December 13th, 2014

Erin Go Big: .300 Blaser Magnum Barrel Block Beast from Ireland

.300 Blaser Magnum Cartridge F-ClassHere’s one of the latest F-Class projects from Enda Walsh of Custom & Precision Rifles in Ireland. This rifle features a free-floated BAT Machines ‘M’ action with a Benchmark barrel chambered in .300 Blaser Magnum (300 BM). The barreled action is secured with a large barrel block. This handsome, long-wheelbase F-Class rig is “new-born”, but it has already demonstrated some stunning accuracy at 1000 yards. Enda tells us: “I couldn’t wait until the rifle was fully polished before testing. I went to MNSCI (Midlands National Shooting Centre of Ireland) to shoot my new barrel block rifle. I came home with a huge smile on my face after shooting a five-shot group with 1.5″ vertical and 3″ horizontal at 1000 yards in an 8 mph wind.”

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Enda Walsh F-Class Ireland

AUDIO FILE: Enda Walsh Talks about his New .300 BM Barrel Block F-Open Rifle.

Below you can see the barrel block in the handsome Padouk wood and carbon fiber stock. Enda uses high-spec epoxy layered between the barrel and the aluminum barrel block. Yes, those three “super-sized” cartridges are .300 Blaser Magnums loaded with with 230gr Berger Hybrids. The smaller cartridge is a .308 Win (with 150gr bullet), provided for comparison. This .300 BM drives the 230s at 3140 FPS.

Enda Walsh F-Class Ireland

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.300 Blaser Magnum Cartridge F-Class.300 BM Runs 230-grainers at 3140 FPS!
Enda tells us: “I wanted something to beat the 300 WSM. After studying the .300 Blaser Magnum, I decided this was the [chambering] that could deliver high accuracy consistently and be able to shoot the 230gr Bergers at 3140 FPS. Using H1000 powder, they do very well but the case life is short at these speeds. We have backed them off a little and retained the accuracy and extended case life considerably.”

Enda says the 230gr Hybrids at 3140 fps drift much less in the wind than do 7mm 180gr Hybrids launched from a 7mm WSM. A quick run through JBM Ballistics for a 10 mph, full-value crosswind at 1000 yards (sea-level) tells the tale. JBM predicts 4.2 MOA horizontal deflection for the .30-caliber 230s at 3140 fps vs. 5.0 MOA for the 7mm 180s at 3050 fps. That 0.8 MOA difference represents more than 8 inches at 1000 yards. When you consider the small size of the F-Open X-Ring, you can see how the enhanced ballistics could be a game-changer in the wind.

Barrel Block Acts as Heat Sink
Enda needed a way to beat the heat, with this big case. He explains: “Because of the large case volume (roughly 82 grains of usable capacity) there are two issues. Firstly, throat wear, and secondly heat. To combat this I have a new reamer on order with slight alterations which will help the throat wear. To combat the heat affecting a 34″ barrel I decided to build a barrel block rifle. It was previously mounted in a standard stock, and when the barrel got too hot accuracy was an issue. The barrel block acts as a heat sink and also shortens the overhanging barrel considerably, which has greatly improved accuracy over a complete string. The block is made from aircraft grade aluminium.” As a final note, Enda wanted to thank Pacific Tool & Gauge for the special-order reamers.

Note the metal bag-rider “keel” on the underside of the buttstock.
Enda Walsh F-Class Ireland

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December 13th, 2014

Dream Jobs: NRA Seeks High Power Rifle Program Coordinator

So you’d like a job in the shooting industry? Looking for a position with responsibility? Well how’d you like to help run the NRA’s High Power Shooting Program for the whole darn country? That’s enough responsibility for a lifetime, we figure.

NRA High Power Competition Camp Perry

This is the real deal — we kid you not. The NRA is now seeking a National High Power Rifle Program Coordinator to work at NRA Headquarters in Virginia. The job description says the High Power Coordinator, in coordination with the High Power Manager, will “assist in the daily management of all traditional High Power programs and High Power Tactical programs.” This is a full-time position.

Here Are the Specific Job Duties:

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Assist the Manager in compiling and maintaining complete and accurate National Records and assumes the responsibility of initiating the National Records procedures.
2. Accurately maintain the database of Honorary Club Awards and provide accurate and timely recognition thereof.
3. Provide input to the establishment of a departmental budget as directed. Such input is based on participation in departmental activities that require budgetary support.
4. Assist in maintaining the departmental inventory and ordering of awards for High Power Rifle Championships and achievement programs as directed.
5. Research, compile, review, edit and draft program promotional materials as directed.
6. Work within traditional NRA High Power Rifle programs to bring in new equipment and courses of fire that will enhance the existing programs and increase participation.

If you are interested, CLICK HERE for more information and to submit a resume.

High power rifle

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December 13th, 2014

Get FREE 2015 SHOT Show Mobile App

SHOT Show 2014 Mobile App iOS Apple Android smartphone iphoneHeaded to SHOT Show in January? Then you should download the FREE SHOT Show Mobile App. Available for iOS (Apple), and Android OS devices, this App will really make it easier to plan your SHOT Show schedule, and navigate the floor of the Sands Convention Center. (There’s even a web-based app for Blackberry and Windows devices.) Learn more about the App at SHOTmobile.com.

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Handy Interactive Map
The App includes an interactive map that can direct you from your current location to your next destination. Arrange your meetings with a handy scheduling calendar. And you can search for any SHOT exhibitor by name or product category. In addition, the App lists major show events as well as important new products.

SHOT Show 2014 Mobile App iOS Apple Android smartphone iphone

The Free SHOT Show App lets you do some very cool things with your smartphone. You can contact exhibitors directly through the App to request appointments or callbacks. You can take notes while visiting a vendor’s booth or attending a seminar. Of course you can schedule your agenda, and see an entire day’s events in a glance. But perhaps the best function of all is the “Smart Route”. This allows you to create the most efficient point to point route from one booth location to another.

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