June 21st, 2020

Sunday GunDay: Father & Son Compete at 1000 Yards Together

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards
Young Trystan Williams with father Shawn Williams competing at recent 1000-yard Match at Deep Creek Range near Missoula, Montana.

For Father’s Day 2020, we feature a father and son duo who showed their skills at 1000 yards at the Deep Creek Range outside Missoula, Montana. Representing the younger generation, Trystan Williams drilled a 3.205″, 46 score 5-shot group on his first-ever target shot in his first-ever match. That represents 0.305 MOA at 1000 yards! Trystan’s 6mm Dasher IBS Light Gun was built by his father, Shawn Williams of North Ridge Rifles. Both father and son were competing at an IBS match held June 13-14, 2020.

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards

Deep Creek 1000-Yard IBS Match — June 13-14, 2020
Report by Alex Wheeler
We are back to shooting after the draconian measures taking by our state have been lifted for the most part. Our regular match 7 and 8 where held as scheduled as well as a make-up match for match #2 which was canceled in March. Conditions for the weekend where variable, ranging from very good, low winds and mirage, to extreme wind and thunderstorm warnings. Surprisingly, as conditions worsened on Sunday and scores went down, some still managed very respectable groups.

One of the main highlights of the weekend was the shooting by 11-year-old Trystan Williams. This was Trystan’s very first time shooting in a match. His first 1000-yard Light Gun target ever was a 3.205″ 46 score. Trystan backed that up with a couple more excellent targets, a 3.143″ 46, and a 3.819″ 47. Trystan shot his own tuning targets Friday before the match and helped his Father Shawn Williams load the ammunition for the match. Shooting talent runs in the family, with father Shawn shooting back to back 4″, 10-shot groups in Heavy Fun class and Uncle Jim shooting three, 50-point scores in a row in LG class. An interesting note, Trystan shot some of the new Alpha Dasher brass on some targets, using his 6mm Dasher. Internal volumes are different than Lapua, requiring different powder charges, but accuracy seems to be on par.

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards

Ultra-Accurate 6mm Dasher Built by Dad
Trystan’s rifle features a 1.550″ BAT B dual-port action and Krieger 1:8″-twist HV barrel chambered in 6mm Dasher. The action is pillar-bedded in a wood laminate Deep Creek Tracker stock. Trystan shot off of a SEB NEO coaxial rest. Father Shawn Williams, a talented gunsmith, built Trystan’s rifle. Shawn is the owner of North Ridge Rifles in Helena, Montana.

Looking back at the firing line from behind the 1000-Yard Targets at Deep Creek.
Deep Creek Montana

Top-Performing Bullet Options for the 1000-Yard Game
V-Tac 103gr bullets from Vapor Trail have been performing very well this year. Trystan was shooting them, as well as Jim Williams and James Bradley. James shot the smallest group of the weekend, a 2.551″ 50 score with sorted V-Tacs in his 3-lug BAT action. James says they sort like a good lot of Bergers and they can’t be beat for the price. Even with the excellent custom bullets we have, you can still compete with a good lot of Bergers. Chris Bosse shot a 3.986″ 100 score in HG with his 6.5×47 Lapua on a Borden action and custom stock. He was jumping 140gr Berger Hybrids. Eight of those ten shots on the target went into a mid-two-inch cluster. That’s impressive.

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards Tom Mousel

Tom Mousel (shown above) had a very good weekend, winning group in each class he entered. Sweeping all three Lignt Guns matches. Tom was part of the development process of Roy Hunter’s impressive 103A bullet and Tom used them in all three of his rifles this weekend. Tom reports that tuning is key. Tom does full load development with every barrel, even if they are chambered the same. This weekend all three of Tom’s barrels were running a different powder charge, seating depth, and primer. Lesson here — every barrel is unique, so each needs its own load development process.

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards

It was great to see some good groups and scores, as well as see some new shooters and out of state shooters travel to the match. We’re all Looking forward to the next match at Deep Creek. CLICK HERE for Match Results (ZIP file).

Deep Creek Montana 1000 yard range
Deep Creek 1000-yard line: 46°55’35.03” N 114°14’45.40” W, elevation 3355′.

New Long Range Benchrest Trend — Loading at the Range
Loading at the range has become common practice at Deep Creek. While that load method is the norm for short-range Benchrest, it’s still uncommon in long range disciplines. Montana has very drastic weather changes on a daily basis and it’s unrealistic to expect a rifle to stay in tune though those changes. It’s tough to come pre-loaded and beat the guys loading at the range. You are relying on luck that the tune will not change. It does take a little more effort to bring all your gear. But in my opinion, the pay-off is worth the effort. Like many things in life, you get out what you put in. Loading at the range does provide a step forward in accuracy and that’s what Benchrest competition is all about. — Alex Wheeler

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards

Here is a birds-eye view video of the Deep Creek Range, taken with an aerial drone.

Trystan Shawn Williams Deep Creek Montana 1000 yards

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June 21st, 2020

Bargain Finder 248: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Today is Father’s Day 2020. Here are our select Father’s Day Bargain selections for Dad. You’ll find 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. Kestrel Instruments — Weather Spotter Kit, $449.00

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Kestrel 5500 Bluetooth with Weather-Vane and DROP D3 in Case

This Father’s Day, give Dad a Kestrel Weather Spotter Kit. With this portable weather monitoring kit, dad can view real-time weather conditions, chart trends for forecasting, and share weather data remotely on a mobile device with the FREE Kestrel LiNK App. This Kit, normally $614.00, is now on Sale for just $449.00. Kit includes: Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK Bluetooth, Kestrel DROP D3, Vane Mount, Ultrapod Mini Tripod, Carrying Case.

2. Amazon — Savior Backpack Tactical Rifle Cases, $65.99-$94.99

rifle cases sale

Holds TWO rifles, Sizes up to 55″, Lots of Pockets, Handy Shoulder Straps

Finding a good quality rifle case that has plenty of room for gun and accessories can be a challenge. Check out these Savior double rifle casesTWO rifles and just about all the accessories you’d want to pack. While there are many other smaller tactical rifle cases, Savior offers 51″ and 55″ models that will hold long match rifles and PRS rigs with suppressors.

3. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Ruger 10/22, $199.99

Ruger 10/22 rifle sale

Great Starter Rifle, Weaver Scope Rail, 18.5″ Barrel

The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular .22 LR rifles of all time. With lots of affordable .22 LR ammo available now, there’s never been a better time to shoot a rimfire. Now, for just $199.00 at Sportsman’s Warehouse, you can get a nice Ruger 10/22 Carbine with a synthetic stock and built-in Weaver scope rail. For under $200 this is a deal you can’t pass up.

4. Grafs.com — Peterson Brass, Popular and NEW Cartridge Types

peterson brass

Consistent Neck Walls, New 7mmBR and .30-06, Nice Ammo Box

Ever since Peterson Brass hit the market it’s been embraced by shooters in just about every discipline and for good reason. It’s incredibly uniform, has strong primer pockets, and is competitively priced. Graf & Sons has one of the best selections of Peterson Brass including the new 7mmBR and .30-06 SPR at prices that are tough to beat. To top it all off, all Peterson Brass ships in nice plastic ammo boxes.

5. Midsouth Shooters — Leupold VX-Freedom Sale

leupold vx-freedom

Made-in-USA, Great Warranty, Many Reticle Options, Good Value

Leupold scopes are American-made and Leupold offers one of the best warranties in the business. If you’re looking for a great scope for an AR or similar platform check out the VX-Freedom line of scopes. They feature zoom ranges from 1.5-4X up to 6-18X. Leupold also offers a wide choice of reticles.

6. Midsouth Shooters — Lapua .22 LR Rimfire Ammo Sale

Lapua Center-X pistol rifle .22 LR rimfire ammo

Superb Accuracy with Pistol, Rifle, and Biathlon Types

Lapua makes some of the best .22 LR rimfire ammo on the planet. The high-end Lapua .22 LR ammunition has won Olympic Gold medals and World Championships. Now you can save big on a variety of Lapua .22 LR rifle and pistol Rimfire ammo at Midsouth Shooters. For target rifle and NRL-22 competition we think Lapua Center-X offers a good balance of price and performance.

7. Gander Outdoors — Compact 4-Long-Gun Safe, $183.30

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Secondary or RV Safe, Electronic Lock plus Key, Silent Entry Option

Need a small vertical safe for your workshop, loading room, remote cabin, or RV? This Legend Range & Field 4-Gun Safe can fill the bill. It has an electronic lock and backup key, and secures with five 1″ locking bolts. This small safe also includes a bolt-down kit for added security. At $183.30 this safe offers significantly more protection than a thin-walled security locker, for not much more money. Save $37 with this promotion at Gander Outdoors. NOTE: If you have the safe shipped to your house, there is a $50.00 Shipping Fee. Exterior Dimensions: 55″H x 11.6″W x 11″D

8. Amazon — Monstrum Rubberized Scope Caps, $9.99

scope caps

Many Sizes for Eye Piece and Objective, Heavy-Duty Rubberized Protection

With the cost of optics these days, you MUST protect your glass. Unfortunately, very few high-end scopes come with lens protectors. These heavy-duty Monstrum rubberized scope caps offer great protection and are available in all kinds of sizes to fit most scopes. Choose basic black or hunters may prefer the Flat Dark Earth (tan) Monstrom Lens Covers. NOTE — Eyepiece and Objective covers sold separately for $9.99 each.

9. Amazon — EZ2C 40pk Games Target Set, $19.67

paper targets

40 Target Sheets, 4 Hi-Viz Styles, with Repair Pasters

Shooting at regular paper targets or swinging steel can get pretty boring especially if you are shooting with a friend or kids. We like these assorted EZ2C Targets. They are bright and colorful, and fun to shoot. There are four target types, 10 each of Dart Board, Big to Small Circles, Ship Battle, and Tic-Tac-Toe.

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June 21st, 2020

eBook Edition of Zeglin’s ‘Wildcat Cartridges’ Now Available

Zegline Wildcat Cartridges ManualFred Zeglin has released a Kindle eBook edition of his popular book Wildcat Cartridges — Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design. Gunsmith/author Zeglin explains: “The print edition of Wildcat Cartridges has gone out of print. We have plans to produce a second edition, but that is currently on the back burner. Demand of this book has remained strong so the decision to offer the first edition in a e-book format was made.” The Kindle eBook edition retails for $9.99 on Amazon.com. You can preview a FREE SAMPLE of the book to “try before you buy”.

CLICK HERE to Read FREE eBook Sample from Zeglin’s Wildcat Cartridges

This is more than just a history of cartridges. Dimensional drawings and loading data accompany many of the cartridge descriptions. More recent and popular designs are included as well as the “classic” older wildcats. There are chapters about important cartridge designers like P.O. Ackley, Jerry Gebby, Rocky Gibbs, and Charles Newton. (The hardback edition of the book contains 288 pages of stories, illustrations, instructions, and data.)

Gunwriter Wayne Van Zwoll says Zeglin’s book is a valuable resource: “Fred has illustrated his book well, with neat line drawings and photos you probably won’t find anywhere else. It’s a rare technical treatise that draws you in with illustration, or that keeps you with an easy flow of chat that, were it lifted from print, might pop up at any gun counter or handloading bench. Fred Zeglin has done well with this book, giving wildcatters – indeed, all rifle enthusiasts – an overview of a culture often mentioned but little explored on the page.”

Writing about the 2005 Print Edition of Wildcat Cartridges, Big Bore Journal declared: “This is a fantastic book on American wildcats, US loads and much more. A must have for wildcatters and gunsmiths.”

About the Author
An award-winning writer, Fred Zeglin operates Z-Hat Custom, and Hawk Cartridges. Fred has taught classes for the NRA Gunsmithing Schools in Colorado and Oklahoma. He served as production manager for McGowen Precision Barrels for a time, and was a tech advisor for 4D Reamer Rentals. To learn more about Z-Hat and Fred’s Wildcat Cartridges eBook, contact:

Z-Hat Custom Inc.
Fred Zeglin
432 E. Idaho St., Suite C420
Kalispell, MT 59901

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