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November 21st, 2022

BargainFinder 374: 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. MidwayUSA — Cyber Week Sale, November 21-28

Deals of Week cyber week MidwayUSA bargain
Major savings all week long on reloading gear, optics, tools, accessories

MidwayUSA’s big Cyber Week Sale kicks off Monday, November 21 and runs through Monday, November 28, 2022. There are deep discounts on popular shooting, hunting, and outdoor products. You’ll find really great deals on select shooting gear, ammunition, optics, hunting clothing and more from brands like Vortex, Sightron, RCBS, Browning, MidwayUSA, Magpul, and IMI just to name a few. Select products will also be eligible for FREE shipping. New products go on sale every day during the Cyber Week promo. On 11/21/2022, deals include Vortex Viper PST FFP Milrad 5-25x50mm scope at $649.99 (35% Off), and MidwayUSA Competition Shooting Mat at $29.55 (50% Off). CLICK HERE for ALL current specials.

2. Longshot — Bulletseeker Mach 4 Onboard Radar, $100.00 Off

bulletseeker radar chronograph longshot camera bundle sale $100 Off

The Bulletseeker Radar unit is a new radar chronograph that mounts directly to your rifle. The advanced Bulletseeker features 120 Ghz radar with a beam-forming lens. Developed in Europe, with made-in-Germany core components, this unit is sold in the USA by Longshot, trusted maker of long-range target cameras. Now through early December, as an intro promotion, the Bulletseeker is $100.00 off the normal $1000.00 price. You’ll see the discount when adding the item to your online cart. The price is for a bundle which includes the Bulletseeker Mach 4 Chronograph plus a Parabolic Mounting Bracket. We think this is a game-changer. You get advanced radar ON YOUR GUN, with no need to haul around a bulky LabRadar.

3. Midsouth — Rock Chucker Supreme Reloading Kit, $369.99

Deals of Week RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Kit
Kit includes press, powder measure, scale, manual and many tools

Everything you see above can be yours for just $369.99. Right now, Midsouth is selling the Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit for $369.99, a fine price considering all the hardware you get: Press, Primer Tool, Scale, Powder Measure, Loading Tray, Reloading Manual and more. This is good starter kit for any reloader, with sturdy items (such as the Rock Chucker press), that will last a lifetime.

4. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Pre-Black Friday Sale

sportsman's warehouse pre-black friday sale cascade rifle rcbs chargemaster garmin inreach 28 nosler 6.5 prc
Save on rifles, optics, hunting gear now through November 24, 2022

There are dozens of great deals at the Sportsman’s Warehouse Pre-Black Friday Sale. Grab an RCBS ChargeMaster Supreme at 17% Off. Or get a nice Leupold 20-60x80mm SX-2 Spotting Scope. Hunters will appreciate the Garmin In-Reach Mini2 which offers a direct Satellite connection. Are you looking for a hard-hitting hunting rifle with a modern, large cartridge? Check out the CVA Cascade offered in 6.5 PRC, 28 Nosler, and .300 Winchester Magnum, as well as non-magnum chamberings.

5. MidwayUSA — Electronic Muffs with Walkie-Talkie, $59.99

walker razor headphones
Dual-function electronic muffs — great for range communications

Electronic earmuffs protect your hearing while allowing you to hear range commands. With these Walkie-Talkie muffs you also get 2-way communication capabilities. That lets you talk to folks in the pits or at a different section of your shooting club. The Walker Razor Slim Low Profile Electronic Earmuffs (NRR 23dB) with Walkie Talkie allows you to communicate with other FRS radios. That lets you give range commands or talk with friends without the need for a second radio. If you don’t need the two-way functionality, MidwayUSA also has the NRR 26 Walker’s Alpha Power Electronic Muffs for $49.99, and the slimmer NRR 23 Razor Slim Patriot Electronic Muffs for $43.99. All these options are excellent bargains.

6. CDNN Sports — Crimson Trace Brushline Scopes, Save 45%

crimson trace 3-9x40mm 4-12x40mm brushline predactor bdc scopes optics
Save 45% on excellent hunting scopes with BDC reticles

Crimson Trace makes excellent riflescopes that perform way above their price categories. These scope have good glass, reliable turrets, and smart reticles. Right now you can save 45% on Crimson Trace Brushline SFP hunting scopes with lifetime warranty. Get the 4-12x40mm version for $199.99 or the 3-9x40mm model for $179.99. Both feature 1″ main tube, 1/4-MOA clicks, and custom BDC Predator reticle. These are great bargains.

7. Amazon — BOG Deathgrip Aluminum Tripod, $134.99

Bogpod black aluminum deathgrip PRS tripod hunting
Versatile tripod mounts quickly, securely — use for PRS/NRL or hunting.

This is a great tripod for long-range hunters and PRS/NRL competitors. The Clamp-type head quickly secures to your rifle’s forearm for a secure shooting solution. The BOG Deathgrip Aluminum Tripod is on sale now on Amazon for $134.99. If weight is critical, there is also a lighter BOG carbon fiber tripod for $222.99. For the extra $88 you save a pound in total weight (7.5 lbs for carbon vs. 8.5 lbs for aluminum).

8. EuroOptic — ZEISS Terra ED 10×42 Binoculars, $349.99

Zeiss 10x42 orange binoculars
Superb German Schott glass, great for low-light, distinctive orange body

These outstanding ZEISS Terra ED 10×42 binoculars are now $349.99 — $250.00 (40%) off the regular price! The ultra-sharp Schott Glass and multicoated lenses deliver superior optical clarity, and outstanding 88% light-transmission. These Terra ED binoculars feature comfortable ergonomics and a compact design for easy carry in the field. A recent purchaser declared: “The Zeiss Terra ED 10×42 is the best glass that I have ever looked through for its price range. And with EuroOptic having [these] on sale it was a no-brainer to buy another one.”

9. CDNN Sports — Grid Target Packs starting at $1.99/12

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Great deals on colorful Champion grid target packs

Grid targets are great for sighting-in your firearms or developing loads. Right now CDNN Sports has a great deal on Champion target sheets. Get a 12-Pack of Champion Shotkeeper Sight-In Targets for $1.99, grab a 12-pack of Champion Rifle Precision Targets for $2.49, or get a 10-Pack of Champion 5-Diamond Redfield Sight-In Targets for just $2.69. Both target sets feature colorful contrast and precise 1″-square grids to help you gauge your group sizes. NOTE: There’s also a 100-pack of the Champion Redfield Sight-In Targets for $11.99 (just $0.12 per target)!

10. Palmetto SA and MidwayUSA — Sierra Loaded Ammo REBATE

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Quality Sierra-made ammo now with significant rebate

If you need defensive pistol ammo or .223 Rem ammo, Sierra is offering an end-of-year rebate of up to $5.00 per box (max rebate $50). This is a good way to get top-quality American-made 9mm Luger and .45 ACP ammo at Palmetto State Armory. Or get rebates on .380 ACP, .40 SW, and .223 Remington at MidwayUSA. SEE REBATE Details Page.

11. MidwayUSA — Walker’s Shooting Glasses, 4 Lenses, $19.99

walker's four lens ANSI Z87 Shooting glasses eye protection
Versatile eye protection — 4 colors of lenses plus adjustable frame

Walker’s Adjustable Sport Glasses feature FOUR interchangeable lenses made of high-grade polycarbonate that exceeds ANSI 287.1-2003 High Impact Requirements. The interchangeable lenses come in four colors (Smoke Gray, Amber, Yellow, and Clear). The frames adjust for length and angle. These safety glasses ship with a soft carrying pouch that holds the extra lenses. This combo kit is on Amazon for $22.70.

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November 21st, 2022

Handsome Handguns from Forum Member’s Cool Collection

FN Herstal High Power engraved silver Belgium 1964

In our Shooters’ Forum there is a popular photography thread. Along with some great nature and hunting images, you’ll find quality photos of handsome firearms. But the real head-turning gun pix were the pistols belonging to Forum member Beiruty from Texas. He has some of the most handsome mag-fed handguns we’ve ever seen. Here are six of his favorite semi-auto pistols from his collection. Yes he does have some impressive wheelguns as well, but we’re saving those revolvers for a future showcase.

FN Browning High Power Renaissance
This 9mm hand-engraved High Power with silver finish was made in Belgium in 1971:

FN Browning High Power Renaissance
NOTE: This is one of a near-matching pair of FN HP Renaissance pistols featured in the top photo.

Hämmerli .22 LR Model 208, Special Edition
This Special Edition, one of 500, marks 125 years of Hämmerli Sportwaffenfabrik (1863-1988):

Hammerli Model 208 .22 LR 125 years
The handsome grip is factory carved. This Model 208 pistol shipped in a fitted case, shown below.

Hammerli Model 208 .22 LR 125 years

Colt .45 ACP 1911 Commander
This 1975-vintage Colt Commander 1911 sports fully-engraved frame and slide:

Colt 1911 Commander factory engraving engraved ivory grip 1975

Smith & Wesson .22 LR Model 41 Long Barrel
This target pistol features a 7-3/8″ barrel with factory compensator. Grip is custom:

Smith Wesson .22 LR Model 41 Long Barrel target pistol

Browning .22 LR Medalist Pistol
This handsome Browning Medalist, all factory standard, was made in Belgium in 1964:

FN Browning .22 LR Medalist Belgium 1964

The video below shows another Browning Medalist of the same design and relative vintage:

Stoeger Arms American Eagle Navy Model Luger
This stainless Stoeger Navy Model 6″ Luger Pistol is vintage 1978-1980:

Stoeger Arms American Eagle Navy Model Luger Pistol

Note: A similar pistol (below) sold on Cowan’s auction for $1320.00. One of these stainless Stoeger Lugers is offered right now on Gunbroker.

Stoeger Arms American Eagle Navy Model Luger Pistol

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November 21st, 2022

How Altitude and Barometric Pressure Affect Projectile Ballistics

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Photo shows the new ZEISS LRP S5 318-50 first focal plane (FFP) scope.

“A bullet launched at a higher altitude is able to fly slightly farther (in the thinner air) for every increment of downward movement. Effectively, the bullet behaves as if it has a higher ballistic coefficient.”

Last month a good friend ventured to the high country of Colorado to pursue elk. He recently zeroed his rifle in California, at a range just a few hundred feet Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL). He wondered if the higher altitude in Colorado could alter his ballistics. The answer is a definite yes. However the good news is that free ballistics calculators can help you plot reliable drop charts for various shooting locations, high or low.

Suunto AltimeterThe question has been posed: “What effect does altitude have on the flight of a bullet?” The simplistic answer is that, at higher altitudes, the air is thinner (lower density), so there is less drag on the bullet. This means that the amount of bullet drop is less at any given flight distance from the muzzle. Since the force of gravity is essentially constant on the earth’s surface (for practical purposes), the bullet’s downward acceleration doesn’t change, but a bullet launched at a higher altitude is able to fly slightly farther (in the thinner air) for every increment of downward movement. Effectively, at higher altitudes, the bullet behaves as if it has a higher ballistic coefficient.

Forum member Milanuk explains that the key factor is not altitude, but rather air pressure. Milanuk writes:

“In basic terms, as your altitude increases, the density of the air the bullet must travel through decreases, thereby reducing the drag on the bullet. Generally, the higher the altitude, the less the bullet will drop. For example, I shoot at a couple ranges here in the Pacific Northwest. Both are at 1000′ AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level) or less. I’ll need about 29-30 MOA to get from 100 yards to 1000 yards with a Berger 155gr VLD at 2960 fps. By contrast, in Raton, NM, located at 6600′ AMSL, I’ll only need about 24-25 MOA to do the same. That’s a significant difference.

Note that it is the barometric pressure that really matters, not simply the nominal altitude. The barometric pressure will indicate the reduced pressure from a higher altitude, but it will also show you the pressure changes as a front moves in, etc. which can play havoc w/ your calculated come-ups. Most altimeters are simply barometers that read in feet instead of inches of mercury.”

As Milanuk states, it is NOT altitude per se, but the LOCAL barometric pressure (sometimes called “station pressure”) that is key. The two atmospheric conditions that most effect bullet flight are air temperature, and barometric pressure. Normally, humidity has a negligible effect. It’s important to remember that the barometric pressure reported on the radio (or internet) may be stated as a sea level equivalency. So in Denver (at 6,000 feet AMSL), if the local pressure is 24″, the radio will report the barometric pressure to be 30″. If you do high altitude shooting at long range, bring along a Kestrel, or remember to mentally correct the radio station’s pressure, by 1″ per 1,000 feet.

Trajectory of Bullet fired at Sea Level

Trajectory of Bullet fired at 20,000 feet

You can do your own experimental calculations using JBM Online Ballistics (free to use). Here is an extreme example, with two printouts (generated with Point Blank software), one showing bullet trajectory at sea level (0′ altitude) and one at 20,000 feet. For demonstration sake, we assigned a low 0.2 BC to the bullet, with a velocity of 3000 fps.

To learn more about all aspects of Exterior Ballistics, Hornady has a useful discussion of External Ballistics including the effects of altitude and temperature. To dig deeper, Sierra Bullets has a comprehensive Exterior Ballistics Resource Page with multiple sections from the Sierra Manual (4th and 5th Editions), including:

Section 3.0: Exterior Ballistic Effects on Bullet Flight
Section 3.1: Effects of Altitude and Atmospheric Conditions
Section 3.2: Effects of Wind
Section 3.3: Effects of Shooting Uphill or Downhill

Example from Section 3.0: “When a bullet flies through the air, two types of forces act on the bullet to determine its path (trajectory) through the air. The first is gravitational force; the other is aerodynamics. Several kinds of aerodynamic forces act on a bullet: drag, lift, side forces, Magnus force, spin damping force, pitch damping force, and Magnus cross force. The most important of these aerodynamic forces is drag. All the others are very small in comparison when the bullet is spin-stabilized.”

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