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November 14th, 2022

Bargain Finder 373: 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.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors. Prices may vary for Amazon Prime members.

1. Amazon — Caldwell E-Max Electronic Earplugs, $93.81

caldwell ear plug sale
Good alternative to bulky, heavy electronic muffs

Electronic earmuffs work well but they can be heavy and bulky. And they can interfere with cheek weld. If you want the benefits of electronics but the comfort of ear plugs try the Caldwell E-MAX Shadow electronic ear plugs which boast a 23 decibel NRR (Noise Reduction Rating). Experience high quality stereo sound while confidently protecting your hearing. With six sizes of included foam tips, you’ll find a custom fit for your ear to ensure proper noise cancellation and hearing protection.

2. Midsouth — CCI Bargain Rimfire Ammo in Stock

cci 22lr ammo sale
Large inventory of CCI Rimfire ammo starting at 9 cents per round

More people than ever are getting rimfire rifles for plinking and/or matches. Rimfires are inexpensive to shoot, and the reduced noise and recoil are big positives. If you need some .22 LR rimfire ammunition check out the CCI .22 LR ammo sale at Midsouth. There’s a wide variety of CCI rimfire ammo on sale, starting at $4.50 per 50ct box. This is a great chance to pick up quality .22 LR ammo at attractive prices.

3. Brownells — $25 Gift Card Bonus with $100 Gift Card Purchase

brownells gift card sale
Spend $100, get $25 Gift Card back with Brownells promo

Do you like giving gift cards for the holidays? For a limited time you can pick up a FREE $25 gift card with the purchase of $100 in Brownells gift cards. That’s like getting a 25% rebate! This is a great deal and good way to treat someone else AND yourself.

4. Creedmoor — Kowa TSN-82SV Spotting Scope Combo, $975.00

kowa spotting scope sale
Very good spotting scope with great long eye relief

Whether shooting at matches or just target shooting having a good spotting scope is a must. A great choice is this Kowa TSN-82SV Combo on sale for $975, a $110 savings. This item includes the highly-rated 82SV spotting body, plus an excellent 25X LER (Long Eye Relief) eyepiece AND a deluxe protective cover. NOTE: With its fixed-power Long Eye Relief eyepiece, this scope works great for prone work, mounted right next to the shooter. However, for long-range spotting duties you may want a unit fitted with a higher-magnification zoom eyepiece.

5. Palmetto SA — Taurus TX 22 .22 LR Pistol Sale, $276.85

taurus pistol sale
Great price on a very good rimfire pistol

If you’re looking to keep ammo costs down by training with .22 LR rimfire handgun, consider this Taurus TX 22 pistol. Taurus TX 22s have earned very positive reviews from purchasers. The frame has comfortable ergonomics and the Taurus Pittman Trigger System (PTS) offers a very good trigger pull. This is a good choice for a first .22 LR rimfire pistol, at a very good price — starting at $276.85.

6. Amazon — 3″ Splatter Squares On A Roll, $19.99

splatter target sale
Cool product — stick-on grid targets with splatter effect

Splatter targets are popular but the cost of large-size bullseye splatter targets adds up quickly. A cool alternative are these Pistep Splatter Shooting Targets. These are handy “reactive” targets that show a yellow splatter on shot locations. Each roll contain 250 three-inch-square stick-on grids. Each sticker has nine 1″ squares on it so determining group size is easy. For a shooter with an accurate rifle, these 3″ x 3″ splatter squares can work better than a large splatter bullseye target.

7. Amazon — Darekuku 30″ Twin Rifle Backpack Bag, $49.99

rifle carry bag sale
Discrete gun transport case at great price

Don’t want a gun case that screams “There’s a rifle inside”? If you need to transport small rifles discreetly, check out the Darekuku 30″ Rifle Backpack Bag. The main compartment has padded protection for two rifles. The handy shoulder straps can be covered with a zip-over panel. There is a zipper-access top compartment and a large secondary compartment (with inner mesh pocket and MOLLE straps) to hold ammo, Kestrel, muffs, targets, or other accessories. We like this case to carry a carbine with folding stock. It’s a steal at just $49.99.

8. Locked & Loaded — .223 Rem 55gr FMJ 1000rd Case, $398.99

223 ammo sale
PMC ammo is reliable and good training choice

It’s getting easier to stock up on ammunition and .223 Rem is the most popular rifle cartridge. If you need a good supply of .223 Rem ammo, consider this PMC 1000-round case of .223 Rem at Locked & Loaded. This is one of the best deals we’ve seen on quality .223 Rem ammo in quite some time.

9. Amazon — NEIKO 6″ Digital Calipers, $25.99

neiko digital caliper sale
Good, reliable digital calipers at attractive price

Every handloader needs to measure shoulder bump, cartridge length, and other dimensions. A good set of calipers is essential. If you need calipers, check out the NEIKO Electronic Digital Calipers. The tool’s body/frame is constructed of finely polished stainless steel with a knurled thumb roller and locking screw that ensures smooth sliding and accurate positioning. If you’re getting started in reloading or are looking for a back-up set of calipers, this is a good option.

10. Graf & Sons — Sierra Ammo Sale with Rebate

sierra ammo sale
Nice rebate on quality Sierra hunting and defense ammo

Did you know that Sierra makes hunting and self-defense ammo? You can grab Outdoor and Sports Master ammo on sale PLUS there’s a rebate that takes $3 off 1 box or $10 off 2 boxes. NOTE: These boxes contain TWENTY (20) rounds only. These are NOT 50-rd boxes.

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November 14th, 2022

Tunnel Vision — Amazing Accuracy in Sierra’s Test Tunnel

Sierra Bullets indoors testing barrels
NOTE: There are ten (10) shots in the group, but for simplicity we are only displaying five (5) shot circles. Adding more circles won’t change the measurement because the two most distant shots, which determine group size, ARE included.

What kind of 200-yard accuracy can you get in an enclosed, underground test range? Would you believe 0.162 MOA at 200 yards with a .338? Have a look at these test targets from Sierra Bullets. Like most bullet manufacturers, Sierra does live-fire bullet testing to ensure that Sierra projectiles perform as promised, with repeatable accuracy. Sierra tests bullets in its own underground test complex. Sierra’s 300-meter test range is the longest, privately-owned underground bullet test facility in the Western Hemisphere.*

Sierra Bullets indoors testing barrels

Day in and day out, various bullet types are tested using a big collection of barreled actions. These barreled actions are clamped in stout, return-to-battery test fixtures. These big, heavy test fixtures provide near-perfect repeatability (with no human-induced holding or aiming errors).

Sierra Bullets 10-Shot Groups at 200 yards
Check out these 10-shot test groups shot at the Sierra Test Range at 200 yards. Note that the numbers listed on each sample are actual measurements in inches. To convert to MOA, cut those numbers in half (to be more precise, divide by 2.094, which is 1 MOA at 200 yards). For example, the 0.340″ middle group works out to 0.162 MOA at 200 yards.

Sierra Bullets indoors testing barrels

Sierra Bullets indoors testing barrelsScan-Verified 0.162 MOA Accuracy at 200 Yards
To verify the accuracy of Sierra’s measurements, we measured the middle (.338 caliber) 10-shot group with our On-Target Group Measurement software. We registered a group size reading of 0.339″ — within one-thousandth of the Sierra measurement. The calculated group size in MOA (Minute of Angle) is 0.162.

That’s amazingly good for ten rounds of big .338 caliber bullets. A FIVE-shot 0.162 MOA group at 200 would be considered excellent at any benchrest match. But remember this target has TEN shots. The current, one-target IBS world record for ten shots at 200 yards is 0.245″, set by Ed Watson in 1999.

Bevy of Barreled Actions for Bullet Testing
Sierra Bullets uses dozens of barreled actions for testing bullets in its enclosed, 200-yard test range. Each barrel has its own logbook to track the barrel’s usage.

Sierra Bullets indoors testing barrels
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*Even Longer Test Tunnels Exist in Europe: At Stadeln in Germany, RWS (now part of RUAG) owns a 500 meter tunnel (above ground level) which has existed for decades. In Thun, Switzerland, RUAG has a fully-instrumented 500 meter underground tunnel. Near Ulm, Germany, there is a 5-lane 300 meter underground shooting range that is open to the public.

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November 14th, 2022

Beretta Invests $60 Million in New Norma Ammo Plant in Georgia

Norma Precision Ammunition .22 LR rimfire

There will be a big new 300,000-square-foot ammo plant in Georgia, thanks to Beretta. Beretta Holding Group, through its acquisition of Norma Precision, announced it will invest $60 million in a state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing and distribution facility in Savannah, Georgia.

Norma Precision will construct a 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will handle ammunition manufacturing, assembly, and distribution. This investment is a major step for the Beretta Holding Group which already employs nearly 1,000 employees in the United States through Beretta USA, Benelli USA, Burris, Steiner eOptics, and Norma Precision. By adding ammunition to its U.S. operations, the new Savannah, GA facility expands the Beretta Holding Group’s already extensive footprint in the USA.

Norma Precision Ammunition .22 LR rimfire
Dott. Pietro Gussalli Beretta (center) signs the memorandum of understanding with Bryan County and Georgia State representatives.

“We are … creating hundreds of new jobs” stated Dott. Pietro Gussalli Beretta, President and CEO of Beretta Holding S.A., who added: “I am delighted to announce our commitment to invest $60 million through our newly acquired U.S. ammunition subsidiary, Norma Precision. Together with my family and Beretta Holding, we are very proud to add ammunition manufacturing to our U.S. presence. [W]e can now provide our loyal and dedicated U.S. customers with a full range of locally manufactured premium products spanning from firearms to ammunition and optics, all united under the same Group.”

Georgia Is Now Among Top 10 States in Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturing
Georgia continues to attract global businesses like RUAG Ammotec. In 2019 Taurus opened a large gun factory in Bainbridge, Georgia. And other gun/ammo makers have found a friendly home in Georgia. According to NSSF data, Georgia has become one of the country’s top 10 states for firearms and shooting sports products manufacturing.

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