About Eric Conn

We each have a unique story.

Me, I’m a writer, outdoorsman, husband, father and bearded gospel man. I work in the outdoor industry as an editor and journalist. I’m the proud father of three lively boys, husband to one lovely woman. I grew up in the West of Colorado and love the backcountry wilderness. I have a degree in journalism and got my start working as a sports writer in Greeley, Colorado.

My passion is to inspire you to pursue your adventure, live boldly and embrace your life with purpose. We’ve each been given a different vocation, but no matter what you do, I hope you’ll pursue it with a commitment to excellence. I hope these stories help inspire you to do just that.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard thurman

And if nothing else, I hope you’re inspired to get out there and experience the world for yourself. Life is short. Use what time you have to do the things that mean the most to you. Make the most out of the time, talents and people God has placed in your life. Do it all for the glory of God.

 

 

Be strong and courageous.

 

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4 comments

  • Thanks for the words. Found your writing through the Mossberg article on LR shooting.

  • Interesting that Greg C found your blog through the Mossberg long range shooting article. That’s how I found you as well! I really like your writing as well as your strong faith and I will definitely be perusing your site. One question though, and it goes back to the Mossberg article: I inherited a Remington 700 7mm with a Leupold VX 3 scope. I’ve hunted all my life, but South Carolina is shotgun/dog drive country. I want to take up long-range shooting as a hobby, but my rifle experience was limited to basic Army M16 fire. So, is this a good rifle for LR shooting and can you recommend any books or websites for a rookie rifleman?

    • David, thanks for stopping by — glad you found it! I appreciate your kind words, and that you’ve enjoyed what’s been written.

      The Remington 700 and Leupold combination can be good, depending on how the particular firearm functions. A lot of that will have to do with trigger and barrel quality. I’d shoot it on paper at 100 yards, from the prone position, and start measuring groups for different loads (factory or handload). Hornady makes a quality load in the Precision Hunter line, a 162-grain ELD-X bullet for hunting or the ELD-M (match), which I’ve used in the 7mm Mag. You can definitely use that as a starting point, and depending on the development of your skills and the setup, start stretching distance. Keep in mind, “long range” is a relative term. What you’re really after is your own “maximum effective range,” i.e. how far can you consistently, reasonably, and ethically shoot (assuming it’s animals and not steel). As your skills develop and you hone your specific interest (recreation, competition, etc.), you can upgrade your equipment. I’d recommend getting involved with a local long-range shooting group, whether that’s a local precision rifle club or otherwise. The guys in the group can walk you through their gear, make recommendations and disclose best practices.

      Ryan Cleckner’s book on Long Range shooting is helpful. Gun Digest publishes books by L.P. Brezny and Wayne Van Zwoll that are OK. Where I’ve learned most is in long-range shooting courses, which if you can afford (time & money), are ideal. Maybe yours truly ought to have a book on the subject, eh?

      I hope that’s helpful. Let me know how your progress goes!

      Eric

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