How Does Barrel Length on a Shotgun Affect Velocity?

I did a test last week where we shot an old Marlin Goose Gun with a 36 inch barrel and compared it to other shotguns with shorter barrels but with the same chokes. We wanted to see if the extra barrel length would cause the patterns to “tighten up”. The results were kind of surprising, as they indicated that barrel length had nothing to do with pattern size. Only the choke mattered. You can read about it here: Does a [...]

Does a Long Shotgun Barrel Tighten the Pattern?

I am very fortunate to have a great Pastor at my church. Not only is he a great preacher, but he is also my very good friend. And, he is a gun nut. He recently told me that he had gotten an old shotgun from his Dad. It is a Marlin Goose Gun, also sometimes called a “Long Tom”. It has a 36 inch barrel. Marlin marketed these to goose hunters with the understanding that they would “reach way up” and knock down the [...]

The Ultimate Cliploader

My friend Matt came to go shooting with me and we were going to shoot our Ruger 22/45 pistols with our suppressors on them. Matt said, “I have this new thing you need to see. It is amazing.” It is a device called The Ultimate Cliploader and is made by McFadden Machine Co. Inc. It is made to quickly and easily charge the magazines for a .22 pistol. The problem is that with a Ruger 22/45, the magazines are very hard to [...]

The Box O’ Truth Tries a Suppressor on a Rifle

You may remember that while I was waiting for my suppressor, I ordered a .22 rifle to use it on. It is a Ruger American Rifle. Here’s the link: http://www.theboxotruth.com/the-ruger-american-rimfire-rifle/ Well, I got the suppressor and it was time to try it out. First, here’s the rifle without the suppressor.   Tests have shown that it will have an average of 140 decibels of sound without a can. With the can, [...]

The Box O’ Truth Gets a Suppressor

I don’t know why it took me so long to realize my dire need for a suppressor, but I finally got one. It took right at 9 months from ordering the suppressor and filing the paper work with the BATF before I got my stamp and could pick up the suppressor. First, let’s talk about the suppressor and what it does. Suppressors “suppress” the sound of a firearm firing. They are also called “silencers” or even [...]
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