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April 3rd, 2023

BargainFinder 393: 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.

1. Powder Valley — Shooter’s World Powders, $25/lb and up

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These SW powders can replace hard-to-find Varget, H4350, and more

With the popular ADI-produced Hodgdon powders — H4198, Varget, H4350, H4381sc — being in short supply, many shooters are turning to Shooters World (SW) powders. These are now available from Powder Valley and Midsouth at decent prices. For a Varget substitute, check out Shooters World Precision Rifle powder. Get 8 lbs. for $333.00 or 1 lb. for $44.00. For a slower powder there is SW 4350, with a burn rate similar to H4350 and Reloder 17. This is in stock now at Powder Valley at $344 for 8 lbs. or $45.50 for 1 pound. [NOTE: Bruno’s currently has Hodgdon H4350 1-pounders in stock at $48.50/lb — grab them while you can.] If you need a faster burn rate (similar to H4198), check out SW Tactical Rifle, a spherical powder (with H335 burn rate) that works great in .223 Rem. Available now at Powder Valley SW Tactical Rifle powder is very affordable — $195.99 for 8 lbs. and just $25.00 for one pound. Check with Midsouth for other Shooter’s World powder options in stock.

2. — Frankford Arsenal F-1 Press, $122.99

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Versatile press, good primer exit, plus built-in light

Here’s a handy, single-stage press with some cool features. The new Frankford Arsenal F-1 press has an open front for easy case placement, plus a built-in LED lamp at the top (great for inspecting cases). And after decapping, spent primers go straight down a tube into a handy, clear, twist-off catch cylinder (as on a Forster Co-Ax). We think this would be an excellent secondary press used for decapping or bullet seating. This intro price — just $122.99 at Graf & Sons — is a great deal. NOTE: This press does NOT have priming capability — you must prime cases with a separate tool. Also, the power cord for the LED light is NOT included. For more details see Frankford Arsenal F-1 Press Review.

3. MidwayUSA — Vortex 5-25x50mm and ZEISS 6-24x50mm SALE

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Great deals on two fine optics — choose FFP Vortex or SFP ZEISS

Right now you can save hundreds on two great medium-magnification optics — one from Vortex and one from ZEISS. If you want a Milrad FFP scope, consider the Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25x50mm scope for $699.00, $400 (36%) off the regular $1099.99 price. Or, if you prefer a traditional Second Focal Plane (SFP) optic with 1/4-MOA clicks, get the ZEISS Conquest V4 6-24x50mm scope for $849.99, $300 (26%) off the $1149.99 normal price. This ZEISS scope has great low-light performance, and a nice ZMOA-1 reticle — good for targets or hunting. Both these scopes get FREE shipping.

4. Lock&Loaded — 300 Rds Winchester 5.56×45 Ammo, $111.99

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Good American-made 5.56x45mm ammo with major 20% rebate

Here’s a great deal for AR15 owners. Locked&Loaded is selling 300 rounds of 55gr Winchester FMJ ammo for just $139.99. But right now Winchester is offering a 20% Off Ammo Rebate. That lowers your 300-rd price to $111.99! With the rebate, you’re paying just $0.37 (thirty-seven cents) per round — quite a deal.

5. Amazon — Dragon AR500 Steel Targets, $16.99 and Up

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Good prices on strong versatile AR500 steel gongs, 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″.

Shooting steel is fun — you get instant gratification from hearing the “clang” and seeing the gong swing. Shooting steel is also good practice for PRS/NRL events and ground-hog matches. Right now, you can get some great deals on quality AR500 steel targets. These Dragon Target Gongs start at just $16.99 for a 4″-diameter, 3/8″-thick gong. Larger 6″, 8″, 10″, and 12″ gongs are offered in 3/8″ and 1/2″ thicknesses, and a 3-pack of 8″ gongs is available. A 6″-diameter gong is $25.99 (3/8″ thick) or $32.99 (1/2″ thick). The largest 12″-diameter gong in the heavy 1/2″ thickness is $76.99. NOTE: All these Dragon gongs have a center hole allowing more hanging options.

6. SMKW — Browning .22 LR, 400 Rounds, $24.88

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Good American-made .22 LR ammo at exceptionally low price

Everyone can use some good plinking .22 LR ammo for pistol and rifle range sessions. Check out this Browning BPR .22 LR ammo with 40gr LRN bullets. You get 400 rounds for just $24.99 — the equivalent of just $3.11 per 50-ct box — a great deal! The same 400-rd box ammo sells for $38 at Bass Pro.

7. Locked & Loaded — Savage A22 FV-SR, $287.56

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Good deal on reliable, semi-auto .22 LR rimfire rifle

NRL22 and PRS 22 disciplines are America’s fastest-growing forms of rifle competitions. If you want to try your hand at NRL22 without sinking a fortune, check out the Savage A22 FV-SR now on sale for $287.56, 18% OFF. This semi-auto rifle has shown good accuracy, and it comes complete with a Picatinny rail on top. The .22 LR Savage FV-SR model upgrades the original A22 platform with a button-rifled, 16.5″ medium-contour barrel, and threaded muzzle. The A22 FV-SR features a user-adjustable AccuTrigger and reliable straight blowback semi-auto action for fast follow-up shots.

8. Creedmoor Sports — PRS/NRL Support Bags — Save 10%

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New support bags for PRS/NRL tactical competitions

Creedmoor Sports has introduced a new line-up of support bags for PRS/NRL competitors. Chose the Huggie Forend Support Bag, Freezer Support Bag, or Wingman Positional Bag, starting at $79.95 for the Huggie (or $71.96 with SAVE10 Promo Code). Now through April 3, 2023 (at 11:59 pm Central), use Code SAVE10 to save 10% on Creedmoor Sports products, including these PRS/NRL Tactical Bags, which are made in the USA at Creedmoor Sports’ Alabama headquarters.

9. Graf’s — Blue Book of AR-15s, $10.00 (57% Off)

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Save 57% on the definitive guide to AR Modern Sporting Rifles

If you own an AR-platform “modern sporting rifle”, we recommend you get this detailed print resource. With 384 pages of information, The Blue Book of AR-15s & Variations is the definitive guide to ARs. Packed with diagrams and technical information, this book provides vital maintenance tips along with guides for starting an AR project. Regularly $22.99, this book is now just $10.00 at — a real steal.

10. Amazon — Universal Gun Cleaning Kit, $39.99

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Great value for cleaning kit for pistols, rifles, and shotguns

This Universal Gun Cleaning Kit has just about everything you need to clean any firearm, all packed in a handy transport case. The kit includes jags, brushes, bore mops, slotted tips, and lots more. The fitted jags and slotted tips are made from solid brass and marked by caliber. The cleaning rods and accessory adapters are also made from brass. Included in this easy-to-carry kit are: 6 gun rods, 13 gun jags, 4 slotted tips, 9 gun mops, 14 bore brushes, 3 muzzle guards, 3 utility brushes, 3 accessory adapters, 4 polishing cloths, 100 cleaning patches, 2 oil bottles (empty), and even a gun cleaning mat. NOTE: For competition rifles, we recommend using high-quality ONE-PIECE cleaning rods.

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April 3rd, 2023

How to Pull Down Ammo Using Cam-Lock Tool with Collet

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When you make a reloading mistake, you may need to “pull down” assembled ammo. The embedded video demonstrates how to use the Hornady Cam-Lock bullet pulling system.

When Reloading Goes Bad — The Danger of Over-Charging
Our friend Gavin Gear of was recently reloading some 9mm pistol ammo with his Hornady progressive press. As part of his reloading procedure, he visually checks the cases — and he noticed that the charges seemed high. Sure enough, his most recently-produced rounds were about two grains over spec. He diagnosed the issue: “I was using a powder measure without a baffle. What happened was, over the course of the loading session, things settled in, and the charge level increased.”

Not knowing just when his powder measure started delivering too much powder, Gavin decided, for safety’s sake, to pull down all the ammo he had just reloaded. Yes that’s time-consuming, but it’s better than the alternative — having a dangerous Kaboom while shooting. With fast-burning pistol powders, a two-grain over-charge could cause a blown case, damaged firearm, and/or serious injury.

Watch Cam-Lock Bullet Puller Used to Remove Bullets from Loaded Ammo:

Use of Bullet Puller starts 4:00 minutes into video.

Gavin says it is vitally important to perform safety checks during the reloading process: “You’ve got to do it — check every single round to make sure there IS powder, and that there’s not too MUCH powder. Double, Triple, Quadruple check your components… and your powder charges. You can’t be too careful.”

To pull down a loaded round, first place the cartridge in the shellholder on your press ram. Then raise the round up into the bullet puller device installed where a die would go. The Hornady Cam-lock bullet puller works by clamping the bullet in a collet when you flip down the red-coated lever. Then, with the case held by the rim in the shell-holder, the bullet exits the cartridge as the press ram is lowered. It takes time, but it’s pretty fool-proof once you get the hang of it. This entire process is illustrated in Gavin’s video, starting near the four-minute mark.

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The Hornady Cam Lock Bullet Puller has four (4) key components: 1. Cam-Lock die body; 2. Cam-Lock lever; 3. Stem; and 4. Collet (Caliber-specific).

NOTE: In order to use this tool, you’ll need the appropriate collet for each diameter range of bullets you intend to pull. For example use collet #3 for 6mm, collect #6 for 7mm, and collet #7 for .308 Caliber.

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A good safety option for users with progressive presses is the RCBS Lock-Out Die. This has a charge detection rod that dips into each case after powder has dropped. You adjust the die to the proper charge height for your desired load. If the actual dispensed charge is too high or too low, the Lock-Out Die senses the problem and stops the press from advancing to the next case (it does this by preventing the ram/shellplate from fully elevating). We’ve used the Lock-out die with success for both pistol and rifle cartridges. It’s sensitive to about one-half grain with pistol powders.

This Lock-Out Die works with Hornady and Dillon progressives as well as with RCBS progressives. It does take up one die station on the press.

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April 3rd, 2023

Bullet Sectional Density — What You Need to Know

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by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box
All of us who have been in reloading and shooting for any period of time have read how sectional density has been regarded as a bullet’s ability to penetrate. Back before high velocity came along and modern bullet design, the easiest way to get more “power” and penetration was by increasing the diameter and mass. After all, a bowling ball will hurt more than a golf ball, right?

Let’s take a closer look at sectional density.

The formula for calculating sectional density is pretty simple and straight forward. Take the bullet weight and divide by 7000. This number is then divided by the bullet diameter squared. Two bullets of equal weight and the same diameter will have equal sectional sectional density. No regard is given to the bullet construction. This is where the fly hits the soup in considering sectional density as far as penetration is concerned.

Section Density Formula: (Bullet Weight divided by 7000) divided by Bullet Diameter squared.

Bullet construction is the biggest factor in how it is able to penetrate. The best example I can think of here is to look at the Sierra .224 55 Gr. FMJBT GameKing #1355 compared to the 55 Gr. BlitzKing #1455. Both are .224 and weigh 55 grs. Both have a sectional density of .157. But there is a huge difference in their construction. The FMJ has a thick jacket and is designed to penetrate. The BlitzKing is designed for fast and rapid expansion with little concern for how deep they will penetrate.

The next time you’re choosing a bullet, look at the construction and less at the sectional density number. It’s all about the construction anyway. If you have any questions or would like to discuss sectional density or bullet penetration further, please give us a call at 800-223-8799 or shoot us an email at

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