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January 9th, 2023

BargainFinder 381: 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. KYGUNCO — Rock Island Armory TM22 Rifle, $278.00

tm 22 rock island rimfire rifle .22 LR
Slick, AR-style rimfire rifle with new features

Looking to get started in NRL22 competition, or want a rimfire varmint rifle with familiar AR look and feel? Then check out the Rock Island Armory TM22. This handsome semi-auto .22 LR rimfire rig weighs 6.5 lbs. with its 18″ barrel. The modestly-priced TM22 sports an AR-type grip, commercial buffer tube adapter, top rail, and M-LOK fore-end. The rifle is set up with right-handed controls, but the TM22 can easily be modified for left-handed operation. The TM22 ships with two 10-rd aluminum magazines with aftermarket 15- and 25-round magazines available.

2. EuroOptic — Trijicon Scope Sale

trijicon scope sale
Major savings now on quality Trijicon optics

Trijicon scopes are being used by more rifle competitors and varminters/hunters because they’re great scopes for the money. If you’ve been wanting to give one a try, EuroOptic is having a major Trijicon Scope Sale with discounts up to 60%. You’ll find big discounts on FFP and SFP scope in a wide variety of power ranges and configurations — everything from AR scopes to long-range competition models.

3. Bruno Shooters Supply — Rimfire Ammo Sale

22 ammo sale
Save big bucks on case-quantity rimfire ammo

.22 LR rimfire shooting is fun, requires less barrel cleaning, and rimfire ammo is much cheaper than centerfire. If you’re getting into rimfire shooting check out Bruno’s rimfire ammo sale. You’ll find 5000-round case quantities of ELEY, Norma, and Wolf ammo at very attractive prices. In addition, individual 50ct boxes of CCI and Federal rimfire ammo are priced competitively.

4. MidwayUSA — Factory Seconds Bullet Sale (Great Prices)

blem bullet sale
Amazingly low prices on good bullets — many weights/calibers

MidwayUSA is running a great sale right now on factory second Blem Bullets. Choose tipped, BTHP, or Spire Point rifle bullets with prices as low as $0.16/bullet. There are a wide choice of rifle calibers (from .22 to .338) on sale, plus 9mm, .40, and .45 pistol bullets. The 77gr .22 Cal bullets are just $17.99/100 while 168gr .30 Cal match bullets are just $19.99/100. If you shoot CMP matches with an M1 Carbine, Garand, M1903, or M1A, these bullets will work great for practice and local matches. We can’t reveal the manufacturer but it’s one of the best.

5. Midsouth — LEE Challenger Breech Lock Kit, $144.89

lee press sale

Full reloading set-up all for less than many presses alone

Here’s a remarkable deal on the LEE Breech Lock Challenger Reloading Kit. For just $144.99 you get the Lee Breech Lock Challenger single stage press, Lee Perfect Powder Measure, Lee Safety Scale (manual), Lee Large and Small Safety Prime tools (for on-press priming), Chamfer tool, Lg/Sm Primer Pocket Cleaner, Lee Case Trimmer, Lee Cutter + Lock Stud, Powder Funnel, and even 2 oz. Resizing Case Lube. The Breech Lock Challenger press boasts a quick change die system, and spent primers conveniently eject down through a tube.

6. Amazon — Rimfire Steel Silhouette Targets, 20-pack $99.99

rimfire steel targets
Great deal on RIMFIRE silhouette steel target 20-Pack

There are few things as fun as plinking with a .22 LR Rimfire rig at steel targets. It’s fun for kids and adults alike and right now you can grab a 20-ct pack of RIMFIRE animal targets in assorted sizes and shapes. They are 1/5 size and made from A36 steel plate. IMPORTANT: These small steel targets work great for rimfire shooting, but should NEVER be used with centerfire rifle cartridges.

7. Midsouth — Lyman Case Prep Xpress Center, $142.99

lyman case prep sale
Multi-function Case Prep center at great price

The Lyman Case Prep Xpress performs a multitude of case prep functions, saving you time and effort. On sale for just $142.99 at Midsouth, this unit is a GREAT DEAL now as the same unit is $199.99 at MidwayUSA, so you save $57 bucks. The Lyman Case Prep Xpress boasts a high-torque motor with five tool stations. This allows the user to chamfer cases inside and out, brush case-necks, clean/uniform primer pockets, and ream military crimps.

8. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Quick-N_EZ Tumbler, $59.99

brass tumbler sale
Reliable vibratory tumbler with see-through lid

It’s hard to beat a good vibratory tumbler for basic brass cleaning. We like the Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ tumbler for the $59.99 price. This Frankford Arsenal unit features a unique bowl design to enhance brass agitation for faster cleaning. A clear lid allows you to watch the process. There is a convenient cord-mounted on/off switch. This tumbling machine works with both Walnut Media and Corn Cob Media.

9. Amazon — Hat Target Hangers, $24.99

hat target sale
Hat Hangers for cans are great for fun shooting

Soda cans make great fun targets. With the GoSports Outdoors Blast Hat Target Hangers 12-pack you can hang 12 oz. soda cans so you can shoot them over and over again without having to pick them up off the ground. NOTE: The $24.99 price includes 12 polymer hat hangers only, NOT the soda cans. Shoot empty cans for practice or full soda cans for foamy fun. For another $47.57 you can get a target stand kit with 12 hook fittings — just add your own 2×4 wood beams to red brackets.

10. Amazon — Eylar 53″ Tactical Case, $159.99

rifle case sale
Great price for long case with high-quality foam

Here’s a rugged, waterproof, TSA-compliant long-length hard case for just $159.99. The Eylar 53″ Tactical Slim Rifle Hard Case boasts three layers of foam: upper convoluted foam layer, second perforated pull & pluck cubed layer, and a third solid foam layer. This Eylar case meets TSA requirements, and two padlock fittings provide good security during travel. Unloaded case weight is 14.5 pounds. Inside dimensions are: 51″ Long x 11.1″ Wide — big enough to hold a long-barrel, scoped competition rifle.

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January 9th, 2023

Awesome Animation Shows Semi-Auto Pistol Firing Process

GECO Ruag Ammotec RWS ammo 3D animation video

Here’s a very cool 3D Animation showing pistol rounds being chambered and fired in a semi-auto handgun. Computer-generated graphics provide a look inside the cartridge at the moment of ignition as the primer fires and the flame front moves through the ignited powder. It’s really kind of mesmerizing. If you’ve every wondered just what happens inside your cartridges the moment that firing pin strikes, then watch this video. It has racked up 6.1 million views on YouTube with over 48,000 likes.

Watch Video to See Handgun Ammo Being Chambered and Fired:

Mute Enabled — Click Speaker Icon to Hear Audio. Firing Sequence Starts at 1:28.

GECO Ruag Ammotec RWS ammo 3D animation videoThis animated video from German ammo-maker GECO (part of the Swiss RUAG group of companies) reveals the inside of a pistol cartridge, showing jacket, lead core, case, powder and primer. Employing advanced 3D rendering and computer graphics, the video shows an X-ray view of ammo being loaded in a handgun, feeding from a magazine.

Then it really gets interesting. At 1:28 – 1:50 you’ll see the firing pin strike the primer cup, the primer’s hot jet streaming through the flash-hole, and the powder igniting. Finally you can see the bullet as it moves down the barrel and spins its way to a target. This is a very nicely-produced video. If you’ve ever wondered what happens inside a cartridge when you pull the trigger, this video shows all. They say “a picture’s worth a thousand words”… well a 3D video is even better.

GECO Ruag Ammotec RWS ammo 3D animation video

GECO Ruag Ammotec RWS ammo 3D animation video

GECO Ruag Ammotec RWS ammo 3D animation video

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January 9th, 2023

Smart Advice for Efficient and Safe Case Priming

Primer Forster Co-ax priming tool
The anvil is the tripod-shaped thin metal piece protruding above the bottom of the primer cup. Getting the primer sitting fully flush on the bottom of the case primer pocket, without crunching it too much, requires some keen feel for the progress of primer seating.

Sadly, Glen Zediker passed away in October 2020. However, his insights live on through his written works. This feature is based on Glen’s popular reloading books and his articles for the Midsouth Blog.

top grade ammo book Glen ZedikerIn two informative Midsouth Blog articles, Glen Zediker offers helpful advice on priming. First he examines what happens to the primer itself as it is seated in the cup. Glen explains why some “crush” is important, and why you never want to leave a high primer. Glen also reviews a variety of priming tools, including his favorite — the Forster Co-Ax Bench Primer Seater. Then he offers some key safety tips. Glen provides some “rock-solid” advice about the priming operation. You’ll find more great reloading tips in Glen Zediker’s popular book, Top-Grade Ammo, which we recommend.

Priming Precision vs. Speed
Glen writes: “The better priming tools have less leverage. That is so we can feel the progress of that relatively very small span of depth between start and finish. There is also a balance between precision and speed in tool choices, as there so often is.”

Benchtop Priming Tools — The Forster Co-Ax
Glen thinks that the best choice among priming options, considering both “feel” and productivity, may be the benchtop stand-alone priming stations: “They are faster than hand tools, and can be had with more or less leverage engineered into them. I like the one shown below the best because its feeding is reliable and its feel is more than good enough to do a ‘perfect’ primer seat. It’s the best balance I’ve found between speed and precision.”

Primer Forster Co-ax priming tool

Primer Forster Co-ax priming tool

Load Tuning and Primers
Glen cautions that you should always reduce your load when you switch to a new, not-yet-tested primer type: “The primer is, in my experience, the greatest variable that can change the performance of a load combination, which is mostly to say ‘pressure’. Never (never ever) switch primer brands without backing off the propellant charge and proving to yourself how far to take it back up, or to even back it off more. I back off one full grain of propellant [when I] try a different primer brand.”

Primer Forster Co-ax priming tool

Priming Safety Tips by Zediker

1. Get a good primer “flip” tray for use in filling the feeding magazine tubes associated with some systems. Make double-damn sure each primer is fed right side up (or down, depending on your perspective). A common cause of unintentional detonation is attempting to overfill a stuffed feeding tube magazine, so count and watch your progress.

2. Don’t attempt to seat a high primer more deeply on a finished round. The pressure needed to overcome the inertia to re-initiate movement may be enough to detonate it.

3. Don’t punch out a live primer! That can result in an impressive fright. To kill a primer, squirt or spray a little light oil into its open end. That renders the compound inert.

4. Keep the priming tool cup clean. That’s the little piece that the primer sits down into. Any little shard of brass can become a firing pin! It’s happened!

These Tips on Priming come from Glen’s Zediker’s excellent book Top-Grade Ammo, a great resource for precision hand-loaders. We also recommend Glen’s New Competitive AR-15: The Ultimate Technical Guide, which includes good general information on AR components and reloading.

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