A lifelong hunter and shooter, Russ Chastain has made it a point to learn much about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. Having started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and pursuing deer with rifles since 1982, his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998.

Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

Recent Posts
A 22-caliber pellet did this!

The first thing I wondered when I saw the youtube teaser for this video was, “Does it live up to its name? Is it truly stupid?” Well, let’s find out. Here’s the premise: Take a 22 rimfire gun. Cram a .22-caliber Crosman lead airgun pellet down the bore, stopping just in front Read More…

Sellier & Bellot S-Plastik Iron shotgun slug encased in plastic.

Wow. This is a new one on me, and I’ve been a student of the gun for most of my life. It’s a shotgun slug. No big deal, right? Except this slug is made of iron, and the iron is encapsulated in plastic. This unique projectile was developed in the nation now known as the[.....]

A young fisherman with his catch

Catch and release fishing. It’s good for the fish because it lets them grow up and ensures there are plenty of them in the water. And it’s good for folks who fish because fishing is such an enjoyable activity. When a fisherman is first starting out, though, releasing one’s fish can Read More…

Wooden Desert Eagle pistol with working mag and cartridges.

Okay, this is pretty cool. This guy made a wooden sorta-kinda replica of a Desert Eagle pistol–and he made it work. It has a wooden magazine that works, wooden dummy cartridges that cycle through the gun and eject when you pull the trigger, and plenty of detail. The video shows the magazine Read More…

Florida's Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine is one of the fee-free sites.

The USA’s National Park Service turns 99 tomorrow, and to celebrate they’re waiving the fees in a bunch of national parks and related sites such as national monuments. That’s August 25, 2015–and yeah, that’s tomorrow. Not a ton of warning (and it IS a weekday), but Read More…

Regal Theaters will search your bag.

People are often misguided. They want good things: safety, security, comfort. But they often ignore common sense in the pursuit of those things. Apparently, the folks running Regal Cinemas are of that same mindset. The company already bans guns in their theaters, according to a 2013 letter to Second Read More…

(Photo: Sierra Bullets)

Sierra Bullets is a good company in my experience. They make good stuff, and they provide good info, as well. In a recent blog post, one of Sierra’s Ballistic Technicians wrote about a number of brass 223 cartridge cases that had been brought to him for examination. The cases featured some Read More…