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March 27th, 2023

Bargain Finder 392: 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 — Emperor Firearms SR5 12ga Shotgun, $209.99

12ga 12 gauge semi-auto tactical defense shotgun Kygunco emperor arms
Amazing deal — save $190 on semi-auto home defense 12 gauge shotgun

Need a home defense gun? Well, here’s a steal of a deal — get an impressive 12 gauge auto-loading (semi-auto) defensive shotgun for just $209.99. The Emperor Firearms 12ga SR5 features tactical sights, forearm accessory rail, and a 5+1 capacity.

2. Powder Valley — Ginex Small Rifle Primers, $79.00 per 1000

small rifle primer sale
Very affordable primers — save $20-$30 per 1000

If you need primers but don’t want to break the bank check out these Unis Ginex small rifle primers. Users report dependable ignition and good performance. These Unis Ginex primers have received good reviews from verified purchasers, and they cost less than nearly all other small rifle primers on the market. NOTE: For this deal there is a case quantity minimum of 5000 primers.

3. MidwayUSA — Texas Star Target, $199.99

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Fun, rotating interactive target, now $100 OFF

Here’s a great interactive target for fun at the range — and right now it’s $100 off! The Birchwood Casey Texas Star Target features five plates made from tough AR500 steel. The 48″-tall Texas Star Target is a rotating target system for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. When one of the five, 6″ AR500 plates is hit, the star rotates. The target, which spins on industrial, greaseable bearings, can be disassembled easily for convenient transport. The Texas Star’s metal components feature a durable black powder coating.

4. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Spring Optics Sale

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Great deals on Vortex and Leupold scopes, spotters, rangefinders

Have you been hunting for a new scope, laser rangefinder, or spotting scope? Head over to Sportsman’s Warehouse for the Spring OPTICS SALE. With leading brands such as Leupold, Vortex, and SIG Sauer being heavily discounted, you can grab the new optics you need AND save money.

5. Amazon — BOG Clamping Tripod, $161.45

rifle bipod sale
Excellent, rugged clamping tripod for hunters and tactical shooters

Taking stable and safe shots while standing can be a struggle without the right gear. Whether for hunting, PRS, or target shooting, consider the BOG DeathGrip Aluminum Tripod. This tripod features a 3-position leg lock for prone, kneeling, sitting, or standing positions. The clamping section at the top holds the rifle securely. This tripod features an adjustment knob allowing up to 25 degrees of tilt adjustment and the tripod can pan 360 degrees. And the clamping head has a tension control that provides a secure grip. For a bit more money ($181-$184), BOG offers this same clamping tripod with high quality Realtree Escape Camo and Realtree Mossy Oak Camo finishes.

6. Natchez — March Madness Sale, Frankford Arsenal

frankford arsenal sale
Big sale with lots of good discounts

Frankford Arsenal offers an extensive line of reloading equipment — tumblers, priming tools, powder dispensers, case prep centers and more. You’ll find a huge selection of Frankford Arsenal gear on SALE this week at Natchez. Save up to 15% on nearly everything Frankford Arsenal makes, including the excellent Priming Tool, Intelli-Dropper, and Case Prep Center.

7. Amazon — Caldwell Stinger Rest, $95.09

rifle rest sale
Good choice for sighting-in hunting rifles — big savings right now

The Caldwell Stinger Rest is a good platform for sighting-in hunting rifles. Plus it also works great as a rifle holder for cleaning chores. Now just $95.09 on sale, the Caldwell Stinger Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shooting Rest is a great value. With a “no wobble” rack and pinion front elevation system, cam-over front rest locks, rigid steel tube frame, and rear fine elevation adjustment, this rest provides a solid platform. And with open-center, dual frame design, this Stinger Rest works with ARs and lever action guns.

8. EuroOptic — Beretta Cx4 Storm 9mm carbine, $549.00

beretta 92 rifle sale
9x19mm carbines are becoming very popular, and this is a quality rig

The Beretta Cx4 Storm 92 Carbine is a compact, ergonomic carbine with many good features. This 9mm Luger (9x19mm) carbine features a 16.6″ barrel and a Picatinny rail for optics. The pistol caliber Beretta Cx4 Storm 92 carbine accepts Beretta 92 handgun magazines — a big plus. That way Beretta pistol owners can use the same ammunition and magazines for both their handgun and rifle. That makes for more fun at the range.

9. Mile-High Shooting — Fix It Sticks AR15 Kit, $96.00

fix it sticks sale
If you shoot an AR often, you shoot definitely get this tool kit

If you own an AR, you need the right tools. One of the best AR tool kits is the Fix It Sticks AR15 Field Maintenance Kit, now on sale for $96.00. This kit is out-of-stock elsewhere so grab one while you can. The Fix It Sticks AR15 Maintenance Kit includes a wide selection of drivers and accessories expressly made for ARs. And this Kit includes the All-In-One Torque Driver that can tension key parts such as scope mounts to the correct torque levels.

10. Amazon — Safety Shooting Eye Protection, $12.49

shooting glasses sale
Superb, well-fitting eye protection at a great price

Every shooter needs high-quality eye protection, which should be used EVERY time one goes to the range. If you need new shooting eyewear, check out these SolidWork shooting glasses for just $12.49. These feature rugged frames and comfortable padding for the nose and temples. Strong and tough, these shooting glasses are USA ANSI Z87+ rated and German DIN EN 166/EN 170 certified. These shooting glasses feature Anti-Scratch, Anti-Fog, and Anti-Glare coatings: “Due to the special coatings, our protective eyewear is highly scratch-resistant, will not fog up, and will protect against harmful UV rays.”

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March 20th, 2023

BargainFinder 391: 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. EuroOptic — Sako S20 Close-out Sale, Save $400-$600

Sako s20 clearance sale discount eurooptic
Save HUNDREDS on outstanding SAKO S20 rifles, multiple calibers

The SAKO S20 is a truly outstanding hunting rifle. It offers a smooth action, great trigger, excellent accuracy, and a convertible stock. Right now at EuroOptic you can save $400-$600 on a new SAKO S20 in a variety of popular chamberings. 15 different caliber/stock combinations are on sale, with discounts from $450-$600. Shown above are six notable deals, but there are many more. CLICK HERE to see all S20 Close-out offerings.

2. Midsouth — Hornady Press Kit, $319.99 w/ 500 FREE Bullets

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Great Deal — Save $80 on complete reloading kit

Here’s an excellent reloading package with everything you need to start handloading cartridges. And right now you can save 21%. With this Hornady Lock N Load Deluxe Classic Reloading kit you get the Classic single-stage press, powder measure with stand, digital scale, hand priming tool, OAL gauge tool, calipers, loading block, bullet release “hammer”, powder trickler, funnel, chamfer/debur tool, shellholder pack, die bushings, lock rings, Hornady Reloading Manual and much more. Folks, this is a great bargain at $319.99! The same Hornady L-N-L Classic Press Kit is $369.97 on Amazon, fifty bucks more. Plus you get 500 Free bullets from Hornady with the purchase of this kit.

3. Brownells — Rock Chucker Reloading Kit, $269.99 with CODE

Deals of Week RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Kit
Kit includes press, powder measure, scale, manual and many tools

Here’s a great starter kit for any reloader, with sturdy items — such as the Rock Chucker Supreme press — that will last a lifetime. Everything you see above can be yours for just $319.99. And, with discount code “MARCH50″ you can save another $50, for a net price of just $269.99. That makes this Kit an absolute steal! The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit includes Rock Chucker Supreme Press, Primer Tool, Scale, Powder Measure, Loading Tray, Reloading Manual and more. Be sure to use the “MARCH50″ Code during checkout to lower your net cost to $269.99, making this one of the best deals of the year.

4. Winchester Wildcat with Optic, $244.99 with Rebate

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Fun rimfire rifle complete with optic — rebate through 3/26/23

Here is a fun little semi-auto .22 LR rifle at a crazy low price — $244.99 complete with a mounted Red Dot Reflex Site. That includes a $25 factory rebate — the list price is $269.99. The Winchester Wildcat takes Ruger 10/22 mags, and has some great features, such as field-removable lower receiver, ambidextrous controls, integral Picatinny rails, 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. The lower receiver assembly is easily removed from the upper assembly by pushing a button — no tools required. If you don’t need the optic, you can get a basic Wildcat for $214.99 after rebate ($239.99 regular price).

Winchester Rebate: Purchase any Winchester Wildcat rifle and get $25 back via mail-in rebate. Offer valid February 23 through March 26, 2023. Go to

5. KYGUNCO — M&P Shield EZ or M&P9 M2.0 Laser/Light Shield

Smith wesson S&W 9mm shield ez compact .380 factory rebate
S&W carry pistols Shield EZ and M2.0 with laser/light option, $75 Rebates

KYGUNCO is running some great S&W Pistol deals this week. When you combine KYGUNCO’s price reductions with the current S&W $75 factory rebates, you can save over $120.00. Here are two impressive 9mm pistol options. We like the 9mm Shield EZ for $449.00 or just $374.00 after $75.00 S&W Rebate. Or get the 9mm Shield compact with Green Laser/Light combo for $423.87, or just $348.87 after rebate. That’s a very nice carry gun.

6. Brownells — Tax Time Bipod Sale

tax scope sale
Major savings on wide selection of big brand optics

Now through mid-April, Brownells is featuring a large selection of bipods from four leading brands: Harris, Magpul, Accu-Tac, Atlas, and MDT. You’ll find special sales on some bipods, and a wide selection of options for others. If you need a new bipod for your tactical, hunting, or varminting rifle, check out these offerings at Brownells.

7. Graf’s — Sightron SIII LR 6-24x50mm, $849.99 (23% Off)

sightron 6-24x50mm varmint scope
Major savings on wide selection of big brand optics

This is a great scope for varmint rifles. It has an MOA-2 reticle that allows easy hold off. Because it is Second Focal Plane, the reticle doesn’t enlarge with magnification so you are not obscuring small critters at distance. This scope features Sightron’s unique ExacTrack windage and elevation adjustment system, and it has a rock-solid warranty. For a SFP varmint scope, this would be one of our top choices. And now you can get significant savings at This scope is now $849.99 on sale, a 23% savings. The same scope sells for $1099.99 elsewhere. If you often shoot in low light, there is a also a fully illuminated 6-24x50mm Sightron SIII with the MOA-H reticle for $999.99.

8. EuroOptic — Leica 6X Zoom Scopes, 40-42% Off

Great deal on superb long-range hunting/varminting scopes

Here are two very high-quality Leica riflescopes at big discounts. These are SFP optics with 0.1 Milrad clicks. With an amazing 6X zoom ration, there is a huge field of view at the 2.5X base magnification. Then you have 15X on the other end for long shots. The 56mm objective version is now $919.99 on sale, a 42% savings off the $1599.99 price, while the version with a 50mm objective is $899.99, a 40% discount off the regular $1499.99 price. With these deals you can save over $600 — enough to buy a rifle.

9. Amazon — H&B Ultrasonic Heated Cleaning Machine, $84.48

lyman sonic cleaner
Excellent scope for varminters and grounghog matches

Looking to clean your brass and/or gun parts? The H&B Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine is a bargain at just $84.48 on Amazon. This unit features a heated tank for cleaning of cartridge brass and metal parts. The ultrasonic cavitation lifts and dissolves carbon, dirt, and any residue left on fired cases. Chose cycles from 90 to 480 seconds. Not only can you clean brass, but this unit can clean pistol slides, magazines, jewelry, and silverware. Note: This unit, an “Amazon Choice” with 84% 4- or 5-star reviews, is nearly identical to the unit Lyman has sold for $120+.

10. MidwayUSA — Real Avid AR-15 Cleaning Kit with Mat, $28.22

avid AR5 ar-15 cleaning kit mat tool kit sale
Great accessory for AR15s, cleaning kit and mat with diagrams

We can recommend the Real Avid AR-15 Cleaning Kit/Smart Mat for all AR owners. This includes a large, padded, oil-resistant mat with printed AR parts diagrams and a built-in parts tray. The tool kit, in zippered pouch, has key tools needed to disassemble and clean your AR. The kit also includes the Real Avid Field Guide. At $28.22, this combo set costs less than the Real Avid Cleaning Kit by itself.

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March 19th, 2023

Sunday GunDay: IWA Outdoors Classics 2023 — Euro SHOT Show

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The IWA Outdoor Classics, aka the “Euro SHOT Show”, took place in Germany earlier this month. This show, the largest gun/hunting/outdoors trade show in Europe, ran for four days, March 2-5, 2023, in Nuremberg, Germany. Approximately 1,100 exhibitors attracted 34,000 visitors from 119 countries. With those numbers, the IWA Outdoor Classics ranks second only to the USA’s SHOT Show as a global trade show for shooting, hunting, and outdoor activities. This bodes well for IWA Outdoor Classics, which marks its 50th anniversary next year in 2024.

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Legendary American Shooter Meets VIPs at IWA Show

There were quite a few notable American shooters at the IWA Show in Germany. Here, at the Mossberg booth, legendary pistol and rifle competitor Jerry Miculek meets with Roland Weigert, Bavaria’s State Secretary for Economic Affairs.

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Feinwerkbau 900 Competition Air Rifle

Feinwerkbau 900
feinwerkbau 900

German gunmaker Feinwerkbau GmbH displayed a variety of Olympic-grade target rifles, including this impressive Model 900 with aluminum stock. The maker states: “Quality components come together to form a high-precision sporting rifle and a multitude of adjustment options ensure optimum ergonomics. The maintenance-free pressure reducer has been redesigned for even smoother system operation and ensures significantly reduced noise during firing. The optimized system bedding with double barrel clamping ensures highly precise groupings. This results in a new pace setter in the match air rifle sector.” The 900 Aluminum model is available in silver or black as standard, and, in addition, the model can be customized in 13 special colors for an additional charge.

Jumbo Display Bullets from Sax Munitions

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Bullet and ammunition manufacturer Sax Munitions GmbH, had an eye-catching display of super jumbo-sized bullets. Just what you’d need to hunt a Dinosaur in Jurassic Park.

There were many innovative optics on display, such as this ATN ThOR LT day/night thermal rifle scope.

Mauser K98 Stock from Pro Mag | Archangel

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Do you have an old Mauser K98 that you’d like to modernize with a more ergonomic stock for hunting and fun competition? Well ProMag Industries has you covered. This polymer stock fits the classic K98 Mauser, and variants including German K-98s, Czech VZ-24, Yugo 48 / 48a, and Turkish. The stock is made from high strength carbon fiber and glass-reinforced black polymer. Actions are secured with precision-fit, inlet steel pillar bedding with free-floated barrel channel. Length of pull is thumbwheel-click-adjustable from 13.5″ to 14.25″. This ProMag K98 stock is offered in black (as shown), desert tan, and olive drab colorsl. This modern stock design lists for just $185.99 MSRP.

Chayeh Z20 — New Straight-Pull Hunting Rifle

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The Chayeh Z20 from Liwa Arms in Slovakia is a new, straight-pull, bolt-actuated hunting rifle with five-round magazine. The maker states that the Chayeh Z20 is “accurate, safe, fast and reliable rifle with high-end finish for a very surprising price.” The Z20 is currently available in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester with three different barrel lenghts and various stock designs.

Walther LP 500 Competition Air Pistols

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walther rifle pistol carl lp 500 air pistol competition IWA 2023

Along with a variety of rimfire and centerfire rifles and pistols, Walther showcased its impressive LP 500 air pistol. This beautifully balanced and very ergonomic air pistol is used by top competitors in ISSF 10-meter air pistol events.

ISSC SPA Hunter Toggle-Action Rimfire Rifle

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We like toggle-link actions. Originally developed for biathlon rifles where rapid cycling (with minimal rifle movement) is critical, toggle-link actions are now available for rimfire sport and hunting rifles. We were impressed with the ISSC toggle-link action rifle, displayed by the Waffen-Pfandleihhaus group at the IWA show. This ISSC SPA Hunter rifle features a nice wood stock and is offered in three (3) rimfire chamberings: .17 HMR, .22 LR, and .22 WMR. We’d like one of these rigs for ground squirrel safaris.

Classic Wood Stock on Modern Air Rifle — HM1000

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The HM1000 from Rapid Air Weapons derives it’s linage from the Theoben Rapid 7. Featuring many of the same design cues, the HM (Hunting Model) departs from its family history with such features as side lever cocking, an on-board manometer, an easy access Foster-style fill adapter and fully regulated design. This Hunting model offers a very handsome, high-grade would stock. The fit and finish of this rifle is matched by high standards for accuracy and reliability.

Mini Spotting Scope from Noblex

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There are times when you want something steadier and more powerful than binoculars, but you don’t want a massive, heavy spotting scope that might weigh 6 pounds or more. The European optics company Noblex offers a very lightweight (18.7 ounce) 6-24x50mm Mini Spotting Scope. We think many hunters and varmint shooters could use a product like this. Small and light (at just 1.17 pounds), it is also very affordable, with a $419.00 MSRP.

BONUS BLADES — IWA Knife Spotlight

Along with the many pistols, rifles, optics, and accessories displayed at the 2023 IWA show in Germany, there was a special award program for knives. Here are two of the award-winning blades at the IWA Knife Award Ceremony.

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iwa knife knives blades awards ceremony

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March 16th, 2023

Cold-Weather Coyote Load-Out from Vortex

Vortex scope rangefinder coyote load-out gear blog Bill Krivanek

The Vortex Blog contains an interesting article featuring recommended gear for a coyote hunting trip in late winter/early spring. This Vortex article covers all the items you’ll need: rifle, optics, shooting sticks, insulated clothing, Laser Rangefinder, game calls, carry packs and more.

In the article intro, Vortex notes: “Winter snow and cold temps don’t get Vortex’s Bill Krivanek down. In fact, quite the opposite. This time of year, he’s fired up about calling coyotes and putting a little fur on the ground. “There’s so much to love about these crafty critters”, said Bill. “They nearly always have the advantage. When you get one to come in to shooting range, you’ve really accomplished something. It’s as exciting as hunting gets.” Click the links below for more information about the Vortex Scope and Rangefinder used by Krivanek.

Complete Gear List for Cold Weather Hunting

A. Gloves
B. Milwaukee 2103 Headlamp
C. King’s Camo Snow Shadow®, Insulated Bibs
D. King’s Camo Snow Shadow®, Insulated Jacket
E. Vanguard Scout B62 Bipod
F. Knit Hat
G. Vortex Viper HD3000 Laser Rangefinder
H. FOXPRO® Shockwave Electronic Game Call

I. Open Reed & Closed Reed Mouth Calls
J. Red Rock Outdoor Gear Pack
K. HS Strut Deluxe 2-Way Strut Seat
L. Hornady 55gr V-Max Varmint Express
M. Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x44mm Scope
N. Aero Precision AR-15
O. Banish 30 Silencer Central Suppressor

CLICK HERE to read the FULL Article with a complete description of each item, shown in the lead photo above. Here are three gear commentaries:

Aero Precision AR Rifle: Bill primarily hunts the Midwest where harsh winters are the norm. You can tell that from the custom rattle-can, snow-camo paint job on his well-worn AR-15. Chambered in .223 Rem, he likes the practical functionality and fast follow-up shots the AR-platform offers — particularly when you call in multiples. His AR is from Aero precision and been an absolute workhorse. Brand of AR-15 doesn’t matter much to Bill, but it does need to be accurate and reliable.

Shooting Sticks: In coyote country, you often need to bring your own rest. A set of shooting sticks is a necessity for Bill. He runs the Vanguard Scout B62 Bipod. These B62 units are fast to deploy, stabilize the rifle, and are easy to adjust when that dog comes in from a spot you didn’t anticipate. They have a swivel head for smooth panning when tracking a moving dog in your scope and easy turns to get on target fast with minimal movement.

Riflescope: Shots are shorter in the Midwest, with a general max of 300 yards. Most are much closer. Bill’s riflescope is the tried-and-true Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x44mm. The low end of 2.5 with its wide field of view is just as important as the high end of 10. It’s incredibly durable and the optics speak for themselves.

Vortex scope rangefinder coyote load-out gear blog Bill Krivanek

Winter Solace in the Backcountry

There is a nice thread in our Forum appropriately entitled “Winter Time”. You’ll find some great backcountry images taken by our Forum members. Winter is a special time in the outdoors. Forum member JDP explains: “Winter is the best time to shoot! One of the few of life’s ironies that works in my favor. The range is empty and barrels keep cool, no bugs, no waiting on people, no mirage. Yup, this world needs more thin blooded snow birds. This cool weather is terrible and dangerous, tell your friends! Do people get lonely while shooting or something? It’s the true holiday season in multiple ways.”

Winter hunting snow photography outdoors
Forum member DNorton posted: “I live way up north where our white sandy beaches look like this!”

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March 13th, 2023

BargainFinder 390: 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. Brownells — Tax Time Riflescope Sale

tax scope sale
Major savings on wide selection of big brand optics

For the next few weeks, Brownells is running its annual Tax Time Sale. You’ll see substantial savings on a wide range of products, including dozens of riflescopes. With 25 brands and countless options there’s bound to be something that fits your needs. Here are six recommended scopes on sale:

Leupold MK5 HD 7-35x56mm
Trijicon Ten Mile 4.5-30x56mm
U.S. Optics TS20X 2.5-20x55mm
Vortex Diamondback TAC 4-16×44 FFP
SIG Sauer 3-12x44mm + 1500 LRF
Vortex Razor HD GenII-ED, 1-6x24mm MRAD

2. Palmetto SA — AR Upper and Lower with Vortex Optic, $809.98

ar platform upper lower sale
Great deal for AR upper WITH Scope and complete lower

Are you looking to build an AR-platform rifle but want better performance than a .223 Rem? If so, check out these AR bundle packages at PSA. For just $809.98 you get a complete upper, Vortex optic, and a complete lower (with adjustable buttstock). This AR bundle includes the PSA lower, .224 Valkyrie-chambered 20″ 1:6.5″-twist barrel, complete upper with M-Lok handguard, PLUS a Vortex Eagle 1-8x24mm scope with cantilever mount. You can also grab the 6.5 Grendel upper with Vortex 4-12x44mm riflescope (and mount) for only $539.99.

3. Creedmoor Sports — Radians Hearing Protection Sale

radian hearing protection sale
Quality muffs and electronic in-ear hearing protection

Radians makes fantastic eye and ear protection with some of the highest rating available. Check out the Radians sale at Creedmoor Sports where you can find everything from safety glasses to custom molded earplug kits all at incredible prices.

4. Graf’s — Leupold 15-45x65mm and 20-60x85mm Spotting Scopes, $599.99 and $799.99

leupold graf's hd pro guide spotter spotting scope sale
Save 20-25% on excellent Leupold HD Spotting Scopes

Save big right now on excellent Leupold HD spotting scopes. Get the 20-60x85mm SX4 HD PRO angled model for $799.99, a 20% savings. Or get the smaller 15-45x65mm SX4 HD PRO angled spotter for $599.99 a 25% savings. These are great deals on very high quality optics. NOTE: Graf’s also has the straight body version of these two spotting scopes for the same prices: $799.99 for the 20-45x65mm straight model and $599.99 for the 15-45x65mm straight mail.

5. Natchez — CCI and Federal Primers in Stock — Rifle and Pistol

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Large quantities of hard-to-find primers in stock

Primers are difficult to source these days. And some sellers are asking crazy prices — up to $300 per thousand. If you need primers, Natchez currently has a large supply of CCI and Federal rifle and pistol primers IN STOCK at better-than-average prices. This Natchez primer sale includes a large variety of pistol and rifle primers, including high-demand CCI 450 ($92.99/1000) and CCI 400 ($89.88/1000) rifle primers. Grab these before Natchez sells out.

6. Locked & Loaded — Fiocchi 9mm Ammo, 1000 rds, $229.99

fiocci 9mm ammo sale
Excellent 9mm Luger ammo at just $0.23 per round

The 9mm Luger (9x19mm) is the most popular centerfire pistol cartridge. And now there are some great new 9mm carbines like the cool, folding S&W M&P PRC. So it’s wise to keep good supply of 9mm ammo on hand. Here’s a great deal on quality, major-manufacturer 9mm FMJ pistol ammunition. Get 1000 rounds of Fiocci 9mm ammo for just $229.99. That works out to just $11.50 per 50 count box, or $0.23 per round — a great deal.

7. MidwayUSA — RCBS Brass Boss Case Prep Center, $139.99

rcbs case prep sale
Handy, multi-purpose case prep center now 20% off

Case prep is a time-consuming aspect of reloading. Save time with the RCBS Brass Boss Case Prep Center. This device allows you to do multiple operations efficiently. Six variable, high-speed rotating stations (four at <350 RPM; two at <550 RPM) offer everything from primer cleaning to chamfering necks. Right now this prep center is on sale at MidwayUSA for $139.99, a $50 discount.

8. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Brass Dryer, $54.49

brass dryer sale
Very effective case cleaner — use after wet tumbling

Wet tumbling gets brass completely clean (inside and out) but it takes time to dry those cases. You can speed up the drying process with the Frankford Arsenal Brass Dryer. Vented trays provide the best airflow and the heavy-duty 500-watt heating unit can dry brass in under an hour. Not only is it quiet but the top mounted fan and a temperature adjustment of up to 160 degrees allows for quick drying of up to 1,000 pieces of brass or utilize the 5 removable trays to dry multiple calibers at once

9. Amazon — RCBC Hand Primer Tool, $59.99

rcbs hand primer sale
Handy tool primes all common rifle cases

Do you want to prime your brass without the hassle of something being mounted to a bench? Check out the RCBS Hand Primer and seat primers anywhere you want. The universal shell holder will accept cases from .32 ACP to .45-70 Government and the patented safety gate isolates the primer seating operation from the primer supply virtually eliminating the possibility of tray detonation.

10. Amazon — Walker’s Rechargeable Electronic Muffs, $49.40

walker ear muff sale
Save 38% on good rechargeable NRR 23 muffs

How many times have you grabbed your electronic earmuffs only to find the batteries are dead. To avoid the hassles (and cost) of battery replacement, consider Walker’s Rechargeable Razor Ear Muffs. These rechargeable muffs have an estimated 80 hours of run time. That’s enough to get through several DAYS at the range. Then you can recharge the muffs conveniently at home or in your vehicle. To hear range commands clearly, the muffs have HD speakers. Plus there’s a handy audio jack. These muffs are comfortable and boast a 23 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR).

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March 7th, 2023

MIL vs. MOA — Angular Measurements for Optics Explained

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Visit for a discussion of MIL vs. MOA.

Many guys getting started in long range shooting are confused about what kind of scope they should buy — specifically whether it should have MIL-based clicks or MOA-based clicks. Before you can make that decision, you need to understand the terminology. This article, with a video by Bryan Litz, explains MILS and MOA so you can choose the right type of scope for your intended application.

This March-FX 5-40x56mm Tactical FFP scope features 0.05 MIL Clicks.
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You probably know that MOA stands for “Minute of Angle” (or more precisely “minute of arc”), but could you define the terms “Milrad” or “MIL”? In a helpful video, Bryan Litz of Applied Ballitics explains MOA and MILs (short for “milliradians”). Bryan defines those terms and explains how they are used. One MOA is an angular measurement (1/60th of one degree) that subtends 1.047″ at 100 yards. One MIL (i.e. one milliradian) subtends 1/10th meter at 100 meters; that means that 0.1 Mil is one centimeter (1 cm) at 100 meters. Is one angular measurement system better than another? Not necessarily… Bryan explains that Mildot scopes may be handy for ranging, but scopes with MOA-based clicks work just fine for precision work at known distances. Also because one MOA is almost exactly one inch at 100 yards, the MOA system is convenient for expressing a rifle’s accuracy. By common parlance, a “half-MOA” rifle can shoot groups that are 1/2-inch (or smaller) at 100 yards.

What is a “Minute” of Angle?
When talking about angular degrees, a “minute” is simply 1/60th. So a “Minute of Angle” is simply 1/60th of one degree of a central angle, measured either up and down (for elevation) or side to side (for windage). At 100 yards, 1 MOA equals 1.047″ on the target. This is often rounded to one inch for simplicity. Say, for example, you click up 1 MOA (four clicks on a 1/4-MOA scope). That is roughly 1 inch at 100 yards, or roughly 4 inches at 400 yards, since the target area measured by an MOA subtension increases with the distance.

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MIL vs. MOA for Target Ranging
MIL or MOA — which angular measuring system is better for target ranging (and hold-offs)? In a recent article on his website, Cal Zant tackles that question. Analyzing the pros and cons of each, Zant concludes that both systems work well, provided you have compatible click values on your scope. Zant does note that a 1/4 MOA division is “slightly more precise” than 1/10th mil, but that’s really not a big deal: “Technically, 1/4 MOA clicks provide a little finer adjustments than 1/10 MIL. This difference is very slight… it only equates to 0.1″ difference in adjustments at 100 yards or 1″ at 1,000 yards[.]” Zant adds that, in practical terms, both 1/4-MOA clicks and 1/10th-MIL clicks work well in the field: “Most shooters agree that 1/4 MOA or 1/10 MIL are both right around that sweet spot.”

READ MIL vs. MOA Cal Zant Article.

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February 25th, 2023

Saturday Movies: Best Brownells Videos — Tools, Tips, and More

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Brownells is a well-known retailer of guns, gun parts, tools, accessories, ammo, and pretty much everything gun-related. What you may not know is that Brownells has a very active video production department that releases new “how-to” and product information videos every week. These videos offer helpful advice on gun cleaning/maintenance, reloading, as well as selecting/assembling components for various kinds of rifles. And every week Brownells serves up a new products video. There now over 1000 videos on the Brownells YouTube Channel, which is truly a remarkable resource.

Here are six of our favorite videos from Brownells. There’s a helpful guide to scope installation, AR owners will find some good advice on spare parts, new reloaders can learn how to use the OAL tool, and all gun owners should watch the video on ammunition storage.

Scope-Mounting — Common Mistakes to Avoid

Always be careful when mounting a rifle scope. This isn’t a super-complex or highly technical task, but there are ways you can mess it up. This video explains common pitfalls to avoid when mounting a scope.

1. Make sure the rings don’t touch ANY part of the turret housing, objective bell, or eyepiece.

2. Be certain the scope rings are tightly clamped to the scope base. Grasp the scope with one hand and the rifle with the other, then ensure there is no play.

3. Make sure there’s clearance between the objective bell and the rifle. No part of the scope should touch the rifle itself.

4. NEVER over-tighten the scope rings. You can actually crush the scope tube and damage the optic beyond repair. Stick to the torque specs!

How to Use Hornady OAL Tool and Hornady Bullet Comparator

Gun Tech Steve Ostrem explains how to properly use Hornady’s Overall Length Gauge to determine length-to-land precisely. The OAL Gauge uses a “Modified Case” that threads onto the tool and holds a bullet. Push on the back of the gauge until you feel the bullet just touch the rifling. (We do this gently at first, tapping the rod a couple time to ensure the bullet is aligned correctly). Once you’ve got the length, then use the tool with a comparator on your calipers to get the length-to-lands. NOTE: We recommend taking the measurement 3-4 times in a row to get a reliable number. With a little practice your should be able to get repeatable measurements within .0015″.

Air Travel with Firearms — Key Regulations You Must Follow

You can travel on commercial airlines with firearms. But you must follow the TSA regulations, and your particular airline’s rules. First, make sure your guns are UNLOADED before your leave home. Guns need to be carried in proper hard-sided cases that cannot be pried open. Be prepared to unlock the case if the TSA wants to inspect what’s inside. TSA agents can cut the locks if they need to open the case but can’t locate you. If you use special TSA-approved locks, TSA agents have master keys that let them open the case without destroying your locks. You CAN transport up to 11 pounds of ammunition — with restrictions explained in the video.

How to Store Ammunition Safely and Securely

This has been one of the most popular Brownells videos — with over 1.7 million views. Here’s the deal — ammunition WILL keep for a long time if you store it properly. DO store ammunition in a cool, dry place that doesn’t have wide temperature swings. Temperature cycling will also degrade primers and powder. Put it in airtight ammo cans to keep out the moisture. Tupperware containers will work too. Brownells also recommends putting moisture-absorbing silica packs in your ammo containers. DON’T just keep ammo in factory cardboard factory boxes stacked in the basement, attic, or garage (especially on the floor). Factory ammo boxes can absorb moisture which can degrade primers and corrode the brass cases. Yes, sealed military ammo will usually handle this kind of storage for quite a while, but it’s still not wise.

Must-Have Spare Parts for AR-Platform Rifles

In this video, two knowledgeable gun techs answer the question: “What spare parts should I keep on hand for my AR-15?” On the list are: Gas Rings, Buffer Spring, Extractor Spring and Pin. NOTE: You may want to try the one-piece spiral gas ring rather than the standard rings which require alignment. The cotter pin and cam pin can also easily get lost when the Bolt Carrier Group is disassembled for cleaning. On the lower receiver you’ll want spare springs and detents for the pivot/takedown pins. If you’re using lighter-power springs, keep standard-power spares on hand. If your rifle stops working, swap in the factory-spec springs to find out if the problem is the gun or your ammo. Also, if you have upgraded your trigger, always keep the original trigger as a backup.

Cleaning Advice for .22 LR Rimfire Rifles

Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant debunk some myths about cleaning .22 LR barrels. One myth is that cleaning will harm the accuracy of a .22 LR barrel. Caleb thinks this myth is the result of people cleaning a barrel from the muzzle and damaging the muzzle crown, which CAN diminish accuracy. If it’s done right, cleaning won’t damage the bore. However, you certainly do NOT have to clean your 22 LR’s bore every time you go to the range. But DO clean the action every time you shoot the rifle, especially on a semi-auto. What about shooting a lot of lead bullets? Won’t that lead up the bore? The guys give us the straight skinny on lead fouling, too. When you see your .22 LR rifle’s groups opening up, you may want to consider cleaning.
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February 24th, 2023

GeoBallistics Software Acquired by Vortex

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Vortex geoballistics software ballistics rangefinder atmospherics long range ballistic table windage elevationVortex, the large American optics company, has acquired GeoBallistics, a Texas-based business that sells mobile platform ballistics software. The GeoBallistics software is offered for both iOS (Apple) and Android platforms. This software features an advanced 3DOF solver and continuously updated bullet library. GeoBallistics software has other very sophisticated features:

1. Four Operating Modes (HUD, Map, Chart, and Comp).
2. Atmospherics Bluetooth Connectivity with Kestrel and Weatherflow.
3. Map Mode with GPS Rangefinder (use to range targets, create range cards).
4. Rifle Data and Range Cards available and synched via internet cloud servers.

Vortex Will Support Current GeoBallistics Users
For shooters already utilizing the GeoBallistics software, nothing in the software and App experience will change. And Vortex will now provide customer service and support. To learn more about GeoBallistics Apps, visit

Vortex plans to add GeoBallistics products to the Vortex portfolio to continue “to enhance and simplify hunting and shooting while providing critical information quickly and accurately.”

“We’re always looking for new ways to help Vortex Nation enjoy unforgettable experiences in the field”, said Joe Hamilton, Vortex CEO. “Acquiring GeoBallistics means we can offer both consistency in our product line and make long-range ballistics simpler and more accessible for everyone.”

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Vortex geoballistics software ballistics rangefinder atmospherics long range ballistic table windage elevation

How to Use GeoBallistics App — Informative Video

In this video, Clay Hergert, owner of ATX Precision (and former SEAL Team Sniper) demonstrates the GeoBallistics App with BallisticsARC capabilities. Clay shows how to use BallisticsARC to create rifle profiles.

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February 20th, 2023

BargainFinder 387: 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. MidwayUSA — Electronic Muffs $59.99/Electronic Plugs $44.99

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Electronic earbuds are good for hunters, Muffs are tough yet comfortable

Good hearing protection is essential whenever you go to the range. We recommend muffs and/or plugs with at least a 24dB NRR (noise reduction rating). Having electronic amplification is very valuable as it allows you to hear range commands while still protecting against dangerous noises. Right now MidwayUSA is offering two excellent Walker’s hearing protection products. For a lightweight solution, the 29dB NRR Electronic earbud-type plugs on a rope-style connector are now just $44.99, a 50% savings. Or choose the 27db NRR electronic muffs for $59.99, a huge 66% savings over the regular $159.99 price.

2. Midsouth — Vihtavuori Powders with FREE Reloading Guide

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Vihtavuori powders in stock at good prices with FREE Load Manual

Right now Midsouth has a large selection of rifle and pistol powders IN STOCK at attractive prices. And, this week, purchasers of Vihtavuori powders from Midsouth will get a FREE official Vihtavuori 100th Anniversary print reloading guide. Vihtavuori makes many great powders. N133 is the top choice of most short-range benchrest-for-group shooter. N320 is our favorite .45 ACP powder, and N550, with a burn rate between H4350 and H4831, works well for a variety of medium and large rifle cartridges.

3. Sentry Ammo — Norma 9mm Ammo, 1000 Rds $207.99

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Very high quality 9mm Norma 124gr FMJ 9mm ammo at fantastic price

Here is an absolutely GREAT DEAL for high-quality 9mm Luger ammunition. Right now Sentry Ammo is offering 1000 rounds of quality Norma 124gr 9mm bulk pack ammunition for $207.99. That’s just $0.21 (twenty-one cents) per round! With this special deal you even get a nice hinged polymer ammo can.

4. Locked & Loaded — Savage A22 FV-SR, $289.80

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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 $289.80, 17% 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.

5. Graf & Sons — CCI .22 LR Ammunition from $3.99/50

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Quality CCI .22 LR ammo in stock at very good prices

With the growth of NRL22, PRS 22, and rimfire F-Class, more and more shooters are competing with rimfire rifles. And with action steel matches, rimfire pistol shooting is hugely popular these days. Thankfully, its still possible to get good rimfire ammo at reasonable prices. At Graf’s you’ll find good CCI .22 LR ammunition starting at just $0.08 (eight cents) per round. CLICK HERE for CCI .22 LR Deals.

6. Midsouth — RCBS Reloading Presses on SALE

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Quality RCBS Presses in stock now at very competitive prices

Midsouth Shooters Supply has discounted its line-up of RCBS Single-Stage Presses. For example Midsouth has the Rock Chucker Supreme Press at $169.99. That’s over forty bucks less than some other sellers charge. And you can get the new RCBS Rebel Press for $179.99, a solid deal. The innovative compact RCBS Summit press is now $199.99. We’ve used the Summit press. We like the open front and it works well for small reloading areas or at the range.

7. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Perfect Seat Priming Tool, $52.59

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Precise Depth Control, 12 Shell Holders, Quick-Change, Carry Case

Seating primers to a consistent depth helps deliver enhanced accuracy and low ES/SD. However, most priming systems don’t allow precise depth control. If you’re looking for a priming tool that allows you to adjust primer seating depth, check out the Frankford Arsenal Perfect Seat Hand Primer. This tool comes in a protective case along with a full set of case holders and primer flip tray. A quick thumb release system allows you to switch from small to large primers quickly. Get this now for $59.99 on Amazon.

8. Amazon — Caldwell Resetting AR500 Popper Targets, $87-$99

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Self-resetting targets made from good AR500 steel

Shooting at reactive targets is ton of fun, but no one likes trekking down range to reset them. Here’s the answer — sturdy, self-resetting AR 500 steel targets. These come complete with frames that raise them off the ground. Grab the Caldwell Prairie Dog Popper Target at $99.99 or the Caldwell Pepper Popper Target at $86.99. Both these targets tilt when hit for instant confirmation. Then the built-in, automatic reset spring lifts the steel back up so you don’t need to go down range.

9. CDNN Sports — Grid Target Packs starting at $1.99/12

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Great deals on colorful Champion grid target packs

Grid targets are great for sighting-in your firearms or developing loads. Right now CDNN Sports has a great deal on Champion target sheets. Get a 12-Pack of Champion Shotkeeper Sight-In Targets for $1.99, grab a 12-pack of Champion Rifle Precision Targets for $2.49, or get a 10-Pack of Champion 5-Diamond Redfield Sight-In Targets for just $2.69. Both target sets feature colorful contrast and precise 1″-square grids to help you gauge your group sizes. NOTE: There’s also a 100-pack of the Champion Redfield Sight-In Targets for $11.99 (just $0.12 per target)!

10. Amazon — Ear Muffs (assorted colors) 26dB SNR, $15.99

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Very good muffs for the price with a good 26db SNR

We say it all the time but don’t ever shoot without quality hearing protection. Consider these Vanderfield folding ear muffs. These come in a variety of colors (blue, brown, green, gray, black, red, purple, pink) so you can easily tell yours apart from others. The 26db SNR sound protection rating is above average for compact muffs. For maximum protection use plugs under the muffs. (FYI, “SNR” or Single Number Rating, is the EURO equivalent of the NRR noise rating in the USA.)

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February 20th, 2023

New ZEISS Flip-Up and Fold-Flat Lens Covers for Riflescopes

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New for 2023, ZEISS offers added protection for ZEISS riflescopes in the form of ‘Flip-Up and Fold-Flat Pro Lens Covers’. These heavy-duty lens covers are designed with several key – and proprietary – features that set them apart from similar products currently available. Retail prices are $34.99 for the ocular (eyepiece) lens covers and $49.99 for the objective lens cover. The new accessories will be available from Authorized ZEISS Retailers in North America, beginning late April 2023.

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“Our all-new flip-up lens covers are manufactured with a robust stay-secure dual-clamping system and provides OEM fitment for current ZEISS riflescopes; they also offer a few extra unique features as well,” said Kyle Brown – Director of Marketing/Product for Carl ZEISS SBE, LLC. “These lens covers remain open and secured in place when in the folded-flat, shooter-ready position — even under heavy recoil. They offer great protection from the environmental elements and will help keep those valuable lenses from getting scratched. The benefit is simple: clean and scratch-free optics at-the-ready. And clean optics will help you deliver precise and accurate hits on target.”

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ZEISS will offer a total of nine unique lens covers sizes, each providing an excellent OEM fit for each ZEISS riflescope. All are made in the USA with Nylon 11 material to resist harsh UV light and maintain proper fitment – even with extreme shifts in temperature – and reduce weight. Each lens cover utilizes dual clamps with stainless steel hardware and springs to ensure long-term fit and serviceability. Both ocular and objective lens covers provide a fold-flat securing system which allows for the flip-up cap to be held in the shooter-ready position parallel with the scope’s main tube, and then remain there, secure during recoil.

Additional Proprietary Features
The design of the objective lens cover offers two unique, proprietary features: 1) The integrated spare battery containment system provides a spare battery when and where it’s needed most; 2) The on-board Torx® wrench containment system provides a secure and out-of-the-way, yet handy, location for keeping this valuable turret tool where it belongs. These features provide great benefits for hunters and shooters.

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February 16th, 2023

Getting Started in F-Class — F-TR vs. F-Open and Gear Options

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With the Berger Southwest Nationals (SWN) underway this week at Ben Avery outside Phoenix, Arizona, we’ll take a look at F-Class competition. The majority of SWN shooters compete in F-TR and F-Open divisions. On the firing line you’ll see the latest and greatest stocks, actions, optics, bipods (for F-TR), and Front Rests (for F-Open). This article looks at the two F-Class divisions.

A while back, our friend Vince Bottomley in the UK wrote an excellent article for Target Shooter Magazine. Vince offers “solid-gold” advice for new F-TR and F-Open shooters. Vince reviews the cartridge options, and offers suggestions for a shooter’s first (and hopefully affordable) F-Class rifle. Vince also reviews various bipod choices for F-TR and discusses optics options (from $300 to $3000).

Here’s a short sample from the Target Shooter Magazine article:

Getting Started in F-Class by Vince Bottomley
As membership secretary of a large club, one of the questions I’m frequently asked – “What’s the best way to get started in F-Class?” My club has an F-Class shoot every couple of weeks at ranges from 300 to 1000 yards and, not surprisingly, it’s very popular.

F-TR or Open Class?
From a shaky start way back in 2004, the F-TR Class is now proving as popular as Open Class and, at GBFCA League shoots and club shoots, many shooters choose to start with a 308, shooting off a bi-pod – in other words F-TR. In Open Class, the 7mm WSM soon established itself as the “must have” cartridge – if you wanted to win but, the WSM’s appetite for barrels eventually brought another 7mm cartridge into play – the 284 Winchester. This 50-year-old stalwart was revived a decade or so ago as the 6.5-284 and indeed this cartridge found some favor with F-Class pioneers – before the potency of the WSM was discovered. If you don’t mind shelling out for a couple of barrels per year (barrel life is about 750 rounds with the WSM) go for the 7mm WSM but, if you require a decent round-count, then opt for the .284 Win and learn to read the wind a bit better!

[Editor: In the last couple of years, another option has emerged — the 6.5 PRC necked up to 7mm. This wildcat 7-6.5 PRC offers a bit more velocity than a .284 Win or its “improved” cousin the .284 Shehane.]

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F-Open rifles on the firing line at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Scopes for F-Class
If you will be shooting 1000 yards then I would recommend at least 32 power and preferably a variable – like the 8-32. The cheapest “usable” scope in this range is the Sightron. It’s a great scope for the money and at under $900 (in the USA) it’s half the price of its nearest competitor. It’s also light – at 1.5 lbs – and there are some great reticles for the F-Class shooter – like the LRMOA.

Vince Bottomley Target Shooter F-Class F-Open F-TR

Read Full Article on Target Shooter Magazine Website.

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February 16th, 2023

Bushnell Binoculars with MRAD Ranging Reticle for PRS/NRL

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Bushnell unveiled a new set of 15-power binoculars at SHOT Show 2023. These have a MilRad reticle for ranging and determining shot locations. The new Match Pro ED 15×56 Binoculars with Shot-Call reticle combines a high-magnification binocular with an MRAD-based reticle for ranging, target sizing, and shot correction. The benefit is that this 15X binocular optic could replace a bigger, heavier reticle-equipped spotting scope. This Match Pro ED Binocular can be quickly mounted on a tripod for enhanced stability. We recommend that because it is pretty hard to hold a 15X optic very steady with hands alone.

bushnell match pro ED 15x56 binoculars ranging reticle shot-callThe Match Pro ED’s offset SHOT-CALL reticle, located in the right barrel, has a dedicated focus adjustment and can be rotated for leveling after IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustment (i.e. how far the eyepieces are spread apart). Users can secure their preferred IPD with the included BRIDGESET stabilizer, which ensures the binocular is set for quick use and is stable when mounted on a tripod. Claimed light transmission is 92%. Suggested MSRP for the Match Pro ED 15×56 binoculars is $699.99.

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Our friend Jonathan Ocab reviewed the new Match Pro ED 15x56mm binoculars: “Bushnell Optics showed off their new Match Pro ED 15×56 binocular, which is based off of their Forge binocular design. The Forge 15×56 has a good reputation as a budget-friendly binocular with good performance at its price range. The Match Pro ED 15×56 is a hefty binocular with a magnesium chassis coming in at 51 ounces with what is dubbed the SHOT-CALL MRAD reticle. The reticle [rotates in the right barrel] so that it can be leveled for the user’s eyes after the barrels are adjusted to the pupil distance.”

Jonathan added: “My initial impressions of this binocular are positive. It is definitely a bigger, heavier binocular and is not going to be one for field use. This is definitely the type of binocular one would employ on the range at NRL/PRS matches to spot for a shooter.” CLICK HERE for full SHOT Show 2023 Optics report by Jonathan Ocab.

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Recoil Web also did a review of these new 15×56 binoculars stating: “The new Bushnell Match Pro ED 15×56 binoculars [offering] is a big deal, but maybe just to a niche crowd. For a long time, spotting scopes have often come with a MIL or MOA reticle in the eyepiece so one could spot shots at long range and call corrections or for use in ranging a target if a laser rangefinder wasn’t available. With a reticle in the right barrel, you get a MIL grid for ranging and shot correction like a spotting scope but the [wide] field of view and outstanding glass of the binoculars.”

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February 13th, 2023

BargainFinder 386: 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. Midsouth — Hornady Get Loaded Promo with 500 Free Bullets

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Get 500 or 100 Free Bullets with Hornady hardware

Hornady is now running its 2023 Get Loaded® promotion. Now through 12/31/2023 get up to 500 FREE BULLETS with qualifying purchases of Hornady reloading products. You can also get significant up-front savings and/or FREE Shipping when you buy Hornady reloading presses and other products at Midsouth. For example, you can save $90 on the Hornady Iron Press Kit. Depending on the products purchased, customers can get 500 or 100 free bullets, valued up to $234.33.

2. Sportsman’s WH — Weatherby Vanguard, Gray Stock, $499.97

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Quality USA-made hunting rifle at good price; many chamberings

Looking for a good hunting rifle with a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee? Right now the Weatherby Vanguard with synthetic stock is ON SALE for just $499.97 at Sportsman’s Warehouse. This Vanguard model features a gray, Griptonite Monte Carlo composite stock. For this $499.97 bargain price, many chamberings are offered: .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and .240 Weatherby Magnum. Overall weight (without scope) is 7.75 pounds.

3. Midsouth — Fiocchi .223 Rem Ammo with V-Max Bullets

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Good deal on factory ammo with quality Hornady V-Max bullets

Here’s excellent varmint ammo on SALE at a bargain price. If you’re planning a Prairie Dog safari this spring, but don’t want to handload, grab some Fiocchi Field Dynamics .223 Rem ammo. Choose the 40gr V-Max, 50gr V-Max, or 55gr V-Max versions, all with 50-rd boxes for just $34.99 on SALE. That’s $0.70 per round, a darn good price. This Fiocchi .223 Rem ammo has earned very positive reviews from purchasers.

4. MidwayUSA — Frankford Intellidropper Dispenser, $179.95

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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 great deal — you save fifty bucks (21%) off the regular MidwayUSA price, and the same Intellidropper is now $239.96 on Amazon.

5. Natchez — Frankford Quick-N-Easy Case Tumbler Kit, $79.99

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We’ve used this Combo Kit for many seasons — very good value right now

Keeping your brass clean is important (and essential if you anneal). If you’re looking for a new, affordable setup to clean cartridge brass, consider the Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler Master Kit. You get everything needed to dry-tumble your brass and remove the media. This is all available now for a very low $79.99. You could pay that much for a good vibratory tumbler alone, yet this combo kit includes tumbler, media separator, bucket, brass polish, and media.

6. Palmetto State Armory — Norma Tac-22 .22 LR 500rds, $32.99

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Very good .22 LR ammo at extremely low price — GREAT VALUE

If you love .22 LR rimfires and want quality ammo at an ultra-low price, grab some Norma TAC-22. Priced at just $3.30 per 50-ct box, this is a true bargain, yet the TAC-22 is good enough for NRL22 matches as well as fun target shooting. We’ve shot this Norma ammo and been very satisfied. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better .22 LR ammo at anywhere near this price. Don’t delay ordering — at this price, we expect this TAC-22 ammo will sell out soon.

7. KYGUNCO — Rock Island Armory TM22 Rifle, $278.00

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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.

8. Midsouth — 1000 Rounds Federal 9mm FMJ Ammo, $314.99

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Great DEAL on quality Federal 9mm Luger (9x19mm) ammo

Here’s a great ammo offering, with major-brand quality 9mm cartridges from Federal. Get 1000 rounds of 115gr FMJ American Eagle ammo for just $314.99 at Midsouth. This works out to just $15.75 per 50rd box — a great deal. We have shot this ammo in a variety of 9x19mm pistols and it is very reliable. This is NOT loose bulk-pack, there are twenty convenient 50rd boxes.

9. CDNN Sports — Compact Lightweight Binoculars, $9.99-$27.46

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Super-low prices on compact binoculars — up to 63% Off

Need a spare pair of compact, lightweight binoculars? Now you can get a decent set of weatherproof binoculars for under $25.00. Choose from Bushnell, Simmons, and Tasco binoculars on sale now at CDNN Sports starting at just $9.99. We like the Bushnell H20 8×25 waterproof binocs at $17.76 — 61% off the $44.99 MSRP. NOTE: None of these are truly excellent binoculars that can compete with a $400+ Nikon, Leica, Sightron, or Zeiss. But these are small, handy, and can fit in a vehicle glove box or a fanny pack. So they can be used regularly when you’re hiking, camping, or game-watching.

10. MidwayUSA — Walker’s Shooting Glasses, 4 Lenses, $14.72

walker's four lens ANSI Z87 Shooting glasses eye protection
Versatile eye protection — 4 colors of lenses plus adjustable frame

Walker’s Adjustable Sport Glasses feature FOUR interchangeable lenses made of high-grade polycarbonate that exceeds ANSI 287.1-2003 High Impact Requirements. The interchangeable lenses come in four colors (Smoke Gray, Amber, Yellow, and Clear). The frames adjust for length and angle. These safety glasses ship with a soft carrying pouch that holds the extra lenses. This is a good deal — the same combo kit sells for $23.53 on Amazon!

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February 13th, 2023

Put 1″-Diameter Optics in 30mm Rings with Brownells Adapters

Brownells Ring ReducersForum member Jacob spotted this simple, but effective set of scope ring inserts on the Brownells Website. With these inserts, you can use a scope with 1″-diameter main tube in 30mm rings. Non-marring, matte black Delrin sleeves surround the scope tube so it can fit larger-diameter rings. Each sleeve comes in two parts for easy installation around your scope tube. This way you can use the same 30mm rings for all your scopes.

Ring Reducers are sold as front/rear kits. Cost is $16.49 for the 1″ to 30mm converters, item 084-000-091WB. There are also sets that reduce 30mm rings to 26mm, and 1″ rings to 3/4″ or 7/8″.

Note: These Brownells units simply function as plastic bushings. Unlike Burris Signature Ring inserts, they do not allow you to “pre-load” windage or elevation. If your rings are misaligned, the Brownells Ring Reducers won’t correct that problem.

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February 6th, 2023

BargainFinder 385: 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. EuroOptic — Trijicon Scope Sale, Save $609 to $1578

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Excellent scopes with savings over 50% — grab these deals

Trijicon makes excellent optics with features and lens quality found on much more expensive scopes. If you’ve been considering a Trijicon Scope here’s a great opportunity. Right now at you can save from $600 to $1500+ with these close-out specials. Get a top-quality optic for less than half the cost of another major brand. With Trijicon scope prices more than 50% off, grab one soon before they sell out.

2. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Winchester .22 LR Wildcat, $239.99

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Removable lower receiver, Picatinny rails, good trigger, great price

Here is a fun little semi-auto .22 LR rifle at a crazy low price — $239.99 at Sportsman’s Warehouse. The Winchester Wildcat takes Ruger 10/22 mags, and has some great features, such as field-removable lower receiver, ambidextrous controls, integral Picatinny rails 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. The lower receiver assembly is easily removed from the upper assembly by pushing a button — no tools required.

3. Walmart — Fingerprint Access Gun Safe, $268.99

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Good price on Rapid Access Gun Safe (fingerprint, keypad, key)

Need to store a few rifles or shotguns with secure yet rapid access? Consider this 5-Gun Safe with Fingerprint Access. With a $453.30 MSRP, it is now just $268.99 on sale. It has five locking bolts on the door sides plus an internal locking compartment. Sized 13.8″ x 11.8″ x 57″, this 74-lb safe can hold multiple long guns and pistols, along with other valuables. The main door can be opened instantly with fingerprint recognition, or use the digital keypad (there is also an emergency keyhole). The interior has anti-static protective fleece, plus three pistol pouches on the door. NOTE: We do NOT recommend this as a primary gun safe. But it can be a good secondary safe, offering rapid access to defensive weapons.

4. Creedmoor Sports — Ammo, Bullet, and Brass Sale

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Major SALE at Creedmoor Sports, save on components and ammo

Here’s your opportunity to get top-tier ELEY, Lapua, and Berger products at significant discounts. Creedmoor Sports is running a big sale right now with ELEY .22 LR ammo, Lapua Brass, and Berger Ammo on sale (along with other products).

5. Brownell’s — Smith & Wesson Gun Sale with $50-$100 Rebates

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Save with $50, $75, and $100 Rebate on S&W pistols and rifles

Smith & Wesson makes some of the finest firearms on the market but they’re rarely on sale. However, right now Brownells has discounted a variety of popular S&W guns. Plus, now through 4/2/2023, you can get a S&W Factory Rebate up to $100 on a variety of S&W pistols and rifles. For max savings, choose a qualifying S&W pistol or rifle on sale at Brownells and then apply for the $50, $75, or $100 manufacturer’s rebate.

6. Bruno’s Shooters Supply — Kelbly Rifle Actions In Stock

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Get superb Kelbly custom actions with no long wait

Kelbly rifle actions are some of the best on the market. Kelbly’s Panda, Nanook, Prometheus, and Atlas actions offer great quality and smooth functionality. With these superb actions, expect excellent results on target. These actions have set records and won matches. By ordering these in-stock actions through Bruno’s you can save money and get your gun project underway without delay.

7. Graf’s — FREE Outers Cleaning Kit with $100 of Tula Ammo

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Get a great cleaning kit with bargain-priced Tula Ammo

Here’s a nice bonus if you shoot .223 Rem, 7.62×39, or 7.62×54 rifles. If you purchase at least $100.00 of reliable Tula ammunition from you’ll get a very good Outers cleaning kit for free. The kit includes brushes, mops, and jags to fit multiple cartridge types. The kit also comes with solid brass rods plus 50 patches. All the cleaning gear is contained in an nice aluminum case with slotted interior. NOTE: This is steel-cased Tula ammo which is NOT reloadable.

8. Amazon — 4-Pack of Ammo Carrying Bags, $22.99-$26.99

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Nice four-pack of secure ammunition carriers good for range trips

For handy transport of ammunition and small gear items, consider Savior Equipment 4-Pack Tactical Ammo Pouches. Seven different colors are offered including two camo styles. Choose the regular 7.75″ size or the smaller 6.75″ version — both in 4-packs, starting at $22.99. When you need to carry ammo, medical supplies, or other accessories, these Savior “Loose Sac” pouches can do the job at low cost.

9. Amazon — Folding Ammo Ranging Card, $39.99

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Good system for showing elevation scope settings

Have you attended PRS/NRL matches only to find you’re writing your distances and dopes on your arm or random pieces of paper? This UUC X-Ring RDS Tactical Shooting Range Cards can hold your come-up data securely on your rifle, in an easy to read format. Ballistic data can be recorded on the provided blank DOPE cards, or written directly on the vinyl protective sleeve with either a wet erase pen, map pen, or grease pencil. This Range Card conveniently folds inward when not in use. The Card will fit under low optics even when retracted.

10. Graf’s — Lapua Cloth + Ammo Can w/ Lapua Ammo Purchase

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Freebies offered with purchase of superb Lapua ammo

Lapua makes some of the highest-quality competition and hunting ammo available. Purchase at least $75 of any Lapua rimfire or centerfire ammunition at Graf’s and receive a free MTM Ammo Box plus a nice Lapua Silicone Cleaning Cloth. That cloth helps protect your guns from corrosion, and the modern polymer ammo box is great for carrying ammunition and/or accessories to the range. The ammo box can hold your earmuffs and eye protection, along with boxes of ammo.

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