Articles from greg_r

  1. Powder Question

    Powder Question by Greg Ritchie When I was younger I used to rendezvous. I tried to emulate the eastern long hunter. I was young and learned from my elders. Just to share what I learned and what has worked for me in the past. I want to talk about the rifles first. Being of German descent, my family arrived in America in the 1730’s and settled in Pennsylvania, kind of drew my interest in that direction. A rifle brought into this country early was the Jaeger, from Germany, specifically from...
  2. Rambling Thoughts on the Centerline Systems Saw Pouch

    Rambling Thoughts on the Centerline Systems Saw Pouch by Greg Ritchie I was in need of a saw pouch for my Bushcraft bag. I wanted to get my folding saw out of my bag and into an external pouch for convenience and ease of access. A long search found no mass produced pouches like I needed were readily available. I would need to search out a boutique shop. I narrowed my choices to two, and finally settled on Centerline Systems, partly because I could order it in the colors that would match...
  3. The Remington 572, 870, and 760, the perfect hunting battery?

    The Remington 572, 870, and 760, the perfect hunting battery? by Greg Ritchie A recent conversation had me reminiscing of my earlier times. Life was good to me, I always had enough, but just. Life’s obligations came first. I enjoyed the outdoor sports and used entry level firearms. I developed a like for the inexpensive break barrel single shots that endures to this day. I had a few nice firearms, but by and large, the single shots were what I used. But I always wanted for a nice trio of...
  4. Rambling Thoughts About the 350 Legend

    Rambling Thoughts About the 350 Legend by Greg Ritchie I like the 35 caliber. I was at first excited to see a new 35 caliber cartridge enter the market. That interest quickly waned. Why? First, Winchester opted for something other than a .358 bullet. This made absolutely no sense to me. The .358 bullet is the standard for every other 35 caliber rifle round out there. I know, there are 357 Magnum Rifles and they are extremely popular. But they are pistol caliber rifles. They do not attain...
  5. Getting Ready for Groundhogs

    Getting Ready for Groundhogs by Greg Ritchie I recently acquired a Harrington and Richardson Ultra Hunter in 25-06. It is 1998 manufacture. Looks almost new. The only markings on the scope are the parallax markings. It is a fixed power and appears to be about 10x. I once had an extensive collection of the H&R / NEF Handi Rifles, along with the Survivor Rifles. I had just purchased my first of the Classic line and was going to move into the Ultra line when H&R closed shop and became an...
  6. A Tale of 2 Spirit Stoves

    A Tale of 2 Spirit Stoves by Greg Ritchie This is my Solo Stove. This is a home made stove, a knock off of the Fancy Feast stove. Side by Side The Solo Stove assembled And both of them burning. Advantages of the Solo Stove are it is made of brass, nice looking, seals tight so you can store fuel in the stove. It also stores clean. All the sooty parts are enclosed when it’s packed away. Disadvantage is that there are 5 pieces to keep up with, and the stove costs about $15. Call it...
  7. Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges by Greg Ritchie The .257 calibers, or the Quarter Bores, so called because the bullet diameter is 1/4", are arguably the Rodney Dangerfield of rifle cartridges as they get no respect. i do not think that any of the .25 caliber cartridges have ever been in the top ten best selling list as long as such lists have been kept. Take a good look at them and you find that the quarter bore cartridges are really quite adequate for their intended role....
  8. Rambling Thoughts on the 350 Legend Cartridge

    Rambling Thoughts on the 350 Legend Cartridge by Greg Ritchie Grandpa had a .35 caliber rifle. A lever action Winchester in 32 Special with a shot out barrel. The barrel had been refreshed to 35 caliber and it was rechambered to 35-30/30. I learned a lot from that old rifle. How to form cases, how to reload, but mostly I learned to like the 35 caliber. When Grandpa passed I was hoping to be given the old Winchester, but those older than me thought I was better served with a Savage Model 24...
  9. Rambling thoughts on the 30-30....again!

    Rambling thoughts on the 30-30....again! by Greg Ritchie A few years ago I decided to downsize, upgrade, and standardize. I chose the 308 Winchester as my round of choice. Good decision and a good choice of cartridge. It just is not my favorite. My favorite has always been the 30-30 Winchester. My first 30-30 was the Winchester Model 94. It was a "in between" model. It had the angle eject but did not have the cross bolt safety. Lost it in the great fire of ‘99. After the fire I replaced...
  10. Mora Knives vs Custom Knives

    Mora Knives vs Custom Knives by Greg Ritchie I like a good knife. Over the years I have developed opinions of what I like in a knife. To that end I have had my friend Jim, owner of Oak Level Knives make me a trio of knives. These knives I will not claim to have designed, although Jim will tell you otherwise. I did not draw out any patterns or such, I merely described what I wanted and Jim put them together for me. The various Mora Knives have a reputation of being best in class. And they...
  11. Rambling thoughts on the 30-30 Winchester

    Rambling Thoughts on the 30-30 Winchester by Greg Ritchie The rimmed cartridges have always held a special allure for me. Probably because I have always liked single shot rifles. A 22 Hornet, 30-30 Winchester, a 45-70 Government and a H&R Handi Rifle and I was ready to take on the world, or at least any critters in my home state of North Carolina! Of the three cartridges mentioned, the 30-30 Winchester is my favorite. Loaded with the 100 grain half jacket bullet, the 30-30 made an...
  12. Five Long Arms I Wish I Still Owned

    Five Long Arms I Wish I Still Owned by Greg Ritchie Marlin 336c, 35 Remington The Marlin 336 chambered in 35 Remington was the first rifle I purchased for myself. It was also one of the least used Rifles I have ever owned. I was convinced it was going to be the best rifle one could own for hunting deer in the southern hardwoods where I grew up. It had to be, the hole in the barrel was bigger than that 30-30! It probably would of been too, except there were not many deer in the woods near...
  13. Five Handguns I Wish I Still Owned

    Five Handguns I Wish I Still Owned by Greg Ritchie Charter Arms Undercover, 38 Special Not much to be said of this one I guess, it is a very well known revolver. It’s a 5 shot stainless steel revolver with a plastic frame and oversized rubber grips. It had a decent double action trigger and an exceptional, almost too light, single action pull. The revolver proved to be accurate as well. I shot this one quite a bit, expecting it to shoot loose because I always heard that it was intended to...
  14. Reloading Presses I Have Owned

    Reloading Presses I Have Owned by Greg Ritchie I started out reloading many years ago In the reloading room of my good friend Pete. Pete was a fan of the RCBS presses and no doubt influenced my tastes in reloading equipment. I loaded many rounds on the JR presses and formed quite a few on the A2 presses. When it was time for my own reloading setup I naturally bought RCBS. My first reloading press was the RCBS Pardner press. It was a fine light duty press. Perfectly suited to the average...
  15. Rambling Thoughts on Over/Under Shotguns and a Short Review of the Escort Silver Synthetic Shorty

    Rambling Thoughts on Over/Under Shotguns and a Short Review of the Escort Silver Synthetic Shorty by Greg Ritchie Until recently I have never owned an Over / Under shotgun. Never even shot one. When I started a hunting battery of bolt action rifles I decided that an Over / Under shotgun would be the perfect complement to my bolt action rifles. One of my requirements were that the shotgun have short barrels. Just a personal preference. I quickly found out that the short barrelled over/under...
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