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July 14th, 2008

Keep Cool with Mesh-Top Hats

It’s the middle of summer. Temps are hot and the sun is intense. Skin cancer is a very real risk for those who spend a lot of time in the sun. You should wear a hat that provides sun protection for your ears and the back of your neck. That means something with better coverage than the ordinary baseball cap. Cabela’s offers three mesh-top hats that provide excellent sun protection, with good ventilation. Mesh panels in the crown provide cooling airflow.

River Guide® Canvas Breezer Hat — $29.95
This is a great hat with a nice wide brim that offers superior sun protection. The River Guide hat looks good and holds its shape well, even after extended use. Vent panels extend all the way around the crown, with solid material on top.

Cabela’s buyers loved this hat:

“Purchased quite a few wide-brimmed hats in the last few years due to experiencing skin cancer. This one is a quality product, well constructed, with a brim size wide enough to keep the sun off your face, but not so wide that it would be cumbersome moving through the woods. The brown hat is an appropriate color for hunting as it blends well in the woods.” — FranF, Pocono Mtns.

“I took my family and a friend’s family on the Colorado River for a three-day river rafting trip. I only had baseball caps to wear. After the first day, my ears, neck, and cheeks were toast. My buddy kindly loaned me his Cabela’s River Guide hat for the next two days – it was GREAT! I stayed cool and kept the sun off of all the areas my cap couldn’t.” –Gilpin, CO

“This headgear has proven to be exceptional quality and value [and is] currently proving its worth on a farm [in] Zambia. Excellent through the last of the rains… and is now keeping the sun and the dust away from a what was formerly a hot-headed farmer. The hat [is] very light-fitting, sits easily, and stays put, even in open vehicles.” — Adfather, Zambia

Packable Yellowstone Breezer Hat — $29.95
Cabela’s Yellowstone Breezer Hat (item IJ-951344) is a comfortable design, very popular with backpackers, beach-goers, and anglers. The specially-treated fabric offers oustanding sun protection, with a UPF 50+ factor.

This hat is lighter and softer than the River Guide hat, but the brim still holds its shape in the wind. This is a great all-around summer hat that combines light weight with superior sun protection.

“This is the perfect packable hat. Can shove it in a suitcase or wear it and be able to lean back and sleep on a plane. Excellent sun blocking material and a nice wide brim. It is so light you forget you have it on your head which is great if you need the sun protection. Great hat!” — P. Dalton, California

“Extremely good vented hat for the hot, dry California weather.” — C.A., California

Cabela’s Mesh Boonie Hat — Just $5.88
This mesh-top is a great bargain at $5.88 (on sale, item OG-942503). Very light-weight, it can easily be rolled and packed. It doesn’t provide as much sun-protection as the wider-brimmed hats shown above, but then it’s one-fifth the price!

This is a “one size fits most” design, so if you have a very small or very large hat size, you may want to try a different design. Otherwise, it’s a great value. One Cabela’s purchaser, in Sydney, reports: “[This hat offers] Good ventilation for a hot Australian summer. The brim could be wider, but easy to pack and carry.”

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July 14th, 2008

Calculate Barrel Weight with FREE Lilja Software

Dan Lilja Rifle BarrelsAre you re-barreling a BR rifle and need to know if you will still make weight? Or perhaps you are trying to select the right contour to hit an optimal carry weight for a new varmint rifle? Dan Lilja offers FREE software that will calculate barrel weight for straight contour, straight taper, and radius-tapered barrels. Dan’s software even calculates how fluting alters barrel weight.

For general info on barrel weight calculation for straight and straight tapers, read this article on Lilja’s website. Click HERE for another article explaining weight calculation with barrels that have a radiused (curved) contour section.

Here are the free software programs offered by Dan Lilja. Right click and “Save As”:

Straight Contour (.exe file) | Straight Contour (Excel file)

Contoured Barrels with Radius (Excel file)

Dan Lilja Barrel Contour diagram

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July 14th, 2008

Boatload of .223 Prvi Partizan 75gr Match Ammo Arrives

Site Contributor Danny Reever has tested the bargain-priced PRVI Partizan .223 factory ammo in his 7-twist Sig 556 and AR15. He gives it a definite “thumbs-up”. Danny reports: “You should try some of the Prvi Partizan 75gr Match ammo. I was really surprised. This stuff shoots great. At 100 yards it delivered one MOA, easy, with my Sig 556. With a custom match rifle it might do even better. This is great ammo for the price, with quality brass, all boxer-primed and reloadable.”

200 rounds for $85.00 at Wideners recently received large supplies of the Prvi Partizan 75gr .223 Match ammo. “This ammo is just off the boat! Brand new 2008 production that we received last week after clearing US Customs on July 2nd.” Price is $85.00 for 200 rounds (10 x 20-ct boxes), or $419.00 for 1000 rounds. The 1000-round price works out to $8.38 per 20 rounds.

Other companies have the same ammo, but it is priced higher right now. Aim Surplus has the ammo at $89.50/200 rounds, while is selling it for $10.99/box (shipping included, item PPA223MATCH).

Stan Widener tested the ammo and reports: “After firing, the brass was very clean and there was very little residue on the bolt carrier. Very clean powder. The ammo is made with MILAN BLAGOJEVIC powder and GINEX primers. There were no failures or misfeeds of any kind. All rounds functioned perfectly. The cases are very bright and shiny with military anneal mark.” An 8-twist or faster barrel is recommended for this 75gr Prvi Partizan ammo.

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