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April 12th, 2008

Dieter Anschütz Retires. Son Jochen Takes Helm.

Dieter AnschutzDieter Anschütz, president of the J.G. ANSCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KG retired on March 31, 2008. Dieter Anschütz has lead the company since 1968. For the past 16 years, Dieter has been aided by his son Jochen. As of April 1, Jochen Anschütz takes over as sole president of the German rifle manufacturer.

Jochen will become the fifth generation of the Anschütz family to lead the company. The company was founded by Julius Gottfried Anschütz in 1856 and located in the Thuringian city of Zella-Mehlis until 1945. The innovative spirit of the founder and the following generations helped the small gunsmith shop grow to become one of Europe’s leading rifle and pistol manufacturers. World War II put a sudden end to this story of success. But, after the war, brothers Max and Rudolf Anschütz re-established the company in Ulm, West Germany. These brothers proved able successors to their grandfather who founded the ANSCHÜTZ company. Today, as in the 19th Century, the management of the company remains a family affair.

Anschutz 64 Benchrest

New Rimfire Benchrest Anschütz Rifle
Among the new products for 2008 are a new rimfire benchrest rifle, the Model 64 S BR, based on the model 64 action. Chambered in either 22LR and 17 HMR, the gun weighs 9.5 lbs with a 20″ barrel (on the 22LR). The gun features a wide flat fore-end, and a 2-stage match trigger, set by the factory at 7.4 ounces. An extended adjustable buttplate is optional, though we question why one would want that on a benchrest gun. Still, the rifle looks like an interesting design that should find a market in the USA, at least in informal club competition. For more information, visit, or download the 2008 brochure:

ANSCHÜTZ 2008 Brochure (English 1.5 mb PDF file).

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April 12th, 2008

Wipe-Out Now Offers Tube and Breech Plug

Regular readers of this website know that we are big fans of Wipe-Out brushless bore cleaner. A good 3-4 hour soak with Wipe-Out (after a few wet patches to remove the loose carbon), may be all the cleaning your barrel needs. Some barrels DO benefit from moderate brushing, but Wipe-Out is remarkably effective, and can save you countless hours of labor over the course of a shooting season.

Wipeout foam bore cleaner

Wipe-Out, from SharpShoot-R™ Precision Products, comes in a can with a nozzle to spray directly into the muzzle. Some folks prefer to apply Wipe-Out through the breech — that way excess foam drips off the end of the barrel and doesn’t get into your action or on your stock. Now SharpShoot-R offers an inexpensive Applicator Spout tube that allows you to squirt foam from the breech. Costing just $2.50 (MSRP), the tube fits calibers from 17-Cal and up, sealing the chamber with a special fitting. The other end of the tube fits snuggly on the spray nozzle.

Wipe-Out Allows More Shooting, Less Cleaning
This editor’s cleaning regimen for a 6BR with 3-groove Pac-Nor barrel, is 3-4 wet patches of solvent (Butch’s, Carb-Out, or Shooter’s Choice), followed by Wipe-Out. I apply the Wipe-Out once, filling the bore, then wait 30 minutes or so for the bubbles to settle. Then I re-apply Wipe-Out, wait 3-4 hours, and dry-patch. That’s it. No brushing, no JB.

When the Pac-Nor was brand new, in windless conditions, this gun shot high ones (with 80s) and low twos (with 105s). Now, with 700 rounds on the barrel, it still holds that accuracy, and there has never been a brush in the bore–not even a nylon one. The throat has only advanced about .004″. Not all barrels are so magical, however. YOUR barrel may certainly require a more aggressive cleaning routine, including brushing, but you’ll still find that Wipe-Out can save you time and energy.

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