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December 12th, 2022

Bargain Finder 377: 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. Graf & Sons — Peterson Brass In Stock

peterson brass ale
Very high-quality brass for popular cartridge types

If you need hard-to-find cartridge brass, check out the Peterson Brass at At Graf’s you’ll find a big selection of Peterson brass IN STOCK now. Yes Graf’s even has the very popular cartridge types such as 6mmBR, 6mm Dasher, 6mm Creedmoor, and 6.5-284 (neck up to .284 Win). Graf’s also carries 500-piece Peterson bulk boxes. If you need a lot of brass, those Peterson bulk packs offer the lowest unit price for quality brass.

2. Amazon — Plano 52″ Wheeled Gun Case, $145.93

rifle case sale
Outstanding wheeled case with anti-rust interior

With modern competition rifles costing $4000 or more (with optics) you NEED a top-quality transport case. A really good heavy-duty case for the price is Plano’s All Weather Gun Case with Rustrictor. This TSA-approved wheeled rifle case has strong materials and rugged hinges for protection during travel or storage. At 52″ overall this case can fit larger F-Class and ELR rifles. The Plano All Weather Case features a watertight, dust proof Dri-Loc seal and the interior has built-in rust inhibitors. Bottom Line — this rifle case is as good as some other cases costing twice as much.

3. EuroOptic — Bushnell Optics Blowout

bushnell scope sale
Major savings on Bushnell scopes, Reflex sights, and Red Dots

Did you pick up a new pistol or rifle and need a scope or sight for it? Then check out the super-bargain prices at the Bushnell Optics Closeout over at EuroOptic. You’ll find everything from Reflex sights to long range scopes. Prices have been slashed — with discounts up to 66%.

4. Amazon — Howard Leight Impact Sport Elec. Muffs, $39.00

ear muff sale
Quality Electronic Muffs deeply discounted this week

Here’s a great deal on a quality, comfortable set of electronic ear muffs. The popular Howard Leight Impact Sport muffs have a 22 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). These electronic muffs block loud impulse noises like gunfire, while allowing you to easily hear range commands. Slim and comfortable, these muffs are offered in Black, Blue, OD Green, Tan, MultiCam, Alpine (white), Smoke, Teal. Price varies by color, but basic black is on sale now for $39.00 on Amazon. NOTE: When shooting at busy ranges with many shooters nearby, we recommend running foam plugs under these muffs.

5. Creedmoor Sports — TRX-925 Precision Scale, $299.95

reloading scale sale
Excellent scale for precision handloaders

Still using a basic scale to trickle up your powder charges with? Consider upgrading to the new Creedmoor TRX-925 Precision Reloading Scale. This premium scale is less than half the price of a top-end force restoration scale. Yet the new TRX-925 offers precision offered only by a few scales on the market. With a 925 grain max capacity, this scale boasts laboratory-grade electronics, optimized strain gauges, and gold-anodized static-free powder pan. The TRX-925 comes standard with three precise calibration weights (2g, 10g, 50g). User reviews of this new Creedmoor scale have been very positive. The TRX-925 is a top choice if you want a very high-quality scale, but cannot afford a force restoration unit.

6. Natchez — RCBS ChargeMaster, $309.99

rcbs chargemaster sale
Solid scale/dispenser with detachable scale section

The RCBS ChargeMaster has been one of the most consistent workhorses in the reloading world. The ChargeMaster Combo features the ChargeMaster 1500 Scale and ChargeMaster Dispenser, mated to form a very reliable combination of dispensing speed and accuracy. Unlike other powder dispensers, with this ChargeMaster you can detach the scale and use it separately. This ChargeMaster is on sale now at Natchez at a significant discount.

7. Midsouth — Aguila .22 LR Ammo 500 Rds, $34.99

.22 LR 22LR aguila rimfire high-velocity ammo ammunition bulk pack
Great price on good, high-velocity rimfire ammo

This Aguila bulk pack .22 LR ammo has impressed purchasers though the price works out to just $3.50 for 50 rounds — a true bargain. This high-velocity ammo delivers 1255 fps with copper-plated 40gr bullets. Actual buyer reports have been very positive: “Great .22 ammo. Good velocity and clean burning”; “Very accurate and consistent in my Ruger 10/22″; “Great price and functions well in my Buckmark”.

8. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Hand Deprimer, $34.99

frankford arsenal sale
Deprime fired cartridge brass anywhere — no press needed

Decapping brass can be a tedious, time-consuming, and messy chore. Simplify the task (and avoid messing up your reloading area) with the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Deprimer Tool. This device lets you remove spent primers anywhere — no press needed and all the mess (cups/anvils/residue) stays in the capture chamber. You can deprime cases while watching TV. This tool features a universal collet that works with all case types, along with a removable spent primer catch tube. With good leverage, this tool is easy on the hands too.

9. KYGUNCO — MXP12 Pump Shotgun w/ Accessories, $145.68

pump shotgun sale
Insanely low price for a 12 gauge defensive shotgun

Have you wanted a home defense or tactical shotgun but didn’t have the budget? Right now you can get a good 12ga pump shotgun for under $150.00! We found a fantastic deal on the Emperor Firearms MXP12 12Ga 18.5″ Pump Shotgun. Despite the ultra-low price, user reviews have been quite positive. This shotgun package even includes a tactical light and shell holder — all for under $150.

10. Amazon — Assorted Funny Gun Shirts

funny shirts sale
Good gifts for friends who enjoy shooting sports

Need modestly-priced gifts for your shooting buddies (both guys and gals)? Consider getting a gun-themed T-shirt. Amazon has a wide selection of Humorous Gun T-Shirts. With quirky prints and sassy sayings these fun and gun-friendly shirts are sure to be a hit under the tree.

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December 12th, 2022

Reloading Powder Storage — Important Guidelines to Follow

Western Powders Blog SAAMI Storage

SUMMARY: Powder can have a very long shelf life. You need to watch for changes in smell and color. A reddish tinge, almost like rust on the powder, is a bad sign, as is a foul odor, not to be confused with a normal chemical smell. Either of these signs indicate it is time to dispose of your powder by means other than shooting.

Ever wondered about the stability of the propellants in your reloading room? There are some important things you should know about powder storage, to ensure consistent powder performance and safety. Western Powders (which has been acquired by Hodgdon) published an informative Q & A series entitled Dear Labby: Questions for our Ballistics Lab . Here are some excerpts that pertain to powder storage and shelf life. Worried that your powder may be too old? Western’s experts explain how to check your propellants for warning signs.

Proper Powder Storage

Q: I live in southern Arizona where it is very hot. I am told powders will become unstable if stored in an area not air-conditioned. My wife says no powder or primers in the house. Can powder be stored in a refrigerator? What about using a fireproof safe? I would appreciate your ideas. — M.C.

Lab Answer: SAAMI guidelines are pretty clear on issues of storage. They recommend storing smokeless powder in containers that will not allow pressure to build if the powder is ignited — ruling out gun safes and refrigerators.

CLICK HERE to Read SAAMI Guidelines for Powder Storage (PDF)

In their original containers, the lifespan of smokeless powders is quite long, even in hot, arid climates. In fact the lifespan is typically longer than the average handloader would need to store them. Stored safely in a garage or outbuilding, your powder should last years. If you see the powder developing a reddish tint, or giving off a foul odor, it is time to discard it.

Clumps in Powder Container

Q: I ordered some of your Accurate 1680 powder back about in December. I just now opened it … and it is full of clumps. My knowledge tells me that means moisture. Am I wrong? I just now broke the seal and it has been stored in a ammo can with desiccant packs around it and a dehumidifier running 14-16 hours a day. I can’t imagine this being my fault, if this does indicate moisture. I don’t know if the pink part on the label is suppose to be red or not, but it is definitely pink, so if it was red I am wondering if I was shipped an old container? I hope that this isn’t bad and I am stuck with it…

Lab Answer: All powder contains a certain amount of moisture. When the powder is stored or during shipping, it can go through temperature cycles. During the cycling, the moisture can be pulled to the surface and cause clumping. Clumping can also be caused by static electricity if too dry or the powder has limited graphite content. You can break up the clumps before metering and they shouldn’t be a problem. This will not affect the powder performance, so your product is fine. Accurate 1680 labels are designed in Pink. As a side note, specification for testing powder is at 70° F and 60% humidity.

Shelf Life and Packaging Dates

Q: Does powder ever get to old to use and what identifying marks does your company put on the canister for when it is made, You have helped me out a while ago when I asked about keeping my cowboy shooting under 950 fps and it works great less stress on the hand and the recoil is very minimum. — R.B.

Lab Answer: On one pound bottles, the number is on the corner in a silver box. If the powder was poured today, it would read 012815 followed by a lot number. The whole number would look something like 012815749. Eight pound bottles have a sticker on the bottom with an obvious date code. The lot number appears above the date.

Western Powders Blog SAAMI Storage

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December 12th, 2022

FREE Christmas Tree Target for Holiday Season Shooting Fun

Sierra Christmas Tree Target

CLICK HERE for printable PDF version of this target.

NOTE: The contest is OVER, so ignore information on the PDF about submitting targets — that’s from back in 2013.

Here’s a target for the holidays that can provide some fun at the range. This Christmas Tree Target was created by Sierra Bullets for a 2013 contest. This contest is now over, but you can still have fun with the target. This tree target is designed to be shot at 15 yards with pistol, or at 100 yards with rifle.

Sierra Christmas Tree TargetSanta’s Extra Accuracy Challenge
Start with the big circles, and then work your way down to the small circles (7,8,9,10) as you build your confidence. Shoot the gifts for bonus points.

For an extra challenge (with an accurate rifle), try working your way back up to the top, aiming for the X-Marks in the circles and finishing with the small, inset star at the top. Try to hit each X-Mark and then put your final shot in the inner star. Have fun!

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