March 10th, 2018

IWA Outdoor Classics Show in Germany, March 9-12

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

The IWA Outdoor Classics trade show opened Friday, March 9, in Nuremberg, Germany. Now through Monday, March 12, some 1562 exhibitors will be showing their products at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. This is a hugely popular event — last year’s IWA Outdoor Classics trade show attracted 49,253 trade visitors from 119 countries, and attendance should be even higher this year.

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show


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IWA is Europe’s biggest combined trade show for the hunting, shooting, and civilian/military security industries. And this year, IWA Outdoor Classics was coordinated with EnforceTac, a two-day Law Enforcment/Security trade show held March 7-8, in Nuremberg.

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

Quick History of the IWA Trade Show
IWA OutdoorClassics 2018 in Nuremberg celebrates 45 years as Europe’s leadnign trade show for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor, and security products. What would become the IWA event started in 1974 with a small exhibition for the Association of German Gunsmiths and Gun Traders annual meeting. The first trade show had 106 exhibitors and around 2,000 trade visitors. Over the years, this German exhibition for gunsmithing and firearms trading evolved into the highly international trade fair IWA Outdoor Classics. This huge trade show now encompasses 100,000 square meters in 11 exhibition halls.

Over the years, the original focus on hunting, sports firearms, and ammunition was extended to outdoor clothing, gear, accessories, optics, and electronics for outdoor pursuits. The IWA OutdoorClassics has also become one of the world’s largest trade fairs for knives, with around 200 exhibitors.

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

IWA outdoor classics gun hunting trade show

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March 10th, 2018

How to Make a Dummy Round — Greg Tannel Explains

Gre Tannel GreTan, Gre-Tan Rifles dummy round chambering gunsmith reamer chamber

How and Why to Create a Dummy Round
When you have a new custom rifle built, or a new barrel fitted to an existing rifle, it makes sense to create a dummy round. This should have your preferred brass and bullet types, with the bullet positioned at optimal seating depth. A proper dummy round helps the gunsmith set the freebore correctly for your cartridge, and also ensure the proper chamber dimensions.

Respected machinist, tool-maker, and gunsmith Greg Tannel of Gre-Tan Rifles explains: “I use the dummy round as a gauge to finish cut the neck diameter and throat length and diameter so you have [optimal] clearance on the loaded neck and the ogive of the bullet just touches the rifling.” He recommends setting bullet so the full diameter is just forward of the case’s neck-shoulder junction. “From there”, Greg says, “I can build you the chamber you want… with all the proper clearances”.

Greg Tannel has created a very helpful video showing how to create a dummy round. Greg explains how to measure and assemble the dummy and how it will be used during the barrel chambering process. Greg notes — the dummy round should have NO Primer and No powder. We strongly recommend that every rifle shooter watch this video. Even if you won’t need a new barrel any time soon, you can learn important things about freebore, leade and chamber geometry.

This has been a very popular video, with 244,000 views. Here are actual YouTube comments:

That is the best explanation I’ve ever seen. Thank you sir. — P. Pablo

Nice video. You do a very good job of making this easy for new reloaders to understand. I sure wish things like this were available when I started reloading and having custom rifles built. Once again, great job, and your work speaks for itself. — Brandon K.

Beautiful job explaining chambering clearances. — D. Giorgi

Another Cool Tool — The Stub Gauge

When you have your gunsmith chamber your barrel, you can also have him create a Stub Gauge, i.e. a cast-off barrel section chambered like your actual barrel. The stub gauge lets you measure the original length to lands and freebore when your barrel was new. This gives you a baseline to accurately assess how far your throat erodes with use. Of course, as the throat wears, to get true length-to-lands dimension, you need take your measurement using your actual barrel. The barrel stub gauge helps you set the initial bullet seating depth. Seating depth is then adjusted accordingly, based on observed throat erosion, or your preferred seating depth.

Stub Gauge Gunsmithing chamber gage model barrel

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March 10th, 2018

Cactus Classic Benchrest Match in Phoenix This Weekend

With all the interest in F-Class, PRS, and ELR, we sometimes forget that plenty of folks are still competiting in Short-Range Benchrest disciplines, with standards of accuracy we can only envy. For a PRS shooter, a good 100-yard, five-shot group would be half-MOA. For a benchrest shooter, a good group at 100 would be in the “Ones”. That’s smaller than 0.200″ center to center for five shots. And the small group of a Relay is often in the “Zeros”.

One of the best matches of the year, the Cactus Classic, is underway now at the Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, with 156 competitors. Many of the nation’s top “point-blank” shooters are competing with their 10.5-lb Light Varmint and 13.5-lb Heavy Varmint rifles. Many shooters run their LVs in HV classes as well, for simplicity (and to save money — one rifle costs less than two). In this game, the vast majority of shooters load at the range between relays. That lets them tune their loads to the condition — something that can help when you’re trying to shoot tiny dots.

Cactus Classic Benchrest LV HV Ben Avery Phoenix Berger

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