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November 1st, 2021

Bargain Finder 319: 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. KYGUNCO — Savage Axis II Precision Rifle, $699.99

Savage Axis II precision rifle bargain 6.5 Creedmoor .308 Win

Good entry-level PRS rifle that also works for hunting

The Savage Axis II, on sale for $699.99 at KYGUNCO in 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Win, offers good performance for the price. It can serve as a competent starter rig for PRS/NRL competition, and also function well for hunting, with a weight of 9.9 lbs without scope. The Savage Axis II combines an accurate barreled action with a nice MDT chassis with adjustable comb and adjustable length-of-pull. For more info, read the very thorough Savage Axis II review in Guns America Digest.

2. Scopelist (EuroOptic) — Nightforce Clearance SALE

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Save HUNDREDS on Nightforce ATACR and other NF optics

Right now ScopeList (a partner) is running a big Nightforce Clearance Sale. You can save up to $515 dollars on demo Nightforce optics with full factory warranty. Chose from the popular ATACR series or the advanced NX8 model with MOA or MilRad clicks. There are a variety of good FFP and SFP Nightforce optics on sale now.

3. Bass Pro — Garmin GPSMAP 64SX, $219.99

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$130 Savings on full-featured modern GPS with TopoActive Maps

This rugged handheld Garmin GPSMAP boasts reliable satellite connectivity with Altimeter and Compass features. This 64SX model also comes pre-loaded with TopoActive Maps, which are great for backcountry hunters. This water-resistant design features button operation with a sun-readable 2.6″ screen.

4. Midsouth — SIG Sauer Optics Sale

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SIGnificant savings on BDX scopes, BDX rangefinders, and red dot optics

SIG Sauer makes excellent products with notable features. SIG BDX Laser Rangefinders can communicate (via Bluetooth) to BDX series scopes. This allows calculated hold-over points to appear in the scope reticle. In addition, the LRF communicates with Ballistics Apps on your mobile device. Right now Midsouth has SIG Sauer optics products on SALE including scopes, rangefinders, Red Dots, and binoculars. Along with BDX scopes, SIG’s Whiskey5 SFP scopes are on sale. Many items also qualify for FREE Shipping.

5. Palmetto SA — AR15 Complete Stealth Lower (Blem), $139.99

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GREAT deal on complete lower with full trigger group and adjustable stock

With changes to Federal law looming on the horizon, it may be wise to get your Black Rifle now. Here is a great deal on a complete lower with stock. The PSA AR-15 MOE Stealth Lowers include full, installed trigger group, plus a nice, adjustable MagPul MOE buttstock. The price is just $139.99 because these “blem” lowers may have a small scratch or blemish somewhere. For the same $139.99 bargain price, chose the Black Stealth Lower or the Flat Dark Earth Model as shown above.

6. MidwayUSA — Hoppes Gun Vise and Cleaning Kit, $39.99

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Good basic gun vise at great price with bonus cleaning kit

The Hoppe’s Gun Vise is a good basic support for working on your firearms. Clamping brackets in the front and rear hold your rifle or shotgun securely without scratching. The vise is made out of a durable, chemical resistant polymer and has multiple compartments for your cleaning chemicals, tools, and accessories. Included with this vise is a 12-piece Cleaning Kit for rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Features include: Dual lockable no-scratch brackets, multiple compartments for tools, and adjustable feet.

7. Natchez — Bushnell Optics Sale, Save 35%

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Great prices on hunting scopes and Red Dot optics

Hunting season is in full swing. If you need an affordable optic for your hunting rifle, check out the Bushnell Optics Sale at Natchez. A variety of scopes are 35% off. In addition, there are great prices on Red Dots you can use on a shotgun, pistol, or tactical rifle. And prices have been slashed on Bushnell binoculars and spotting scopes as well. Act soon — these Natchez sales don’t last long.

8. Midsouth — Forster Accu-Ring, $14.99

Forster sizing die lock ring accu-ring accuring laser markings

The new Forster Accu-Ring has precise markings so you can set your sizing dies with extreme precision in your press. The anodized ring has laser-etched precision markings in .001″ increments. This allows you to more easily set the amount of sizing and shoulder “bump” you get when you move a die up or down in your press. In addition, if you have a conventional seating die without a micrometer adjustment, this new Forster Accu-Ring can help you achieve more precise bullet seating. SEE Ultimate Reloader Review.

9. Amazon — Sawback Bowie 3.5″ Tactical Knife, $9.70

Sawback serrated tactical bowie knife $9.50
Owners say it is sharp with good features for price

This Sawback Bowie spring-assisted folding knife, just $9.70 on Amazon, has a 3.5″ blade. There is a curved cutting edge with a serrated section near the handle. Actual purchasers state: “This knife is very well made with a tight feel. No play at all. The assisted open is excellent [and] they come very sharp too”, and “This is a good quality knife. It’s solid and a bit heavy, really good looking and comes pretty sharp. Overall its a great knife.”

10. Midsouth — Radians Outback Shooting Glasses, $5.88

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Quality name-brand shooting eyewear — buy multiples at this price

Every shooter needs eye protection EVERY TIME you go to the shooting range. Right now Midsouth has the good Radians clear Lens Outback Shooting Glasses for just $5.88. These ANSI Z87.1 Radians Shooting Glasses provide 99.9% UVA/UVB protection with the coated lenses. These offer excellent wrap-around protection and are fairly light and comfortable. A handy neck cord is included. With this low $5.88 price, you can buy 3 or 4 sets and keep spares for yourself and your shooting buddies.

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November 1st, 2021

Click-Adjust Die Options from PMA Tool and Whidden Gunworks

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One of the most important aspects of precision reloading is setting the shoulder bump during the full-length (FL) sizing process. You want the amount of “bump” to be precise and identical for every loaded round. However, when you switch brands of brass you may need to change the die position to get the desired bump and case body sizing. And even with the same brand of brass, you may find that you need to adjust your FL die as the number of brass load cycles increases. Brass that has been fired many times will behave differently than new or near-new brass.

Also, even with the same cartridge type, brass loaded for a semi-auto rifle may need more bump than brass fired in a bolt gun. For example, with .223 Rem ammo, you’ll normally want to push the shoulder back farther if the ammo will be shot in a AR15 as opposed to a bolt-action rig.

So how do you make all these needed adjustments for your full-length dies? You can move a conventional locking ring up and down, but that can be a tedious, trial-and-error process. Some guys use shims in one-thousandth intervals, but that still requires taking your dies in and out of the press. Well there is a better way now…

PMA Tool Micro-Die Adjuster

Wouldn’t it be great if you could precisely adjust your FL die up and down in half-thousandth increments, with a simple indexed click. That is now possible with products offered by PMA Tool and Whidden Gunworks. PMA Tool offers a Micro-Die Adjuster that replaces your existing lock ring and can be used with nearly any 7/8-14 full length sizing die. The engraved marks correspond to approximately .001″ of shoulder bump adjustment. Splitting the engraved marks is therefore approximately equal to .0005″ (half a thousandth). Users love this product, saying it adds precision and saves time.

Whidden Click-Adjustable FL Sizing Die System

Whidden Gunworks offers a complete click-adjustable FL sizer die with a special, indexed ring. With Whidden’s patented Click Adjustable Sizer Die system, the die and lock ring work together to allow rapid, precise bump adjustments. One click changes the bump .001″. It’s simple and fast. Included with the Click Adjustable Sizer Die is a shoulder bump gauge. John Whidden explains:

“There has become a need for an easier way to adjust the sizer die properly. Until now there have been few options other than trial and error to get the shoulder setback correct. Anyone who has done this can attest that it’s a slow and imprecise job! Our die and lock ring work together to give the user a clicking feel to the adjustment. Each click moves the shoulder bump .001” so you can easily find the exact shoulder bump that you desire.” — John Whidden

New Universal Click Adjustable Lock Ring for Standard Sizing Dies

Whidden Gunworks also now offers a Universal Click Adjustable Lock Ring for all brands of standard sizing dies. If you don’t need a complete die, this special Lock Ring provides the functionality of the Whidden click-adjustable sizing dies for the standard 7/8-14 dies you already own. Lock Ring Instructions PDF.

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John Whidden explains: “With our Universal Click Adjustable Lock Ring (Patent No: 10,393,488) you can instantly turn your sizer die into a Click Adjustable Die. Our ring works with any 7/8 OD sizer of any brand with adjustable shoulder bump. The inner and outer ring can rotate independently of each other. Each click is metered in true 1 thousandths adjustment and has .100″ total available travel. Those loading for two rifles with different headspace can easily optimize the shoulder bump for each rifle.”

General Tips on Setting Up and Using Sizing Dies

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November 1st, 2021

TECH TIP: Bullet Bearing Surface Length Can Affect Pressure

USAMU Bullet Ogive Comparision Safety Reloading
Photo 1: Three Near-Equal-Weight 7mm Bullets with Different Shapes

TECH TIP: Bullets of the same weight (and caliber) can generate very different pressure levels due to variances in Bearing Surface Length (BSL).

Bullet 1 (L-R), the RN/FB, has a very slight taper and only reaches its full diameter (0.284″) very near the cannelure. This taper is often seen on similar bullets — it helps reduce pressures with good accuracy. The calculated BSL of Bullet 1 was ~0.324″. The BSL of Bullet 2, in the center, was ~0.430”, and Bullet 3’s was ~ 0.463″. Obviously, bullets can be visually deceiving as to BSL!

This article from the USAMU covers an important safety issue — why you should never assume that a “book” load for a particular bullet will be safe with an equal-weight bullet of different shape/design. The shape and bearing surface of the bullet will affect the pressure generated inside the barrel. This is part of the USAMU’s Handloading Hump Day series, published on the USAMU Facebook page.

Beginning Handloading, Part 13:
Extrapolating Beyond Your Data, or … “I Don’t Know, What I Don’t Know!”

We continue our Handloading Safety theme, focusing on not inadvertently exceeding the boundaries of known, safe data. Bullet manufacturers’ loading manuals often display three, four, or more similar-weight bullets grouped together with one set of load recipes. The manufacturer has tested these bullets and developed safe data for that group. However, seeing data in this format can tempt loaders — especially new ones — to think that ALL bullets of a given weight and caliber can interchangeably use the same load data. Actually, not so much.

The researchers ensure their data is safe with the bullet yielding the highest pressure. Thus, all others in that group should produce equal or less pressure, and they are safe using this data.

However, bullet designs include many variables such as different bearing surface lengths, hardness, and even slight variations in diameter. These can occasionally range up to 0.001″ by design. Thus, choosing untested bullets of the same weight and caliber, and using them with data not developed for them can yield excess pressures.

This is only one of the countless reasons not to begin at or very near the highest pressure loads during load development. Always begin at the starting load and look for pressure signs as one increases powder charges.

Bullet bearing surface length (BSL) is often overlooked when considering maximum safe powder charges and pressures. In photo 1 (at top), note the differences in the bullets’ appearance. All three are 7mm, and their maximum weight difference is just five grains. Yet, the traditional round nose, flat base design on the left appears to have much more BSL than the sleeker match bullets. All things being equal, based on appearance, the RN/FB bullet seems likely to reach maximum pressure with significantly less powder than the other two designs.

Bearing Surface Measurement Considerations
Some might be tempted to use a bullet ogive comparator (or two) to measure bullets’ true BSL for comparison’s sake. Unfortunately, comparators don’t typically measure maximum bullet diameter and this approach can be deceiving.

Photo 2: The Perils of Measuring Bearing Surface Length with Comparators
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In Photo 2, two 7mm comparators have been installed on a dial caliper in an attempt to measure BSL. Using this approach, the BSLs differed sharply from the original [measurements]. The comparator-measured Bullet 1 BSL was 0.694” vs. 0.324” (original), Bullet 2 was 0.601” (comparator) vs. 0.430” (original), and Bullet 3 (shown in Photo 2) was 0.602” (comparator) vs. 0.463” (original). [Editor’s comment — Note the very large difference for Bullet 1, masking the fact that the true full diameter on this bullet starts very far back.]

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