December 7th, 2020

Bargain Finder 272: 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 — H&K 416 .22 LR Rimfire AR, $379.99

hk 416 .22lr rifle
Authentic AR15 ergonomics, good for NRL22, and fun plinking

Centerfire ammo is in short supply, and prices have never been higher, so many shooters are doing more practice with a .22 LR. If you’re looking to have more fun at the range for less money, snatch up an H&K 416 .22 LR Rifle and practice in style. This high-quality, German-engineered semi-auto rimfire rifle has earned strong owner reviews. The size, ergonomics, and “feel” replicate a centerfire AR perfectly you can train effectively for a fraction of the price.

2. Locked & Loaded — Iver Johnson Shotgun Sale

bushnell scope sale
Solid self-defense scattergun, choose 12ga or 20ga

Folks around the country are looking for defensive firearms these days, given the recent social unrest. And shotguns are high on the list of defense guns. Right now LockedLoaded.com has some great deals on Iver Johnson pump shotguns. Get the basic 12 GA version for just $289.00. Or if you want a Picatinny action rail and fiber optic front sight, there is a 20 GA version for $349.99 — still a bargain.

3. MidwayUSA — Bushnell Elite XRS II 4.5-30x50mm, 36% OFF

bushnell scope sale
Outstanding scope, favorite of PRS competitors, Big SAVINGS

The Elite XRS II is Bushnell’s flagship optic, crafted to exacting standards. This scope’s ED Prime Glass delivers rich color and contrast, even in low light. You can grab the Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II 4.5-30x50mm Scope in several configurations for 36% off right now. This quality FFP scope with 1/10 Mil Clicks has been praised by many top PRS/NRL competitors. It offers a locking windage turret and an elevation turret with RevLimiter Zero Stop. The reticle has mil-based hash marks.

4. Midsouth — RCBS Rotary Case Tumbler with SS Media, $147.99

rcbs stainless tumbler
Wet tumbling works great, big savings, includes SS Pins

Want to get your old, used brass looking like new again? Try wet-tumbling your cases with stainless media. You’ll be impressed. For wet-tumbling, a good option is the RCBS Rotary Case Tumbler. This comes with everything you need to get started including 5 pounds of stainless steel pin media. This is a good unit with plenty of capacity.

5. Amazon — Frankford Universal Bullet Seating Die, $64.12

frankford arsenal
Smart new Die System simplifies loading multiple cartridge types

Are you tired of buying another expensive seating die every time you try a new cartridge type? With the unique Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die you can have one die that loads multiple cartridge type. This cleaver bullet seating system includes 3 different stems and 9 sleeves allowing you to seat .224 up to .338-Caliber bullets with this one die system.

6. MidwayUSA — RCBS MatchMaster Digital Powder Scale/Dispenser, with $100 Gift Certificate

rcbs matchmaster sale
rcbs matchmaster sale
Fast, accurate dispenser, get $100 Gift Certificate with purchase

The Matchmaster has gotten good reviews and represents a whole new level of powder dispensing for RCBS. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up an RCBS MatchMaster Digital Powder Scale & Dispenser you can get one for $899.00 — a significant discount. PLUS when you buy this from MidwayUSA you get a $100 Midway Gift Certificate by using code RCBS100. That lowers your net cost to $799.00, a stellar deal for one of the most sophisticated powder scale/dispensers on the market.

7. Amazon — Lyman Electronic Trigger Pull Gauge, $42.29

lyman trigger pull gauge
High quality, true match grade .224 bullets — just $23.90 per 100

When it comes to measuring trigger pull there aren’t many tools that can do the job across a wide range of pull weights and also do it repeatably. One of the best trigger pull measuring tools is Lyman’s Electronic Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. This accurate trigger gauge can register from 1 ounce all the way up to 12 pounds pull weight. That makes it ideal for all firearms types. This unit features a retractable pull rod to prevent damage. We like this Lyman tool and recommend it.

8. Natchez — Sierra MatchKing 69gr .224 Bullets, $119.49/500

sierra matchking bullets
Excellent match-grade bullets, 500ct with attractive pricing

With reloading components getting more expensive, it pays to take advantage of great deals whenever you can. If you shoot a .224-caliber cartridge, then consider this 500-pack of Sierra MatchKing .224 69 gr HPBT MATCH bullets. These are high quality, true match-grade bullets, priced about as cheap as we have seen them in recent months. For a Service Rifle shooter or .223 Rem fan, this is a great option — grab them at this bargain price.

9. Amazon — Two Sets Z87.1 Protective Eyewear, $12.95

safety glasses
Comfortable, ANSI Z87.1 approved, choose 2 clear or clear + tinted

Safety eyewear can be expensive, so losing or damaging them at the range is a bummer. We like high-quality, yet inexpensive eye protection and this 2-pair pack of safety glasses are a perfect example. They’re fully ANSI Z87.1-certified. Price? For just $12.95 you get both a clear AND tinted-lens unit. Or, if you prefer, get two clear types for the same low $12.95 price.

10. Graf’s — MTM Pistol Side Slide Ammo Boxes, $2.19

mtm ammo box
Handy opening/closing, strong when stacked, good value

Tired of ammo boxes with annoying lids that won’t stay open, or that require two hands to open? Consider these new MTM Side Slide pistol ammo boxes. The innovative design allows you to easily slide the lid sideways, providing quick access to just the rounds you need, while the others stay secure. With the cover retracted (slid open) you have ready access. When the lid is fully closed the ammo box is stiffer and stronger than some competing designs.

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November 11th, 2019

Ultimate Reloader Tests RCBS MatchMaster Powder Dispenser

Gavin Gear Ulimate Reloader MatchMaster RCBS Powder Scale Dispenser

RCBS has come out with a new, twin-tube powder scale/dispenser that promises to deliver 1- or 2-kernel precision in the slower, more precise “Match Mode”. If it really works, this new RCBS MatchMaster unit could compete with an Auto-Trickler V3 mated to a Magnetic Force Restoration scale. However, the new MatchMaster employs a strain-gauge scale, so it will be interesting to see how the unit actually performs.

This is an impressive new machine, but it represents a signficant investment. MSRP for the MatchMaster is $1123.95 with street price around $899.00 (MidwayUSA). At around $900.00, the MatchMaster competes with an AutoTrickler system, which is definitely fast and highly precise.

Ultimate Reloader Tests the New RCBS MatchMaster
Our friend Gavin Gear of UltimateReloader.com got his hands on one of the first production MatchMasters. Gavin put the machine through its paces in a “first look” video using two powders, Bullseye and Varget. In the video, Gavin explains the machine’s design features. Then he tests the new MatchMaster in both Standard Mode (faster) and the slower, more precise “Match Mode”. Gavin also published a full-length MatchMaster Review with detailed test results.

RCBS claims that the MatchMaster can dispense charges to within ± 0.04 (four hundreths) grain in Match Mode. That’s 1-2 kernels of an extruded powder such as H4350. Gavin’s testing, using an A&D FX-120i Magnetic Force Restoration scale as a control, showed that RCBS’s claims are solid.

Ultimate Reloader RCBS MatchMaster Powder Scale/Dispenser Review

“You can actually fine-tune the settings for the large dispensing tube and the small tube. There are quite a few parameters… quite a bit of flexibility.” — Gavin Gear.

RCBS MatchMaster Features

— MatchMaster offers two modes, Standard (Faster) and Match (More Precise)
— MatchMaster has two powder dispensing tubes, a larger diameter for large flow and a second smaller tube for precise trickle.
— MatchMaster Settings can be controlled with RCBS Mobile App that works through BlueTooth.
— Powder is removed from the BOTTOM of the machine. This means you must lift the unit up off the bench, then plug a drain tube into the bottom of the unit. See photo.

Gavin Gear Ulimate Reloader MatchMaster RCBS Powder Scale Dispenser

How Accurate Is the MatchMaster?
Near the end of his video review, Gavin threw an 84.20 grain charge of Varget with the MatchMaster. He then weighed the same charge with his A&D FX-120i Magnetic Force Restoration scale. The charge weights agreed exactly at 84.20 grains. When the same pan was placed a second time, the FX-120i showed 84.16 grains. That’s still a mere 0.04 grain variance, which is RCBS’s stated precision claim for Match Mode.

Gavin Gear Ulimate Reloader MatchMaster RCBS Powder Scale Dispenser
Note: This shows first placement of pan on the A&D FX-120i. A second placement of pan on FX-120i stabilized at 84.16 grains.

How Fast is MatchMaster in Each Dispensing Mode?
Gavin started testing the MatchMaster in Match Mode with Bullseye, a popular flake pistol powder. With a 24.00 grain Bullseye charge, one dispensing took 26 seconds (11:40 time-mark), while another took 40 seconds (12:30 time-mark), an average of 33 seconds. In standard mode, the MatchMaster dispensed 24.0 grains of Bullseye in 18.5 seconds average (15.03 time-mark, 15:32 time mark). So Standard Mode was 44% faster with Bullseye.

Next Gavin filled the machine with Hodgdon Varget powder and dispensed a 25.0 grain charge in Standard (Fast) Mode. The first try took 12 seconds (18:30 time mark) to dispense the charge, while the second run of 25.0 grains took just 11 seconds (18:50 time mark).

“Hodgdon Varget performed VERY well with the MatchMaster powder dispenser. I would call this powder the ‘Speed King’ here — it dispensed way faster than the Alliant Bullseye with the settings I used, and I only had one overage which was corrected when I changed powder settings. Bravo!” — Gavin Gear

Then Gavin switched to Match (Precise) Mode and dispensed two more 50.00 grain charges of Varget. These two precision throws finished in 20 seconds (20:38 time mark) and 17 seconds (21:09 time mark) respectively, for an 18.5 second average. That’s very good for large 50.00 grain charges, although the first charge was actually 50.06 grains, about two kernels high. But Gavin explained that the machine permits fine-tuning of the powder type setting. He changed this to account for larger extruded kernels and got a perfect 50.00 grain throw in 35 seconds (22:01 time mark). The “customized” powder settings can be loaded into the RCBS MatchMaster App for future use (See below):

Gavin Gear Ulimate Reloader MatchMaster RCBS Powder Scale Dispenser

Conclusion — Initial Tests Show Good Performance
Based on Gavin’s testing, the MatchMaster delivers on its promises. With Varget extruded powder, it was quite fast, even in “Match Mode”. The dispensed charges were exact within .04 (four hundredths) of a grain, i.e. a couple of kernels, as confirmed by the A&D FX-120i Force Restoration Scale. Gavin actually liked the system of removing the powder through the bottom of the machine, using the supplied tube. It takes some practice, but it worked fine, as you can see in the video.

The RCBS MatchMaster employs a strain-gauge scale. It remains to be seen if there is a bit of drift, as you will observe with strain-gauge dispensers in the $200-$300 range, such as the original RCBS ChargeMaster. During his MatchMaster test session, Gavin said he did not observe any drift, a good sign. Overall, it looks like this is an impressive machine. But, with a $899.00 price, this is a serious investment. Anyone considering the new MatchMaster will also want to look at the AutoTrickler V3 system with AutoThrow. It costs $520.00, NOT including a lab-grade Magnetic Force Restoration balance ($600 to $1000+).

Matchmaster bluetooth mobile app

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