February 10th, 2014

Record-Setting 7mm RSAUM Ammo from Berger SW Nationals

For top-level competitors, hand-loading is truly the “relentless pursuit of perfection”. To build ammo capable of winning major long-range matches, you’ll need the best tools — and an almost obsessive attention to detail. The bullets must be ultra-consistent, powder charge weights must be “dead on”, seating depths (as measured from base of case to ogive) must be precise, and neck-tension must be the same for every round that goes in the chamber.

When you get it all correct, when every phase of the reloading process has been carried out perfectly, then you have rounds that can set records and win world titles. So what does championship-grade ammo look like? Take a look at the photo below. This is the 7mm RSAUM ammunition used by Kenny Adams at the Berger Southwest Nationals (SWN). Kenny is the 2013 F-Class World Champion. And he was also a member of Team Grizzly which won the SWN F-Open Team Grand Aggregate, setting a new National record in the process. Does your ammo look this good?

Kenny Adams ammunition Berger Southwest nationals

Kenny’s World-Beating 7mm RSAUM Load
For his 7mm RSAUMs Kenny loads Hodgdon H4350 powder and Federal 215m primers into Nosler or Norma RSAUM brass. In the RSAUM he runs Berger 180gr Hybrid bullets seated “just touching” the lands. Kenny is very precise with his charge weights. Using a Sartorius Magnetic Force Restoration scale, Kenny tries to hold his powder charges to within 1-2 kernels charge-weight consistency.

Kenny Adams ammunition Berger Southwest nationals
Kenny Adams ammunition Berger Southwest nationals

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February 10th, 2014

Rear Sandbag Solutions for F-Open and F-TR

At the Berger Southwest Nationals, innovative F-Class hardware was on display. In F-TR, bipods are continuing to evolve, with new variations at every match. (We saw the Flex bipod in action and it operates very differently than anything else out there). But with F-TR bipods and F-Open front rests having evolved to such a high level, the weak link in the rifle support chain may now be at the rear.

In both F-TR and F-Open, it seems that shooters are turning their attention rearward — devising new ways to stabilize (and elevate) the rear sandbags. We saw a variety of “sub-platforms” designed to give rear bags more lateral stability, and also raise the bags up off the ground. A few shooters have moved away from a conventional rear sandbag to a hybrid support that almost looks more like a front bag attached to a rigid block. Here are a couple rear bag set-ups we saw at Ben Avery in Phoenix. These should give you guys some ideas:

Berger SW Nationals SWN rear bag

Berger SW Nationals SWN rear bag
Berger SW Nationals SWN rear bag

Check out this simple but effective Do-It-Yourself rear rest. The “base” is a large, flat piece of particle board. Above that is a sizable block of wood with carpet tacked to the base. It appears that the carpet may be affixed to small velcro squares on the flat base. The most clever feature is on top. A V-style leather front bag has been adapted to support the rear of the rifle. This solution looks both effective and affordable.

Berger SW Nationals SWN rear bag

Berger SW Nationals SWN rear bag

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February 10th, 2014

Brownells Sponsors Ladies-Only 3-Gun Event with $130K in Prizes

3-Gun Ladies CompetitionMulti-gun competition is fast, fun, and exciting. But most 3-Gun matches are stag parties, with a small share of female competitors. Brownells is looking to change that situation and get more women involved in 3-Gun competition. Next fall, Brownells will sponsor the Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge, the first-ever all-ladies national 3-Gun major match. The event will run October 31 through November 1, 2014 at Atlanta’s South River Gun Club. Over $130,000 worth of prizes will be awarded.

“I have been in this game for 30 years, and we have never been able to sustain a high number of women in the shooting sports. This match will serve as a stepping stone to create an exclusive 3-Gun division for ladies, giving them a sustainable interest in the action shooting sports.” – Kay Miculek, Team Smith & Wesson, Brownells Ladies 3-Gun Assistant Match Director

200 Lady Shooters Will Attend
This 9-stage match, sanctioned by 3-Gun Nation and operated under the Regional Series Rules, is expected to attract 200 lady shooters from around the Nation. It will be set up on a Pro-Am format, with experienced 3-Gun lady shooters in the “Pro” class, and other competitors in the Amateur division. Competitors are assigned to one of three hardware divisions: Tac Optics, Tac Irons, or Open Divisions. This match boasts a prize table valued over $130,000.

3-Gun Ladies Competition

Who will be the “leading ladies” at the Brownells match this fall? Certainly Kay Miculek is a favorite. But Kay’s daughter Lena Miculek will undoubtedly challenge for the match win. Raised by two legendary shooters, Lena has winning in her genes. Lena is the current women’s IPSC World Shotgun Champion and the 2013 3-Gun Nation Lady’s Champion. (Lena also won the $25,000 Ladies’ top prize at the 2014 3-Gun Nation Shoot-Off.) We also expect that our friend Maggie Reese and Team FNH Shooter Tasha Hanish will challenge for the podium. You can see Tasha in action in the video below.

Team FNH Competitor Tasha Hanish at 2010 3-Gun Nation Finals:

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