That’s why analyzing the game you’re hunting and the conditions you’ll be hunting under is the SECOND STEP in choosing the best rifle and ammunition to hunt with. Only after you truly understand what sort of performance you need out of your rifle and ammunition can you take an honest look which firearms, scopes, and ammo will best serve you.
This is a vital step in the process that far too many hunters either skip completely or don’t devote enough attention to.
For instance, you need VASTLY different performance out of your hunting rifle set-up if you’re chasing mule deer in Colorado vs moose in Alaska. The same can be true with hunting the same species in different places, like whitetail deer in very thickly wooded areas east of the Mississippi vs more open country in places like Montana and Wyoming.
In each case, a firearm set-up that’s perfect for one of those hunts could be a terrible choice for the other and make it more likely that you’ll wound and lose an animal or just completely miss out on the opportunity to fill your tag. Either way, using the wrong gear is a recipe for disappointment.
Fortunately, this step in the process will dive into detail on what sort of performance you ideally want to have for hunting some of the most popular species of big game in the world. The same goes for various hunting situations like open country vs thickly wooded country, windy vs calm conditions, rainy vs sunny conditions, etc.
Then, we go into detail on what firearm and ammunition characteristics (like barrel length, cartridge selection, bullet type, etc.) affect firearm performance and the trade-offs involved with various features.
Have you heard the saying that fishing lures are designed to catch anglers more than fish? Well, the same holds true with a lot of hunting equipment as well.
After you do this analysis, you’ll realize that at least 50% of the guns and hunting gear out there are nothing more than gimmicks designed primarily to make people FEEL like they have the best firearm for their hunt, regardless of whether that’s true or not.
What about the first step?
We know the 3rd step depends on a solid base of knowledge from the 2nd step. Well, there’s one extremely important step you must take that’s the foundation for both the 2nd and 3rd steps.