August 6th, 2018

Bargain Finder 150: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

Accurateshooter Bargain Finder Deals of Week

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Grafs.com — 10% Off Lapua + 10% Off Shooting Supports

Accurateshooter Bargain Finder Deals of Week

Accurateshooter Bargain Finder Deals of Week

Grafs.com is running two great 10% Off Sales through 8/8/18. First, ALL in-stock Lapua products are 10% Off — yes that includes brass, bullets, and loaded ammo. Serious shooters know that Lapua makes superior cartridge brass, great bullets, and some of the very best loaded ammo you can buy. Grab some great Lapua brass soon — the sale stops at 11:59 pm CT on August 8, 2018. The second big Grafs.com sale is on bipods, tripods, monopods, shooting sticks, front rests, rear rests, and bags. Basically any product designed to support the front or rear of your rifle is marked down 10%. Graf’s big Shooting Rest Products Sale also runs through 11:59 pm on August 8th.

2. Midsouth — 6.5mm Nosler Match Bullets, $23.99 Per 100

Midsouth Nosler Monster 6.5mm .265 bullets sale 2018 Rebate

Looking for quality bullets for your 6.5 Creedmoor or 6.5×47, but can’t afford the Big-Name 6.5mm match bullets that cost up to $50 per 100-ct box? You’re in luck. Now with this Midsouth Sale, you can get 500 quality, Nosler-made 6.5mm bullets for just $119.99. That works out to just $23.99 per 100 — less than half the price of some other bullet brands. Choose either 123gr at $119.99/500 or the 140gr at $124.99/500. If you are shooting at steel in the PRS game, these bullets should give you all the accuracy you need. Put the money you save into barrels and optics.

3. Brownells — Howa 1500 Barreled Actions, Starting at $239.99

Howa Barreled Action Mini Cerakote Tan HACT trigger 1500 Brownells

Howa makes excellent, smooth-running actions, and the Howa HACT 2-stage trigger is WAY better than most domestic factory triggers. Right now you can save big bucks on Howa 1500 barreled actions, complete with HACT trigger and trigger-guard, starting at $239.99. Both regular actions and Mini Actions are offered. Available chamberings include 22-250, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7.62×39, .308 Winchester, and .30-06 Springfield. Some of these barreled actions come with a rugged Cerakote finish, while others have a blued finish. When you visit Brownells.com, see if there is a Free Shipping CODE. Here is a partial list of the Howa 1500 barreled actions available:

22-250 Rem, 20″ or 24″ Hvy Bbl, $399.99
6.5 Grendel, 22″ Sporter Barrel, $379.99
6.5 Creedmoor, 22″ Sporter Barrel, $339.99
6.5 Creedmoor, 24″ Heavy Barrel, $387.99
7.62×39, Mini, 20″ Heavy Barrel, $249.99
.308 Win, 20″ Fluted Heavy Barrel, $284.99
.308 Win, 20″ Heavy Barrel, $259.99
.308 Win, 24″ Heavy Barrel, $259.99
.30-06 Sprg, 22″ Sporter, Cerakote, $349.99

4. RCBS August 2018 Bucks or Bullets Promotion

Rcbs bucks bullets promotion August 2018 Rebate

Get Bucks or Bullets with purchase of Qualifying RCBS Products. This August RCBS Rebate offers buyers a choice of money or bullets. You get a $10 Prepaid Card or 100 Free Bullets with: Qualifying Die Sets, Hand Priming Tool, Universal Hand Priming Tool, Trim Mate Case Prep Center, or a M500 Mechanical Scale. Alternatively, you can get a $50 Prepaid Card or 500 Free Bullets with: Rock Chucker Supreme Kit, Universal Case Prep Center, Explorer or Explorer Plus Kits, Pro Chucker 5 or 7, or an Ultrasonic Case Cleaner 2. (Rebate FORMS HERE.)

Program End Date: August 31, 2018 | Redemption Deadline: September 30, 2018

5. EuroOptic — Vortex Viper PST FFP 6-24x50mm Optic, $649.99

Vortex Viper PST MRAD 6-24x50 scope sale bargain First Focal Plane

Here’s a killer deal on a Front Focal Plane (FFP) optic good for PRS competition and tactical applications. The Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm scope features 0.1 Milrad clicks with an EBR-2C illuminated reticle with Mil-based hash marks. This reticle also features the “Christmas Tree” type lower half, which provides range hold-overs with horizontal markings for wind holds. Not that long ago, this scope sold for around a thousand bucks. Now you can get the Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm for just $649.99. That’s a great price for a PRS-ready FFP comp scope with a proven track record and rock-solid Vortex warranty. EuroOptic’s Sale price is $649.99. This is a great deal — this same scope sells elsewhere for $749.99

6. CDNN — Ruger Precision Rimfire, $399.99

Ruger Precision Rimfire .22 LR

The brand new Ruger Precision Rimfire has become one of 2018’s most popular rifles. This .22 LR rig offers a turn-key rimfire solution for tactical shooters, PRS competitors, and anyone who likes modular rifles. The Ruger Precision Rimfire rifle offers adjustable cheekpiece and length of pull, AR-style grip, free-floating M-Lok fore-end, and an 18″ barrel (1:16″ twist) pre-threaded for brakes or suppressor. CDNN Sports sells this versatile, bolt-action rimfire rig for $399.99.

7. Natchez — Weaver 36X T-Series Competition Scope, $389.99

Weaver 46x48mm XR Competition Scope Amazon Sale

Right now you can order the 36-power Weaver T-Series XR scope for just $389.99. That’s an awesome, but act quick — this price could change. Natchez currently has the silver 36x40mm Weaver XR for just $389.99 — a fantastic price. 36X is enough power for benchrest competition. And even if you don’t shoot benchrest, this is a great scope for load development or general accuracy testing. The 36-power T-Series scopes have a 40mm front objective and side-focus parallax control. You can also get this XR 36x40mm scope in black for $499.99.

8. Savage Arms Rifle Rebate Program

Factory Rebate Savage tactical rifle

Purchase a Model 10 Savage® Ashbury Precision, 10/110 BA Stealth, or 10/110 BA Stealth Evolution and receive a $100.00 Factory Rebate. These rifles are available in a variety of chamberings. FFL Dealer required for purchase. The Model 10 BA Stealth Evolution in 6.5 Creedmoor would be a good entry-level platform for PRS factory class. Expect to pay under $1000 net with the $100 Rebate. This Savage rebate program runs though August 31, 2018. GET REBATE FORM.

9. Amazon — 12″x12″ Sight-In Splatter Targets, 10 for $9.99

Sight-in 12

This 12″x12″ Splatterburst Target combines splatter shot marking with a grid background, with five aiming points. The handy combination of grid and bright neon shot circles is great, allowing you to get zeroed quickly. And for long-range applications, the grid lets you quickly estimate your group size. Get a 10-pack for $9.99, or a 25-pack for $17.99 (better deal). This particular target has earned rave reviews — 87% of verified buyers gave this a FIVE-Star rating. One example: “Excellent quality and durability. The adhesive is really strong. High contrast makes down range targeting easy and the splatter contrast is [great].” Another buyer posted: “These targets are the way to go when shooting long distance. Can easily make out your [shot] impacts with a spotting scope.”

10. Amazon — PRS Practical Shooter’s Guide — $19.99/$9.99

Marcus Blanchard Practical Shooter's Guide

Thinking of getting started in the Practical/Tactical shooting game? Looking for ways to be more stable when shooting from unconventional positions? Then you may want to read Marcus Blanchard’s Practical Shooter’s Guide (A How-To Approach for Unconventional Firing Positions and Training). Unlike almost every “how to shoot” book on the market, Blanchard’s work focuses on the shooting skills and positions you need to succeed in PRS matches and similar tactical competitions. Blanchard provides clear advice on shooting from barricades, from roof-tops, from steep angles. Blanchard says you need to train for these types of challenges: “I believe the largest factor in the improvement of the average shooter isn’t necessarily the gear; it’s the way the shooter approaches obstacles and how they properly train for them.” Paperback version is $19.99 while the eBook (Kindle) version is $9.99.

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August 6th, 2018

Ballistics TIP: How Altitude and Air Pressure Affect Bullet Flight

Trajectory of Bullet fired at Sea Level

Trajectory of Bullet fired at 20,000 feet

You can do your own experimental calculations using JBM Online Ballistics (free to use). Here is an extreme example, with two printouts (generated with Point Blank software), one showing bullet trajectory at sea level (0′ altitude) and one at 20,000 feet. For demonstration sake, we assigned a low 0.2 BC to the bullet, with a velocity of 3000 fps.

Suunto AltimeterOne of our readers asked “What effect does altitude have on the flight of a bullet?” The simplistic answer is that, at higher altitudes, the air is thinner (lower density), so there is less drag on the bullet. This means that the amount of bullet drop is less at any given flight distance from the muzzle. Since the force of gravity is essentially constant on the earth’s surface (for practical purposes), the bullet’s downward acceleration doesn’t change, but a bullet launched at a higher altitude is able to fly slightly farther (in the thinner air) for every increment of downward movement. Effectively, the bullet behaves as if it has a higher ballistic coefficient.

Forum member Milanuk explains that the key factor is not altitude, but rather air pressure. Milanuk writes:

“In basic terms, as your altitude increases, the density of the air the bullet must travel through decreases, thereby reducing the drag on the bullet. Generally, the higher the altitude, the less the bullet will drop. For example, I shoot at a couple ranges here in the Pacific Northwest. Both are at 1000′ ASL or less. I’ll need about 29-30 MOA to get from 100 yard to 1000 yards with a Berger 155gr VLD @ 2960fps. By contrast, in Raton, NM, located at 6600′ ASL, I’ll only need about 24-25 MOA to do the same. That’s a significant difference.

Note that it is the barometric pressure that really matters, not simply the nominal altitude. The barometric pressure will indicate the reduced pressure from a higher altitude, but it will also show you the pressure changes as a front moves in, etc. which can play havoc w/ your calculated come-ups. Most altimeters are simply barometers that read in feet instead of inches of mercury.”

As Milanuk states, it is NOT altitude per se, but the LOCAL barometric pressure (sometimes called “station pressure”) that is key. The two atmospheric conditions that most effect bullet flight are air temperature, and barometric pressure. Normally, humidity has a negligible effect.

It’s important to remember that the barometric pressure reported on the radio (or internet) may be stated as a sea level equivalency. So in Denver (at 6,000 feet amsl), if the local pressure is 24″, the radio will report the barometric pressure to be 30″. If you do high altitude shooting at long range, bring along a Kestrel, or remember to mentally correct the radio station’s pressure, by 1″ per 1,000 feet.”

If you want to learn more about all aspects of External Ballistics, ExteriorBallistics.com provides a variety of useful resources. In particular, on that site, Section 3.1 of the Sierra Manual is reprinted, covering Effects of Altitude and Atmospheric Pressure on bullet flight.

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August 6th, 2018

$250K Up For Grabs at World Shooting Championship Next Month

World Shooting Championship NRA Multi-Gun Peacemaker, Glengary West Virginia

How’d you like to score a check for $25,000? That’s the winner’s pay-out for the 2018 NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC), which runs September 20-22 at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV. This event offers over $250,000 in cash awards and product prizes, making the WSC the richest combined shooting event in the USA (if not the world).

This unique 3-day multi-gun match tests competitors’ skills across twelve challenging stages involving nearly every major shooting discipline for rifles, shotguns, and pistols. All guns and ammo are supplied, but entry fees are steep. Both divisions are currently full, but there is a waiting list.

WSC Highlight Video with Competitor Interviews:

World Shooting Championship NRA WSC Peacemaker West Virginia
Read American Rifleman Report on 2017 World Shooting Championship.

World Shooting Championship Multi-Gun Peacemaker, Glengary West Virginia

World Shooting Championship Multi-Gun Peacemaker, Glengary West Virginia
The 12 WSC stages encompass everything from trap to bullseye pistol to PRS-style precision rifle. There was even a cowboy action stage with Henry “Golden Boy” lever-action rifles.

All the Equipment is Supplied
“What makes this event very unique, especially to a professional shooter, is all the equipment is supplied. You have to leave your ego at home and just try to adapt as best you can to the equipment that you have supplied.” — Jerry Miculek

This major match attracts both sponsored Pros and “regular Joes”. Shooters will be split into two groups: a Professional Division for sponsored shooters, and the Amateur Division for non-sponsored competitors. All firearms, optics, and ammo will be provided by match sponsors for both divisions.

Video Shows Stages at 2017 World Shooting Championship

Cash Awards, Huge Prize Table, and Random Drawings
The NRA World Shooting Championship will offer $250,000 in cash and prizes. Along with the $25,000 winner’s pay-out, there will be fat cash prizes for second and third place overall, High Lady, and High Amateur Junior. Then there are the rich prize tables. In 2017, the Amateur prize table held $100,000 worth of prizes. And last year the WSC added Ten (10) Random Drawings worth $400 each. These drawings, held during the WSC Awards Banquet, gave every competitor a chance to win cash, no matter what their event ranking.

For more information, visit WSC.NRA.org, call the WSC Coordinator at 703-267-1479, or email NRAhighpower@nrahq.org. CLICK HERE to learn about Peacemaker National Training Center.

How to Win the World Shooting Championship

“The format at the NRA World Shooting Championship is unique in that you don’t know what you have to shoot until you show up, so training for the event is a little difficult. My advice is to pack some good eye and ear protection, bring an open mind, be prepared to listen to the stage descriptions, figure out the best way you can take the guns they provide, and post the best score you can. When the match supplies all the guns and ammo, all you have to do is deal with ‘the performance’. This is the most level playing field in the shooting sports — anyone from around the world can come and play.” — Bruce Piatt, 2015 NRA World Shooting Champion

World Shooting Championship Bruce Piatt Multi-Gun Peacemaker, Glengary West Virginia

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