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February 8th, 2011

Top Shot Season 2 Kicks Off Tonight on History Channel

The second season of the History Channel’s hit TV series Top Shot debuts tonight (2/8/2011) at 10:00 pm (9:00 Central). The second year’s package of shows, aka “Top Shot Reloaded”, will follow the first year’s format for the most part, with team and individual challenges involving a variety of weapons, both historical and modern. Sixteen new contestants, including our friend and 3-Gun Ace, Maggie Reese, will compete for a $100,000 prize. View the Top Shot Season 2 Sneak Peak Video below:

New Guns, New Challenges, and a “Whole Lot of Explosions”
Producers say that the new show will have “more action, less talking”, more pyrotechnics, and some startling new challenges. Top Shot Host Colby Donaldson says: “In the first five minutes of Episode One [Season 2], everyone’s going to see that this is a very different season. We had to go above and beyond to create challenges that would actually take [competitors] out of their comfort zone”. There are new weapons (including Thompson machine guns and Barrett 50s), and a “whole lot of explosions”. But don’t expect the show to depart too far from its Survivor-style “reality-TV” origins. Remember this is ratings-driven Hollywood fare; the interpersonal conflicts and shifting alliances appeal to mainstream TV viewers. Nonetheless, if you enjoyed watching TOP Shot Season One you should definitely tune in for Top Shot Reloaded (Season Two) tonight at 10.

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February 8th, 2011

New Whiz Wheel Ballistics Solver for Custom and Standard Loads

Product Preview by Bryan Litz
I’d like to make everyone aware of a new ballistic solver called the Whiz Wheel. The Whiz Wheel, from Accuracy 1st Development Group (Accuracy 1st) is a non-electronic device that calculates ballistic solutions out to transonic range for any small arms bullet. This device, similar to a circular slide-rule, is in the process of being adopted by several military units as a back-up to the electronic PDAs, and even as the primary ballistic solver since it’s faster to get a solution compared to the PDAs.

Whiz Wheel Solver Features include:

  • Density altitude calculator
  • Meters/MILS or Yards/MOA output
  • Trajectory prediction within 0.1 MIL or 0.25 MOA resolution
  • Wind deflection for any speed and direction
  • Spin drift
  • Leads for engaging moving targets
  • Corrections for inclined shooting
  • Ability to ‘true’ the solution for variations in MV or BC

whiz wheel ballistics solver

Use Different Wheels for Various Cartridges and Loads
The tan colored sleeve is universal, meaning it works with all load-specific wheels. The wheels are interchangeable laser-engraved plastic items. Accuracy 1st offers both “standard” wheels for popular factory-loaded ammo types, as well as custom wheels tailored to your specific bullet, MV, sight height, and twist rate. Each wheel provides a full solution for a single cartridge type and load. Different wheels are required for different cartridges/different loads. This is because the wheel’s solutions depend on bullet BC and muzzle velocity.

CLICK HERE for Whiz Wheel Ballistics Solver Instructions PDF.

How to Use the Whiz Wheel
Finding your come-ups (and windage corrections) with the Whiz Wheel is very simple. Start by solving the density altitude (DA) with the small wheel, or getting it from a Kestrel. Then line up the DA with the range, and the wheel outputs drop. The drop can be corrected for incline via the table on the back of the sleeve. The back of the whiz wheel also calculates the lateral solution elements including wind, spin drift, and moving target leads.

I was heavily involved in the development of the Whiz Wheel and can vouch for the accuracy of the solutions which are generated with a point mass solver and measured G7 BCs. If you have comments or questions about the Whiz Wheel, you can place those in the comments section for this Bulletin post. I’ll try to respond to your questions, time permitting.

Bryan Litz, author of Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting, is the Ballistician for Berger Bullets.

Whiz Wheel Pricing for Standard and Custom Loads
To order the Whiz Wheel go to the Accuracy 1st website. A Whiz Wheel Solver with one (1) custom wheel for your load costs $54.95 for civilians, $44.95 for LEO/Military. Each additional custom solver wheel, set up for your specific load, costs $24.95 for civilians, $19.95 for LEO/Military. If you shoot factory ammo, you can purchase the Whiz Wheel with one standard solver wheel — $49.95 for civilians or $39.95 for LEO/Military. A Standard Ballistics solver wheel (set up for a known production load) costs $19.95 for civilians, $14.95 for LEO/Military. Accuracy 1st also offers a package of Solver Sleeve plus three (3) standard wheels — $69.95 for civilians, $49.95 for LEO/Military.

Accuracy 1st Development Group
310 Indianapolis Rd. Building E-4
Mooresville, IN 46158
Phone: 317-834-5480
E-mail: jeffoverholser [at]

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February 8th, 2011

Sierra 210gr MatchKings on Sale at Precision Reloading

Precision Reloading SMKsThe Sierra 210gr .30-caliber BT MatchKing is one of the most popular heavy bullets used by long-range benchrest and tactical competitors. This bullet is known for its excellent accuracy and high 0.645 G1 Ballistic Coefficient. When launched from a 300 WinMag or other “Big 30″ cartridge, the 210gr SMK offers superb ballistics. This is a great bullet for 1K shooting.

Now through the end of February 2011, Precision Reloading is offering a great deal on 500-count boxes of Sierra 210gr MatchKings. The February Monthly Special Price is $205.49 (stock #SI9240) for 500 bullets. Other vendors are selling these .30-cal Sierra 210s for $227.00 – $250.00 for 500 bullets. If you prefer the Sierra 220-grainers, Bruno Shooters Supply has these in stock for $194.78 per 500ct box. NOTE: The Sierra 220gr MK has a 0.629 BC, so the lighter 210-grainer actually has lower drag.

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