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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting.

He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he’s pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so 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.

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357 Magnum Gun and Ammo

The 357 magnum handgun cartridge has been around for many decades (it was introduced in 1935), and it’s showing no signs of losing popularity even as its eightieth birthday looms. This cartridge eclipsed its predecessor, the 38 S&W Special, even though it was just a little bit longer. Read More…

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Many people in today’s world carry guns. Some of us do it legally, and go out of our way to meet legal requirements and pay the government for permission to exercise the fundamental human right to self-defense. Others do it illegally, and are the main reason why some people choose to arm Read More…

The 30-40 Krag has been around for a long time. Older Krag ammo was stamped "30 USA," as seen here. This is some ancient factory ammo with 220-grain bullets. 
Photo © Russ Chastain

The 30-40 Krag cartridge, also known as the 30 Army, 30 Government, and even the 30 USA, was used by the US Army for about a decade before being replaced by a better-designed and faster-moving round that itself was replaced within three years by the 30-06 Springfield. The Krag (not Read More…

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In any discussion of centerfire rifle cartridges, you can expect the 30-06 Springfield to make an appearance. Whether the topic is military or sporting use, the old ought-six usually has a part to play — and with good reason. It’s a fine cartridge with a rich history, and it’s Read More…