The Science Behind Reloading: Why Do We Reload?

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Why Should You Reload?

In long-range shooting we face a lot of unknown variables. The most effective shooters in our community can effectively take into account all of these ever-changing variables to get their rounds on target with accuracy and consistency. Between the wind, humidity, temperature, Density Altitude, and actual range to target we have a lot of information to account for. A common suggestion to those looking to get the most out of their rifle is to reload. The reason is really simple, and it isn’t to save you any money. It is to find the best possible choice for your specific rifle.

COMMERCIAL Match Grade AMMUNITION

When we look at commercial ammunition we are talking about a mass-produced batch. While some companies do a better job than others you are likely to find variations between lot to lot. If we look at the fundamentals of shooting as a comparison such variations in commercial ammunition can cause inconsistent results much like jerking the trigger. Commercial ammunition from the same company and lot are likely to use the same power and bullet combinations. Every rifle is different, and some might not agree or be getting the best combination of powder and bullet to maximize your rifles accuracy.

ES and SD

If you have ever looked around on the internet in regards to reloading ES and SD have probably come up.  So what are they are why are they so important?

ES stands for your extreme spread. It is the difference between your fastest and slowest chronograph round. The lower your ES is the more consistent your ammunition is.  The higher your ES is the more inconsistent the ammunition is. However a single round loaded improperly can throw this number as it samples your fastest and slowest moving rounds ONLY.

SD stands for standard deviation.  The standard deviation will tell us how consistent or alike your ammunition is. To explain this simply this will let you know how close your shots are to the average. Much like ES the lower your SD the more consistent your ammunition is shot to shot.  It is worth noting that the majority of experienced reloaders recommend shooting a minimum of 20 shots when calculating your SD.

One thing that all long-range shooters should invest in regardless of reloading is a chronograph that does all the math for you. Finding your average muzzle velocity and ES can easily be done on a standard calculator. SD is something that takes a little more math skills. We recently did a review on the MagnetoSpeed V3 and recommend it highly.

Load Development

There is no short cut in developing a load that will work best with your rifle. Asking online for other people’s data is not the right answer and can be down right dangerous. Do the work the right way and you will get better results. Period.

Powder and charge weight

There are a lot of powders out there. Some burn faster than others. When you reload you can control what powder you use and also how much powder you use. By finding a powder that your rifle likes best with a charge weight that gets the best accuracy (not velocity) you can find an improved load over commercial ammunition and get more accuracy from your rifle,

C.O.L.

Most commercial ammunition is loaded to a predetermined C.O.L. or cartridge overall length. By reloading your own ammunition you can adjust how close the bullet is to the lands of your barrel. Some bullets perform better at a different distance then others. This will help get even more accuracy out of your reloads per your specific rifles barrel and the bullet you are shooting.

Brass

when reloading you can choose the quality of your brass. Some manufactures are known to make better brass than others. The better the brass the more reloads you can get out of it. The better brass tends to have more consistent tolerances. The more consistent the tolerances are the more consistent your ammunition will be in the accuracy department.

Equipment

Reloading is as much as an investment as your rifle and gear. It pays to get quality equipment upfront. Quality match grade dies can allow you to accurately and consistently seat the bullet to the same depth. A quality powder measuring system will allow you to precisely measure powder for consistent results.  Even with the most consistent process in reloading the quality of the equipment used plays a huge part in your overall results.

 

Not all rifles will like the same ammunition, and one of the key things of reloading is consistency. It is not something that should be rushed. The more consistent process you have while reloading your own ammunition the more consistent your ammunition will be when it comes time to shoot it.

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Calm Down! .308 Isn’t Dead!

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Calm Down! .308 Isn’t Dead!

As an admin on Long Range Shooters I see a lot of the same topics over and over again. When we talk about having 50,000 plus members its fair to assume we will see the same topic more then once. One of these topics that seems to generate hurt feelings more often then not is comparing .308 to 6.5 Creedmoor. It is beyond me why people get so fired up over this topic. I want to at least take the time to address my thoughts on the matter for what it is worth.

Exterior ballistics

Exterior ballistics play a large part in our ability to compare cartridges these days. The .308 is the old work horse of the long range shooting community. A simple data comparison can be run to see how .308 will stack up with other rounds in the short action class. Yes there are rounds that have better external ballistics, however for many shooters the .308 will do. I am not here to tell you that the .308 is the best cartridge in the whole wide world. I will however tell you that the .308 has been getting the job done for quite a while and will continue to do so.  If you would like to see how the ballistics stack up over a wide variety of rounds you can look here.

DIVERSITY of bullet types and weight

The .308 brings a lot to the table when we look at the bullets it can shoot. There are a ton of .30 caliber bullets available. It makes for a versatile platform that can be used for multiple different purposes.  If you reload this also gives you multiple options to find out exactly what your rifle likes to shoot.  Very few calibers used today have quite the diversity of bullets that the .308 does. The .308 can push bullets weighing in as little as 110 gr all the way up to 220 gr.

factory AMMUNITION availability

This is a topic that is in flux. It depends on where you live and what your local shops stock. With that being said most large retailers and gun stores will always have .308 on the shelf. If you do not reload this is a matter of convenience. In most states you can order ammunition online right to your door or FFL. The primary argument to be made over 6.5 Creedmoor is availability of ammunition. This is less of an issue today then it was a few years ago. As rifle manufactures produce more factory rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor it only makes sense that they will also carry the necessary ammunition to feed the rifles they sell.

If it works for you don’t change it, but stop taking it personally

When we talk about cartridges the topic seems to always end in a heated discussion. If we lay out the facts it becomes apparent quickly that the .308 isn’t the best round for every application. Looking at PRS style shooting the cartridges with higher BC and less recoil dominate the sport. Same thing in many other long range rifle competitions. It is math and science and the end result is hard data. No one is threatening your family or calling your honor into question. If you like your .308 no one is asking you to change it, so stop taking it personally.  On the flip side if you don’t like the .308 no one is asking you to change either, so don’t take it personally. Knowing when to give advice and when not to seems to be the biggest contribution to this problem on both sides.

Progress Isn’t a bad thing

“Well it’s just another wildcat based off the .308” is a statement that I have seen quite a few times. The person stating that is not wrong, but they are missing the point. Progress is not a bad thing. Taking something that works and making it better is always a good thing. While some people enjoy driving older vehicles the majority like the comfort and safety features that progress and innovation have brought us in that industry. The same thing can be said about the improvements made with the parent case being the .308 in new cartridges. If we can get better external ballistics with a similar amount of powder and generate less recoil why wouldn’t you do?

There will always be a place for the .308. It is a solid performer with a lot of versatility. It is still in use by Law Enforcement and Military units all over the world. If you have a .308 now and are happy with it no one is asking for you to change that. If you are a new shooter looking for your first long range rifle I wouldn’t skip past the .308 But I also won’t insist that it is the only option either. Like I have said before the most important part of Long Range Shooting is the shooting part, so stop bickering online and get out there and press the trigger to the rear!

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Review: Rifles Only The Bungee Sling

RIFLES ONLY THE BUNGEE SLING

The rifle sling is an important and seemingly forgotten accessory in the long-range community. They are highly versatile tools that can fill many roles. When one looks for a rifle sling the options are almost endless. After hours of research I came across the Rifles Only Bungee Sling. It seemed to have a lot to offer. After talking to a few more experienced shooters it also came highly recommenced so I pulled the trigger.

Rifles Only is what I would consider an end-user company. They took years of research and testing as well as input from competition shooters, military and LEO snipers, and instructors in to account. The end result is an amazing sling that is very easy and effective to use.

Attachment System

The Rifles Only Sling caught my attention for the ability to easily use different attachments.  Some slings on the market make it hard to swap attachments. The Bungee Sling is designed to allow use of any attachments available. Instead of having to buy multiple slings set up to specific attachments you only need one sling and the attachments you intend to use. You can get the sling with no attachments, Heavy duty swivels(stud swivel), HK hooks, or flush cups(QD mounts). I ordered mine with flush cups as that is what I use on my rifle. Should that ever change all I need to do is order different attachments and swap them out with the flush cups. Easy and effective with no need to order a new sling with the appropriate attachments needed.Bungee

Cam-Buckle system

I ordered a Coyote Brown Rifles Only Bungee Sling. I was immediately impressed with the quality and construction of the product. It features 2 cam-buckles for quick and easy adjustments.

The first cam-buckle is located at the front (barrel) portion of the sling. As per the Rifles Only website this can be used to adjust the overall tension of the sling.

The rear cam-buckle allows you to adjust the length of the sling. Should you choose to sling up you can also use the rear cam-buckle to place the sling snugly around your bicep.

One of my favorite parts of the cam-buckle system is the fact that they use a different color, texture, and width fabric that is attached to the cam-buckles. This allows you to quickly and easily grab and pull the proper piece to adjust the sling without having to look and see what you are doing. If you need to release the cam-buckle you grab the smaller thinner black piece. To adjust the sling and tighten it, you grab the double reinforced fabric that is the same width and material as the sling itself. Bungee

 

The bungee

The rear portion of the sling is a large bungee. It connects to the lower portion of the sling that contains the cam-buckles via a ITW GT Cobra Buckle. The cobra buckle is polymer in construction which saves weight and also aids with noise reduction over a metal buckle. It can carry a tensile load of up to 500 lbs. If you should ever need to break away from your rifle quickly all you need to do is pinch the buckle on the tabs and it drops free. This feature also helps when you need to sling up with the rifle and allows you to disengage the rear portion of the sling and only use what is needed.

The bungee itself provides quite a few benefits that are worth noting. When using the rifle sling in traditional 2-point sling fashion the bungee provides rear-ward tension. As you load into the rifle the bungee will pull the rifle back into your shoulder giving you extra support. This helps tremendously when making you need to take a quick shot from an unsupported position.  The second benefit of the bungee is that it reduces the felt weight of the rifle. If you are a hunter or a military sniper who travels long distance it will also help as you move across rough terrain.

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Final Thoughts

I like the versatility of the sling. The guys and gals over at Rifles Only really put a lot of time and effort into the design. The cam-buckle system is simple and easy to use. It allows for rapid adjustments and small “micro” adjustments to help create a more stable position.

The ability to quickly break away from the sling via the ITW buckle is also a great feature. Should you ever need to get the rifle off you or do not require the sling any longer simply pinching the buckle drops the sling. This can save you a few seconds if you are shooting a stage that requires the sling for one position but would hinder you on the next. The bungee helps for both transporting the rifle on long days or over far distances and also helps make a more stable position by pulling the rifle into the shoulder.

Possibly the best part of the Rifles Only Bungee Sling is that it is a sum of its parts. If you need to take a quick shot the bungee and cam-buckles allow for a quick and easy hasty sling set up. Should you be doing dedicated position work you can set up into a very effective and adjustable loop sling.

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Review: Sarge’s Shooting Bags

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Sarge’s Shooting Bags Review

Shooting bags are becoming more and more popular tools in the long-range shooting community. Most long-range shooters have used a rear bag in some capacity. What is formally known as a sand bag has been adapted to fill more than the role of just a rear bag. Shooting bags are used in competition shooting like the Precision Rifle Series and other practical precision matches. They help aid in positional shooting and come in many shapes and sizes. Everyone has their favorite company to produce bags. After asking for some recommendations I choose to go with Sarge’s Shooting Bags. Sarge’s is a veteran owned and operated company and makes a great product at an affordable price.

I ordered The MOAB, The Goody Bag, The Wild Bill, and The Blockhead. It is worth noting that Sarge’s offers a discounted price if you order a combo. For example I ordered the Big Bag Combo. It contained the MOAB, Goody Bag, and Wild Bill. If ordered individually the total cost of the package would be $199 dollars, however the combo sells for $166. A savings of $30.

Sarge’s speed straps

Unlike other bags on the market Sarge’s bags have a unique feature that sets them apart from the rest. The Sarge’s Speed Strap allows for easy and quick one-handed adjustments to tighten or loosen the strap. This helps when using the bag as a “pillow” on one of your arms to help fill space and make a stable position. It also makes attaching the bag to your rifle very easy and hassle free. All you have to do is pull the shock cord at either end of the speed strap to tighten. Sarge'sSarge's

The MOAB 

The Mother of All Bags is Sarge’s second largest bag. Measuring 10″x8″x6″ the MOAB has a lot of uses. It can be used with an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine in the prone. It also works great for filling large voids by adding stability in positional shooting. The MOAB comes standard with a lightweight poly fill that breaks in nicely. Even with its large size the fill keeps the weight down and it is very comfortable to use when strapped to your arm.Featuring two of Sarge’s Speed Straps it is very easy to use and adjust. It also has a loop for attaching a strap should you want to run with the bag attached to your person or rifle. The MOAB has an MSRP of $78.

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The Goody Bag 

Measuring in at 10″x8″x4″ the Goody Bag is Sarge’s 3rd largest bag produced. That Goody Bag has a lot of uses from a front bag for your rifle, a rear bag while shooting in the prone, or used to fill gaps in your position by attaching to your arm and using as a “pillow” The Goody Bag features two of Sarge’s Speed Straps and also has a loop for attaching the bag to your person or rifle. Just like The MOAB The Goody Bag also comes with a lightweight poly fill. Out of the 4 Sarge’s bags that I own The Goody Bag is by far my preferred bag to run on the front of my rifle. I have used it to help create a more solid position as well as using it to “wedge” the rifle on a barricade. The Goody Bag has an MSRP of $66. Sarge'sSarge's

 

The Wild Bill

The Wild Bill measures in at 8″x5″x4″. It has one Sarge’s Speed Strap. It makes for a great rear bag and can also be used as a front bag if needed. The Wild Bill can be had with the lightweight poly fill or a heavy plastic resin. I choose the lightweight poly fill, but have considered ordering another with the heavy plastic resin fill. When I bought my Sarge’s bags I also got the Blockhead expecting that to be my dedicated rear bag. After using both The Blockhead and The Wild Bill I found that I can use the Wild Bill as a positional bag as well as on the front of my rifle in a pinch if necessary making it much more versatile. The Wild Bill has an MSRP of  $55.Sarge's

The Blockhead

The Blockhead measures in at 6″x5″x4″. Best for use as a dedicated rear bag The Blockhead does not have a Sarge’s Speed Strap. Instead it has an adjustable Velcro strap to keep the bag attached to your hand while using it as a rear bag. You can get the Blockhead in either lightweight poly fill or the heavier plastic resin. I choose the lightweight poly fill. Offering 3 different heights to choose from when used as a rear bag it is very flexible.

Out of all 4 of my Sarge’s bags The Blockhead sees the least amount of use. I like to run a bag attached to the butt-stock of my rifle should I need a rear bag and I purchased the Blockhead for this purpose, however I found that I actually prefer to run The Wild Bill for this application instead. Your Mileage may very. The Blockhead has an MSRP of $34.00.Sarge's

 

 

Top notch quality

All four of the bags I ordered came to me right inline with the time-table promised. The materials used and the craftsmanship exceeded my expectations. Like all new bags they had to be broken in, which according to a very reliable source is best done by parking your vehicle on the bags to help speed up the process. After getting over my initial fear of destroying the bags I did just that and they have broken in nicely. I am very impressed with the quality of the bags and how much of a difference they can make in getting a stable position when shooting off a barricade. If you are looking for new bags I would absolutely recommend Sarge’s Shooting Bags!

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Brand New Out of The Box
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After a few trips of breaking them in

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Review: TacPack

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TacPack review

 

TacPack was kind enough to send me a couple of their monthly subscription boxes to review. The way it works is you sign up for a subscription for $49.99 a month. Then they ship you your TacPack on the 15th. Right now I have the June and July boxes and will be getting the August box shipped on the 15th. (keep an eye out for the update when the August box gets here)

 

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Alright let’s get to the June box first.  I have to say that you definitely get your money’s worth. The MSRP adds up to $150.00 for everything in the box based on the prices TacPack listed as MSRP. The prices are pretty spot on and I was really only able to find two things for less online. (more on that later) With that said it still would cost you $139.00 to buy everything in the June TacPack. Now let’s get to the good stuff!!! What’s in the box:

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The first thing that comes in the box is the Burnproof Gear Rail Wrap. This is an interesting concept. Burnproof Gear makes suppressor covers and It’s basicly a suppressor cover but made to go on the rail of your rifle to keep the heat off your hands with high rates of fire. It seems to be well made. I am planning to do a full review of the Rail wrap next time I go out to the range. The MSRP is $75.00 and that’s what I found it for online. You also get a 10% off coupon code for burnproof gear

 

 

Next we have the Nine line Tanker made by Nine line Apparel. This is the 20oz version with a closing lid. I would compare it to a Yeti or RTIC when it comes to quality and design. It also has the Nine Line logo embossed on the tanker. If you drink anything you want to keep hot or cold this is great. It is also nice that they include things that you will use every day and not just at the range. The MSRP of the tanker is $24.00 and again what I found it for online.

 

 

Up next we have Armaspec anti walk pins. If you have an AR15 or AR10 this is a nice bonus to your TacPack. You replace your trigger and hammer pins with them. They make it so you have to unscrew the ends of the pin instead of being able to just push them out like on the factory pins.  MSRP was listed as $15.00 I did find them for $13.95 online but you would still have to pay shipping making them more than $15.00

 

 

The last thing in the June TacPack is the ABKT Phantom Spector knife. The construction feels decent and the blade is sharp. This is a fairly inexpensive knife and you can feel that in the construction. However it is very easy to open with one hand. It has a good size to it and a pocket clip. I feel like it would make a nice EDC knife that you wouldn’t lose any sleep over if something happened to it while still being a capable and useful knife. The MSRP is $36.00 and that’s what it is listed at on the ABKT website but you can find it for $26.42 on Amazon.

 

 

So as you can see with the June TacPack you get your money’s worth. Now let’s jump right into what came in the July Box.

 

The July TacPack has an MSRP of $105.00 as listed by TacPack. Again this price is pretty spot on. And again Amazon does bring this price down by about $10 bucks but you still are getting a good deal. So what’s in the July TacPack?

 

 

First, you get a 5.11 tactical knife. This is a better quality knife than the one from the June box as you would expect from 5.11 Tactical. The blade has an interesting shape that would make it good for slashing. It’s a bit on the small side and very thin making it a nice carry knife. TacPack lists the MSRP as 36.00 and I found it for $33.00 on Amazon.

 

 

The second thing is the Fusion Daisy Chain and Carabiner. It’s basically a long VERY sturdy strap and climbing carabiner. The best thing that it looks like it could be used for is to hang bags above the ground. The quality is surprising on it as well it looks like it could hold over 100 lbs with no issues the MSRP is listed as $30.00 and I can’t find this product online but from the quality I am sure that is an accurate price.

 

 

Up next we have the BrakeThrough cleaning kit. It seems to be a very nice kit as it besides the solvent, grease  and oil that you would expect from a cleaning kit it also has a microfiber cloth and cleaning brush. The listed MSRP is $25.00 and that’s what it costs online.

 

 

The last thing in the July TacPack is the EZ Accuracy Gas Block Dimple Tool. if you build your own ARs this is a great little gool if you want to dimple the barrel for your gas block. The only problem I see with this being in the TacPack is that a lot of people might not use it but I build my own ARs so I am happy to see something like this included.

 

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For July they also included a cool vinyl patch

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So, in conclusion, there is no doubt that you definitely get your money’s worth from the TacPacks. You just have to decide if you will use enough of the items to be worth it to you. For me, I really like the fact that you get things you wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy but will still come in handy. So if you have an extra 49.95 a month and want a subscription box you should give serious consideration to TacPack.

 

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West Texas Ordnance 7mm SAW

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West Texas Ordnance 7MM SAW

I recently posted an article on the 7MM SAW in comparison to the 6 and 6.5mm Creedmoor you can find that article here. My last article simply looked over the ballistic data and compared the 3 rounds. Shortly after the article went live I received a few questions from readers about the 7MM SAW and not knowing the answers I reached out to West Texas Ordnance to see if I could get more information about their round. Besides inventing the 7mm SAW West Texas Ordnance also makes the Switch Lug  which allows users to run a multi-caliber system.

Clayton of West Texas Ordnance

I talked to Clayton of West Texas Ordnance and got a more in-depth review of the round he developed. He also shared of his personal experience with it. Clayton entered the PRS shooting scene back in 2015. The rifle he was shooting at the time was a 7MM-08. While not the most popular round for practical precision it simply worked for him. So why make a new round? According to Clayton he developed the 7MM SAW “to gain an increase in performance over the 7mm08, without the additional headaches of an Ackley Improved Cartridge”

What additional headaches does the 7mm08ai bring to the table?

According to Clayton “Going to the 7mm-08AI would have given me increased performance over the 7mm-08, but would have required higher input costs due to fireforming, less usable barrel life for the same reason, as possibly less reliable feeding depending on the type of magazine used. ”

What does the 7mm Saw bring to the table?

“The SAW gave me a performance boost of around 100FPS with no discernible loss of barrel life vs the 7mm-08, and equivalent amount of powder(and therefore loading cost), and feeds flawlessly through even the double stack AI A/W magazine.”

Where does the 7Mm saw fit when compared to 7mm-08 and 7mm-08ai

When asked how the 7mm SAW fits Clayton gave me the following ranking. The ranking runs from fastest achievable velocities to slowest:

  1.  The 7mm-08AI
  2. The 7mm SAW
  3. The 7mm-08
Advantages of the 7mm saw

I asked Clayton what he thought the advantages of the 7mm SAW were.

“There are five benefits I’ve experienced in the cartridge, as follows:

1: Versatility. Because of a wide range of bullet weights available(140-180grs all with respectable BC’s for match shooting), a shooter has more options to tailor a load for a particular match. For example, one might be shooting a rocky mountain or Oklahoma match with higher winds and longer distances but less positional shooting, and for that you could opt to run something like the 180 Berger Hybrid or 180 Hornady ELD-M. At 2700FPS or better, those large 7mm’s have a noticeable advantage over the 6mm’s and most 6.5mm’s at extended distances. But let’s say your next match is a Southeast match, where wind and range are less of a factor, but there will be more positional shooting. For that, load up a 140 Berger VLD or 150 Hornady ELD-X at 3000FPS or more. For a shooter who wants to shoot in different regions but can only afford one rifle, that versatility can be a real asset.

2. Longer barrel life. To date, my 7mm SAW barrel’s wear pattern has tracked exactly along the same lines as my 7mm08, so it’s pretty feasible to assume a usable barrel life of at least 3500 rounds. I am at 1800 rounds on my current barrel and leaving for a 2 day PRS match next week; something I would not have considered doing with a 6XC or 6mm Creedmoor loaded at full power. While barrel life isn’t my top reason for picking a cartridge, it is certainly a bonus.

3. Enhanced wind resistance. The 7mm bullets from 162 grains and up have a noticeable B.C. advantage over the majority of 6mm and 6.5mm match projectiles, and while the 6mm’s tend to make up for lower B.C.’s with increased speed, in my experience the 7mm’s tend to “bully” the wind better at distances beyond 600 yards. By that I mean it seems that they are more forgiving in inconsistent winds. This may be a perceived rather than a measurable advantage, but it certainly does feel like my shot placement is less bothered by a slightly misread wind call when I’m running my 7mm SAW than when I shot a 6mm.

4. More energy on target. This is probably a less important factor now that PRS has mandated hit indicator systems on all target beyond 800 yards, but nonetheless it is still an advantage for both the shooter trying to call his or her own shots and the RO/spotters as well. I have frequently seen shooters and spotters straining to confirm an impact from a 6mm rifle on a heavy or long targets, especially on days with high mirage or low visibility. With the 7mm bullets, targets get hit with authority! There is no doubt when a target is struck, as the sound and movement signature is much enhanced.

5. Lower component cost. Again, this one is not a deal breaker either direction, but it’s worth noting. A quick internet search will reveal that Lapua .308 Winchester Palma brass, which the 7mm SAW was designed around, is typically $18-$30 cheaper per 100 pieces than equivalent quality brass for the other popular competition cartridges. The exception to the rule is 6mm BR Lapua brass, but by the time the cost of fireforming to 6 Dasher is factored in it becomes more expensive as well. The 7mm SAW takes advantage of one of the most affordable sources of high quality brass as its starting point.”

What about disadvantages?

Clayton had only one disadvantage for the 7mm SAW.

“Regarding disadvantages, the only major downside I see is higher recoil versus most of the 6mm’s. I personally don’t notice a difference between the felt recoil of my 7mm SAW with 150’s or 162’s and an equivalent weight rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor or .260 Remington shooting 140’s. However, if your matches are primarily positional or short-range, something like a 6 Dasher or 6×47 Lapua would be a better choice. Once the weight of your rifle exceeds 15lbs or if you are using an effective brake, that disadvantage is minimized.”

When are the reloading dies going to hit the market and what will they offer?

West Texas Ordnance offers 2 reloading dies for the 7mm SAW and they are already available! WTO offers two custom die sets

  1. Redding Custom Premium set. Including a full length sizer die with carbide expander ball assembly and a seater die with micrometer seating stem. Clayton also told me he personally uses the Redding dies when reloading 7mm SAW for his personal rifle. Price: $240
  2. Whidden custom die set. Type S style bushing sizer with Whidden Micrometer seater Die. Price: $275
Will it gain popularity?

I personally like the idea of the 7mm SAW. Plenty of PRS shooters compete in the tactical division and are shooting .308’s. While low recoil is preferred by some having similar recoil to a .308 and much better ballistics does have advantages. Extended barrel life while not important to many is still a benefit. If you are looking for a multi-use rifle the 7mm SAW might be an option for you. The multiple weights and types of bullets available make for almost endless options.  Please tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Review The Ergo Roller Handle

Review: Inline Fabrications Ergo Roller Handle

Today we are going to be talking about the Inline Fabrications ergo roller handle. The handle I was sent was for the Dillon XL650. However, they make them for all the major brands of presses.

The handle came shipped in a USPS flat rate box. It was packaged well and came with very easy to follow instructions. The first thing I noticed when looking at the lever and roller handle was how heavy-duty the construction was.

Assembly is very easy all you need is a 5/32nd hex key to screw the roller handle into the lever. You will want to use blue Loctite on the threads to ensure that it won’t work its way lose.

The lever seems to fit better in the press than the Dillon handle did. The Inline Fabrication handle also has a nice rubber cover to protect the threads after you get it installed.

So now that I have the ergo roller handle installed it’s time to try it out. The first thing I did was use it to trim about 1000 .223 cases. All I can say is that it’s amazing!!! I have always loved the XL 650 and this makes it so much better. Normally after doing that much work on the 650, I can feel it from my hand rubbing on the ball on the standard Dillon handle but not with the Ergo Roller handle I feel like I could load another 10,000 rounds with no issues at all.

If you own any reloading press this is a MUST have upgrade! It is a very simple fix to a very common problem. Only time will tell but from the quality of the product I am very confident that the roller handle will be a good upgrade for quite some time to come.

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