Colton Bagnoli
Having worked as a guide, gun builder, SWAT sniper, and gun writer for decades, there's hardly anyone more qualified than Colton to discuss the finer points of marksmanship and the tools employed in it. His passion for long guns is like a wildfire that we're fortunate to be able to capture in each issue of Western Hunter. His depth of knowledge on the subjects, equipment, and tactics in his articles is astounding, and many of us are still learning from him regularly. Colton lives in Montana where he spends the summers guiding river float fishing trips and zeroing rifles and the winters testing the performance of hand loads, bullet designs, custom and factory rifles, and more on many different big game species.
Tripod Shooting 101

When it comes to hunting the West, the first skill set a hunter should master is the art of glassing from a tripod. Second, he should master utilizing the tripod as a shooting support.

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Revic BLR10b Laser Rangefinding Binocular

Laser rangefinders are becoming a must-have item for hunters across the West, and for good reason. The ability to glass […]

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Stone Glacier M7 Pant

Stone Glacier M7 Pant When it comes to late-season big game and winter predator hunting, I have tried everything to […]

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Building a Cartridge

Whether you’re looking to shoot a bullet that is unavailable in factory ammo, seeking better performance from your rifle, or tracking down accurate load data for a new rifle without spending a week’s pay on components, Unknown Munitions has you covered.

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It's Worth Carrying

I often hear the excuses made by hunters who make the conscious decision not to carry a sidearm to defend […]

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Nightforce NX8 Riflescope Review

Nightforce Optics is an industry leader when it comes to riflescopes, and their NX8 is no different. See why.

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Mid-Power Riflescopes Review

With all the amazing mid-range rifle scopes available you might need some help figuring out which one is best for you.

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Barrel Length 101

With the advancements in custom rifles and efforts to go ultralight, here is why you should put a short barrel on your next rifle.

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Proof Research Switch Rifle Review

Colton tests out the new Proof Research Switch Rifle, a modular option which allows you to switch barrels from home.

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Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon Long Range Rifle
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Backcountry Hunters Course
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Tips for Improvised Rifle Shots

Rifle shots during a hunt are almost always spontaneous, so you should practice these tips for improvised shots.

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