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October 25th, 2021

Bargain Finder 318: 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. Grizzly — Massive Site-Wide Shooting Products Blow-Out Sale

grizzly bullets.com blow-out sale gunsmithing tools stocks safety gear discount
Big Blow-out Sale on Stocks, Tools, Safety Gear and more

Grizzly Industrial has long been known as a great resource for shooting-related supplies from barrels to gunsmithing tools. Now through October 31, 2021, Grizzly is running a major reloading, shooting and gunsmithing Blow-Out Sale. Save up to 80% on cleaning supplies, 68% on safety equipment, 30% on shooting gear and more. It took us nearly an hour just to go through all the deals and it’s not hard to fill up your shopping cart with many great bargains. There are also many specialized gunsmithing products on sale, including barrel vises and chamber reamers.

2. LockedLoaded.com — M&P 15-22 Sport .22 LR, $379.99

.22 LR rimfire AR M&P 15-22 Smith wesson
Accurate, reliable .22 LR rimfire AR-type rifle at excellent price

We like .22 LR AR-type rifles. With these rimfire “black rifles” you can enjoy NRL22 matches, and also cross-train with low-cost ammo. The popular Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 Sport is now on sale for just $379.99 at LockedLoaded.com. This rifle has full-size AR15 ergonomics and boasts removable Magpul MBUS front and rear folding sights. With the 10″ M&P Magpul M-LOK handguard, you can easily fit lights, bipods, and other accessories. This is a fun gun at a very attractive price.

3. Natchez — Rimfire & Pistol Ammo Sale, Top USA Brands

ammunition sale
Finally — good deals on a variety of USA-made ammo

Ammo is slowly showing up in stores and online but usually at increased prices. That’s why we were pleased to see a major ammunition sale over at Natchez. You’ll find a wide variety of rimfire and pistol ammo on sale from major U.S. manufacturers including American Eagle, CCI, Federal, and Remington. There are no quantity limits, and some ammo types qualify for FREE shipping (with $250+ order).

4. Cabela’s — Wicked Ridge Invader X4 Crossbow, $399.99

Wicked Ridge Invader X4 Crossbow Package
Enjoy extended hunting seasons with Crossbow, this is a fine example

Modern crossbows are accurate and effective. And in many areas, there is a special extended hunting season for bow hunters. A great option is the Wicked Ridge Invader X4 Crossbow Package. The Wicked Ridge Invader X4 Crossbow Package delivers excellent power and accuracy. This advanced crossbow can launch arrows at 360 fps with up to 107 ft/lbs of energy. With 11″ WRX laminated limbs, this bow gives hunters big performance from a compact design that measures just 15″ wide when cocked. Ballistics Guru Bryan Litz recently took a deer with a cross-bow — perhaps you can too.

5. EuroOptic — TriggerTech AR or Rem 700 Triggers, $139-$149

 EuroOptic TriggerTech Special Edition Triggers
Popular AR and Rem 700 triggers at big savings

If you have a Remington 700-style bolt action or AR-platform rifle and are looking for a precision trigger, check out these TriggerTech Special Edition Triggers. Featuring TriggerTech’s Frictionless Release Technology™, this drop-in trigger has a true zero-creep break with extremely short over-travel. This trigger is extremely reliable because changing the pull weight does not affect hammer force so you get dependable primer strikes at every pull weight. TriggerTech’s Frictionless Release Technology provides very consistent pulls, shot after shot.

6. MidwayUSA — Walker’s Razor Earmuffs w/ Free Walkie Talkie

walker earmuffs
Electronic Muffs with handy Walkie Talkie

Hearing protection is essential, but so is communicating with those around you. You get vital audio protection plus communication capability with these Walker’s Razor Earmuffs with Free Walkie Talkie. With a 23 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), these Walker’s Razor earmuffs offer a low-profile design and handy sound controls. Along with the muffs, right now you get a BONUS full-featured walkie talkie unit allowing you to communicate via wireless radio. This handy transceiver boasts 22 channels and features Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology.

7. Amazon — Plano 52″ All Weather Rifle/Shotgun Case, $124.32

plano rifle case sale
Very sturdy, weatherproof, wheeled gun case

Traveling with a shotgun or rifle means having a quality case that protects your valuable firearm. If you’re in need of a new case for your next hunting or match trip check out the 52″ Plano All Weather Rifle/Shotgun Cases. With a 51.5″ internal length, this is long enough for many benchrest, F-Class and PRS rifles. You can also fit two hunting rifles inside (see photo). This all-weather case is strong, tough, and seals out moisture. With a Durashell Plus outer shell, this case is relatively lightweight yet durable. If you need a shorter case check out the 36″ Plano All Weather Rifle/Shotgun Case for $76.90, a very good deal.

8. Amazon — Caldwell Lead Sled 3, $99.99

Caldwell Lead Sled 3 sale
Good for hunting rifle Sight-In, now $60 less than other vendors

You need a stable platform for sighting in that hunting or varmint rifle, and then testing loads. For decades folks have used one-piece metal rests for this task. One of the more affordable, yet functional options is the Caldwell Lead Sled 3. This Sled is designed to hold sandbags, making it very stable even with heavy recoiling big game loads in light rifles. The Lead Sled 3 fits hunting-style fore-ends in front and has a shock-absorbing pad in the rear. Nice features include 4″ of front elevation adjustment, a micro rear elevation adjustment, and non-skid feet. The $99.99 sale price is a great deal — this very same Lead Sled 3 costs $159.99 at MidwayUSA. The weight sack shown in photos sells separately for $16.99 on Amazon.

9. Creedmoor Sports — Hi-Lux XTC Service Rifle Scope, $475.00

rifle scope sale
Top choice for Service Rifle optic now on sale

Specifically designed for CMP and NRA Service Rifle competition, the Hi-Lux XTC 1-4x34mm Service Rifle Scope boasts sharp, bright lenses and very reliable scope clicks. This optic conforms to all CMP/NRA Service Rifle rules. The Hi-Lux XTC features a front objective parallax control that adjusts from 15 yards to infinity. Having adjustable parallax is critical in minimizing parallax error, making this a good choice for AR platform Service Rifles shooters.

10. Midsouth — Berry’s Tri-Can Ammo Carrier, $21.99

berrys tri-can carry case ammo
Very Handy New Product has Three Clear-Top Compartments

The Tri-Can Utility Box Carrier is on sale now at Midsouth. Choose either black containers or tan containers for the same $21.99 price (31% off the previous price). This Berry’s Tri-Can is a handy, versatile organizational tool that simplifies range trips. The tough injection molded plastic base and lids, rubber seal gaskets, and cam-lock latches keep contents safe. The Tri-Can boasts a strong, handy carry handle. The Tri-Can is made up of three translucent-lid containers with three internal compartments. If you need even more capacity, MTM offers a 5-can Ammo Crate system for $35.66.

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October 25th, 2021

Inside Neck Chamfer Tools — A Bevy of Options and Angles

Neck case chamfer tools Redding Forster Rocket model 15-p
Shown is the Redding Model 15-P Competition Piloted Inside Chamfering Tool with pilot rod that centers in the case flash hole. Also shown is a Forster 45° Rocket Tool.

There are a wide variety of reloading tools designed to cut a slight chamfer in case necks and deburr the edge of the case mouth. You don’t need to spend a lot of money for an effective tool. A basic “rocket-style” 45° chamfering tool, such as the Forster, actually does a pretty good job taking the sharp edge off case mouths, particularly if you use a little scotch-pad (or steel wool) to smooth the edge of the cut. The Forster chamfer tool, shown below, is a nicely-made product, with sharper cutting blades than you’ll find on most other 45° chamferers. It costs $24.99 at Brownells.com.

forster rocket 45 degree neck chamferer chamfer tool

Redding sells a handy piloted chamfering tool with a 15° inside cutting angle and removable accessory handle. This Redding Model 15-P chamferer works really well, so long as you have consistent case OALs. The pilot rod (which indexes in the flash hole) is adjustable for different cartridge types (from very short to very long). This ensures the concentricity of the inside neck chamfer to the case mouth. This quality tool works with cases from .22 to .45 Caliber, and retails for $36.99.

Neck case chamfer tools Redding Forster Rocket model 15-p

Sinclair International offers a 28° carbide chamferer with many handy features (and sharp blades). The $28.99 Sinclair Carbide VLD Case Mouth Chamfering Tool will chamfer cases from .14 through .45 caliber. This tool features a removable 28° carbide cutter mounted in the green plastic Sinclair handle. NOTE: A hex-shaft cutter head power adapter can be purchased separately for $14.99 (Sinclair item 749-002-488WS). This can be chucked in a power screwdriver or used with dedicated power drives when doing large volumes of cases.

Neck inside chamfer chamferer case neck tool

Many folks feel they can get smoother bullet seating by using a tool that cuts at a steeper angle. We like the 22° cutter sold by Lyman. It has a comfortable handle, and costs just $12.75 at MidsouthShooterssupply.com. The Lyman tool is an excellent value, though we’ve seen examples that needed sharpening even when new. Blade-sharpening is easily done, however.

K&M makes a depth-adjustable, inside-neck chamferer (“Controlled Depth Tapered Reaper”) with ultra-sharp cutting flutes. The latest version, which costs $54.85 at KMShooting.com, features a central pin that indexes via the flash hole to keep the cutter centered. In addition, the tool has a newly-designed handle, improved depth-stop fingers, plus a new set-screw adjustment for precise cutter depth control. We caution, even with all the depth-control features, if you are not careful, it is easy to over-cut, slicing away too much brass and basically ruining your neck. We think that most reloaders will get better results using a more conventional chamfer tool, such as the Forster or Redding 15-P.

K & M K&M neck chamferer reamer controlled depth

One last thing to note — tools like the K&M and the Sinclair chamferer are often described as VLD chamferers. That is really a misnomer, as bullets with long boat-tails actually seat easily with very minimal chamfering. In reality, these high-angle chamferers may be most valuable when preparing brass for flat-base bullets and bullets with pressure rings. Using a 22° or 28° chamferer can reduce the risk of cutting a jacket when using VLD bullets though — so long as you make a smooth cut.

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October 25th, 2021

Neck-Turning TIP — Use Optimal Cutter Angle for Best Results

neck turning lathe cutter tip sinclair pma 21st Century

When neck-turning cases, it’s a good idea to extend the cut slightly below the neck-shoulder junction. This helps keep neck tension more uniform after repeated firings, by preventing a build-up of brass where the neck meets the shoulder. One of our Forum members, Craig from Ireland, a self-declared “neck-turning novice”, was having some problems turning brass for his 20 Tactical cases. He was correctly attempting to continue the cut slightly past the neck-shoulder junction, but he was concerned that brass was being removed too far down the shoulder.

Craig writes: “Everywhere I have read about neck turning, [it says] you need to cut slightly into the neck/shoulder junction to stop doughnutting. I completely understand this but I cant seem to get my neck-turning tool set-up to just touch the neck/shoulder junction. It either just doesn’t touch [the shoulder] or cuts nearly the whole shoulder and that just looks very messy. No matter how I adjust the mandrel to set how far down the neck it cuts, it either doesn’t touch it or it cuts far too much. I think it may relate to the bevel on the cutter in my neck-turning tool…”

Looking at Craig’s pictures, we’d agree that he didn’t need to cut so far down into the shoulder. There is a simple solution for this situation. Craig is using a neck-turning tool with a rather shallow cutter bevel angle. This 20-degree angle is set up as “universal geometry” that will work with any shoulder angle. Unfortunately, as you work the cutter down the neck, a shallow angled-cutter tip such as this will remove brass fairly far down. You only want to extend the cut about 1/32 of an inch past the neck-shoulder junction. This is enough to eliminate brass build-up at the base of the neck that can cause doughnuts to form.

K&M neck-turning tool

The answer here is simply to use a cutter tip with a wider angle — 30 to 40 degrees. The cutter for the K&M neck-turning tool (above) has a shorter bevel that better matches a 30° shoulder. There is also a 40° tip available. PMA Tool and 21st Century Shooting also offer carbide cutters with a variety of bevel angles to exactly match your case shoulder angle*. WalkerTexasRanger reports: “I went to a 40-degree cutter head just to address this same issue, and I have been much happier with the results. The 40-degree heads are available from Sinclair Int’l for $15 or so.” Forum Member CBonner concurs: “I had the same problem with my 7WSM… The 40-degree cutter was the answer.” Below is Sinclair’s 40° Cutter for its NT-series neck-turning tools. Item NT3140, this 40° Cutter sells for $14.99. For the same price, Sinclair also sells the conventional 30° Cutter, item NT3100.

Al Nyhus has another clever solution: “The best way I’ve found to get around this problem is to get an extra shell holder and face it off .020-.025 and then run the cases into the sizing die. This will push the shoulder back .020-.025. Then you neck turn down to the ‘new’ neck/shoulder junction and simply stop there. Fireforming the cases by seating the bullets hard into the lands will blow the shoulder forward and the extra neck length you turned by having the shoulder set back will now be blended perfectly into the shoulder. The results are a case that perfectly fits the chamber and zero donuts.”

* 21st Century sells carbide cutters in: 15, 17, 20, 21.5, 23, 25, 28, 30, 35, 40, and 46 degrees. PMA Tool sells carbide cutters in: 20, 23, 30, and 40 degrees, plus other angles by special order.

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