/ 16, Jun, 2017
“Radar!” It’s a common cry, often heard from the spouse in the passenger seat. And it usually generates an immediate braking response, whether the driver is speeding or not. But besides being used to enforce speed limits, sports fans are also familiar with radar’s use in clocking the speeds of baseballs and hockey pucks. And now shooters can also be added to the list, because radar is being used to determine bullet velocity.
/ 27, Feb, 2017
“Range, dial, shoot,” is a well-known mantra for long range shooters. And for good reason—it works. However, the “dial” portion of that mantra is always interpreted to refer to the adjustments working inside the optics of a quality riflescope. What’s not very well known is that there are scope mounts on the market where the “dial” is outside the scope and part of the mount.
/ 09, Jan, 2017
Hornady recently released the 10th edition of what they call their “Handbook of Cartridge Reloading.” At just over 1,000 pages in length, it’s a big handbook. It’s been almost 50 years since the first edition was published in 1967, and tracking growth in the reloading manuals is a good way of tracking Hornady’s growth as a company. That first manual listed data for 70 cartridges and 68 different Hornady bullets. This one lists over 200 cartridges and 300 Hornady bullets.
/ 06, Dec, 2016
We all know some people are more organized than others, it just seems to be part of their personality. I’m one of those who likes neatness and order. If you put me in a messy environment, I’ll likely start cleaning and organizing it. Actually, when firearms are concerned, being organized isn’t just a lifestyle choice. It’s also a safety issue. Getting ammunition, magazines, parts and cleaning supplies mixed up can have serious consequences. If you’re not at least a little organized in dealing with firearms, you’ll eventually pay the price. Fortunate people will just experience the inconvenience of ammunition or magazines forgotten at home. The unlucky ones will get to meet some of their country’s hard working doctors.
/ 25, Jul, 2016
It’s no secret that a large chunk of competitive rifle shooting is done with mid-sized cartridges. The 308 Win. is a classic example; as are all the cartridges which have spun off of that case, including one of my favourites, the 260 Rem. These cartridges all have relatively mild recoil, great accuracy and are relatively cheap to shoot. One of the classic powders handloaders use for these mid-sized cartridges has always been H4350. Unfortunately, it so dominates the popularity charts that it seems to be perpetually out of stock at retailers.
/ 15, Jun, 2016
Snipers are trained to see patterns and since I became a sniper instructor in 1985, I’ve noticed that when it comes to the long-range rifle marksmanship part of the instruction that there are 5 questions I keep getting from students over the years. And this includes both military and police students.