January 6th, 2020

Bargain Finder 224: 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 Sunday afternoon or 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. GunsAmerica — CZ 457 Series Rifles, $389.99 and Up

The CZ 457 is the successor to the popular CZ 455 line of rimfire rifles. The new 457 barreled action is offered in a variety of CZ 457 rifles, from an inexpensive 457 Scout Model ($389.99) all the way up to the 457 Varmint Match Target Rifle MTR ($739.00), featured in the above video.

CZ 457 varmint precision chassis rifle

There is a new modular chassis model coming soon, the 457 Varmint Precision Chassis rifle. This should be great for NRL22 tactical competition. You’ll find the full line of CZ 457 rifles on GunsAmerica, with many seller options. Scroll down the page to select the model you prefer, then compare offering prices.

2. Amazon — Teslong Rod-Type Digital Borescope, $69.99

teslong digital borescope

Teslong digital borescopes have been a huge success and earned high praise from our Forum members. First there was the cable-type plug-in model, then a Wifi Teslong for $74.99 that works with all types of mobile devices. The latest Teslong features a metal shaft, with length markings. This makes it easier to inspect your bore with great precision. This compact, electro-optical, rod-type borescope outputs sharp, high-rez images and VIDEO to desktop computers, laptops, as well as Android tablets and smartphones.

3. EuroOptic — Big Leupold Closeout Sale

Leupold close-out sale

EuroOptic is running a big Leupold Closeout Sale this week. You’ll find big discounts on top-quality scopes. For example the VH6 HD 4-24x52mm TMOA Illuminated optic is marked down from $1999.99 to $1549.99. This is a killer deal on the VX-6HD 4-24X TMOA which has been a popular, well-reviewed scope. Leopold binoculars are also deeply discounted with this close-out sale.

4. Amazon — Tianers Tactical Survival Kit, $27.99

Amazon knife light survival kit

Here’s a great 16-item Tactical Survival Kit. It’s chock-full of handy tools and gear for just $27.99 — what you might expect to pay just for the knife and flashlight. This highly-rated Survival Kit includes: folding knife, flashlight, tactical pen, credit card knife, wire saw, bottle clip, emergency blanket, flint stone, scraper, Paracord bracelet, whistle, carabiner, waterproof notebook, spoon fork, rope, and handy molle nylon carry pouch. If you prefer a hard case, order the Multi-item Survival Kit with 6.75″x 4.25″ waterproof plastic case for $29.99 on Amazon.

5. Precision Reloading — 10% Off New Year Sale (Ends Soon!)

Precision Reloading 10% off new year sale discount bargain coupon code

Right now, as an extended New Year Promotion, Precision Reloading is offering 10% Off virtually everything in stock — bullets, brass, powder, primers, reloading tools, and shooting accessories. There is a $75 minimum order to qualify and you must act very quickly. This deal expires Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Use Promo Code NYTEN during checkout to save 10% on all orders over $75.00.

6. Midsouth — Tipton Best Gun Vise and Gun Butler on Sale

Midsouth Tipton Best Gun Vise Butler cleaning kit

In the wintertime we spend a lot of time in the workshop, getting our rifles ready for the spring season. If you don’t own a top-of-the-line gun vise yet, here’s a great opportunity. Midsouth Shooters has the Tipton Best Gun Vise on Sale for $78.99, marked down from $100.99. In addition, the smaller Tipton Gun Butler, a gun compact set-up for cleaning/maintenance at the range, is just $17.99 on Sale.

7. Natchez — Rock Chucker Supreme Reloading Kit, $279.99

Deals of Week RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Kit

Everything you see above can be yours for just $279.99. Great Deal. Right now, Natchez is selling the Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit for $279.99, a fantastic price considering what you get: Press, Primer Tool, Scale, Powder Measure, Loading Tray, Reloading Manual and more. Heck, the Rock Chucker press alone is worth $165.00+. This is good starter kit for any reloader with sturdy items (such as the Rock Chucker press), that will last a lifetime.

8. Graf’s — Lapua 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5mm Creedmoor Brass

Lapua 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5mm Creemoor Brass Sale

The 6.5 Creedmoor has taken over as one of the most popular rifle cartridges. And the 6mm Creedmoor is a favorite with PRS and tactical shooters. Because of the popularity of these cartridges, premium-quality Lapua brass has been in high demand. Now at Graf & Sons, you can SAVE 20% on Lapua 6mm Creedmoor and SAVE 23% on 6.5 Creedmoor brass.

9. CDNN — Geissele 2-Stage Trigger for AR15/AR10, $139.99

Geissele trigger ar ar10 ar15 two-stage 2-stage

The Geissele 2 Stage (G2S) trigger is a quality, cost-effective version of the Geissele Super Semi-Automatic trigger ($240 MSRP). The G2S is a non-adjustable trigger that allows precise and accurate trigger control. Total pull weight is spec’d at 4.5 pounds. First Stage runs 2.75-3.0 pounds, while the Second Stage will run 1.5-1.75 pounds. This Geissele G2S fits MilSpec trigger pins in standard lowers.

10. Amazon — RCBS Quick-Change Powder Funnel Kit, $11.04

Amazon RCBS Powder funnel quick kit

This versatile funnel system works with nearly all cartridge types, from 17 Remington up to 500 S&W. Even if you have a fancy metal funnel, it’s worth having one of these RCBS Kits on your reloading bench. The RCBS Quick Change Powder Funnel Kit features five (5) adapters that match case mouth diameter for specific cartridge ranges: 17-20 caliber, 22-264 caliber, 27-284 caliber, 30-375 caliber, 40 caliber and higher. The Funnel Kit includes a handy 4-inch drop tube.

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January 6th, 2020

Loading with Arbor Press and Hand Dies — Here’s How to Do It

arbor press hand die

Creedmoor Sports has released a series of helpful “how-to” videos in its new InfoZone web page. In the latest InfoZone video Bill Gravatt shows how to seat bullets using L.E. Wilson Hand Dies and an Arbor Press. The basic process is simple, particularly with a micrometer-top seating die. That makes it easy to adjust and set seating depth. Before you start seating bullets, you want to adjust the height of the arbor so the stroke is appropriate to the height of your die.

Bill Gravatt Shows How to Use Hand Seating Dies — Creedmoor INFOZONE

ARBOR PRESS TECHNIQUE: When using an arbor press, smooth is good. You don’t want to slam the handle down quickly. Try to repeat the same motion each time. You can also experiment by seating the bullet part way, then rotate the cartridge (in the die) and do the final seating with a second stroke. If your arbor press has a force gauge, note both the max value of the gauge needle and how it moves as you seat the bullet. If the needle spikes too rapidly, or bounces back and forth irregularly, set that cartridge aside and/or mark it. You could have neck tension issue with that case or some other fault. You might even have a bad bullet. That’s rare, but can happen. The key to success is moving the press arm in a smooth motion every time, maintaining the same down-pressure with each cartridge.

Here Bill Gravatt Offers a Simple Tip for Adjusting Wilson Seating Dies

One of our Forum readers asked “How can I get a custom in-line seater for my new rifle?”. First, we would say that, if you are not shooting an unusual Wildcat, check first to see if L.E. Wilson makes a stainless Micrometer Seater Die for your rifle. These dies are a joy to use, and we’ve found the fit to be exceptionally good with many calibers. Typically priced from $90-$100, Wilson stainless micrometer-top seaters are available for dozens of cartridge types: .204 Ruger, 20 BR, .222 Rem, .223 Rem, 22 PPC, 22 BR, .22-250, .223 WSSM, 6 PPC, 6mmBR, 6XC, 243 Win, .243 WSSM, 25 WSSM, 6.5×47 Lapua, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5-284, 26 Nosler, .270 WSM, 7mm-08, .284 Win, 28 Nosler, 7mm RUM, 30 BR, 30 IHMSA, .308 Win, .300 WinMag, .338 Edge (and MORE).

If you do want a custom seater die, the process is relatively simple. Purchase a die blank from Wilson and have your gunsmith run the chambering reamer in. Forum member Gunamonth explains: “I start with a Wilson seating die blank. They’re available from Sinclair and other vendors. Just run the reamer in. For some of my rifles, where I wanted the stainless die with the micrometer adjustment, I bought a smaller die and had the smith ream it with the chamber reamer. That’s how I had my 6 Dasher and 6mm AI seaters made. With the Dasher I stared with a 6mmBR Micrometer die.”

Wilson inline seater die and blank

SEATER STEM TIP: If, on your seated bullets, you are seeing a sharp line around the jacket near the ogive, you may want to smooth out the leading edge of the Wilson seater stem (see above left). Do this by putting a little lapping compound on one bullet and manually spin this around in the stem. Without much effort you’ll have a smooth bullet/stem interface.

Micrometer Top Add-on
We really like micrometer tops on a seating die. But what if Wilson doesn’t make a micrometer top seater for your chambering? Don’t despair, Sinclair Int’l sells a $39.99 micrometer top that can be added to Wilson standard seaters or to a custom seater die made from a Wilson die blank.

Wilson inline seater die and blank

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January 6th, 2020

Giant BAT Sighted at Bruno Shooters Supply

BAT 50 BMG Action

BAT .50 BMG Model EX– Now That’s an Action!, by GS Arizona
A few seasons ago, I stopped into Bruno Shooters Supply for a jug of powder and looked into the display case where the new actions are kept. Amid the usual array of BAT Machine, Kelbly and other actions, there was something unlike any action I’d seen before — all I can call it is the BIG BAT (It’s officially the BAT Model EX 2.5). I wasn’t too surprised at the weight (a beefy 13.7 lbs.), but until you lift it it’s hard to appreciate how solid, chunky, hefty, massive (pick your favorite adjective) this thing really is.

The action is a 2.5″-diameter, 12″-long BAT for the .50 BMG cartridge. It is simply the biggest, slickest custom action on the planet. In order to give you some sense of scale, I photographed the action alongside a conventional BAT action for short-range Benchrest shooting and I put a .220 Russian case and a .30-06 case into the picture. I’ve handled and fired other .50 BMG actions/rifles before, but this BAT puts them all to shame, as far as fit and finish go.

BAT 50 BMG Action

The action is actually quite conventional in design and execution. The bolt is fluted and has two front lugs with a conventional, although super-sized, firing pin assembly. Any Remington-style trigger will mount by way of a normal trigger hanger, allowing for simplified maintenance or replacement in the field. The loading port is 5.5″ long and the barrel threads are 1.5″ x 16 tpi — nothing about this beast is small! There is a conventional rocker-type bolt release on the left side of the receiver body and a recoil lug is built into the bottom of the receiver. In reality, the action is very similar to any other BAT except for the size and it adheres to all of BAT’s high standards for quality of design, manufacture, fit, finish and just plain good looks. Slide that bolt back and it feels as tight as a small Benchrest action!

BAT 50 BMG Action

BAT Machine states: “Our model EX is our largest action we make. It was designed to work with the .50 BMG cartridges. This action is 12.00″ long and has two exterior shape options. Starting weight is 128 oz. and varies with options chosen. This action requires a 1.75 inch diameter barrel.”

Given the BIG BAT’s $3,200.00+ sticker price (before options), not many of us will ever have the opportunity to own or shoot one of these beauties (I certainly won’t). However, it is nice to know they exist and can be bought and enjoyed in many places. CLICK HERE for BAT EX configuration options and purchase details.

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