May 7th, 2007

Don Nielson Talks about the 6.5×47

This weekend we met with Don Nielson, recent overall winner of the NBRSA 600-yard Nationals. Don shot most of that match with his new 6.5×47 Lapua, using 130gr JLK bullets from Swampworks. Don explained that both his 6.5×47 and 6-6.5×47 shot extremely well in initial tunnel testing, with the 6mm very slightly more accurate. Don asked us not to reveal the group sizes, but we can say this much–those groups (if shot outdoors) would be competitive in any short-range BR match. At the Nationals, Don started off with the 6mm, but after his 6.5×47 shot a 1 3/4″ group, he used that rifle for the balance of the Match. Don’s rifle features a Panda action, fluted Hart barrel (formerly chambered in 6.5-284), and a Kelbly 1M long-range BR stock.

don nielson 6.5x47

Don told us load development came together very quickly. He knew (based on reports in this website and elsewhere) that RL15 would be a good choice, and he tried only one bullet–the new 130 JLK. Once he backed down his load to moderate levels, the 6.5×47 shot “well under quarter-MOA”. To our surprise, Don felt that shooting at 600 yards wasn’t that much different than shooting at 200 yards with his PPC: “You still have to read the wind right, and pull the trigger when you should.” Don did observe that shooting a 17-lb NBRSA Light Gun was more similar to shooting Cruiser Class in short-range BR, as opposed to his HV or LV 6 PPCs. Click HERE for a short video interview with Don.

Don Nielson 6.5x47 Video

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May 7th, 2007

Innovative Video Output for Scopes

rifle scope video monitorRemotely-mounted video monitors offer many benefits for precision shooters. With an outboard LCD monitor, one can shoot “heads up” while watching downrange conditions and wind flags. Moreover one will no longer have to struggle with ultra-critical eye relief or strain to stay centered on a tiny exit pupil (as small as 1mm on high-magnification scopes). A remote screen that displays the view from the scope has obvious advantages for disabled shooters, and for military snipers (who can stay completely concealed). Varmint hunters operating at night and in low-light can also benefit, as the image from the scope can be boosted electronically to appear much brighter on the display.

Alamo Four Star of Texas has pioneered a video display for hunters and disabled shooters, the Deros Vision System. In the pictures below, you can see the system mounted on a rifle and also placed on a Deros rifle fixture used by a disabled shooter. Priced at $995.00, the Deros Vision System is not cheap, but its benefits are obvious for special applications. We predict that, with time, major optics makers will all offer some kind of digital viewing system that can function with spotting scopes and rifle optics. The gimbaled mechanical gun fixture, sold separately, can be mounted directly to a wheelchair.

rifle scope Deros Vision Video Screen

remote video rifle scope spotting

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