Steiner P4Xi review



My friends at Euro Optics where kind enough to send me a Steiner P4Xi in 4-16x56mm with a 34mm tube. The test scope came in a First Focal Plane, with the Steiner SCR Reticle. You can find the scope here. 


I paired the scope with a set of Nightforce Rings on an LRS Precision Shop AR10 in 6.5 Creedmoor. My initial impressions of the scope have been very good. The glass quality is better than my Gen 2 Vortex Viper PST.
The adjustments are a bit stiff but have a very nice audible and tactile clicks. The scope has 20 MILS of adjustment with two full revolutions of the turret. A very nice feature is the color coded turret markings and color coded revolution indicator. On the 1st revolution, you use the white numbers and green on the second. The window changes colors to let you know what revolution you are on so you don’t ever have to worry about losing track during a match or out in the field hunting.


But enough of the boring technical stuff!! How did the scope perform? It performed very well! After I I got the scope zeroed I tested tracking at 100 yards. The scope performed flawlessly. Then I moved out to 400 yards dialed the scope in and was hitting a 12” plate with no issues at all.

That was as far as I was able to shoot on the 1st trip do to weather and time that I had that day. The next big test came 2 weeks later when I took the scope to a PRS match with targets out to 1,047 yards. The first stage was 10 shots at 940 yards. I dialed the scope in and 1st round impact! I was extremely happy as I had never shot or dialed the scope that far until this stage. The next stage had five distances out to 530 yards. The scope was dead on as I dialed each distance. That’s how the rest of the day went then we got to the stage at 1,047 yards and again 1st round impact!!



So would I recommend the Steiner P4Xi? Yes I would! It’s a great scope and worked extremely well. I do wish it had more magnification, but that is not a fault of the scope it really wasn’t designed with PRS in mind but with that said it still worked well. If I was going to buy this scope I would personally put it on something I wasn’t going to shoot past 6-800 yards often on.

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AB WEZ and Cartridge Selection



Previously I published an article that looked at multiple cartridges and the ballistic data, cost of ammunition, as well as recoil of different bullet weights in a given cartridge. You can find that article here. What that article does not cover is important factors that center around probability. Looking at bullet drop and wind drift doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Applied Ballistics offers a tool that allows us to compare more factors. These factors include the ballistics of the bullet as well as shooter competency. Bryan Litz has written a great book that utilizes the WEZ (Weapon Employment Zone). I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get into long range shooting or for those who want a better understanding of the multiple factors involved in long range shooting. You can order a copy directly from Applied Ballistics here.

If we look at normal ballistic tables we only see the corrections based of the data we input. What normal ballistic tables don’t account for is our personal ability as the shooter to input “good” data. If we are off in our wind call it will negatively impact our hit percentage and cause misses off the left or right side of the target .  If our ammo has a large standard deviation (SD) it will cause vertical dispersion that could lead to misses over or under the target. Finally the WEZ allows us to see how different bullets in different cartridges can effect hit probability. Bullets with higher BC’s can be more forgiving then those with lower BC values and have a higher hit percentage.


Using the same shooter competency level we can establish a consistent baseline for performance. From there we can compare common loads from popular cartridges. This will give us the data we need to help choose the appropriate cartridge for our application.

Today we will compare 3 short action cartridges that are popular in the shooting industry. We will cover more cartridges in follow on articles. The 3 cartridges are .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 6mm Creedmoor.


In the Accuracy and Precision For Long Range Shooting Bryan Litz uses a defined set of of confidence levels. One of the more appealing parts of the WEZ tool is the ability to customize or change factors in the listed confidence set.  As to not confuse the data in this article we will use different shooter competency values that vary from the published confidence levels.  The following factors will be our constants:

  1. Wind Estimation: Within 3 MPH
  2. Range Estimation: Within 1 Meter (assuming a confirmed known distance range or a quality range finder)
  3. Precision of the Rifle and Shooter: 1 MOA
  4. Velocity SD: 20 FPS (Good Factory Match Ammo)

All other factors will be left at the system defaults.


Ammunition for all three cartridges will be factory ammo loaded by Hornady. Listed below is the information used:

  1. 168 GR ELD Match 308 Winchester- 24″ Barrel producing 2700 FPS at the muzzle
  2. 140 GR ELD Match 6.5 Creedmoor- 24″ barrel producing 2710 FPS at the muzzle
  3. 108 GR 6mm Creedmoor- 24″ Barrel producing 2960 FPS at the muzzle


Below I have generated traditional ballistic tables. All data is run with a DA of 0 and a wind speed of 10 at 9 o’clock.

308 Winchester-168 GR ELD Match
6.5 Creedmoor- 140 GR ELD Match
6mm Creedmoor- 108 GR ELD Match


Using the same constant factors discussed above we will run two examples for each cartridge.

  1. Example one will be a 2 MOA (10.47 inches) target at 500 yards.
  2. Example two will be a 2 MOA (20.94 inches) target at 1000 yards.
500 yards
308 Winchester at 500 Yards
6.5 Creedmoor at 500 Yards
6mm Creedmoor at 500 yards
1000 yards
308 Winchester at 1000 yards
6.5 Creedmoor at 1000 yards
6mm Creedmoor at 1000 yards


When looking for a good cartridge there are many things to consider, and hopefully this is something to add to that list. It is worth noting that the constants here can be changed with experience and improved ammunition.  If you go from calling wind down to 1 MPH you will have have an increased hit probability. The same will happen if you buy or load your own ammunition with an SD of 10 FPS instead of 20 FPS. There will also be an increased hit probability if the precision of the weapon system and shooter shrinks smaller then 1  MOA.


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Is 2018 The Year Of The Heavies?


Is 2018 The Year Of The Heavies?

As I am sure many of you are aware Sierra has brought some new products to the precision rifle world.  Listed above are their new bullets available. Designed specifically for match shooting these bullets are heavier then most common offerings available currently, but is heavier better? Lets find out.

The Fan Favorite: The 6.5 Creedmoor

While Sierra is offering quite a few new bullets today we will be reviewing their new 6.5mm (.264) 150 GR HPBT as it relates much closer to Practical Precision shooting (our focus). In particular we will be looking at the 6.5 Creedmoor loaded with the 150 GR Matchking and comparing it to other popular loads.

At the time of this being written my 6.5 Creedmoor barrel is still a solid rod. In lieu of real data collected from my rifle we will use available published reloading data from a number of sources.

Here is the subject of this article


A key thing to consider is the required twist rate. Most factory rifles chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor offer a 1:8 twist. It can be fired from a rifle without a 1:7.5 twist or faster, but will likely not take advantage of the full BC of the bullet.

Published data for the 150 GR Matchking shows a G1 BC of .713 at 1760 FPS and above.  While we usually prefer G7 for ballistics comparison that data has not been published as of yet. Based off of the reloading data provided by  Sierra we will use 2700 FPS as the muzzle velocity. This data is based off a 24″ barrel.

All ballistics calculations are run at a DA of 0 with 10 MPH winds at 90 degrees.  All data is provided by the Applied Ballistics mobile application.


Hornady 147 GR ELD Match

Up until the release of the Sierra 150 GR HPBT Matchking the 147 GR ELD Match was the heaviest available match round for the 6.5 family. It has a AB verified G1 of .654. Copper Creek Cartridge offers loaded 147 GR ELD Match ammo and from a 24″ barrel it produces 2725 FPS.


Berger 140 GR Match Hybrid Target

A tried and true favorite that has existed before the new Hornday ELD series the hybrid target offers impressive results. It has a AB verified G1 of .607. Copper Creek Cartridge offers loaded 140 GR Match Hybrid Target ammo  and from a 24″ barrel it produces 2820 FPS.


Hornady 140 GR ELD Match

Designed as an improved replacement to the A-MAX line the ELD series offers impressive BC and improved performance at distance. IT has a a AB verified G1 BC of .629. Copper Creek Cartridge offers loaded 140 GR ELD Match ammo and from a 24″ barrel it produces 2810 FPS.


How they all compare

Bullet Drop
wind drift

The 150 GR Matchking does offer some improved results based on the estimated numbers but it does leave us with a few questions. Are these results worth having your next barrel cut with a faster twist? Will there be factory offerings? Will rifle manufactures produce their rifles with a faster twist down the line to accommodate the 150’s?

Please comment below or shoot us a message if you have collected hard data with the Sierra 150 GR Matchking.

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Review: Hawk Hill Custom Bipod Replacement Feet

Hawk Hill Custom: Bipod Replacement Feet


Have you ever looked for a better solution to the standard feet that come on your Harris bipod? I recently had the chance to shoot a rifle that had upgraded Hawk Hill bipod feet. I was immediately impressed with the fit, finish, quality, and most importantly the improved performance of the bipod.  You can find the product here.

So I ordered a set of Hawk Hill Bi pod replacement feet for my Harris bipod on Tuesday, January 2nd and within an hour I received a shipping notification Email. I will be honest I figured it must have just meant they had printed a label as it didn’t have a tracking number in the email. Fast forward to Thursday, January 4th the mail arrived and low an behold I had a package from Hawk Hill!!! Outstanding Customer Service right off the bat!


How it arrived and the install process


You get everything needed to install the feet.  Two spiked feet, two roll pins, a tall and short block and drive pins to remove the roll pins holding the Harris feet on.


The roll pins are a bit of a pain to remove like all roll pins. It is  simple enough with the drive blocks if you follow the instructions just make sure you have the blocks lined up right.


After installation and trip to the range I don’t think I will ever own a bipod without them.

The quality is great and the feet feel extremely sturdy. They also helps reduce the chance of the bipod sliding or slipping.  What really stands out to me and makes me want to try more of their product’s is the amazing customer service. I don’t think I have ever received something so fast without having to pay extra for expedited shipping! I would highly recommend the bipod feet and Hawk Hill as a company!!


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Recommended Reading List



Long range shooting has been on the rise for many years. More and more new shooters are becoming involved every day. While the internet has the benefit of being able to ask anyone a question about anything the information shared might not always be correct.  After talking in depth about the subject we decided to put together a  recommended reading list.  We believe that this list will above anything else improve your knowledge and shooting ability.


Long Range Shooting Handbook

While not released yet based off the information one can gain from his first book we believe that this book will also be a great asset in improving your shooting.

Advanced Long Range Shooting

Precision Long Range Hunting and Shooting Volume One and Two offer great information for those just getting started as well as the more experienced shooter. You can find both volumes here.

Brian Litz and the team at Applied Ballistics have been on the forefront of modern ballistics, You can find their whole library of books on different subjects here.

Reloading is a very important part of Long Range Shooting. While there are many good reloading books I personally gained the most from Berger. Not only does it discuss reloading but also multiple shooting disciplines. You can find their latest manual here.

Reloading to Win is also a great resource for reloading for the precision rifle. You can find more information here.

Online Resources


LRS New Shooter 101 and LRS Group Directory

Precision Rifle Network

Sniper 101 

Long Range Rifle Shooting with Ryan Cleckner


We will Update the list as we find more books that offer quality information. Please feel free to comment with suggestions or questions below.

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The Science Behind Reloading: Why Do We Reload?


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.


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,


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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: TacPack


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)




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:


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.



For July they also included a cool vinyl patch


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


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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