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April 20th, 2008

33db NRR Earplugs just $0.26 per pair

Howard Leight Max® Foam Earplugs offer the highest noise reduction of any shooters’ earplug you can buy–33 decibels. The NRR 33 rating makes the MAX the highest rated disposable earplug in the US. We prefer the corded variety as you’re less likely to lose them and the cord keeps the plugs comfortably draped around your neck when not in use. You can get big savings by buying in bulk. DiscountSafetyGear.com sells 100 pairs for just $25.99. That’s a heck of a lot better than the typical range price of $1.50 a pair (or more). Go in with a buddy on a 100-pack and you’ll have enough pairs for years of safe shooting, with plenty of spares to give to friends and shooting companions.

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April 19th, 2008

Precise Case Trimming without a Micrometer

Do you have a Wilson case trimmer but can’t afford the $84.00 to add the handy Micrometer upgrade (Sinclair Int’l item 05-4500)? Well Boyd Allen has come up with a clever use of a standard set of calipers that lets you set the cut length precisely within .001″. Just open the jaws of your caliper and put one jaw on the outboard end of the ring (with set screw) that holds the threaded length-adjusting rod. Set the other caliper jaw on the flat face at the end of the threaded rod that contacts the case rim. If you have a sample case set to the correct cut length, use that to set the position of the threaded rod. Then use your calipers to measure that length. This way you can repeat the cut length each time, or adjust the trimmed case precisely in .001″ increments.

If you change from one cartridge to another, just use your calipers to re-set the desired cut length. Alternatively, ReedG notes you can use the inside caliper jaws and measure directly from the end of the threaded rod to the cutter face. That’s a bit trickier, but it measures actual trim length.

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April 19th, 2008

Nosler Reloading Guide #6 on Sale

The much-anticipated Nosler Reloading Guide Number Six is now on sale for $19.95 at Powder Valley. The Nosler Guide has long been considered one of the better reloading guides in print, with good coverage of basic reloading techniques. The greatly expanded 6th edition features 848 pages of information, covering 117 cartridges. You’ll find freshly-fired data for the entire line of Nosler bullets, as well as data for many of the popular, new factory cartridges. Load data for each cartridge is presented in a graphic format, with starting, intermediate and maximum loads for each powder (and bullet weight) listed. Nosler’s system uses a simple, easy-to-read bar graphs to show velocity variation between powders.

Nosler introduces each cartridge section with personal commentaries and tips from some of the world’s best-known hunters, shooters and writers. This knowledgeable advice supplements the “raw data”, helping you select the right bullet and powder for your particular application. Nosler also offers “Comments From the Lab” for many cartridges. These Lab Comments, written by the Nosler ballistics team, assist in working up accurate, effective loads.

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April 18th, 2008

NRA Event Calendar Available Online

In addition to the events listed in AccurateShooter.com’s Event Calendar, the NRA maintains an online calendar of important matches and tournaments around the county. Click here to access the NRA Calendar and download registration forms for major events. The NRA Calendar includes National championships, State Championships, NRA Sectionals, and NRA Regionals. Disciplines covered include High Power Rifle, High Power Long Range, Smallbore Rifle, Black Powder Target Rifle, Air Rifle and Air Pistol, and Silhouette events for High Power Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, Black Powder Cartridge, Lever Action, and Air Rifle and Air Pistol.

NRA Calendar

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April 18th, 2008

17 Fireball and .221 Fireball Brass Now Available

Both .221 Fireball and 17 Fireball brass have been in short supply for quite some time. Remington is the only producer of Fireball brass, and with the popularity of the new 17 Fireball cartridge, most of the recent brass production went into Remington loaded ammo. Wildcatters have also created additional demand for Fireball brass to make into 20 Vartarg cases. The 20 Vartarg is an extremely efficient cartridge that can drive the accurate 32gr BlitzKing or 32gr V-Max at 3700+ FPS with just 18 to 20 grains of powder. You can form Vartarg cases either by necking-down .221 Fireball brass, or necking up the 17 Fireball cases.

17 Fireball Brass at LockStock.com
As of 4/18/08, Lock, Stock & Barrel has 9800 pieces of 17 Fireball brass in stock, sale-priced at $38.90 per 100 cases. FYI, Grafs.com and MidwayUSA are both currently “out of stock” on 17 Fireball brass.

.221 Fireball Brass at MidwayUSA
MidwayUSA recently received a large supply of .221 Fireball brass. MidwayUSA now has .221 Fireball cases in all lot sizes: 20, 100, 500, and 1000-count lots. A 100-piece box (item 413527) is priced at $32.99, while a 500-piece box (item 145641) costs $151.99.

If you’re looking for large quantities of 17 or .221 Fireball brass, you may want to get your orders in quickly. Vendors are reporting very high demand for the brass.

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April 18th, 2008

How to Use Bulletin Calendar and Search Functions

There are now over 850 Entries in our Daily Bulletin, going back to March, 2007. In our Archives are many “nuggets” you can discover. Here’s a quick guide to our search options.

New Calendar Tool: We just added a clickable Calendar to make it even easier to find older Bulletin entries. Just click the date to view the stories for that day. When reviewing the last two or three weeks of entries, you may find it easier to click day by day rather than scroll down a long page.

Keyword Search: You can search for any Bulletin item by keyword, such as “Sightron”, or “Camp Perry”, or “6XC”. The keyword search is very fast and effective.

Find by Category: In addition, our posts are grouped into categories, such as “Competition”, “Reloading”, and “Optics”. The categories appear at the top right of every Bulletin Page.

Monthly Archives: You can also quickly access an entire month’s worth of posts. Just click on the month you want and all the posts from that month will appear, starting with the most recent item (end of month first).

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April 17th, 2008

Davis Sets New 600-Yard IBS Record

This past weekend, Mike Davis set a new 600-yard, IBS score record of 50-2X (0.941″), shooting a 6 BRX that he built himself. Mike nailed the record at the Piedmont Gun Club using Danzac-coated Berger 105gr VLD bullets pushed by 33.5 grains of Varget and CCI 450s. His rifle had a 26″, 1:8.4″-twist Brux barrel, chambered for a no-turn 6 BRX, and a BAT RB/LP/RE action. Congrats to Mike on some great shooting. If you want to see how it was done, here’s a video of Mike shooting 5 rounds at “match pace” with his 6 BRX.

CLICK HERE to WATCH VIDEO (5 Shots in 18 Seconds)

Mike Davis 6BRX

Mike Davis 6 BRX

A previous IBS score record was set by Larry Isenhour, also at Piedmont. In August 2007, Isenhour shot a beautiful 50-3X target but it was just slightly larger in group size — 0.944″ as certified. Because group size, not X-count, is the tie-breaker among equal “perfect” 50 scores, Mike Davis just grabbed the record by a few thousandths of an inch.

Mike offers this report: “Saturday, April 12, 2008, was Piedmont Gun Club’s second match of the year. Conditions looked grim. There was lightning in the distance and we were surrounded by black clouds. When the first shot went down range the wind was blowing pretty good. As the day progressed the wind worsened, and was switching terribly. I could tell by the end of the Heavy Gun class that the faster I could get all shots down range the better. I really concentrated on my aiming point, and trying to remain smooth and fast for Light Gun. The first target I shot in Light Gun class was the record target, 50-2X with a .941″ group. The two “X” shots were right on top of each other (see target). I had also cleaned the gun prior to this group. The second target had four shots under 1″ and the fifth shot went straight right approximately 3.5″, making this group a 4″ — I knew I had gotten caught in one of the switching wind conditions. I repeated the same steps for the remaining two targets, and it paid off. I won the Light Gun class for group with a 3″ Aggregate in wind that toppled over the wind flags and blew away our Easy-Up tent.”

Mike Davis 6 BRX

Gun Specifications
6BRX no turn neck .112″ free bore
BAT Model B RB/LP/RE 7.5″ round action, Jewell trigger
HV BRUX barrel 1 in 8.4″ twist at 26″ in length
Stock work and bedding by Mike Isenhour (cedar/curly maple/carbon fiber with weight system)
Leupold 45x Competition w/a 3x Gene Davis optical booster mounted with BAT rings
Farley front rest and a Protektor rear bag

Mike Davis 6 BRX

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April 17th, 2008

Lones Wigger Named to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Olympic marksman Lones W. Wigger, Jr. has been voted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Lones will be inducted into the Hall during a June 19 ceremony in Chicago, Illinois. “It’s a tremendous honor to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and especially to represent the shooting sports,” said Wigger. “I am overwhelmed and can’t hardly believe it. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and supported me.”

Seventy-year-old Wigger (Colorado Springs, Colo.), a rifle shooter whose career spanned 25 years, is a three-time Olympian, having competed at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where he won a combined two gold and one silver medals. In addition, he qualified for the 1980 Olympic Team.

Wigger also competed on five Pan American Games teams, where he won five silver and 13 gold medals. During his shooting career, Wigger won 111 medals and set 29 world records in international competition, more than any other shooter in the world. He is a member of the USA Shooting Hall of Fame and was also honored in 1996 by the USOC as a “Golden Olympian.” A retired Army Lt. Col., Wigger is a two-tour Vietnam Veteran and spent 25 years on active duty.

The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 is composed of nine Olympians, one Paralympian, an Olympic coach, Veteran, Team and Special Contributor.

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April 16th, 2008

Fire Control Joystick Rest — User Review

Battenfeld Technologies has created a new Joystick front rest that allows shooters to adjust BOTH windage and elevation with one movement of the control arm. The 18-lb Caldwell “Fire Control” rest from Battenfeld operates much like a Farley, but it is about one-quarter the cost ($199.00 at MidwayUSA, item 956104). The new Fire Control rest features stainless steel leveling feet on a 28″ x 9″ cast-metal base. It offers 50″ of vertical adjustment (at 100 yards). The Fire Control rest comes with two front bags — a traditional medium-width bag AND a 3” lobe bag.

Availability
Midway is still waiting for shipments of the rests. G.I. Joe’s Outdoor Supply, 1-800-442-8834, gijoes[at]mchsi.com , has them in stock right now, for $199.95 or $210.00 delivered to lower 48.

Forum Member Reviews Fire Control Rest
Early versions of the Caldwell Fire Control rest have recently shipped. Forum member NonLiberal purchased one. He tested it this week and provides this report:

“I received my Caldwell Fire Control rest today. First I’ll describe the shortcomings and items that needed adjustment:

1. The narrow bag that came with it is too thick, so you will have to have a tall rear bag to use it unless you are shooting down-hill.

2. The long joystick rod (with ball end) attaches to a short shaft (in the rubber boot) with one screw with a plastic head. That would be fine but the short shaft is round and the end of the attaching screw is flat. So you either must tighten the screw so tight that the plastic might break or mill/file a flat on the side of the short shaft. I plan to mill a flat section on the small stud shaft with a Dremel so the longer handle can’t slip and rotate.

3. When it came out of the box, the joystick couldn’t even hold its own weight and would fall to the bottom of travel. I was able to increase the tension, however.

4. The coarse vertical adjustment was so tight it would move the whole rest turning the knob.

5. The wide front bag is the normal, cheap cordura 3-lobe bag that comes with all the other Caldwell rests. (It is working well but it’s still cheaply made.)

Those were pretty much all the problems I could find with the rest. The good part is the instructions tell you how to adjust joystick tension and course vertical to your liking.

Function Test — Overall, the Rest Works Well
After making the adjustments, the joystick moves freely with good positive motion. It’s not glass smooth but is good enough that I won’t complain. I imagine it will get smoother with time. I had a 17-lb rifle sitting on it just to see if the vertical height would creep down and it didn’t move in 45 minutes.

The base seems to be a good design. When pushing the gun into the rifle stop the Fire Control doesn’t tip as easy as my Hart base. The Fire Control is a little narrower (from side to side) than my Hart, so I can get the Caldwell closer to the edge of the bench where I like to be. One gripe — my Fire Control didn’t include the bubble level shown in the pictures.

With the rest at its lowest setting, the cradle sits 6.5″ above the bench. I didn’t measure the range of motion but at 100 yards its definitely enough to cover a standard Hunter Benchrest Target and then some. I did notice, with the 17-lb gun, that when the joystick hits the very top of adjustment it drops just a touch when I let go. This can probably be adjusted out or I will just set the coarse adjustment a little high center on the target.

I like the way the Caldwell adjusts for height with the knob on the left side. For me it is nice not having to deal with the wheel and screw method for changing course elevation. At my home I shoot on a slight downhill grade and have to change back and forth a lot when I go to the range.

CLICK HERE for VIDEO of FIRE CONTROL Rest

Caldwell Fire Control is a ‘Keeper’
I did have a buyer for this rest if I didn’t want to keep it but I think I will hang on to it. I’m not even trying to compare this rest to some of the ‘works of art’ that are out there but for someone like me that really wanted to use or at least try out a joystick rest but couldn’t justify the cost of a Farley or Seb, this is a good option even if it’s just to get your feet wet and upgrade later. Cost was less than $200 plus shipping.

The Fire Control design is so new that I cannot comment on how long it will last or any problems that may develop. But, as it stands today, I would buy it again.”

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April 16th, 2008

Steel Challenge on Outdoor Channel Today

Michael Bane’s Shooting Gallery broadcasts highlights from the 2007 Steel Challenge today on the Outdoor Channel. The Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships were founded in 1981 with 70 shooters competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes that first year. In the 26 years since, the match has grown to become one of the crown jewels of the shooting circuit and the premier professional pistol competition with more than 220 of the world’s fastest shooters competing for over $390,000 in cash and prizes in 2007. The 2007 event featured the Outdoor Channel/Sig Sauer 80-Second Challenge. The first shooter to break 80 seconds overall time on the 8-stage Steel Challenge course, the equivalent of the 4-minute mile, could take home a check for $30,000. The show airs April 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm Eastern time on the Outdoor Channel.

European Steel Challenge May 2-4 in Netherlands
In related news, the 2008 European Steel Challenge will be held May 2-4 at Winterswik, the Netherlands. Over 150 of Europe’s best competition pistol shooters will compete for the European Speed Shooting Championships and €25,000 Euros in prizes. Championships will be determined in the Women’s, Senior, Super Senior divisions and in several categories including Rimfire, Stock and Open class Pistol/Revolver — the Formula 1 category of the shooting sports. For more info, visit www.EuropeanSteelChallenge.nl, or contact Hans Wigger, firearms [at] firearms.nl .

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April 15th, 2008

Programs and On-line Entry System for Camp Perry Events

Official Programs for the CMP National Trophy and CMP Games Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, are now posted on the CMP website. Also, potential competitors can now sign up online via the new CMP Competitor On-Line Entry System.

On the CMP web site, you can also find Official Programs for the 2008 Pistol and Rifle Small Arms Firing Schools, the 2008 National Trophy Pistol Matches and other events. Use the pull-down match menu on the CMP home page or go directly to the CMP’s National Match Index Page.

First-Day Ceremonies Planned
Once again, the colorful First Shot Ceremony will officially open the matches. This year’s ceremony is on Monday afternoon, 7 July. The 2008 First Shot Speaker is John Sigler, President of the NRA. Other planned highlights include a military band performance, Air National Guard jet fly-by, and Army National Guard parachute jump. The ceremony, which takes place at the end of the first day of the Pistol Small Arms Firing School, will be followed by a “National Matches Visitor Reception” in the Camp Perry Club House.

New Home for Airgun Competition
The 2008 National Matches will debut a new home for the air gun matches that formerly took place in a small air gun range on Commercial Row. The new Camp Perry CMP Competition Center will have 80 firing points equipped with electronic targets. The new facility will host a 60-shot air pistol event with finals on on July 13, and a special 60-shot air rifle match will be fired on the new range on July 15, along with other multi-day events.

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April 15th, 2008

Williamsport Hosts 1K Benchrest School

From May 9-11, the Original Pennsylvania 1000 Yard club will host the nation’s first multi-day long-range benchrest school at its Williamsport range. For $200, up to 24 “students” will enjoy one night and two days of intensive training under the tutelage of some of the nations’ top 1000-yard shooters. On Friday night, May 9th, students will meet their mentors, including school director Frank Grappone, and will work on informal “homework” assignments.

Saturday morning, the class moves to the range for a full day of hands-on technical training. Topics will include precision reloading, load development, gun handling, use of chronograph, analysis of shooting results, gun cleaning, and target analysis. The Williamsport Club will provide the rifles, plus all reloading components–powder, primers, and bullets. Saturday’s training sessions are followed by a steak dinner, including in the $200 seminar price.

On Sunday, after an early training session covering bench set-up and match strategies, students will participate in a 1000-yard match, spending time both behind the trigger and in the pits. Instructors will explain how to read conditions, and will demonstrate target measuring and analysis after the relays. The program will wrap up before 4:00 pm on Sunday.

The 1000-yard Benchrest School is limited to 24 students. Gunsmiths Bruce Baer and Mark King, and many Williamsport Hall of Fame shooters will provide instruction. There should be no more than three students per advisor. Over the course of the weekend, trainees will receive 14-16 hours of quality “hands-on” instruction, plus actual match shooting time. This program is design for novice to intermediate shooters. For more information, contact School Director Frank Grappone, (517) 796-9622, frankgrappone [@] sbcglobal.net. Act soon, if you’re interested. Only a dozen or so slots are still available, and the sign-up deadline is May 1st.

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April 15th, 2008

Hodgdon and ADI Powder Equivalents

Many of the most popular powders sold under the Hodgdon brand in the USA (including Varget and H4350) are made by ADI Ltd. in Australia. Some load manuals list ADI data, but not Hodgdon data, or vice-versa, so we’ve compiled this list of equivalent powders. If you can’t find a recommended load for a particular Hodgdon powder in your caliber, download the latest ADI Smokeless Powders Handloaders Guide, a 2.8 megabyte Acrobat file.

Here’s a list of ADI to Hodgdon Powder equivalents:

AS30N=Clays
AP50N = (No Hodgdon)
AS50N = International
AP70N = Universal
AP100 = (No Hodgdon)
AR2205 = H4227
AR2207 = H4198
AR2219 = H322
Bench Mark1 = (No Hodgdon)
Bench Mark2 = BenchMark
AR2206 = (No Hodgdon)
AR2206H = H4895
AR2208 = Varget
AR2209 = H4350
AR2213 = (Discontinued)
AR2213SC = H4831
AR2217 = H1000
AR2225 = Retumbo
AR2218 = H50BMG

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April 14th, 2008

Brownells Offers Scope Mounting Video

Brownells has a helpful Instructional Video showing how to attach a one-piece scope mount and dove-tailed rings on a rifle. Brownells tech David Bennetts shows how to degrease the parts properly, torque the screws correctly, and adjust scope placement for proper eye relief.

CLICK HERE to WATCH VIDEO

In the video, Bennetts installs a conventional ring set with dove-tail front ring + windage adjustable rear ring. We actually prefer a non-adjustable double-dovetail installation. Double dovetails provide a rock-solid, low-profile installation that works well on hunting rifles–you never have to worry about the rear ring working loose. Burris makes double-dovetail sets with Signature polymer inserts. Offset (assymetric) inserts allow “pre-loaded” windage correction in the rings themselves. Hence you don’t need an old-fashioned rear ring that slides from side to side for gross windage adjustments.

This video is just an introductory clip. It does not cover ring lapping or more sophisticated methods of reticle alignment. We recommend, when mounting the scope, to use multiple bubble levels and a plumb line to ensure that the scope’s cross-hairs are truly aligned properly. With some commercial scopes, unfortunately, the reticle is canted up to 3° internally relative to the turrets. With such a scope, you CAN set the reticle square, but then your turrets will be canted relative to the receiver. That creates issues when shooting at long range. Accordingly, if your scope has a badly canted reticle, you should send it back to the manufacture for warranty repair.

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April 14th, 2008

Ruger Recalls SR9 Pistols

In 2007, Ruger launched its new polymer-framed, SR9™ striker-fired 9mm pistol designed to compete with the Glock, Springfield XP, and S&W MP handguns. The gun was slim, with a comfortable grip. Unfortunately, Ruger has “determined that some Ruger SR9 pistols manufactured between October 2007 and April 2008 can, under certain conditions, fire if dropped with their manual safeties in the ‘off’ or ‘fire’ position.” Accordingly, Ruger has issued an SR9 Recall Notice.

To correct the problem, a new trigger group must be fitted by Ruger. If you own an SR9, submit contact info on Ruger’s SR9 Recall Registration Page. Once you register, Ruger will send you a shipping label and shipping box so you can return your pistol to us FREE of charge. After installing the new trigger group, Ruger will return the pistol (at no charge), along with FREE extra magazine.

For more details, or to submit your info by phone, call the SR9 Recall Hotline, 1-800-784-3701.

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April 13th, 2008

Swampworks Revives JLK Bullet Designs

Jimmy Knox may have retired, but his high-performance bullet designs are still available for competitive shooters. The JLK line of projectiles is now produced by Swampworks Inc., which acquired Jimmy’s dies and components.

Swampworks’ Owner, Steve “Swampy” Milholland, tells us: “We are in regular production now of new bullets in the most popular calibers. These bullets are produced with the SAME tooling, the SAME bullet forming dies, and the SAME quality components from the same suppliers. We are producing the ‘new’ bullets on the old designs one batch at a time, based on demand.” We’ve heard good reports about the Swampworks JLK bullets, particularly the 6mm 105gr VLD and 6.5mm, 130gr VLD.

Here are current prices on some popular JLK Bullets:

.224 75gr VLD 250-count $62.00
.224 80gr VLD 250-count $62.75
6mm 105gr VLD 200-count $58.30
.257 108gr VLD 200-count $62.30
6.5mm 130gr VLD 150-count $48.90
7mm 180gr VLD 125-count $47.00
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April 13th, 2008

Ruger & MidwayUSA Offer Industry Jobs

The NSSF’s online Jobs Board lists a number of available jobs with gun and outdoors industry employers. Some very interesting positions were recently listed.

Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Marketing Director

Ruger is looking for a new . Marketing Director. This is a six-figure job with responsibility for creating marketing plans for Rugers pistols, rifles and shotguns. The job is based in Southport, CT at the main Sturm, Ruger & Co., headquarters. According to Ruger: “The Director of Marketing is responsible for driving demand for Ruger products with both Consumers and our trade partners. The ideal candidate will be one who understands the passion that our customers have for shooting sports and hunting and finds new and novel ways to communicate and promote the Ruger brand and products.”

Editor’s Comment — What Ruger Really Needs
Given the way the gun industry works, we expect Ruger will take the “safe and easy” route — i.e. make a lateral hire of a “seasoned” marketing guy from another gun maker. In so doing, Ruger will probably hire an industry “old hand” who doesn’t have much creativity, and who has out-worn his stay at his current company. We think Ruger would be better served by hiring someone who can bring a truly new approach to Ruger’s marketing and product development.

Ruger needs someone who can speak with candor and deliver fresh ideas. Ruger has “missed the boat” on many of the most important trends in the shooting market. They didn’t produce rifles for the cowboy action market, they have nothing for the tactical and precision rifle markets, and, most importantly, they don’t have any products that can generate large, lucrative military contracts. In the last year, Ruger has lost 68% of its stock value. It’s time for a serious shake-up in Southport. This should begin with a new Marketing Director who can bring new ideas to the table, one who’s willing to “knock heads” with the old guard. Ruger’s current product lines need to be improved and revamped if it hopes to retain market share in the decades ahead.

MidwayUSA
Gunsmith & Technical Writer

MidwayUSA has an opening for Gunsmith & Technical Writer. For many of our readers, this would be a dream job. You would be directly involved with TV shows that show the fine points of reloading and shooting to a nationwide audience. MidwayUSA notes: “As a Gunsmith & Technical Writer, you will be responsible for working on a variety of gunsmithing projects for all MidwayUSA commercials, vignettes, and advertisements. You’ll play a pivotal role in scripting the gunsmithing projects seen on Wednesday Night at the Range.”

In addition to the gunsmith/writer job, MidwayUSA is looking for an Internet (web) Marketing Specialist. This person will be responsible for running internet ad campaigns, and promoting inbound links to the Midway website. This should be an exciting job for a web-savvy person with an interest in firearms and new media. The job requires good communication skills, but you do NOT have to be a programmer — that work is done by someone else.

If you are interested in either position, forward your resume and cover letter detailing your experience to HumanResources@MidwayUSA.com or call (573) 447-5135 for more info.

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April 12th, 2008

Dieter Anschütz Retires. Son Jochen Takes Helm.

Dieter AnschutzDieter Anschütz, president of the J.G. ANSCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KG retired on March 31, 2008. Dieter Anschütz has lead the company since 1968. For the past 16 years, Dieter has been aided by his son Jochen. As of April 1, Jochen Anschütz takes over as sole president of the German rifle manufacturer.

Jochen will become the fifth generation of the Anschütz family to lead the company. The company was founded by Julius Gottfried Anschütz in 1856 and located in the Thuringian city of Zella-Mehlis until 1945. The innovative spirit of the founder and the following generations helped the small gunsmith shop grow to become one of Europe’s leading rifle and pistol manufacturers. World War II put a sudden end to this story of success. But, after the war, brothers Max and Rudolf Anschütz re-established the company in Ulm, West Germany. These brothers proved able successors to their grandfather who founded the ANSCHÜTZ company. Today, as in the 19th Century, the management of the company remains a family affair.

Anschutz 64 Benchrest

New Rimfire Benchrest Anschütz Rifle
Among the new products for 2008 are a new rimfire benchrest rifle, the Model 64 S BR, based on the model 64 action. Chambered in either 22LR and 17 HMR, the gun weighs 9.5 lbs with a 20″ barrel (on the 22LR). The gun features a wide flat fore-end, and a 2-stage match trigger, set by the factory at 7.4 ounces. An extended adjustable buttplate is optional, though we question why one would want that on a benchrest gun. Still, the rifle looks like an interesting design that should find a market in the USA, at least in informal club competition. For more information, visit Anschutz-Sporters.com, or download the 2008 brochure:

ANSCHÜTZ 2008 Brochure (English 1.5 mb PDF file).

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April 12th, 2008

Wipe-Out Now Offers Tube and Breech Plug

Regular readers of this website know that we are big fans of Wipe-Out brushless bore cleaner. A good 3-4 hour soak with Wipe-Out (after a few wet patches to remove the loose carbon), may be all the cleaning your barrel needs. Some barrels DO benefit from moderate brushing, but Wipe-Out is remarkably effective, and can save you countless hours of labor over the course of a shooting season.

Wipeout foam bore cleaner

Wipe-Out, from SharpShoot-R™ Precision Products, comes in a can with a nozzle to spray directly into the muzzle. Some folks prefer to apply Wipe-Out through the breech — that way excess foam drips off the end of the barrel and doesn’t get into your action or on your stock. Now SharpShoot-R offers an inexpensive Applicator Spout tube that allows you to squirt foam from the breech. Costing just $2.50 (MSRP), the tube fits calibers from 17-Cal and up, sealing the chamber with a special fitting. The other end of the tube fits snuggly on the spray nozzle.

Wipe-Out Allows More Shooting, Less Cleaning
This editor’s cleaning regimen for a 6BR with 3-groove Pac-Nor barrel, is 3-4 wet patches of solvent (Butch’s, Carb-Out, or Shooter’s Choice), followed by Wipe-Out. I apply the Wipe-Out once, filling the bore, then wait 30 minutes or so for the bubbles to settle. Then I re-apply Wipe-Out, wait 3-4 hours, and dry-patch. That’s it. No brushing, no JB.

When the Pac-Nor was brand new, in windless conditions, this gun shot high ones (with 80s) and low twos (with 105s). Now, with 700 rounds on the barrel, it still holds that accuracy, and there has never been a brush in the bore–not even a nylon one. The throat has only advanced about .004″. Not all barrels are so magical, however. YOUR barrel may certainly require a more aggressive cleaning routine, including brushing, but you’ll still find that Wipe-Out can save you time and energy.

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April 11th, 2008

Heavy Artillery — Russo Reveals the .338-408 'Big Baer'

Yesterday’s Bulletin item concerning Joel Russo shooting at 1680 yards (almost a mile) created a stir. We asked Joel for more info on his cartridge, a .338-408 “Big Baer”. This is an improved version of the .408 Cheytac, necked down to .338 caliber. Joel is currently using it with the 0.768 BC Sierra 300gr MatchKing. The parent .408 CheyTac brass, which costs over $2.00 per case, is produced by TTI Armory and Jamison Int’l (sold by Grafs.com). The TTI brass is considered superior, but it is harder to get.

Yes, readers, that’s a mighty big case. H20 capacity of the parent case is a mind-blowing 159 grains! Powders of choice for this cartridge are ultra-slow burners such as H50BMG, Norma MRP, VV N170, and Retumbo. Joel is using H50BMG powder with Federal 215 primers to push the Sierra 300gr MK over 3150 fps.

.338-408 Baer Cheytac

Joel tells us: “The parent case is the .408 Cheytac. I neck it down to .375 first, then to .338, then turn the necks. The shoulder blows out on the first fire-forming shot. Speaking of my .338-.408 rifle, would you believe I put a used barrel on that thing? I re-contoured it and fluted it, then gave it to Bruce Baer. It was originally chambered by Bruce as a .338-.378 Wby. It only had about 125 rounds through when it was pulled. The rifle flat-out shoots, so I guess the theories about re-contouring and fluting barrels are myths.

Although I only shoot in ultra-long-range matches once or twice a year, I shoot year-round at extended ranges. We are in the process of designing rings that will enable me to shoot this rifle out to 2,500 and 3,000 yards. We are going to put the .338 300 SMK to the test to see how far it will stay supersonic in the ‘real world’.”

Joel is a stockmaker who produces quality High Power, Long-range Benchrest, and multi-purpose stocks. For more info on the ultra-long-range shooting, contact Joel at (717) 805-0940, or jkrussos [at] comcast.net .

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