The Bergara B-14

The Bergara B-14 is a new, plain-vanilla, wood- or synthetic-stocked bolt-action that comes in our most useful calibers, costs around $950, and is made in Spain by the Basque barrelmaker of that name who, a couple of years back, opened a custom shop in Georgia. 

Custom Bergaras, the Premier Series, are not cheap. Mostly, they run in the $3,000 to $5,000 range. They are, however, superguns, and people are perfectly happy to keep the custom shop overworked.

Now, Bergara is expanding into a niche that has seen very little action lately—the $1,000 bracket. They’re going with three rifles they call the B-14 series. The B-14 Hunter ($825) is synthetic stocked; the B-14 Timber ($945) is nice-looking walnut with a Monte Carlo comb and a cheekpiece; the B-14 Woodsman (also $945), the rifle I got to test, is dead-plain walnut with no Monte Carlo and no cheekpiece.

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Other than the stocks, they are as alike as peas in a pod. All are based on Bergara’s own bolt action (unlike the Premier Series, which is built on the wonderful but costly Stiller custom action). All of them come in .300 Win Mag, .30/06, .270, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 7mm Remington Mag. The long-action rifles have 24-inch barrels, the short action, 22-inch. The barrels are made by Bergara. (Who did you expect? Douglas?) With a few exceptions, the three rifles come with a choice of hinged floorplate or, for the road hunters, a detachable box magazine.

What Bergara has not done with the B-14 series is re-invent the bolt action. There’s nothing cute, or clever, or tricky about the rifles. The bolt nose is slightly coned, and the recoil lug fits into a recess in the receiver instead of being jammed up against it by the barrel, but otherwise they’re very simple, conventional rifles.

They’re also damned near perfect. The inletting is so clean it looks as if it was sunk by a die. The action is epoxy-pillar bedded, and the contact they get on the pillars and the tang is flawless. You can take my B-14 apart, screw it back together, and it shoots to the same point of impact. The barrel is free-floated, and the clearance around the metal is dead even all the way up through the fore-end.

The trigger on my rifle breaks at 3 pounds, and has a tiny bit of creep. I could say that this is a hallucination on my part, but my gunsmith and spiritual advisor John Blauvelt found the same thing. Since the rifle shoots the way it does, I don’t plan to lose any sleep over the trigger.

In the next post, we will talk about accuracy, of which there is lots and lots.

(Source: by David E. Petzal.


Healthy Alfajores

For the Alfajores
alfajore maicena wingshooting recipe
1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted almond butter
3/4 cup rice brown syrup
1/2 cup maple or agave syrup or light brown sugar
4 tablespoons powdered soy milk powder
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla powder or extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 grated coconut
For the Dulce de Leche
1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted almond butter
3/4 cup rice brown syrup
1/2 cup maple or agave syrup or light brown sugar
4 tablespoons powdered soymilk powder
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla powder or extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy and creamy.
Add milk, pureed tofu and 
Add vanilla, brandy and lemon zest. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda and 
baking powder.
Add dry mixture to butter mixture and work together with
your hands until all is combined and the dough is soft. Do not add any
 extra flour.
Cover and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Divide dough in half and keep one-half refrigerated.
On a floured work
surface and floured rolling pin, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
Cut into 2-inch rounds with a round cookie cutter and transfer to prepared
baking sheets. Do the same with the other half of the cookie dough.
for 12 to 15 minutes or until done. The cookies should be dry but not brown.
To make dulce de leche: Mix all the ingredients in a pot and cook
 over medium heat until it all comes away from the sides of the pot. You
 may want to prep this in a double boiler so you lessen the chance of
 scorching the mixture.
Take off heat and let it cool and thicken before 
filling the cookie sandwiches.
When cookies are cool, match them up into pairs of 
Turn one cookie over and spread a dollop of dulce de leche onto 
the flat part of the cookie, which is much easier to spread when the dulce is warm.
Place its partner on top (flat side down) and gently press so that the 
caramel comes to the edges.
Roll edges in coconut and place on rack to set.
 Continue with the rest of the cookie pairs.
Sift a 
light layer of powdered sugar over the tops of the cookies and place them
 on a platter.
(Source: By Carolyn Scott-Hamilton.

6 Easy Upgrades for Your Fishing Kayak

It might be a while before bass pro Mike Iaconelli permanently swaps out his 20-foot Bass Cat for a Hobie MirageDrive, but “Ike” certainly recognizes the value of paddle and pedal-powered watercraft.

“You can get into places that you can’t even think about putting a bass boat into,” says Iaconelli. “That’s a super advantage.”

Today’s kayaks are indeed formidable fishing boats. Though diminutive, they have ample tackle storage space and allow anglers to put rod holders and other accessories anywhere they desire. Able to handle almost any electronics from wee LCD sonar units to full-scale GPS/side-scan sonar displays, kayaks can put the angler on fish and fishy structure with style.

But sonar and storage are just for starters. Here are six other often-overlooked kayak essentials for your fish-catching machine.

1. Anchor System argentina fishing dorado c&c

Wind and waves can mercilessly buffet a ’yak off of fish and structure. Savvy anglers know how to use the wind to their advantage by positioning upwind of structure, dropping anchor, and casting with it. A wind-on system like the Anchor Wizard ($150) lets you drop and pull anchor without getting your hands wet or leaving coils of anchor line in the boat.

2. Tablet or Smartphone Mapping Software

To help you discern upcoming structure before you’re on top of it, mapping company Navionics offers a smartphone app ($15) that shows lake bottoms in as little as 1-foot increments. Heavy-duty plastic holders worn on a lanyard or strapped to the forearm keep your phone waterproof and the charts at your fingertips.

3. Forward Rod Holders

Although some kayak anglers prefer to keep the forward boat deck clear, front-mounted rod holders—angled to clear your paddle or pedal stroke—are ideal for quickly spotting strikes while trolling. If casting is the day’s approach, the only time a rod goes in this holder is when you’re retying, changing lures, or unhooking a fish. The holder—there are many types currently being manufactured—prevents rods from being bumped and deep-sixing.

4. Stake-Out Pole

Electronic anchoring systems such as the Power Pole are awesome and efficient, but the quickest way to silently stop your boat from moving in shallow water is with a simple stake-out pole. Commercially made models such as the YakAttack ParkNPole ($80) work well, or you can make your own out of an aluminum rod. In conjunction with your anchor, the pole will keep the ’yak from swinging when you’re casting to beds, waiting to ambush cruisers, or thoroughly covering an underwater point. Just poke it through a scupper hole or an anchor trolley ring.

5. Stand-Up Aid

Rapidly gaining fans (especially among the older-kayaker demographic), a stand-up bar helps the angler stand and fish while maintaining balance.

6. Short-Handled Paddles (not shown)

Great for maneuvering around docks, shorties also help river anglers avoid blowdowns and rocks while still holding the rod in their other hand. The Assault Hand Paddle ($30) features a padded grip, and a molded-in hook on the blade. It also floats.


(Source: By David Mull.



Dulce de Leche Tiramisu

Due to the large Italian influence in Argentina, a lot of the local cuisine is borrowed from the old country and slowly it takes on a unique Argentiramisu recipe wingshooting cooking argentinatina touch. Here, it’s seen in the rich sweetness of dulce de leche. And here’s a pro tip: for uniform individual cakes, use some of our favorite metal baking rings

1 large cup of strong coffee sweetened to taste
1 pound vanilla sponge cake
14 ounces dulce de leche
14 ounces mascarpone
In a 6 x 6 inch baking tray place a layer of vanilla sponge cake and soak with half the cup of coffee.
Mix the mascarpone and dulce de leche thoroughly and use half this mixture to cover the sponge layer.
Make another layer of sponge cake and soak in coffee.
Finish by covering with the remaining mascarpone and dulce de leche mixture.
Leave to chill in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
(Source: By Georgina Manghi. )

Cleaning Your Shotgun

Do you really need to clean your shotgun?

You’d be surprised that the answer is: “It depends.”

One 50-year veteran shooter will hardly ever clean his over/under. He’ll go shoot birds in Argentina with a dirty shotgun, spend a few days shooting 4,000 rounds or so — and just keep on shooting without a drop of Hoppe’s ever touching it.

Then there are shotgun owners with semi-automatics that need to give it a good cleaning every 300 rounds or so.

And then of course there are shooters who clean their shotguns after a few rounds of skeet.

What’s right? What’s wrong? Well, it depends.

In this section you learn the ins and outs of proper shotgun care…

  • The importance of a clean shotgun
  • Products that do the job

Let’s air the dirty truth: there are shotgunners who never (or hardly ever) clean their guns. Some consider it a badge of honor, a nod to days gone by.

So if you’re looking for permission to shoot a dirty shotgun, you have it. And you’d be in pretty good company because many of these diehards are mighty fine shots and very comfortable in their own skin.

On the other hand, if you prefer a clean shotgun, there are more products than you can ever imagine to help you get the job done right. Some products are specific to a gauge (like bore snakes, tornado brushes and wool mops.) Others are universal (solvents, patches, polishes and lubricants).

The Legends

Among them are the legends, such as RustePrufe, Hoppe’s No. 9 Nitro Powder Solvent and Cleanzoil. Walk into a gun shop aromatic of the legends and you’ll immediately sense a warm feeling of authenticity — a place of tradition, integrity and that rare side-by-side you’ll notice on the rack.

While a good cleaning is great for your gun, it can also be pretty nice for your state of mind. Down in your basement, or in your garage, you may find yourself cleaning your shotgun simply because it’s relaxing. As the barrel shines under your cloth and the action comes clean with some Hoppe’s and cotton patches, there’s a small sense of gratification that can becomes more elusive as the world turns digital.

Still, some shotgun cleaning jobs can be a little more demanding than others.

Read the Manual

If you’re cleaning a pump or auto-loaders, you may find that your shotgun cleaning becomes more of a puzzle than a stroll in the park.

Eventually, you’ll be able to clean them in a snap, but it’s important to read the manual before cleaning your gun for the first time. Just because you know how one pump or semiautomatic works doesn’t mean that much when it comes to other shotguns.

New shooters may be surprised at the pump and semiautomatic parts that should or should not be cleaned. The biggest risk faced by cleaning these guns is applying too much lubricant and literally gumming up the works.

The Wrong Oilargentina wingshooting

Another common error in shotgun cleaning is the application of the wrong lubricant. Guns get hot and gun oil is specifically formulated to deal with the heat and residue of guns. Also, don’t apply gun oil to the wood. This type of oil is designed for metal. If you want to clean your wood you can use something as common as spray-on furniture polish or find a wax specifically designed to protect your stock and fore-end.

When it comes to wood or steel, your number-one priority is to eliminate moisture. Wet wood will crack and wet steel will rust. You can shoot your shotgun all day long in the rain providing it is well-cleaned and adequately oiled — and that you dry it immediately before returning the shotgun to its case.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to lubricating your gun is to apply oil any place metal touches metal. Hinges, trunions and ejectors seem like the obvious places. But there’s also the “ears” where the barrel joins the receiver, the locking lug often deep in the receiver or the fore-end lock.

Now some shooters think that by virtue of cleaning their bores that they are also cleaning their chokes. Well, that’s only partially true. If you unscrewed your choke and cleaned it, you’d be shocked at the layers of grime it collects. Leave a dirty choke in the barrel long enough, and the grime build-up could allow rust to creep in — locking your choke to the threads in the muzzle.

There are plenty of good choke solvents on the market. Use them. And make sure you also use either gun oil or choke-tube lubricant when screwing the choke back in. You don’t have to lather it on. Just a dab at the beginning of the threads will do the job.

Can you be too diligent about cleaning your shotgun?

Strip It Off Periodically

Well sort of. Make sure that you periodically strip off the old lubricants and replace with a fresh application. Excessive grease can collect residue and dust, creating a gritty compound abrasive to steel.

You should give your shotgun a thorough cleaning every 200 rounds or so. That bigger job is complemented by a regular bore cleaning, choke tightening and wipe-down at the end of your shooting day.

Wingshooters who only use their shotguns during the hunting season should remove field debris from the magazine tubes, wipe down the wood, remove any moisture and clean the gas system, gas ports and action springs before packing away your shotgun. Put it in a childproof, moisture-proof case.

The Best Way to Ensure Safe Shooting

You may also want to go the extra mile in this case by removing the gun every 30-45 days from storage and wiping down the parts with an oil-impregnated cloth.

When the next opening season rolls around, what you don’t want to see is rust or crud when you open your case.

New shooters may want to start with one of the fully loaded cleaning kits that often include brushes, patches, rods, solvents, waxes — anything you need to keep your shotgun clean.

Perhaps the biggest benefit to cleaning your shotgun is safety. How many times have you seen someone struggle with a semiautomatic that jammed. The shotgun is pointed in the wrong direction, safety falls by the wayside and next thing you know a shell is accidentally discharged.

Keeping a clean shotgun only takes a few minutes. It’s the easiest way to keep your sunnyside up on those beautiful shooting days.

(Source:  Irwin Greenstein.
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