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The .338-.375 Campfire:
Part One

 Rick Bin

Revolvers Make Riflemen
 Ken Howell

A Campfire Review of 8x42 Binoculars
 Rick Bin

A New Way to Hunt Lion
 Ken Howell
(as told by Elgin Gates)

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Where Giants Walk The Earth
 Rick Bin

Annealing Cases
 Ken Howell

Jaguars In California
 James Capen Adams

Those Other North American Bears
 Laban Fieldman

Killer Buffalo
 Ken Howell
(as told by Elgin Gates)

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BIG EYES
Seeing Is Believing

 Rick Bin

Your Chronograph Can Tell You More
 Ken Howell

Africa And Actions
 John Buhmiller

On Seeing Deer
 Stewart Edward White
 [1873-1946]

Shootout With The Black-and-White Cat
 Steve Timm

Swiggett Kills A Killer
 Ken Howell

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Handloading for Long-Range Shooting
 John Haviland

Three Types of Hunters/
The Five Stages of a Sport Hunter

 Denny L. Vasquez

Big Ivory
 Ken Howell
(as told by Elgin Gates)

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Gnawed and Clawed
 Ken Howell

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Move Over Fail Safe
Winchester's New XP3
Big-Game Bullet

 John Haviland

Factors In Accuracy Part Two: Handloads
 John Barsness

My Love Affair with Grace
 Charles Speck

How I Killed a Bear
 Charles Dudley Warner

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Best Buys In Binoculars
 John Barsness

Bear In Camp!
 Ken Howell

Last Minute Muley
 Rick Bin

Factors In Accuracy
Part One: Rifles And Shooting

 John Barsness

A Brownie Got Me
 Ken Howell

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The .300 Winchester
 Jack Steele

Looking Long
 John Barsness

Choose the Right Backcountry Tent
 Rick Bin

Who Bombed Elmer Keith?
 Ken Howell

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Salty Locals
 Frank Nuni

El Tigre, Jr.
 Ken Howell

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
Move Over Fail Safe
Winchester's New XP3 Big-Game Bullet


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Winchester's new XP3.  From left, loaded in the .300 WSM, unfired bullet, and cross sectioned bullet.  As the cutaway shows, the XP3 features a plastic tip on its hollow point and a rear lead core that is bonded to the jacket.

Why A New Bullet?

Winchester, in cooperation with Nosler Bullets, currently offers one of the finest big-game bullets available, the Fail Safe.

However, the Fail Safe has one real problem and one perceived problem.  With a steel insert surrounding the rear lead core and a steel cap locked on the base, it is expensive to make and buy.  More importantly, many hunters think the Fail Safe expands little or not at all on game.

Many hunters are used to seeing deer flop over dead in their tracks after being hit with a rapidly expanding bullet.  These bullets produce a crater of an entrance hole and sometimes an exit hole, complete with a wide circle of bloodshot meat, that is very reassuring to many hunters.

Now shoot the same type of game with a 165-grain Fail Safe bullet from a .30-06 or even a .300 magnum.  The deer may tip over on the spot.  More likely, though, it will run ten or fifty yards and then fall over.

That short run causes hunters concern that the bullet didn't perform well.  The entrance the size of a quarter and exit wound the size of a half dollar make them wonder whether the bullet expanded at all.  They ignore the fact the bullet must have expanded at least somewhat, because when the animal is field dressed the lungs have been turned into a red and fatal soup.  Never mind, too, that any bone in the bullet's path was broken, yet the bullet continued straight in its journey, or that the bullet might have first plowed through two or three feet of game to reach the lungs.

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