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September 11th, 2023

BargainFinder 416: 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. MidwayUSA — Savage Axis XP with Weaver Scope, $429.99

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Hunting season is here — great hunting rifle value

Here’s a great deal on a rugged, camo-stocked Savage XP rifle complete with 3-9x40mm Weaver optic. Right now the Axis XP in 6.5 Creedmoor is just $429.99 on SALE with camo stock. Four other popular chamberings — .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield — are $449.99. This is a heck of a hunting rifle for under $450.00. Other chamberings, priced a bit higher, include .243 Win, .25-06, .270 Win, and 7mm-08. The Savage Axis XP is also available with a plain black stock, usually for significantly less money. For example the black .308 Win Axis XP is just $389.99, while the camo version is $449.99.

2. EuroOptic — Leica Laser Rangefinder Sale

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Major savings on top-quality laser rangefinders

With their outstanding range and precision, Leica laser rangefinders are some of the best you can buy. Leica LRFs are prized by hunters and competitors everywhere. We found the Leica CRF series of rangefinders on sale at EuroOptic. With this September sale, this is a great opportunity to save $100-$200 on a top-tier LRF. Some of these Leica units also have software connectivity. At $699.99 ($100 off), the Leica Rangemaster CRF is a great deal right now.

3. Midsouth — Labradar Finally Back in Stock, $624.99

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Superior advanced radar chronograph used by champions, now in stock

Labradar chronographs are used by top benchrest, F-Class, and ELR competitors. Labradars provide precise bullet speed measurements, with no need to go downrange, or attach a large barrel fixture that could affect POI or accuracy. For many months Labradars have been hard to get. Thankfully, Midsouth has just received some of the latest-generation Labradars. Get one now at $624.99 at Midsouth before they sell out.

4. Frankford Arsenal — Universal Seating Die, $59.15

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Great user reviews for this versatile die with 9 caliber sleeves

Are you tired of buying multiple seating dies for all your cartridges? Then check out the Frankford Arsenal Universal Seating die. It works with .224 to .338 caliber bullets. This kit includes 9 bullet alignment sleeves, 3 VLD bullet seating stems, and a molded storage case.

5. Amazon — RCBS Brass Boss, $199.99

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This reliable unit does multiple tasks very well — $174.99 with Rebate

Speed up your case prep with the RCBS Brass Boss. This versatile device features six variable-speed, rotating stations that can fully prepare brass for reloading (after the brass is trimmed to length). The Brass Boss includes tools for all six stations: an inside VLD chamfering tool, outside deburring tool, primer pocket cleaner (small/large), military crimp remover (small/large), primer pocket uniformer (small/large), case neck brushes (four diameters) and a tub of dry case neck lubricant. NOTE: The Brass Boss qualifies for a $25.00 RCBS Rebate through 9/20/2023, so your net cost is $174.99.

6. Bullet Central — SK Rimfire Ammunition In Stock

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Major savings on very good rimfire ammo by Lapua sister company

SK rimfire ammunition offers great performance for the price. SK .22 LR ammo shot very accurately in our test rifles. Now at Bullet Central you’ll find ample SK rimfire ammo in stock including Rifle, Pistol, Standard and more. NOTE: Bullet Central has no quantity limits, so you can buy as much as you want. This is a good choice for NRL22 competition.

7. Creedmoor Sports — Know Your Limits Target Plate, $89.95

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Clever training plate — great for rimfire NRL22 and PRS

This Creedmoor Sports Inverted Know Your Limits (KYL) Target offers a unique shooting experience. The goal is to put your shots INSIDE each hole in the steel plate. Made from laser-cut 3/8″ AR500 steel plate, this target handles both rimfire and centerfire cartridges. The target, which can be set up horizontally or vertically, has 7 circles which range from 2.0″ to 0.5″ in diameter. Start with the biggest hole and then work your way down. It’s fun and challenging. Failure to go through the circle or an edge shot can be easily identified visually and by the “ping” this target makes.

8. Amazon — Caldwell Stinger Rest, $86.10

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Good, stable rest for sighting-in hunting rifles

Hunting season is here. The Caldwell Stinger Shooting Rest is an affordable one-piece rest that’s great for sighting-in hunting rifles. The heavy-duty metal frame provides good, solid support. Elevation is easily adjustable, and twin handy, cam-locks allow the Stinger’s front support to slide forward or backwards to match your rifle’s fore-arm dimensions.

9. Midsouth — Lyman 45-Piece Gunsmith Tool Kit, $39.59

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Excellent, versatile tool kit for multiple gun maintenance tasks

Having the right tools to work on your firearms is critical to prevent damage and ensure they’re safe to operate. A great kit to get started with is the Lyman 45-piece Lyman tool kit. This the key tools needed to perform a host of gunsmithing tasks. With this Lyman tool kit, you get a nice fitted cases which contains ALL the following: standard type screwdriver handle, ratcheting handle, 34 individual cross tip, flat tip, and Allen bits, an extension, a #1 and #2 cross tip long bit, three pin punches, a Glock front sight bit, and a Weaver scope ring bit.

10. Palmetto SA — Walker’s Muffs + Safety Glasses, $15.99

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Killer deal on hearing and eye protection combo

Is it time to replace your hearing and eye protection? Or perhaps you could use an extra set for friends? Check out this Walker’s Ultra Slim Muff & Glasses Combo. You get good quality 27dB NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) muffs AND a set of ANSI Z87.1-rated shooting glasses — all for just $15.99. That’s a great price for essential safety items. Shooters should always have both eye and ear protection whenever at the range.

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September 11th, 2023

Live, Loaded Round Stuck in Chamber — Be Safe, Not Sorry

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What would you do if you had a LIVE Round stuck in a chamber? Well, don’t hammer a wood dowel in the barrel, that’s for sure. Here is a tale of stupidity that could have injured the rifle owner. This account appeared on the Facebook Page of Brock & Norris Custom Rifles, a gunsmith shop in the United Kingdom.

Live, Loaded Round Stuck in Chamber — What NOT to Do!

Commentary by gunsmith Mike Norris
Here is a cautionary tale. A client came into the workshop with a problem which could have had very serious [even deadly] consequences. And it is not the first time we have seen this. Firing neck-sized-only ammunition, the client attempted to load a round which then jammed solid in the chamber. The bolt would not close and the round was unable to be extracted.

The problem was compounded by various attempts to push the loaded round from the chamber with cleaning rods and the assistance of a hammer (I kid you not!). All of which damaged the bore and the crown, culminating in a wooden dowel being hammered into the barrel which subsequently broke off in the bore. The end result was a barrel that was totally wrecked.

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One Facebook friend posted: “Fortunate avoidance of a ‘Darwin Award’. I can hear it: ‘Go on hammer the bolt, she’ll go!’. We’re missing a ‘face palm’ emoji here.”

The Problem Started with a Neck-Sized Case
The moral of this story is DO NOT NECK SIZE cases. Mike advises: “Full-length size cases correctly. You only move the shoulder back 1 to 1.5 thousandths and the case will feed and extract EVERY TIME. Yes you will have to trim cases occasionally but it is one hell of a site cheaper and safer than jamming a live round in the barrel and wrecking the barrel trying to remove it. Not to mention the risk to life and limb!”

What Should Have Been Done in this Situation?
Mike was asked the best method for removing a stuck round. He stated: “The Grease Gun Method on a threaded barrel works*. However, in this case, this was not remotely possible due to 20 inches of wooden dowel being broken off in the bore as well. The live round (yes it was live!) was attempted to be removed by hammering on a brass cleaning rod (an actual hammer was used) to try to dislodge it. That brass rod broke, so then a wooden dowel was employed, and THAT broke as well.”

Mike cautions that, when a live, loaded round is involved you must be very careful: “Do not be taking chances with your own safety or others around you. When it is safe to do so, get the rifle to a professional. By the way he WILL [chide you] for being daft in the first place and then bringing the problem into his premises. Expect to be charged for the expertise to remove said obstruction, In the past I even had a client send me a loading die with a live .338 Lapua round in it through the Post no less!”

* This YouTube Video shows the successful removal of a jammed FIRED (not live) case from an AR15 barrel. You can see the fired case eject at 15:35 time-mark, after the primer pops out first. But note, this was NOT a live, loaded round. Extreme caution must be excercised with live rounds.

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September 11th, 2023

Prepare for Fall Hunts with FREE Game Silhouette Targets deer buck bullseye sight-in target

Hunting season is here. It’s time to sight-in those deer rifles, check the optics, and make sure you’re ready to go. We know some hunters might enjoy shooting game profile targets when at the range for the sight-in process. To that end, here are six animal profile targets from Gun.Deals. Right-click any target to download the printable PDF file, designed to print to standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper. All these targets include entry boxes for Shooter Name, Score, Range (distance), and Date.

Deer Targets with Center Hit Zones
Gun.Deals offers two different deer targets, both free to download. We prefer the standing buck with target ring in center mass (left below). Hit the red “10” for maximum points. You can also use this target for rimfire fun practice. NOTE: On the first target, the bullseye is centered in the graphic. This is NOT the optimal hit location for most game animals, which varies by species. Use these targets for general practice, but in the field, aim for the critical hit zone. deer buck bullseye sight-in target deer buck leaper sight-in target

Bear Targets with Center Bulls
Few of us have actually encountered large bears in the wild. But if you do… it can be scary. Work on your bear recognition skills with these two targets, a standing bear, and a bear horizontal profile. bear sight-in target bear sight-in target

Sight-In Target and Bullseye Target
Courtesy of Gun.Deals, we’ve also included a conventional bullseye and a sight-in target. You can augment that sight-in sheet with neon orange Birchwood-Casey Target Spots if you want multiple aim points. A target pack with 160 1.5″ Target Dots is just $4.49 at Amazon. sight-in target bullseye target
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