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August 10th, 2007

Russian Primers Perform for Preacher

Forum member “Preacher” reports amazing consistency from his 6BR load of Alliant Reloader 15 with “White Box” Russian Primers. (These small rifle magnum primers are currently sold under the Wolf label, and can be purchased from He tells us: “I finally broke down and checked out the 6BR, shooting 105 Berger VLDs over the chronograph yesterday. I have never seen numbers crunch [this well] in more years than I’ll admit.”

6mmBR chronograph results Russian Primers

Preacher added: “My green rifle (photo below) shoots those bullets like little lasers at 350 yards. Not bad for a old groundhog shooter that only in the past few years got into this extreme accuracy stuff with a BAT SV action and an 8-twist, 28″ Pac-Nor that shoots into way less than a inch at 350 yards most any time. I have a .110″ freebore on the green rifle and the bullets are jammed .020″+ into the rifling.”

6mmBR chronograph results Russian Primers

Preacher cautions: “My load of RL-15 is real close to the edge with the 105 Berger VLD but the primer pockets are still tight after 15 firings. I do anneal them with a BC1000 every fourth time out and then clean them in my ultra-sonic. The Russian Small Rifle Mag primers in the White box have done very well in both my 6BRs with Pac-Nors.”

EDITOR’s NOTE: Preacher’s results are amazing to say the least. It would be wrong, however, to expect that changing to Russian primers will guarantee you single-digit ES and SD. You might find your velocity spreads don’t change significantly, or they might even get worse. Still, Preacher’s findings suggest that it is worth trying the Russian primers if you haven’t done so yet.

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August 10th, 2007

M1A Match a Success at Camp Perry

Springfield Armory M1A Perry Match

On August 5, over 500 shooters vied for honors and $25,000 in cash and prizes at the first-ever NRA/Springfield Armory M1A Rifle Match at Camp Perry, Ohio. Held as part of the Centennial NRA National Rifle Championships, this was the first dedicated M1A match of its kind at Perry.

Springfield M1AWith $25,000 of awards up for grabs, thanks to Springfield Armory, the match drew large numbers of competitors and rekindled interest in the M14-style .308 rifles for match competition. (AR15-style “Black Rifles” currently dominate regular NRA Service Rifle matches.) The course of fire was five sighter shots and 50 shots for record at 300 yards using the new MR-65F target. Shots for record consisted of: 20 shots slow fire in the prone position; 10 shots rapid fire in the prone position; 10 shots rapid fire in the kneeling or sitting position; and 10 shots show fire in the standing position.

The match was shot under rainy skies, but competitors still shot some impressive scores. The overall Match Winner was Ryan Castonguay of New Hartford, Connecticut, a 17-year-old shooter. Despite the fact that he was relatively new to the Springfield M1A rifle, Castonguay took top match honors with a fine 463-8X score. David Chase of Tujunga, California, won the First Place Civilian title with a score of 447-8X, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Allen Spiker of Philomath, Oregon, took the Armed Services title with a 456-4X. U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Yvonne Lyda of Woodbridge, Virginia, was top female shooter with a 428-5X, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Albert Wood of Merrillan, Wisconsin, was top Senior with 446-6X, while Chad Kurgan of Murphys, California, took High Junior honors with his 434-4X.

Prior to the M1A Match, on July 13, 2007, Co-CEO of Springfield Armory Dennis Reese announced that Springfield Armory will provide $1,000,000 to kick-off the NRA’s new Competitive Shooting & National Championships Endowment. Reese challenged other firearms manufacturers to contribute to the Endowment: “Springfield is committed to ensuring that competitive shooting is alive and thriving for years to come. By supporting this endowment, we are giving back to the sport that is such an important part of our lives…. We hope that others in the industry will join us in supporting the future of competitive shooting.”

The Competitive Shooting & National Championships Endowment supports a wide range of programs offered through the NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division. Each year, the NRA sanctions over 10,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships. Over 125,000 men, women, and juniors compete in NRA Approved and Registered matches annually.

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August 10th, 2007

How to Find Bulletin Items

Quite a few readers have noted that they saw an interesting feature in our Daily Bulletin, but after a few days it was replaced by more current items. Well, don’t despair. ALL our Bulletin entries are archived and available. You can find them many different ways. First, at the bottom of the page, you can click to “Older Posts” page by page. Second, you can look for posts by category, such as “Optics” or “Reloading”. Third, you can do a Keyword Search for any word in any article. Lastly, you can call up all the posts in a given month by clicking on the appropriate month.

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