April 29th, 2009

Great Deals on Berger Bullets at MidwayUSA

Berger 6mm bulletsForum Member Boyd Allen discovered that MidwayUSA is offering great prices on some high-quality Berger Match bullets. MidwayUSA has 6mm Berger 68gr FB Match hollowpoints, product 584518, on sale for just $20.19 per hundred. These are outstanding bullets. I have personally witnessed seven successive 5-shot groups shot with these bullets (at 100 yards) from a 6PPC and the average group size was less than 0.180″. Six out of seven groups were under 0.200″. Will you get that kind of accuracy? We certainly won’t make any promises. But we were mightily impressed with the Berger 68s we tried… they shot every bit as well as more expensive “boutique” bullets in a Shilen-barreled 6PPC built by Ron Hoehn.

Midway is also discounting ($2.30 off retail) Berger’s 35gr FB 20-caliber varmint bullets, MidwayUSA item 584073. These bullets shoot great in .204 Ruger, 20 Vartarg, or 20-223 (aka 20 Practical) varmint rifles. They have very low recoil but expand explosively on small varmints. The current sale price, good through the end of May, 2009, is $20.19 per 100-count box.

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April 29th, 2009

SoCal Varmint Silhouette Match This Weekend

About 24 miles east of Oceanside, California (near the Camp Pendleton Marine base) is the Pala Reservation. On that Native American land you’ll find an impressive new Casino Resort & Spa, plus an excellent shooting range. The first Sunday of every month, many of Southern California’s top shooters come to Pala to enjoy a challenging Varmint Silhouette Match. Ten targets are set at each of the following distances:

200 meters – Field Mice (also called “pikas”)
300 meters – Crows (with a triangular center cut out, just for a little more challenge)
385 meters – California squirrels
500 meters – Jack Rabbits
600 yards – Prairie Dogs

Pala Silhouette Match

There’s a North County Shootist Association Varmint Silhouette match this Sunday, May 3rd, and your Editor will be there covering the event. We invite AccurateShooter.com readers to come join the fun. You’ll need a very accurate rifle, and 80-100 rounds of ammo. You can shoot either rested prone (F-Class style), from bipod, or from a wooden bench with front pedestal and rear bag. Any rifle 6.5 caliber or under is allowed, with no weight restrictions. Muzzle brakes are permitted. There’s a one-hour sight-in period starting at 8 am, and the match starts at 9 am sharp. The folks at Pala run a tight ship, cycling multiple relays efficiently, so everybody gets to shoot 50 targets (10 each at five different yardages), and the show is usually completed by 1:00 pm. (Then if you want… head over to the Pala Casino for some gambling fun, or maybe a spa treatment.)

At Pala varmint shoots, max caliber is 6.5mm, to limit target damage. Typically you see a BR-style rifle, with a heavy, 26-30″ barrel, often using a muzzle brake. You need a very accurate chambering, so you’ll see 6BRs, Dashers, 6-284s, 6.5-47s, and a few 6mm Remingtons. (Note, the 6.5s are limited to 109gr max bullet weight to prevent target damage.) When this Editor last shot at Pala, Forum Member John Adams was kind enough to let me shoot his wicked little 22 Dasher. It proved very accurate, and very flat-shooting. I was impressed.

CLICK HERE for Match Info and Range Details

CLICK HERE to read a feature story on the Pala Varmint Silhouette Program

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April 29th, 2009

Shooting Sports USA Examines Shooters' Vision

Shooting Sports USA MagazineShooting Sports USA is the NRA’s dedicated journal for competition shooters of all disciplines. Shooting Sports USA offers feature stories, news briefs, and a comprehensive schedule of events, organized by discipline. You can now read the latest May 2009 issue in digital format on the web–at no cost. In fact, online subscriptions are free. You can sign up to receive a reminder in your inbox every time a new issue is available.

This month’s cover story, “Winning Vision: A Guide for the Eye Care Professional,” is a must-read. It’s written by Dr. Norman H. Wong, O.D., a professional eye doctor and competitive shooter.

Shooting Sports USA MagazineThe article is written to help shooters and eye doctors find the best solutions for vision problems. We know many shooters, particularly as they hit “middle age” and beyond, experience a variety of vision issues. However, it’s common for shooters to ignore their eye problems, at the same time spending buckets of money on expensive optics. Pay attention to what Dr. Wong writes and you can benefit. Remember that the last element in the sighting system is the human eye — and no scope, no matter how sophisticated, can overcome serious failings in a shooters’ vision that remain uncorrected.

CLICK HERE for an archive of 24 more vision-related articles by Dr. Wong. Forum Member Jim Hardy comments: “[The] 24 articles by Dr. Norman Wong address many of the ocular issues confronting the competitive shooter. I downloaded all 55 pages and consider it mandatory reading for anyone associated with the shooting sports, whether you shoot iron sights or scope — handgun or rifle. The information is absolutely invaluable.

If you are not seeing your best, you cannot shoot your best. If you don’t know the questions to ask your eye professional, you are not likely to get the answers your need — starting with the selection of your eye care professional. The Rx that works for reading, work, and driving may not be close to what you need on the range. These articles will give you the basic education you need to address the vision issues in your shooting game.”

Dr. Norman H. Wong, OD

This item is provided courtesy the NRA Blog.

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