Monthly Archives: January 2013

Two Guns @ SHOT Show for the 17 WSM

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1885 Low Wall Winchester in 17 WSM

Only two guns were available at SHOT Show, 2013 for the new Winchester Super Magnum rimfire cartridge.  By next year there will undoubtedly be many more.

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Savage B Mag

The Savage B Mag has some new features that make it well suited for Winchester’s newest hot rimfire.  This is an all new platform for rimfires from Savage.  Rear locking lugs, cock on close, eight round rotary magazine, threaded barrel and an adjustable accu trigger TM.  MSRP is $349.

For more info see this link: 17-winchester-super-magnum-rim-fire

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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Cancelled.

Reed Exhibitions has decided to “postpone” the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.  Postponed is really code for cancelled, this show will not take place in 2013.

Reed Exhibitions’ announced several days ago that modern sporting rifles (i.e. AR-15 and all variants) and high capacity magazines would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.

NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in any way. However, Reed Exhibitions does manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction). Watch for that relationship to end soon.

This successful boycott, began on the website mynortheastoutdoors.com. It’s the best demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states.

Reed Exhibitions has taken a position that is clearly in opposition to the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was scheduled for February 2nd to the 10th , 2013, in Harrisburg, PA.

Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas stated, “Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event’s historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families,”

“In the current climate, we felt that the presence of Modern Sporting Rifles would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.

“It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.”

In light of the fact that about thirty percent of the vendors scheduled to show at the trade event have pulled out it seems that Reed underestimated the importance of Modern Sporting Rifle. On top of that, the majority of the celebrities who were scheduled to appear at the event also pulled out, leaving Reed Exhibitions with a pretty lack luster show.

On Tuesday January 23rd the NRA announced that they were pulling sponsorship for the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show event as a result of Reed Exhibitions stance.

“We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so,” the news release said. “As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA in not reconsidering their position to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles.”

For more info see:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/nra-boycott-kills-outdoors-show-that-banned-assault-weapons/article/2519579#.UQHwnr9tCSo

http://articles.mcall.com/2013-01-21/sports/mc-gun-decision-protest-01212013-20130121_1_vicki-cianciarulo-eastern-sports-cabela

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17 Winchester Super Magnum (Rim Fire)

This may be the only new cartridge at the 2013 SHOT Show.  Winchester’s new 17 caliber rim fire is an attempt to capitalize on the success of the 17 HMR.  I will be challenged on that point, so lets try and answer that challenge right here.  The 17 HMR has had reasonable success because it was intended to put 17 caliber cartridges in the hands of shooters without the need to reload.

17 Winchester Super Magnum

17 WSM (RF) vs 17 HMR

Obviously there are some center-fire cartridges in the marketplace that address these shooters as well.  The 17 Remington Fireball and the 17 Remington are substantially bigger cartridges.  Being center-fire generally means more expensive firearms too.

The advantage of rimfire is lower cost ammunition and lower cost firearms as well.  The only two models chambered for the new Winchester Super Magnum at SHOT Show in 2013 was one rifle from Savage Arms, and the model 1885 low wall from Winchester.

Winchester lists three loads for the new rim-fire cartridge.

  • S17W20, Polymer Tip, 20 gr. bullet, 3000 fps
  • S17W25, Polymer Tip, 25 gr. bullet, 2600 fps
  • X17W20, JHP, 20 gr. bullet, 3000 fps

At about 600 fps faster than the HMR the 17 WSM  has a about half the drop with the same bullet weight.  For more information see: http://winchesterproductdemos.winchester.com/17WinchesterSuperMagnum.html#/Home

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Bullet Proof Samples, Shot Show 2013

Reloaders want variety.  In fact they need variety.

All too often I hear a client say I picked out a load for my new rifle.  What’s wrong with that?  They say it before they have the new gun in hand.

Assuming the gun is well built and capable of good groups then we have to find a load that will work in that gun.  Even if you used the same reamer to chamber two barrels on the same day on the same lathe, there is not guarantee that they would shoot the same load well.

Choosing a particular bullet or weight and assuming it will produce good groups is not very realistic.  There are a whole host of variables that go into accuracy in ammunition.  Then the variable for a given gun are compounded on top of that.

Bullet Proof came up with a great solution to allow reloaders to test various bullets without having to buy a full box of them.  The sell sample packs with 12 bullets in the package.  This way you do not have to buy a box of 100 bullets only to find that your gun does not like them.

Bullet Proof handles a wide variety of bullets and weights so that you can test several options in a cost effective way.

BulletProof

 

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How to be a Good Customer (in a Gun Shop)

With the huge number of new people coming to the shooting sports these past few years and especially the last few month I thought it would be good to share this video with you.  The Host is Roy Huntington, Editor for American Handgunner.  I hope this makes you more comfortable the next time you head into a gun shop in your neck of the woods.

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Sight Block, Shooting Block, Shot Show 2013

sightBlockThis 14 pound composite rubber block is made of 100% recycled rubber particles.

Ever have a sand bag get wet, or start leaking on you.  This block will not absorb water and there is nothing to leak out.   It will not freeze or decompose.  A great tool for outdoor ranges.

The shape and contours of the Sight Block allow the shooter of various guns to utilize the block for a stable shooting platform that will not shift when you least expect it.  Its a simple tool but will last a lifetime.  www.inrangesupplies.com

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AR Cleaning Gadget, Shot Show 2013

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Maintenance of AR platform guns will be more important than ever with the likely changes in the laws headed our way.

For the Soldier, enthusiast, gunsmith, or armorer here is a single tool that can remove the carbon from both the bolt tail and bolt carrier with such ease and precision.  I can’t think of a faster way to clean these parts.
This tool outstrips the function of the “scraper style” tools currently in the industry by not only improving on their ability to remove carbon buildup in the bolt carrier, but surpassing them by adding the feature of quickly and accurately removing carbon buildup from the tail of the bolt.
Solvent and a wire brush will do the job of cleaning the tail of the bolt, but it takes more time and effort than is necessary. The CRT-15 can remove carbon properly from any bolt tail radius, (bolt tail dimensions vary between manufacturers). The CRT-15 is the must have cleaning tool for the owner of and AR-15 platform gun.

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Gunsmithing Tools from Secure Firearm Products, Shot Show 2013

 

FPtool

 

Firing Pin Stop & Bushing Removal Tool
 
This handy tool removes the firing pin stop and then safely replaces it in 1911’s and 1911 clones. Made from nylon it is oil and solvent resistant. The interior of the tool also is a handy bushing removal tool. Fits both standard bushings and commander style.

A simple little fool but a great addition to any 1911 fans tool box.

 

Recoil Spring Tester w/Digital Scale Kit
 
RecoilSPTesterThis tool helps sort recoil springs by pull weight so you can use the correct spring for your load. This tester comes with a digital scale. Use is simple, just insert spring on bolt, insert in tool, attach coupler and scale. Pull until proper compression is achieved. Tool is marked with a line at 1.625″ which is the Mil-Spec compression length of a 1911 recoil spring. Begining February 1, 2013, the Spring Tester will include the NEW adapter, Model #11539 to check mainsprings, firing pin springs etc.

 

Spring tension can be one of those things that messes with you.  Here is a way to be sure you have the correct spring in the gun.

Both products from www.securefirearmproducts.com

 

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Test Fire Tool for Gunsmiths, Shot Show 2013

Bullet Bunker is a product that I first saw at the 2012 Shot Show.

Bullet Bunker

Bullet Bunker

This is a clean and safe alternative to the common sand bunkers many gunsmiths build for themselves.  If you have ever used a home-made, or the fun spelling (homade), bullet trap you know they are effective but usually dirty. and they lead dirt and dust all the time.

The bullet bunker is a cost effective answer that also allows for accuracy testing as well as simple test firing.  This year the bulletbunker.com

is introducing 8 new models.  The bullet bunkers are available for use with calibers as large as 375 H&H.  They can also handle full auto fire.  There is even a digital target system available as well as more conventional paper target systems for fast target changes.

I gotta get me one of these!

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Nosler with NEW Products at Shot Show 2013

Nosler7Nosler has a lot of new products of interest to the shooter and reloader for 2013.

First off the new Nosler reloading manual #7 is out both in print and in a digital edition.  864 pages of data and articles.  More than 120 cartridges are included and some new propellants have been added along with new bullets from Nosler.

In Nosler brass new offerings include the 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7×57 Mauser, 300 AAC Blackout, and the 375 Ruger.

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