My Ultimate .280 Ackley Rifle Build
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
13h ago
Folks, I've fielded a lot of questions about this rifleā€”so here's a 15-minute bonus rifle review for you. This is the build project I did last year to create my ultimate .280 Ackley Improved custom mountain rifle. It was built by my old friend Steve Pratt of Elk Meadow Performance, using the following components:  Defiance Anti-X action Proof Research 22" 1:8-twist Sendero profile carbon-fiber barrel Timney Elite Hunter trigger Hawkins Precision "Hunter" bottom metal Proof Mountain Hunter stock Leupold VX-6HD 3-18x44 scope It turned out wonderfully... Weighs right around 7.5 pounds read ..read more
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DIY Boat-Based Alaska Black Bear
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
6d ago
Recorded raw in the field off coastal Alaska, this episode takes place hunting from the Venturess, a fishing/hunting boat operated by Alaska Premier Sportfishing. Even though we experienced constant rain, wind, and cold, our group of 7 hunters managed to take 4 great bears, plus our limit of halibut, rockfish, king salmon, and several yelloweye.  My daughter Sophie turned 12 on the boat, right after taking the biggest bear anyone in our family has ever shot! She dropped it with a perfect 251-yard shot after stalking up the Alaska coastline. Color me proud.  This is a long episode ful ..read more
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Weatherby's New 307 Alpine CT Rifle
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
2w ago
RIFLE REVIEW! For the first time ever, Weatherby's excellent new Model 307 action is available with a carbon-fiber stock and a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel. It's called the Alpine CT, and is a wonderful lightweight hunting rifle.  I took one chambered in 7mm PRC to New Zealand this spring, and was real impressed. It's reliable, accurate, ergonomic, and has all the features I like in a backcountry hunting rifle. And for what you get (custom-level action & trigger; high-end carbon-fiber stock; carbon-wrapped barrel) it just might be the best value on the market. ENJOY!  ..read more
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How Bullets Kill: Terminal Performance of Modern Monometals
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
2w ago
How good are modern monometal hunting bullets? All-copper and copper-alloy designs have undergone a lot of evolution in the past couple decades, and are becoming more and more popular. This episode takes a deep dive into the primary performance characteristics of the type, focusing on:  Killing effectiveness Accuracy potential Different expansion mechanisms Long-range capability Barrel fouling and how to manage it How to choose the right bullet for your specific hunts We talk through the specific performance features of bullets by Barnes, Hornady, Hammer, Nosler, Federal and others, and ..read more
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Best Cartridge? .308 versus .30-06
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
3w ago
Are the .308 and .30-06 similar in performance? Or are they actually quite different? This episode takes a deep dive into the performance and characteristics of each cartridge, in an effort to determine which is the better hunting cartridge. ENJOY!    FRIENDS! We're at a crucial time in the growth of the show, and need all the support we can get to take it to the next level. Please join the Backcountry Hunting Podcast tribe on www.patreon.com/backcountry where you'll get access to all our bonus material and can contribute a few dollars. VISIT OUR SPONSORS HERE:  ..read more
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Gear List for Spring Bear Hunting
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
1M ago
This episode covers the gear we take for spring bear hunting on Alaska's rugged coastlines, and details exactly why each specific item is chosen. From game bags to rifles, we cover it all!  We filmed as we discussed each item in the pile of gear, so if you want to put eyeballs on them, head on over to our new Backcountry Hunting Podcast YouTube channel and give us a like and subscribe!  ENJOY!   FRIENDS! We're at a crucial time in the growth of the show, and need all the support we can get to take it to the next level. Please join the Backcountry Hunting Podcast tribe ..read more
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BONUS Episode: Q&A Live with Listeners!
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
1M ago
Recorded LIVE with our loyal listeners on Patreon! This Q&A is full of great info... Rifle setup, cartridge selection, pre-hunt shooting practice, how to build a stable field position, best bullets for elk, NRL Hunter competitions as a training tool, thermal scopes and how to use them, and a whole bunch more! ENJOY!  Join the next Live Q&A by becoming a member on www.patreon.com/backcountry   ..read more
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Hunting New Zealand Part 2: DIY on Public Land
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
1M ago
Here's the second half of our recent adventure in New Zealand... DIY on public land, in pursuit of chamois in the Southern Alps. Steep country, incessant rain, and low visiblity all were against us but hard hunting paid off and we each brought home a great chamois buck.  Recorded on a small portable mic, hunkered in or beside a tent in alpine country, this episode is about as raw and real as they come... We tell our hunt stories, talk about what gear did and didn't work, and about the backcountry hunting skills and techniques learned hunting public land in America's West that helped us su ..read more
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Bonus episode: Leupold's new RX-5000 Rangefinder
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
1M ago
Leupold's new RX-5000 rangefinder ranges to FIVE THOUSAND yards (or even a tad more!) and has the ability to project waypoints to onX Maps! This interview with Leupold's Eric Overstreet details the features and characteristics of this awesome new optic. ENJOY! For those of you that would like to see the new rangefinder in hand, check out the video of this episode on YouTube. Here's a link: https://youtu.be/1QWYeVQCqfg Please subscribe on YouTube!  ..read more
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Hunting New Zealand, Part 1: Free-Range Tahr & Fallow Deer
Backcountry Hunting Podcast
by Joseph von Benedikt
1M ago
Kiwi Country! This episode we're in the field in New Zealand, hunting with Adam and Brenda Weatherby and their cameraman Koby Owens. Outfitter is Same Caley, who specializes in authentic, free-range hunts. Halfway through our hunt we paused to dry out, do laundry, and record a podcast about the two bull Tahr and Fallow deer we'd taken so far.  Plus, our group experienced a mountain-hunting accident that should have resulted in death or at least catestrophic injury. We relate that story in this episode, and you can still hear the shock in the voices of those involved.  We wrap up with ..read more
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