Entries by Eileen Clarke

Annealing Rifle Cases

The reason for annealing rifle cases is to prevent necks from cracking as they harden from repeated firings. But for decades after I started handloading, cases were abundant and relatively cheap, so I sold brass fired 4-5 times at the local recycling center, and bought new brass. But during the Obama-era shortages brass became scarcer […]

The Trouble with Turkey Legs

In the freezer, I had two packages of ‘turkey legs.’  Once they’d thawed in the fridge for a few days, I tore open the freezer package and found 4 drumsticks, 1 thigh and 1 upper wing. It turned out to be about 2 ¼ pounds of meat altogether but the first step was to fire […]

“Sub-Caliber” Varmint Bullets

Recently I realized my bullet shelves were overloaded. No, they weren’t breaking down, but I didn’t need to keep nearly as many on hand since starting to semi-retire about a year and a half ago, because I’m not writing “every new bullet and powder” articles. After setting aside a decent supply of the bullets Eileen […]

Cold-Weather Tex-Mex Pocket Food

Cold-Weather Tex-Mex Pocket Food You’ll have to forgive me for breaking one of my hard and fast rules. It’s based on science. But somehow breaking it works darn well for this one recipe. So here it is: overload the pan with meat. But do turn the meat up to a genuine medium high before you […]

Why Bullet Alignment Can Be Important

Recently the concept of bullet alignment in a rifle case has become somewhat controversial on the Internet, partly due to a podcast from a winning longer-range target shooter who claimed he hadn’t found it to make any difference. But his claim was that bullet “runout” up to .005 inch hadn’t made any difference on the […]

Eating Wild Game: The Best Part

There’s a very simple rule about eating wild game and all four-footed creatures whether we hunt them or buy them at Bob’s Thriftway: the most tender meat is higher and to the rear. The lower you go, and the farther forward you go, the probability is for less tender meat. As we all know however, […]

Mounting Rifle Scopes

In 2008 Eileen had a custom rifle built, and its first outing was a South African safari with me and the head of the rifle firm, who we’ll call Ned. She’d taken a couple animals when the scope went crazy. It was a brand-new Leupold 2.5-8×36 VX-III, and Ned started whining: “I’ve sent back a […]