May 17th, 2021

BargainFinder 295: 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.

1. Creedmoor Sports — Lapua Brass in Stock

Lapua Cartridge Brass Sale in stock Creedmoor Sports

Creedmoor Sports has received a large shipment of long-lasting, high-quality Lapua cartridge brass. Many of the most popular types are available including .220 Russian (for PPC), 22-250, .223 Rem, 6mmBR, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5×47 Lapua, .260 Rem, 6.5-284, and .308 Winchester and more. Sorry, Creedmoor is sold out of the new .284 Win brass and the 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC. Creedmoor’s Lapua brass is selling fast, so stock up now while you can.

2. Bullet Central — BAT Bumblebee Aluminum and Steel Action

BAT Bumblebee lightweight action aluminum

Do you lust for a light-weight, ultra-accurate hunting rifle? Then consider the new BAT Bumblebee Action. Weighing just 23.8 oz (11.4 oz lighter than a BAT VR/TR), the Bumblebee features an aluminum body with Chrome-Moly steel internals. The weight is comparable to Titanium actions. BAT claims the Bumblebee is 31%-42% stiffer than light-weight steel actions and over 130% stiffer than round Titanium actions. The Bumblebee’s modular bolt allows low-cost bolt face changes for different cartridge types. The firing pin, bolt, and shroud are Melonited for smooth bolt movement and low maintenance. On top is a +20 MOA integral 20 MOA Picatinny rail. The Bumblebee is compatible with Rem 700-type bottom metal and magazines. This action is offered with a .308 Win Sized boltface or Magnum boltface for $1699.00.

3. Leupold — Get FREE Tripod with Spotting Scope

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Order high-quality 80mm Leupold Spotter, get Pro Guide Tripod for FREE

Purchase any Leupold SX-5 Santiam HD Spotting Scope and receive a free Pro Guide Tripod Kit, a $399 value. This offer is valid for purchases made from May 3 through June 27, 2021. This 27-55x80mm spotting scope boasts outstanding sharp, HD glass with DiamondCoat2 lens coatings. Boasting great low-light performance, this spotter is also 100% waterproof and fogproof. The SX-5 Santiam HD is offered with either angled body or straight body for around $1799.00, including protective soft-case.

BEST DEALS: Right now Natchez has “Blem” angled SX-5 Santiam Spotters for $1619.99, while EuroOptic has DEMO straight body SX-5 Santiam Spotting Scopes for just $1399.00.

4. Brownells — KRG Bravo Chassis Rem 700, $329.99 with Code

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Versatile internal frame stock for PRS or hunting — tan, black, or green

The Kinetic Research Group (KRG) Rem 700 Bravo Chassis is a good dual-purpose choice for PRS and hunting. This chassis features an internal aluminum frame with polymer exterior in Flat Dark Earth, Sako Green, or Black. The stock fits Rem 700 and Rem clone actions, accepts AICS-pattern mags, and is M-LOK compatible. The 2.9-lb KRG Bravo chassis features adjustable cheek riser and length-of-pull, built-in thumb shelf, plus quick-detach sling-swivel and bipod mounts. The KRG Bravo stock costs $349.99 at Brownells. You can also get $20 Off with Brownells code VSJ, lowering the net cost to $329.99.

5. Natchez — CCI 9mm FMJ Blazer Brass Handgun Ammunition

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Quality 9mm pistol ammo — grab a 1000-ct case while you can

Good name-brand handgun ammunition is hard to find these days. But Natchez Shooters Supplies has scored a large quantity of CCI Blaser 115gr 9mm ammo. We’ve used CCI Blazer 9mm ammo and it proved accurate and reliable. NOTE: This ammo features conventional, reloadable brass cartridge cases (some other CCI ammo is non-reloadable). This ammo is shipped in a single large carton with 1000 rounds inside. Price is $549.00 for 1000, or $0.55 per round — a decent price these days.

6. Midsouth — Bulldog 54″ Long Range Rifle Case, $69.99

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Good deal on excellent case for long rifles up to 52.5″

Highly rated by purchasers, the Bulldog Long Range Rifle Case fits rifles up to 52.5″ long. This premium 54″ soft case is on Sale Now for $69.99 at Midsouth, 18% off the regular $84.99 price. The Bulldog LR works great for long-barreled match rifles. This versatile case boasts a tough 600-dernier water-resistant outer shell, plus quilted inner lining with Velcro tie downs. There are two zippered center pockets plus an external zippered pocket at front. The main compartment zippers are lockable. Choose tan version as shown, or the 54″ Bulldog in black.

7. EuroOptic — Vortex Razor LR HD 1.5-8x32mm and 2-10x40mm

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Very lightweight — 5X zoom range good for hunters

Here are two good optics for hunters. We like the Vortex Razor LR HD at $429.99, a bargain. With a 5.3X zoom ratio, you get a very wide field of view at 1.5X (Field of View is 72.2-13.2 ft @ 100 yards). Then, when you spot your prey, you can instantly zoom up to 8 power. This scope is compact (11″) and lightweight — just 13.2 ounces. If you want more magnification, choose the Razor LR HD 2-10x40mm for $449.99. (NOTE: This 2-10X scope is $599.00 on Amazon.) The 2-10X model has a bigger objective, and Field of View ranges from 56.2-10.8 ft @ 100 yards. Both of these fixed-parallax scopes have excellent HD glass with high light transmission.

8. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Henry AR-7 Rifle, $269.99

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Ultimate packable rifle — 3.5 lbs., barrel/action/mags stow in stock

The Henry AR-7 Survival rifle is a unique rifle. Weighing just 3.5 pounds, this little semi-auto rimfire can perform pest-control duties for a farmer or rancher, or serve as a utility rifle carried in a truck or ATV. The cleverly-designed AR-7 is affordably priced, just $269.99 at Sportsman’s Warehouse. The Henry AR-7 breaks down for easy carry in a backpack or a vehicle. The barrel, receiver, and magazines all fit INSIDE the buttstock. That’s handy. And this little 3.5-pound rifle offers surprisingly good accuracy.

9. Amazon — Tipton Best Gun Vise, $84.99

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Versatile, stable, works with all rifles, including ARs

When cleaning long guns, you need a secure, stable platform. We recommend the Tipton Best Gun Vise, now $84.99 on Amazon. This vise was designed to accommodate the widest possible array of firearms for cleaning, maintenance, or gunsmithing. This vise is easily configurable to handle bolt-action rifles, break-open shotguns, AR-15s, and handguns. You can also purchase the Best Gun Vise for $89.99 at Midsouth. NOTE: Midsouth also sells the Tipton basic gun vise for just $39.99. That is lighter and still works well.

9. Amazon — 12″ x 12″ Splatter Grid Targets, 10 for $10.99

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This 12″x12″ Splatterburst Target combines splatter shot marking with a grid background, with five aiming points. The bright neon shot circles make it easy to see your shots. And the handy grid lets you quickly estimate your group size. Get a 10-pack for $10.99, or a 25-pack for $18.99 (better deal). This particular target has earned rave reviews — 87% of verified buyers gave this a FIVE-Star rating. One example: “Excellent quality and durability. The adhesive is really strong and the splatter contrast is [great].”

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May 10th, 2021

BargainFinder 294: 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.

1. Graf & Sons — Lapua Brass in Stock

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Best brass for centerfire disciplines; get it before it sells out

More quantities of quality cartridge brass are becoming available. Grafs.com now has a large supply of Lapua brass in stock. With many of the top cartridge types available this is a great time to stock up on Lapua brass. For those who haven’t tried Lapua brass yet, it may cost a bit more, but Lapua brass can deliver multiples of useful life compared to lesser brands. With reasonable loads (and some annealing), Lapua brass can deliver 20+ load cycles for most popular cartridge types.

2. Sportsman’s WHSE — Tikka T3x Lite/Superlite Rifles on Sale

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Save big on excellent hunting rifle, smooth action, nice trigger

Looking for a great hunting rifle that is reliable, accurate, and relatively lightweight? If so, check out the Tikka T3x Lite and Superlite rifles. These rifles combines high performance with light weight. They feature synthetic stocks and new modular features. Tikkas boast smooth-running actions and very good factory triggers. The T3x series features weather-resistant stocks with good grip feel even in wet conditions. The metallic bolt shroud covers and shields the firing pin and rear of the bolt body. This is a good price.

3. Amazon — Walker’s Razor Slim Earmuffs, $18.38-$21.99

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Outstanding deal on quality muffs — many color options

Every shooter should have quality ear muffs, both for yourself and any friends/family members you bring to the range. For those on a tight budget, we recommend the Walker’s Razor Slim Passive Earmuffs. These are comfortable and have a good 28dB Noise Reduction rating — very high for slim muffs. These Walker’s Razor Slims are available in a wide variety of colors, starting at just $18.38 on Amazon — a great deal. These muffs fold compactly, making them easy to stow.

4. Bruno’s Shooters Supply — BAT Actions, $100 OFF

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Get a great BAT action without the wait at good price

Why wait months or years for a custom action when Bruno’s has BAT Actions in stock at attractive, $100 Off prices. Available in several finish types and multiple configurations, these ready-to-ship actions will meet the needs of any serious or casual shooter.

5. Palmetto SA — Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm, $449.99

SMITH & WESSON M&P SHIELD EZ 9MM
Excellent CCW pistol with handy grip safety at good price

Given the high demand, it has been tough to find quality handguns for sale at a fair price. If you’re looking for a 9mm carry gun, Palmetto SA has the excellent Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9MM for just $449.99, including two 8-rd magazines. This gun is easy to rack. We like the integral grip safety. The trigger is crisp, and the pistol features an 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim. The Shield EZ is fitted with white-dot front and adjustable white-dot rear sights.

6. Creedmoor Sports — American Practice Bullets on SALE

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Amazing deal on factory second bullets, save 50% or more

Here’s a truly great deal on quality .22 cal and .30 cal bullets. These American Practice Bullets are made by major manufacturer, but may have slight cosmetic defects — mostly visual, such as minor scratch marks on the jackets. If you can live with the slight visual defects or very slight weight variances, you can enjoy huge savings. Get 500 bullets for what you might pay for just 250 first-run projectiles. For example, 500 69gr HPBT .22-caliber bullets are only $104.95. That’s just $20.99 per hundred! And for you .308 Win/.30-06 shooters — get 500 175gr HPBT bullets for just $165.96, just $33.95 per hundred.

7. Natchez — Bushnell Nitro 5-20x44mm $229.49 (Save $270+)

Bushnell Nitro 5-20x44mm SFP scope varmint
Excellent choice for varmint rifle at super-low price

Need a scope for your varmint rifle? Here’s a killer deal on a 5-20x44mm Bushnell Nitro. This second focal plane (SFP) scope boasts a nice reticle with MOA-based hashmarks. With this deal you can save 54% off the regular $499.99 price. For varmint hunting we think the 5-20X magnification range is just about ideal, and we prefer SFP as the reticle thickness doesn’t change as you zoom in and out, something you’ll do often on a prairie dog hunt. If you are looking for a lower-magnification scope, consider the 2.5-10x44mm Nitro for just $174.49 a $175 savings.

8. Amazon — Highwild Adjustable Target Stand Base, $32.99

Highwild Adjustable Target Stand Base
Smart product with adjustable widths

The steel Highwild Adjustable Target Stand Base provides a stable base for your target frame. The base has three steel receivers for standard 1×2 wood stakes (actual size .75″x 1.5″). Base span quickly adjusts from 8″ to 24″ and width markers are stamped on the cross-beam. No tools are required to change width. With this base you can set up your own target anywhere. The entire base is powder-coated to stand up to the elements. Bonus — the 13″ X 16″ cardboard shipping box is printed with Silhouette Targets.

9. Creedmoor Sports — Cleaning Rod Guide, $24.95 – $29.95

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Always use a rod guide — these are caliber-specific for best fit

Without a good bore guide, you can damage your rifle during cleaning. Bore guides keep solvents and fouling out of your action and trigger group. They also center up your rod and jags, protecting your chamber. Creedmoor Sports Cleaning Rod Guides have earned high marks. These are available in a variety of calibers/sizes to fit various actions. Use the drop-down menu on Creedmoor Sports product page to select the right size for your gun. NOTE: These Cleaning Rod Guides may be black or red, depending on current inventory.

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May 8th, 2021

Watch and Learn — Five Great Shooting USA Videos

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For decades, ShootingUSA has been a leading video resource for the shooting sports and hunting. This popular cable TV show covers shooting matches, and provides expert information on precision shooting, gun maintenance, optics, and defensive firearms use. Here are five interesting videos all worth watching. Learn about wind-reading, gun maintenance, and optics.

1. Reading the Wind — SGT Sherri Jo Gallagher of USAMU

Sergeant Sherri Jo Gallagher of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) shows us how to read the wind in given conditions, and how to apply your wind assessment when aiming down-range. During her time with the USAMU, Sherri won the National High Power Championship, and was the first woman in history to earn the U.S. Army “Soldier of the Year” honors. Sherri comes from a legendary family of shooters — she was raised by Ace Marksman Mid Tompkins and mother Nancy Tompkins, the first female to win the NRA National High Power Championship.

2. Field-Stripping and Cleaning AR-Platform Rifles

Let’s face it — Black Rifles run dirty. On AR-platform rifles, the gas system blows carbon and powder residues back into the action and bolt carrier group. Accordingly, you need to clean ARs early and often, and you should fully disassemble the bolt carrier to access parts and recesses which accumulate greasy lube and hard carbon. This helpful video shows how to field-strip and clean AR-platform rifles. If you own an AR, this is definitely worth viewing. With over 1.9 million views, this is the #1 most-watched video on Shooting USA’s YouTube Channel.

2. MOA Defined — Jim Scoutten Explains Minute of Angle

Minute of Angle (MOA) — this is the most common measurement of group size, and hence rifle accuracy. You hear about shooters hoping to shoot 1 MOA or “half-MOA”, but many folks could not give you a precise definition. In fact MOA is an angular measurement that equates to one-sixtieth of one degree of Arc. In this video, host John Scoutten defines MOA. He then demonstrates how MOA translates to accuracy on target. He demonstrates one-half-MOA accuracy with a Les Baer Custom rifle. This company offers a three-shot, half-MOA guarantee for its rifles.

4. How to Adjust for Parallax

Most precision rifle scopes have parallax adjustment, typically a knob on the left side of the scope. but what exactly is “Parallax” and why do you need to adjust optics to ensure the parallax setting is optimal? In this Shooting USA video, John Paul of JP Rifles defines parallax and explains why you need to set parallax correctly for the distance to your target. The video then shows how to adjust parallax correctly, a process which should start with the scope’s ocular focus.

5. How to Mount a Riflescope

When mounting a scope you want to use quality rings, and ensure that the scope is leveled properly. In addition, you need to adjust the fore/aft position of the scope so that eye relief is correct. Ideal scope position may be different when shooting from the bench vs. shooting prone. In this Shooting USA video John Paul of JP Rifles reviews scope mounting basics.

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May 3rd, 2021

BargainFinder 293: 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.

1. Palmetto SA — Complete AR Lower + Magpul Stock — $219.99

ar16 ar rifle sporting MSR palmetto .223 5.56 lower upper receiver sale discount bargain
Good complete lower with nice stock — add upper of your choice

Get that AR lower while you still can. This complete Palmetto State Armory lower with Magpul stock is fully assembled. It will take a standard upper, which you can build or purchase later without an FFL. The lower is the section that much be purchased through an FFL with a background check. On sale for $219.99, this complete PSA AR15 Lower features polished hammer and trigger components with nickel-plating for smoother trigger action. This lower is finished with an adjustable Magpul MOE Carbine Stock, Magpul MOE Trigger Guard, and Magpul MOE Grip.

2. Midsouth — Caldwell AR-500 Steel Targets, starting $14.79

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Great deals for AR500 steel targets — watch video above right

Caldwell’s new bright, easy-to-see steel targets come in multiple shapes and sizes for competition, training, and recreational use. Made of AR-500 grade hardened steel, these bright yellow targets can withstand thousands of rounds. Rated up to a 3000 fps impact velocity and a 3500 ft-lb impact energy, these targets come in seven styles and sizes with three hanging solutions. These bright yellow AR500 targets are On Sale now at Midsouth, starting at just $14.79 for 5″ Gong Target.

3. Midsouth — RCBS Explorer Reloading Kit, $399.99

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RCBS Kit includes all vital tools — good for new hand-loaders

Reloading tools have been in high demand. Many popular presses and combo kits have been sold out. Here’s good news — Midsouth has received Press Kits from RCBS. Great for folks getting started in reloading, this kit includes the single-stage press, powder measure, priming tool, trickler, digital scale, load manual, and various accessories. Get the RCBS Explorer Kit 2 for $399.99. If you want a bigger press, Midsouth also has the Rebel Master Reloading Kit for $488.95. This include everything in the Explorer kit, but with the beefier Rebel press plus a few more tools. Both kits are in-stock now, but could sell out soon.

4. MidwayUSA — Crimson Trace 5-Series Tactical Scope Sale

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Really amazing deals on excellent FFP optics for PRS/NRL applications

KILLER DEAL on high-quality First Focal Plane MilRad optics, ideal for PRS/NRL tactical applications. These high-tech Crimson Trace scopes are over HALF OFF now. Grab the 3-24x56mm for $799.99 (55% OFF) or the 3-18x50mm for $699.99 (56% OFF). Both feature 34mm main tubes, tons of elevation, and advanced MR1-MIL illuminated reticles. We’ve looked through these optics and they have good glass and nice controls. These scopes feature EZ Mount Leveling Indicators for quick, precise mounting. All Crimson Trace scopes come with FREE Batteries for life and a Lifetime Protection Warranty.

5. Amazon — H&B Ultrasonic Heated Cleaning Machine, $77.98

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Quality ultrasonic heated cleaning machine at very good price

Looking to clean your brass and/or gun parts? The H&B Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine is a bargain at just $77.98 on Amazon. This unit features a heated tank for cleaning of cartridge barss 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 89% 4- or 5-star reviews, is nearly identical to the unit Lyman has sold for $120+.

6. Midsouth — Lyman Ideal Reloading Press, $95.25

Lyman Ideal Brass Smith C-frame Reloading Press
Compact yet strong — good second press for range or home

Lyman’s Ideal compact press works great as a second, lighter-duty press. For loading at the range, it can easily be mounted to a bench. This cast-iron press is stronger than other small presses in its class. The Lyman Ideal C-Frame press costs just $79.99 at Midsouth. With good leverage in a compact size, this is a great press for the price.

7. Amazon — NcStar Vism Shooting Mat, $29.99

Shooting Mat
85% 5-Star Reviews, Easy Rolled Transport, Decent Padding

Here’s a very good mat for just $29.99. This NcStar Vism shooting mat boast decent padding, and reinforced areas for elbows and knees. Full dimensions are: 69″ Long x 35″ Wide. This mat has straps for pre-loading your bipod. When you’re done simply fold in the edges, roll it up into a compact 19.50″ W x 8.50″ H package — the size of a sleeping bag. You can pay twice as much for a shooting mat and not get much more quality. This mat has earned 85% Five-Star buyer ratings on Amazon.

8. Amazon — Lyman Pro Powder Funnel, $28.99

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Slick design prevents powder spillage — 6 inserts

Would you like the functionality of caliber-specific powder funnels, but don’t want to spend big money on multiple units? Then try the Lyman Pro Powder Funnel for $28.99. Six caliber-specific inserts effectively give the funnel a custom fit for your case neck sizes. This kit features a convenient carry case that holds the funnel plus six (6) inserts for 22, .243/6mm, .25/6.5mm, .270/7mm, .308 and .338 caliber rifle cartridges. NOTE: If this sells out, Midsouth has the Pro Powder Funnel with inserts for $27.45.

9. Amazon — MAXUS Dante Milligram Scale, $16.99

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Great price for nice hunting rifle; many calibers, coated action + barrel

Having a good compact utility scale is great for weighing bullets, primers, and brass. Everyone should have a small battery scale for loading at the range or sorting bullets by weight. Right now you can get a decent digital scale for a mere $16.99. Despite the low price, this MAXUS Dante Milligram Scale has earned good owner reviews. The scale reads up to 771 grains and comes with batteries, check weight, and powder pan.

10. Midsouth — Roll of 250 Stick-On Benchrest Accuracy Target

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Handy roll of adhesive targets with precise grid

Midsouth offers 250 self-adhesive Benchrest Targets on a convenient roll. These stick-on targets work great for anyone doing load development. Each target offers a precision 1/4″ grid at the top with diamond aiming box below. This is similar to official targets used in Benechrest matches, with the addition of the upper grid lines which allow you to instantly estimate group size. These targets also include an area to list your load components. Midsouth sells the 250-target roll for $14.99.

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May 2nd, 2021

Protect Your Eyesight — Smart Advice about Safety Eyewear

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Proper eye protection is ‘must-have’ gear for shooting sports. In addition to providing reliable impact protection, good shooting glasses should be comfortable, fog-free, and not interfere with your preferred hearing protection. Those who require corrective lenses also need to consider the various options available. In a past episode of their Weekly Gear Review, the 6.5 Guys discuss a variety of shooting glasses they have tried, including examples from DeCot, Oakley, and Wiley-X. Ed and Steve outline the key considerations when choosing eye protection, and then review practical aspects of eyewear design and construction that enhance comfort and functionality in the field.

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The 6.5 Guys (Ed and Steve) offer a number of smart tips consider safety eyewear, helping you select the most effective safety glasses at an affordable price. Here are the 6.5 Guys’ KEY Take-aways when choosing shooting glasses, including prescription eyewear:

Key Things To Consider When Choosing Eye Protection

1. Avoid polarized lenses or lenses that reduce light transmission significantly (except for action shooting in very bright conditions with large, close targets).

2. Avoid frame designs that interfere with prone shooting.

3. Avoid designs that easily fog.

4. Avoid frame designs with thicker temples that are uncomfortable to wear underneath hearing protection.

5. Select lenses with an appropriate degree of ballistic protection. CLICK HERE to learn more about eyewear safety standards.

6. When you get your prescription, be sure your ophthalmologist includes the interpupillary distance. This is a critical measurement particularly for heavier prescriptions.

7. If you have a complicated prescription select a vendor who will actually spend time with you to address any concerns.

Horrific .50 BMG Kaboom — Eye Saved by Protective Eyewear

Think you don’t need eye protection? Watch this video starting at 4:10. The screw-on barrel “cap” (chamber closure) of the .50 BMG action flies into the shooter’s face. Without eye protection the shooter would have definitely lost his right eye. (See video at 5:20 for analysis).

Safety First — Your Eyes Are Irreplaceable
Safety Eyewear 6.5 Guys 65guys.comAccurate shooting begins and ends with the human eye. Your career as a marksman could be cut short if you don’t use good eye protection every time you go to the range and/or handle a firearm.

Every year, 1,000,000 people suffer serious eye injuries. Shooting is hazardous; it is estimated that there are 30,000 firearms-related eye injuries each year (if you include paintball sports.) After paintball, general hunting accidents comprise most firearms-related eye injuries.

Quality eye protection need not be expensive. You can find comfortable, ANSI Z87.1-certified shooting glasses for under $10.00.

If you select shooting glasses carefully, and ensure that your eyewear is safety-certified, inexpensive shooting glasses can perform very well. But you need to avoid cheap, soft-plastic lenses that claim “impact resistance” without satisfying a testing standard.

For more comprehensive information on safety eyewear, read the AccurateShooter’s Guide to Eye Protection for Shooters.

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April 28th, 2021

New Sightron 36X ED Glass Scope with 1/10 MOA Clicks

Sightrong 36X ED competition scope SII 36x45mm

Here’s something of interest for benchrest competitors, particularly those who shoot at 100/200/300 yards. In those disciplines, high magnification is very important, and fixed-power options are popular. And in a game where the goal is to shoot in the ones and zeros, it is absolutely vital to have a scope that never experiences even the slightest shot-to-shot change (drift), and that allows very precise adjustments for windage and elevation. If you have a scope that moves internally, even the slightest amount, from one shot to the next, that can ruin a group.

Sightron recently introduced a new competition scope that should be a serious option for benchrest shooters. The new Sightron SIII SS 36x45mm ED riflescopes offer quality glass, precise adjustments, and reticles that hold steady — with no drift from shot to shot. This is a side-parallax scope with 1/10 MOA click values. MSRP is $1249.99* with an expected “street price” around $1100.00. Two Reticles are offered: Fine Crosshair (FCH), and FCH with 0.125 MOA Target Dot.

Sightron SIII SS 36x45mm ED Specifications:
Click Value @ 100 yards: 1/10 MOA
Windage/elevation adjustment @ 100 yards: 50 MOA
Eye Relief: 3.6 inches
FOV @ 100 yards: 3 feet
Minutes per revolution: 5 MOA
Tube Diameter: 30mm
Weight: 20.5 ounces
MSRP: $1,249.99

Sightrong 36X ED competition scope SII 36x45mm

Sightron ExacTrack Windage and Elevation
When you’re trying to shoot one-hole groups, you need a scope that holds its values, and can also give precise, 100% repeatable adjustments when you need to dial a windage or elevation change. This SII SS ED’s ExacTrack windage and elevation adjustment system maintains proper alignment of the adjustments to the erector tube. That, Sightron says, ensures “precision and accuracy even when the most dramatic adjustments are applied.” NOTE: The adjustment values for both windage and elevation are 1/10th MOA. That is unusual. We usually see 1/8th MOA clicks in this type of scope. Here the click values are one-tenth Minute of Angle. (NOT 1/10 MIL). Sightron note: “Precise target knobs with 1/10th MOA click value provide hair-splitting accuracy.”

ED (Extra Low-Dispersion) Glass in New 36x45mm Optic
The new SIII SS 36×45 ED features precision ED glass for crisp, razor-sharp views with minimal chromatic aberration — Sightron promises “crystal-clear target definition” with no color hazing. The SIII SS 36x45mm ED boasts Zact-7 Revcoat multi-coated precision ground lenses. Sightron claims “the highest quality light transmission in the industry”.

NOTE: If you want more magnification, Sightron also offers a 45x45mm SIII scope with ED Glass. To learn about that, READ Sightron 45x45mm SIII ED Review.

A side parallax adjustment knob allows the riflescope to focus from 10 yards to infinity. All SIII SS ED competition target riflescopes are compatible with all air guns and are backed by SIGHTRON’s lifetime limited warranty.


* The Sightron Press release lists a $1249.99 MSRP, but on the Sightron website we are see a $1150.00 price for the SIII 36x45mm ED scope models SIIISS36X45EDTD/FCH.

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April 26th, 2021

BargainFinder 292: 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.

1. Stocky’s Stocks — Assorted Stocks on Sale, $219.99

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Great variety of quality stocks at bargain $220 price

Need a quality stock but don’t want to wait months for a custom one? Stocky’s Stocks has a huge variety of models on sale right now for just $219.99. Choose from a Long Range Sporter, Long Range Composite M50, Long Range Composite or Long Range Composite w/ Thumbhole and you’ll be adding a quality stock that’ll give you years of service.

2. Graf & Sons — Hornady A-Tip Bullets in Stock

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High-quality, high-BC aluminum-tip bullets — get them while you can

Reloading components remain hard to find but we located a great selection of the popular Hornady A-Tip bullets in stock at Grafs.com. You’ll find a good assortment of popular calibers and bullet weights, including 6mm, 7mm, and .308 calibers. These A-Tip bullets have racked up many PRS/NRL match wins.

3. EuroOptic — SIG Sauer 20% OFF All Optics Sale

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Save 20% on riflescopes, red dots, binoculars etc. through April 25th

Need an optic for an AR or tactical rig? Or a reflex red dot for a pistol? Could you use a “smart” laser rangefinder that “talks” to your riflescope? Right now EuroOptic has discounted ALL SIG Sauer Optics 20%. All Sig Sauer optics are on sale, including riflescopes, red dots, laser rangefinders, binoculars, spotting scopes and more. That 20% discount can save hunters, PRS competitors, and pistol shooters hundreds on high quality optics with solid warranties. Shown are just a few of the great deals — dozens of other optics are on sale now through April 25, 2021.

4. COSTCO — Savior 55″ Double Rifle Case, $79.99

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Well-made case holds TWO 50+” rifles, sells elsewhere for $100

rifle caseQuality double rifle cases that fit long-barreled competition rigs can be expensive. But right now Costco has a great deal on the Savior American Classic 55″ Double Rifle Bag. This well-made case fits TWO long-barrel PRS, tactical, and/or F-Class rifles. Choose black or tan fabric (we prefer the tan as it doesn’t show dirt as much). The very same 55″ case sells elsewhere for nearly $100, so this is a great deal.

NOTE: This double rifle case comes complete with shoulder harness so it can be carried like a backpack (see photo at right). Plus there is plenty of room for gear in the three, side-mounted accessory pockets. If you order online from Costco.com, shipping is free, and you can return it to any Costco warehouse if you don’t like it for some reason.

5. Brownells — 200rds X-TAC 5.56×45 Ammo + SIG Red Dot, $344.99

223 ammo and sig sauer sight
Get 200 rounds (55gr or 62gr) plus quality Red Dot 0ptic

Need ammo and/or a sight system for your AR? Right now Brownells has a package deal combining .223 Rem/5.56 ammo and a high-quality Red Dot optic. With this X-TAC 5.56 NATO AMMO package you can get 200 rounds of 55gr or 62gr ammunition PLUS a SIG Sauer Romeo5 Red Dot Optic. The combo deals start at just $344.99. This 5.56×45 X-Tac ammo is made by PMC, a very reputable brand. The Romeo5 Red Dot is a quality German-engineered optic from SIG Sauer.

6. Amazon — Steiner 7×50 Marine Binoculars, $211.65

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Excellent binoculars with big discount this week — outstanding bargain

Could you use a set of rugged, waterproof binoculars with excellent glass? Then consider these quality Steiner 7×50 Marine Binoculars. Like the famed Steiner Military/Marine binoculars, these boast an optical design system that keeps everything in focus from 20 yards to infinity (once you set the oculars for your eyes). We have a similar pair of Steiners and the focus system works great — no constant fiddling with the focus control. The big 50mm lenses also bring in lots of light. These binoculars feature hardened NBR shock-absorbing armor and all-weather reliability. You won’t find better 7x50mm or 8x50mm binoculars at anywhere near this $211.65 sale price.

7. MidwayUSA — Walker’s Razor Earmuffs w/ Free Walkie Talkie

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Electronic Muffs with handy Walkie Talkie

Hearing protection is essential, but so is communicating with those around you. You get vital audio protection plus communication capability with these Walker’s Razor Earmuffs with Free Walkie Talkie. With a 23 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), these Walker’s Razor earmuffs offer a low-profile design and handy sound controls. Along with the muffs, right now you get a BONUS full-featured walkie talkie unit allowing you to communicate via wireless radio. This handy transceiver boasts 22 channels and features Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology.

8. Amazon — Caldwell Allweather “Fast Case” Gun Cover, $12.99

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Good waterproof cover for field rifles — easy on/off and lightweight

Ever been out hunting or positioned on the firing line only to have rain suddenly pour down? If you’d like a way to keep moisture out of your gun, check out the Caldwell Allweather Fast Case Gun Cover. This waterproof cover fits guns from 40″ to 54″ in length. The gun cover is easily rolled up and packed away, ensuring you’ll always have it when bad weather hits. This Caldwell cover is similar to the popular Mtn Lite Rifle cover at one-third the price.

9. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Vital Impact Shooting Bags

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Inexpensive bags — good starters for PRS or NRL matches

Every shooter can use a nice portable support bag. These inexpensive Vital Impact bags can work for sighting-in hunting rifles, supporting tactical rigs, or even resting handguns during load development. Many of durable synthetic fabric, these Vital Impact shooting bags are filed with small beads. This makes them much lighter and easier to carry than conventional sandbags. These Vital Impact bags also have have a textured rubber base that helps keep them in place when used on a bench or platform.

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April 21st, 2021

How to Verify Your Scope’s True Click Values — Box Test

Click Optics MOA turrent verification test

Let’s say you’ve purchased a new scope, and the spec-sheet indicates it is calibrated for quarter-MOA clicks. One MOA is 1.047″ inches at 100 yards, so you figure that’s how far your point of impact (POI) will move with four clicks. Well, unfortunately, you may be wrong. You can’t necessarily rely on what the manufacturer says. Production tolerances being what they are, you should test your scope to determine how much movement it actually delivers with each click of the turret. It may move a quarter-MOA, or maybe a quarter-inch, or maybe something else entirely. (Likewise scopes advertised as having 1/8-MOA clicks may deliver more or less than 1 actual MOA for 8 clicks.)

Nightforce scope turretReader Lindy explains how to check your clicks: “First, make sure the rifle is not loaded. Take a 40″ or longer carpenter’s ruler, and put a very visible mark (such as the center of an orange Shoot’N’C dot), at 37.7 inches. (On mine, I placed two dots side by side every 5 inches, so I could quickly count the dots.) Mount the ruler vertically (zero at top) exactly 100 yards away, carefully measured.

Place the rifle in a good hold on sandbags or other rest. With your hundred-yard zero on the rifle, using max magnification, carefully aim your center crosshairs at the top of the ruler (zero end-point). Have an assistant crank on 36 (indicated) MOA (i.e. 144 clicks), being careful not to move the rifle. (You really do need a helper, it’s very difficult to keep the rifle motionless if you crank the knobs yourself.) With each click, the reticle will move a bit down toward the bottom of the ruler. Note where the center crosshairs rest when your helper is done clicking. If the scope is accurately calibrated, it should be right at that 37.7 inch mark. If not, record where 144 clicks puts you on the ruler, to figure out what your actual click value is. (Repeat this several times as necessary, to get a “rock-solid”, repeatable value.) You now know, for that scope, how much each click actually moves the reticle at 100 yards–and, of course, that will scale proportionally at longer distances. This optical method is better than shooting, because you don’t have the uncertainly associated with determining a group center.

Using this method, I discovered that my Leupold 6.5-20X50 M1 has click values that are calibrated in what I called ‘Shooter’s MOA’, rather than true MOA. That is to say, 4 clicks moved POI 1.000″, rather than 1.047″ (true MOA). That’s about a 5% error.

I’ve tested bunches of scopes, and lots have click values which are significantly off what the manufacturer has advertised. You can’t rely on printed specifications–each scope is different. Until you check your particular scope, you can’t be sure how much it really moves with each click.

I’ve found the true click value varies not only by manufacturer, but by model and individual unit. My Leupold 3.5-10 M3LR was dead on. So was my U.S.O. SN-3 with an H25 reticle, but other SN-3s have been off, and so is my Leupold 6.5-20X50M1. So, check ‘em all, is my policy.”

click values scope Mrad moa scope test

From the Expert: “…Very good and important article, especially from a ballistics point of view. If a ballistics program predicts 30 MOA of drop at 1000 yards for example, and you dial 30 MOA on your scope and hit high or low, it’s easy to begin questioning BCs, MVs, and everything else under the sun. In my experience, more than 50% of the time error in trajectory prediction at long range is actually scope adjustment error. For serious long range shooting, the test described in this article is a MUST!” — Bryan Litz, Applied Ballistics LLC.

Bryan also uses a Tall Target Test to determine true click values. CLICK HERE to read a detailed, explanatory article about Litz’s Tall Target Test.

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April 19th, 2021

BargainFinder 291: 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.

1. KYGUNCO — Citadel 12ga Semi-Auto Shotgun, $288.99

shotgun 12 ga semi-auto defense tactical discount kyguncoAmazing deal for under $290 — Sights, good ergos, action and forearm rails

Looking for a semi-auto defensive 12 gauge? This Citadel Warthog offers reliable function, nice ergonomics, and the features you want, all for just $288.99 cash price ($297.66 Credit Card). This nice scattergun boasts a black metal finish and black synthetic stock with black pistol grip. It comes standard with raised tactical rear sight and ghost ring front sight plus a Picatinny rail on the action and on the forearm (for lights etc.). This shotgun includes 3 extended choke tubes. A recent buyer was pleased: “Reliable, great ergonomics, will cycle everything”.

2. Graf’s — Nikon LaserForce 10×42 LRF Binoculars, $899.95

Savior Tactical Double Rifle case pistol pack backpack
Killer Deal, Save $300 — better than other brands costing hundreds more

Guys, here’s a GREAT Nikon deal at Grafs.com. These very same Nikon LaserForce 10×42 LRF Binoculars are $1199.95 at Optics Planet and $1196.95 on Amazon. These feature HD Glass with long eye relief, 1900-yard range (on reflective targets), Incline/Decline “smarts”, and OLED display with 4-step intensity adjustment. Hunters — you won’t find better LRF binoculars at anywhere near this price. NOTE: This has sold out at this $300 OFF price. However, many of our readers were able to purchase these LRF binocs. Remember to check for Monday Deals as early as possible.

3. KYGUNCO — Anderson AM-15 (AR) Lower Receiver, $79.99

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More gun control is coming — get an AR lower while you can

With the developments in Washington, it will likely become more difficult to purchase an AR-platform rifle in the future. You may want to get an AR lower now, while you can, at a reasonable price. KYGUNGO (Kentucky Gun Co.) is selling the Anderson AM-15 AR15 Lower Receiver for just $79.99 (cash price) or $82.39 (credit card). This is a mil-spec 7075 T6 Forged aluminum lower, Type 3 Hard Anodized. Flat-Rate Shipping to your FFL is just $11.99. These could sell out quickly.

4. Amazon — Double Rifle Backpack Case from $66.99 (36″)

Savior Tactical Double Rifle case pistol pack backpack
Great cases 36″ to 55″, many compartments, good shoulder straps

It’s hard to find quality tactical gun cases that fit long match rifles. This Savior Gun Case (55″ model) can hold two rifles up to about 54″ OAL. Five (5) sizes are available: 36″, 42″, 46″, 51″, and 55″. This is a great choice for PRS. The Savior 51″ version in FDE Tan is $94.12 while the biggest 55″ Savior Tactical case starts at $97.99 on Amazon in black. Either is big enough for most PRS rifles, even with long barrels. The shorter 36″ case is just $66.99. These Saviour cases, #1 Best Sellers on Amazon, come in multiple colors: FDE Tan, OD Green, Multi-Cam, Black, and Gray.

5. Amazon — Vortex Diamondback HD Spotting Scope, $399.00

vortex diamondback HD spotting scope
Great Spotting Scope Deal — hard to beat at twice the price

Whether hunting or target shooting, spotting scopes get you on target faster and easier than bare eyes or riflescope. If you need a good HD-grade spotter, check out the Vortex Diamondback HD 16-48x65mm angled spotting scope for $399.00. It offers great clarity and rock-solid lifetime guarantee. Relatively compact and weighing 49.8 ounces, this is a good choice for a hunter. There’s also a straight version for $399.00, with same 16-48X power and 65mm objective. If you need more magnification and low-light performance, Vortex offers the 20-60x80mm Diamondback HD spotter for $499.00.

6. Midsouth — Berry’s Tri-Can Ammo Carrier, $23.99

berrys tri-can carry case ammo
Very Handy New Product has Three Clear-Trop Compartments

Midsouth now sells the new Tri-Can Utility Box Carrier for $23.99. This Tri-Can (from Berry’s) is a handy, versatile organizational tool that simplifies range trips. The tough injection molded plastic base and lids, rubber seal gaskets, and cam-lock latches keep contents safe. The Tri-Can boasts a strong, handy carry handle. The Tri-Can is made up of three individual translucent-lid containers which can be customized with up to three individual cells.

7. Amazon — Wheeler Digital Trigger Pull Gauge, $41.30

wheeler trigger gauge sale
Versatile, repeatable trigger pull gauge 0-12 pounds

Every serious shooter should have a good trigger gauge. The Wheeler digital trigger gauge is precise and repeatable, measuring pull weights up to 12 pounds, making it suitable for all types of firearms. The load cell directly contacts the trigger making it extremely accurate with +/- 0.2 ounce precision. There are two modes: “Peak” and “Live.” Peak mode shows max force for each pull and calculates the minimum, maximum and average pull weights. Live mode continuously shows the force on the sensor. It even has a special adapter for Savage-style triggers with bladed inserts.

8. Brownells — Wipe-Out Foam Cleaner, $14.99

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Wipe-Out Foam is effective, particularly when used right after shooting

Walking the firing line of the Berger SW Nationals this year, one cleaning product was mentioned over and over again and for good reason. Sharp Shoot R Wipe-Out foaming bore cleaner is a no-nonsense, easy-to-use bore cleaner that does a great job. We get best results with two applications of Wipe-Out after some wet patches. If you’re tired of long brushing sessions, give Wipe-Out a try — it really reduces brushing required. This is a great deal. The same 5 oz. can is $24.95 on Amazon.

9. Midsouth — Hornady Safe Cycle Rapid Rack for ARs, $9.90


Dual-purpose Empty Chamber Indicator that racks AR bolt

The Hornady Safe Cycle Rapid Rack is an empty chamber indicator (ECI) that also operates as a load assist device. The bright red lever visually displays that your AR’s chamber is empty. To “make ready”, simply shoulder the firearm, grab the lever and pull straight back and allow the Rapid Rack to fall to the ground as the now-charged bolt springs forward to feed a round into the chamber. You can also charge your AR normally as the Rapid Rackwill not interfere with standard operation. Just “grip it and rip it” with the inexpensive Hornady Rapid Rack, now just $9.90 at Midsouth.

10. Amazon — Real Avid Chamber Boss for ARs, $29.99

ar 15 bore brush
Essential tool for AR owners — handy, effective, self-contained

Cleaning AR-platform rifle chambers can be a pain, especially when it comes to removing the carbon. We found the Real Avid Chamber Boss is very effective on those dirty AR chambers and internals. The Chamber Boss includes a carbon scraper specifically designed for the AR chamber extension. This kit also include a chamber brush, and 5 special star-chamber cleaning pads. All these components fit right into the Chamber Boss’s handle, making transport simple and easy.

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April 12th, 2021

Bargain Finder 290: 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.

1. Sportsman’s WHSE — C. Daly 12ga Pump Shotgun, $199.99

shotgun sale
No frills, reliable Self-Defense 12ga Shotgun under $200

If you’ve been searching for a no-nonsense defense shotgun at a bargain price, then check out the Charles Daly 301 Tactical 12 Gauge 3in Black Pump Action Shotgun. It has an aluminum action with a steel barrel and comes with a Beretta/Benelli Modified Choke. It is chambered for 3″ (max) 12 gauge shells. Actual buyers were impressed with this shotgun: “Purchased for value. First day at range fired multiple types of 2 3/4 bird and buck shot with no issues to report.” and “Looks and functions great. Short and handy also.”

2. MidwayUSA — Tipton Ultra Vise + Free Scope Leveler, $129.95

tipton ultra vise
Sophisticated, sturdy, versatile gun vise great for many tasks

Having a stable rifle vise is critical for doing any kind of work, especially mounting optics. One of our favorites is the Tipton Ultra Vise . It features different modules that can be quickly moved, rearranged or removed anywhere along the rail. Leveling feet are situated on all corners making leveling easier, and dual clamp technology rigidly holds any gun shape into place. The best part of this package is that it comes with a FREE Wheeler Scope Leveling System to help mount your scope properly.

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The Tipton Ultra Gun Vise’s modular, interchangeable design can hold nearly any type of long gun. Ball and socket articulating clamp pads adapt to any surface. The front and rear clamps are both height and length adjustable with fast-turn knobs for quick clamping.

3. EuroOptic — Trijicon Tenmile Scope Sale — Huge Savings

trijicon tenmile scope sale
These Trijicon optics compare well with NF for much less

Trijicon Tenmile scopes have quickly become popular with F-Class, PRS, and ELR competitors. Check out the Trijicon Tenmile scope sale where you can pick up any of these innovative scopes that feature lit reticles, large 34mm diameter tubes, and many other good features. These are really good scopes for the money. And now’s the time to buy with massive discounts during this sale. For example the Tenmile 3-18x44mm FFP with MRAD ranging is marked down from $2199.99 to $1475.99 (Save $724). And the Tenmile 5-50x56mm Extreme LR SFP scope is marked down from $2700.99 MSRP to $1810.99 — Save $890!

4. Midsouth — AR-15 30-Rd Steel 5.56 Mags 10-Pack, $139.99

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Strong, well-designed AR 30rd Mags at good price

You can’t watch the news without wondering how long it’ll be before high-capacity magazines are banned nationwide. Avoid price gouging and regret by picking up an AR-15 30-Round Steel 5.56 Magazine 10-Pack. For $139.99 you’ll get TEN 30-round steel 30-Rd magazines with a well-designed anti-tilt follower. The follower is also self-leveling to ensure proper feeding of ammo in your AR15-type firearm.

5. Natchez — 400 Rds Federal XM193 5.56x45mm Ammo, $399.99

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Quality Federal NATO-spec ammo for your AR-15 Platform rifles

Good factory loaded ammo remains hard to find, particularly for popular calibers such .223 Rem (5.56×45). Ammo prices seem to be on a constant rise. One of the best deals we’ve see on in-stock ammo is this Federal XM193 NATO Rifle Ammunition 5.56mm 55gr FMJ, 400/ct. While it’s not the cheapest we’ve seen, it’s good ammo and comes in a military-style ammo box. Nobody has a crystal ball but we may look back and wonder why we didn’t grab more ammo like this before prices rose even higher.

6. Brownells Armory — Everything AR at good prices

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AR-focused product center: Uppers/Lowers/Mags/Triggers and more

More people than ever are looking to pick up some form of an AR-15 and for good reason. If you’re one of those people and don’t know where to look or how to get all the parts you need, check out the Brownells Armory. They’ve made it easy to build one by putting all the categories in an easy-to-navigate menu taking nearly all the guess work out of the process making for a one stop shop.

7. Costco — Cannon Landmark 47-gun Executive Safe, $799.99

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Quality Cannon safe at huge discount right now — Save $200

Cannon makes good safes for the money — and this big 27.8 cubic-foot safe is on sale this week. Save $200 on the Cannon Landmark 27.8 Cubic-Foot Executive Safe with Electronic Lock and 60-minute fire rating. This safe is big, measuring 64.33″ Tall x 35.5″ Wide x 25.33″ Deep. The safe is rated to hold 47 guns (NOTE: This capacity figure is based on thin, unscoped rifles, such as lever guns. Nonetheless this is a very capacious safe.) NOTE: The $799.99 SALE price includes curbside delivery to your location.

8. Amazon — Universal Reloading Tray Blocks, 10-Pack $11.99

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Precision-molded ammo blocks are stackable, versatile, affordable

We’re all probably spending a little more time loading these days, but sometimes prep work can be slowed down when you don’t have anywhere to put your brass. Save money and increase your capacity to load by picking up a Universal Reloading Ammo Tray Loading Blocks 10-Pack for just $11.99. These are universally sized, allowing for just about any type brass. NOTE These blocks are designed to stack securely, so you can use them for both short pistol cases (using one block) and taller rifle cartridges (using two or three blocks). These are cheap enough that you can also use them for general storage in crates or ammo boxes.

9. Amazon — EZ-Aim Bullseye Paper Target, 13-pack $3.90

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Great, high-contrast Bullseye Targets just 30 cents each

Why spend a ton of money on targets that just get shot up and thrown away? Check out these EZ-Aim Paper Shooting Range and Archery Targets. They’re bright white with easy to see aiming points, and numbered Ring values. We like these because they resemble match targets. At $3.90 for 13 targets, your per target cost is just $0.30 (thirty cents)! NOTE: Allen also sells many other paper and reactive shooting targets — everything from sight-in sheets to prairie dog targets and spinners.

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April 2nd, 2021

SCATT MX-02 Electro-Optical Training System for Shooters

Kirsten Joy Weiss SCATT MX-02 Video Trainer demo electronic trace target live fire dry firing

“SCATT” — if you’re an Olympic Class air rifle or smallbore competitor you know what SCATT means. The Russian-made SCATT is a marksmanship training system with an electro-optical sensor that fits on the end of a barrel. The sensor “sees” the target and then tracks your muzzle movement relative to the center of the target, recording a “trace” that can be displayed on a computer. The latest SCATT MX-02 unit works for live-fire training as well as dry-fire training. To learn more about the SCATT electronic trainers, visit SCATTUSA.com.

Pro shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss demonstrates the SCATT MX-02 electronic training system:

The system traces and records valuable information such as hold pattern, shot hold duration, follow-through, recoil pattern, and much more. The latest SCATT MX-02 systems can be used both indoors and outdoors up to 300 meters (and possibly more). READ FULL SCATT MX-02 TEST HERE.

SCATT traces reveal muzzle movements during the aiming process.
Kirsten Joy Weiss SCATT MX-02 Review Video Electronic Trainging system test

Kirsten Joy Weiss, a top-level competitive position shooter, has tested the latest SCATT MX-02 training systtem. She put the MX-02 through its paces, and then produced an informative video that shows how it works. Click on the video above to see Kirsten use the MX-02 with her Anschütz rifle and other guns.

Kirsten Joy Weiss SCATT MX-02 Video Trainer demo electronic trace target live fire dry firing

Kirsten was impressed with the SCATT MX-02 she tested:

“We live with tech woven into our every day, so if you had the chance to work with a computer to make you a better shooter — would you? Can a computer train you as well as your favorite coach or, dare to say, better than a human?”

Weiss says it’s like having a little coach with you recording your every move. “If R2D2 had a cousin who knew how to shoot,” Weiss quips, “his name would be the MX-02″.

The SCATT MX-02 can also be used with target pistols.
Kirsten Joy Weiss SCATT MX-02 Video Trainer demo electronic trace target live fire dry firing

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March 29th, 2021

Bargain Finder 288: 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.

1. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Winchester .22 LR Wildcat, $219.99

sportsmans warehouse winchester wildcat rimfire .22 LR 22LR rifle sale
Removable lower receiver, Picatinny rails, good trigger, great price

Here is a fun little semi-auto .22 LR rifle at a crazy low price — $219.99 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 considerably less. The lower receiver assembly is easily removed from the upper assembly by pushing a button — no tools required.

2. Bullet Central & Whidden — Bix’n Andy Dakota Trigger, $199

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Outstanding trigger with safety for hunting or competition

Are you putting together a new build but still can’t decide on a trigger? The Bix’n Andy Dakota trigger is a great choice for both hunting and target applications. Easily adjustable for pull weight, this is one of the crispest triggers on the market. Find these superb triggers IN STOCK now at both Whidden Gunworks or Bullet Central.

3. Juggernaut — AR-15 Combo Lower + Upper Receiver, $333

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Matched high-quality upper and lower receiver combo

Let’s face it, with Federal gun control looming, it will likely become more difficult to buy/build AR-platform rifle over the next few years. The threat of new AR bans is already leading to a shortage of parts. Here is a nice matched lower + upper receiver combo available in a wide variety of finishes. The Juggernaut Tactical AR-15 Combo Lower and Upper Receiver package comes in 4 different Cerakote and two anodized colors. These combos accept standardized fire control kits in the lower and mil-spec bolt assemblies in the upper.

4. Proteckor.com — Protektor Model — Dr. Rear Bags

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Great competition rear bag — choose your ear height, spacing, material

Keeping your rifle stable while shooting is critical for accuracy. For benchrest shooting and F-Class, you need a stable rear bag. Among the best rear bags, favored by many top benchrest competitors, are the Protektor Model Dr. Rear Bags. These boast a very solid leather base that sits flat. Chose angled or flat top, with or without carry handle. NOTE: These are “semi-custom” products. You can specify ear height, ear spacing, and ear covering type (leather, cordura, slick silver fabric).

5. Midway — Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm with Rings, $1999.99

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Outstandign FFP Tactical Mil/Mil scope discounted $650.00

Leupold is one of America’s leading scope-makers, and the Mark 5HD is Leupold’s latest flagship optic. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line First Focal Plane (FFP) scope with 1/10 Mil clicks, check out this killer deal on the Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm. NOTE: This product includes a set of Leupold’s fine Mark 4 rings. This optic offers great glass, outstanding low-light performance, zero-stop functionality, and plenty of elevation. Plus Leupold offers a superior lifetime warranty. To learn more about the Leupold Mark 5HD series, watch this 7-35x56mm Mark 5HD video review (MOA version).

6. Palmetto SA — SIG BDX Scope + Laser Rangefinder, $699.99

SIG BDX scope laser rangefinder combo bluetooth holdover combo kit
“Smart” Scope Shows hold-over calculated by linked BDX Rangefinder

Here’s a great set-up for a hunter — a riflescope and rangefinder combo that communicate. This SIG BDX Combo Kit ($699.99) includes a six-power KILO 1400BDX Laser Rangefinder that links to the SIG Sierra 3BDX 3.5-10x42mm scope. The rangefinder’s onboard Applied Ballistics calculator sends ballistic data (via Bluetooth) directly to the Sierra 3BDX’s reticle, providing an illuminated holdover dot. Just put the dot on the target — no turret dialing needed. If you want more magnification, there is also a SIG Combo Kit with SIG 3BDX 4.5-14x44mm Scope and KILO 1800BDX Laser Rangefinder for $899.99.

7. Midsouth — Caldwell BR Rock Rest, $139.99

caldwell rock front rest
Solid, reliable front rest at very good price

Do you need a solid front rest for target shooting or load development, but don’t require instant adjustments or fancy features? For shooters on a tight budget, the Rock Benchrest Competition Front Shooting Rest fits the bill. This easy-to-use rest is solid, stable, and has a large-diameter wheel for precise elevation adjustment. This is a great value at $139.99.

8. Amazon — Bluetooth Digital Anemometer, $39.99

wind meter sale
Measures wind velocity with Bluetooth connection to Smartphone App

To shoot successfully at long range, you need precise wind speed readings. This “smart” Digital Anemometer (windmeter) records Max/Min/Average wind speeds and ambient temperature which display on-screen. Importantly, the unit also outputs wind readings to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This allows you to mount the wind meter downrange and view wind speeds via a smartphone App. The unit’s base is threaded for tripod mounting. This is a pretty impressive system for under forty bucks.

9. Amazon — Vanguard Porta Aim Gun Rest, $44.99

front rest portable
Handy, ultra-portable rest for casual duties — rifle or pistol

Do you ever find yourself out for a day of shooting or hunting but there’s nothing to rest your rifle on? Worry no more as you can keep the Vanguard Porta Aim Gun Rest easily tucked away in your vehicle or range bag and it’ll always be there for you when you need it. This can be used to support pistols as well.

10. Amazon — MTM 30 Rd Rimfire Ammo Wallet, $5.19

mtm rimfire ammunition ammo wallet carry box 17 hmr .22 LR WMR Mach 2
Convenient case holds rimfire ammo cartridges securely

Yes this case holds .17 and .22 caliber rimfire ammo types including .17 HM2, .17 HMR, .22 Short, .22 LR, .22 WMR (but not .17 WSM). Each round is held securely with an individual clasp. The 8.66″ x 6″ box is small and thin enough (0.7″ thick) that you can easily carry it in a coat pocket. Owner review: “Sturdy case, bullets fit tight into it and don’t move around, case is small and fits right in your back pocket.”

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March 26th, 2021

What’s Wrong with This Picture — Look Carefully

Bisley Range Deer England Centre UK Wildlife F-Class
Click image to zoom full-screen.

What’s wrong (or right?) with this picture? Does the “F” in F-class refer to “Fauna”? Look carefully at this Bisley Range photo taken by Australian R. Hurley while looking downrange through his March 8-80X scope. The photo was taken in 2015 at the Bisley National Shooting Centre in the UK.

The Story Behind the Photo
British shooter T. Stewart reports: “I was there when this photos was taken. All I can say was that Mr. Hurley was firmly reminded that should said deer accidentally jump in front of his bullet … he would spend five years ‘At Her Majesty’s Pleasure’.”

“That morning we had five deer moving across the targets, literally blocking the V-Bull. Since we were on the 900-yard Firing Point, and elevated for such, obviously the bullet would pass well above them. But they do NOT move or flinch at the noise or passing bullets since they are not hunted on the Bisley Ranges. Earlier this year we saw a herd of 20 or so deer grazing slowly across the Range.”

More Fauna Findings…
Apparently Bisley is not the only place were “the deer and the antelope play”. In Canada, on the Connaught Ranges near Ottawa, Ontario, shooters often encounter a variety of wildlife. William McDonald from Ontario says: “Animals are a common sight on the Range. Along with deer we see geese, turkeys, and coyotes on a daily basis.”

Likewise, E. Goodacre from Queensland, Australia often sees ‘Roos on his home range: “I shoot at Ripley, Australia, and shooting is regularly interrupted by kangaroos. Our last silhouette match was delayed by an hour while 30 ‘Roos dawdled across — silly buggers!”

R. Hurley wasn’t the first fellow to view deer through his F-Class rifle’s scope. After seeing Hurley’s photo from Bisley, B. Weeks posted this image, saying: “Been there, done that!”

Bisley Range Deer England Centre UK Wildlife F-Class

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March 25th, 2021

Parallax Explained — Nightforce Optics TECH TIP

Nightforce Optics Parallax Newsletter Scope Video

PARALLAX – What is it and Why is it important?

Nightforce Optics Parallax Newsletter Scope Video

What is Parallax?
Parallax is the apparent movement of the scope’s reticle (cross-hairs) in relation to the target as the shooter moves his eye across the exit pupil of the riflescope. This is caused by the target and the reticle being located in different focal planes.

Why is it Important?
The greater the distance to the target and magnification of the optic, the greater the parallax error becomes. Especially at longer distances, significant sighting error can result if parallax is not removed.

How to Remove Parallax
This Nightforce Tech Tip video quickly shows how to remove parallax on your riflescope.

While keeping the rifle still and looking through the riflescope, a slight nod of the head up and down will quickly determine if parallax is present. To remove parallax, start with the adjustment mechanism on infinity and rotate until the reticle remains stationary in relation to the target regardless of head movement. If parallax has been eliminated, the reticle will remain stationary in relation to the target regardless of eye placement behind the optic.

Nightforce Optics Parallax Newsletter Scope Video

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March 22nd, 2021

Bargain Finder 287: 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.

1. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Savage Axis II Precision, $779.99

barnard sms action
Compares well with tactical rigs costing much more

Here’s a smart choice for PRS/NRL Factory Class. Get the Savage Axis II Precision rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor for just $779.99. Add a high-quality scope and you’ll have a complete set up for well under $2K with money left over for bipod, support bags, and other accessories. If you are looking for a metal chassis varmint rifle, Sportsman’s Warehouse also has a .223 Rem Axis II Precision on sale for the same $779.99 price.

2. EuroOptic — Trijicon Tenmile Scope Sale — Huge Savings

trijicon tenmile scope sale
These Trijicon optics compare well with NF for much less

Trijicon Tenmile scopes have quickly become popular with F-Class, PRS, and ELR competitors. Check out the Trijicon Tenmile scope sale where you can pick up any of these innovative scopes that feature lit reticles, large 34mm diameter tubes, and many other good features. These are really good scopes for the money. And now’s the time to buy with massive discounts during this sale. For example the Tenmile 3-18x44mm FFP with MRAD ranging is marked down from $2199.99 to $1475.99 (Save $724). And the Tenmile 5-50x56mm Extreme LR SFP scope is marked down from $2700.99 MSRP to $1810.99 — Save $890!

3. Brownells — KRG Bravo Chassis Rem 700, $329.99 with Code

brownells krg bravo tactical hunting stock internal aluminum precision
Versatile internal frame stock for PRS or hunting — tan, black, or green

The Kinetic Research Group (KRG) Rem 700 Bravo Chassis is a good dual-purpose choice for PRS and hunting. This chassis features an internal aluminum frame with polymer exterior in Flat Dark Earth, Sako Green, or Black. The stock fits Rem 700 and Rem clone actions, accepts AICS-pattern mags, and is M-LOK compatible. The 2.9-lb KRG Bravo chassis features adjustable cheek riser and length-of-pull, built-in thumb shelf, plus quick-detach sling-swivel and bipod mounts. The KRG Bravo stock costs $349.99 at Brownells. You can also get $20 Off with Brownells code VTJ, lowering the net cost to $329.99.

4. Walker’s Electronic Muffs — Alpha or Razor Slim from $39.99

Walker's hearing protection electronic muffs
Comfortable muffs, handy controls, choose 26 NRR or 23 NRR

Walker’s makes some of the best budget-priced electronic muffs you can buy. Choose the 26 NRR Alpha Power model, now $39.99 on sale at MidwayUSA (50% Off), or try the lighter-weight 23 NRR Razor Slim model starting at $36.47, an Amazon best seller. These muffs have earned strong user reviews. One purchaser who also owns the Howard Leight Impact Muffs said the Walkers are far more comfortable: “Walkers: Deep cups with thick pads, does not press down on safety glasses. Comfortable even after 20+ minutes. Howard Leights: Thin pads, difficult to get them to sit right over your ear and eye protection with no air leakage. Uncomfortable on the ear … your ear contacts the felt inside the earmuff[.]”

5. Amazon — Teslong Borescope $45.99 or Rigid Version $69.98

teslong digital borescope
Teslong borescopes are game-changers — true “must-have” tool

The Teslong digital borescope has been a huge success. This compact, electro-optical, cable-type borescope outputs sharp, high-resolution images and VIDEO to desktop computers and laptops, and many tablets. Check out our Full Teslong Review complete with inside-the-barrel videos. Get the basic version for $45.99 on Amazon or the rigid version Teslong Borescope for $69.98 (SEE Rigid Teslong Video). If you scope your barrels often, you’ll probably prefer the rigid version which is easy to insert and rotate.

6. MidwayUSA — Frankford Arsenal Hand Deprimer Tool, $35.99

Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Deprimer Tool
Deprime fired cartridge brass anywhere — no press needed

Decapping brass can be a tedious, time-consuming, and messy chore. Simplify the task (and avoid messing up your reloading area) with the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Deprimer Tool. This device lets you remove spent primers anywhere — no press needed and all the mess (cups/anvils/residue) stays in the capture chamber. You can deprime cases while watching TV. This tool features a Universal Collet that works with all case types. With good leverage, this tool is easy on the hands too. Forum members have praised this handy tool.

7. Amazon — MTM Cleaning Rod Case, $19.99

mtm cleaning rod case discount
Good way to transport and store cleaning rods — lowest price ever

Good cleaning rods are expensive and can be easily damaged if you’re not careful. To protect those valuable cleaning rods, we recommend the MTM Cleaning Rod Case which holds four rods as well as cleaning supplies. This $19.99 case protects your rods both at home and while traveling. With this handy, durable case you can stop worrying about bending or breaking those important cleaning rods. This is a good price for a very popular item.

8. Amazon — Long Range Shooting Handbook, $19.85

“Long
Most Popular Practical LR Training Book, Respected Author

Ryan Cleckner’s Long Range Shooting Handbook is the best-selling modern book on practical rifle skills. Ryan Cleckner’s Long Range Shooting Handbook is designed as an intro to important fundamental concepts such as MOA vs. Mils, External Ballistics, and Environmental Effects. Included are personal tips and advice based on Cleckner’s years of experience as a sniper instructor and special operations sniper. You can view Sample Chapters on Amazon.com.

The Long Range Shooting Handbook is divided into three main categories: What It Is/How It Works, Fundamentals, and How to Use It. “What It Is/How It Works” covers equipment, terminology, and basic principles. “Fundamentals” covers the theory of long range shooting. “How to Use It” gives practical advice on implementing what you’ve learned, so you can progress as a skilled, long range shooter.

9. Midsouth — Tumbler Kit Pro with Separator/Sorter, $89.99

midsouth tumbler media separator arsenal tumbler
Ample capacity, great reviews, and good value right now

Keeping your brass clean is one of the best ways to keep your dies (and reloading presses) clean as well. 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 $89.99, including Media and Brass Polish. The Tumbler Kit Pro will handle 600-1000 handgun cases, or 250-450 rifle cases (depending on size). Verified purchaser reviews have all been five stars.

10. Amazon — Howard Leight MAX Earplugs, $8.90/50 Pairs

accurateshooter.com review Max-1 Howard Leight ear plugs

20 Pairs
50 Pairs

Best NRR (33 dB), Very Comfortable, Great Value

These Howard Leight NRR 33 Max Plugs are your Editor’s favorite foam earplugs. Between shooting, motorcycling, and mowing lawns, I probably have Max plugs in my ears 2-3 days a week. This is a very good price for a bulk pack of 50 pairs. NRR 33 is the best Noise Reduction Rating you’ll find for plugs alone. And if you act soon, you can get free shipping to boot.

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March 17th, 2021

Sightron Offers New PLR Series Illuminated Scopes

Sightron optics Precsion long range PLR SFP FFP scopes zero stop illuminated riflescope

Sightron has launched its new Precision Long-Range (PLR) Riflescope Series. The Sightron SIII PLR Series offers high-end optics performance at reasonable prices, starting at $1325.00 MSRP. There will be three second focal plane (SFP) models: 6-24x50mm, 8-32x56mm, and 10-50x60mm. In addition there is an impressive new 6-24x50mm first focal plane (FFP) model.

Sightron optics Precsion long range PLR SFP FFP scopes zero stop illuminated riflescope

Sightron’s new SIII PLR riflescopes feature 30mm tubes, a new internal zero-stop mechanism, and several illuminated reticle options. All models sport a black satin finish with high visibility markings. The large, oversized tactical knobs are easy to adjust and are resettable to zero. The new internal zero-stop mechanism provides a tactile and audible positive stop for dead-on zero setting. The windage knob is marked for left and right, so there is no second-guessing when making adjustments. Click values for PLR scopes are either 1/4 MOA or 0.1 MRAD. Sightron’s patented ExacTrack Windage and Elevation System is standard on all models. ExacTrack provides super-precise windage and elevation adjustments while maintaining a positive point-of-contact with the internal erector tube.

Sightron optics Precsion long range PLR SFP FFP scopes zero stop illuminated riflescope

All PLR scopes boast Sightron’s Zact-7 Revcoat Plus™ Enhanced Lens Coating for increased light transmission and improved clarity. And all PLR reticles are illuminated with a side-mounted 11-position on/off rotary-type dial. The side-mounted focus system has been redesigned for improved close focus performance. These PLR scopes all ship with 3-inch sunshade, flip-up lens covers, Torx Key/Allen wrench, and CR2032 battery. Like all Sightron scopes, the PLR series optics are nitrogen-charged for a 100% waterproof and fog-proof system.

Sightron optics Precsion long range PLR SFP FFP scopes zero stop illuminated riflescope

First Focal Plane Scope for Tactical Disciplines
The new 6-24x50mm SIII PLR FFP riflescope features the first focal plane design favored by PRS/NRL and tactical shooters. This allows the shooter to range and holdover with speed and accuracy, knowing that the reticle dimensions will remain constant on all magnifications.

Sightron President Mack Matsumoto states: “Our engineers worked hard to improve the precision, function, and cosmetics of the already-popular SIII Long-Range Series. You will … experience a higher level of precision from the new internal Zero-stop to the Zact-7 Revcoat Plus multicoating technology that improves light transmission, color and clarity.”

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March 16th, 2021

St. Patrick’s Day Sale — AR Components, Pistols, Optics and More

Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper

Palmetto State Armory (PSA) is running a St. Patrick’s Day Sale, with some impressive bargains on handguns, rifles, and AR components (uppers, lowers, stocks, grips, bolt sets). Hundreds of items are on sale. Most are AR-related, but there are also many pistols and optics on sale, along with stocks, triggers, and more. Here are eight great deals that turned our heads this St. Patty’s Day:

St. Patrick’s Day Sale Great Deals
Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper
Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper
Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper
Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper Palmetto Armory St. Patrick's Day Sale AR 15 pistol rifle lower upper

St. Patrick’s Day Shooting Coat Sale

Here is a special St. Patrick’s Day Sale Item from Creedmoor Sports. This Green Coat is certainly appropriate today, when “wearing the green” is a part of the tradition. A wide range of sizes, from 30 to 58 is available. For a few dollars more you can add a Sling Harness section or a Terry Cloth Collar piece.

Creedmoor Sports St. Patrick's day shooting coat Deluxe Canvas Shooting Coat

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March 15th, 2021

BargainFinder 286: 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.

1. Whidden Gunworks — Barnard Model SMS Action, $1150

barnard sms action
Outstanding, smooth-running action, takes Rem 700 triggers (like Jewell)

Building a new gun these days can be challenging at best, especially because action manufacturers now have lead times up to one year. If you want a great custom action with no long wait, check out the Barnard Model SMS Action in stock and ready to ship from Whidden Gunworks. With a Remingon 700 footprint it fits a huge variety of inletted stocks. You can order it with either a .223 Rem or .308 Win bolt face. The Barnard SMS action compatible with Remington 700 Triggers, AICS & HS Precision magazine systems and is Picatinny rail compatible. This is a great way to get started on that next precision build.

3. Stocky’s — Rem 700 Stock with Alum. Bedding Block, $249.99

remington stock
Great value — nice stock with built-in Aluminum bedding block

We helped find you an action, now it’s time for a quality stock. Stocky’s Stocks carries a wide assortment of great looking stocks that work great. You can pick up this Remington 700 BDL Laminated With Aluminum Bedding Block for under $300.00! Choose among seven different color combinations. Stocky’s EuroStocks feature OEM-quality fit and finish, stippled laser-engraved checkering, and a nice, 1″ thick, vented recoil pad. Stocky’s ships these stocks complete with mil-spec takedown screws, washers, and Allen wrenches.

3. EuroOptic — SIG Sauer P320 M18 Carry 9mm, $699.99

sig p320 9mm sale
Civilian version of U.S. Military 9mm pistol — accurate, high capacity

SIG Sauer continues to be one of the most respected pistol makers for good reason. SIG pistols are reliable, accurate, and trusted by law enforcement/military around the world. Here’s the civilian version of the U.S. Military’s M18 sidearm: SIG Sauer P320 M18 Carry 9mm. The P320’s modular design allows the shooter to easily change the size and fit of the handgun making for a great experience no matter the owner. Order now for $699.99 and you can get a free bonus extra magazine, for three mags total.

4. Creedmoor Sports — DLX 55″ or 60″ Rifle Case Blue, $149.95

creedmoor sports rifle case
Truly one of the highest-quality soft rifle cases you can buy

Tired of poorly-made soft cases that wear out after one season? If you want to get a top-quality case that will last for years, check out the Creedmoor Blue Deluxe 55″ or 60″ Rifle Case. These hand-made cases provide superior protection with quality fabrics and padding. Smart design, high-grade zippers, and top-quality sewing make a noticeable difference. You will see many of the nation’s top Palma and F-Class shooters using these cases.

5. Brownells — Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x24mm Combo, $429.99

vortex strike eagle
Remarkable 8 times magnification range — great for hunting and tactical use

Vortex offers excellent optics with one of the best warranties in the business. Here’s a good choice for an AR or hunting rig. The 1-8X power range offers a wide field of vision plus plenty of magnification when you’re on target. Right now the Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-8X24mm is on sale for $429.99 at Brownells. This includes a cantilever mount that works great with AR-platform rifles and many tactical-style actions.

6. MidwayUSA — Frankford Case Tumbler Master Kit, $72.99

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

Keeping your brass clean is one of the best ways to keep your dies (and reloading presses) clean as well. 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 $72.99. You could pay that much for a good vibratory tumbler alone.

7. Amazon — 36″ Carbon Fiber Cleaning Rod, $29.99

cleaning rod sale
Good cleaning rod with ball-bearing handle and coated rod

Cleaning rods break and bend or just plain wear out, but they can be expensive to replace. We found this 36″ Carbon Fiber Cleaning Rod that features a ball bearing handle and a threaded tip to add any jag or brush of your choice. The shaft is nylon coated so it is easy to clean. User Reviews have been very positive.

8. Amazon — Tactical Double Handgun Firearm Case, $25.99

pistol case sale
Well-designed case for two pistols, mags, protective gear

Storing and transporting pistols can be a challenge since some cases are too small and while others are too big and heavy. If you need to transport a pair of pistols to the range, this Tactical Double Scoped Handgun Case is a good option. It has twin zippered pistol compartments plus straps for 6 magazines. This soft case perfectly fits two scoped pistols and has extra space for other gear such as glasses and earplugs.

9. MidwayUSA — Competition Shooting Mat $24.99

MidwayUSA $24.99 Shooting competition mat
Good versatile mat that does the job for just $24.99

Here’s a good deal from MidwayUSA: $24.99 Competition Shooting Mat. Regularly priced at $33.99, these mats are now 9 bucks off — that’s a 26% savings. We’ve used this mat many times. It’s obviously not the most deluxe mat you can buy, but it does the job and should last a long time. This mat rolls up into a nice package with carry handle. Most purchasers give this 4 or 5 stars. One verified buyer posted: “Very nice basic mat for the money. Well-made and quality materials. I use it at the range on concrete pad. Very comfortable without a lot of bulk. Highly recommend this mat.”

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March 10th, 2021

MIL vs. MOA — Angular Measurements for Optics Explained

Mil MOA reticle ranging PRS tactical minute angle precision rifle series
Visit PrecisionRifleBlog.com 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.
Mil MOA reticle ranging PRS tactical minute angle precision rifle series

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.

one MOA minute of angle diagram

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 PrecisionRifleBlog.com 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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March 10th, 2021

Early Season Rebates on Rifles, Shotguns, Safes, and Optics

Factory Rebate Savage Thompson Center T/C rifle gunsafe winchester hornady ammo ammunition

While a number of major rebates and promotions ended yesterday (9/30/2020), we found other great rebate offers that are good this month, and in some cases through the end of 2020. If you are looking for a new hunting rifle or hunting ammunition, these promotions offer significant savings.

1. Savage Arms — PREY FOR THE PREDATORS Promotion

Factory Rebate Savage Thompson Center T/C rifle Prey Predators hunting

SAVAGE REBATE good through MARCH 15, 2021
DEADLINE for mail-in or online submission: 4/15/2021
CLICK HERE for REBATE Form

Purchase any Savage 110 Predator, 110 Tactical, 110 Tactical Desert, 110 Apex Predator, Model 12, or Model 25 rifle models and receive a $75 Rebate from Savage. This rebate applies to purchases from any authorized Savage dealer.

1. Winchester Super X Pump Shotgun Rebate

Factory Rebate turkey hunting super X shotgun winchester hunting

WINCHESTER REBATE good through APRIL 30, 2021
DEADLINE for mail-in or online submission: 5/15/2021
CLICK HERE for REBATE Form

Buy any new Super X Pump shotgun and get $25 Back from Winchester. Purchases must be made at retail between March 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021. Offer available in the U.S. and Canada only. Submit Proof of Purchase to Rebates.winchesterguns.com.

3. Browning ProSteel Gunsafe Rebate

Factory Rebate browning gunsafe vault safe ProSteel pro series Tax April 2021

BROWNING REBATE good through APRIL 15, 2021
DEADLINE for mail-in or online submission: 5/1/2021
CLICK HERE for REBATE Form

Now through April 15, 20201 you can save up to $100 when you purchase a Browning ProSteel Pro Series Safe. Purchase a Pro Series Safe at retail between March 1 and April 15, 2021 and save up to $100. You get $100 off a $2500+ safe, $75 off a $1500+ safe, or $50 off a $799+ safe. Submit proof of purchase via the Browning Website on or before May 1, 2021

4. Steiner Optics 10% Off Purchases through March 31, 2021

steiner optics rebate 2021

STEINER DISCOUNT good through MARCH 31, 2021
No forms to be submitted — discount from dealer on purchase

We own two pairs of Steiner binoculars. These offer excellent performance for the price and have proved very durable. Steiner scopes are also a good choice for a backcountry hunter. Right now Steiner offers a 10% Discount provided by dealers through an Instant Rebate or Gift Card. This 10% Discount program applies to purchases made between 2/1/2021 and 3/31/2021. If you purchase an eligible Steiner Optic before the end of March, be sure to request your 10% Rebate.

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