November 30th, 2020

The Most Advanced Neck-Turners — Blake IDOD and AUTODOD

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Bryan Blake, a very clever machinist and gunsmith, has created an ultra-precise and speedy neck-turning machine. Bryan, who runs Blake Machine, Blake Barrel, and F-Class Products has created a system that uses twin precision cutter tips to turn case necks inside and out quickly and efficiently, with superior precision. This advanced IDOD Neck Turning Machine holds cases securely in a precision-machined spindle attached to an electric motor. Twin blades move precisely during the cutting process, milling the necks inside and out. The turned necks come out perfect every time, with the shoulders trimmed exactly (with doughnut removed) as well. If you turn hundreds of cases during a shooting season, you may want to consider getting an IDOD from F-Class Products. Bryan was able to turn 30 cases in just 6 minutes. And there is an even more advanced version, called the AUTODOD, shown in the last video below.

Our friend Erik Cortina recently visited Bryan Blake in Phoenix. Erik saw the IDOD in action and was impressed. Erik notes: “For a very long time, we have been turning brass the exact same way. Use a mandrel as a pilot and have a cutter with a specified gap go around the perimeter and turn the necks to specified thickness. The IDOD uses a technique called ‘pinch turning’ to turn the ID and the OD (IDOD) at the same time.” You can watch how it works in Erik’s video below (action starts at 7:55 time-mark):

The secret to the efficiency of the Blake IDOD is a vibration-free motor, high-mass case-holder, precision OD/ID-adjustable cutter, along with an advanced tracking system that moves the cutter heads towards the case neck (and back again) with absolute, 100% repeatable precision. Watch the video from 8:30 to 10:10 to see Bryan explain how to adjust the system for a perfect result.

This shows how to set up the IDOD Neck-turning machine for a particular cartridge type:

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This video shows a close-up of a neck being with perfect neck-wall consistency:

This latest video from Blake Machine shows the new AUTODOD machine with power controls. This speeds up and simplifies neck-turning process.

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November 30th, 2020

SAF and NRA Challenge Washington Semi-Auto Gun Ban

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SAF, NRA File Appeal Brief in Federal Challenge of WA Gun Control Measure
Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, two Washington state gun retailers and three private citizens have filed an appeal brief with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in their challenge of gun control Initiative 1639 (I-1639), a measure adopted two years ago in the Evergreen State. This appeal in the case of Mitchell vs. Atkins seeks to overturn I-1639’s ban on semi-auto rifle ownership for Washington citizens 18-20 years of age.

The lawsuit challenges the measure on the grounds that it violates the commerce clause by banning sales of rifles to non-residents, and that it unconstitutionally impairs the rights guaranteed by the First, Second and Fourteenth Amendments, and Article I Section 24 of the Washington State constitution by preventing the sale to otherwise qualified adults under age 21 of certain rifles.

The 45-page brief asserts that I-1639: “infringes the rights protected by the Second Amendment and enjoyed by law-abiding adults of all ages. The interstate sales ban violates the Interstate Commerce Clause”. A district court judge in Tacoma dismissed the case in August, and plaintiffs promptly filed notice of appeal with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court in San Francisco.

The initiative prohibits young adults ages 18-20 from purchasing and owning so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles” — defined as literally ANY self-loading rifle, regardless of caliber. Tens of millions of semi-automatic rifles are in use today by law-abiding citizens of all ages for hunting, competition, predator and varmint control, recreational shooting and personal/home protection.

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“We’re asking the Ninth Circuit to reverse a ruling by the lower federal district court, and remand this case back for further action”, said SAF founder/Executive V.P. Alan M. Gottlieb. “The constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens should never be subject to a popular vote, and we are hopeful the Appeals court agrees.”

Plaintiffs are represented by Seattle attorney Joel B. Ard and Spokane attorney David K. DeWolf. The case is known as Mitchell v. Atkins.

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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November 29th, 2020

Bargain Finder 271: Deals of the Week Cyber Monday Edition

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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. Stocky’s Stocks — 10% Off with Discount Code

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As a Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion, Stocky’s Stocks has knocked 10% off the price of virtually all its rifle stock inventory. Use Coupon Code 10OFF to get 10% off the already low price. That amounts to major savings on great stocks that fit a wide variety of barreled actions. For example, a Long Range Accublock Stock is discounted from $219.99 to just $197.99 with the 10% Savings. We don’t know how long the bonus coupon code will work, so don’t delay!

2. Amazon — Samsung Galaxy Tab 8″ 32GB, $99.99 CyberMonday

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Here is a great CyberMonday special on Amazon. This compact 8″ Samsung Galaxy tablet computer is a great accessory for shooters as it can be used with target cameras, ShotMarkers, and Ballistics Apps. You can also use this tablet with the Android Ballistic-X App to measure your group sizes — just take a photo of the group with the Tablet’s camera and run the App. You can also record your shooting sessions with video to diagnose your hold and follow-through. For $99.99 on Amazon this Galaxy Tablet is hard to beat. NOTE: This is listed “In stock December 14, 2020″.

3. Midsouth — Multiple CyberMonday Deals

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Midsouth just released a bunch of Cyber Monday Deals. You’ll want to act quickly — this is a ONE-DAY ONLY sale. Save on RCBS ChargeMaster and RCBS Case Tumbler, save $40 on an AR Bolt Carrier group, or grab a Lyman Powder Thrower for just $74.99. Varmint hunters take note — you can get 2000 62gr .224 Bullets for just $174.99.

4. EuroOptic — Save up to $600 on Leica Rangefinding Binoculars

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Leica makes some of the very best rangefinding binoculars you can buy. The Leica Geovid HD-R series combine superior glass with outstanding rangefinder performance out to very long ranges. We like the controls on these RF binoculars too. Now through December 3rd, save up to $600 on select Geovid HD-R 2700 rangefinder binoculars. In addition, Leica’s Ultravid HD-Plus regular binoculars are on sale at EuroOptic.com as well.

5. MidwayUSA — SIG Sauer Scope/Rangefinder Combos

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Here’s an amazing Cyber Monday Optics Special from MidwayUSA that may be ideal for a hunter on a budget. You get a SIG Sauer Whisky3 3-9x40mm riflescope PLUS a SIG Sauer Kilo 1000 range finder for just $229! All you need optics-wise for your next hunt, this package will save you $170.00 (42%)! If you want more magnification, a similar package with 4-12x40mm scope and Kilo 1000 is $279.99.

6. LongShot Cameras — LR-3 2-Mile UHD Target Camera, $649.00

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This superb system combines a high-definition camera with a special receiver. That set-up delivers sharp, live images at distances up to two miles. The good folks at Longshot created a special Discount Code for AccurateShooter readers that provides an extra $50 off the already-reduced Cyber-weekend price. The final price, with Code ACCURATESHOTS, is $649.00 (see above). IF you add the Bulletproof Warranty the price is $688.00. We do recommend purchasing the Warranty — that way LongShot will repair or replace your unit if it is damaged by gunfire or other hazard. Note, other LongShot products are on sale this week as well — the Marksman for $349.00, and the Hawk Spotting Scope Camera for $149.00.

How the LR-3 Target Camera Works

7. EuroOptic.com — Vortex 14% Off Sale Through 11/30/2020

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Now through 11:59 pm on CyberMonday, November 30th, save 14% on most Vortex products purchased through EuroOptic.com when you use promo code VORTEX14. This applies to a wide range of riflescopes and spotting scopes. This applies to new scopes with full warranties. Not valid with any other offer or discount, and not valid on Closeouts.

8. Palmetto State Armory — AR15 PSA MagPul Lowers $130 Off

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Want to put together a black rifle? Check out the PSA AR15 MAGPUL ACS-L EPT Lower (Black) or the PSA AR15 MAGPUL STR EPT MIAD Edition (Flat Dark Earth). Both units are discounted $130.00 for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. With easy-to-adjust Magpul stocks, these are both good options for a tactical or varmint rifle.

9. Midsouth — TriggerTech Triggers on Sale, starting at $134.99

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Right now Midsouth is offering significant discounts on TriggerTech triggers for bolt guns as well as AR-platform rifles. And with all TriggerTech triggers in stock you get FREE Shipping. Different grade triggers have different price levels, starting at $134.99 for the Primary Series Rem 700 triggers.

10. CDNN Sports — Browning Buckmark, $249.99 with Rebate

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There’s a Browning Black Friday Rebate running through November 30th, 2020. Combine this Rebate with Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts, and you can get a nice Browning Buckmark pistol for under $250.00 net. That’s a steal on an accurate reliable pistol. What’s more, CDNN Sports is currently offering FREE Shipping on all firearm sales.

11. H-S Precision — 25% Off Stocks Black Friday/Cyber Monday

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H-S Precision makes outstanding rifle stocks, with inlets to fit a variety of popular actions including CZ, Howa, Remington, Ruger, Savage, Weatherby, and Winchester. Right now you can order any one of 70+ stock designs at 25% off the normal price. Just select the stock you like, pick a color, select recoil pad/rail options, and add to the shopping cart. Then 25% will be automatically slashed off the price as the “blackfridaystocks” discount. NOTE: Along with 25% off stocks, H-S Precision is now offering 15% off complete rifles.

12. MidwayUSA — Pro Series Shooting Mat, $29.99

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The MidwayUSA Pro Series Competition Shooting Mat is now on sale for just $29.99. That’s 45% off the regular $59.99 price. The Pro Series mat measures a full 73.5″ x 35.5″ and is nicely constructed. Zippered pockets on the front extension flap hold ammo or log book. 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 Shooting Mat have been very positive. At $29.99 on sale (through 11/30/2020), this Pro Series mat is a great deal.

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November 29th, 2020

Sunday Gunday: Rimfire Round-Up — Two Rifles, Four Pistols

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22Plinkster runs of the most popular gun-centric YouTube channels. His videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands of firearms fans. Many of 22Plinkster’s videos involve trick shots, such as shooting a .22LR through 100 balloons, but he also does serious reviews. He’s actually a competent marksman who has shot a vast collection of .22 LR/22 WMR pistols and rifles, making him a qualified rimfire expert (as well as a trick-shot artist and showman). Today we feature five 22Plinkster Firearms Videos, plus a bonus Vudoo Gun Works video review from GunsandTactics.com.

Vudoo Gun Works Ravage Precision .22 LR Rifle

Last Sunday we featured an NRL22 rimfire competition rig built with a Vudoo Gun Works V-22 action. For this Sunday GunDay article, we showcase a complete Vudoo rifle, a mag-fed Ravage with Ridgeback stock. 22Plinkster declared: “It’s a Tack-Driver … this .22 LR Rifle is the most accurate .22 LR bolt-action rimfire rifle I have ever shot in my life.” And he notes that he has shot Anschutz, Lithgow and other quality rifles.

Firing from a Lead Sled, 22Plinkster starts out at 50 yards, and produced a 0.335″ group at 50 yards using Lapua Midas+ ammunition (4:00 time-mark). Then this session gets really impressive. Continuing with Lapua Midas+ ammo, this Vudoo Ravage produced a sub-half-inch group at 100 yards*. You can watch that Midas+ group form up from 7:20 to 8:25 in the video. Then, with ELEY Tenex ammo, he produced a 0.707″ group (10:30) and an even smaller group (11:55). This complete rifle is available from Vudoo Gun Works for $2545.00 without optics.

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22Plinkster says Vudoo’s Ravage is a top choice for NRL22/PRS rimfire matches and Rimfire ELR competitions: “This is the cream of the crop. [Many] people who are winning PRS rimfire matches are shooting Vudoos. What sets this rifle apart from a lot of the other Match 22 rifles is what it does past 300 yards. A lot of rifles — Anschutz, Lithgow, CZ — shoot really good out to 300 yards. But after 300 yards, their accuracy diminishes big-time.”

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Vudoo V22 Ravage with a fluted 18″ Kukri barrel in an Urban Camo Grayboe Ridgeback stock.

If you are interested in getting a Vudoo rimfire rifle, then definitely watch this 20-minute Guns & Tactics video. It provides extensive accuracy testing for multiple ammo types with verified group sizes. Then the reviewer shows the working details of the rifle, including the bolt, trigger system, and magazine. The video also includes field testing from bipod as well as competition-type practical stages out to nearly 400 yards.

Savage A22, 22 Magnum (WMR) Rifle Field Test

The Savage A22 is the .22 WMR “big brother” to Savage’s popular A17 17 HMR rifle. In this video, 22Plinkster demonstrates that the A22 is a very reliable semi-auto that can deliver near-1 MOA accuracy when the barrel is clean. This rifle retails for about $390.00.

Smith & Wesson Model 41 .22 LR Pistol Review


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The S&W Model 41 is a classic American rimfire target pistol. Beautifully crafted, the Model 41 boasts a superb trigger, comfortable grip, and excellent accuracy. New or used, a Model 41 would be a fine addition to any firearms collection.

Volquartsen Scorpion .22 LR Pistol Review

The Scorpion demonstrated exceptional accuracy in the hands of 22Plinkster. It comes with a large target-style grip. With a built-in compensator, the Scorpion stays on target with almost no muzzle rise. The comp can be easily switched out with a suppressor (See video at 3:00 time-mark).

S&W Victory Vs. Ruger Mark IV Pistol Shoot-Off

22Plinkster liked both pistols. He favored the grips on the Ruger while preferring the S&W’s trigger. He felt the Ruger’s iron sights were best for precision work, but he noted that the green dot fiber optic sights on the S&W Victory worked better for speed work.


*Footnote regarding 22Plinkster Measured Groups: At least one of the measured groups (in close-up view) does NOT show the exact same group which formed in the preceding video sequence. You can tell from the shot placements relative to the center of the target — it’s a different group. Still we believe that 22Plinkster did shoot very small groups with this rifle at 50 and 100 yards. We just think 22Plinkster’s video editing may have been out of sequence. You can tell the group measured with calipers is not the same as the group shown forming top right in the preceding live video.

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November 28th, 2020

Brownells Black Rifle Friday Specials (Through Monday 11/30)

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Yes Brownells is running a big Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion. The Brownells Black Rifle Friday Sale is underway now. While this is focused mostly on AR-related hardware, there are also reloading products on sale, magazines, optics, and much more. Note the selection CHANGES DAILY, so you’ll want to check back Sunday (11/29) and Monday (11/30). Discount pricing valid through 11:59 pm on 11/30/2020. Along with the price cuts, you can get FREE SHIPPING with Code VPR for orders over $250.00.

Here are six of the best deals we found today, 11/28/2020. There are literally thousands of other items that are discounted. CLICK HERE for ALL SALE ITEMS.

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Important Advice about Building Your Own Black Rifle
This video covers basic legal provisions regarding construction of an AR15 from components. The lower is considered the firearm by the ATF — this must ship to an FFL. The Upper can be shipped directly to the consumer, but there are laws regulating barrel length. In addition, some states have laws prohibiting AR-type rifles. You should always check with a local attorney to determine the applicable gun laws in your city, county, and state.

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November 28th, 2020

Firearm Storage Safety QUIZ — How Safe are YOUR Guns?

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Do you have a friend or family member who is a first-time gun owner? Then show them this article. It provides important guidelines for new gun owners. There’s an Infographic printed below. And, there’s a helpful Firearm Storage and Safety Assessment Quiz. This walks gun owners through questions related to safe handling and storage of firearms. Here is Part One of the Quiz. If you click on this part, you can complete the entire Quiz and see how you score.

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Firearms Safe Storage Video

NSSF Infographic for New Gun Owners
Below is the latest NSSF Infographic for new gun owners. This provides questions to ask before buying a gun, plus information on safe gun storage at home. This Infographic is part of a large collection of NSSF Resources for New Gun Owners.

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Want to learn more? CLICK HERE for the Interactive Version of the NSSF Infographic. On that Interactive PDF, click on the smaller buttons to get additional information, or to watch related videos.

Other Gun Safety Resources

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NSSF resources quiz new firearm gun owner

Firearms Safe Storage/Transport in Vehicles | Ten Tips for Firearms Safety in Your Home

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November 27th, 2020

Black Friday Bargains — Great Individual Product Deals

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Many major manufacturers and online vendors are offering great bargains today, Black Friday. Over the past two days we’ve spotlighted vendors worth visiting because they offer a wide range of discounts on a large inventory selection — in some cases, everything in stock is discounted 10%, 15%, even 25%. For our previous 2020 Black Friday Vendor Specials, scroll down or CLICK HERE (11/26) and CLICK HERE (11/25).

In this article we are going to focus on specific Black Friday Bargains. Here are 22 truly exceptional deals on recommended products that you can use in your reloading room and at the range.

MidwayUSA — Cyber Week Sale

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Here are six great deals offered through MidwayUSA’s Cyber Week Sale (8 Days of Savings). There are also many other bargains on optics, shooting mats, and reloading gear on MidwayUSA’s Cyber Week Sale Page. Deals are good through November 30, 2020 and you get FREE Shipping with Code FSCYBER49 .

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LongShot Cameras

Longshot Target Cameras is running a special sale with discounts on multiple items. Plus there is a special coupon code for AccurateShooter.com Readers and Forum members. After you add the item to your shopping cart, the sale prices appear. These represent $100 off LR-3, $50 off Marksman, and 50% off the Hawk spotting scope camera. You’ll get free shipping with code SENDIT. IMPORTANT — if you purchase the LR-3, you’ll get an additional $50 off with code ACCURATESHOTS (use that code for the LR-3 instead of SENDIT).

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Natchez Shooters Supplies — Great Reloading Deals

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For Black Friday, Natchez has slashed prices on a large variety of reloading tools and hardware including equipment from Hornady, Lyman, and RCBS. We were most impressed with the savings on RCBS reloading scale/dispensers and press kits. These are the best prices we’ve found on the web, and the RCBS reloading kits have been selling out. Check out these RCBS bargains at Natchez.

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Graf & Sons — 25% Off All Sightron Optics

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We listed this yesterday, but we wanted to spotlight the exceptional Sightron bargains available right now at Grafs.com. All Sightron Optics are 25% off — Scopes, Spotting Scopes, Binoculars, Red Dots and more. If you are looking for a high-magnification competition scope, or a field Target scope, or a nice HD Glass Spotter, check out these deals.

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Palmetto State Armory — Triggers, Optics, Pistols and More

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Palmetto State Armory is a go-to source for black rifle fans. For Black Friday, Palmetto has discounted a large number of AR parts/accessories including triggers, uppers, and optics. In addition, Palmetto has discounted S&W handguns and many other products. These are all listed on the Black Friday Sale Page.

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Special Bonus — Free Shipping at Whidden Gunworks

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Today only, Black Friday (11/27/2020), Whidden Gunworks is offering free 48-state product shipping. This is for orders over $250.00. To get FREE Shipping use Code BF2020 at checkout.

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November 27th, 2020

Ten Great Books for Serious Shooters — Holiday Shopping List

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Christmas is less than a month away, and today, Black Friday, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Books have always been popular holiday gifts. If you haven’t completed your holiday shopping, here are some recommended titles that should please the serious shooters and firearms enthusiasts on your shopping list. For shooting clubs, books also make great end-of-season member awards. Most of us would rather have a useful book than one more piece of wood to toss in a box in the closet. Check out these rwn titles — for yourself or your shooting buddies.

Here Are TEN BOOKS Recommended for Serious Shooters:

Modern Advancements in LR Shooting, Vol. II
by Bryan Litz, $27.99 (Kindle), $45.93 (Hardcover)

If you’re a serious long-range shooter, consider adding this book to your library. Relying on extensive ballistics testing, Modern Advancements Volume II is a great successor to Volume I that contains some fascinating research results. UK gun writer Laurie Holland notes: “Volume II of the Modern Advancements series is as fascinating as Volume I and if anything even more valuable given a series of ‘mythbusters’ tests including: case fill-ratio, primer flash-hole uniforming, neck tension, annealing, and much more. The work also addresses that perennial discussion of a bullet ‘going to sleep’ and shooting smaller groups (in MOA) at longer distances than 100 yards.” The amount of testing done for this Volume II work, with a staggering amount of rounds sent downrange, makes this book unique among shooting resources. There is a ton of “hard science” in this book — not just opinions.

Nancy Tompkins Long Range book Prone and Long Range Rifle Shooting
by Nancy Tompkins, $45.00, (Hardcover, 2d Edition).

Nancy Tompkins is one of the greatest long-range shooters in American history. She has won five National Long-range Championships. Tompkins’ treatise is a must-read for serious Palma, F-Class, and High Power shooters. The revised Second edition includes F-Class equipment and techniques, and newly updated information. Color pictures. Topics include Mental & Physical training, Reading Wind & Mirage Shooting Fundamentals, International Competition, and Loading for Long Range. Nancy Tompkins is a 4-time winner of the National Long Range Championships, and has won countless other major events. Nancy has been on six Palma Teams (as both a shooter and a coach).

Miller Cunningham Wind Book The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters
by Linda Miller & Keith Cunningham, $14.99 (Kindle), $22.45 (Hardback).

The new, 2020 Edition of The Wind Book was released a few months ago. The updates make this very helpful 144-page book even better. The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters by Linda Miller and Keith Cunningham, first published in 2007, is a very informative resource. But you don’t have to take our word for it. If you click this link, you can read book excerpts on Amazon.com. This lets you preview the first few chapters, and see some illustrations. Other books cover wind reading in a broader discussion of ballistics or long-range shooting. But the Miller & Cunningham book is ALL about wind reading from cover to cover, and that is its strength. The book focuses on real world skills that can help you accurately gauge wind angle, wind velocity, and wind cycles. Readers have praised the book, earning it 93% 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Tony Boyer Book rifle accuracy benchrest Long Range Shooting Handbook
by Ryan Cleckner, $9.99 (Kindle), $9.99 (Softcover),

Ryan Cleckner is noted for his ability to explain complex topics in an easy-to-comprehend manner. Now Cleckner has authored a book, the Long Range Shooting Handbook, which expands on the topics covered in Cleckner’s popular NSSF video series. The Long Range Shooting Handbook is divided into three main categories: What It Is/How It Works, Fundamentals, and How to Use It. “What It Is/How It Works” covers equipment, terminology, and basic principles. “Fundamentals” covers the theory of long range shooting. “How to Use It” gives practical advice on implementing what you’ve learned, so you can progress as a skilled, long range shooter. You can view Sample Chapters from Ryan’s Book on Amazon.com.

Top-Grade Ammo
by Glen Zediker, $33.49 (Softcover)

Sadly, Glen Zediker passed away on 10/1/2020. He will be missed. His Top-Grade Ammo book is a great resource for all hand-loaders — beginners through advanced. Released in 2016, this 314-page guide covers every aspect of the reloading process — component sorting, priming, sizing, bullet seating and more. With 430 photos, Top-Grade Ammo is a richly-illustrated, step-by-step guide to producing high-quality handloads. Unlike many reloading books, Top-Grade Ammo is current and up-to-date, so it covers modern practices and the latest precision reloading tools. While Zediker focuses on producing match-grade ammo for competition, this book will also help novice reloaders on a budget. This book features a special “lay-flat” binding so it’s easy to use as a benchtop reference. To view Chapter List and sample pages visit ZedikerPublishing.com.

Practical Shooter’s Guide
by Marcus Blanchard, $9.99 (Kindle), $19.99 (Softcover)

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.”

Tony Boyer Book rifle accuracy benchrest The Book of Rifle Accuracy
by Tony Boyer, $42.50 (Hardcover).

Tony Boyer, the most successful shooter in the history of short-range benchrest competition, shares many of his match-winning tips in this 323-page book. The book covers all aspect of the benchrest discipline: loading, windflags, rest set-up, addressing the rifle, and match strategies. This is a high-quality publication, filled with valuable insights. Every serious benchrest shooter should read Tony’s book. Boyer has dominated registered benchrest in a fashion that will never be duplicated, having amassed 142 U.S. Benchrest Hall of Fame points. The next closest shooter, Allie Euber, has 47 Hall of Fame points. This handsome, full-color book is 323 pages long, with color photos or color illustrations on nearly every page.

David Tubb High Power Rifle The Rifle Shooter
by G. David Tubb, $26.00 (Softcover)

This book by 11-time National High Power Champion David Tubb focuses on position shooting and High Power disciplines. Section One covers fundamentals: position points, natural point of aim, breathing, triggering mechanics and follow-through, sling selection and use, getting started, getting better, avoiding obstacles. Section Two covers mechanics of offhand, sitting, and prone positions. Section Three covers shooting skills, including wind reading and mental preparation. Section Four covers the technical side of shooting, with extensive discussions of rifle design, load development, reloading barrel maintenance, and rifle fitting. We consider this book a “must-read” for any sling shooter, and there is plenty of good advice for F-Class shooters too.

Cartridges of World 16th Edition Cartridges of the World (16th Edition)
by W. Todd Woddard, $19.49 (Kindle), $26.49 (Softcover)

Cartridges of the World (16th Edition, 2019), belongs in every serious gun guy’s library. This massive 680-page reference contains illustrations and basic load data for over 1500 cartridges. If you load for a wide variety of cartridges, or are a cartridge collector, this book is a “must-have” resource. The latest edition includes 50 new cartridges and boasts 1500+ photos. The 16th Edition of Cartridges of the World includes cartridge specs, plus tech articles on Cartridge identification, SAAMI guidelines, wildcatting, and new cartridge design trends. In scope and level of detail, Cartridges of the World is the most complete cartridge reference guide in print. Cartridges of the World now includes a full-color section with feature articles.

Bullseye Midnd Raymond Prior Creedmoor Sports Bullseye Mind
(Mental Toughness for Sport Shooting)
by Dr. Raymond Prior, $17.95 (Softcover).

Having a Bullseye Mind means thinking in ways that create confidence and consistency, even under pressure. A “must-read” for competitive shooters, Bullseye Mind is a mental training book written specifically for the shooting sports. The book is well-organized, with handy highlighted lists and key “talking points”. Each chapter concludes with examples from a world-class shooters such as: Matt Emmons, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist; Vincent Hancock, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist; Jamie Corkish, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist; Petra Zublasing, 2014 World Champion/ISSF Shooter of the Year; and Nicco Campriani, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2010 World Champion. This book has earned rave reviews from competitive shooters who found it really helped their “Mental Game”. One recent purchaser states: “This book is as though you had a coach in your back pocket…”

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November 26th, 2020

Black Friday Super Sales Available Today, Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Black Friday

Traditionally, a host of major sales commence on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. However, we’ve found some major Black Friday promotions that are already underway today, November 26th, 2016. We’ve also showcased some very special bargains on sale now. You’ll find super deals on firearms, reloading tools, optics, shooting accessories, and more. Most of the offers are active right now, Thanksgiving day. However some of these special offers are for Friday only, November 27, 2020. Other promotions extend all weekend, all the way through Cyber-Monday, December 1, 2020. Find other sales at Gun.Deals.

Cabela’s Black Friday Sale All Week

Cabela's black friday sale hunting shooting
Cabela's black friday sale hunting shooting

Cabela’s has been running a Black Friday Sale all week. You’ll find discounts up to 40%, with some exceptional deals for hunters. Rifles, optics, gps units, hunting gear, and more are on sale. There are also excellent deals on gun safes. Here are just a few of the best deals we found at Cabelas.com

Midsouth — Black Friday Extravangaza with Good Deals

Area 419 black friday sale muzzle breaks suppressors barrel

You’ll find some great deals at Midsouth for the next five days. There are big discounts on the RCBS Chargemaster, Hornady reloading products, Triggertech triggers, and Inline Fabrication products. Along with these special deals, Midsouth has put its popular logo hoodies and hats on sale.

Stocky’s Stocks — 10% Off Plus Additional Code Savings

stocky's stocks 10% percent ten off savings gunstock stocks

As a Black Friday promotion, Stocky’s Stocks has knocked 10% off the price of virtually all its rifle stock inventory. Use Coupon Code 10OFF to get 10% off the price. That amounts to great savings on great stocks that fit a wide variety of barreled actions. For example, a Long Range Accublock Stock is discounted from $219.99 to just $197.99 with the 10% savings.

Sportsman’s Warehouse — Great Deals on Rifles and Gun Safes

Area 419 black friday sale muzzle breaks suppressors barrel

The Black Friday Sale at Sportsman’s Warehouse is underway right now, and runs through Wednesday December 3, 2020. We saw some great deals on Savage rifles, as well as gun safes. You may also want to pick up those Walker Electronic muffs for just $39.99.

Area 419 Black Friday Sale — Underway NOW

Area 419 black friday sale muzzle breaks suppressors barrel

Area 419, maker of ultra-high-quality reloading accessories, as well as muzzle brakes and suppressor mounts, is running a Black Nitride Friday Sale on barrel hardware. This kicked off last night and will be effective through December 1st. Save up to 26% on a wide variety of products. For example, Hellfire Muzzle Brakes are reduced from $165 to $140, and the Hellfire thread protector is discounted from $30 to $22, a 26.6% savings.

Graf & Sons Big Sightron Sale

veridian riflescope scope front laser discount black friday

The entire Sightron line-up is on sale now at Grafs.com. Save 25% on all riflescopes and spotting scopes, including the poplar 10-50x60mm SIII scopes which have won major benchrest and F-Class matches. In addition, some great spotting scopes are 25% off. There are also significant discounts on red dot optics and binoculars.

XLR Chassis Systems — Save up to $300 with Codes

xlr industries tactical chassis PRS discount code

Yesterday we linked to the MDT Chassis system sale. Today we’ve located another popular Chassis System being offered with HUGE discounts. Now through November 29, 2020, you can save hundreds on an XLR Industries rifle chassis. These are popular with the PRS/NRL crowd as well as varmint hunters who like the ability to easily attach bipods, bag-riders, and other accessories. Coupon code must be entered online at checkout.

X-Caliber Barrels — 20% Off Steel Barrels, 10% Off Carbon

x-caliber barrel steel carbon Thanksgiving black fridaysale

Save 20% on barrels during X-Caliber Barrel’s Thanksgiving Sale. This 20% savings applies to X-Caliber steel AR Barrels, Bolt-Action Pre-Fit Barrels, Unturned Barrel Blanks, Contoured Barrel Blanks, and In-Stock Barrels. In addition, X-Caliber Barrel’s Carbon Fiber Pre-fit Barrels and Contoured Blanks are 10% OFF. Sales prices are good through 11:59 pm MST on Monday, November 30, 2020. NOTE: Prices displayed on website are SALE prices (after discount). Savings vs. regular prices will be displayed in cart.

Veridian — Huge 50% Off Discounts on Scopes and Lasers

veridian riflescope scope front laser discount black friday

Veridian is a relatively new scope producer, but this company’s optics employ some good technology and are VERY affordable. Right now, with Verdian’s Black Friday Sale you can get huge 50% OFF savings on Veridian riflescopes. Veridian offers a 7-year warranty on scopes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. So here is a chance to pick up a good optic for half normal retail. For example, the SERAC SFP 3.5-10x40mm scope is discounted 50% from $399.00 to $199.50, while the VENTA SFP Scope 4-16x40mm scope is just $109.50 — 50% off the original $219.00 price.

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November 26th, 2020

Safety Recall Notice: SIG SAUER Cross Bolt-Action Rifles

SIG Sauer Cross Rifle trigger safety recall defect notice

If you have a SIG Sauer Cross rifle — do NOT shoot it. There is a serious potential safety issue that could result in an accidental discharge. Accordingly, yesterday, 11/25/2020, SIG Sauer issued this Safety Recall Notice for ALL Cross rifles that have been produced:

Safety Recall Notice: SIG SAUER Cross Bolt-Action Rifles

NEWINGTON, N.H.: (November 25, 2020) – Today Sig Sauer, Inc. is announcing a safety recall for the CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle, and consumers should immediately discontinue use of the rifle. This recall applies to all CROSS Bolt-Action rifles currently manufactured.

Sig Sauer has viewed an online video that presents a single CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle with a potential safety concern. This gun has been returned to Sig Sauer and upon evaluation it has been confirmed that the rifle exhibited a delayed discharge after the trigger was pulled. Sig Sauer has decided to issue a safety recall in order to implement a modification to the firing action to address this potential safety concern.

Q: WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU OWN A CROSS BOLT-ACTION RIFLE?

A: Stop using and unload your CROSS Rifle immediately.

To register for the recall process please visit sigsauer.com/crossrecall or call Sig Sauer Customer Service at 603-610-3000, option 1. Following registration Sig Sauer will further communicate with you to arrange for the return of your rifle to Sig Sauer for the safety improvement. All shipment and replacement costs will be covered by Sig Sauer.

Sig Sauer is committed to providing the highest quality, industry-leading firearms in the marketplace and is requesting that consumers take immediate action and follow the recall process as described.

Trigger Problem Revealed in Field Test Video

In this video a SIG Cross rifle is being tested in the field. The shooter started to encounter problems with delayed ignition at 26:05 time-mark. Basically the gun did NOT fire when the trigger was engaged normally. In another instance (28:10-28:30) the gun did not fire as the trigger was pulled back but then the gun fired when the trigger was released forward. Not good.

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November 26th, 2020

Happy Turkey Day — Enjoy Free Turkey Targets

Varmint Turkey Free Targets Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to blast away at some bearded gobblers (of the paper variety). Here’s our custom Turkey Day target, ready for family fun. This special Turkey Bullseye Target was created by our friend and Forum member Pascal (aka “DesertFrog”). CLICK HERE for FREE Turkey Target.

If you prefer color targets, here’s another turkey target, courtesy of the NRA. Hone your skills on a trio of turkeys. The target features three red bullseyes, centered on the gobblers. You can print the target in black and white, but they look best in color. Click the image below to download a FREE printable PDF file.

NRA color turkey target thanksgiving

Get a Full Set of Animal Targets
For your convenience, we’ve packaged the monochrome Turkey Target along with five (5) other varmint/animal-themed targets. These are all offered in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format for easy printing.

CLICK HERE to download all SIX targets in .Zip archive.

Varmint Turkey Free Targets Thanksgiving

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November 25th, 2020

Black Friday Preview — Early Sale Notices and Deals

gun ammo accessories firearms optics black friday cyber monday sale

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. That means major discounts on guns, gear, optics and other accessories will be available soon, as part of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales cycle. Some promotions are underway already, while others start tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day), or on Black Friday (November 27th). Here are seven promotions that can benefit gun owners. You’ll find great savings on rifles, chassis systems, optics, bipods, bullets, and other gear. You’ll find many more Black Friday Sale Notices on the Gun.Deals website.

EuroOptic Black Friday/Cyberweek Sales — Major Brands on Sale

Leica Leupold vortex eurooptic scopes black friday sale

EuroOptic.com is running a variety of major sales over the next 10 days. You’ll find big discounts on Leica, Vortex, Kahles, and Steiner optics. Plus there are deals on Mauser Rifles, SilencerCo suppressors, and Sitka Gear. CLICK HERE to see ALL the deals. For the 14% OFF Vortex Special, CLICK this LINK.

MDT Sale on Chassis Systems and Accessories

MDT Chassis black friday sale
MDT Chassis black friday sale

MDT is running a major Black Friday Sale this year, with savings up to 70%. Sale runs Thursday, November 26th at 3:00 pm through Monday, November 30th at 11:59 pm. Customers can expect deep discounts on Chassis, Magazines, and Accessories. The MDT Black Friday Sale features factory seconds and overstock items as well as a store-wide sale on all inventory. Orders over $199 qualify for FREE SHIPPING in North America. MDT promises these savings starting 11/27/2020:

30-70% Discount on all Factory Seconds and Overstock items
40-60% Discount on select items — 10% Discount on the entire store

OpticsPlanet — Doorbusters Sale Underway Now

Leica Leupold vortex eurooptic scopes black friday sale

Optics Planet is running a major sale right now with big discounts on scopes, binoculars, red dots, laser rangefinders and other optics. Plus, to our surprise, Optics Planet also has triggers and BogPods on sale. The savings are significant, especially on Leupold, Burris, and Vortex gear. For example the Burris Xtreme XTR 4-20x50mm Tactical scope is marked down 42% from $1199.00 to $699.99, while Vortex 10x42mm Diamondback Binoculars are marked down 50% from $279.00 to $139.99.

Academy Sports — Sale on Savage Rifles and Hunting Gear

browning safe hunting savage rifle academy sports black friday sale

At Academy Sports, a major Black Friday Sale is already underway. There are very good deals on Savage rifles and Browning safes. You also get 10% off any gunsafe with the purchase of a firearm. In addition, there are savings up to 50% on hunting gear. This sale is happening right now — you don’t have to wait until Friday the 27th.

Cutting Edge Bullets — Save 25% Sitewide

browning safe hunting savage rifle academy sports black friday sale

If you shoot the big calibers, or compete in Extreme Long Range (ELR) disciplines, you know all about Cutting Edge Bullets. These precision-crafted solid bullets have won many of the major ELR titles. Starting Friday 11/27/2020, you can get significant savings on all Cutting Edge bullets in stock. With code FRIDAY25 you’ll get 25% Off site-wide. This discount is valid through Monday 11/30/2020.

Caldwell — Black Friday Sale Prices in Effect Now

caldwell lead sled tools camera black friday sale

Caldwell has started its big Black Friday Sale already. You will find major discounts on Target Cameras, Shooting Rests, Support Bags, Bipods, Ear Protection, Wind Meters, Chronographs and more. Plus there are some great “bundle” deals. For example, you can get a Caldwell HydroSled AND Target Camera bundle for just $299.99, or a Hydrosled and Wind Meter combo for just $166.99.

Sightron Scopes — November/December Promotion

sightron holiday scope optics 2020 sale

Sightron has been running a major promotion since November 1, 2020. With savings up to 20% on riflescopes, spotting scopes and other optics, this promo runs from November 1 through December 31, 2020. Sightron states: “This holiday offer ultimately translates into incredible savings to the consumer. Make sure to visit any SIGHTRON authorized dealer to take advantage of this great offer. This promotion applies to all distributors and retailers, including online retailers.”

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November 25th, 2020

Ruger Completes Marlin Acquistion — New Marlins in Fall 2021

Sturm Ruger Acquires Marline firearms $30 million remington bankruptcy court

NewsWire: Sturm, Ruger & Co. completes Marlin purchase on 11/23/2020. Ruger CEO says Ruger plans to reintroduce Marlin firearms in latter half of 2021.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced that the closing of its acquisition of substantially all of the Marlin Firearms assets occurred on Monday, November 23. The agreement to purchase these assets emanated from the Remington Outdoor Company, Inc. bankruptcy and was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama on September 30, 2020. The purchase price of approximately $28.3 million was paid by Ruger with available cash.

Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Killoy noted the excitement that has permeated the firearms industry in anticipation of the confluence of these two iconic firearms brands, “Since we announced the agreement to purchase Marlin in September, we have heard from countless members of the firearms community — consumers, retailers, distributors, writers, and collectors — who are delighted that legendary Marlin rifles are now part of the Ruger product family. We are excited to start moving these assets to our Ruger facilities and setting up the manufacturing cells that will produce Marlin rifles for years to come. We look forward to re-introducing Marlin rifles in the latter half of 2021.”

Sturm Ruger Acquires Marline firearms $30 million remington bankruptcy court

Previously, in October, Killroy noted: “The value of Marlin and its 150-year legacy was too great of an opportunity for us to pass up. The brand aligns perfectly with ours and the Marlin product portfolio will help us widen our already diverse product offerings. The important thing for consumers, retailers and distributors to know at this point in time is that the Marlin brand and its great products will live on [through Ruger]. Long Live the Lever Gun.”

Marlin History 101 from the Marlin Forum

“Marlin Firearms was founded in 1870, some 144 years ago, by Mr. John Mahlon Marlin. As such, Marlin rifles for generations carried ‘JM’ roll marks on their barrels to designate this homage. Marlin had cut his teeth in Samuel Colt’s factory making revolvers and pistols during the Civil War in Hartford, Connecticut. Then, he broke out on his own, starting a small shop in nearby New Haven.

The company specialized in lever action rifles, such as the M1891, which was updated as the 1893, then the Model 39, and still exists today as the Model 336. After Mr. Marlin died in the early 1900s, the company went from being family-owned to being a corporation, which made machine guns for the Army during World War 1, merged with Hopkins and Allen, then in 1924 went out of business.

Sturm Ruger Acquires Marline firearms $30 million remington bankruptcy court

It was then that the Kenna family bought what was left of the company for $100 and, for all but a decade, a member of the Kenna family remained the president of the company for the next 83 years. During that time, Marlin registered hundreds of patents including on side ejection lever actions, Micro-Groove rifling, the T-900 Fire Control System, and others.”

More recently, in the year 2000, Marlin acquired Harrington and Richardson (H&R), maker of break-action shotguns and rifles. Then in 2007 Remington bought out Marlin, including H&R.

Marling Forum Carbon Media

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November 25th, 2020

Splatter Central — Hi-Viz Splatter Targets on Sale

splatterburst target neo halo yellow
Splatterburst 1″ circles, 62 per sheet, 10-pk $8.99. These can be pasted on other paper backers.

We’ve all seen conventional splatter targets with a single large black bullseye. When a shot hits the target, a halo (usually neon yellow) appears around the bullet hole. This makes it easier to see your shot placements indoors, or at long range outdoors. Today we feature a variety of other targets that also offer the cool halo/splatter effect. We’ve found grids, multiple bull targets, sheets with 62 one-inch circle pasters, handgun training targets, and even white background splatter targets (that produce black halos). Try out some of these targets for fun (kids love plinking with splatter targets).

Shoot-N-C 12″x12″ Sight-In Grid, 5-pk $12.60

Shoot-N-C Handgun Training Target, 5-pk $8.39

Here is a good video review of a variety of Splatterburst Targets:

splatterburst target neo halo yellow

Splatterburst 12″x12″ sight-in target, 10-pk $10.99

splatterburst target neo halo yellow

Splatterburst 3″ circles, 9 per sheet, 10-pk $8.99

These WHITE Shoot-N-C Targets produce Black Shot Halos on White Backgrounds:


Shoot-n-c splatter burst grid target

Shoot-N-C 12″ Grid Sight-in, 10-pk, $8.99
(black shot halos)

Shoot-n-c splatter burst grid target

Shoot-N-C 8″ White bullseye, 10-pk, $8.00
(black shot halos)

Ever Seen BLUE Splatter Targets?
Check Out These Big Dawg Targets…

splatterburst target neo halo blue big dawg

Big Dawg 4″ circles, 5 per sheet, 50-pk $22.99

splatterburst target neo halo yellow

Big Dawg 18″x24″ Silhouette, 10-pk $24.99

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November 24th, 2020

6mm Creedmoor Load Data from Sierra Bullets + BONUS

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets
NOTE: The 6mm Creedmoor now does have an official SAAMI specification. It is no longer just a wildcat.

CLICK HERE for Sierra Bullets 6mm Creedmoor LOAD DATA PDF »

Sierra Bullets Load Data 6mm Creedmoor reloading tips

Sierra Bullets has published load data for the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge, a necked-down version of the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. Sierra has released very comprehensive 6mm Creedmoor load data, covering fifteen (15) different bullets from 55 to 110 grains. NOTE: Hornady-brand brass was used for Sierra’s 6mm Creedmoor load tests, not the newer, stronger Lapua 6.5 CM brass with small primer pockets. Hand-loaders using Lapua 6.5 Creedmoor brass necked to 6mm may have to adjust their loads.

Sierra writes: “As soon as the 6.5 Creedmoor was released in 2007, a 6mm version was being envisioned. After the 6mm Creedmoor demonstrated its worth at 1000 yards it began to catch the attention of Precision Rifle Series (PRS) competitors. The 6mm Creedmoor is a great fit for those looking for an AR platform-friendly cartridge. It delivers velocities very similar to the .243 Win and yet fits the AR10 magazine length[.] The 30-degree shoulder makes this a very efficient case and helps prolong case life as well. The 6mm Creedmoor works well with powders such as H4350, [RE-16], RE-17, and Ramshot Hunter for heavier long-range bullet weights. Slightly faster powders such as RE-15, Win 760, and Vihtavuori N540 work well with lighter weight bullets.”

Sierra Bullets Tested for 6mm Creedmoor Load Data
55gr BlitzKing (#1502)
60gr HP (#1500)
70gr HPBT (#1505)
70gr BlitzKing (#1507)
75gr HP (#1510)
80gr SBT (#1515)
85gr Spitzer (#1520)
85gr HPBT (#1530)
90gr FMJBT (#1535)
95gr HPBT (#1537)
95gr TMK (#7295)
100gr Spitzer (#1540)
100gr SBT (#1560)
107gr HPBT (#1570)
110gr HPBT (#1575)

In developing its 6mm Creedmoor load data, Sierra tested a very wide selection of propellants, two dozen overall. For the smaller bullets, fast-burning powders such as Benchmark, H4895, and CFE223 were tested. For the heavier 100+ grain bullets, Sierra tested a selection of medium-burn-rate powders including H4350, Reloder 16, Reloder 17, Varget, and Superformance. Sierra did a very thorough job. We know this information will be welcomed by 6mm Creedmoor shooters.

Don’t know what powder to try first? For the 107-110 grain bullets, if you want best accuracy and low ES/SD, our Forum members recommend Alliant Reloder 16 and Hodgdon H4350. If you are seeking max velocity with the 110-grainer, look at Hodgdon Superformance and Reloder 19.

Here are Sierra’s 6mm Creedmoor Load Data Charts for 90-95 grain bullets plus the 107gr MK and 110gr MK. There are five other tables for other bullet types.

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets


BONUS: PRB 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor Load Survey

The Precision Rifle Blog compiled Load Data from PRS Competitors, for both 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor. This is a good place to start. PRB surveyed the match loads for “173 of the top-ranked precision rifle shooters in the country”. One cautionary note: These PRS guys may be loading fairly hot, so work up gradually, 0.3 grains at a time. CLICK HERE.

PRB precision rifle blog pet loads what pros use 6.5 Creedmoor 6mm CM

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November 24th, 2020

10 Shots in 0.289 MOA — Can Your Rifle Beat this XP-100 Pistol?

XP100 target pistol 6x45 6x45mm benchrest

TEN Shots in 0.303″ (0.289 MOA) at 100 Yards
Look at that target showing TEN shots at 100 yards, with eight (8) shots in the main cluster at the top. The ten-shot group measures .303″ (0.289 MOA), as calculated with OnTarget Software. Not bad for a handgun — a very nice bolt-action XP-100 pistol! What do you think, can your best-shooting rifle match the 10-shot accuracy of this XP-100 pistol?

XP100 target pistol 6x45 6x45mm benchrest

Report by Boyd Allen
This story goes back a few seasons… this remarkable XP-100 pistol belongs to Dan Lutke, a Bay Area benchrest shooter who publishes the results for the Visalia matches to the competitors and the NBRSA. He has been an enthusiastic competitor for an number of years, at various ranges, notably Visalia and Sacramento. The action is a Remington XP-100, to which a Kelbly 2 oz. trigger has been fitted. On top is an old Japanese-made Tasco 36X scope (these were actually pretty darn good). The Hart barrel (a cast-off from Dan’s Unlimited rail gun) was shortened and re-chambered for the 6x45mm, a wildcat made by necking-up the .223 Remington parent case. The custom stock/chassis was CNC-machined by Joe Updike from 6061 Billet Aluminum to fit the XP-100 action and mount a target-style AR grip with bottom hand rest. The gun was bedded and assembled by Mel Iwatsubu. In his XP-100 pistol, Dan shoots 65gr custom boat-tails with Benchmark powder.

XP100 target pistol 6x45 6x45mm benchrest

This diagram shows the most common 6x45mm wildcat, which is a necked-up version of the .223 Remington parent cartridge. NOTE: The dimensions for Dan Lutke’s benchrest version of this cartridge may be slightly different.

XP100 target pistol 6x45 6x45mm benchrest
ACAD drawing by Peter Gnanapragasam CC by SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Title Added.

Story tip from Boyd Allen. We welcome reader submissions.
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November 24th, 2020

How Speedy Are You? Take the Reaction-Time Test

reaction time test

Precision rifle shooters don’t have to hit a big-league fastball, or launch a top-fuel dragster in the blink of an eye. Nonetheless, reaction times are important in our sport — both for competitive shooters and hunters. Want to catch that prairie dog before he slips down his hole? You’ll need to be quick. Want to win at short-range benchrest? Then you’ll need to watch your windflags and respond quickly to a change. Miss a major wind-shift and you could ruin your whole weekend.

Here’s a fun test of reaction times from HumanBenchmark.com. The way it works is that, after clicking “Start”, you wait until the background color changes from red to green. The instant you see green, immediately click your mouse. The average (median) reaction time is 215 milliseconds. Hint: If you keep your finger “preloaded” in contact with your mouse button you can shave some milliseconds — but don’t “jump the gun”.


CLICK HERE to Take Reaction Time Test…

reaction time test

Tips for Faster Times
Here are three tips to speed up your reaction times:

1) Respond to the color change (by itself), rather than wait to read the word “CLICK!” after the box shifts to green.
2) Try focusing at the corner of the box, rather than the center. This may help you react “without thinking”.
3) Have your index finger “poised and ready” over the left button–you can shave milliseconds by very slightly depressing the button before you actually click.

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November 23rd, 2020

Bargain Finder 270: 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. Academy Sports — Cannon 64-Gun Safe, $599.99 (Save $400)

academy sports Cannon 64-gun Valley Forge Safe Black Friday Sale
BIG gun safe, good interior, amazing 40% OFF Savings

This is a jumbo-sized, 40″-wide fire-rated safe that holds up to 64 long guns. This big Cannon Valley Forge Gunsafe normally sells for $999.99, but this week you can get it for just $599.99 at Academy Sports. Yep, that’s a whopping $400 off normal retail, a 40% savings! If you need a big safe, don’t hesitate — this deal is good from November 22-28, 2020 only.

2. Brownells — Hornady L-N-L Classic Reloading Kit, $299.99

hornady reloading kit
Bargain Price AND get 500 free bullets from Hornady

Need tools to start reloading? Check out the Lock-N-Load Classic Reloading Kit. This Hornady Reloading Kit includes everything you need except brass, powder, and bullets to get started. Don’t forget to use Brownells coupon code VTJ for $20 off, lowering your net price to $299.99. Also, this Lock-N-Load Classic Reloading Kit appears to qualify for 500 FREE bullets through the Hornady Get Loaded Rebate. That Rebate can net you bullets worth 50% of your Kit purchase price, making this a very attractive deal

3. Amazon — Vortex Diamondback HD Spotting Scope, $399.00

vortex diamondback HD spotting scope
Great Spotting Scope Deal — hard to beat at twice the price

Whether hunting or target shooting, spotting scopes get you on target faster and easier than bare eyes or riflescope. If you need a good HD-grade spotter, check out the Vortex Diamondback HD 16-48x65mm angled spotting scope for $399.00. It offers great clarity and rock-solid lifetime guarantee. Relatively compact and weighing 49.8 ounces, this is a good choice for a hunter. There’s also a straight version for $399.00, with same 16-48X power and 65mm objective. If you need more magnification and low-light performance, Vortex offers the 20-60x80mm Diamondback HD spotter for $499.00.

4. Amazon — All-Weather Case with Anti-Rust Interior, $93.99

plano all weather case
Protect your firearm investment with corrosion-fighting rifle case

Transporting your firearms isn’t just about protecting them from damage, it’s also about keeping them clean and RUST FREE. If you keep long guns in hard cases for significant periods of time, condensation can create rust faster than you realize. A great choice to combat this is the Plano All Weather Gun Case with Rustrictor. This waterproof rifle case fights rust with Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) chemicals infused into resin and foam emitters. With its built-in rust-fighter, this case resists corrosion 5x longer than competing products (per lab testing). The 42″ model is $93.99, while the smaller 36″ rustrictor case is just $74.99. There is also a large 52″ wheeled case for $171.90.

5. Creedmoor Sports — Deluxe 55″ or 60″ Rifle Case, $124.95

creedmoor rifle case
Truly some of the highest-quality soft rifle cases you can buy

Tired of poorly-made soft cases that wear out after one season? If you want to get a top-quality case that will last for years, check out the Creedmoor Blue Deluxe 55″ or 60″ Rifle Case. These are hand-made cases that provide an incredible level of protection with quality fabrics and padding. Smart design, high-grade zippers, and top-quality sewing make a noticeable difference. And right now you can get either the 55″ or 60″ model for $124.45 — a $25 savings off the regular $149.95 price. You will see many of the nation’s top Palma and F-Class shooters using these cases.

6. Bullet Central — Jewell Benchrest Trigger, $169.50

Jewell BR Trigger
Jewell triggers hold world records in multiple disciplines

Jewell triggers have set records and dominated firing lines across the country for good reason. They’re about half the price of other top triggers, can be easily tuned and adjusted and they just work without question. If you need a new competition trigger consider the Jewell Remington 700 BR Trigger (No Safety) model from Bullet Central. Upgrade your rifle for a reasonable price.

7. Natchez — RCBS ChargeMaster Lite, $229.99

Chargemaster Lite Midsouth Sale
Best Deal on popular, speedy Scale/Dispenser

Do you need an electronic powder scale/dispenser? Most vendors charge $290-$300 for the popular RCBS ChargeMaster Lite. But now you can get it for just $229.99 at Natchez. You save $70.00, about 24%! The ChargeMaster Lite features an easy-to-use LCD touchscreen and claimed precision of plus/minus 0.1 grains. The unit comes with twin check weights and a convenient plastic cover for the powder pan. If Natchez sells out, you can get the ChargeMaster Lite for $239.99 at Sportsman’s Warehouse.

8. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Hand Deprimer Tool, $44.49

Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Deprimer Tool
Deprime fired cartridge brass anywhere — no press needed

Decapping brass can be a tedious and messy chore. Not only does the priming cup come out but so does the anvil and other little bits. Keep it clean and easy but grabbing the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Deprimer Tool and deprime in style. This self-contained unit allows you to decap anywhere and keep all the mess in the capture container. It’s easy on the hands too. With this handy tool you can deprime your bases while watching TV.

9. Amazon — TWO Sets of NRR 28dB Earmuffs, $21.24

shooting hearing protection
Amazing Deal for TWO pairs of NRR 28 muffs

How about a gift for a friend that’s also a gift for you? Pick up this 2-Pack of Mpow Professional Ear Defenders muffs for just $21.24. You can give one set to a buddy and keep one set for yourself. With a 28dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), these muffs have good buyer reviews, with positive comments about comfort and noise reduction. You can’t beat this price for TWO sets of muffs with carry bags included.

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November 23rd, 2020

Prone Shooting Technique — Mastering the Prone Position

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Shooting Sports USA (SSUSA) offers a wide selection of informative articles on marksmanship techniques. If you shoot prone, “hard-holding”, you know how important proper positioning and technique can be. There is a SSUSA article that every prone shooter should read — whether you shoot air rifle, smallbore, or High Power. Compiled wtih the help of some of the country’s best prone marksmen, this article, How to Master Prone Shooting, provides a step-by-step guide to perfecting your prone position technique.

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How to Master Prone Shooting — SSUSA by NRA Staff
The prone position is the most precise of the rifle shooting positions. It is used in many different shooting events at distances as close as 5 meters and as far away as 1,000 yards, and beyond that in long-range disciplines such as PRS and NRL. Prone shooting is very popular among shooters whose training time is limited, because it does not require as much practice. Age has little effect on a shooter’s ability to do well in prone; many older shooters are able to continue competing successfully in prone matches.

Here is a sample, listing STEP ONE, the basics of the prone position:

Step One: Study the Position
The prone position is steady because it is low, which gives a wide base of support to help keep the rifle still. Below are the key features of the prone position.

1. Straight line form left hand through left arm, side and leg.
2. Head tipped down comfortably.
3. Right hand grips rifle lightly.
4. Body lies behind rifle. Angle to rifle is 10 to 20 degrees.
5. Right knee bent slightly, toe pointing out.
6. Rifle lies on heel of left hand, fingers relaxed.
7. Left elbow rests to left of rifle.
8. Sling (if present) supports weight of rifle. Left arm relaxed.
9. Body rests slightly more on left side.
10. Left leg straight, toe pointing inward or straight back.

There are FIVE MORE STEPS described in detail with specific actions to perform, in the FULL Article. For example, in STEP FOUR (Sling Adjustment), the article explains: “Put the sling high on the arm and tighten the sling keeper. Wrap the arm around the sling so that the sling comes across the left hand and forearm.”

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November 23rd, 2020

CMP Offers College Scholarships for 2021-2022

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CMP ScholarshipThe Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites young men and women shooters to apply for CMP scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. The CMP offers $1,000 and $3000 one-year scholarships to current high school seniors. Since 2005, CMP has awarded over $1 million in scholarship grants. Winning scholarship recipients, in their senior year of high school, came from JROTC schools, 4-H groups, and other shooting clubs. In 2020, the CMP named its Scholarship Program the “Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship Program” and added an additional individual scholarship in the amount of $5000 to be awarded to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Dr. Hines’ ideals.

CMP Scholarship Application Deadline is March 20, 2021

NEW $3000 Scholarship Program for Top 15 Applicants
In 2020, the Garand Collectors Association (GCA) generously donated $10,000 to the CMP to use toward qualifying applicants to the CMP Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship. The GCA again enhanced the scholarship program for 2021, this time tripling its donation to $30,000, which will provide $3000 scholarships to the top 15 applicants, as determined by the CMP Scholarship Committee headed by retired Army Lt. General Joe Inge.

CMP Scholarships are based on merit. Candidates are high school seniors involved with a team or club participating in rifle or pistol marksmanship competitions. Applicants must provide rifle or pistol competition history, list of awards, and future goals in the shooting sports. Applicants must also provide academic GPA (3.0 minimum) and a high school transcript. CLICK HERE for Application.

CMP Scholarship

Applications are Being Accepted Now for 2021-2022
The CMP is now taking scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 freshman college year. Scholarships are one-year awards that may be used to fund any accredited, post-secondary education or vocational program. (Note: Students planning to enroll in a military academy are not eligible).

2020-2021 Scholarship Application Form | CMP Scholarship Regulations

The deadline for CMP Scholarship Application is March 20, 2021. Learn more about the program at the CMP Website Scholarship Page. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Williams at 419-635-2141, ext. 709, or email kwilliams [@] thecmp.org.

Candidate Qualification Requirements:
Applicants must provide a list of past/present rifle or pistol competition history, awards, and future expectations for the sport. Proof of participation, including match bulletins, photos or CMP Competition Tracker printouts (for example), MUST be presented in order to be considered for the scholarship.

CMP Scholarship

Those interested must also provide grade point average (GPA 3.0 or above), test scores, and a list of extracurricular activities. An official school transcript must be provided, along with a letter explaining why the applicant is applying and what future plans the money will fund. A nomination/recommendation letter from a coach or instructor is also required.

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