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August 16th, 2008

PFC. Vincent Hancock Wins Gold in Skeet Shooting

Breaking News: Pfc. Vincent Hancock, a USAMU shooter from Georgia, captured the Gold medal in men’s skeet-shooting, topping Norway’s Tore Brovold in a shoot-off to win the gold. Definitely check out the VIDEO below–you have to see how fast this kid is!!

CLICK HERE to Watch Vince Hancock’s Skeet Shooting. Click “Best Shots” for Quick Highlights.

Vincent Hancock Gold Medal

Though just 19 years old, Hancock is a World Champion and current world record holder. Previously this summer he captured the Gold Medal in the Men’s Skeet event at the 2008 ISSF World Cup for Shotgun in Suhl, Germany, June 12. A prodigy of sorts, Hancock won his first ISSF World Championship at the ripe young age of 16, competing in Lonato, Italy.

Hancock’s fast reflexes and superb eyesight have put him at the top of the game in International Skeet shooting, a discipline that demands quick reactions. Hancock explains: “Compared to American, International’s targets travel 20 miles per hour faster at 60 miles per hour. After you yell, ‘Pull’, the targets can be released anywhere from immediately to three seconds later, keeping you on your toes. You have to hold your gun down, with the butt below a line on your vest and then mount after you call for the target. And three of the stations send out two targets; in American skeet you can have your gun mounted, and you don’t have any doubles.”

CLICK HERE for Shotgunning Tips from Vince Hancock

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August 16th, 2008

Cooper Firearms One-Shot Competition in Montana

Today, Cooper Firearms hosts its annual One-Shot Competition. Originally conceived as a fun promotional contest to help Cooper find its niche with the shooting public, the One-Shot Competition has grown into a nationally-recognized event. Rifles must have Cooper actions and stocks made by Cooper or a recognized Cooper Arms vendor. The premise is straightforward. Shooters get one (1) shot at a dot the size of a pencil eraser at 150 yards. No sighters. No spotting scopes. The closest shooter wins the target to take home to put on his wall and a chance to compete for a new rifle.

Cooper Firearms One-Shot

One Shot at a Dot on an Oil Painting
What makes this competition unique is that the targets are placed on a collection of oil paintings! Eight shooters are assigned to each painting. Their eight names, and corresponding numbers (1-8), are written around the edge of the canvas. The target is a 1/4″ dot on a paper paster target that measures about 2 inches in diameter. One at a time, competitors take a shot at their paster. Shooters are judged by the bullet strike relative to this 2″ paster, not the symbolic target added to the painting as a reference point. The bullet hitting closest to the target’s center will win the painting. The top two shooters on each painting get a chance to compete for the grand prize, a wood-stocked Cooper TRP-3 rimfire benchrest rifle.

Cooper Firearms One-Shot

The one-shot competition carries a hefty $150.00 entry fee, but there is a 100% payout of the entry fee to the winners of each group shoot. The one-shot competition officially begins today, August 16, at 9:30 am. After lunch (catered by Cooper), the painting shoots commence. The final competition for the TRP-3 will begin around 3:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., Cooper’s all-you-can-eat and drink party (which is rightfully as famous as the competition itself) caps off the event.

Note: It’s too late to sign up for the 2008 event, but next year, if you own a Cooper, you might head up to Montana and join the Cooper folks for a one-of-a-kind competition.

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August 16th, 2008

6mm Bullet Diameters — Update

There’s been some controversy surrounding the “ideal” 6mm bullet diameter. This is compounded by the fact that 6mm match barrels are available with both .236″ and .237″ land diameters. It has become quite clear to us that bullet diameter is an important variable to consider when choosing the best projectile for your particular barrel. Some barrels prefer “fat” bullets while other barrels prefer “skinny” bullets. There is solid evidence, for example, that skinny bullets like the 105gr Scenar may shoot best in a .236 barrel.

German Salazar recently measured a selection of 6mm bullets, recording bullet diameter, overall length (OAL), and bearing surface length. His results are interesting.

Salazar Measurements

6mm Bullet Brand Diameter OAL Bearing Surface
105 Berger VLD 0.2432″ 1.237″ 0.368″
105 Hornady AMAX 0.2434″ 1.230″ 0.450″
105 Lapua Scenar 0.2430″ 1.252″ 0.450″
107 Sierra MK 0.2432″ 1.227″ 0.415″
108 Euber 0.2428″ 1.218″ 0.490″
115 Berger VLD 0.2431″ 1.333″ 0.414″
115 DTAC 0.2436″ 1.293″ 0.480″

Some months ago, Jason Baney measured 12 different sets of 6mm Match Bullets, including a couple different lots of the same bullet design. Notice, some bullets measure a bit different, compared to German’s numbers — this may reflect lot variances and/or measuring methods. Interestingly, Jason did measure the “old” Berger 105 VLD, the “new” Berger 105 VLD (first lot from the new die), and the “new, improved” Berger 105 VLD from the new die, after it was polished. Ten (10) Bullets were measured per type. Each bullet was measured three times (3X) around the largest circumference, normally where a pressure ring would be located (some bullets have a pronounced pressure ring, others do not).

Baney Measurements

6mm bullet diameters

Download this CHART as an MS Word Document.

Columns one and two of the chart show the smallest and largest bullet diameters measured for each 10-bullet sample. The third column shows the extreme spread over each 10-bullet set. Note, these numbers are NOT averages, but represent the “low” and “high” diameters for each set. A Mitutoyo Micrometer was used, zero-checked for each bullet.

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August 16th, 2008

Two Tips for Better Ultrasonic Cleaning

There has been much interest in Ultrasonic case cleaning. Here are two tips to achieve the best results:

De-gas the Solvent Before Adding Brass
One of our readers, Eddy M. in Glasgow, Scotland writes: “I have read a couple of articles recently about ultrasonic cleaning of cases and not one has mentioned de-gassing the cleaning liquid before starting to clean items. As an engineer who travelled around for ten years servicing ultrasonic tanks I would like to point out that the cleaning liquid when first put into the tank has invisible disolved air bubbles in it which will absorb ultrasonic energy until the liquid de-gasses. (10 minutes in a powerful industrial tank–longer in a small hobby tank). You must let the tank run on its own for 20 minutes on the first use of the liquid to allow this to happen. Only after the new liquid or re-introduced liquid has been de-gassed will the tank give good results.”

Apply Dry-Lube Inside Case Necks
Jason Baney has found that Ultrasonic cleaning leaves the inside of the case-necks so “squeaky clean” that there is excess friction when seating bullets. On a fired case that has been cleaned conventionally (no ultra-sound), a thin layer of carbon remains to lubricate the bullet entry and exit. To restore that lubricity in cases cleaned with ultrasound, Jason applies a dry lube to the inside of his case necks. Jason prefers the $10.95 moly dry lube kit from With this kit, small carbon steel balls transfer moly to the neck when you place your brass nose-down in the container.

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