August 24th, 2020

Bargain Finder 257: 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”. 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. Midsouth — 105gr Nosler RDG Bullets, $119.99 for 500

Nosler RDF Bullet 6mm 110 grain PRS NRL match
High-BC 105gr 6mm bullets — Great for PRS and other gun games

If you shoot PRS, NRL, Silhouette, or any of the disciplines where high-BC 6mm bullets are popular, here is a great deal. Right now you can get 500 Nosler 6mm 105gr RDF (Reduced Drag Factor) bullets for just $119.99, a $55 savings off the regular price. That works out to out to just $24.00 per 100 — half the price of some of other 6mm match bullets. These are high-quality BTHP bullets with impressive 0.571 G1 and 0.280 G7 BCs. They will certainly do the job for PRS/NRL competitors running 6mmBRAs, 6 Dashers, 6mm GTs, and 6mm Creedmoors. Stock up now before the price goes back up.

2. Grafs.com — Universal Case Trimming System, $59.99

Frankford Arsenal universal Case Trimmer power drill
Indexes off shoulder — works on cases from .17 Rem to .460 Wby

If you’ve got an old fashioned manual case trimmer that is finicky to set up and slow to use, check out this new Universal Case Trimming System from Frankford Arsenal. This micro-adjustable tool indexes on case shoulders for precise trim lengths. The multiple collet system works with all shouldered cartridges from .17 Remington to .460 Weatherby. This works with almost every 1/2″ drill or drill press, and the system comes complete with collets and collars in a fitted storage case. If you need to trim a wide variety of cartridge types, this could really increase your efficiency. Originally $71.99, this Case Trimmer System has been discounted to $59.99 this week!

3. Natchez — Burris Veracity 5-25x50mm Blem Optic, $499.99

Burris Veracity MOA Reticle 5-25x50mm scope
Excellent FFP scope with 5X Zoom Ratio and good controls — $399 savings!

Need glass for your varmint rifle? Here’s a great optics choice, hundreds off normal retail. This 5-25x50mm FFP Burris Veracity features 25 max power and 5X zoom range — ideal for the varmint fields. Multi-turn target knobs offer up to 15 MOA of adjustment per rotation with a handy zero stop. The large 50mm front objective brings in plenty of light. We like the reticle — the Progressively Thick Crosshairs (PTC) are thicker away from center, for ultra-fast target engagement. This is a very good optic that sells elsewhere for up to $899.00. This fully-guaranteed “blemished” model is a steal at $499.99.

4. Midsouth — Rebel Master Reloading Kit, $304.99 w/ Rebate

Shooting Mat
Fine new press and all you need to reload — just add dies and components

The RCBS Rebel Master Reloading Kit features the new Rebel Press plus Uniflow III powder measure, pocket digital scale, hand priming trickler, powder funnel, fold-up hex key set, deburring tool, brush set, case loading block, spray lube, and a Speer Loading Manual. Midsouth’s Rebel Kit sale price is $379.99. But note — this Kit qualifies for a $75.00 RCBS rebate, lowering your net cost to $304.99 — a killer deal. Don’t delay — the RCBS Summer Rebate expires 8/31/2020.

5. CDNN Sports — Browning .22 LR Buck Mark Pistol, $269.88

Shooting Mat
Accurate .22 LR pistol with nice trigger — Save with Rebate

The Browning Buck Mark is a classic, and for good reason. These pistols are reliable, accurate, well-balanced, and have a good trigger. And now you can get one for under $270! CDNN Sports has the Browning Buck Mark UFX with 4″ Barrel on sale for $294.88, discounted from $379.99. But it gets better, this Buck Mark qualifies for a $25 Browning Bucks rebate, lowering your net cost to just $259.88. While we prefer Buck Marks with longer barrels, this is a killer deal for the basic 4″-barrel model.

6. MidwayUSA — Pro Series Competition Shooting Mat, $34.99

Pro Series MidwayUSA shooting mat bipod tactical competition roll-up shoot mats
Very high quality mat for the price — big discount

The MidwayUSA Pro Series Competition Shooting Mat is now on sale for just $34.99, 36% off the basic price. The Pro Series mat measures a full 73.5″ x 35.5″. Zippered pockets on the front flap hold ammo or log books. And there are webbing “pockets” for bipod feet so you can pre-load your bipod with forward pressure. This quality mat boasts 0.35″ thick padding, multiple pockets, 6 grommets for staking, and a nice carry strap. It’s easy to transport, rolling up to about nine inches in diameter. User reviews of this $34.99 Shooting Mat have been very positive.

7. Amazon — RifleKuhl and BarrelCool Portable Cooling Units

barrel coolers
Get Barrel Coolers for hot summer months, extend Barrel Life

In summer it can be tough to keep your barrel at moderate temperatures. But a handy, compact cooling fan device can really help. Two of the best barrel coolers on the market are the RifleKuhl from Magnetospeed and the original Barrel Cool from BarrelCool. Both of these units can double as empty chamber indicators, feature high power fans and can cool your barrel down to a decent, usable temperature in about 10 minutes.

8. Amazon — Tipton Universal Bore Guide, $12.95

tipton bore guide sale
Very inexpensive but versatile for full range of chamber sizes

Bore cleaning is critical for rifle longevity and accuracy. But you need a good bore guide to avoid potential damage to your chamber and bore. This handy Tipton Universal Bore Guide ships with multiple chamber adapters. Three tapered tips are included (small fits calibers .17-.24, medium fits most calibers .25-.30, and large fits most calibers over .30). This Universal Bore Guide includes an action collar for AR rifles.

9. Midsouth Shooters — Hornady A-Tip Sample Packs, $9.99

Hornady bullet A-tip aluminum match bullet projectile
Try before you buy — A-Tips offer high, consistent BCs

Many of our readers have been curious about Hornady’s A-Tip bullets, but don’t want to spend $75-$85 to try out a full box. In addition, many of the more popular calibers and bullet weights are sold out. Now, thanks to Midsouth Shooters, you can try an A-Tip Sample Pack to see if A-Tips work in your barrel. Choose from four options: 110gr 6mm; 135gr 6.5mm (back-order); 153gr 6.5mm; and 250gr .308 caliber. All Sample Packs contain 10 bullets, and cost $9.99 at Midsouth.

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August 24th, 2020

Are Your Bullets Spinning Fast Enough? Use Twist Rate Calculator

Berger twist rate calculator

Berger twist rate calculatorBerger Twist-Rate Stability Calculator
On the Berger Bullets website you’ll find a handy Twist-Rate Stability Calculator that predicts your gyroscopic stability factor (SG) based on mulitiple variables: velocity, bullet length, bullet weight, barrel twist rate, ambient temperature, and altitude. This cool tool tells you if your chosen bullet will really stabilize in your barrel.


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How to Use Berger’s Twist Rate Calculator
Using the Twist Rate Calculator is simple. Just enter the bullet DIAMETER (e.g. .264), bullet WEIGHT (in grains), and bullet overall LENGTH (in inches). On its website, Berger conveniently provides this info for all its bullet types. For other brands, we suggest you weigh three examples of your chosen bullet, and also measure the length on three samples. Then use the average weight and length of the three. To calculate bullet stability, simply enter your bullet data (along with observed Muzzle Velocity, outside Temperature, and Altitude) and click “Calculate SG”. Try different twist rate numbers (and recalculate) until you get an SG value of 1.4 (or higher).

Gyroscopic Stability (SG) and Twist Rate
Berger’s Twist Rate Calculator provides a predicted stability value called “SG” (for “Gyroscopic Stability”). This indicates the Gyroscopic Stability applied to the bullet by spin. This number is derived from the basic equation: SG = (rigidity of the spinning mass)/(overturning aerodynamic torque).

Berger twist rate calculator

If you have an SG under 1.0, your bullet is predicted not to stabilize. If you have between 1.0 and 1.1 SG, your bullet may or may not stabilize. If you have an SG greater than 1.1, your bullet should stabilize under optimal conditions, but stabilization might not be adequate when temperature, altitude, or other variables are less-than-optimal. That’s why Berger normally recommends at least 1.5 SG to get out of the “Marginal Stability” zone.

In his book Applied Ballistics For Long-Range Shooting, Bryan Litz (Berger Ballistician) recommends at least a 1.4 SG rating when selecting a barrel twist for a particular bullet. This gives you a safety margin for shooting under various conditions, such as higher or lower altitudes or temperatures.

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August 24th, 2020

Store More Long Guns in Your Safe With Rifle Rod Kits

Gun Storage Solutions Rifle Rod Kit

Running out of space in your gun safe? Here’s a clever product that will allow you to store more long guns in your current vault. The plastic Rifle Rods from Gun Storage Solutions slip in long-gun barrels and then grip the shelf above using Velcro pads. This allows you to nestle your rifles and shotguns much closer together than with the conventional racks provided with most gunsafes.

The handy Rifle Rods are offered in bright orange or basic black. We prefer the orange rods (shown above with the Velcro “receiver” shelf liner provided with the Rod Kit).

Gun Storage Solutions Rifle Rod Kit

Rifles with narrow furniture (such as lever guns) can be placed very close together, saving lots of space. For benchrest or varmint rifles with wider fore-ends, you won’t benefit as much. Note that, in the photo above, all of the guns are fairly slim — none have wide fore-ends. Still we think these Rifle Rods could open up 12″ or more horizontal clearance in a medium-sized safe — that could easily allow you to store six (6) more guns in two rows, as shown.

Rifle Rod Kits Starting at $24.95
A kit with 5 Rifle Rods and loop fabric shelf liner costs $24.95 on Amazon.com, while the 10-Rod Kit with liner costs around $34.95. That’s a lot cheaper than buying a new safe. A six-pack of additional Rifle Rods costs $17.95 on Amazon. You can also purchases rods and fabric directly from Gun Storage Solutions.

WARNING: Always REMOVE Rod from barrel before taking gun to the range. Never place live ammunition in a gun with storage Rod in the barrel!

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