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June 6th, 2015

Powder Storage Q & A — What Are Signs of Problems?

Western Powders Blog SAAMI Storage

Western Powders (vendors of Accurate, Norma, and Ramshot powders), publishes a Blog that covers all aspects of hand-loading and rifle maintenance. Recently the Western Powders Blog published a Q & A series entitled Dear Labby: Questions for our Ballistics Lab. Here are some excerpts that pertain to powder storage and shelf life. Worried that your powder may be too old? Western’s experts explain how to check your propellants for warning signs.

Proper Powder Storage

Q: I live in southern Arizona where it is very hot. I am told powders will become unstable if stored in an area not air-conditioned. My wife says no powder or primers in the house. Can powder be stored in a refrigerator? What about using a fireproof safe? I would appreciate your ideas. — M.C.

Lab Answer: SAAMI guidelines are pretty clear on issues of storage. They recommend storing smokeless powder in containers that will not allow pressure to build if the powder is ignited — ruling out gun safes and refrigerators.

CLICK HERE to Read SAAMI Guidelines for Powder Storage (PDF)


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February 28th, 2015

Bullet Barcodes — Sierra’s Secrets Revealed

Ever wonders what the bar code (and all those numbers) mean on the side of a box of Sierra bullets? Well here’s the answer, thanks to something we uncovered in the archives of the Sierra Bullets Blog.

How to Decipher Sierra Bullets Barcodes
The Lot Number (indicated in green below) identifies a specific batch of bullets. The lot number remains the same for bullets made at the same time from the same material.

The Packaging Code (indicated in blue below) is an internal number representing the number assigned to the persons who inspected and packed the box of bullets.

The Serial Number (indicated in yellow below) is a computer generated number sequentially added to each box of bullets made.

Sierra Bullets Bar Codes

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January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year and Message to Our Readers Worldwide

Happy New Year to all our readers worldwide, and especially the 26,500+ members of the AccurateShooter Forum. We hope 2015 brings you happiness in your lives and success in your endeavors. And we wish for small groups, good scores, and successful hunts in the New Year.

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We hope that, in 2015, you’ll enjoy your precision rifles, spending “quality time” at the range with good friends. We upgraded our site this year, acquiring new high-speed dedicated servers. We hope you’ll continue to enjoy our feature articles, our Daily Bulletin, our match reports, and our Free Forum Classifieds. The formula seems to be working — our audience is bigger than ever and it just keeps growing, with over 150,000+ unique users visiting the site every week.

Forum Membership Grows 13% in 2014
Our Shooters’ Forum grew significantly in 2014. Membership grew by 13% as ranks swelled to over 26,500 members! More people are successfully buying and selling in our FREE Forum Classifieds section than ever before. Remember, user donations help make our Free Classifieds possible.

Forum Classifieds

Daily Bulletin Is a Big Hit
The AccurateShooter Daily Bulletin has become a “must read” for anyone interested in serious rifle accuracy. In the Bulletin you’ll find money-saving sale notices, timely match reports, and a host of reloading and accurizing tips. The Bulletin has become THE source for exclusive “scoops” on new products and new shooting technologies. Eric Stecker of Berger Bullets says: “You guys have become the ‘USA Today’ of the precision shooting market.” 365 days a year we offer a unique combination of shooting tips, gear reviews, industry news, and highlighted bargains and special sales. donation

We need your support. For over 10 years the site has relied largely on volunteer efforts by dedicated shooters. But as the site grows, serving a larger audience, we need the assistance of professional gunsmiths, writers, and video editors. Those guys don’t work for glory alone.

Consider this — what do you pay for a movie ticket these days? Probably $8.50 or more for 90 minutes of escapism. For a buck a month ($12 a year) you can help this site provide a YEAR’s worth of info, tests, and shooting news that you won’t find anywhere else.

In the past quarter about 120 site users have donated. We thank all those who have generously contributed. But that still leaves tens of thousands of users who access the site regularly without contributing. In fact, though our readership grew significantly in 2014, we received $3000.00 less in donations than during 2013.

Here’s our proposal. First, if you have used our FREE Classifieds to successfully sell your rifles or shooting gear, consider sending in a dollar or two from your sale proceeds. Second, for those who use the site regularly, consider donating One Dollar a Month. That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee.

How to Contribute

Making a donation to the site is simple and easy. Just click on the orange “Donate” button at right. If you have a credit card, you don’t need a Paypal account to contribute. Any sum is welcome — donations need not be large.

Help Support this Site by Making a Secure Donation.

If you don’t like Paypal, you can send a check. Make the check payable to our “Answerman” Jeff Williams. Please list your Forum Log-In Name (if any), and mail the check to:

Jeff Williams
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July 18th, 2014 Collects Latest Gun News

Starved for shooting news and gun-related content on the web? There are dozens of gun blogs and firearms news sources, but it can be cumbersome and time-consuming to visit more than a few sites on a daily basis. changes all that. This automated site scans 30+ gun websites and links to current articles. Among the sites included are: NRA Blog, NRA-ILA News, Ammoland Gun News, The Firearm Blog, USA Carry, and yes, of course, our very own Daily Bulletin.

Alltop web site survey feed service

If you like stay up with the latest gun rights news, or just peruse a variety of gun-related content sites, can help you source interesting articles quickly and efficiently.

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June 30th, 2012

Sinclair Wants Your Ideas for Technical Articles and Reviews

Sinclair International regularly publishes Reloading Advice and Tech Tips in the Sinclair Reloading Press Blog. Mr. Bob Blaine, Sinclair Reloading Tech, has asked Sinclair’s customers to suggest ideas for future technical articles. Here’s your chance to pose questions to be answered and topics to be covered.

Suggestions Wanted by Sinclair Int’l:

As most of you have noticed, [Sinclair has] brought out some interesting items in our recent Sinclair Summer Catalog. Introducing new products generally causes a lot of questions, and we really do enjoy answering them for you. One of our upcoming articles will be about the new Stainless Steel Tumbling Media. We will explain how to best use the new tumbling media, and will include pictures to help show you how to work with it.

I want to know what other new products you would like us to showcase in future Reloading Press articles. We do enjoy hearing from all of you, and this is your chance to let us know what articles you would like to see from our Sinclair Reloading Tech Staff. We look forward to hearing from you! — Bob Blaine

CLICK HERE to Leave Reply on Sinclair Reloading Press Website

Sinclair International

Story Tip from EdLongRange. We welcome reader submissions.
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January 26th, 2012

SHOT SHOW: Download Digital SHOT Dailies for Free

SHOT Dailies 2012If you weren’t able to attend SHOT Show last week, you can still read the Digital editions of all four issues of SHOT Daily, the magazine printed each day of the SHOT Show. You’ll find some interesting product announcements in the SHOT Dailies, plus late-breaking gun industry news.

The DAY 1 edition features the annual round-up of new firearms, while the DAY 2 edition highlights new-for-2012 optics. On Pages 20-23 of the Day 3 edition, you’ll find an interesting article by John Snow on a 6mm Creedmoor wildcat (6.5 Creedmoor necked down — see below). The final Day 4 edition includes a guide to .375-Caliber big game cartridges, along with coverage of the latest Air Gun technologies.

The 2012 SHOT Show Dailies are available online at and the SHOT Show Blog, or just click the links below. You can read the Digital Editions online, or download PDF versions to your computer. NOTE: The PDFs are very large files, slow to download.

6mm Creedmoor

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August 4th, 2011

Women’s Outdoor News Debuts Online

A new online “e-Zine” has been launched for ladies who enjoy shooting and outdoor recreation. The Women’s Outdoor News (WON) features news, reviews and stories about women in the outdoors. This regularly-updated website includes reports from “The WON Guns”: Julie Golob, Marti Davis, Linda Milcun, Nancy Jo Adams, and Molly Smith. These “staff bloggers” provide regular reports about the shooting sports and/or hunting: Women’s Outdoor News gear reviews also appear in weekly. RSS Feeds and a free email subscription are available at

Women's Outdoor News

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July 6th, 2010

How to Find Cool Stuff in Daily Bulletin Archives

AccurateShooter Daily Bulletin Search ToolsThe Daily Bulletin now includes over 2800 articles. Having access to all that content is great, IF you understand how to find material from months past. Folks email us regularly saying: “Hey, there was an interesting item in the Daily Bulletin, but I can’t find it now.” Take heart. Every Bulletin story is saved in our archive. You can always navigate to all previous posts using the “Older Entries” link at the bottom of this page.

If you want to go back to a particular day, week, or month, you can click on the calendar to select a date, or use the pull-down menu to select a past month — such as August 2009. If you are looking for a story about a recurring event or important match that happens at the same time each year, try the date search tools. This is also a great way to revisit our popular “April Fools” Editions.

How to Search by Topic or Keyword
The fastest and easiest method to find older posts is simply to search by keyword, or click one of the topic headings. If you want to see a video, for example, just click on “Videos”. If you’re looking for all stories about scopes, click “Optics”. To find a particular item, such as the story on Barnard actions, just type “Barnard” in the search field and click “Search”. Our search works very fast! Try it, you’ll like it.

AccurateShooter Daily Bulletin Search Tools

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March 13th, 2010

New Look, New Location for Daily Bulletin — Change Bookmarks

We have moved the Daily Bulletin to a dedicated server, and have expanded the format with a new look. Hopefully, posts should be easier to read, and the search tools on the right should be more obvious. Also, now you can easily navigate to the most popular sections of (such as our Forum) via the handy tabs at the top of the page.

If you read the Daily Bulletin regularly, please change your bookmarks. To get all the latest Daily Bulletin stories, images, and videos, please link to:

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September 22nd, 2009

NSSF Launches SHOT Show Blog

SHOT Show Blog 2010If you’re looking for the latest info on the upcoming SHOT Show, the NSSF now has a SHOT Show Blog with regular updates. The SHOT Show Blog currently explains how you can sign up for SHOT Show Webinars and SHOT Show University. In addition, you can learn about Media Day at the Range, which will be held Jan. 18, 2010 at the Boulder City Pistol & Rifle Range, outside Las Vegas.

If you are planning to attend the 2010 SHOT Show, note that this year, SHOT Show will be held in the Sands Expo Center, located next to the Venetian Casino Resort in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Discounted lodging at a variety of nearby hotels and casinos is available through the SHOT Show Travel Desk.

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July 14th, 2009

Balolia Blogs Bisley — F-Class World Championship Reports

The U.S. F-Class Open Rifle team takes off for the UK on July 15th to participate in the 3rd World F-Class Championship, hosted in Bisley, England for 2009. This prestigious match is held every four years. The American Team won the inaugural event held in Canada, while the second World Championship was won by the South African squad on their home turf. To view profiles of U.S. Team members and learn more about the 2009 Championships, click the link below:

F-Class Championship

Daily Bisley Blogs from Shiraz Balolia
AccurateShooter F-Class ChampionshipThis year Shiraz Balolia, U.S. Team Vice Captain, plans to provide Daily Updates on the World Championships via a Web Blog. In his first Blog entry, Balolia writes: “On July 17th [there are] three matches, the Century 500 and 600 yards and the Admiral Hutton 900 yards. There are a number of different matches just about every single day until Saturday the 25th of July. Then, the World Championships start on Monday July 27, 2009.

The whole U.S. F-Class Open team will be shooting the proven 6.5-284 caliber. Several of the other teams are shooting the ballistically superior 7mm calibers, but we expect to outwit them with our calculated wind calls. The English have a ‘home court’ advantage and are utilizing their best wind readers who know the nuances of their ranges inside out.”

CLICK HERE for F-Class Blog by Shiraz Balolia

F-Class News for Twitter Fans
The U.S. F-Class team has also created a Twitter account, so you can follow events via this popular social networking site. CLICK HERE for the latest F-Class “Tweets”.

F-Class Championship

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June 12th, 2009

Blogs, Blogs, and More Blogs…

While conventional print gun magazines are having trouble maintaining readership, it seems like a new Firearms Blog (short for Web Log) launches every week. Our own Daily Bulletin is one of the most popular rifle-oriented Blogs on the Internet, receiving over 14,000 page views every day.

Blogs represent the “new wave” of gun journalism. At the NRA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, on-site bloggers outnumbered “normal” print journalists for the first time. With the ability to provide late-breaking news, streaming video, and user comments, it’s no wonder Blogs are increasing in popularity compared to print journalism. For gun enthusiasts and supporters of the Second Amendment, you’ll find a wide variety of firearm blogs covering everything from antique arms to the latest high-tech military weapon systems.

50 Best Gun Blogs
The folks at Criminal Justice Degrees Guide recently released a list of the 50 Best Blogs for Gun Enthusiasts. Our Daily Bulletin made the Top 50 list, as did many of the Blogs we visit regulary. You may want to check out these firearms-related sites (listed in Alphabetical Order):

Gun Nut — Affiliated with Field & Stream magazine, this Blog is updated daily, and has nice photos and videos. It emphasizes shootgun sports and game hunting.

NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog — Edited by an Attorney, this blog covers legal issues facing gun owners.

Nigel Allen’s Airgun Blog — Well-written blog for air-gunners with nice photos. UK-based Allen founded the Bristish Airgun Shooters’ Association.

NRA Blog — This diverse blog features NRA activities, match reports, and gun rights news. NRA Blog staffers often travel to report first-hand from major events.

The Firearm Blog — Blogmaster Steve scours the net for interesting news and product intros. Updated daily, this blog has lots of photos and videos. Handguns and military-style rifles are featured heavily.

The FireArm Blog

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April 5th, 2009

Sinclair Int'l Blog Offers Valuable Tech Tips

Sinclair International recently launched its enhanced and upgraded website. The revamped site is faster to navigate, and you’ll find it much easier to find new products and bargain specials. Congrats to Bill Gravatt and the folks at Sinclair Int’l for a job well done.

sorting cartridge cases

One great feature newly integrated into Sinclair’s website is The Reloading Press, a regularly-updated Blog with product info and authoritative technical articles on reloading and precision shooting. Here are some of the valuable “how-to” articles you’ll find on Sinclair’s Blog:

Determining Bullet Seating Depth

Setting Up a Full-Length Sizing Die

Shooting Non-Benchrest Rifles from the Bench

Basics of Reloading for the AR15

Methods and Benefits of Sorting Cases by Weight

sorting cartridge cases

The Reloading Press is a valuable addition to the online resources available to precision shooters. We commend Sinclair for investing the time and effort to provide this material at no cost to Sinclair’s customers. Click one of the links above and check it out yourself.

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December 10th, 2008

NRA Launches Enhanced BLOG with Activity Links

The NRA has just launched its enhanced, re-designed NRA BLOG. This features daily entries on a wide range of topics, from the National Championships at Camp Perry to youth safety education programs. The new NRA BLOG ( features direct navigation to multiple content categories: Community Outreach, Competitions, Hunting, Law Enforcement, NRA Musem, Training, Womens Programs, and Youth Programs. The new blog also includes syndication links so content can be referenced on other popular websites such as and Facebook.

NRA blog

While the NRA BLOG’s editors are still manually linking up content for some of the categories, this is still an impressive start. This BLOG should make timely information about matches and training programs available to shooters across the country. The NRA BLOG also allows shooters to voice their views on NRA Activities by commenting on blog items.

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