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August 15th, 2022

BargainFinder 360: 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.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors.

1. Bruno Shooters Supply — Berger Bullets SuperSale

Berger Bullet Blowout
Excellent discounted prices on great Berger match and hunting bullets

Been searching for competition-grade bullets but can’t seem to find them anywhere? Head over to Bruno Shooters Supply which is running a big Berger Bullets SuperSale. You’ll find just about every caliber in stock with very attractive prices. But don’t delay — the most popular calibers/weights may sell out soon. There are some great values. For example, you can get 500 105gr 6mm VLD target bullets for just $198.74. That works out to just $39.75 per hundred, a great deal!

2. Graf’s — Peterson Brass In Stock

Peterson Brass In Stock
Peterson brass is strong, consistent, and long-lasting

Now that you found Berger bullets you need high-quality brass to go with them. Graf’s has a wide selection of Peterson Brass in a variety of popular cartridge types, in stock and ready to ship. Note — the excellent 7mmBR brass can be necked up to 30 BR or necked down to 6mmBR. Graf’s also has great Peterson brass in hard-to-find 30 Nosler, 33 Nosler, and 33 XC types, as well as big brass such as .338 Lapua Magnum.

3. Precision Reloading — Whidden Die Sets 10% Off Sale

lyman turret press sale
Superior sizing and seating dies in stock and ON SALE now 10% Off

John Whidden has won multiple national rifle championships, and his company produces some of the best sizing and seating dies you can buy. This editor uses Whidden dies for his benchrest rifles. Right now Precision Reloading has Whidden sizing and seating dies IN STOCK for a wide variety of popular cartridges, including 6mm Dasher, 6mm BRA, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5mm Creedmoor, .284 Win, 30 BR, .308 Win, .300 PRC and many other chamberings — all at 10% Off discounts. Save money and avoid the wait for really excellent dies from a great company.

4. Midsouth — Lyman All American Turret Press Kit, $439.99

lyman turret press sale
Good value in complete set-up with quality 8-station Turret Press

Those who load a variety of cartridges can definitely use a good turret press such as the Lyman 8-Station Turret Press. And right now Midsouth has the Brass Smith All-American Turret Press Reloading Kit for $439.99 ($40 off). You get the turret press itself plus Brass Smith Powder Measure, Lyman 50th Reloading Manual, Pocket Touch 1500, Loading Block, Case Prep Multi-Tool, Magnum Bullet Puller, Primer Tray, E-ZEE Powder Funnel, Case Lube Kit, Powder Trickler, and a Universal Trimmer.

5. Natchez — Save Up To 35% On Ammo

ammunition sale
Ammo is becoming more available and prices are good

Natchez is offering a wide selection of pistol and rifle ammunition at very attractive prices — up to 35% off. With the current Natchez Ammunition Sale you’ll find great prices on 9mm, 40sw, .223 Rem ammo as well as a variety of rimfire types.

6. Amazon — Tactical Backpack Rifle Case, $69.99-$79.99

Good case with comfortable shoulder straps — three sizes offered

PRS/NRL competitors and hunters need to carry their rifles securely in the field. This DSLEAF Backpack Rifle Case can hold one or two medium-length rifles and lots of gear. The pack has comfortable shoulder straps and three large external pockets, one with 10 magazine slots. For the $69.99 28″ unit, internal length is actually 29.8″, so this will fit many NRL22 rifles. Choose khaki as shown or matte black. NOTE: If you need more length, there is also a 32″ case for $72.50 (34.5″ internal) and a 36″ version for $79.99. The 36″ model actually has a 37.5″ internal length — ample for many hunting rifles.

7. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Vortex Viper 4-16×50, $339.99

Vortex Viper 4-16x50 sale
Good choice for hunting rifle — big discount, great value

Hunting season is coming soon. Here’s a great deal on the Vortex Viper 4-16x50mm riflescope for your deer or varmint rifle. Given the price, just $339.99 (37% off), the glass is surprisingly good. The forgiving eye box with increased eye relief gets shooters on target quickly. With a 30mm main tube, the Viper HS offers 50 MOA windage and elevation travel. This SFP scope has 1/4-MOA clicks with a V-Plex MOA reticle.

8. Sportsman’s WHSE — Vortex HD 20-60x85mm Spotter, $799.99

vortex razor scope
Very good spotter for the price with outstanding warranty

Vortex has updated its top-of-the-line Razor HD spotting scope, changing from a small-knob focus system to a single large focus ring. Now get the previous model Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85mm Spotting Scope at a huge discount. The $799.99 sale price is $800 less than the current 27-60x85mm Razor HD ($1599.00 on Amazon) — that’s HALF the price! This two-tone $799.99 spotter features premium High Definition (HD) glass for excellent sharpness/resolution with minimal chromatic aberration (color fringing). Verified purchaser reviews have been very positive: “Great spotting scope at a great price”.

9. Midway USA — Frankford Arsenal Tumbler Kit, $75.53

Franford Arsenal Tumbler Kit
Complete kit with quality tumbler — great value

How would you like to buy a complete brass tumbling setup for under $80? Check out the Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler Master Kit. This kit includes quality vibratory tumbler, brass separator, media, and polish liquid, all for just $75.53. This is a very good deal — other similar tumbling kits with media separators cost over $100 elsewhere.

10. Graf & Sons — Hornady Ammo Sale & FREE TARGETS

ammunition sale
Good prices on large selection of ammo, with free targets deal

Over at Graf’s they’re having an ammunition sale. They have discounted rifle, pistol, and shotgun ammo in a wide variety of calibers so you can stock up now. Plus, if you purchase at least $50 worth of Hornady handgun ammunition you get a nice set of 10 Grid Targets for FREE.

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August 15th, 2022

Interesting Cartridge Comparisons from Brownells

Brownells video archive youtube channel AR15 6.5 Creedmoor Grendel SPC .308 Winchester 7.62x51

Brownells is a well-known retailer of guns, gun parts, tools, accessories, ammo, and pretty much everything gun related. Brownells has a very active video production department that releases new “how-to” and product information videos every week. These videos offer helpful advice on gun cleaning/maintenance, reloading, as well as selecting/assembling components for various kinds of rifles. There now over 1000 videos on the Brownells YouTube Channel, this really is a remarkable resource.

One of our favorite regular Brownells video features are the Quick Tip Cartridge Comparisons. Brownells tech staffers look at a pair of cartridge types and reveal the noteworthy differences. Here are three recent Cartridge Comparison videos from Brownells.

6.5 Creedmoor vs. .260 Remington

Brownells Gun Tech Caleb Savant compares and contrasts the 6.5 Creedmoor rifle cartridge with the older .260 Remington. Both cartridges are often loaded to nearly the same overall length (OAL), but with more of the bullet inside the neck for the .260 Rem. The .260 Remington is basically a .308 Winchester necked down to 6.5mm (.264″). The 6.5 Creedmoor has a shorter case, with a more modern 30-degree shoulder angle. With the same cartridge OAL, that can make it possible to load longer-ogive, higher-BC bullets. However, with a long-freebore chamber, the .260 Rem can certainly run any high-BC 6.5mm bullet made.

The .260 Remington can, theoretically, generate a bit more velocity at the muzzle because its longer case holds a bit more powder. However, with high-quality Lapua brass, in the real world, the 6.5 Creedmoor comes pretty darn close to .260 Rem performance with any given bullet weight. Moreover, the 6.5 Creedmoor is available with small primer pocket brass from Lapua. This brass may give a higher number of reloading cycles before case-head expansion becomes a problem. For the hunter, both choices are good, but the older .260 Rem may feed a bit better from a magazine, given the .260’s case taper and longer body. Overall, we favor the 6.5 Creedmoor for its versatility and efficiency, but the .260 Rem is a good cartridge too.

6.8 SPC vs. 6.5 Grendel

Brownells Gun Tech Caleb Savant compares two medium-caliber cartridges that can work in AR15-platform rifles: the 6.5 Grendel and the 6.8 SPC (aka 6.8mm Remington “Special Purpose Cartridge”). The 6.5 Grendel is typically loaded with a high-BC .264″ bullet, while the 6.8 SPC has a larger-diameter .277″ bullet. Both have the same 2.26″ OAL as the AR-15’s standard .223 Remington / 5.56 NATO round. The big difference is the 6.5 Grendel’s faster velocity and flatter trajectory. With the same bullet weight, Brownells says the 6.5 Grendel will be about 100 fps faster than the 6.8 SPC. Given a 100-yard zero, the 6.5 Grendel will drop about 8.5″ at 300 yards, while the 6.8 SPC will drop 10.5″ at the same range. The 6.5 Grendel is probably a better choice for long-range targets, at least when loaded with a higher-BC bullet. A big difference is brass. You can get superb Lapua brass for the 6.5 Grendel. Not so for the 6.8 SPC, which really has never developed into a widely popular accuracy round.

7.62×51 NATO vs. .308 Winchester (Subtle differences)

Brownells Technician Caleb Savant talks about the .308 Winchester and 7.62x51mm NATO. Most shooters know that both rounds have the same external dimensions. In fact, the military 7.62×51 was developed from the civilian .308 Winchester. So… can they be used interchangeably? The 7.62×51 cartridge normally can be fired from any rifle chambered in .308 Winchester because the 7.62 is spec’d for a lower pressure than SAAMI max in the .308 Win. However, we have encountered some British and Austrian 7.62×51 NATO milsurp ammo that was VERY hot — more than a typical commercial .308 Win Load. Accordingly you should always be careful when shooting new 7.62×51 ammo in your rifles. Likewise you should be careful about shooting higher-pressure .308 Win in some 7.62 NATO rifles. The 7.62×51 NATO chamber is slightly longer, and the cartridge’s case is typically a bit thicker, so it will “flow” and expand into the extra space. NOTE: Some newer rifles with 7.62×51 NATO chambers ARE made to handle .308 Win ammo. Check the owner’s manual or contact your rifle’s manufacturer to find out for sure.

.44 Magnum vs. .45 Long Colt — Great Wheelgun Cartridges

Brownells Gun Tech Steve Ostrem does a quick compare-and-contrast of the .44 Magnum and .45 Long Colt — two of the most popular revolver cartriges. The .45 LC debuted in the 1870s, when the steel used in revolvers was much weaker than modern steel, so it’s typically loaded as a low-pressure cartridge. The .44 Magnum was developed in the 1950s specifically for hunting, and stronger modern gun steels meant revolvers could be built to handle its much greater pressures. Full-power commercial .44 Magnum ammunition tends to be easier to find. The .45 Colt you find at the gun store is loaded mildly so folks don’t blow up their vintage revolvers! BOTH cartridges are great for handloading because they have straight-wall cases and can handle a wide variety of powders and bullet weights. Dies, brass, and bullets are readily available for both. If you don’t handload but want a hunting revolver, .44 Magnum is the better choice, as there’s more FULL-power factory ammo available.

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August 15th, 2022

Shoot Dime-Sized Groups “All Day Long” — Here’s the Trick

Dime size meme humor joke accuracy

We’ve all encountered those boastful guys at the range — you know, the ones who say their factory rifle will shoot “dime-sized groups all day long.” Well maybe they were actually telling the truth — it all depends on the size of the ten-cent piece. With the huge dime shown above, we think we could shoot “dime-sized groups all day long” — even with a pistol. After seeing this, one reader commented: “That’s great. So this means my groups are only around Quarter-sized!”

Credit Forum member DKhunt14 who started a thread with this humorous image in our Shooters’ Forum. Other Forum members gave examples of similar accuracy claims they’ve heard:

I ran into a local tactical guru a few years ago that topped any story I’ve ever heard yet. He claimed he could shoot a quarter-inch group every time at 300 yards — like no problem whatsoever. — IMMike

I had a guy tell me he dropped a doe at 420 yards with a M1 carbine, open sights. Never took a step. I’ll bet he also shot those dime-sized groups!– DJ Porter

Seems like we could substitute 1000-yard prairie dog (other small varmint) hits for dime-sized groups. They both happen “all day long”. — Dsandfort

Many folks come into my shop… and feel compelled to regale me with their life history with firearms. Head-shooting squirrels at 100 yards with a .22 short and iron sights, deer dropped at 500 yards with a .35 Rem, ground hogs taken with one shot across vast distances, etc. — and it would appear that every former SEAL, Marine or SF sniper lives in the general area. My Dad used to tell me that sometimes you just have to smile and nod a lot. Not always, but a lot.

I’m not a huge fan of Bass Pro Shop, but I DO appreciate Bass Pro’s motto: “Welcome hunters, fishermen and other liars.” Human nature can be so entertaining. — JLT

GET Your Own Giant DIME

By the way, if you want your own jumbo dime, offers 3″-diameter Roosevelt dimes for about eight bucks. These would be good for range accuracy challenges. You could tell a buddy you can “put five shots on a dime at 200 yards”. Then whip out this slightly oversize 3-incher and see his face.

These could also serve as “gag prizes” at club shooting matches — giveaways for folks who want to say they shot a group at 200 or 300 yards that could be “covered with a dime” … a 3″ dime that is!

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