Have a LED Headlamp for a Better Hiking Experience

If you are still using a hand held torch for your lighting needs after dark, then you are missing out on a wonderful tool that could help you immensely in any after-dark task. No matter what great quality hand held flashlight you have, it cannot compare to the comfort and convenience of an LED headlamp. Even LED flashlights, while they are comparable in power and quality, are less convenient than the hands-free and hassle-free LED headlamps. There is no task too big or too small for an LED head lamp to tackle, from working underneath your car or underneath your house to exploring caves, camping, and even performing rescue work at night when you certainly want both hands to be as free as possible. These lights leave your hands free for other important tasks, and the fact that you are not carrying them makes them almost drop-proof. LED headlamps are superior to most other kinds of headlamp because of the high quality LED bulbs that they utilize. These bulbs burn brighter than traditional incandescent bulbs, putting out a brighter, whiter light. They also use less power, which means that the LED bulb will go through fewer batteries and work better and longer to give you the light that you need for many, many hours at a time. Another great feature of LED bulbs is that they last much longer than incandescent bulbs, so once you get your headlamp going and fresh batteries installed, you can count on hundreds of hours of use time from your bulb. This is far better than worrying about whether your incandescent bulb might survive the next trip since it is almost impossible to carry a spare when you are going to be out in the wild. A good LED head lamp will have fully adjustable straps to help you get the comfortable fit that you need to feel confident in your light. Your LED head lamp should fit you well and be able to remain in place no matter what activities you are taking part in, and should be able to utilize the hinged adjuster to put the light in just the right place for you. You will never have to worry about sparing a hand to aim a bulky flashlight again! You shouldn’t forget that the quality of...

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Gun Cleaning 101

If the gun fails to fire in that situation, you probably won’t live to regret it anyway. Neither will your family. (Of course, you can hide in your room and wait for your local overworked and understaffed police force to come to your rescue. But that’s another subject.) Clean Your Gun! Cleaning Tips Use a bronze wire brush for normal bore cleaning. When removing copper, heavy lead fouling, or plastic shotgun wad fouling use a nylon brush with Shooters Choice or similar bore cleaner. (Shooters Choice is a powerful bore cleaner, will eat bronze brushes.) Run the bronze brush through the bore once for every round fired. (I prefer Hoppes #9 solvent for light cleaning.) If you are serious about the care of your gun invest in a coated steel or brass cleaning rod. Aluminum rods are soft. They collect grit and particles that can scratch the bore. Wipe the rod off after every pass through the bore. Use a brass jag to push patches through the bore. Dragging a dirty patch in a slotted tip back through the bore is not what I call cleaning. Use a bore guide or brass “bumper” to protect the chamber or muzzle crown from damage. Clean the action with a blast of pressurized solvent such as Gun Scrubber by Birchwood Casey. It cleans without leaving a residue. Oil Lightly! Oil attracts dirt! If you can see oil, you probably oiled too much! If you’re concerned that you’ve oiled too much, try storing your gun with the barrel down. This will prevent oil or solvent from seeping into the wooden stock. Strip clean about every 800 rounds or so. If you don’t know how and don’t have an owners manual, take the gun to a Gunsmith. It doesn’t cost that much. (It’s cheaper than having him replace that spring that went flying into the recesses of your oh so clean garage or basement work room.) There’s much more to gun care, but this info should put you ahead of the game. If you want to learn more, check out a hobby gunsmith course such as one offered here at The Fish Creek House and Gun Club in Southwest Montana We offer Firearms training repair, rebluing, nickel, chrome plating, teflon, custom work from recoil pad installation to complete custom...

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Getting Ready For The Goose Hunting Early Season...

If you plan on hunting goose in the early season you should scout in order to find out which zones the birds prefer to rest in and which areas have the crucial food sources needed before the season begins. If you plan on hunting on water be sure to check which of the surroundings wet waters have water in them and which of these wet areas the geese use for resting. If you are going to hunt on...

Flashlights: Choosing an LED Flashlight Is Best...

Flashlights can be an important part of a household. You simply never know when the electricity might go off or an emergency will take place. For emergency situations, outdoor activities or a backup in the car, a flashlight can play an important role. Traditional flashlights have not always been dependable. The batteries die quickly and without notice, the bulbs do the same and the light output fades without warning. With LED technology, the world of flashlights has gotten...

Deer Hunting on the Move: Stillhunting for Deer, or Get off the Stump...

Deer hunting on the move, or stillhunting, is commonly misunderstood as to what it is and how to go about it. It is stalking deer, not waiting on a stump or in a blind for the deer to come to you. It can be the most rewarding deer hunting experience you can do. It can also be the most frustrating, since it is a skill which requires you to slow everything everything – your sight, your breath and...

Communications Equipment in the Wilderness...

For Hunting, fishing, hiking, boating or cycling in all kinds of weather Communication in the wilderness is a matter of survival, as well as convenience. Before even leaving home, communications must begin. In fact, our first two communications tips do not even require equipment or gadgets. “Make sure that somebody knows when you leave, when you expect to return (or get to your destination),” advises Chad Brown, owner of Farm & Field fishing and hunting equipment auctions, a...

Basic Turkey Hunting Information: Knowing Your Prey and Their Behavior...

Fall was the preferred time to hunt wild turkeys by most of the famous old time turkey hunters and is still favored by many traditionalists. These turkey hunting experts liked it best because it was a lot more difficult and therefore more rewarding to call in an old turkey in the fall rather than the spring. Gobblers in the late summer, fall and winter become very solitary animals with very little interest in females. They do, however, gobble...

An American Legend Dies ~ Winchester's Demise...

On March 31, 2006, with very little notice, an American Legend died and a big piece of Americana quietly faded into the dustbin of history. On that day, U.S. Repeating Arms Co., maker of Winchester Rifles closed their New Haven, Connecticut plant for good, ending the life of a product so closely intertwined in the growth and history of our country that the two are almost inseparable. This involvement began in 1857 when Oliver Winchester acquired and restructured...

A Ghillie Suit; a Sharpshooter's Most Essential Item...

Everyone has heard of what camouflage is, but far fewer people have seen a ghillie suit. You might not see it at all unless you are looking hard. The ghillie suit dates back to Scotland when barons would pay men to patrol their properties to repel illegal hunters. Ghillies, as they came to be known, would get in the bushes and wait for poachers in outfits they would craft from rags and frayed materials. Nowadays ghillie suits are...

A Ghillie Suit; a Sharpshooter's Most Critical Asset...

Not many people who know about camouflage have heard of what a ghillie suit is. You might not see it at all unless you are really looking carefully. Landowners would pay men to go around their properties and catch poachers in the beginnings of the ghillie suit. Ghillies, as they eventually came to be known, would get themselves in the bushes and wait patiently for poachers in outfits they would craft from old rags and shredded materials. Nowadays...