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August 23rd, 2021

Bargain Finder 309: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Midsouth — Major RCBS Product Sale

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13 popular items and reloading kits on sale this week

Midsouth is running a huge sale this week on 13 of the most popular (and useful) RCBS tools, Powder Dispensers, and Reloading Kits. You can save up to $100 on popular items such as the ChargeMaster Scale/Dispenser, and the Rockchucker complete Reloading Kit. Go to Full RCBS Sale Page or click individual products below.

Rock Chucker Reloading Kit
Explorer Reloading Kit 2
Partner Reloading Kit 2
Summit Press
Rebel Press
Chargemaster Combo
ChargeMaster Lite
M100 Mechanical Scale
Rotary Case Tumbler
Universal Hand Priming Tool
Hand Priming Tool
Primer Pocket Swager Combo
Bench Primer Pocket Swager

2. Amazon or Champion’s Choice — Plano AirGlide Case, $58.00

plano airglide vertical top open rifle case
Get the last ones! Great range case, but no longer in production

The Plano Airglide is a unique, vertical-loading rifle case. The rifle is supported by foam blocks so there is no side-pressure on your scope turrets. The AirGlide’s hinged top-opening lid provides clearance for all but the most massive target scopes. Airglides are VERY popular with our Forum members, and this Editor uses Airglides to transport his own rifles to the range. Unfortunately, Plano has halted production of the AirGlide case. However, there are still a few available from Champion’s Choice for $58.00 (plus shipping) or from Amazon for $71.75 (free shipping). Grab one while you still can!

Plano Air-Glide Rifle Case

NOTE: Despite the name, AirGlides are NOT recommended for airline transport, but for regular range use AirGlides are a great option. Another advantage is the AirGlide holds your rifle in a muzzle-down orientation so any residual solvents drain OUT the muzzle, not back into the action.

3. Brownells — Smith & Wesson Bullpup 12ga Shotgun, $999.00

LINK to S&W Bullpup 12ga shotgun on Brownells.com

Brand new pump-action, home defense 12 gauge 14 shell capacity

Smith & Wesson just introduced a brand new home-defense shotgun. The all-new S&W M&P12 Shotgun is a compact (28″ OAL) pump shotgun with ergonomics familiar to AR owners. With two shell tubes, the gun holds 14 rounds of standard 2-3/4″ shells. You can put slugs in one tube and regular shells in the other, and switch quickly. The new M&P12 features ambidextrous controls, with an action release that can be engaged from either side, and a familiar AR-style ambidextrous safety selector. There are interchangeable palm-swell grips and M-LOK® slots for lights and lasers. Use Brownells code SRJ at check-out to save $100, lowering net cost to $999.00. This is a good deal for a new product with a $1165.00 MSRP.

4. EuroOptic — Free Extra Stock/Fore-end with Sako S20

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Free factory stock and fore-end with Sako S20 Purchase

Here’s a great deal from Sako. Purchase a new Sako S20 Hunter Rifle and receive a free S20 Precision Stock and S20 Precision Forend. OR purchase a new Sako S20 Precision Rifle and receive a free S20 Hunter Stock and S20 Hunter Forend. Eligible guns include all new Sako S20 Precision and Hunter rifles purchased from July 31st through October 15th, 2021. Stocks and fore-ends are delivered by Sako 10-12 weeks after submission (deadline 11/15/2021). Click this link to REDEEM Sako Promotion.

5. Midsouth — RCBS Rotary Case Tumbler with SS Media, $169.99

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Wet tumbling works great, big capacity kit includes SS Pins

Want to get your old, used brass looking like new again? Try wet-tumbling your cases with stainless media. You’ll be impressed. For wet-tumbling, a good option is the RCBS Rotary Case Tumbler. On sale now for $169.99, this comes with everything you need to get started including 5 pounds of stainless steel pin media. This is a good unit with plenty of capacity.

6. Amazon — Tipton Best Gun Vise, $84.95

tipton gun vise sale
Versatile, stable, works with all rifles, including ARs

When cleaning long guns, you need a secure, stable platform. We recommend the Tipton Best Gun Vise, now $84.95 on Amazon. This vise was designed to accommodate the widest possible array of firearms for cleaning, maintenance, or gunsmithing. This vise is easily configurable to handle bolt-action rifles, break-open shotguns, AR-15s, and handguns. You can also purchase the Best Gun Vise for $89.99 at Midsouth.

7. Natchez — Bushnell Nitro 5-20x44mm $219.49 (Save $280.50)

Bushnell Nitro 5-20x44mm SFP scope varmint
Good scope option for budget varmint rifle

Need a varmint rifle scope? Here’s a killer deal on a 5-20x44mm Bushnell Nitro. This second focal plane scope boasts a handy Deploy reticle with MOA hashmarks for hold-overs/hold-offs. With this $219.49 deal you can save 56% off the regular $499.99 price. If you are looking for a lower-magnification scope, consider the 2.5-10x44mm Nitro for just $149.49 a $180 savings.

Bushnell scope sale Natchez LRF

There are many other great deals on Bushnell products at Natchez, with 15 different products on sale up to 57% OFF. For example, the Bushnell 1300 Laser Rangefinder is marked down to $119.49 from $199.99, while the price of the Bushnell Tac Optics Red Dot has been slashed from $299.99 to $127.50.

8. Amazon — BOG Deathgrip Aluminum Tripod, $139.13

Bogpod black aluminum deathgrip PRS tripod hunting
Versatile tripod mounts quickly, securely — use for PRS/NRL or hunting.

This is a great tripod for long-range hunters and PRS/NRL competitors. The Clamp-type head quickly secures to your rifle’s forearm for a secure shooting solution. The BOG Deathgrip Aluminum Tripod is on sale now on Amazon for $139.13. If weight is critical, there is also a lighter BOG carbon fiber tripod for $199.99. For the extra $60 you save a pound in total weight (7.5 lbs for carbon vs. 8.5 lbs for aluminum).

9. Amazon — Caldwell NRR 23 Muffs + Shooting Glasses, $28.10

Caldwell electronic E-Max ear muffs low profile shooting Glasses NRR 23
Sweet deal on Ear and Eye Protection — good spare set for friends

Every shooter needs good eye and ear protection. Get BOTH the E-Max Muffs and Shooting glasses for just $28.10 on Amazon with free shipping. This combo can be an affordable spare set for yourself or to have on hand for your guests. The E-Max earmuffs offer a 23 dB Noise Reduction Rating while allowing you to hear range commands.

10. Amazon — Allnice Digital Calipers, $19.99

Allnice Digital Caliper 0-6 calipers
Effective digital read-out calipers at bargain price

Every handloader needs a set of calipers for multiple reloading/measurement tasks. In fact we recommend you have at least two sets of calipers, one being an inexpensive unit that you can take to the range. These $19.99 Allnice Digital Calipers fill the bill. These calipers have a stainless steel construction and a large digital readout. User reviews have been quite positive, with 88% four- or five-star ratings.

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August 23rd, 2021

Wind Reading Tips from Bryan Litz and Emil Praslick III

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Wind effects are complex. In trying to access wind speeds and angles, you’ll want to watch multiple indicators — mirage, dust, wind-flags, grass movement, and more. You’ll also need to be concerned about wind cycles. In the video below, Bryan Litz talks about variable wind speed along a bullet’s flight path. A respected ballistics guru, Bryan is the founder of Applied Ballistics and a designer of Berger’s Hybrid Match projectiles. He is also a past F-TR National Champion and a High Master Palma ace.

In this video, Bryan discusses how wind effects can vary in intensity at different points along the bullet’s flight path to the target. Sometimes the firing line is sheltered, and the strongest winds come into effect in the middle of the trajectory. Bryan concludes: “Wind matters everywhere … but the best thing you can do is try to get a handle on the wind [velocity and angle] where you are. That may or may not represent the wind down-range — that’s when you have to look downrange and make a judgment[.]”

Litz Competition Tip: Select your wind shooting strategy carefully. For beginners and veterans, most points are typically lost to wind. Successful shooters put a lot of thought into their approach to wind shooting. Sometimes it’s best to shoot fast and minimize the changes you’ll have to navigate. Other times it’s best to wait out a condition which may take several minutes. Develop a comfortable rest position so you have an easier time waiting when you should be waiting.

More Wind Tips from Wind Wizard Emil Praslick
In these two short videos, Emil Praslick III, former coach of the USAMU and USA National long range teams, explains how to find the wind direction and how to confirm your no-wind zero. Praslick is widely considered to be one of the best wind coaches in the USA.

When Winds Are EXTREME — Near Gale Force at Ben Avery

This video shows INSANE winds at NBRSA 100/200 Benchrest Nationals. This was filmed at the Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, AZ during the recent NBRSA 100/200 yard National Championships. Extreme to say the least. Based on what we’re seeing here, there are 20-25 mph crosswinds, with gusts to 35 mph — near Gale Force. Video by Hall-of-Fame Benchrest competitor Gene Bukys, whom we sadly lost to COVID last year. RIP Gene.

Texas gunsmith Mike Bryant reports: “This video shows the Unlimited Class 200 at the Nationals in Phoenix. I had three 10-shot groups in the low 2″ range with a 2.228″ being my big group and was glad they weren’t bigger. Thursday and Friday were the worst of the windy days. Unfortunately those were the days for the UL 200 and it was about as windy through most all of the Sporter 200.”

Excellent Wind Reading Resource

The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters covers techniques and tactics used by expert wind-readers. The authors provide a wind-reading “toolbox” for calculating wind speed, direction, deflection and drift. They explain how to read flags and mirage, record and interpret your observations, and time your shots to compensate for wind. Here are two reviews:

This is a must-have book if you are a long-range sport shooter. I compete in F-Class Open and when read it from cover to cover, it helped me understand wind reading and making accurate scope corrections. Buy this book, read it, put into practice what it tells you, you will not be disappointed. — P. Janzso

If you have one book for wind reading, this should be it. It covers how to get wind speed/direction from flags, mirage, and natural phenomenon. This is the best book for learning to read wind speed and direction. — Muddler

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August 23rd, 2021

Air Travel with Firearms — Smart Advice by Stan Pate

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Savage Arms offers a series of Shooting Tips in the Savage Blog. Here is a helpful article from Team Savage Shooter Stan Pate. This covers how to ship your rifle safely, and then re-establish zero properly when the gun is reassembled after transport.

Traveling with Firearms — Important Advice

Traveling with firearms can be stressful. You must comply with multiple regulations and then trust your expensive guns to airline baggage handlers. And after arrival you’ll need to put your rifles back together and confirm the zeros. This article offers helpful travel advice from Team Savage shooter Stan Pate. Pate has traveled the globe competing with match rifles. Here he shares his tips for making trips easier on you and your firearms.

Easier Air Travel With Firearms
TSA isn’t nearly as careful with your rifles as you are. Proper storage before sending your firearm up a conveyer belt and into the belly of a plane is critical. Stan Pate spends lots of time each year traveling the skies and has devised a system for keeping his rifle safe when going to and from.

“Never travel with your firearm completely assembled,” Pate cautions. “A fully assembled firearm is much heavier than one that has been broken-down and stored. More weight creates more in-the-case movement, which can result in damage. I learned this the hard way years ago. My rifle was actually broken in half when traveling to an international competition. Record your torque settings, use those settings during reassembly and your return to zero should be no problem.”

“Be sure to check on current TSA rules and regulations before travel to be aware of any changes that may effect how you pack your rifles,” says Pate.

Rifle Reassembly and Resetting Zero
The quicker you can reestablish your zero, the quicker you can relax and stop worrying about if your rounds are going to hit their mark during competition. Pate, over the years, has developed a system for rifle reassembly and getting back to zero as quickly as possible. While his torque settings may not be the same as yours, the process can still be used.

tsa luggage rifle case Stan Pate Airline Travel

“The barreled-action goes back on the stock, and then I tighten all three receiver screws finger tight,” says Pate. “Next, I tighten the front two receiver screws down to 35-inch pounds. The rear receiver screws on this particular rifle likes 15-inch pounds. [Note: Proper torque settings will vary with your action and stock type. Most actions have TWO screws, not three.] Scope attachment comes next, and I follow manufacturer settings when tightening it down. All that’s left to do now is go zero your rifle.”

This video explains an efficient method to Re-Zero your rifles

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