September 29th, 2019

Report from Precision Rifle EXPO in Georgia

Precision Rifle Expo Arena Blakely GA Georgia PRS NRL

The 2-day Precision Rifle EXPO wraps up today at the Arena Training Facility in Blakely, Georgia. Over 700 visitors have attended the two-day event. This year, manufacturers will be showing off actions, optics, ammo, reloading equipment, stocks, chassis, electronics, supporting equipment (bags and tripods), rifles, triggers, suppressors, and much more. There will be training sessions on precision handloading, wind reading, marksmanship, ballistic devices, and introduction to competition.

There was so much to see and do at the EXPO, with over 50 companies displaying their wares, including some exciting new products. As a teaser, here are three highlights from Sunday in Georgia.

1. Shooting .22 LR Rimfire Ammo at 625 and 850 Yards

.22 lr rimfire extreme long range Arena Facility Vudoo Gun works

David Lott was shooting his .22 LR Vudoo Gun Works Rifle at what can be called “Extreme Long Rang” — at least for a .22 LR rimfire cartridge. David achieved multiple hits on 18″ square targets at 650 yards and 850 yards. Note the TACOM HQ Charlie TARAC Prism on the front of the scope. This $1700 optical device allows David to see the target even with the rifle aimed at an extreme up-angle to compensate for huge bullet drop.

2. AMP Annealing Team — All the Way from New Zealand

Annealing Made Perfect load cell bullet seating

Alex Findlay and son Matt, creators of the impressive Annealing Made Perfect (AMP) Annealing Machines, traveled all the way from New Zealand to attend the EXPO. There the AMP team displayed the AMP Mark 2 Machine, plus a new servo-motor bullet seating machine.

Applied Ballistics Mobile Lab Bryan Litz

Alex reports: “The bullet seater has been putting in some work today. Having some fun playing around with a few variables and how they effect neck tension. So far the results are pretty fascinating!” Yes, that silver gadget is a new, prototype high-tech Load Cell Bullet Seating Press. This uses an electric servo motor to move a ram downwards on the Wilson seating die. A wealth of precise data is collected during the bullet seating process. Alex noted: “Thanks for Berger Bullets for supplying the bullets and the Lapua brass!”

Watch “Smart” Load Cell Seating Press in Action

This interesting video shows how the new, prototype Load Cell Bullet Seating Press with Auto-Drive works. (AMP plans a production version for 2020 or sooner). There’s never been a press like this before! Everything else is old technology.

3. Applied Ballistics Mobile Ballistics Lab

Applied Ballistics Mobile Lab Bryan Litz

Applied Ballistics Mobile Lab Bryan LitzApplied Ballistics brought its Mobile Ballistics Lab down to Georgia. To demonstrate its capabilities, the AB crew set up the big gray Doppler Radar unit for testing. LabRadars were set on ground level as well (see below). Applied Ballistics Guru Bryan Litz lamented that he was spending more time looking at computer screens than having fun shooting rifles on the impressive ranges at the Arena Training Facility.

The Mobile Lab carries both hardware and electronics. Bryan reports: “The Mobile Lab will transport most everything that’s in the main lab including the Doppler radar. This rig is new, so the load-outs will be somewhat flexible depending on the venue we are supporting.”

Applied Ballistics Mobile Lab Bryan Litz

Arena Training Facility — 2300 Acres with Ranges out to 2100m

arena training facility Georgia

The 2300-acre Arena Training Facility is a premier shooting facility with multiple shooting ranges from 50m to 2100m. Arena’s 1000-yard covered Known Distance range offers multiple benches, steel and paper targets out to 1000 yards. On Arena’s UKD (unknown distance) range shooters can engage steel out to 2300 yards. This 2100m UKD range boasts a 3-Story Shooting Tower, Air-Conditioned Shoot House, and multiple Positional Challenges.

At last year’s EXPO, Long-Range Clinics were held on the 1000-yard Range:
arena training facility Georgia Precision Rifle expo

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September 18th, 2019

Lapua Teams Up with Vudoo Gun Works at WSC This Week

vudoo .22 LR rimfire lapua center-X

The NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC) starts today in West Virginia. The event runs September 18-21 at the the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV. At the WSC, top professional and amateur shooters compete in a wide variety of shooting disciplines, including pistol, rifle, shotgun, and combined firearm sports.

As a key part of this event, Lapua will team up with Vudoo Gun Works on a special “tactical rimfire” stage. This allows shooters to enjoy the fun of PRS-style shooting with a rimfire cartridge. Lapua’s Center-X ammunition will be paired with a state-of-the-art Vudoo .22 LR rifle. On this stage, competitors will engage challenging targets at multiple ranges.

vudoo .22 LR rimfire lapua center-X

Even if you can’t make it to the World Shooting Championship, rimfire shooting with a Vudoo rig (or similar rifle) is a great way to cross-train for PRS/NRL with lower cost ammo. Factory loaded centerfire can easily cost $1.50 per round. Rimfire .22 LR ammo is a fraction of that cost. You can get good SK and Lapua ammo starting at about $6.50 per 50ct box. That’s just 13 cents per round.

“We are excited to return to the NRA World Shooting Championship at Peacemaker. As we did for the past two years, we are teaming with Vudoo to display the accuracy capabilities of Lapua ammunition. I think the shooters will be thrilled with the performance of Lapua Midas+ and Center-X ammunition in the Vudoo rifles. This event is a great test for shooter and equipment,” stated Adam Braverman, Lapua Director of Sales and Marketing.

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September 7th, 2019

Vudoo Gunworks Offers 17 Mach 2 Rifles (17 HM2)

vuduoo gun works .22 LR rimfire .17 HM2 17 Mach 2 hornady

Vudoo Gun Works now offers V22 rifles chambered for the 17 Hornady Mach 2 (17 HM2) rimfire cartridge. The 17 Mach 2 runs 2010-2100 FPS, making it a much more potent than the .22 LR for varminting. It also is much flatter shooting than the .22 LR, making it more fun to use past 150 yards. When you want to go back to the .22 LR for paper punching at 50-100 yards, simply spin on a .22 LR barrel, and use the same action and same magazines. So, you can have one rimfire rifle that shoots two rimfire cartridge types.

Because the 17 HM2 case shares similar OAL and cartridge diameter/rim sizes as the venerable .22 LR, the 17 HM2 runs perfectly in actions and magazines designed for the .22 LR. Vudoo says: “The dimensional similarities of traditional .22 LR, which the V22 action has been designed around, made the .17 HM2 a natural performer in our rifles. The addition of the .17 HM2 gives our customers access to a wide range of high-velocity projectiles to better suit a variety of sporting applications.”

vuduoo gun works .22 LR rimfire .17 HM2 17 Mach 2 hornady

The 17 HM2 was developed by Hornady and Eley in 2004 to give varmint hunters a high-velocity rimfire cartridge that fits in standard rimfire length actions. With a selection of V-MAX or NTX bullets, the .17 HM2 is capable of taking ground squirrels and prarie dogs at ranges of up to 220 yards. We like this cartridge because 17 HM2 ammo is 30-35% less expensive than 17 HMR ammo. When you’re shooting hundreds of rounds a day in the varmint fields, that price savings adds up.

Vudoo Gun Works currently will offer a variety of rifles chambered in 17 HM2. The Ravage model (top photo) has a composite stock with adjustable cheekpiece. For those who prefer a metal chassis, Vudoo offers its V22 barreled action in the MPA Apparition chassis (photo below). Vudoo has lighter, “walk-around stocks” and barrel profiles for hunters. All Vudoo 17 HM2 models use the V22 action and current Vudoo .22 LR magazines.

vuduoo gun works .22 LR rimfire .17 HM2 17 Mach 2 hornady

Vudoo V22 17 Mach 2 Rifle Features
Short action Remington 700 footprint
Magazines fit standard AICS-compatible bottom metal
Large selection of aftermarket triggers
Large selection of aftermarket stocks
V-MAX and NTX bullet options

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June 23rd, 2019

Sunday GunDay: Father’s and Step-Daughter’s NRL22 Rimfires

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim James Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce

It’s great to see young people get involved in the shooting sports. It’s even greater when shooting activities can serve as a bond between parents and their kids. For this Sunday GunDay story, we feature two talented shooters who make NRL22 rimfire tactical competitions a “family affair”. This story features PRS ace James Jeffries, and his skilled step-daughter Kaelyn.

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim James Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce
Here Kaelyn shoots from barricade during NRL22 tactical match in Las Vegas.

James and Kaelyn compete shoulder-to-shoulder in NRL-22 matches, a rimfire version of the NRL tactical series. James provided this “after-action” report after a recent NRL22 match in Las Vegas. James shot great, finishing second out of 120 competitors, just a single point behind the match winner.

NRL22 Matches Are Fun for the Whole Family

Competing in Las Vegas with my Step-Daughter
Report by James Jeffries

Being a step-parent is not an easy job. Especially when your step-daughter is 15 years old and most of the time wants nothing to do with you. I put so much value in what the NRL22 has done by giving us parents a way to get our kids involved in something we love. NRL22 gives us another reason to bond and a place to spend time together while exposing the next generation to the love of shooting sports.

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce
James watches step-daughter Kaelyn, who shoots a semi-auto Magnum Research Magnum Lite rifle.

The NRL22 is so focused on growing interest with our young guns and is totally committed to building upon the future of our sport through our youth. Travis, Brittney, and Tyler, THANK YOU so much for all you do for the NRL22 community and the difference you make for all of us parents with children participating in NRL22. You guys are awesome! I’m so proud to support this organization.

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce
James shows off his standing skills. His Vudoo-actioned rifle in a Manners stock has the same ergonomics and cycling “feel” as his centerfire PRS rig.

Kaelyn Is a Born Competitor, with the Will to Win
Kaelyn is a competitor at heart and she doesn’t like to lose. She fought through and had many really good stages. When we got home she was really excited to tell her mom about all the fun things we did and the people she met this weekend in Vegas.

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim James Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce

Father James Finishes Second Out of 120 Competitors
I was fortunate enough to mount a super-strong comeback on Day Two after a rather lackluster performance on Day One. I finished less than one shot away from winning the match which basically just makes me the first loser. Either way I’m pretty happy with a second place finish at the season championship with a crowd of 120 shooters. I couldn’t do it without support from my good buddies at Short Action Precision. You rarely ever see a prize table in the precision rifle community to which they haven’t donated… and they’re just downright good dudes.

NRL22 Equipment List — His and Her Rifles

Here is our equipment list for the Vegas match. Having top-quality hardware definitely makes a difference for .22 LR tactical competitions!

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim James Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce

James Jeffries .22 LR Rifle
Vudoo Gun Works V-22
Nightforce Optics 7-35x56mm ATACR F1
Manners Composite Stocks PRS1
Short Action Precision Sling
Ingenuity Gunworks Rail
Lapua Center-X ammo purchased @ Ammo Bros.
B&T Industries CAL Bipod

Kaelyn’s .22 LR Rifle
Magnum Research Inc. Magnum Lite
KIDD Innovative Design trigger
Nightforce Optics SHV 4-14x50mm F1
Victor Company USA Titan stock

Comments from Facebook Fans

James originally posted his Las Vegas NRL22 match report on the NRL22 Facebook Group page. There were some cool responses from Jim’s Facebook friends, AND from another member of the Jeffries family, Jim’s wife Kristen. She wrote: “I’m one proud Mamma!! So glad the two of you can share a passion!

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim James Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce

“My dad and I had our best bonding moments while shooting. I remember going to matches with him. You and Kaelyn are creating forever memories.” — Jessica M.

“Great shooting and more importantly, great parenting!” — Jeff Spalding

“Way to go. I am both a dad and step-dad.” — Jerry Kee

“I am so very happy for both of you and can’t wait to see you both again in this up-coming season.” — Travis Ishida, NRL Founder

Advice for NRL22 Competitors by James Jeffries

1. GET QUALITY GEAR — Invest in the best equipment you can afford. This includes the rifle, scope, and ammo. Rimfire 22s can be extremely finicky and it helps to have excellent gear to minimize the chance of anything weird happening during a match.

2. HAVE a PERFECT ZERO — I’m fanatical about having a perfect zero. Every thing you do the entire match is based on your rifle shooting POA/POI from your base-line. I prefer a 50-yard zero, but I know that other NRL22 competitors may favor a different zero yardage. Just make sure that your Zero is PERFECT at whatever distance you select.

3. PRACTICE — There are many ways to practice between matches. You can practice dry-firing on a simple dot target you put up in your basement or garage. Since .22 LRs don’t exhibit much recoil anyway, you’re not doing any training damage by practicing without live ammunition. [Editor: Always use a snap-cap during dry-fire exercises.]

4. HAVE FUN — One of the best things about NRL22 competition is the lower level of stress involved. I find that even at the larger 22 matches there seems to just be a more relaxed atmosphere and everyone is just having a great time. Don’t get your head wrapped around the competition and just enjoy your time spent with family and friends.

NRL22 .22 LR tactical competition rimfire Jim James Jeffries V-22 Vudoo Magnum Research Nightforce

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June 10th, 2019

Rimfire Shooting at 1000 Yards — 9-Year-Old Hits Target!

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

Here’s a feel-good story. ELR ace Paul Phillips took his 9-year-old daughter Addison to the range this past weekend, to try shooting at 1000 yards. Guess what, Addison got hits at 1000! That’s impressive enough, but get this, Addison made those shots with a .22 LR rimfire rifle! Yes a .22 LR will fly that far — but it took a whopping 342 MOA of elevation and five seconds of flight time.

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

Paul says: “So proud of my 9-year-old making impact at 1000 yards with her .22 rimfire. My 82-year-old dad also got hits at 1000. Amazing!” Paul adds: “My daughter is very excited to get into shooting sports. The .22 ELR game is very fun for her especially shooting suppressed subsonic. It helps her to learn the fundamentals without flinching.” After her success at 1000 yards, the little lady then made multiple hits on a silhouette at 322 yards (see below).

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

After Addison checked the ELR box at 1000 yards, she tried a 322-yard steel silhouette target. No problem — after many hits in the center, she put three into the top without any misses. This little girl can shoot!

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

The rifle features a Vudoo Gun Works rimfire action bedded in McMillan A6 stock by Alex Sitman. The barrel is a 20″ Bartlein, fitted with a GSL Technologies suppressor (see second photo above). On top is a Nightforce ATACR 7-35x56mm F2 scope fitted with a TACOM Charlie TARAC prism system that provides +800 MOA beyond the scope’s internal elevation. The rifle rested on a Phoenix Precision bipod. The ammo was Lapua Center-X subsonic, running 1090 FPS at the muzzle. Paul notes: “The 22 GSL silencer had no noticeable point of impact shift. It actually shot better groups with it on.”

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

Addison’s impressive shooting was done at the Marksmanship Training Center in Lake City, Michigan. This veteran-owned shooting facility is a very scenic venue as you can see:

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

Ballistics Prediction Was Nearly Perfect
The Applied Ballistics solution was within one MOA at 1000 yards. 1000 yards required 342 MOA up from the 100-yard zero. Flight time was over 5 seconds! MV was 1090 FPS. The target was a 6′ x 6′ F-Class frame, covered with white paper. That’s roughly 7 MOA, equivalent to about 3.5″ at 50 yards.

Comments from Facebook Fans (and Bryan Litz)

It’s in her genes — Brian R.

Like father like daughter! — Daryll B.

Dang! And I thought my son hitting at 400 was good! — George W.

Most people I know including myself did not believe that the .22 LR genuinely flew that far (despite the warning labels). — Robert S.

Applied Ballistics was within 1 MOA on a 342 MOA solution. We’ll have to tighten that up. — Bryan Litz

All in the Family — Three Generations
Along with Addison, father Paul Phillips and grandfather Rusty Phillips (right) all took shots at 1000 yards, and all three generations of Phillips got hits. The threesome took a total of 145 shots at 1000 yards and impacted 13 times. Paul observed: “We hit almost 1 in 10 shots [with] lots of close misses. Believe it or not, most were due to elevation not wind. There were 3-5 mph winds from 3-9 o’clock. To help see hits, John Droelle was spotting for us in the 1000-yard pits.”

Paul Phillips Addison 9 year old girl ELR 1000 yards rimfire .22 LR Center-X Lapua Vudoo Lake City MI

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March 18th, 2019

Tactical Rimfire — Vudoo Gunworks V-22 Review by 6.5 Guys

.22 LR 22LR Vudoo Gunworks Rimfire V-22 6.5 Guys Ed Mobley

In this Gear Update the 6.5 Guys take a look at the Vudoo Gun Works V-22 rimfire repeater rifle. The action has the same footprint as a Remington 700 so it is compatible with a wide variety of Rem 700 chassis, triggers, and rifle accessories. This allows you to have a rimfire trainer with near-identical ergonomics as your centerfire match rifle. Rimfire training provides valuable trigger time with dramatically lower ammo costs. Additional magazines for this rifle system are available from Vudoo Gun Works for $39.95. Vudoo also sells many other products and accessories through its website: VudooGunworks.com.

Why Train with a .22 LR Rimfire Rig?
Frequent practice, particularly live fire sessions with your match rifle, is the standard prescription for success in the PRS/NRL game. However the cost of shooting thousands of rounds of ammo and the inevitable wear on precision rifle barrels can become cost-prohibitive. Rimfire training allows needed trigger-time while conserving precious centerfire barrel life. Rimfire cost per round might be 12 cents compared to 80 cents (or more) for centerfire.

The Vudoo Gun Works V-22 rimfire repeater action, arguably one of the best tactical rimfire actions available, owes its lineage to the respected Remington 40X action. Many rimfire matches have been won with 40X actions, so we understand why Vudoo chose that design for a starting point. Vudoo then added some important enhancements.

Seen at the WSC: Vudoo Gunworks Tactical .22 LR Rimfire Rifles
The 2017 NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC) included a side-match featuring Vudoo Gunworks .22 LR rimfire tactical rigs. Shooters were impressed with the V-22 rifle, which looks and feels like a centerfire rig, but with a rimfire repeater action running full-size mags.

Vudoo states: “Our V-22 also runs a full-size short action bottom metal (DBM) and our V-2210 magazine has a [full-size] AICS form factor. The V-22 is the only controlled-round-feed .22 LR receiver out there. The bolt has full capture control of the cartridge from the time it leaves the magazine until it ejects the spent round out the ejection port.” That means the round never touches anything during feed travel so the bullets won’t be nicked/dented during rapid cycling.

World Shooting Championship Vudoo Gunworks Rimfire

This very thorough video explains how to clean a .22 LR Vudoo Rifle:

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September 6th, 2018

Big Money Up for Grabs at NRA World Shooting Championship

World Shooting Championship NRA Multi-Gun Peacemaker, Glengary West Virginia

Show Me the Money, Baby! The biggest money match of the year, NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC), runs September 20-22 at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV. This event offers over $250,000 in cash awards and product prizes, making the WSC the richest combined shooting event in the USA (if not the world).

This unique 3-day multi-gun match tests competitors’ skills across twelve challenging stages involving nearly every major shooting discipline for rifles, shotguns, and pistols. All guns and ammo are supplied, but entry fees are steep.

WSC Highlight Video with Competitor Interviews:

All the Equipment is Supplied
“What makes this event very unique, especially to a professional shooter, is all the equipment is supplied. You have to leave your ego at home and just try to adapt as best you can to the equipment that you have supplied.” — Jerry Miculek

This major match attracts both sponsored Pros and “regular Joes”. Shooters will be split into two groups: a Professional Division for sponsored shooters, and the Amateur Division for non-sponsored competitors. All firearms, optics, and ammo will be provided by match sponsors for both divisions.

Video Shows Stages at 2017 World Shooting Championship

Cash Awards, Huge Prize Table, and Random Drawings
The NRA World Shooting Championship will offer $250,000 in cash and prizes. Along with the $25,000 winner’s pay-out, there will be fat cash prizes for second and third place overall, High Lady, and High Amateur Junior. Then there are the rich prize tables. In 2017, the Amateur prize table held $100,000 worth of prizes. And last year the WSC added Ten (10) Random Drawings worth $400 each. These drawings, held during the WSC Awards Banquet, gave every competitor a chance to win cash, no matter what their event ranking.

For more information, visit WSC.NRA.org, call the WSC Coordinator at 703-267-1479, or email NRAhighpower@nrahq.org. CLICK HERE to learn about Peacemaker National Training Center.

Seen at the WSC: VuDoo Gunworks Tactical .22 LR Rimfire Rifles
The 2017 WSC included a side-match featuring Vudoo Gunworks .22 LR rimfire tactical rigs. Shooters were impressed with the V-22 rifle, which looks and feels like a centerfire rig, but with a rimfire repeater action running full-size mags.

Vudoo states: “Our V-22 also runs a full-size short action bottom metal (DBM) and our V-2210 magazine has a [full-size] AICS form factor. The V-22 is the only controlled-round-feed .22 LR receiver out there. The bolt has full capture control of the cartridge from the time it leaves the magazine until it ejects the spent round out the ejection port.” That means the round never touches anything during feed travel so the bullets won’t be nicked/dented during rapid cycling. Sean Murphy of Nightforce enjoyed shooting the Vudoo Gun Works .22s: “I’ll probably end up with one of their rimfires as it is a sweet setup.”

World Shooting Championship Vudoo Gunworks Rimfire

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