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July 11th, 2022

BargainFinder 355: 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. Grafs.com — Sightron Optics Sale, Save 25%

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Great prices on high-magnification competition scopes

If you need a high-magnification competition or long-range varmint scope, but need to keep costs down, check out the Sightron Sale at Graf & Sons. You can get an excellent 10-50x60mm SIII optic for $1124.99, 25% off the regular price. The 36X and 45X fixed power optics — good for short-range benchrest disciplines — are 25% off also. NOTE: When you visit Graf’s Sightron SALE, be sure to scroll through ALL THREE PAGEs to see all sale items.

2. Guns.com — Ruger American Rimfire Long Range, $591.99

ruger american rimfire long range target model 8378
Great rimfire rig — good action/barrel/trigger — takes 10/22 mags

This limited-edition Ruger American Rimfire .22LR Long-Range Target rifle features a 26″ free-floated heavy barrel and a competition-worthy stock, with adjustable comb, adjustable LOP, and forearm M-LOK rail. The hammer-forged 0.860″ bull barrel has a threaded muzzle with thread protector. The gun comes with a bedding block system, 60-degree bolt throw, and 3-5 lb. adjustable trigger. This rifle would be an excellent choice for a precision rimfire match. The rifle accepts all 10/22 magazines. Full SPECS HERE.

3. Creedmoor Sports, American Bullet Co. Bullets Sale

creedmoor sports ABC American training bullets factory seconds sale
Get excellent practice bullets at significant discounts

Need bullets but your budget is limited? Check out American Bullet Company bullets at Creedmoor Sports. There are multiple bullet weights in both .224 (52gr, 55gr, 69gr, 77gr) and .308 (125gr, 168gr, 175gr) calibers, plus 107gr 6mm bullets. Creedmoor Sports states: “American Bullet Company bullets are factory seconds, and are priced accordingly to provide more range time without breaking the bank”. Save up to 50% compared to first-run offerings. These ABC bullets are a good choice for M1 Garand, M1A, and 1903 Springfield shooters running .30-06 or .308 Win chamberings. And, at just $22.95 per 100 and $104.95 per 500, the 52gr and 55gr .224 bullets will also work well for high-volume varmint shooters. NOTE: Use Promo Code ABC to save an additional 15% on these bullets.

4. Locked & Loaded — Timney R700 Triggers, $116.41 or $165.79

timney hunter HIT trigger rem 700 clone sale
Good deals on Timney triggers for Rem 700 hunting and competition rifles

Here are good deals on Timney triggers for Rem 700s and clone actions. Get the Elite Hunter Straight for $116.41. This same trigger sells for over $150 elsewhere. Or get the advanced Rem 700 HIT Curved Trigger or Straight Trigger for $165.79, discounted from $230.99. The HIT trigger adjusts from 8 ounces up to 2 pounds — making it good for competition rifles. The trigger’s sear and trigger shoe are precision-machined, heat treated to 56 Rockwell with a black oxide trigger coating and an NP-3 plated sear.

5. Palmetto/KYGUNCO — Taurus TX22 .22 LR Pistol, $273.99

taurus tx22 tx 22 .22LR rimfire pistol sale
Ergonomic, reliable fun-shooting rimfire pistol

The Taurus TX22 is a good little gun for fun plinking or rimfire cross-training. Good trigger, excellent ergonomics. It’s on Sale now starting at $273.99. Owner reviews have been very positive: “Fantastic ergonomics, great trigger! More than 500 rounds through this pistol without a single jam or failure to feed. Can’t recommend this pistol enough. Buy one!” Another: “Really great shooting gun. It even ate through the cheap ammo with no problems.” And a third buyer notes: “This gun is very accurate… a fantastic training gun. Reliability is excellent. I would recommend this handgun to a friend.”

Choose Matte Black for $273.99, Bronze/Black for $279.99, Patriot Gray for $286.99, or Midnight Bronze for $299.99. Note: Some TX22s come with two 16-round mags, others with 10-rounders. Check the product description.

6. Amazon — Steiner 8×30 AF Predator Binoculars, $195.00

Steiner 8x30 10x42 binocular Auto Focus AF hunting optic CAT lens
Excellent 19 oz. compact binoculars with unique focus feature

We have used Steiner binoculars for years. These 8×30 AF Steiners are great for hunters. On sale for $195.00, the 19 oz. 8×30 AF Predator is light yet rugged. And once you adjust the oculars to your eyes, everything from 20 yards to infinity is in focus. And the CAT lenses do help spot prey. One verified purchaser posted: “For hunting close quarters the CAT coating will be a game changer.” We like the 8X magnification, but if you prefer 10-power, Steiner also offers 10×42 Predator AF binoculars for $285.00. BestBinocularsReviews.com named the Steiner Predator AF binoculars as the “2019 Best Lightweight Binocular for Hunting”. The glass is excellent considering the price, and the focus system is a huge advantage — once you set the individual eye-pieces, no fiddling with focus knobs required — everything beyond 20 yards is sharp.

7. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Perfect Seat Priming Tool, $59.99


Precise Depth Control, 12 Shell Holders, Quick-Change, Carry Case

Seating primers to a consistent depth helps deliver enhanced accuracy and low ES/SD. However, most priming systems don’t allow precise depth control. If you’re looking for a priming tool that allows you to adjust primer seating depth, check out the Frankford Arsenal Perfect Seat Hand Primer. This tool comes in a protective case along with a full set of case holders and primer flip tray. A quick thumb release system allows you to switch from small to large primers quickly. Get this now for $59.99 on Amazon.

8. Palmetto State Armory — Norma TAC-22 Ammo, $3.99/box

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

We’ve found no other .22 LR ammo that rivals Norma TAC-22 at anywhere near the price — just 8 cents per round ($3.99/box). If you shoot NRL22 or just practice for fun, grab some Norma TAC22 .22 LR ammo at Palmetto State Armory. On sale at just $3.99 per 50-round box, this TAC-22 ammo is a truly great bargain. In our test, it out-shot some ammo that cost $8 per box. During testing with a CZ 457, one of our Editors had multiple 5-shot groups at 50 yards that were typically one ragged hole (all shots touching). He observed “It’s amazingly good ammo for the money”.

9. BarrelCool and RifleKuhl Portable Cooling Units, Under $40

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Get barrel coolers for hot summer months, extend Barrel Life

In summer it can be tough to keep your barrel at moderate temperatures. But a compact cooling fan device can really help. Two of the best barrel coolers on the market are the original yellow BarrelCool at $39.99 and the red Magnetospeed RifleKuhl at $39.09 . NOTE: The RifleKuhl is shown as $60.00 MAP price. Add to Cart to get the low $39.09 price! Both cooler units double as empty chamber indicators, feature high power fans, and can cool your barrel down to a usable temperature in about 10 minutes.

10. Amazon — Lyman Master Gunsmith Multi-Tool Kit, $45.52

Lyman Gunsmith Tool Kit
Excellent Tool Kit for rifle, shotgun, pistol maintenance tasks

Finding the right tools to work on your guns, scopes, rings and other items can often be frustrating. Regular tools from the hardware store work in a pinch but often aren’t hollow ground to protect your screws and the sizes may not fit precision firearms parts. Solve your tool dilemma with the Lyman Master Gunsmith Tool Kit now $45.52 on Amazon. This handy kit includes bits for slotted screws, Hex screws, 6-lobe screws, and Phillips screws to fit just about anything in your gun safe, all in a convenient case.

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July 11th, 2022

Making of Cartridge Brass — Production Process Revealed

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Rifle cartridge brass manufacturingPrecision Benchrest and F-Class shooters favor premium brass from Lapua, Norma, Peterson, or RWS. (Lake City also makes quality brass in military calibers.) Premium brass delivers better accuracy, more consistent velocities, and longer life. Shooters understand the importance of good brass, but many of us have no idea how cartridge cases are actually made. Here’s how it’s done.

Top Deep-Draw Ram Illustration from Demsey Mfg.

The process starts with a brass disk stamped from strips of metal. Then, through a series of stages, the brass is extruded or drawn into a cylindrical shape. In the extrusion process the brass is squeezed through a die under tremendous pressure. This is repeated two or three times typically. In the more traditional “draw” process, the case is progressively stretched longer, in 3 to 5 stages, using a series of high-pressure rams forcing the brass into a form die. While extrusion may be more common today, RWS, which makes some of the most uniform brass in the world, still uses the draw process: “It starts with cup drawing after the bands have been punched out. RWS cases are drawn in three ‘stages’ and after each draw they are annealed, pickled, rinsed and subjected to further quality improvement measures. This achieves specific hardening of the brass cases and increases their resistance to extraordinary stresses.” FYI, Lapua also uses a traditional draw process to manufacture most of its cartridge brass (although Lapua employs some proprietary steps that are different from RWS’s methods).

RWS Brass Cartridge Draw process

After the cases are extruded or drawn to max length, the cases are trimmed and the neck/shoulder are formed. Then the extractor groove (on rimless cases) is formed or machined, and the primer pocket is created in the base. One way to form the primer pocket is to use a hardened steel plug called a “bunter”. In the photos below you see the stages for forming a 20mm cannon case (courtesy OldAmmo.com), along with bunters used for Lake City rifle brass. This illustrates the draw process (as opposed to extrusion). The process of draw-forming rifle brass is that same as for this 20mm shell, just on a smaller scale.

20mm cartridge brass forming

20mm Draw Set Oldammo.com

River Valley Ordnance explains: “When a case is being made, it is drawn to its final draw length, with the diameter being slightly smaller than needed. At this point in its life, the head of the draw is slightly rounded, and there are no provisions for a primer. So the final drawn cases are trimmed to length, then run into the head bunter. A punch, ground to the intended contours for the inside of the case, pushes the draw into a cylindrical die and holds it in place while another punch rams into the case from the other end, mashing the bottom flat. That secondary ram holds the headstamp bunter punch.

Lake City Brass bunterThe headstamp bunter punch has a protrusion on the end to make the primer pocket, and has raised lettering around the face to form the headstamp writing. This is, of course, all a mirror image of the finished case head. Small cases, such as 5.56×45, can be headed with a single strike. Larger cases, like 7.62×51 and 50 BMG, need to be struck once to form a dent for the primer pocket, then a second strike to finish the pocket, flatten the head, and imprint the writing. This second strike works the brass to harden it so it will support the pressure of firing.”

Thanks to Guy Hildebrand, of the Cartridge Collectors’ Exchange, OldAmmo.com, for providing this 20mm Draw Set photo. Bunter photo from River Valley Ordnance.

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