Articles by Pete Butler

Articles by Pete Butler

Author Page for the Ammunition Depot Gun Owners Gazette firearm blog, your trusted online source for information on firearms, ammunition, and firearms history.
The Best Mobile Apps For Shooters
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The Best Mobile Apps For Shooters

The presence of powerful computers used in today’s smart phone opens a whole world of possibilities for today's shooters. Here is a look at a few that can help you improve your ability to hit targets.

Hunting With An AR-15
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Hunting With An AR-15

While the AR-15 isn’t the most popular rifle for hunting, its prevalence in hunting camps and deer stands increases every year. Here are a few things to consider before heading to your hunting camp with one over your shoulder.

5.56 Ammo Guide: M855 vs. M193
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5.56 Ammo Guide: M855 vs. M193

When shopping for 5.56mm ammunition M855 and M193 are sure to land on the potential “buy” list. Both popular loads have one small issue, but several things going for them. The good news is they are often the cheapest ammunition available and M855 adheres to military specifications, which can be beneficial. 

Guide To .223 Ammunition: M193, M855, Match and Varmint Loads
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Guide To .223 Ammunition: M193, M855, Match and Varmint Loads

No cartridge has more ammunition produced for it that the .223 Remington, largely due to the popularity and the voracious appetite of the AR-15. The most popular bullet weights vary from 50 grains up to 77 grains. Here’s a look at the most common bullet weights and types and where each serves best. 

.308 Winchester: How To Pick The Right Bullet Weight
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.308 Winchester: How To Pick The Right Bullet Weight

Few cartridges can claim the number of commercial ammunition offerings like the .308 Winchester. Bullet weights can vary from 110 grains all the way up to 185 grains, but the most relevant loads sit between 147 grains and 175 grains. Even in that smaller weight range, there are still numerous different bullet types. Here’s how to pick the right one for you.

Chassis vs Stock: Hunting Rifle Upgrades
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Chassis vs Stock: Hunting Rifle Upgrades

Chassis stocks are no longer an oddity on hunting rifles. They use advanced materials and have lots of shooter-friend features and are easy to install. Any of these three picks can be a smart upgrade to your favorite deer gun. 

AR 15 Upgrades – Single Stage vs Two Stage Trigger
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AR 15 Upgrades – Single Stage vs Two Stage Trigger

Looking to upgrade your AR 15 with a new trigger? Don’t worry, you’re not alone - whether you’re a new or experienced AR 15 owner, chances are you are not very impressed with the rifle’s stock trigger. With so many options available, we've made it simple by breaking down the difference in Single Stage vs Two Stage Triggers.

6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 Winchester Caliber Comparison
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6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 Winchester Caliber Comparison

Cartridge comparisons frequently contain a lot of “that depends” and don’t usually come to a solid conclusion. Let me save you some time. The 6.5 Creedmoor is the better choice about 90-percent of the time when compared to the .308 Winchester.

Quick Tips for Extending the Life of your AR15 Rifle
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Quick Tips for Extending the Life of your AR15 Rifle

AR-15s are modular rifles that are easy to customize for your needs. To keep your carbine happy and in good running order you need to follow some simple guidelines when it comes to their operation and maintenance. These are the top "don'ts" to avoid. 

Red Dot Sights: Open vs. Closed Emitters
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Red Dot Sights: Open vs. Closed Emitters

A red dot on a pistol is the smartest single step to take to shrink your pistol’s group sizes. When you start shopping for a pistol red dot sight one of the first branches in the decision tree  is choosing between an open emitter and a closed emitter. The open emitter is more common because it’s less expensive, easier to manufacture, and smaller. But closed emitter sights have become more common of late.