The 9 Most Accurate Hunting Rifles I’ve Ever Reviewed

The 9 Most Accurate Hunting Rifles I’ve Ever Reviewed

Over the last few years as I’ve run the popular Backfire Youtube channel, I’ve reviewed dozens of guns and tested them for accuracy. There are some gun models that have produced horrible accuracy, and others that have done quite well. Accuracy is difficult to test, because one copy of a rifle may do well with…

Cheapest Rifle Cartridges to Shoot (In a handy table)

Cheapest Rifle Cartridges to Shoot (In a handy table)

It’s no secret to anyone that the price of factory ammunition has skyrocketed over the last few years–like most everything else in life due to inflation and lockdowns. Selecting a rifle cartridge that has cheaper ammunition means you can train more and shoot more. Right now, ammo price is one of the first things I…

6.5 PRC vs 7 PRC vs 300 PRC: A ballistics comparison (plus hands-on experience)

6.5 PRC vs 7 PRC vs 300 PRC: A ballistics comparison (plus hands-on experience)

The “PRC” line of rifle cartridges has been incredibly popular over the last few years. Lately, it feels like half of the rifles in the store are one of the PRC cartridges, but which one should you pick? Let’s take a deep dive. All three of the PRC rifle cartridges are based off the .375…

Chart of All Rifle Cartridges by Case Capacity

Chart of All Rifle Cartridges by Case Capacity

Knowing the internal volume of a rifle cartridge, or its water capacity, is a valuable metric for understanding the cartridge’s potential for velocity because of increase space for powder. The following chart shows the usable case volume of all popular rifle cartridges, measured in square inches. By “usable case volume,” I mean the internal area…

Highest BC 7mm (.284 caliber) Bullet Comparison Chart

Highest BC 7mm (.284 caliber) Bullet Comparison Chart

Many shooters choose 7mm cartridges for the potential of incredibly high BC bullets. I count myself among them, and I think the market for high ballistic coefficient bullets will likely explode with the release of the new Hornady 7mm PRC. Ballistic coefficient makes a tremendous difference in downrange ballistics. Hunters who choose a 195 Berger…

Highest BC 6.5mm (.264 caliber) Bullets: A comparison chart

Highest BC 6.5mm (.264 caliber) Bullets: A comparison chart

If you’re like me, ballistic coefficient is one of the first things you look at when determining what bullet you want to shoot. Ballistic coefficient (BC) is critical to giving your bullet the ability to buck the wind and not lose speed during flight, which impacts the trajectory. The highest BC 6.5mm bullet is the…

7mm PRC: Complete ballistic data (recoil, trajectory, energy)

7mm PRC: Complete ballistic data (recoil, trajectory, energy)

Hornady has an incredible track record with cartridges over the last 20 years: 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 300 PRC, 17HMR. The list goes on. In fact, I’d guess that 60% of the new hunting rifles in most gun stores today are chambered in a cartridge designed by Hornady. The 7mm Precision Rifle Cartridge is a…

Top 15 Most Popular Rifle Cartridges (2022 Edition)

Top 15 Most Popular Rifle Cartridges (2022 Edition)

I have been tracking the most popular rifle cartridges for the last several years, and it’s always fascinating to see what cartridges take off. The only problem, is defining what “popular” means. There are many different ways of deciding what is popular, so I’ll list them separately. Hottest Rifle Cartridges (Ranked by buzz) According to…