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Vortex Nation Podcast
18 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - Bee Stings – Not allergic, you may not be safe
Bees, small insects, BIG considerations! On this episode of the Vortex Nation Podcast, we with sit down with repeat guest, hunting badass and bee sting survivor, Joey Pyburn, to recount his backcountry bout with an aggressive bee. Just because you may not be allergic to bees now, doesn’t mean you can’t develop a reaction. Follow along to hear how Joey handled it in the field, as well as how he followed up. This is a single account of a single event with a single person. This is not professional medical advice and in no way shape or form should be treated as such. Consult your medical provider for medical advice and treatment specific to you and your medical history. Also, we know yellow jackets and other wasps are of the wasp family, but it was just easier to call them bees and had better alliteration in the copy.
83 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Ep. 186 | Developing the Ultimate Gun Dog w/ Mossy Pond Retrievers
Developing the ultimate gun dog ain’t easy. It takes, work, time, know-how, years of experience and a dog suited for the task at hand. Chad Belding from The Fowl Life TV and Brad Arrington from Mossy Pond Retrievers join Mark and Jim for a doggoned good discussion on gundogs, a few misconceptions and some of their training methods/philosophies. Brad is one of the best in the business! One thing is clear, these guys know what they want out of dog and how to make a dog everything it can be. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to dog training. Every breed is different, and every dog is different. Do you have a new pup? Mossy Pond Retrievers may be your ticket to the dog of your dreams!As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
13 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - Super High Red Dots on AR-15’s
Why is your dot so high bro? Mounting red dot sights what may seem comically high is in vogue these days. But what is the practical reason behind this practice? Tune in to find out!
67 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Ep. 185 | Tiny Calibers
Tiny calibers are fast and fun. These pint-size projectiles push the limits of possible. Punching paper to popping prairie dogs, tiny cartridges abound, filling boutique-like niches sure to make any enthusiast add a new rifle to their collection. Jimmy Hamilton and Mark Boardman tap into the all-knowing Ryan Muckenhirn and, frequent guest, Seth Toy to get the lowdown on these cuties of the cartridge world.As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
12 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - Hold for Wind and Make Long-Range Corrections Like a Pro
One of the biggest things that separates “Great” precision shooters from “Pretty good” ones is how they make corrections and how they maximize their margin for error when dealing with wind. Nick Laufenberg joins Jimmy to discuss utilizing your full target as a means for getting a hit on steel, measuring that target in MOA/MRAD, thinking of wind in terms of MOA/MRAD, and trusting your reticle when misses happen to make a sound correction that will get you on target for the second shot.
79 minutes | May 31, 2021
Ep. 184 | Long-Range on a Budget – Can You Do It?
Long Range on a budget – Can it be done? Hell-yeah it can. Jim and Mark sit down with in-house long-range shooters Nick Laufenberg and Scott Parks to discuss options and how to effectively engage in the ever increasing in popularity activity of long-range shooting. We also debut the Venom 5-25x56 riflescope – a budget-friendly, optically-sound and feature-rich riflescope, sure to make any current or future long-range shooter smile. After personally running this scope through its paces prior to launch, Jim and Mark both agree this scope performs like a champ – and you know how mark likes to live that “pinky-up” life, so that’s saying something.As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
21 minutes | May 25, 2021
#10MinuteTalk – The 35 Whelen: Old, Not Common, but Still Very Relevant?
One of the oldest .30-06-based wildcats, the .35 Whelen had enjoyed a brief period of commercial successes, and is still holding on in some circles as an understated champion for medium-sized game. Has this old powerhouse been displaced by modern magnums, or, does modesty prevail? Tune in to learn more!
84 minutes | May 24, 2021
Ep. 183 | Suppressor Selection – What’s Right for You?
So you want a suppressor, that’s a no brainer, but which one? What are all the differences between the suppressors we see on the market today and what’s even significant about those differences? All good questions – Mark and Jimmy had the same ones and a whole lot more for Adam and Reuben, our in-house NFA-item nerds. We dive into the three main types of suppressors, rifle, pistol and rimfire, and some of the things you should be aware of when purchasing your very own. Which suppressor do you think Mark should get? We finally got him back into AR ownership, let’s get a suppressor in his personal arsenal, too!As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
17 minutes | May 18, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - Truing your BDC Reticle to Your Cartridge
BDC (Ballistic Drop Compensating) Reticles are fast, simple and extremely popular. The hashmarks are based on a general ballistics curve most popular big game calibers follow pretty close out to 600 yards. But what if you want to know exactly where the hashmarks line up for your rifle and the load you’re pushing through it? What if you have a cartridge that falls outside of the “general ballistics curve”? Good questions! Jim and Mark sit down with Ryan Muckenhirn to chat through “Truing your BDC Reticle” for optimum accuracy!
98 minutes | May 17, 2021
Ep. 182 | Ticks and Tick Born Illness - What You Need to Know
Getin' Ticky With It! Jim and Mark burrow in deep with E.R. Doc. and tick expert, Charlie Pearce, for an in-depth discussion on everything ticks. Creepy, yes! Fascinating, yes! An ever-increasing problem with serious health ramifications, yes! What is a tick and ticks of interest. How do ticks work? What is their life cycle? Why are ticks so effective as a vector for disease? What is questing? Why is a tick bite painless? What is Lyme disease? Growth of Lyme disease in the US. Spirochetes, what are they? Symptoms of Lyme. Treatments for Lyme. Short and long-term effects of Lyme. We cover all this and more!! If you go outside, this is one you need to listen to!As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
18 minutes | May 11, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - Reloading Crappy Crimped Range Brass?
Crimped cases may seem like a pain-in-the-brass, but are actually pretty darn simple to prep for reloading. In this podcast we cover what a crimped case is, how to identify it, and how to get rid of the crimp.If watching on YouTube, you can see us do it. If you’re a “brass rat”, but cull every crimper you come by, you may want to reconsider.
79 minutes | May 10, 2021
Ep. 181 | The Life of an Optical Engineer
A day in the life of an optical engineer - arguably nothing more exciting!!! OK, maybe we are optics geeks around here. Join Jim, Mark, Christian, and Todd from Vortex as they take look deep into the world of optical engineers and the science behind it all. From blowing smoke through lasers, to reflection, refraction, destructive interference, moving mirrors, modulating a time domain spectrum, how computers changed the game and all sorts of other nerdy stuff, this one is a mind bender for the ages.As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
20 minutes | May 4, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - Reading Wind to Execute a Better Shot
What’s the secret to long-range shooting? The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind. Literally. Much of the challenge, variability, frustration and skill regarding long-range shooting relates to wind. Gravity is a constant, wind is not. Ironically, the “F-ing wind”, as we like to call it is probably one of main the things that keeps us coming back to the range to get better at shooting. A viscous cycle really. Tune in to this long-winded 10-min talk for tips and tricks on how you can make better wind calls.
56 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ep. 180 | Is the 6.8 the “New” 6.5
The new 6.8 Western is a Hot Topic (Jim’s Favorite Store) among cartridge connoisseurs. It’s so new, not a lot of folks have a ton of experience with it. On paper, it looks pretty darn good. Will it be the new 6.5? Is it everything the 270 WSM should have been. Will it knock critters down with authority at long range? Time will tell. Listen in to get our take on this new kid on the cartridge block.As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
17 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
#10MinuteTalk - The 45-70 Can Fight Wars, Adorn Mantles and Fill Your Freezer
In this 10 minutes of cartridge fury, Ryan Muckenhirn shoots us straight on perhaps the most iconic straight wall cartridge - the 45-70. This fantastic and storied cartridge is one of Ryan’s personal favorites for myriad reasons. From its military adoption, to reloading and hunting, the 45-70 is straight-up cool! Listen in to find out how cool!
54 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Ep. 179 | Hunting With Modern High Power Air Guns
Small-bore, big-bore, iguanas to impala, modern air rifles aren’t just a youthful introduction to hunting and the shooting sports. Great for that – yes – but a whole lot more as well. These things can pack a wallop, are extremely high tech, and a world unto themselves. Mark and Jim sit down with long-time friend, hunting, firearms and air rifle expert, Mike Schoby, from the Outdoor Sportsman Group, to dive headfirst into the wormhole that is, the Modern Air Rife.As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
#10MinuteTalk – All Things Morel Mushrooms
There’s Morel to spring than Turkeys and Sheds. There’s morels! These tasty mushrooms are mysterious, delectable and can be dang hard to find…..Which is what makes it so cool when you do find them. Jim and Mark sit down with resident fungal expert and avid forager, Ryan Muckenhirn, to get the scoop on how to scoop up some of these culinary treasures.
75 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 178 | The Rise of the AK in America w/Dissident Arms
“High end” and “AK 47”are two terms we don’t generally see together. Well, unless you’re talking about the gold-pated ones, but that doesn’t really count….The folks over at Dissident Arms have turned conventional wisdom on its head by taking all of the iconic and very positive attributes of the AK 47 and fully customized the platform, transforming it from reliable blaster to precision competition race-gun extraordinaire. They have also perfected AK 12 Gauge shotguns – which are unique and flat-out awesome. Do you have AR’s coming out your ears and are looking for something different to spice things up? The AK may be exactly what you need! Are we experiencing US AK renaissance? Listen in and find out? As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
17 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
#10MinuteTalk – Reaping Turkeys – Should You Do it? with The Breaking Point
Action packed, effective, and with some obvious safety considerations a person needs to account for, “Reaping” turkeys is a tactic a person can consider keeping in their turkey tool box. As the name implies, using this method often results in a dead gobbler. Some folks say you should never do it and are violating every safety rule in the book. Others take several precautions and do it all the time – knowing they are accepting a level of risk. As with a lot of things in the good old USA, we’ll leave that up to the individual. One thing is certain, done correctly, the response elicited from what could be a wary, henned up gobbler, can be nothing short of a full-on turkey charge. Jim and Mark sit down with expert turkey reapers, “The Breaking Point” to get the lowdown on the unique strategies they’ve developed. If you want to see this tactic in action, head on over to the Vortex YouTube channel and click on the “Vortex Selects” series these guys put together.
67 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Ep. 177 | Private Land Management for More Than Just Bigger Bucks! – Land and Legacy
A deer property can be so much more than, well, a deer property. But what’s be best way to create an ecosystem to maximize benefit for all wildlife - including you? Yes, you count as wildlife. Jim and Mark sit down with the team at Land and Legacy to discuss property management, their professional consulting work, habitat and more. Land and Legacy isn’t a one-trick pony. They travel the US and are familiar with landscapes from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Each region and property is unique, and these guys are experts at maximizing the true potential of any property. Hinge cuts to burns, water to food plots, timber harvests and more, there’s a lot we can do to be the ultimate steward to the land. Our legacy extends far beyond dusty shoulder mounts on the wall (which are no doubt awesome). Tune in to get some great tips on what your land and legacy can be.As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking us on Instagram @vortexnationpodcast
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