What is a good, cheap rifle that is USA-made, for target shootin’, duck hunting and possibly home defense?

Well, you can technically hunt duck with a rifle, if you want to do poorly. Rumor has it that during the testing of the Delisle carbine, generals who were inspecting it did shoot a duck in the neck from 300m. The joke was that he called it a terrible rifle, as he was aiming for the head. I’ve seen people shooting clays with an AR, so there’s no reason, with enough practice you could employ a single projectile against ducks. The problem is finding the duck on a distance worth using a rifle and the only way to effectively do this is to set up several game cameras, in the hunting area, which will tell you in real-time, where the ducks are.


For home defense, though, nothing can reasonably compare to a shotgun. A rifle, usually, will go in and out, sometimes not leaving a fatal wound at all. The criminal will still be on his feet in most cases. A shotgun loaded with large birdshot, or small buckshot should destroy a large portion of the perpetrator. It’s not likely he’d survive. There have been cases where criminals get shot in the head with a 12 gauge and cannot be identified, other than fingerprints.

A Mossberg 500 is one of the best home defense shotguns, I believe. If you’re not the type to yell at someone in your house illegally, the noise pumping a live shell into the chamber should get your point across. Mossbergs are a little louder than the Remingtons if pumped fast, but mine pumps easier than any 870 I’ve shot. I believe this is due to the fact that the Mossberg uses a lighter alloy receiver. The 500 is also more reliable, as the dual claw extractors grab both sides of the shell, and throw it harder than an 870 during a slow or short pump.

For a target rifle, a shotgun isn’t such a good choice, unless you’re shooting at objects instead of paper. A shotgun and some Fiocchi nickel plated buckshot is excellent for use against printers, laptops, hard drives, desktops, old furniture, rusty grills, foam deer, drywall, and many other things. I have an AR-15 that’s fairly accurate, and groups on a quarter at 100m, but I have a Savage 10FP that I can’t even shoot to it’s fullest potential. Dollar for dollar, a Savage 10FP in .223 or .308 is a more accurate platform than a Remington 700 or any of it’s variants. I use 68 grain Black Hills in the AR, and 69 Sierra Match Kings in the Savage.

crosshair / February 2, 2019 / FAQ / 0 Comments

Can one hunt squirrels in the state of washington?

Fat Squirrel

I want to do a bit of amateur taxidermy to try my hand at it. I’d like to start with squirrels, but I don’t know if a license is required to hunt them, what the hunting season is, or whether it is even legal at all! I have the large gray squirrels in mind that infest urban areas. Can anyone provide me with some information? Help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Here’s some info from WDFW website.
Because legal status, trapping restrictions, and other information about squirrels change, contact your WDFW Regional Office for updates.

The Western gray squirrel is classified as a threatened species and cannot be hunted, trapped, or killed (WAC 232-12-007). The red squirrel, Douglas squirrel, and Northern flying squirrel are protected species and can be trapped or killed only in emergency situations when they are damaging crops or domestic animals (RCW 77.36.030). A special permit is required in such situations.

The Eastern gray squirrel and Eastern fox squirrel are unclassified and may be trapped or killed year-round and no permit is necessary. In such cases, no special trapping permit is necessary for the use of live traps. However, a special trapping permit is required for the use of all traps other than live traps (RCW 77.15.192, 77.15.194; WAC 232-12-142).

So basically you can kill the Eastern Grey and Eastern Fox squirrels, and no other breeds. Those are fairly common in cities, so finding them shouldn’t be a problem. If you prefer not to kill them you can use something like an outdoor speaker device to play sounds or screeches which chase them away. The thing with squirrels is they are small enough that a pellet rifle will kill them, so you don’t have to worry about shooting a .22 in the city. Hollow point pellets are best.

crosshair / November 8, 2018 / FAQ / 0 Comments

Scopes Redfield

Rifle Scopes Redfield

Is it worth getting a better scope for my 223?

I bought a Stevens (savage) rifle in 223 last year and it came with a Bushnell 3-9×40 scope. From the research ive done, that scope sells for $35-40.. I’ve got some birthday money that I can spend and was wondering if it would be worth my while looking into a new 3-9×40 scope in the $200 range, either a nikon buckmaster or a Redfield with the bullet drop compensator reticle. Will i notice any improvement in such a scope in terms of clarity and accuracy? i generally shoot targets and varmints from 100-300 yards. I don’t want to increase the magnification because i think 3-9 is pretty universal. any advice would be appreciated.. also, should I buy new rings or are the ones that are on there right now fine to use with a new scope?

Bushnell actually makes a pretty decent budget priced scope. While a scope such as the Nikon, Redfield, or a low end Leupold, will give you better optical performance. With a Stevens rifle (model 200 ?!) I don’t think you will necessarily benefit from the added expense. But you definitely should see an improvement over what you are shooting now. It all depends if the increase in performance is something you want to spend the money on.

If the rifle is a definite keeper, I would probably spend the money on better optics. If you plan on upgrading to a better rifle in the future I would probably keep the Bushnell on it.

For more info about huntings optics you can visit:


Redfield Revolution Scope

crosshair / April 11, 2016 / FAQ / 0 Comments

Fishing Tackle Kit

Want to hear from anyone who has heard or used this work at home assembly?
Has anyone heard of the Gone Fishin N” Tackle Co?
Want to start producing for there Fly fishing tackle.
They are based in Texas, do not want to get scamed again!
Get paid per peice assembled? Pay $49 for start up kit.

Not I is correct they then sell your “inferior” product and you just worked for free. There are some legit online stuff out there you just have to hunt it down with research. I am making a good living at it. Have a great day!!

Silasa’s Tackle Bag! (Bonus) 2 Survival Fishing Kits!

crosshair / February 2, 2015 / FAQ / 0 Comments