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March 20th, 2007

Ultrasonic Case Cleaning

Do you want the cleanest brass on the block? Hate tumbling cases for hours on end? Then you should try ultrasonic cleaning. Jason Baney, our 1000-yard Editor, spent many hours testing various solvents and methods, and came up with a system that really works. Ultrasonic cleaning removes built-up carbon residues that can alter case capacity. Jason’s methodology has been followed by reloaders around the country with great success. All you need is a small ultrasonic machine (under $75 on Ebay), some beakers, and inexpensive solvents. The results, as you can see below, can be spectacular. CLICK HERE for the full story.

ultrasonic case cleaning

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March 20th, 2007

Great Deals on .223 Rem Brass

While researching our upcoming .223 Rem Cartridge Guide, we tested and measured various brands of brass. Recent Lake City brass shoots very well and offers the greatest case capacity (30.6 grains) of commonly available brass. MidwayUSA now offers Federal Lake City brass (item 197849) at $81.99 per 500. That works out to just $16.40 per hundred. Shooters report this brass is “very uniform” and shoots exceptionally well. Note, this is a discontinued item–so returns can only be made to Federal, not Midway.

IMG Guatemala rifle now has new IMG brass for the amazing price of $46/500 or $89/1000, item 556GUPB. IMG brass is quality stuff. This editor has personally put thousands of rounds of IMG ammo through ARs without no failures. IMG brass is made on American (Olin) machinery that was transported to Guatemala to provide ammunition for the military. This is a great choice for varminters who need large quantities of uniform, low-cost brass. The case mouths are even chamfered. Average case capacity of IMG brass is 30.1 grains, the same as Hornady and Winchester commercial. The IMG brass is brand new 5.56 NATO-spec brass (not seconds). However, please note the flash holes are slightly smaller than domestic brass. You should have no issues with ignition (since the flash hole is still larger than 220 Russian or 6BR brass), but you may have to adjust your load slightly.

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March 19th, 2007

Rocket Scientist Explains Ballistics

Most shooters have some understanding of basic ballistics principles. But you may be surprised by how much more there is to learn. Bryan Litz, a missile design engineer for the U.S. Air Force, explores some of the more fascinating (and esoteric) issues of bullet ballistics on his Long Range Shooting web page. Topics include Bullet Design, Ballistic Coefficient Testing, Gyroscopic and Coreolis Drift, and the effects of Meplat Trimming. We hope to collaborate with Bryan on future articles concerning bullet design and ballistics. It’s not often, after all, that a dedicated shooter is also a bonafied rocket scientist. You’ll enjoy Bryan’s site–we suggest the article on Meplat Trimming for starters.

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March 19th, 2007

New 6-24×50 Nikon Coming Soon

We’re excited about the release of the NEW Nikon 6-24×50 Monarch later this spring (Release date early June). Initial reports from Shot Show 2007 were very positive. It has a 1″ tube, limiting its range of elevation compared to the Leupold 8.5-25×50 LRT, but otherwise this Nikon could be a real rival to the Leupold. Priced at $629.95 from The Optic Zone (Nikoplex Reticle), the new Monarch is over $200.00 less expensive than Leupold’s 8.5-25 LRT. (Target Dot, Fine CrossHair, and Bullet Drop Compensating reticles add $20.00 to the price.) We think this could prove a great scope for long-range varminters and F-Class shooters on a budget. Just use an angled scope rail or Burris Signature Rings with inserts to add extra elevation as needed.

Nikon Monarch 6-24x50

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March 18th, 2007

Shooting Range Locations Online

A service of the NSSF (Nat’l Shooting Sports Foundation), offers a Searchable Database of pistol, rifle, and shotgun ranges around the country. You can search by state, or select a particular distance from any zip code. The database is very complete. We searched for ranges within 60 miles of our zip code, and a comprehensive list of ranges was returned instantly, with links for detailed, range-specific info. The individual range pages also include web addresses, phone numbers, and, in many cases, a MapQuest link.

where to shoot database

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March 17th, 2007

Front Rest and FREE Carry Case from MidwayUSA

MidwayUSA BR RestIt’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we bring you something green at a very lucky price. For just $139.99, MidwayUSA is offering its Caldwell Rock BR Competition front rest (item 348661), complete with fitted hard case for transport. That’s a heck of a deal.

We’ve used these 15.5-lb rests and they are solid and functional, though many owners eventually upgrade the rather thin 3-lobe front sandbag (3″ width standard). Caldwell BR rests adjust windage by rotation of the rest top rather than linear tracking. Also available is a heavier (24-lb) “1000-yard” Rock front rest for $169.99 (item 627414). For a limited time, both units now come with a free “Rest Nest” case ($39 value) shown below. Be sure to use promo code BRNEST when ordering to get your free case. Offer expires 3/31/07.

Midway Rest Nest transport case

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March 17th, 2007

BAT Actions–Bruno Shooters Has 'Em

BAT Machine ActionBAT Machine actions are top of the line, and you can expect to wait up to 6 months if you custom order one. But why wait? Bruno Shooters Supply has a variety of BAT actions in stock, starting at $965.00 for the SV Model. Bruno’s gets new BAT actions weekly, in all three bolt configurations: PPC, .308 and Magnum. Bruno’s offers both two-lug and the hot new three-lug actions. The action shown below is a BAT 3-Lug, .308 stainless RB/LP. BAT actions sell quickly, so call Bruno’s for availability, (623) 587-7641, and tell them sent you.

BAT Action Bruno Shooters Supply

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March 16th, 2007

Tooley's Radical New Offset Stock

Tooley offset stockHere it is folks, the new Tooley offset stock. This radical new rig employs an offset design to counter the torque associated with large-caliber benchrest guns. Dave tells us, “the wide, flat fore-end and offset design really tames the big 30s.” The stock is 4″ wide along the fore-end with the barreled action offset 1.5″ from center. From the trigger guard rearward the stock is pretty much the same as a Tooley MBR, with a bottom flat and slight drop from grip to buttplate. In American walnut laminate or maple laminate the stock weighs 3 lbs., 12 oz., the same as a fiberglass Tooley MBR from McMillan. There is also a lighter “Butternut” wood version that weighs 2 lbs., 12 ounces. So making weight in Light Gun Class should not be an issue.

The stock is legal for NBRSA and IBS 600- and 1000-yard benchrest competition, but it is not legal at 4″ for Willliamsport Light Gun Class. Dave notes that you can simply saw 1″ off the left side (looking from the breech foreward), to make the stock 3″ and legal for Williamsport LG and F-Class. Dave tells us “the stock still works really well at 3″, it just doesn’t cancel as much torque as it does in a 4″ configuration.” Tests have shown that the 4″-wide stock will effectively soak up 45 inch-pounds of torque, enough to cancel the twisting effect of a 30-caliber rifle shooting 240-grainers at 3100 fps. Scott Fletcher, who is currently shooting a prototype version with a 338 Lapua Improved says the new stock “works fantastic. It’s like night and day with a heavy recoiling caliber. It makes a 30-caliber feel like a 6.5. And with a 6.5-284, you can easily shoot the gun free recoil.”

You can buy the stock right now. Dave has three stocks “on the shelf” and four more will be delivered next week. The stock, un-inletted but ready to finish, costs $350.00, or $425.00 in Tigerstripe maple. Dave notes: “there is no conventional barrel channel so inletting is very easy.” For $800.00 Dave will deliver the stock fully inletted and pillar bedded for your action, complete with recoil pad. For more info, email Tooleyrifles[at] or call Dave at (704) 864-7525. CLICK HERE to view more photos.

Tooley Offset Stock

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March 15th, 2007

"Superfeet" for your Front Rest

Dave Dohrmann has a clever new product for Benchrest and F-Class competitors. His “Match Superfeet” consist of stainless disks with neoprene (wetsuit material) on the bottom. The disks are spring-loaded, so they self-adjust to uneven surfaces. Superfeet are legal for IR 50/50, NBRSA, and IBS BR Competition, as well as NRA F-Class. These provide solid grip on wood and concrete benches, and eliminate problems with cratered benchtops. Superfeet easily attach to all popular front rests; no modification is required to height adjustment screws. The Standard Set (2 Superfeet w/spring retainers and 1 without) costs $27.95, while the 3 Spring Set (3 Superfeet w/spring retainers) costs $29.95. To order, call Dave at (864) 884-0155 or send email to dbugholes[at]

Dave Dohrmann Match SuperFeet

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March 15th, 2007

Ft. Benning Hosts ISSF World Cup

The first rifle/pistol International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup of the season will be hosted by USA Shooting March 31 – April 8, 2007, in Ft. Benning, Georgia. To date, 505 athletes from 62 nations have registered for 834 competition entries, to mark the largest shooting World Cup ever to be held on U.S. soil. World Cup USA will feature Olympic medalists, international record holders and the top seeded shooters from each participating nation.

“This is the largest turnout we have ever experienced for the World Cup USA,” noted Wanda Jewell, Director of Operations for USA Shooting and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in rifle. Various international shooting events, including World Cup USA, permit nations to qualify for the Olympic Games by earning Olympic “quota” slots through outstanding performances. To date, the USA has earned 17 of a possible 28 Olympic quota slots. For more info, contact Najasila Campbell, USA Shooting, at (719) 866-4896 or go to

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March 14th, 2007

Savage Unveils New F-Class Stock

Savage Arms plans to release a factory-built F-Class rifle later this year. The initial stock design was controversial to say the least. However, the new design looks excellent. It features a 3″-wide fore-end, with venting slots cut on the sides AND the bottom. The rear of the buttstock runs straight back from the grip area and features a bottom flat that looks to be at least 1″ wide. The complete rifle will feature a right bolt, left port action (and possibly a right/right), with a 6-ounce Accutrigger. There is a discussion of the new stock on For a larger photo, CLICK HERE. Thanks to Vanessa Warner for these photos.

Savage F-Class Stock

Savage F-Class stock

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March 14th, 2007

Good Hard Case for Long BR Rifles

The long barrels and big scopes used on F-Class and long-range BR Rifles make it difficult to find a hard case long enough to fit the entire rifle. Our readers have asked “Where can we find a good, rigid, metal case (under $75.00) with built-in locks that will hold a rifle with 31″ barrel?” The BD505W model from Bulldog Cases fits the bill. 53″ long and 13″ wide, it will hold a rifle up to 52″ in overall length. While designed to hold two normal hunting rifles, if you have a big Nightforce on top consider this a one-gun case. But you can afford one for each of your long-barreled rifles. The BD505W costs just $59.39 from MidSouth Shooters’ Supply (item 208-BD505W).

Bulldog Aluminum Rifle Case

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March 13th, 2007

Better B.C. with Pointed Bullet Tips

John Whidden Pointing Bullet DieAce long-range shooter John Whidden has introduced a new bullet-pointing system that promises to improve the B.C. of match bullets significantly. John tells us that “tests have shown these bullets to have a typical B.C. increase of about 35 to 40 points as compared to bullets right out of the box,” and at 1000 yards, “we usually see them impact about 1-1.5 MOA higher. We have reports of .224 80-grainers shooting 2.5 MOA higher just by pointing.” The proof is in the shooting. Our own Jason Baney has experimented with Clinch Rivers that had the tips pointed up (not by John though). Jason reports: “Shot round-robin, with my 6BR, 5-shot group centers were 18″+ apart vertically. In other words, the pointed bullets flew 1.75MOA flatter to 1025 yards. This number has been repeated in matches at Williamsport.”

What about trimming meplats instead? Well, that does make bullet to bullet B.C. more consistent, but, unfortunately, it reduces the B.C. somewhat at the same time. Pointing the bullet tips with a special pointing die raises the effective B.C. and makes the B.C. more consistent by taking the ragged edges off the meplats. For more info, call John Whidden at (229) 686-1911 or visit

Whidden Gun Works

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March 13th, 2007

Donations Needed for Youth Team

In August of this summer, the United States Under 21 and Under 25 Rifle Teams will be competing in the World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. The Young Eagles Team consists of 20 young men and women who will be competing for the title of World Champion. The total cost of travel and match fees for the team in 2007 will be no less than $95,000. Team members supply all their own equipment, rifles and ammunition and raise some of the money themselves. The Team is a long way from achieving its financial goal and needs your support.

To make a donation CLICK HERE. This will bring you right into the donations page. Be sure to designate the USA Young Eagles as the recipient. All donations are tax deductible through Palma Promotions. Additional information can be found at:

On behalf of the team, I thank you for your support. — Vanessa Warner, Fundraising Coordinator, 2007 USA Young Eagles Rifle Team.

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March 12th, 2007

Book Review: Mike's Magnum Opus

Mike Ratigan Rifle Accuracy BR bookMike Ratigan, a top Benchrest competitor (and Super Shoot winner), has just released an outstanding new book, Extreme Rifle Accuracy. This book is valuable for anyone involved in precision shooting, though Mike’s principal focus is on 100/200/300 Benchrest competition. Other top shooters tell us Mike’s new book is a “must-have” resource:

Butch Lambert: “It is far and away the best BR book written. Very comprehensive, it touches on every aspect of our game.”

Tom Rose: “I have a copy of Glenn Newick’s Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy which was great. However, this [368-page] book appears to be the next step in defining the sport of extreme rifle accuracy. Great photos and explanations of our sport.”

Mike Marcelli: “This is by far the most comprehensive book on the sport ever released. Mike not only hits the major points, like rest alignment and bag set up, he even addresses the little issues such as making sure your rest feet are on a solid surface and checking to see if the bench is stable before shooting. He points out all the little things that can bite you.”

To order the book, priced at $34.95 for softcover and $42.95 for hardback, contact Mike Ratigan at (580) 256-2963, or fax/mail this ORDER FORM.

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March 11th, 2007

Rimfire Run-out: Shocking Test Results

Too often we rely on luck and “voodoo” to pick the best rimfire ammo. Shooters resort to testing batch after batch of ammo in hopes of finding the “holy grail”. What we’ve learned, in testing a 17 Mach 2, is that some of the accuracy issues with rimfire ammo CAN be quantified, and the “mystery flyers” can be explained. Using a Nielson Brothers Concentricity Gauge, we tested lots of 17 Mach 2 ammo from Eley and CCI. Most of the rounds had run-out of .002″ or .003″. However, we found some rounds had run-out as high as .009″ (See video). That’s shocking. A cartridge with .009″ run-out is a guaranteed flyer that will kill your group. Interestingly, when cartridge run-out was .004″ or higher, you could clearly see the bullet tip was way off-axis–confirming the results of the gauge. Using the Nielson Gauge we could quickly sort bullets in .001″ increments. For match purposes, you should cull anything worse than .003″ run-out. By sorting for .0015″ run-out or less, we were able to reduce our average group size by 30%. More importantly, we eliminated most of the unexplained fliers that were landing well outside the main group. The Nielson Gauge works for both 17 Mach 2 and 22LR. And, with different inserts, you can measure 17 HMR and 22 magnum rounds.

Click to Watch Rimfire Run-out Test Movie (1 mb .wmv file):

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March 11th, 2007

Anschutz Actions–Just Call Mac

Are you a rimfire shooter looking for an Anschutz action (or barreled action) to use in an after-market benchrest, silhouette, or prone stock (such as the new Elesio AN-1)? You can spend weeks watching the auction boards, or you can save time and money by just giving Mac Tilton a call. Mac, owner of, has hundreds of “previously owned” rimfire rifles in inventory, including scores of Anschutz models. Most have model 54 or 64 actions–he rarely gets the 2000-series barrel-block style actions. But you can certainly build a match-winning rifle from a Model 54. Mac also stocks many BSA Martini and Walther match rifles. For more info, call Mac at (805) 720-7720, from 9 am to 5 pm, Pacific Time.

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March 10th, 2007

John Loh's Action Sleeves

Many of our Canadian readers were interested in John Loh’s new action sleeves because it is difficult for them to import custom actions. A sleeve stiffens a factory Remington action while increasing the bedding surface. Based on Speedy Gonzalez’ proven design, Loh’s new sleeves are CNC-machined from the highest grade Aircraft aluminum. The sleeves feature a Panda footprint, integral recoil lug, and built-in Davidson scope rail. To learn more, call John at (562) 602-5553, or email him at his website,

John Loh Action Sleeve Remington

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March 10th, 2007

Ramshot TAC Powder for $9.99/lb

Ramshot TAC jugMidwayUSA now has Ramshot TAC powder on sale for $9.99 per pound, item # 230803. Ramshot TAC is a quality ball powder that meters like sand and shoots very well in both .223s and .308s. Because it packs tightly, TAC offers excellent velocities in small cases like the .223 Rem.

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March 9th, 2007

Court Strikes Down DC Gun Ban

In a major legal opinion based on the Second Amendment, a three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared the DC ban on handguns to be unconstitutional. The decision, which could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, held the DC law void on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution guarantees individual citizens (not just “militia”) the right to keep and bear arms.

Senior Judge Silverman’s majority opinion declared:

“To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government (or a threat from abroad). In addition, the right to keep and bear arms had the important and salutary civic purpose of helping to preserve the citizen militia….Despite the importance of the Second Amendment’s civic purpose, however, the activities it protects are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual’s enjoyment of the right contingent upon his or her continued or intermittent enrollment in the militia.”

Download and Read Majority Opinion.

Link (with Video): MSNBC Report

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