opportunities

What’s the final verdict on the Cutco hunting knife? It has everything a hunter could want – great looks, extreme durability, and even a cool case.

It’s a blade that can stand up against any competitor in the same category and price range. There’s even a lot of appeal for people who aren’t hunters. Collectors, or even those who like knives for self-defense purposes, could warm right up to this model from Cutco.

There’s also the possibility you could find a big discount on this knife. Some outdoors and hunting outlets can get special deals at times, especially around hunting season or the holidays, to help buyers save money. If you can get a nice chunk off the price of this model, it is almost an unbeatable deal.

On its own, the Cutco hunting knife is a great choice. Anyone who wants to go hunting needs equipment they can rely on. While the guns and gear we use matter, there’s no denying having a good knife is important as well.

If you want something that looks as good as it cuts and is from one of the top names in the industry, you can’t go wrong with this model from Cutco.

 

Under Armour Hunting Boots Review – Complete Guide And Comparison

What does it take to pull off the perfect hunt? Many hunting enthusiasts might say the proper hunting gear is at least part of what it takes to have a successful hunting trip. There are several components to hunting gear, and hunting boots are arguably the most important gear you can have on a hunting trip. After all, no one wants to be preoccupied with ill-equipped shoes or injured feet while away from home. Your precious catch might get away!

Every hunter has had to purchase a pair of hunting boots in their lifetime, but it can be difficult for some shoppers because there are so many hunting boot brands to choose from. One brand that has been highly popular for some time is Under Armour. Under Armour is known for their high-quality athletic apparel and the brand is regularly endorsed by big name athletes all over the world. This article will provide an in-depth review of Under Armour hunting boots, including their price range, features, specifications, and comparison to competitive hunting boot brands.

Overview

Under Armour has several variations of men’s hunting boots available. The main differences in each shoe model can be seen in the sole structure and the model’s outer design. The brand has two best-selling hunting boot models: the UA Fat Tire GORE-TEX® (which is also largely considered a hiking boot), and the UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX®. For the purpose of this article, we will be focusing on the UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX® because of its bestseller status and solid classification as a hunting boot.

The UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX® Men’s Hunting Boot comes in two color schemes: black, and a pseudo-camo-print design called ridge reaper barren/maverick brown. The boot’s GORE-TEX® material is breathable and 100 percent waterproof while still allowing sweat to escape so your feet stay dry. This boot is available in men’s sizes eight to 15. The lightweight, form-fitting material on the back half of the boots is the same material used in superstar NBA player Stephen Curry’s basketball shoes. Under Armour’s hunting boots, like Stephen Curry’s playing shoes, are designed to take on whatever the terrain you’re on decides to throw at you.
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Under Armour Infil Ops GORE-TEX® hunting boots are made from imported materials. These boots feature high abrasion uppers with a special Anafoam™ overlay that designers anatomically and precisely molded for fit and support. The boots also feature a TPU stability chassis which supports the heel as well as heel lockdown to support accurate foot placement while on the hunt. Under Armour’s hunting boots also contain Cupron® Anti-Fungal and Pro Fibers that reduce offensive odor and kill 99.9 percent of athlete's foot type fungus after only 12 hours of minimum interaction with the sock liner.

It’s hard to argue with the fact that Under Armour makes great active apparel. However, not every Under Armour item is without flaws, and many customers would agree. According to the reviews and testimonials of various customers, there are several positive and negative traits to Under Armour hunting boots, which we’ve outlined below:

PROS

Perhaps the best positive aspect among consumers comments is the fact that this hunting boot is so comfortable and lightweight. It’s so comfortable, in fact, that many people purchase them for casual wear as well as for hunting. According to many customers, there is no break-in period for this boot. The wide range of available sizes is also a big plus for customers.

CONS

Some customers complained that the UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX® boot runs a little small, so people recommend getting a half size up from what you would normally purchase. The boots are also known to run on the narrow side, so people with wide feet may not enjoy wearing this shoe for long.

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Pricing

While you can expect to pay a little over $249.99 for UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX® Hunting Boots, Under Armour hunting boots in general fall in the price range of $149.99 to $249.99. Under Armour’s entire collection of hunting boots is considered relatively expensive compared to other hunting boot brands, and we believe it’s safe to assume you’re paying for durable, quality materials.

How It Compares

The UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX® boot is a popular shoe within the hunting community, but that doesn’t mean it comes without competition. There are several brands out there who have made comparable hunting boots, and these boots are just as popular as Under Armour boots. To get a better idea of how these boots stack up against one another, we did a comparison of three other popular hunting boot brands:

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The Danner-brand hunting boot is waterproof and features an outer construct inspired by classic stalking designs commonly seen on hunting and military gear. The brand has implemented Danner Comfort System technology that brings the foot lower to the ground and offers premium foot support at all times.

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Price

While these hunting boots originally retailed for $140, they are currently available on the Danner website for just $42, much cheaper than Under Armour hunting boots. This decrease in price puts the Danner hunting boots in the inexpensive category.

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Ease of Use

By all accounts, the Danner hunting boots are easy to lace up and put on, and the comfort level of the boots has largely been deemed acceptable. There aren’t any complicated methods of securing the boot safely to the foot, so we felt a five-star rating was appropriate.

Assembly Time

Like most new shoes, Danner hunting boots need to have the shoelaces threaded through before regular use. Threading in the shoelaces for these boots takes about as long as threading shoelaces through any other high-top shoe. Other than connecting in the laces, there is no assembly required.

Build Qualit​y

Danner hunting boots are made of waterproof materials, including full-grain nubuck leather and lightweight nylon. The boots also feature a plush, dual-density footbed with Airthotic® heel clips, a patent-pending cushioning system that customers love.

Warranty

There is no actual warranty on Danner-brand hunting boots, but the company offers free shipping and free returns for orders placed within the United States. Danner doesn’t refund shipping costs, but if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase, you can receive a refund equal to the price of the boots without shipping fees.

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These hunting boots feature a Vibram® Littlehorn outsole for secure footing, X-Static offensive odor control technology to keep wearers undetectable while on the hunt, and moisture-wicking abilities by Aztec™ premium lining. The boots weigh approximately 32 ounces, making them considerably heavier than the Under Armour boot featured in this review.

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Wood N’ Steam’s hunting boots were originally sold for $139.99, but if you buy them through the Sportsman’s Guide website as a Buyer’s Club member, you can get them for $63.09. If you aren’t a site member and choose to buy through the site, you can expect to pay about $70.

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Ease of Use

Like the other hunting boots in our review, Wood N’ Stream hunting boots are reportedly easy to lace up and put on, and they largely present no problems during any hunting trips. The waterproof factor adds to the ease of use as well, as splashing through wet terrain won’t be a problem for the wearer. There were also some customers who commented on the eyelet top lacing being a bit of a pain.

Assembly Time

Similar to most lace-up boots, Wood N’ Stream hunting boots require the removal of the packaging equipment threading of the shoelaces through both the left and right boot before use. Most customers have reported that it’s pretty easy to get these shoes ready for wearing, so our assembly time rating is high.

Build Qualit​y

Some customers have reported that these particular hunting boots hold up well over several years of heavy use. The longevity of Wood N’ Steam hunting boots is likely linked to the brand’s use of durable, high-quality materials meant to withstand rugged terrain as well as standard wear and tear.

Warranty

Wood N’ Stream hunting boots don’t come with an actual warranty, but if you purchase these boots through the Sportsman’s Guide website, the site has implemented a satisfaction guarantee program. If the customer is not happy with the purchase, they can return the boots to Sportsman’s Guide for a full refund within 90 days of purchase.

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These hunting boots feature a Vibram® Littlehorn outsole for secure footing, X-Static offensive odor control technology to keep wearers undetectable while on the hunt, and moisture-wicking abilities by Aztec™ premium lining. The boots weigh approximately 32 ounces, making them considerably heavier than the Under Armour boot featured in this review.

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Guide Gear is another popular hunting boot brand amongst hunting enthusiasts. These particular boots feature 100 percent waterproof specific Guide Dry lining, an abrasion-resistant designed rubber heel and toe, a removable cushion insole all encased in durable leather and nylon uppers. The outer design features a bold camo print that’s perfect for hunting in wild terrain.

Price

While these hunting boots were originally sold for $109.99, you can purchase them from the Sportsman’s Guide website for $80.99 if you’re a Buyer’s Club member and $89.99 if you’re just a regular customer. This leaves the Under Armour hunting boots as the most expensive boots featured in our review. If you’re not keen on spending more than $100 for hunting boots, any one pair of the hunting boots in our comparison section would be an ideal pick.

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Ease of Use

Guide Gear’s hunting boots are incredibly easy to lace up and put on according to most customers. Once the inner packaging is removed from the boots and the shoelaces are in, the boots are pretty much ready to wear. Users also report that these boots hold up well in rain, snow, and other tough weather conditions.


Assembly Time

Like the rest of the hunting boots in our review, getting the Guide Gear boots hunting ready is virtually effortless. Once you have the shoelaces laced into the boots, there should be no assembly required from that point forward, unless you decide to switch or replace laces for any reason.

Build Qualit​y

While most customers were happy with the overall quality of Guide Gear hunting boots, some complained that the general fit of the boot was a bit off, which led to discomfort and the eventual return of the boots. Despite the problems some customers had with the fit, the materials are known to be of high quality.


Warranty

While there is no concrete warranty offering for Guide Gear hunting boots, they are available on the Sportsman’s Guide website, which means the same 90-day return policy applies to these boots as the other hunting boots in our review. There are also discount codes available through this site, which may placate some buyers in lieu of a warranty.

Conclusion

If you want your hunting trips to be free of foot worries, the Under Armour UA Infil Ops GORE-TEX® hunting boot is a great boot to consider, along with the majority of Under Armour’s hunting boot collection. The UA Infil Ops may not be the best choice if you have a wide foot, but people with all foot types should try them on anyway to determine if width will be a deal breaker. If your foot is naturally on the narrow side, the UA Infil Ops will be your best bet. Based on our research, we believe the majority of avid hunters will likely be highly satisfied with Under Armour hunting boots.

Remington 22 Rifle Review – Features, Specifications And Comparison

Few names evoke the time-honored tradition of hunting like Remington. Whether you are an avid hunter, gun enthusiast, or looking for a way to become more self-sufficient, purchasing a 22 rifle is an excellent way to hunt small game. There are many excellent 22 rifles on the market and plenty of other caliber rifles to choose from. But, if you want the perfect rifle for small game or for a first-time hunter learning gun safety, consider choosing a Remington 22 rifle. Take a look at all the details and specifications of this popular brand and caliber, and see why it’s such a popular choice.

Why Choose a Remington 22 Rifle?

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When choosing a rifle, you want to choose a brand that is known for superior craftsmanship and competitive-level firearms. Remington has been producing excellent rifles for 200 years, and are internationally recognized as a leading American brand. While most Remington rifles are more expensive than their competitors, you’ll receive a firearm you can trust for your professional and amateur shooting.

Ammunition for a 22 is one of the most inexpensive and popular choices for rimfire ammunition. Rather than centerfire cartridges, these cartridges don’t need a firing pin to ignite. Rimfire ammunition is a great choice for small game and target shooting. It won’t have the recoil or noise of a larger caliber, so even inexperienced shooters can practice comfortably. Because of the smaller size, it’s not usable for hunting large game, like deer.

Remington backs their firearms with an impressive warranty. Any rifle by Remington is backed with a limited warranty. Some rifles and products only have a one-year or two-year warranty. Others, however, are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. With proper care, you’ll have a Remington rifle by your side for the rest of your life. Most rifles have an extended warranty, but not all brands offer a lifetime warranty for their 22 rifles. This could help explain why the Remington 22 rifle costs far more than most competitors.

The 22 Long Rifle, 22 Long, and 22 Short

The 22 Long Rifle

There are three basic ammunition types for a 22 rifle. Many rifles, like the Remington Fieldmaster, can fire all three, but some are limited to 22 long rifle ammunition. There are slight differences between the three, but they all work basically the same. The most popular is the 22 long rifle. This is the most modern 22 around and has a denser bullet with more powder. It’s usually the least expensive cartridge as well. The 22 long is an older version of the 22 long rifle and is less effective. The 22 short is a smaller cartridge and bullet. It’s usually used in pistols or smaller firearms, so it isn’t the most popular for a 22 rifle. You’ll most likely choose a 22 long rifle for almost any need, but some people prefer using 22 short ammunition for target shooting. Be sure to check which ammunition your rifle is capable of firing since not all 22 rifles are capable of using each type.

Gun Safety

As with all firearms, safety is your first priority with a 22 rifle. Whether you are an avid hunter, firearm enthusiast, or a first-time buyer, carefully read the entire owner’s manual and follow every safety precaution. Doing otherwise could be dangerous to you and those around you. Every firearm comes with a complete guide of safety features, but here are a few worth remembering.

Choose a Gun Locker

Keep your guns locked. Whether you use a locker, a trigger lock, or another means, be sure to lock both your gun and your ammunition. Consider locking them in different areas, in order to prevent any accidents if you leave one lock or locker open. A high-quality gun locker can also keep your firearms safe in the event of a fire. There are many different kinds, so choose one that will accommodate all of your firearms safely. A gun locker is only useful if it’s locked, so be sure to always keep it locked, particularly if you have young children in your home. Keep the keys in a safe location, or consider purchasing a gun locker with a keypad lock.

Never Keep a Firearm Loaded

A loaded rifle is a dangerous rifle. While it’s always a good idea to treat any firearm like it is loaded, don’t leave a loaded firearm in your home. After your hunt or target shooting session, immediately remove the magazine and be sure a round isn’t chambered. This is one of the easiest and most important steps of firearm safety. Even with the safety engaged, it’s very easy for accidents to happen.

Choose Your Target Carefully

Regardless of the caliber, a rifle is a dangerous weapon with a surprising shooting distance. Whether you are firing at targets or small game, be conscious of what is behind your target. You should never shoot towards a building, people, or anywhere you don’t have a good field of vision. When choosing targets, don’t choose anything that is too solid. Large rocks or steel barrels can cause bullets to ricochet and are dangerous to you and anyone else in the area. Always choose a safe target away from people and buildings.

Maintenance

A clean rifle is an effective rifle. If you want your firearm to last, be sure to keep up proper maintenance. All guns need cleaning and disassembling, but the actual steps and parts can differ. Familiarize yourself with your rifle before use and before cleaning. You’ll need to lubricate several areas, like the bolt lugs and the action parts. The individual steps will vary, so be sure you understand your rifle and all the maintenance steps it needs. Your warranty depends upon correct maintenance, so you’ll want to know each step very well in order to have a long-lasting and reliable rifle.

The Remington Model 572 BDL Fieldmaster
  • 22 caliber
  • Barrel length: 21 inches
  • Overall length: 40 inches
  • Magazine capacity: 15 rounds
  • Weight: 5.75 pounds
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

While there are several 22 rifles to choose from, the Remington Model 572 BDL Fieldmaster is the most classic and iconic model available. It comes with a great magazine capacity, so you won’t have to worry about constantly reloading.

The 21-inch barrel is slightly longer than most 22 rifle barrels. This could mean that the rifle will have slightly more accuracy and less velocity at long distances, but most barrels are only a few inches apart. This means that it will shoot similarly to other 22 rifles on the list. Some people love a short, compact rifle for greater portability, while others prefer a longer overall length for added comfort and stability. The overall length of 40 inches helps give you a nice, level shot.

The Fieldmaster comes with a limited-lifetime warranty, so you won’t have to worry about any malfunctions or manufacturing errors. Compared to the five-year warranty of most rifles, this gives you far more peace of mind. Enjoy your Remington rifle for years, whether you are hunting small game, practicing on targets, or considering competitive shooting.

This 22 is a pump action rifle. There are many pros and cons to choosing a pump action. First, a pump action is easier to use and offers a quicker reload than a bolt action or break action rifle. It also includes a magazine capacity, unlike break action rifles. However, a pump action rifle doesn’t offer the speed of a semi-automatic rifle, or the precision of a bolt action rifle. Most shooters choose based on personal preference. With practice, you can shoot safely, accurately, and precisely with the Fieldmaster pump action rifle.

Consider purchasing a scope for this rifle, and you’ll have a versatile 22 that offers both long-range accuracy and a reasonably high rate of fire for close-range target shooting.

The Fieldmaster is more expensive than most of the competitors. While it comes with a longer warranty, there are few additional features to make it stand out. If you are looking for a bargain rifle or will only use your 22 rifle occasionally, consider choosing a more cost-effective option.

PROS

  • Long Barrel

  • Magazine Capacity

  • Lifetime Warranty

CONS

  • Expensive

  • Pump Action

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Rifles in the 22 family are typically less expensive than other firearms with a larger caliber. Not only are the rifles less expensive, but 22 ammunition is also far less expensive as well. Rifles on this list range in price from $209.00 to $723.00.

More expensive 22 rifles offer a longer warranty for more assurance of build quality. They also usually have a longer barrel. Premium 22 rifles are capable of using 22 short and 22 long cartridges.

Inexpensive rifles typically have shorter barrels, lower quality stocks, and less versatility in ammunition types. Consider the pros and cons of both, and determine how often you will be using your 22 rifle. You may not see an extreme difference in the performance of each rifle, but the build quality and action type are two important factors to consider when purchasing a 22 rifle.

Comparing 22 Rifles

Marlin Model 60

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A reliable and affordable rifle, the Marlin Model 60 is a popular choice for hunting small game. The 19-inch barrel makes this rifle shorter than the Remington Fieldmaster, but at an average length for other 22 rifles. The beautiful walnut stock gives this rifle a premium feel.

Because it uses blowback action, this rifle is perfect for steady shots with a good rate of fire. The sights are adjustable and designed for a scope mount for greater accuracy. It’s a great bargain for a 22 rifle but only uses 22 long rifle cartridges.

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Ruger 1022 Carbine

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With a similar weight, length, and action type, the Ruger 10/22 Carbine very closely resembles the Marlin Model 60. It includes a smaller magazine than the Remington Fieldmaster, with only 10 rounds. The alloy steel barrel is durable and lightweight. This rifle offers a lower price range combined with a reliable brand name. Ruger produces a wide range of high-quality rifles, so you know you’ll receive an excellent firearm. Use the adjustable rear sight and gold bead front sight for excellent precision. Whether for sport or competition, it’s an excellent mid-range choice.

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Browning SA-22

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From the elegant walnut stock to the autoloading barrel, the Browning SA-22 is a great example of a premium 22 rifle. Browning is another excellent brand choice, and this rifle proves it. The barrel is slightly longer than most, at 19.35 inches, but still shorter than the Remington Fieldmaster. The walnut stock is polished with a glossy finish, and the adjustable sights are just as effective as competitive models. The 10-round magazine is similar to the Ruger 10/22 Carbine but less than the Remington Fieldmaster. The ornate stock gives it a display-piece look, and the build quality is rugged and durable. It’s more expensive than most 22 rifles on this list, but still offers savings when compared to the Remington Fieldmaster.

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Conclusion

Whether you are looking for a premium 22 rifle for your daily target practice or a rifle for occasional small game hunting, the Remington Model 572 BDL Fieldmaster provides a durable, accurate, and long-lasting option. While it may cost more than its competitors, you can’t beat the lifetime warranty or the peace of mind knowing you’ve purchased a rifle from one of the most trusted American brands. It isn’t a good option if you are looking for a bargain or a compact 22, however. Now that you’ve compared several premium 22 rifles on the market, you know the best features to consider when purchasing your own 22 rifle. Once you’ve read the owner’s manual and taken the necessary safety and maintenance steps, you’re ready to try out your new firearm.

The 4 Best Gun Cleaning Kits For Your Rifle – Reviews and Guide

Owning a gun is exciting and rather addicting. Many gun enthusiasts are known not to be able to stop at just one! One of the most common guns for people to own is the rifle. The rifle is classic and fantastic for both hunting and shooting on the range alike. However, if you own one of these amazing guns you’ll definitely need to be taking care of it. This is why we have come up with the four best gun cleaning kits for your rifle.

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What should my gun cleaning kit have inside of it?

Gun Cleaning Kit

Obviously, this is going to be very specific depending on your personal collection of rifles and handguns. If you have unusual guns, then you may need more specific elements as compared to what we’re going to list here. But, in general, a basic universal gun cleaning kit should contain the following:

Nylon Brushes

These are used to clean sensitive parts of the gun where using a more abrasive copper brush is not a good idea. They are flexible and can reach even the most delicate nooks and crannies.

Copper Brushes

You will use these to clean the majority of your gun; most gun kits will have several sizes of copper brushes meant to accommodate different guns. These are the brushes you’ll use on the first pass through of your gun’s barrel to remove the carbon.

Cleaning Swab

This is sometimes called a “gun mop,” and it’s used after you have done the initial cleaning with bristles. A cleaning swab is excellent for removing extra oil.

Cleaning Jag

A cleaning jag can be used in a 360-degree manner to remove the solvent. They are usually plated with nickel or brass to prevent scratching the gun barrel.

Slotted Patch Holder

Some kits come with a patch holder rather than a jag. They perform the same thing but are used to hold patches.

Cleaning Patches

henry 22 rifle one of the most classic and iconic rifles on the market today

You’ll use these with a cleaning solvent to clean out the inside of your gun. They can be used with a patch holder or a jag.

Cotton Swabs

These are similar to commercial swabs, only they have wooden dowels and are longer. These are great for detailing your firearm.

Double-Ended Brushes

These brushes look like toothbrushes and are used to clean up the exterior of your gun.

Cleaning Rods

This rod is what you use to attach all of the above cleaning heads to. This is what you actually use to clean your gun.

Cleaning Solvent

This is what you dip your cleaning patches into to clean and protect your firearms. There are many different solvents on the market.

Bore Snake

This is what you use when you’re on the range to give your gun a quick clean-out after each shot. Many people believe that all you need to clean a gun is a bore snake. This is absolutely not true, but a bore snake is an essential component to any cleaning kit.

 

Will my cleaning kit contain all of these?

Otis Technology .223cal/5.56mm Cleaning System

Generally speaking, no. Kits are a way to get you started, but many of them will omit some of these components. Most kits will come with a variety of brushes, but whether they come with solvent or bore snakes or cotton swabs is hit or miss. Some do, and others do not.

How We Reviewed

We wanted to select gun cleaning kits that would work with a wide variety of rifles. There are many guns out there on the market, and if you have a rare model, these kits might not work for you. But for those who have common firearms or are just starting out, these kits are a great way to ensure that you care for your rifle properly. Many of the kits can also be used with handguns, as well. We wanted to provide a list of kits that were a great value and would get the job done. All of these kits are highly reviewed by firearm enthusiasts.

Price Range of the Product

Gun cleaning kits come in a wide range of prices depending on the maker of the kit and what the kit specifically includes. The gun cleaning kits in this article range from $20 on the low end to $150. Some of these are universal gun cleaning kits, and some are rifle-specific.

The Best 4 Gun Cleaning Kits of 2018

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The Otis Technology Cleaning System is available on Amazon. You can also buy it directly from Otis.

The Otis Technology Cleaning System is specifically for rifles and is sure to make any AR enthusiast happy. This case features a fantastically compact design that is easy to take anywhere you take your rifle.

Key Features

The Otis Technology Cleaning System scores big on its compact nature. It’s much smaller than many other gun cleaning kits on the market. Plus, it has a proprietary tool that allows for easy cleaning of the bolt carrier assembly. This kit makes it easy to ensure that your rifle stays in top condition with little effort.

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The Otis Technology Cleaning System, depending on what version of the kit you get can be bought in amazon.

PROS

  • The small nature of the Otis Technology Cleaning System scores big on portability. The bolt carrier assembly cleaner is universally loved by basically anybody who owns the kit (and the kit has been purchased specifically for this tool before).

CONS

  • Some people may find the Otis Technology Cleaning System a bit too compact and hard to locate what you need it. Plus, you are going to have to purchase some things separately, like cleaning solvent, bore snakes, and patches.

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You can purchase the DAC Winchester Super Deluxe from Amazon, and it does have free shipping. You can also purchase it from Winchester directly.

This is a wonderful 68-piece set that is sure to be at home with everyone, from the most amateur firearm hobbyist to the most advanced. It’s got a handy nylon carrying case and offers an amazing amount of flexibility. The DAC Winchester Super Deluxe can be used with a variety of firearms, from handguns to rifles.

Key Features

The DAC Winchester Super Deluxe is a very affordable kit, considering that it’s made in the USA and gets five-star reviews constantly. If you’ve got a motley collection of common firearms and don’t want a specific cleaning kit for each of them, the DAC Winchester Super Deluxe is probably the best choice out there on the market.

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The DAC Winchester Super Deluxe can be bought in amazon.

PROS

  • Made in the USA, and with a hardy, attractive, nylon carrying case, the DAC Winchester Super Deluxe can go with you wherever you want to be. The 68 pieces inside will make sure that the majority of your guns will be well taken care of. The amount of utility you get for the price out of the DAC Winchester Super Deluxe is very impressive.

CONS

  • None

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You can get the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit from Amazon with free shipping. You can also purchase it from Otis direct.

If what you’re after is the most comprehensive universal cleaning kit on the market, then you’ve found it in the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit. This one is specifically made for advanced firearm owners who have a whole fleet of guns to maintain.

Key Features

The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit comes with an incredible amount of brushes, and it’s almost entirely complete on its own. Assuming that you own any sort of common firearm, the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit will be able to keep it clean and functioning for you. It even comes with a lens cleaning kit to ensure that your scopes stay pristine.

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The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit can be bought in amazon.

PROS

  • The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit is an incredibly comprehensive kit. It gets rave reviews for its flexibility and how all-in-one it is. It’s got an amazing .22 caliber-specific bronze brushes, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

CONS

  • The biggest complaint that the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit tends to get is the actual carrying case. Many users think that it could be a bit more rugged. The case is pretty compact, but this means that everything has to be exactly back in its place before the case will close.

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The Ohuhu 29 Piece Kit is available on Amazon and has free shipping. It also can be bought directly from Ohuhu.

This one is a perfect gun-cleaning kit for the beginner who’s not looking to drop a lot of money on a cleaning kit that might contain more kit than he or she needs. The Ohuhu 29 Piece Kit is incredible value for the money and will help beginning enthusiasts take proper care of their arms without costing them a leg in the process.

Key Features

The Ohuhu 29 Piece Kit comes with a nice-looking aluminum exterior that is sleek and will definitely give the owner style-points. The 28 pieces inside of the Ohuhu 29 Piece Kit will ensure that most common rifles, shotguns, and handguns are taken care of. Again, this isn’t a kit that is designed to last the ages, but it’s definitely a great starting point.

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PROS

  • Probably the most salient pro to the Ohuhu 29 Piece Kit is its price. This is a kit that does the job. If you don’t have a huge collection of firearms or don’t go shooting frequently, this is a fantastic budget option that will clean your gear and not cost you a paycheck.

CONS

  • Of course, because it’s so inexpensive the quality of the components aren’t the highest. Many people don’t like that the carrying case won’t lay flat; the back of it stays up at 90 degrees. You will also need to purchase cleaning salve, patches and bore snakes separately.

Our Verdict on the Best Gun Cleaning Kit in 2019

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It is difficult to decide which is the best gun cleaning kit of 2018 because all of these choices are worthy, but we have to give the prize to the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit. The amount of versatility you will get out of this kit is absolutely incredible, and even though it’s over 100 dollars, it’s a great bargain, as well. Plus, all of the components are made in the USA, and Otis itself is known for excellent customer service. If you are an advanced gun enthusiast, you really can’t get better than the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit for its versatility and value.

 

However, if the Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit is a bit too much kit for you, then we’d pick the Otis Technology Cleaning System. If you love rifles, you will love the specific bolt carrier assembly cleaner. Plus, we really like how compact it is. You can easily wear it on your belt and forget about it until you need it. The Otis Technology Cleaning System is a great buy for somebody who loves rifles and wants to make sure to take the best care of them.

 

Henry .22 Rifle Review – Why Is It One of The Most Popular Lever Action Rifles?

Whether you’re hunting small game or target shooting, you want a rifle that is durable, accurate and comfortable. Of course, feeling like you’re in a western movie is also a bonus. The Henry 22 rifle is one of the most classic and iconic rifles on the market today. Whether you’ve grown up admiring western-style firearms or have always wanted to handle a lever action rifle, you’ll love the ease of this American-made marvel. This complete review will give you all the information you need about purchasing a Henry 22 rifle lever action rifle. You’ll get an in-depth look at the specifications, find out what makes Henry such a popular gun manufacturer and compare this rifle head-to-head with other great .22 models. Finally, a full review of an American classic.



Henry .22 Rifle 

Pros & Cons

While there are many reasons to choose the Henry 22 rifle, there are also cons to this lever action .22. Consider each carefully and choose the rifle that is the best fit for your style. Like all purchases, you want a rifle that reflects your personality, hunting style, and budget. Take a look at this list and consider the pros and cons of the Henry 22 rifle competitors as well.

PROS

  • Has one of the smoothest actions of any lever action rifle in its price range,

  •  Henry 22 is the lightest model on the list

  • Great for both small game and target shooting

CONS

  • Expensive than other models

  • Since it's not automatic,  you may become frustrated with the trigger or lack of speed



Henry .22 Rifle

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Goodpoints

This lever action .22 is incredibly reliable. Because it doesn’t use a semi-automatic action, you won’t have to worry as much about jams or malfunctions. With a little practice, you’ll have far more speed than a bolt action rifle. While the weight of each rifle isn’t significantly different, the Henry 22 is the lightest model on the list. Its American-made quality is very highly rated, and customers love this .22 for both small game and target shooting. Choose a scope and discover the easy-to-use mounting system. It has one of the smoothest actions of any lever action rifle in its price range, and the action is designed to be comfortable for all hand sizes, even while wearing gloves. For a classic, western feel, a lever action .22 is remarkably enjoyable to own and shoot. When it comes to target shooting, one of the most important features is how enjoyable the rifle is to operate.

Weakpoints

When looking for a bargain, the Henry 22 rifle is more expensive than other models, such as the Marlin Model 60. While it’s lightweight and easy-to-use, it’s very similar in size and weight to the other .22 rifles on this list. If you don’t find lever action rifles to be particularly enjoyable, you may become frustrated with the trigger or lack of speed. While reliable, the Henry 22 isn’t as versatile as other rifles, like the CZ 455 American. Considering the price tag, decide how often you’ll use this .22 rifle, which generally isn’t a large enough caliber for more common hunting, like a good deer hunting rifle.

What Is a Henry .22 Rifle?

To understand why this rifle is such a popular choice, take a look at various aspects of the rifle. From the manufacturer’s reputation to the caliber and lever action, there are many reasons to choose the Henry 22 rifle.

Henry Repeating Arms

Founded in 1996, Henry Repeating Arms is already one of the leading firearms manufacturers. The company is in the top five ranking for manufacturing long guns and is number seven in overall firearms production. The Golden Boy and the lever action .22 are the two most popular rifles produced by Henry Repeating Arms. While it hasn’t been around for generations, the style and craftsmanship of this company reach back to the days of cowboys and a more rugged era.

Popular .22 Rifle

The .22 rifle is a popular caliber choice for a variety of uses. It’s on the smaller end of hunting rifles, so you won’t want to take it for any big game hunts. It’s not a great choice for a medium game like deer, either. This rifle really works well as a small game hunting and target shooting rifle. .22 rifles are lightweight, easy-to-use, affordable and don’t have the heavy recoil of larger caliber rifles. Because it has such little recoil, it’s a comfortable rifle for beginners. The ammunition is less expensive than some calibers as well, which is great for extended use. There is an extensive amount of ammunition with different calibers, so take your time and research the best gauge for your needs. If you are looking for a deer hunting rifle or a large game gun, this isn’t the caliber for you. However, for a quieter, more comfortable around, it’s a great choice. Pick up a .22 for hunting squirrels, grouse, and other small varmints. .22 rounds also have a great range of fire, particularly with rifles, like the ones on this list.

Lever Action, and Other Action Types

There are several action types available for .22 rifles. Take a look at each one and determine which one best suits your needs. While lever action may seem outdated, it’s an effective means of increasing your rate-of-fire without using a semi-automatic action. Regardless of the type you choose, each rifle must load, feed, fire, extract and eject. These four basic action types for rifles will cover all of these steps. Each action type is very popular and effective with its individual group of users, so which gun to buy is just as much a matter of personal preference as it is effectiveness.

Bolt Action

First, there are bolt action rifles. These rifles use a sliding bolt and can accommodate the longest cartridges of all. The trigger is usually better on these rifles, but each one is slightly different. While it’s still able to malfunction and jam, bolt action is generally the most reliable. However, it’s also the slowest, so it’s not ideal for a high rate of fire. Choose a bolt action if you want a reliable rifle, and plan on only needing one shot.

Lever Action

Lever action rifles are lightweight, reliable and can be very fast. This action type is another option for reliability and simplicity. However, the trigger mechanism is often worse than other action types. It’s one of the best balances between simplicity and rate of fire. Rifles shouldn’t be seen only as tools, but also for sport. With that in mind, a lever action rifle is one of the most enjoyable styles to fire. It takes some skill to balance accuracy with the rate of fire, but after a few rounds, you’ll see why so many avid gun owners own a lever action or two.

Pump Action

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The pump action isn’t just made for shotguns but can be used with several different rifle variations as well. Pump action can be used with even greater speeds than lever action but tends to be slightly bulkier and can rattle. This makes it less practical for stealthy situations, like hunting small game. It still takes some practice to increase your rate of fire while maintaining an accurate pattern, but it’s another enjoyable action to learn.

Semi-Automatic Action

Last but not least, semi-automatic rifles have the very best rate of fire, making it easy to shoot rapidly, even without practice. Depending on the rifle, they can also be quite accurate. However, this action type tends to be more expensive, and need more regular maintenance. Because of the additional moving parts, it’s much easier to jam semi-automatic rifles, so you’ll need to keep up your routine maintenance. Some avid gun owners feel the semi-automatic action takes some of the skill and fun out of shooting, but others love the convenience of this easy-to-use action.

Specifications of the Henry 22 Rifle

  • Lever action
  • 18.25-inch barrel
  • Round blued-steel
  • Adjustable rear sight
  • American walnut stock
  • Weight: 5.25 pounds

The Henry 22 rifle is an excellent combination of portable, practical and cost-effective options. While it isn’t the most inexpensive model on the market, it’s reliable, American craftsmanship makes it well worth the price tag. Consider the beautiful, walnut stock, stylish and easy-to-use lever action and compact size, and you’ll see why this rifle is such a popular choice. It’s excellent for small game, and the rear sight can easily be outfitted with a scope for more accuracy. The 15-round capacity will keep you going for longer, and the 18.25-inch barrel is balanced between accuracy and portability. Whether it’s your first rifle or one in a long line of lovingly handled firearms, you won’t regret trying the Henry 22 rifle.

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With rifles, there’s no limit to the amount you can spend. Consider rare or antique rifles, as well as handcrafted luxury stocks, and you’ll see rifles being sold for several thousands of dollars. Thankfully, .22 rifles are quite affordable and provide you with excellent features for a low price. The rifles on this list range from $209.00 to $421.00. The Henry .22 rifle is right in the middle of the price range, giving you a great balance of affordable features and high-end quality. Whether it’s a necessity or not, buying a rifle is a big decision. Don’t buy a .22 rifle without carefully researching your possibilities, understanding the safety requirements and being prepared to treat it with respect and responsibility.

Because of its size and price, the Henry .22 rifle makes an excellent choice for first-time buyers. There are, however, many reasons to choose other .22 rifle brands, so look at each one before choosing the best .22 rifle for all your target-shooting and small-game hunting needs.

How It Compares

Henry .22 Rifle

  • Ease of Use: 5 stars
  • Build Quality: 5 stars
  • Warranty: 4 stars

Marlin Model 60

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Build Quality: 4 stars
  • Warranty: 5 stars

This semi-automatic .22 rifle is an excellent bargain for a great rifle. The length of pull is slightly shorter than with other brands, which gives you a smoother shot. It comes with a 19-inch barrel, with a total of 16 grooves. This rifle also comes with a walnut stock and with a full pistol grip. A 14-shot magazine will keep you going, and the semi-automatic action gives you an excellent rate of fire. While it lacks the durability and reliability of a lever action rifle, the Model 60 remains one of the most popular .22 rifles in the world. If you’re willing to stay on top of cleaning, oiling and maintaining this rifle, it will be a reliable and effective tool for both small-game hunting and sports shooting. With one look at the price tag, you’ll see why it’s such a popular option.

CZ 455 American

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Build Quality: 5 stars
  • Warranty: 4 stars

Before you turn down this pricey bolt-action rifle, look at the versatile options that come included with your purchase. For just $421.00, you not only get a great quality .22 rifle, but it comes with a barrel change option. You have all the necessary parts to use this rifle with a .17HMR barrel, as well as the .22 barrel. It’s a popular choice and gives you the flexibility to test out another great caliber. The bolt action type gives you excellent dependability and ease of use. However, you lose some of the rates of fire that the competitors have, particularly the Marlin Model 60. The CZ 455 only includes a five-round magazine, but the Turkish walnut stock is beautifully designed, with a pistol grip. Consider purchasing a scope to take advantage of the increased accuracy and trigger of this bolt action .22.

Conclusion

For its iconic look, reliable use and relatively inexpensive price, the Henry 22 rifle receives 4 out of 5 stars. It’s an excellent choice for fans of westerns, lever actions or unique, but iconic, rifles. A .22 rifle is a great choice for small game but isn’t practical for anything larger. While it isn’t the most versatile, fast or affordable .22 on the market, it’s a fun rifle with a great look. If you’re looking for a rifle for a first-time shooter, or need something fun to shoot, try the Henry 22 rifle. You’ll see why it remains one of the most popular choices for a lever action .22 rifle that’s loved by inexperienced hunters and professional sportsman alike.

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Marlin 22 Rifle Model 60 Review – Learn Its Rating In Accuracy

For years in rural America, the Marlin 22 rifle became a rite of passage for young teens and usually provided their first exposuåre to a real firearm. Once they proved they could responsibly handle a BB or pellet gun, parents often followed up with a shiny Marlin 22 rifle for a special birthday or Christmas present. The small-caliber rifle furnished an introduction to hunting squirrels, rabbits, and other small game. It also provided hours of enjoyment with target practice and unofficial shooting competitions.

Among the many choices on the market, the Marlin 22 rifle proved one of the most popular, especially the Model 60. According to the Marlin Firearms website, the company has sold more than 11 million Model 60 rifles since the manufacturer introduced this version 54 years ago. Marlin Firearms has a venerable history of firearms manufacturing that dates back to its founding in 1870 by John Mahlon Marlin.

How the Marlin Model 60 Works

All 22 rifles shoot a projectile, or cartridge, that is .22 inches in diameter. However, there are different types of this caliber of ammunition including a .22 short, a .22 long and a .22 long rifle. As you might expect the difference in these is the length of the bullet with the .22 long rifle the longest of the three. These are all rimfire cartridges which simply means the primer is located around the rim of the brass casing rather than in the center.

The Marlin 22 rifle consists of a shoulder stock to steady the gun; a receiver, or frame, of the gun that houses the firing mechanism; a barrel at least 16 inches long that contains spiral-shaped grooves to put a spin on the bullet for accuracy; a mechanism to advance the bullet into the chamber; and a trigger to fire the ammunition. Within the family of 22 rifles, you will find single-shot rifles, lever-action rifles, bolt-action rifles and semi-automatic rifles.

With a semi-automatic Marlin 22 rifle, a new bullet advances into the chamber each time you pull the trigger. Some of these rifles load the bullets into a tube underneath the barrel while others store the bullets in a rotary or straight magazine that attaches to the receiver.

Automatic

The Marlin 22 rifle Model 60, which is a semi-automatic, utilizes a tubular-feed system that only accepts long-rifle ammo. The tube holds 14 bullets at a time, and the user has to reload the magazine inner tube assembly when it becomes empty. There is no way to preload extra tube magazines. You need to pull the trigger each time to advance and shoot the next bullet. When you have fired the last shot the bolt automatically holds open so you can safely check that the chamber is empty.

Specifications and Features of the Model 60

The basic Model 60 provides the small-game hunter and target shooter with an excellent workhorse rifle that will supply years of reliability and quality enjoyment.

  • Overall Length: 37-1/2 inches
  • Approximate Weight: 5-1/2 pounds
  • Barrel Length: 19 inches
  • Rifling: 16 grooves of Micro-Groove© Rifling
  • Twist Rate: 1:16 inches
  • Length of Pull: 13-1/4 inches
  • Ammunition: .22 long rifle only
  • Magazine: 14-shot tubular with patented closing system
  • Stock: Walnut-finish hardwood
  • Sights: Adjustable open rear sight, ramp front sight
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
  • Safety: Cross-bolt

Prices and Options

As you might expect, prices can vary quite a bit depending on location and store. Using the Marlin Firearms website, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Model 60 with a walnut-finish hardwood stock and blued-metal parts comes in at $209. Cabelas sells this model at the time of writing for $179.99. If you go to the online sites of The Shooting Store or Gearfire and put in your ZIP code, they can give you a list of local gun shops in your area that have good prices for this rifle. In one area searched, some local stores were selling the Model 60 right around the $170 mark. With just a little research, you should be able to find a good price.

The same basic Model 60 rifle also comes in several stock finishes and stainless steel options.

The following choices are available.

1. Model 60C Monte Carlo Camo-finish hardwood stock 

2. Model 60SB Walnut-finish laminate stock and stainless steel

3. Model 60SN Black synthetic stock with molded checkering 

4. Model 60SN w/Scope Black synthetic stock and 4 by 20 mm scope & mounts 

5. Model 60SS Beautiful two-tone laminate stock and stainless steel

This Marlin 22 Rifle Stacks Up With the Competition

Since the Marlin Model 60 is a nearly iconic Marlin 22 rifle, we wanted to compare it against other well-known manufacturers that produce a firearm similar in size and specifications. Here's what we found when we compared the Model 60 to rifles made by Ruger, Remington, and Mossberg.

Marlin Model 60 

  • Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accuracy: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reliability: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 4 out of 5 stars

Ruger 10/22 Model 1103 

  • Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Accuracy: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Reliability: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 3 out of 5 stars

 Remington Model 597 

  • Ease of Use: 3 out of 5 stars
  • Accuracy: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reliability: 3 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 5 out of 5 stars

 Mossberg International 702 Plinkster 

  • Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Accuracy: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality: 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reliability: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warranty: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Marlin Model 60 Pros & Cons Summary

It is unusual when reviewing any type of product to have the pros overwhelmingly outweigh the cons, yet that is the case with the Model 60. Whether you talk with people who have enjoyed a version of the Model 60 for years or use this rifle as a benchmark to measure the performance of similar 22 rifles, the Model 60 stands out as a stellar example of firearms craftsmanship. Here is a list of the positive attributes of this Marlin 22 rifle.

Pros

Accuracy

All the 22 rifles we looked at received excellent marks when it came to accurate shooting. Some models had problems with their shooting mechanisms, but when they worked well they shot with accuracy. In spite of this, the Model 60 seems to have an edge in this aspect. Perhaps it is Marlin's patented Micro-Groove© rifling of the barrel, but a large number of shooters praised the consistently tight target patterns they were able to attain with the Model 60, and many admitted they were not expert marksmen.

Reliability

A lot of rifles deliver most of the time, but the Marlin Model 60 comes through every time. This means it is always ready to go, always on target and never jams no matter what quality or brand of ammunition you put through it. The Model 60 also performs well regardless of weather conditions or the length of time it has remained idle.

Quality

The number of Model 60 rifles Marlin has sold over an extended number of years testifies to the excellence of this renowned firearm. High quality shines through the materials, workmanship and mechanics, and the comments and reviews back this assessment. Marlin does not overlook even the smallest detail, and everything works as promised. Users made many comments about the beauty of the rifles whether they had hardwood, laminate or synthetic stocks.

Selection of Stocks and Barrels

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Within the Model 60 family, Marlin offers several options of materials used to manufacture the stocks and barrels. Possibilities for the rifle stocks include walnut-finish or Monte Carlo Camo-finish hardwood, walnut-finish or two-tone laminate, or black synthetic stocks with molded sling mounts and checkering. Barrels come in stainless steel or blued steel. Marlin also sells the Model 60SN with a synthetic stock, blued-steel barrel and 4 by 20 mm scope and mounts. In addition, you can now choose from several aftermarket hunting tactical stocks for the Model 60.

Price/Value

The price of the Model 60 falls squarely in the middle of the 22 rifles we looked at. The price point of the Remington Model 597 runs about the same. The Ruger 10/22 costs significantly more while the price of the Mossberg 702 Plinkster is definitely at the low end of the group. Given the high quality and reliability of the Model 60, this 22 rifle provides outstanding value for the moderate price.

Cons

As stated above, there are not a lot of negative aspects to the Model 60, and not everyone would agree the following points qualify as cons when it comes to this rifle. However, here are a few different concerns to note.

Tube-Feed Magazine

We expected to find negative comments about this characteristic of the Model 60, but it turned out to be something of a non-issue. In fact, an amazing number of users not only praised the tube-feed feature but also commented on how much they enjoyed using it. It is a testament to the quality of the Model 60 that nobody registered a complaint about the tube magazine.

Detachable Rotary

Many other 22 rifles use a detachable rotary or straight magazine, and you can purchase extras to have loaded and ready to go when you've emptied the one in your gun. If you have any shots left at the end of your hunting excursion you just detach the magazine, checking that the receiver is empty, and put it away for the next time. With the tube-feed magazine, if you have ammo you haven't used you must remove the inner tube assembly and dump out the extra rounds. This becomes more cumbersome than removing a magazine. Likewise, it is more awkward to add cartridges to the tube than to slip in a rotary or straight magazine. However, there are tube speed loaders on the market that make loading the tube easier.

Bolt Release

One reviewer mentioned the bolt release was a little sharp and stiff. Another cautioned to follow reassembly instructions and make sure the bolt is in the back locked position to prevent bending the ejector. This said the vast majority of users were very pleased with the easy disassembly and reassembly of the Model 60 for cleaning purposes.

Warranty

Marlin offers a 5-year limited warranty to the original purchaser against any defects and will repair or replace the rifle during this period at their discretion. This, of course, excludes any misuse or abuse of the product. Since none of the reviewers experienced any problems with the rifle that necessitated returning the firearm for repair, the warranty doesn't appear to cause any issues. However, five years is on the low end of the warranties offered by some other manufacturers. Remington offers a limited lifetime warranty, and Mossberg provides a limited 10-year warranty on their products. Ruger does not supply any written warranty, but countless Ruger users chimed in with examples of Ruger immediately addressing any complaints and quickly repairing or replacing a defective product.

Conclusion

When you review a highly respected manufacturer such as Marlin you expect that you will talk about a quality product. Even so, we were surprised at how this Marlin 22 rifle excels in every area and earns the trust and respect of the dedicated hunters and target shooters who faithfully use it. We anticipated the tube-feed magazine would provide negative feedback, but this is not the case. After learning about problems loading and using some of the rotary and straight magazines, the flawless operation of the Model 60 tube magazine becomes even more commendable. After considering every aspect and feature of the Marlin Model 60, we feel compelled to give it a full 5 out of 5 stars rating. 

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