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February 12th, 2024

BargainFinder 438: 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. Bullet Central — Berger Bullets Promo, All Calibers

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Great bullets in stock at very competitive prices

Bullet Central has a very large selection of Berger bullets in stock right now. You’ll find great prices on match bullets in popular .224, 6mm, 6.5mm, 7mm, and .30 Calibers, starting at just $37.99 for 80gr 22-Cal VLDs. If you shoot a 6mmBR, Dasher, or 6GT, grab some 105gr Hybrid targets for $56.99. In addition, Berger hunting bullets — such as the 185gr .30-Cal Classic Hunter — are offered at good prices.

2. Natchez — Frankford Intellidropper Dispenser, $179.99

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Fast, programmable, accurate dispenser at great price

The Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper is a high-quality powder scale/dispenser. It’s accurate to +/- one-tenth of a grain, dispenses in seconds, and can be controlled by a handy mobile App that stores charge weights for different cartridges. This unit has a 7000-grain capacity with both auto and manual trickle capability. This is a fine deal now at Natchez — you save $50 (22%) off the regular $229.99 price. The same Intellidropper is currently $199.02 on Amazon.

3. Midsouth, Powder Valley, Graf’s — Rifle Primers in Stock

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Get Small Rifle Primers including popular CCI, Federal, and Remington

For the past few years, primers have been hard to find at reasonable prices. Now we are finally seeing ample inventory. Right now you can get a wide range of Rifle, Pistol and Shotshell Primers at Midsouth starting at $69.99/1000. In stock now are leading US-made brands CCI, Federal, and Remington. In addition, Midsouth has large inventories of Aguila, Fiocchi, and Unis primers. Another option are RUAG Small Rifle Primers at Powder Valley, priced at $184.99 for 2500, which works out to $75.00 per 1000. If you need large rifle primers, Graf’s has Unis Ginex large rifle, 5000 for $535.00.

4. CDNN Sports — Winchester Wildcat with Optic, $229.99

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Fun rimfire rifle complete with optic — good owner reviews

Here is a fun little semi-auto .22 LR rifle at a crazy low price — $229.99 complete with a mounted Red Dot Reflex optic. The Winchester Wildcat takes Ruger 10/22 mags, and has some great features, such as field-removable lower receiver, ambidextrous controls, integral Picatinny rail, and rear barrel access. It has a good trigger and shoots well. In many respects the Wildcat beats the Ruger 10/22 while costing a lot less. If you don’t need the optic, you can get a basic Wildcat for $219.99 with Strata camo stock or $234.99 with Strata camo stock and threaded barrel.

5. Amazon — HQ Issue TSA-Approved Rifle Case, $109.99

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Very rugged, full-featured TSA-approved roller case

Whether flying or just transporting your rifles to the range it’s important to protect them with a rugged, quality gun case. The solidly-built HQ Issue 41″ Tactical Rifle Case (#ad) meets all the TSA requirements and can withstand tough treatment. Offered in Flat Dark Earth (tan), this waterproof case has rollers to ease movement through the airport. Handy pick-n-pluck foam allows a secure custom fit for your firearms. NOTE: This case is 41″ overall so it will NOT fit long-barrel competition rifles unless the action is separated from the stock/chassis. For larger rifles, one good option is the Eylar 53″ Protective Roller Rifle Hard Case priced at $199.99.

6. Palmetto SA — AR15 Complete Stealth Lower (Blem), $139.99

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GREAT deal on complete lower with full trigger group and adjustable stock

With changes to Federal law looming on the horizon, it may be wise to get your Black Rifle now. Here is a great deal on a complete lower with stock. The PSA AR-15 MOE Stealth Lowers include full installed trigger group, plus a nice, adjustable MagPul MOE buttstock. The prices are super low because these “blem” lowers may have a small scratch or blemish somewhere. Get the Black Stealth AR Lower for $139.99 or select the Flat Dark Earth AR Lower for $149.99.

7. Bass Pro — 9mm FMJ Pistol Ammo, $0.30/Rd ($14.99/50)

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Very good prices on good quality 9mm FMJ ammunition

Need 9mm ammo for practice or action pistol competition? Right now Bass Pro has some great deals on good quality, brass-cased FMJ 9mm Luger ammunition. Choose CCI 124gr FMJ at $14.99/50rds, Winchester 115gr FMJ at $14.99/50rds, or Herters 115gr FMJ at $26.99 for 100 rounds.

8. Midsouth — SnapSafe TrekLite TSA Pistol Lock Box, $29.99

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Good, lightweight pistol box for travel — TSA approved lock

When traveling by air with a handgun, the pistol must be in a case with a TSA-approved lock. The Snapsafe Treklite XL Lock Box complies with TSA rules. It will hold two compact pistols or one larger pistol with magazing (which must be UNLOADED). Made with a strong polycarbonate case, This lightweight (2.2 lb) lock box is one-third the weight of a steel box. Right now the Treklite XL FDE Lock Box is just $29.99 at Midsouth, 25% OFF the regular price.

9. Amazon — KUBEI USB Rechargeable Digital Scale, $24.99

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Compact scale with USB-rechargeable battery at great price

Everyone can use an inexpensive, compact scale for loading at the range or sorting bullets or maybe even primers. One very affordable option KUBEI USB Rechargeable Digital Scale (#ad). Unlike most other inexpensive digital scales, this comes with a large dust cover with a “window” for your powder pan. Notably, this scale can be conveniently recharged with a standard USB cable — no batteries to replace ever! We have heard positive reports from Forum members about this $24.99 portable scale, which offers 9 types of weight units, calibration weight, and fold-down protective lid.

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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February 12th, 2024

How Barrel Velocity Can Increase after First 100-150 Rounds

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Editor: Many new barrels will deliver higher velocities with the same load after 100-150 rounds through the bore. The exact reasons for this speed-up are not 100% certain, and velocity increases (if any) will vary from one barrel to the next. But this “speeding up” phenomenon is common, so be prepared if this happens with your next barrel. If you do experience a significant velocity increase you should probably re-tune your load AFTER the velocity stabilizes at the higher level.

From the Sierra Bullets Blog
Article by Mark Walker, Sierra New Product Development Director
In a previous post, I discussed a couple of methods to tune a load to your barrel to help achieve the best accuracy possible. People most often work on load tuning if they get a new rifle or have a different barrel installed. In both instances, the barrel is new and has not been fired very much. According to most competitive shooters, this is the most accurate your barrel will ever be, so getting it tuned and shooting accurately is a priority.

The Speed Up Phenomenon After 100-150 Rounds
Even though after you work up a load and your new barrel is shooting great, a lot of shooters notice that at around 100 to 150 rounds their rifle may stop shooting as accurately. I had this happen to a rifle and I was confused as to why something that worked so well to begin with would all of a sudden quit shooting. I decided to break out the chronograph to do another load work up to see what was going on. To my surprise, the velocity had increased around 80 fps over the original velocity! After performing another ladder test and adjusting the seating depth, the rifle was once again shooting well.

There are several thoughts on why this may happen, however, you can rest assured that it does happen. One thought is that as the barrel breaks in, the tooling marks in the throat of the chamber smooth out and allow less resistance to the bullet as it exits the bore thereby increasing speed. Another idea is that the throat area starts to get a little rough which in turn causes more resistance which increases pressure and therefore more velocity. I’m sure there are some out there who have a better understanding as to why this happens, but it can definitely affect the accuracy of your rifle. So be aware and never be afraid to rework a load to keep your rifle in tune.

Experts Confirm That Barrel Speed-Up Is Common
Barrel Velocity Increase Sierra Bullets Blog Speedy Gonzalez Jim SeeTwo respected shooters have observed an increase in velocity with new barrels, typically after 100 rounds. Gunsmith and Hall-of-Fame benchrest shooter Thomas “Speedy” Gonzalez has documented barrel speed-up with testing. Moreover, Speedy’s bore-scope barrel inspections revealed a smoothing of the barrel lands. Jim See, a top PRS competitor, has encountered barrel speed-up many times. Accordingly, he re-tunes his load at 150 rounds.

“Alex Lipworth and I documented this phenomenon about four years ago and I have told all my customers about this. My son Mikee would shoot 100 rounds through all new barrels we planned on shooting before we would begin to do load development. We had a shooting snail that caught all the bullets set up in front of an indoor bench. We called it a wear-in process because upon careful examination of the bore when the ‘Speed Up’ takes place the cut-rifled bore resembles that more of a button-rifled barrels with the lands taking on more the softer look of a buttoned bore.” — Speedy Gonzalez

“Seen it [barrel velocity increase] too many times to count. All my match barrels get a ‘generic round’ loaded for them, which has worked well in barrels historically. After I hit 150 rounds I fine-tune the load and never look back, until the tube starts to slow down at it’s life end.” — Jim See

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February 12th, 2024

Jumbo Cool-Looking Playing Card Targets — FREE Download

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Let’s face it, shooting the same bullseye or grid targets over and over again can get boring. Here’s a unique set of Playing Card Targets, courtesy of the NRA. With very cool graphics and a page-filling design, these eye-catching targets can work both indoors and outdoors.

At 100 yards, these are fun scoped rifle targets — you can aim at the small circles or dots on each target. Indoors, with a pistol, just aim for the larger graphic elements, such as the red hearts or black diamonds. If you have access to a color printer, these targets look great.

The NRA Blog published this nice set of super-sized playing card targets. These boast a variety of aiming points (large and small) so they work well for rifles as well as pistols. On the Queen of Diamonds, aim for the large bull-style designs in the “red zone” or aim for the smaller dots on the periphery. For a real challenge, try to shoot each one of the 26 small red diamonds in the curved, central white stripes.

On the Five of Clubs target, you can aim for the smaller club symbols, or shoot for the orange, purple, and green “dripping paint” bulls in the large, central club. The Ace of Spades target offers a colored bullseye in the center, plus a very small bullseye in the letter “C”. That should provide extra challenge for those of you with very accurate rifles. Enjoy these targets.

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