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Welcome to the Vortex Nation Podcast. Brought to you by lovers of hunting, shooting, public lands, the Second Amendment and dang good food.

    #10MinuteTalk – The 300 WSM… Finally…

    #10MinuteTalk – The 300 WSM… Finally…

    Much to Mark’s delight, Ryan Muckenhirn joins him and Jimmy to discuss the 300 WSM. (Sorry, Texans – there’s a lot of different pronunciations we throw around of “WSM” in this one). All of Jimmy’s joking to poke fun at Mark aside, the 300 WSM is one impressive cartridge and to quote Ryan himself, could be looked at as “The modern day gentleman’s 30-06”. That’s a big claim to make, but could it be true? We talk all about design, performance, comparisons and limitations (Just to bug Mark) in this quick podcast!

    • 17 min
    #10MinuteTalk - Horns Vs. Antlers - What’s the Big Diff?

    #10MinuteTalk - Horns Vs. Antlers - What’s the Big Diff?

    The 4-legged critters we chase are often adorned with impressive headgear…..Not like those back-in-the day tooth-straightening torture devises. We’re talking regal, powerful, impressive, elegant headgear made of bone or hair. Some fall off annually to grow back bigger and can be picked up like Easter-egg-like forest treasures. Some have annuli, grow bigger every year and stay with the animal until the day it dies. And the case of the North-American Pronghorn – commonly called just antelope –  kind of do both of those things, falling somewhere in the middle. Jimmy, Mark and Ryan M. sit down with a stack of euro mounts to chat through the unique characteristics of horns and antlers. No matter which camp they fall in, one thing is certain, they are just plant cool!

    • 23 min
    Ep. 125 | Get the Lead Out, Keep it in….or a Little Bit of Both.

    Ep. 125 | Get the Lead Out, Keep it in….or a Little Bit of Both.

    Get the lead out,  keep it in….or a little bit of both. Lead in ammunition is a hot topic these days. Seems we can all agree we want to maintain the health and integrity of the environment. And we certainly don’t want to compromise our personal health, our family’s health or anybody who consumes wild game we bring to the table using ammunition containing lead. But what are the real risks? What does the research show us, so we can make the most informed and practical decisions. What would be the economic ramifications if non-lead became the requirement for all ammunition. What would be the performance limitations of certain firearms? These are the questions we ask Nephi Cole from the National shooting Sports foundation. He cites several studies as we chat through what can be a complex and at times controversial topic. So many things need to be taken into consideration. The good news is, products exist so we can all make a personal choice as it relates to the matter. So we have that going for us – which is nice. What’s your opinion on the matter? Do you have any research data that may sway a person’s opinion pendulum - listen in and let us know.

    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

    • 1 hr 40 min
    #10MinuteTalk – 12.7x99 NATO (50 BMG!)

    #10MinuteTalk – 12.7x99 NATO (50 BMG!)

    If you’re familiar with all four official NATO cartridges, you had to know this one was coming as the grand finale to our NATO cartridges series. The incredible 50 BMG – perhaps sometimes looked at as though made of unicorn horns and leprechaun dust – Ryan Muckenhirn explains the origins of this old beast, what its reasonable capabilities actually are, its many applications, and why you should have a half inch gun in your own safe for when SHTF. You simply can’t miss the one about the biggest of them all.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 124 | Blood Origins – Braxton McCoy

    Ep. 124 | Blood Origins – Braxton McCoy

    In this installment of the Vortex Nation Podcast, we sit down with Robbie Kroger and Braxton McCoy to talk about Braxton’s story and the powerful film Robby put together to help tell it. Serving our country, Braxton suffered extreme injuries and was told he may never walk again. He’s battled demons, worked his ass off to overcome challenges difficult to comprehend and put himself in a place most would think impossible. From breaking horses to guiding hunters, the healing process and the book he wrote “The Glass Factory,” tune in for this inciteful, inspirational, and informational conversation. To watch Robbie’s film, head over to the Vortex YouTube channel. As Robbie says, “Everybody has a story to tell.” This is not only a good story, but an important story. Thank you to Braxton and all our Military Personnel for your service and sacrifice.

    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

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #10MinuteTalk - 20 MOA Bases

    #10MinuteTalk - 20 MOA Bases

    In this episode, we go over 20 MOA bases (Or really any kind of canted base, for that matter - there are other options besides 20 MOA!) What do they actually do, how do they work, how do they actually affect your scope, why would anyone actually ever need one and what are some times when it could actually be the wrong move for your particular firearm and optic combo. Heck - your gun may already have 20 MOA built into the rail it came with! These types of bases can be a great practical tool when used the right way and in the right context. Check it out and let’s us know whether or not you use a canted base and why!

    • 15 min

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R.J. M.J. ,

Awesome guys

Love listening about the cartridges ,optics, cars, hunting .. want to hear more about .243 though recently new rifle I bought also the more about the Subaru build thanks for your time and products Vortex #Vortexnation

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1,000th Rating!!!

If I understand the ratings correctly, I have the honor of being the 1,000th rating. The Vortex Nation Podcast is easily 5 stars. It is both informative and entertaining as it keeps the listeners engaged from start to finish. The hosts and guests are knowledgeable and humorous while covering a wide variety of topics. I really appreciate the time and effort that Vortex puts into their products, and this one is no exception. Simply put, this is a great podcast from a great company. Thank you and keep it going!

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Informative, learny and fun

Great mix of compelling and informative content. Embraces the technical in all facets of shooting/hunting which expands my mind in this hobby. Fun guys too and great presentation.

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