December 11th, 2007

Handy Bag for Walk-Around Varminter

Here is an interesting product, currently on sale as a $19.99 “December Special” at Midsouth Shooters Supply. The Shooters Ridge Varminter Shooting Bag is a roomy gear bag fitted with a built-in rifle rest that retracts into the front pocket. The bag is built of rugged 1200-denier nylon, PVC-coated for rain resistance. It is big enough to hold ammo, muffs, binoculars, compact spotting scope and more. The bag also includes a padded shoulder strap.

shooters ridge varminter bag

While the integral rest is hardly a substitute for a good pedestal rest, this Varminter bag could be useful for the walk-around varminter or a shooter who might otherwise use a rucksack as a handy rest. At just $19.99, this product is a very good deal for a roomy range bag even without the integral rest feature. This bag regularly retails for $39.00 to $46.00 at other vendors including a lightweight shooting mat. (The $19.99 Bag sold by Midsouth, item 097-40484, does NOT include a mat). Here is a report from a Cabela’s customer: “There is plenty of room for gadgets and ammo, not to mention the fact that I have one less thing to carry when zeroing at 100 yards. I’m not sure that I would use this for any long range shooting or hunting but when sighting in my 243 WSSM it gave me the stability to produce consistent satisfactory 1/2″ groups with factory loads.”

shooters ridge varminter bag

To further sweeten the deal, Shooter’s Ridge is currently offering a FREE $24.99 Multi-tool, if you purchase $30.00 or more of Shooter’s Ridge Products.

CLICK HERE for MULTI-TOOL COUPON

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December 10th, 2007

Tikka Turn-Key F-TR platform

Readers enjoyed our recent “Poor Man’s Tactical” item featuring the Tikka model 595. Well here’s a followup for F-TR shooters. The Tikka “Master Sporter” features an adjustable cheekpiece, adjustable buttpad, accessory rail, and 5-round detachable magazine. Remarkably, these originally sold for about U.S. $650.00, yet it was not unusual for them to shoot close to 1/2-MOA with handloads. Master Sporters also feature the fine m595 action, and they are blessed with a very good stock design for shooting prone from bipod–just what you need for F-TR. Tikka notes the factory trigger adjusts to 2 pounds, but Mac Tilton of MT Guns can get it down to one pound. The bolt throw is a quick 70°, the bolt handle is stainless, and, in .308, the barrel twist rate is 1:11″ — a good choice for the 155gr match bullets.

These Master Sporters are getting hard to find. It’s even more difficult to find one unfired, new in the box. But just such a specimen, chambered in .308 Winchester, was auctioned this week on Gunbroker.com, item 87063398. It even came with two (2) 5-round magazines. The auction closed at $975.00. We’ve seen them go for less, but also for more.

Skim-bed the action, maybe apply a couple sealer coats to the walnut stock, attach a Harris bipod to the accessory rail and you’re good to go for F-TR. (You’ll also need a scope and rings of course.) You could probably acquire this rifle, shoot it for a couple seasons, then get your full investment out of it. Or hang on to it and eventually add a longer custom barrel (factory tube is a bit short at 23 3/8″).

CLICK to DOWNLOAD TIKKA Master Sporter SPEC SHEET

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December 10th, 2007

Dear Santa…

If you’ve been wondering what to ask Santa for Christmas, and you haven’t found something “just right” from the many print catalogs and online “webstores”, check our AccurateShooter Articles Archive. Last year we prepared an extensive “Holiday Buyers’ Guide”. You’ll find plenty of great items for shooters, from $2.00 up to $3,000+. Just be aware that some prices have changed, and a few of the items have been retired or updated. Here are some of “stocking stuffers” from the 2006 Guide (with current prices):


Surveyors Tape $1.99
(for wind flags)

Hood Kwik Estimator, $2.50
(to measure group size)

Sinclair Barrel Bag, $8.50

“Shotgunner” Folding Muffs, $14.99

With the addition of the Daily Bulletin to the site, we’ve decided to forgo a 2007 edition of the Shoppers’ Guide this year. (We hope to return with a Video Version in 2008.) Instead we’ve been using the Bulletin to announce special holiday sales and promotions as they come up. Don’t forget that Cabela’s is offering FREE Shipping now until December 14th, and both Brownells and Sinclair International are running holiday specials on many popular iteams. Here are two current, recommended Sinclair “Holiday Specials”.

Rubber 3/4″ high BR “Donut” (NEW)
$25.50 Holiday Sale Price
This new product from Tru-Kote fits under Protektor rear bags and eliminates any rocking or sliding motion of the bag. The durable neoprene-rubber Donut adds 3/4 inch of height to the rear bag. This allows many shooters a better head position when shooting from the bench.

Sinclair sandbage donut

Sinclair Cleaning Cradle
$44.85 Holiday Sale Price
For stability, ease of transport, build quality, and “smart” design, nothing really beats a Sinclair aluminum cradle for cleaning wide-forearm BR rifles. These cradles position the rifle in a muzzle-down position so solvents drain to the muzzle end instead of back into the receiver. Sinclair Cradles easily break down into a compact 15″x5″x2″ package for transport or storage.

Sinclair Benchrest Cleaning Cradle

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December 9th, 2007

TECH TIP: Dry-Lube for Ultrasonically-Cleaned Case Necks

Jason Baney, our 1000-yard editor, has done some pioneering work on Ultrasonic Case Cleaning. In general, ultrasonic cleaning is a “good thing” for accuracy, as it thoroughly cleans the inside of the case, preventing the stubborn build-up of soot and carbon that will eventually affect your internal case volume. However, there is one small “down-side” to ultrasonic cleaning, according to Jason.

Jason found that Ultrasonic cleaning leaves the inside of the case-necks so “squeaky clean” that there is excess friction when seating bullets. On a fired case that has been cleaned conventionally (no ultra-sound), a thin layer of carbon remains to lubricate the bullet entry and exit. To restore that lubricity in cases cleaned with ultrasound, Jason applies a dry lube to the inside of his case necks. Jason prefers the $10.95 moly dry lube kit from Neconos.com. With this kit, small carbon steel balls transfer moly to the neck when you place your brass nose-down in the container.

Neconos neck moly kit

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December 8th, 2007

Rock BR Competition Front Rest on Sale

Now through 12/31, MidwayUSA has the Rock BR Competition Rifle Front Shooting Rest on sale for $139.99, marked down from $169.99 (item 348661). By now you’ve certainly see a few of these units at a range. They are far from the ultimate front rest system, but they do a surprisingly good job. The unit weighs 15.5 lbs and has a 15″ footprint, so it is plenty stable. Be aware that the front 3-lobe bag is rather thin, and, when adjusting windage, the head rotates rather than tracks straight from side to side. Some folks buy the rest and later upgrade the top with a Hoehn, Sinclair, or ShadeTree Engineering unit. But you should read the User Reviews. Most purchasers are quite happy with the unit “as is”. It’s a very good value for the money and much better than many rests you see at informal club-level matches.

If you plan to replace the top, you can also just buy the Rock BR 1000 base for $70.99 (item 532194), a great value. The BR 1000 base is very heavy, with an 18″ footproot, so it is stable and sturdy. NOTE: the rest has a 1 3/8″ diameter ram hole, while most custom rest tops have a 1″-diameter ram shaft. Accordingly, you may have to sleeve the base, OR fit a fatter ram to the rest top that you purchase. Butch Lambert of ShadeTree Engineering has done a few of these conversions, using the Rock base with his JoyStick top, and the combined system works quite well.

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December 8th, 2007

Cabela's Offers FREE Shipping Through 12/14

We reported last week that Midsouth Shooters Supply is offering flat-rate shipping through the end of the year, on orders up to 50 lbs. total. Now Cabela’s has announced FREE SHIPPING through December 14th. With a $100 minimum purchase, Cabela’s offers FREE Shipping, for domestic destinations.

Cabela’s says “Offer Valid on All Items”, however, we called Cabela’s and we were told some “oversize” and “heavy items” might be excluded–so you should ask about the particular items you order. The promo is set to expire 12/14/2007. It might be extended. To be safe, however, get your order in before the 15th. If you’ve been asking Santa for some heavy or bulky items, here’s your opportunity to save big on shipping costs.

CLICK this LINK:

Cabela's FREE Shipping

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December 7th, 2007

Bullet Test Tube for Hunters

Sinclair Int’l now carries the Bullet Test Tube. This unique bullet-testing system uses cardboard tubes filled with a reusable plastic-like test medium. Field & Stream named the Bullet Test Tube a “Best of the Best” product in 2006. According to Sinclair, this system is the only bullet-testing medium that lets you measure wound cavity in detail including volume. To reuse the testing medium, simply melt the expansion material in a standard 1.5 gallon crock-pot and pour it into a replacement target mold.

If you wish to capture the bullet after it passes through the test medium, add the Xtender accessory which slips on the end. This allows hunters to examine bullet integrity as well as wound cavity. Sinclair Int’l prices the Bullet Test Tube at $61.25, while the Xtender is an additional $57.60.

Bullet Test Tube

For more information, read this Test Tube FAQ, or Click the screenshot below to watch a QuickTime Video that demonstrates the whole process.

Bullet Test Tube

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December 7th, 2007

Fort Benning 3-Gun Match Draws Hundreds of Shooters

USAMU CrestSome 220 competitors from across the country participated in the Third Annual Fort Benning Three-Gun Challenge. Held at Krilling Range from Nov. 30th through Dec. 2nd, this three-gun tactical match was hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and supervised by the USAMU Action Shooting Team. The event was a major success, drawing many action shooting champions, with TV crews on hand to record the action. In the event, competitors used self-loading rifles (mostly AR types), semi-auto handguns, and shotguns. Most of the shotguns were self-loaders, using extended tubular magazines.

David Neth won the event, followed by Barry Dueck in second place and Kelly Neal in third. Neth, as well as two-thirds of the shooters, competed in “Tac Optics” division. There were 10 “Tac Irons” shooters, 33 in “Open Class” (including legendary Jerry Miculek), 15 in “Heavy Metal” (bigger calibers), and 7 in “Trooper” class. These classes correspond (for the most part) to the 3-gun categories under the International Multi-Gun Association (IMGA) 3-Gun Rules. These are similar in many respects to USPSA multi-gun rules. For more info, see 3GunRules.com.

Three-gun competition is a relatively new development in the shooting sports. High on the “fun factor”, the sport has been growing rapidly. It combines the speed and target diversity of cowboy action shooting with the appeal of using modern magazine-fed firearms and shooter-friendly rifle optics. Three-gun matches also reward shooter fitness as most stages are “run and gun” involving movement from one shooting position to another. To succeed at three-gun, a shooter must be both fast and accurate. All stages are timed, and points are lost for every miss. Some stages can be accomplished without reloads, but other stages require reloads on the clock.

CLICK HERE to WATCH VIDEO

If there is one area where we think three-gunners will improve in the future, it is reloading. Stage times will fall as the competitors evolve more fluid reloads with less wasted motion, particularly with shotguns. Shown above is a video of Chris Tilley winning the “Patrol Boat” shotgun stage of this year’s Fort Benning event. Watch the video carefully. Right after the boat starts moving, you will see Chris do a multi-round tubular magazine reload. He stokes his scatter-gun in less than two seconds.

Many VIPs were in attendence, including NRA President John C. Sigler, Fort Benning Dep. Commanding General Col. Lloyd Miles, and Fort Benning Chief of Staff Col. David Ling. Three broadcast video teams covered the match: American Rifleman TV (Outdoor Channel), ShootingUSA TV (Outdoor Channel), and Extreme Marksman (History Channel). Action Shooting is the fastest growing sport in America,” said USAMU Commander Lt. Col. Frank Muggeo. “Starting next year, Fort Campbell, KY., and Fort Bragg, NC, will also hold these types of events.”

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December 6th, 2007

Upgraded PACT Chronograph with Infrared on Sale

Now that PACT offers an infrared Skyscreen option with its chronographs, we think the PACT is worthy of serious consideration. And now PACT is selling the PACT Professional XP chronograph (with IR kit) for $229.95, as a “Christmas Special”. That’s $40 off normal pricing and PACT throws in a FREE tripod to sweeten the deal.

PACT PRO XP chronograph

Compared to other chronographs, the XP with infrared offers some very nice features:

  • Built-in Printer. (Every chrono should have one.)
  • PC interface lets you upload data to your computer. (Serial cable standard, but you can easily buy a serial to USB for use with laptops.)
  • Built-in ballistic computer. (The chrono has a bullet BC database and uses the BC, with your velocity data, to compute windage and elevation. Cool eh?)
  • With Infrared screen option, the PACT can be used indoors and is far less sensitive to tricky outdoor lighting.
  • Chron display unit has a nice big read-out with easy-to-use controls.

    PACT PRO XP chronograph

    PACT PRO XP chronographWe’ve heard many good things about the competitive CED chronograph with Infrared Screens. The CED also offers a computer interface, and the CED control unit is more compact than the PACT’s control center/printer. But we really like the printing capability of the PACT, and its built-in ballistic program (with bullet database) comes in very handy. Once you have your velocity and zero at 100 yards, the PACT will calculate your come-ups for other yardages. It can even give you windage corrections. With the PACT, once you know your muzzle velocity, you can immediately start shooting at all ranges–you don’t need to drive home to work out your come-ups on the PC, or carry around a PDA with Exbal installed.

    In addition to the Pro XP chrono with IR Kit, PACT is now selling Pro XP with standard (visible light) emitters, for $199.95 as part of the “Christmas Special.” This $199.95 price also includes a free tripod. We definitely recommend spending the extra 30 bucks for infrared capability–it’s well worth it.

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    December 5th, 2007

    3-Discipline Masters Pistol Event on Shooting USA

    This week, ShootingUSA covers the Masters pistol championship at PASA park in Illinois. This unique multi-discipline handgun event combines Olympic 22LR Pistol, Handgun Silhouette, and Action Pistol. Mastering all three disciplines is very tough–in 22 years, no one has shot the match clean, scoring all the targets.

    The first event is offhand (non-supported) 25m and 50m precision shooting with Olympic rimfire pistols. There are 45 total targets, and the bulleyes are small and challenging. Next, in the long-range Silhouette stage, competitors use rifle-class caftridges (such as 6.5 BR) to knock down 45 steel plates placed from 75 yards to 200 yards. While the closer targets must be shot from a standing position, competitors normally use the lay-down “Creedmoor position” for the longer targets.

    The third and final event involves speed-shooting at banks of steel plates — an exciting event to watch. Each shooter fires three times at three different sets of plates. Fastest total time wins the event.

    This promises to be an informative ShootingUSA episode highlighting three different competitive handgun disciplines. ShootingUSA airs Wednesday nights on the Outdoor Channel: 8:30 PM and 12:30 AM Eastern; 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM Central; 6:30 PM and 10:30 PM Mountain; and 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM Pacific time.

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    December 4th, 2007

    SAKO 6PPC USA Brass Available from Beretta

    The folks at Beretta USA just notified us that Beretta has quantities of SAKO-brand 6PPC cartridge brass in inventory. This stuff has been hard to find. At $19.95 for 20 pieces (item #P1161000C), Beretta’s SAKO PPC brass is expensive. But there are folks out there who’ve been looking for the stuff, because it gives you PPC cases without fire-forming from 220 Russian Brass, or neck-turning. These cases are correctly sized for SAKO 6PPC USA chambers with no-turn necks.

    CLICK HERE for SAKO 6PPC BRASS from BERETTA

    SAKO PPC USA Brass

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    December 4th, 2007

    Savage Offers Discounts for Hunter Education Instructors

    Savage Arms, a long-time supporter of Hunter Education and the Hunter and Shooting Sports Education Journal, is now offering discounts for Hunter Education instructors for 2008 on all of its products. Brian Herrick of Savage comments, “Savage is very appreciative of the important role the Hunter Education Instructors play in educating the beginning hunters. We know the instructors donate many hours of their personal time to make it possible for so many people to learn how to safely hunt. We would like to show our appreciation by offering discounts on all of our products.”

    Interested certified instructors can go to the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) website for details on the new Savage program. CLICK HERE for the IHEA Special Offers page, then you’ll need to log in using your password.

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    December 3rd, 2007

    Hodgdon Releases Two New Powders: Hybrid 100V and Supreme 780

    Starting in spring 2008, Hodgdon Powder Co. will start shipping two new powders suitable for target and hunting calibers. Hybrid 100V is designed to combine the even burn qualities of an extruded (stick) powder, with much smoother metering in a powder measure, due to its advanced kernel design. Supreme 780 is the identical ball powder loaded in Winchester’s factory Supreme® ammunition including 243 Win, 270 Win, and 300 Win Magnum.

    Hodgdon Hybrid 100V powderHodgdon Hybrid 100V powder

    Hybrid 100V is big news for shooters on this board, many of whom use H4350 in their 6.5-284s and medium sized 6mms such as the 6XC and 6-6.5×47. We talked to Chris Hodgdon Friday and he confirms that Hybrid 100V offers excellent velocity and accuracy, with a burn rate similar to H4350. We told Chris that H4350 is hard to beat for accuracy in many match calibers and it offers extremely low ES and SD. “Can Hybrid 100V really rival H4350’s performance?” we asked.

    Chris paused, then said with obvious pride: “We’ve done a LOT of testing and this stuff is really good. Velocity is excellent, accuracy is excellent, and the new powder matches up well against anything on the market, including our own H4350″. Chris continued, “the really great thing about the powder is that the new kernel shape allows it to meter much better in powder measures. This is because the edges or ends are rounded. I think reloaders will be very happy with the Hybrid. It’s a state-of-the art kernel design, and it’s made in America, by St. Marks.” One could tell from Chris’s tone that he really believes Hybrid 100V will be a winner.

    Hodgdon Hybrid 100V powder

    Hodgdon’s official press release states: “HYBRID 100V marries two technologies: the chemistry of a Spherical powder with the geometry of an Extruded propellant. [It is] ideal for use in calibers that fit H4350, [delivering] velocities not seen before in a variety of popular cartridges, such as 3,310 fps for a 150-grain bullet in the 300 Weatherby Magnum. Hybrid 100V’s unique small grain, part Spherical, part Extruded shape benefits the handloader in two ways — the powder flows accurately and easily through a measure, and charge weights are consistent for ideal load density.”

    Winchester Supreme 780, a ball powder, is designed for those wanting an easy-metering propellant that emulates popular factory loads. Tim Vaitekunas, Hodgdon’s director of R&D, notes that “Supreme 780 allows the handloader to duplicate Winchester Supreme factory loads.”

    Load Data Already Online
    Though Hybrid 100V and Supreme 780 are brand new, Hodgdon’s engineers have already posted some load data for both powders on the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center. Hodgdon has initial Hybrid 100V loads for 18 cartridge designs so far. Here are samples:

    Cartridge + Starting Loads with Hybrid 100V
    22-250: 55gr SP | 2.35″ COL | 36.0gr | 3254 fps | 43,500 psi
    243 Win: 100gr BTSP|2.65″ COL|40.0gr|2868 fps|45,400 cup
    7 WSM: 160gr SP | 2.85″ COL| 57.0gr | 2716 fps | 49,400 psi

    You’ll also find data for the new Supreme 780, covering 14 different cartridges and 35 different recipes. For more info, contact Hodgdon Powder at (913) 362-9455.

    Hodgdon Reloading Data Center.

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    December 3rd, 2007

    Winchester Releases Commemorative Ammo

    Here’s an item for you cartridge collectors and history buffs out there. Winchester® Ammunition plans to release a Theodore Roosevelt commemorative line of ammunition. This celebrates 150 years of Roosevelt’s influence as a political leader, avid outdoorsman and hunter, and champion of wildlife conservation.

    Roosevelt Winchester 1895 Africa

    The Theodore Roosevelt cartridges feature a nickel-plated shell casing bearing a special Roosevelt head-stamp in three calibers: 30-30 Win, 45 Colt, and Roosevelt’s favorite big-bore lever-gun round, the 405 Winchester. The most powerful cartridge ever chambered in a lever gun, the 405 was used extensively by Roosevelt during his 1909-1910 African safari.

    Roosevelt, along with his son Kermit, spent nine months on safari in Africa, and his adventures were widely reported by the U.S. press. After that safari, Roosevelt will forever be associated with the Winchester Model 1895 lever gun. Roosevelt brought four 1895s to Africa, one in .30-40 and three in 405 Winchester. For dangerous game, the .405 was Teddy’s cartridge of choice. Famously, Roosevelt called his 405 Winchester lever gun “Big Medicine”. Teddy’s “Big Medicine” helped make the Model 1895 rifle legendary.

    Roosevelt Winchester 1895 Africa
    Roosevelt Winchester 1895 Africa

    The Theodore Roosevelt line of cartridges features:
    – Nickel-plated shell casing bearing a Roosevelt head-stamp
    – 30-30 Win with 150-gr Power-Points in 20-round box
    – 405 with 300-gr jacketed flat point bullets in 20 round box
    – 45 Colt with 250-gr flat nose lead bullet in 50-count box

    All Theodore Roosevelt cartridges are packaged in collectible, foil-embossed boxes, each emblazoned with vintage Winchester artwork and photography.


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    December 2nd, 2007

    3XAIR Pre-Olympic Match in Colorado

    Over 200 rifle and pistol airgun shooters from the United States as well as Canada, Czech Republic, France, and Puerto Rico competed at the U.S. Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, CO at the 2007 USA Shooting 3XAir Match. The 3-day event served as a qualifier for the Bavarian Airgun Match, to be held in January.

    Americans with Olympic experience performed well in the first two days of competition. Olympic gold medalist Matt Emmons won the Men’s Air Rifle title for the second day in a row, finishing the competition with a total score of 703.1. (On Day 1, Matt shot a perfect 600 score, tying a national record set by Matt Rawlings.) Rawlings competed in the 3XAir Rifle match as well, and finished second with 697.2. Two-time Olympian Jason Parker, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), finished third with 697.0.

    Jason Turner, a 2004 USA Olympian, took first place for Men’s Air Pistol with a score of 679.0. Two-time Olympian and USAMU shooter Daryl Szarenski took second with 675.3.

    In other results, Katy Emmons of the Czech Republic captured first place in Women’s Air Rifle for the second day in a row after shooting a perfect score of 400, then firing a 103.3 in the finals for a total of 503.3. Emily Caruso, a 2004 USA Olympian, took second place with 500.1.

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    December 2nd, 2007

    Nickel Jag Kit and Calipers On Sale

    Handy 12-piece Jag Set
    If you shoot multiple calibers, you’ll love MidwayUSA’s matched jag set in fitted flip-top box, item #812503. It’s now on sale for just $14.99, marked down from $22.99. The kit includes 17, 22, 243/6mm, 25, 270/7mm, 30/32, 8mm/338, 35/9mm, 375, 40/416, 44, and 45 Caliber Jags, in a sturdy box with fitted holes for each jag.

    We’ve long been fans of the Tipton jag kit, and now it’s even better–with nickel-plated brass jags. This editor owns two Tipton jag kits, one for the range kit and one for the loading room. The set works for everything from my 17HM2 up to my 45/70. I use the jags for both rifle and pistol calibers. Another nice feature is that you can easily switch from a tight-fitting jag to the next smaller size (I normally apply wet patches in my 6BR using the Tipton 22-caliber jags).

    Coating the spire-tip jags with nickel was smart idea. Nickel-coated jags do not react to bore solvents so you won’t get a false reading when cleaning the copper out of your barrel. “Two Thumbs Up” for this kit. Here is what jag kit owners have to say:

    “Works as advertised, great idea that should have been thought of years ago. If you like this shape of jag (I do), you’ll love these. Sweets doesn’t tear these up at all, and it’s easier to tell when I’ve got things clean with Butch’s as well.” — Keith S., CA

    “Great product, costs considerably less than to buy each piece separately and come with a storage box with holes marked for each jag.” — Greg D., MA

    “In 45 years of gun cleaning I have never used a better jag. Precision craftsmanship, unaffected by copper solvents, large patch holding area for lots of patch contact with the bore.” — Brian S., MN

    Bargain-Priced Digital Calipers
    Midway’s Frankford Arsenal Digital Calipers, item #604242, are on sale again for $19.99, marked down from $32.99. This is a decent, functional set of calipers. Even if you already have calipers, at this price, you can afford to buy a spare for your range kit. This unit switches from English to Metric and comes in a protective plastic case, with battery. Makes a great stocking stuffer.

    All stated sale prices are good through December 31, 2007 at MidwayUSA.

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    December 2nd, 2007

    Timney Tactical Triggers Available

    Some of our Forum readers, including folks in Australia, have had trouble sourcing the new Timney “Tactical” trigger. A nice product that adjusts from 4 to 10 ounces pull weight, this features a knurled Anschütz-style vertical trigger shoe that can adjust for angle (cant) and length of pull. The Timney Tactical trigger works with actions that employ a Remington-style trigger (slight fitting may be required).

    Timney Tactical Trigger

    Well guys, don’t fret, the Timney Tactical Trigger is in stock at MidwayUSA, priced at $104.99 (item #769137). You can also purchase it directly from TimneyTriggers.com for $134.95 (item #501T for Rem 700).

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    December 1st, 2007

    GunTalk.TV Offers Web Video

    There is a new source for firearms-related videos on the internet, GunTalk.TV. Created by Tom Gresham, the host of the nationally-syndicated “Gun Talk” radio show, GunTalk.TV offers a wide variety of videos that cover gun-handling, self-defense, and the shooting sports. On the competition side, there is a heavy emphasis on handgun comps and shotgunning.

    GunTalk.TV offers many free videos (but you have to submit your email address), plus a “premium” fee-based archive of longer and more sophisticated clips. Gresham has assembled a team of talented shooters as on-screen co-hosts. Clint Smith, President and Director of Thunder Ranch®, assists with many of the rifle and pistol videos, while Sporting Clays ace Bryan E. Bilinski consults on shotgunning episodes.

    Guntalk.tv

    GunTalk.TV does intend to cover F-Class and long-range benchrest shooting at some point. In fact, Gresham’s staff contacted yours truly seeking information on those sports and asking for contact info on top shooters. Hopefully GunTalk.TV will follow our suggestions.

    We’ve reviewed quite a few of the videos in the Free archive. In general we weren’t very impressed. The free segments we watched were simplistic, useful info was minimal, and the “facts” as stated were sometimes wrong. In the lever action segment, Gresham opines that the original lever-action rifle was a Spencer. Sorry, Tom, the Henry pre-dated the Spencer.

    In the video on Eye and Ear Protection, Gresham babbles on, offering platitudes such as “Guns make noise… Guns are loud.” Gresham does not explain noise-reduction ratings. Likewise he doesn’t explain ANSI impact ratings for eyewear. (He should have told viewers not to spend a penny on shooting glasses that are not ANSI Z87.1-certified). The video was poorly researched, and the host drones on for nearly four minutes. We need more facts and less “good-old-boy” talk from Tom. The 3:39 minute GunTalk.TV video on gun cleaning was also disappointing. Coached by a representative from Brownells, Tom did advocate the use of a one-piece cleaning rod, but no mention was made of a cleaning rod guide. Tom did not address solvent dwell-time or safety issues, and nothing was said about the usefulness of foam bore cleaners. In short, the video had too much superficial jawing and too little useful information.

    Guntalk.tv

    In GunTalk.TV’s video on Rifle Cartridges, Gresham makes statements that will have Fire Marshals, ATF bureaucrats, and powder manufacturers calling for his head. Gresham states that, unlike black powder, “modern smokeless gunpowder is NOT an explosive. It won’t blow up.” He then picks up a 1-lb bottle of smokeless powder and says: “Now it’ll burn, but it will not blow up. You could throw this can into a fire, and it’ll catch fire, but it’s not going to blow up for you, OK?”. Those are direct quotes. Smokeless powder is not an explosive? When confined it sure as heck is. But Gresham omits that key safety point.

    It’s true that, when completely unconfined, smokeless powder will normally just burn. But still you don’t want to suggest that people could safely toss a full powder can into a fire. That’s no way to promote safety, Tom. The ATF defines smokeless powder as a “low-order explosive.” And here is what an FBI “White Paper” has to say about smokeless powders:

    “Smokeless powder is attractive for use in improvised explosive devices, because it is readily available and has the potential for a powerful explosion when the powder is placed in a closed container (National Research Council 1998).”

    “These [smokeless] powders decompose at rates up to 1,000 meters per second and produce a propelling action that makes them suitable for use in ammunition. However, the slower burning rate of smokeless powder should not be underestimated. The explosive power of smokeless powder is extremely dangerous when confined to a small container. In addition, certain smokeless powders with a high-nitroglycerine concentration can be induced to detonate.” Source: Prof. Bruce R. McCord, Dept. of Chemistry, Ohio Univ., FBI Forensic Science Communications, IV:2 (April 2002), http://www.fbi.gov/hq/lab/fsc/backissu/april2002/mccord.htm.

    Gresham was obviously just talking “off the cuff”. But his statements are not just misinformed, they are potentially dangerous. From this example (and other lesser mistakes), we conclude that GunTalk.TV better bring in more competent technical advisers in a hurry.

    It’s good to see more coverage of the shooting sports on the web. However GunTalk.TV needs to build a better product if the show is to “catch on” with serious shooters.

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    December 1st, 2007

    Air Travel Tips for Hunters and Shooters

    Are you headed to the southern hemisphere for a winter hunt? Or perhaps you’re planning a cross-country airline trip with your precious match rifles? Remington has a helpful article on Airline Travel with tips on how to safeguard your guns while complying with airline flight regulations. The well-researched article contains specific recommendations for firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows, hunting knives, chemical repellents, and even fishing tackle.

    CLICK HERE to READ ARTICLE

    The article links to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site, an excellent general travel info source. The TSA maintains a regularly-updated list of Permitted and Prohibited Items. You should definitely consult this list before heading to the airport. Of course, you should also check with your particular air carrier — each airline has its own specific baggage handling regulations. You’ll find links to the major domestic airlines in the article.

    Photo: “Tuffpak” gun case from Hunters Headquarters.

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