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May 2nd, 2022

Bargain Finder 345: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

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. Bullet Central — Krieger and Bartlein Pre-Fit Barrels

pre fit barrels
Great quality pre-fit barrels, ready to mount to your rifle

Do you own a Kelbly, BAT, or Impact action and need a new barrel but don’t want the hassle (and cost) of having a smith chamber and headspace the barrel? Consider a Krieger or Bartlein Pre-Fit Barrel from Bullet Central. On you’ll find a wide range of barrels in various calibers for multiple action types. Place your order for professionally-chambered, custom-grade barrels that you can install yourself.

2. Precision Reloading — All L.E. Wilson Products SALE

Precision Reloading L.E. Wilson die trimmer bushing sale
Very good prices on L.E. Wilson dies, case trimmers, and tools

Right now, Precision Reloading is running a good promotion with all in-stock L.E. Wilson products on SALE. This sale currently includes the popular Wilson inline seating dies, FL sizing dies, case trimmers, expanding die (with mandrel), bushings, case gages, deburrers, and other tools.

3. EuroOptic — Vortex Venom 5-25x56mm FFP scope, $499.99

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Great starting choice for tactical and PRS/NRL disciplines

Interested in PRS/NRL and other tactical disciplines, but don’t want to spend a fortune on optics? The Vortex Venom 5-25x56mm FFP (First Focal Plane) optic is a smart choice. Offered in both MOA and MIL versions, the Vortex Venom ($699.99 MSRP) can be purchased right now for $499.99 from Choose either the MOA model or MRAD version. Vortex claims the new Venom allows new tactical shooters to “get into the game at an affordable price without compromising optical quality”. The Venom boasts a 34mm main tube with 85 MOA elevation for the MOA version, or 25 MRAD elevation for the MIL version.

4. CDNN/LNL — EAA Girsan 9mm Pistols, $429.99 or $485.26

EAA girsan 9mm MC9 handgun pistol sale discount
Choose 4.2″ bbl MC9BX or 4.6″ bbl ported slide MC9 model

CDNN Sports has a great deal on the EAA Girsan MC9BX pistol — just $429.99 complete with installed Red Dot optic and threaded muzzle (for a suppressor). This is a good 9mm defensive pistol with 4.2″ barrel and 17-round magazine. If you compete in IDPA or action pistol matches, you may prefer the deluxe EAA Girsan MC9 Model. This features a longer, ported slide, 4.6″ barrel, and flared mag well. The makes the MC9 better for competition. It is offered for $485.26 at Locked & Loaded, a $195+ savings over the regular $681.00 pistol price.

5. Midsouth — Hornady Bulk Bullets, 50gr V-Max $21/100

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Get ready for varmint season with 500-count packs of V-Max bullets

Do you have a favorite varmint rifle chambered in .223 Rem, 22 BR, or 22-250? If you’re planning to load hundreds of rounds for an upcoming varmint safari, you can save big right now at Midsouth. Buy in bulk for super savings. Get 500 50gr .224 V-Max bullets for just $102.99 — that works out to just $21.60 per hundred. Or if you want a little higher BC, order 500 60gr .224 V-Max for $105.49. Both are great deals. These V-Max bullets are ideal for varmint work. Midsouth also has 110gr .270 Caliber V-Maxs on sale.

6. Amazon — Birchwood Casey Xtreme Shooting Bench, $160.99

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Sturdy bench has large top, comfy seat, and swivels 360 degrees.

Here’s a great portable bench you can use in the field while shooting prairie dogs or other varmints. Or use this when practicing on a undeveloped shooting range. Now $160.99 on Amazon, Birchwood Casey Xtreme Shooting bench swivels 360 degrees and has a large, comfortable seat with removeable backrest. Weighing a moderate 46 pounds, this shooting bench boasts a large, 29″ square top with a removable rifle support. This bench, which sells for $180 elsewhere, has earned many positive reviews: “Hands down and far away the sturdiest portable shooting bench I have ever used. It is portable but not exactly light but that is why I bought it. The light benches feel cheap and are not sturdy…”, “It doesn’t feel flimsy or wobble like similarly-priced benches. Overall it’s a great bench!”. The bench includes cup-holder and gear basket.

7. Palmetto State Armory — Norma TAC-22 Ammo, $4.50/box

tac22 22lr ammo sale
Excellent rimfire ammo at a GREAT price — .22 LR Deal of the Year

We are repeating this deal from last week because it’s quality .22 LR ammo at a GREAT price, and it could sell out soon. If you shoot NRL22 or just practice for fun, grab some Norma TAC22 .22 LR ammo at Palmetto State Armory. On sale at just $4.50 per 50-round box (just $0.09/rd), this TAC-22 ammo is a truly spectacular bargain.

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Norma TAC-22 accuracy with an older lot from 2017. Photo from Champion Shooters Supply.

Norma TAC-22 is good quality ammo that has shown excellent accuracy in tests (see photo). You’ll have to pay twice as much (or more) to get more accurate rimfire ammo.

8. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Tumbler Kit, $75.53

Master tumbler reloading kit Frankford Arsenal
Great price on complete kit with tumbler, separator, and media

This Quick-N-EZ Master Tumbler Kit contains everything you need to tumble rifle or pistol brass. Now on sale for $75.53, this Kit contains: Vibratory Tumbler, Rotary Media Separator, Plastic Bucket, 3 lbs. Cleaning Media, and 4 oz. Brass Polish. At $75.53 this is a fine deal — you could easily pay more than that for a decent vibratory tumbler alone. Other vendors are charging $100 (or more) for this full kit.

9. Amazon — Smart Weigh Gem20 Digital Scale, $21.99

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Great little accurate, repeatable scale at amazing price — Watch the VIDEO!

The Smart Weigh Gem20 scale is an excellent option for those looking to reduce velocity Extreme Spread by weighing powder precisely to the kernel, without having to spend $1000 on a laboratory grade scale. At this low price (under $22 currently), this is also great option as a back-up or travel scale used at the range. Verified purchasers, including the maker of the video above, have praised the scale. Watch the video to see how precise it is — the scale can measure kernel by kernel. Use the “mode” button to select grains. The scale can also weight in grams, ounces, and other modes. Use the tare function to zero with powder pan. This scale ships with two 10g calibration weights.

10. Midsouth — Forster Accu-Ring, $14.99

Forster sizing die lock ring accu-ring accuring laser markings
Unique precision-marked lock ring helps quickly set shoulder “bump”.

The new Forster Accu-Ring has precise markings so you can set your sizing dies with extreme precision. The Accu-Ring makes setting up your sizing die easier by providing laser-etched precision markings in one-thousandth of an inch increments (.001″). 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.

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May 2nd, 2022

SMT Electronic Targets at NRA High Power National Matches

NRA High Power National Matches Camp Atterbury Silver Mountain electronic Targets

Big news for High Power rifle shooters — Electronic Targets will be employed at the 2022 High Power Rifle National Matches at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. That means faster relays, quicker scoring, and NO PIT DUTY!

The 2022 NRA High Power National Matches will run at Camp Atterbury from July 8-28, 2022. Registration is now open. Click HERE to Register.

Silver Mountain Targets Electronic Targets at Camp Atterbury This Summer
The NRA has confirmed that the Silver Mountain Targets electronic target system will be deployed for the High Power Rifle phases of the 2022 National Matches at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The Silver Mountain Targets (SMT) technology, the “fourth generation of Electronic Target System”, is an OPEN SENSOR system fitted to conventional wood target frames. It uses four sensors to plot shot location (and score value) with great precision. Scores are transmitted via a WiFi network to mobile devices placed at each shooting station. Along with shot location, the score values are listed and recorded on the receiving devices.

“The NRA has been working with the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association (ISRPA), as well as the Central Indiana High Power Rifle Shooters (CIHPRS) in order to bring electronic targets to the NRA National Matches”, said Joseph P. De Bergalis, Jr., Executive Director of NRA General Operations.

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Over the past three years, the NRA has confirmed that Silver Mountain Targets systems have worked very effectively in rifle competition. The SMT sensor technology is now proven in competition: “In 2019, the ISRPA chose Silver Mountain Targets for our High Power matches including the ISRPA Across the Course State Championships and the Governor’s Cup match in 2019″, said ISRPA President Charles Hiltunen. “We did an extensive comparison of alternatives and Silver Mountain Targets best fit our needs. Since then we have been very happy with the targets.”

NRA High Power National Matches Camp Atterbury Silver Mountain electronic Targets

“Silver Mountain Targets is very excited to be chosen for the very first deployment of this technology at the NRA National Matches. Our advanced modular architecture represents the latest in electronic target technology,” said SMT’s David Schnelle. “The system is designed to be easily expandable and provide a high level of reliability. System components are battery-powered to simplify deployment on a military range and allows the system to even operate if there is a power outage. Communications between targets and the firing line is a highly reliable WiFi connection, utilizing any WiFi-capable device to display competitors’ shots.”

“The National Rifle Association is pleased to continue our improvements at Camp Atterbury in order to better serve the competitive shooting community and further promote the shooting sports”, said Cole McCulloch, Director of NRA Competitive Shooting.

“With the Silver Mountain Target system, we will be able to run more relays in less time and reduce demands on competitors and staff. We are also very pleased that technical representatives from Silver Mountain Targets will be on-site for the entire championship to ensure optimum performance and to train NRA staff and volunteers on the technology.”

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May 2nd, 2022

Do Chron Your Factory Ammo — Stated Velocities May Be Wrong

muzzle velocity applied Ballistics MV chronograph

Why You CANNOT Rely on the MV Printed on the Ammo Box!
When figuring out your come-ups with a ballistics solver or drop chart it’s “mission critical” to have an accurate muzzle velocity (MV). When shooting factory ammo, it’s tempting to use the manufacturer-provided MV which may be printed on the package. That’s not such a great idea says Bryan Litz of Applied Ballistics. Don’t rely on the MV on the box, Bryan advises — you should take out your chrono and run your own velocity tests. There are a number of reasons why the MV values on ammo packaging may be inaccurate. Below is a discussion of factory ammo MV from the Applied Ballistics Facebook Page.

Five Reasons You Cannot Trust the Velocity on a Box of Ammo:

1. You have no idea about the rifle used for the MV test.

2. You have no idea what atmospheric conditions were during testing, and yes it matters a lot.

3. You have no idea of the SD for the factory ammo, and how the manufacturer derived the MV from that SD. (Marketing plays a role here).

4. You have no idea of the precision and quality of chronograph(s) used for velocity testing.

5. You have no idea if the manufacturer used the raw velocity, or back-calculated the MV. The BC used to back track that data is also unknown.

1. The factory test rifle and your rifle are not the same. Aside from having a different chamber, and possibly barrel length some other things are important too like the barrel twist rate, and how much wear was in the barrel. Was it just recently cleaned, has it ever been cleaned? You simply don’t know anything about the rifle used in testing.

2. Temperature and Humidity conditions may be quite different (than during testing). Temperature has a physical effect on powder, which changes how it burns. Couple this with the fact that different powders can vary in temp-stability quite a bit. You just don’t know what the conditions at the time of testing were. Also a lot of factory ammunition is loaded with powder that is meter friendly. Meter friendly can often times be ball powder, which is less temperature stable than stick powder often times.

3. The ammo’s Standard Deviation (SD) is unknown. You will often notice that while MV is often listed on ammo packages, Standard Deviation (normally) is not. It is not uncommon for factory ammunition to have an SD of 18 or higher. Sometimes as high as 40+. As such is the nature of metering powder. With marketing in mind, did they pick the high, low, or average end of the SD? We really don’t know. You won’t either until you test it for yourself. For hand-loaded ammo, to be considered around 10 fps or less. Having a high SD is often the nature of metered powder and factory loads. The image below is from Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting: Volume II.

muzzle velocity applied Ballistics MV chronograph

4. You don’t know how MV was measured. What chronograph system did the manufacturer use, and how did they back track to a muzzle velocity? A chronograph does not measure true velocity at the muzzle; it simply measures velocity at the location it is sitting. So you need to back-calculate the distance from the chrono to the end of the barrel. This calculation requires a semi-accurate BC. So whose BC was used to back track to the muzzle or did the manufacturer even do that? Did they simply print the numbers displayed by the chronograph? What kind of chronograph setup did they use? We know from our Lab Testing that not all chronographs are created equal. Without knowing what chronograph was used, you have no idea the quality of the measurement. See: Applied Ballistics Chronograph Chapter Excerpt.

5. The MV data may not be current. Does the manufacturer update that data for every lot? Or is it the same data from years ago? Some manufacturers rarely if ever re-test and update information. Some update it every lot (ABM Ammo is actually tested every single lot for 1% consistency). Without knowing this information, you could be using data for years ago.

CONCLUSION: Never use the printed MV off a box of ammo as anything more than a starting point, there are too many factors to account for. You must always either test for the MV with a chronograph, or use carefully obtained, live fire data. When you are using a Ballistic Solver such as the AB Apps or Devices integrated with AB, you need to know the MV to an accuracy down to 5 fps. The more reliable the MV number, the better your ballistics solutions.

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