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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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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New Shooters 101: The Elitist Mentality


The Elitist Mentality

I can only guess how discouraging it can be for a new shooter asking advice these days. The age of the internet gives everyone opinions about everything and often times new shooters receive information that they did not request. This as I have seen first hand only adds to the confusion. Even worse yet is when incorrect information is given out to someone who does not yet have the experience to know any better.

Possibly the worst thing that I have seen is what I call the elitist mentality. These are the guys who snub their nose at anything less than custom-built or top dollar. I think most of us can relate to not having an unlimited budget.  As much as we all want the most expensive rifle and the best new scope it is not an affordable option for most.

Whats better experience or the best gear?

The elitists of the world seem to think that only by having the best equipment can you shoot properly. Tell a group you have a $1000 budget for a scope and it won’t take long for someone to suggest a $2500 option. Some might even go as far as suggesting that you just save until you can afford something that isn’t “junk”. What I am here to tell you is you don’t need the new caliber or best stuff.


The only way any of us get better is practice. Live fire or dry fire practice are the only things that are going to improve your ability. The elitist mentality that only the best should be used is counterproductive at best. I know plenty of people who could give me their high dollar rig and use a stock rifle and out shoot me. Why? I know a lot of great shooters and their setup has nothing to do with their skill set. They have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours behind rifles to improve their skill set. Get out to the range and practice. You can always upgrade your equipment as you go.

Find people willing to help

It is amazing how quickly the internet turns everyone into a subject matter expert. Not only does this pump a lot of misinformation into the pipeline but it also stops knowledgeable people willing to help from doing so. A lot of the replies that I have seen are less helpful than they are ego boosting, it is the elitist way. However there are people with experience who are willing to share it to help the community. Look for these people and when you do find them pay attention. I learned the most from a friend who wanted to help people learn and had a lot of experience. He dealt with all of my questions and just wanted to give back to the community that taught him so much. I learned more from him then any internet group could teach because I didn’t have to filter through the clutter.

Stop seeking validation

Elitists create a problem for every sport or hobby. The better than you mentality eats away at those who want to help and pushes new members away in fear of humiliation to their honest questions. However we all need to stop seeking validation from strangers on the internet. The internet is a wonderful place and has a ton of information. Instead of asking people if this scope is okay to be given a million responses from people who have never even seen one in person do research on your own! Make your own decisions! The elitists of the world have their opinions and so do other shooters. At the end of the day unless someone else is paying for it for you it doesn’t matter what they think.  Please stop being lazy and do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

How can we sTop the cycle?

You can find a little bit of the elitist mentality in each and every one of us. We want to feel important and we want to be proud of what we own and use. There is no reason what so ever why we shouldn’t be. How can we end the cycle? Take a step back. Have you ever been new to something? Maybe a job or a hobby? Were you grateful to the guy who didn’t have the time of day to help you and acted like an elitist or the guy who took his time to help out? If you find yourself unable to help or can’t find something constructive to say it’s okay! Not a single one of us knows everything. Find another topic where you can help. Let’s build up the members in our hobby and help where we can and remember that we all start somewhere.

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The Science Behind Shooting: 7mm SAW vs the 6’s


West Texas Ordnance 7mm SAW

Wildcat cartridges are nothing new in the long-range shooting community. If there is a way to make something better or more efficient someone will make it so. I happen to be a huge fan of the Precision Rifle Blog and noticed that a 7mm cartridge made it into last years top 100 shooters. It is the 7mm SAW and it is West Texas Ordnances brain child.

PRS Applications

If you read the referenced article from Cal over at the Precision Rifle Blog you will see that PRS shooters primarily favor the 6mm and 6.5mm calibers. They bring a lot to the table shooting a high bc round with low recoil. In a competition where you will be shooting multiple strings a day and are required to spot your own misses for adjustments this makes them ideal. So what benefits do we gain with the 7mm SAW?

According to West Texas Ordnance

Ballistic coefficients

So how do the ballistic coefficients compare from a 6mm to a 6.5mm to a 7mm? Using Hornady ELD-Match ammunition here is the data.

Terminal ballistics

Using the data from West Texas Ordnance on their barrel length and power tests of 7mm SAW as well as data from Copper Creek Cartridge Co for 6 and 6.5mm Creedmoor I ran the ballistics charts below. All data is run at a 0 DA with 10 MPH cross winds at 90°.

6mm Creedmoor 108GR ELD-MATCH 3080 FPS
6.5 Creedmoor 140GR ELD-MATCH AT 2810 FPS
Bullet Drop Comparison
Wind Drift Comparison

Using Shooters Calculators Recoil Calculator and basing the results off of available load data we can see that the 7mm SAW does produce more recoil then both the 6.5 and 6mm Creedmoor. The rifle weight was set to 16 lbs for all 3 calibers and it is worth noting that this is without a brake installed. Most brakes on the market popular in practical precision matches can reduce recoil as much as 60%.


Looking at the data above we can see that the 7mm SAW does have advantages over both the 6mm and 6.5mm calibers. It has a significant advantage in bullet drop and wind drift. Another important fact is the barrel life. The 6mm and 6.5mm calibers are known to burn barrels faster than other calibers out there. The downside seems to be a higher recoiling rifle. Hopefully we will see more data as time goes on and be able to compare how it shoots with a highly effective muzzle brake installed.

West Texas Ordnance is currently working on bringing quality reloading tools to the market and according to their website they should be available soon. I can honestly say that I am impressed with the data and will be closely following this caliber as a possible option when it comes time for my next build or rebarrel.

So do you think we will see some changes in the PRS world in regards to the 7mm SAW? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Review: Magnetospeed M-Series Grip system



Besides the Magnetospeed V3, Magnetospeed was also kind enough to send me their grip system to test. So far I absolutely love the grip. I have it installed on an AR-10 chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor currently. I find it extremely comfortable and really like the texture of the grip. Another very nice thing with the grip is it comes with a long allen key to install the grip screw. The grip is also designed with the grip screw held in place inside the grip with a plug. This sit one of the easiest grips I have ever installed on any AR!

Storage box

The grip also comes with a small storage box that fits into the grip. It is spring-loaded with a button on the bottom. When you push the button you release the dry box so it’s easy to get out. One thing I have noticed is that about ¾ of the time when you eject it, it removes the lid to the box. I’m not sure if this intentional or not. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not a big deal as the dry box stays about half way in the grip so nothing spills out of it but you have to fish around with your fingers to get the lid out.


Next, as part of the M-Series Grip system we have the MiniLight. It is a very small but bright little flashlight. It runs off of 1 CR123 battery which is included. The light is very simple to operate with two buttons. A large gray button that turns on the main light with a simple on/off function. There is also a smaller red button that activates two red LED bulbs giving you red light.Each button will override the other so if you have the red light on and need the bright white light all you have to do is hit the button and it turns on the white light and automatically turns off the red and vice verse.

The light comes with two ways to mount it, one being a small hat clip that would be good if you need to make a repair to your rifle at night or need some hands free light. I would not keep it on my hat unless I’m using it at the time because it’s held to the clip by a magnet that will let the light fall with any quick head movement. I would like to see a little bit more robust attachment for the light to your hat.

Hat attachment

1913 quick attach

The other way to mount the light is with a 1913 rail adapter this would be great as a backup light it’s very fast to mount if you have the adapter on your rail just eject it from the grip and stick it to the magnets in the adapter. Keep in mind I would not recommend this as a primary weapon light due to the fact that if the light is bumped or you drop your rifle it WILL fall off. I have tested it with a lot of fast movement that you would expect in a dynamic environment and as long as nothing touches the light or rifle it has stayed on without any issues. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much of a bump to knock the light of. I do think this would be a perfect backup light and that seems to be exactly what it was designed for.


The last thing that they sent me was the MiniMAG. Like the dry box and MiniLight, it fits in the grip. The MiniMAG is a three round magazine. Designed for .223/5.56 and 300blk. This is a very different concept, and to be honest, I can’t think of any practical application for it. I mean it works exactly as advertised. I just can’t think of any situation that isn’t the last fight in an action movie that I would need three extra rounds stored in the grip of my rifle. If you can think of a good use for this magazine please let me know in the comments.

They also make a monopod for the grip that I would love to get my hands on to test but so far have been able to.

Overall I really like the grip and the storage and would definitely recommend the grip to anyone that is thinking about getting it. I think Magnetospeed is trying to be very innovative when it comes to this grip I like the dry box and think the flashlight definitely has a lot of potential, but could use a few improvements that I mentioned above. Now, I really think they missed the mark with the MiniMAG unless I am missing something.

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Review: Magpul PMAG 15 GL9



The AR world has long been dominated by the polymer magazine and Magpul has been at the forefront. In the last few years we have seen more companies jump on with offerings as well. Magpul has made themselves a name for producing reliable and durable magazines and a decent price. Magpul has finally made a product for pistols but are they worthy of the Magpul Name?

First Look

I recently purchased a Glock 19 and was in need of spare magazines. If there is one thing that every Glock owner has experienced it is the price of Glock factory magazines. They are not cheap. Having used the AR PMAGs and never experiencing any issues i decided to give the new PMAG 15 GL9 a try. The biggest benefit with Magpuls new magazine is the price.


Pen dot Matrix

Another favorite of mine from the Magpul line is the use of their pen dot matrix system. On the GL9 the matrix is located on the floor plate of the magazine. It allows you to mark your magazines and does not have the usual downfall of the paint or marker wearing off with use. For anyone running a competition or working with other shooters often this small feature allows you to make your magazines easily identifiable by you.


Glock factory magazines have a reputation for reliability so any after market replacement should function just as well. The GL9 did not disappoint. On my trip to the range I fired over 500 round through a single PMAG 15 GL9 and not a single failure was experienced. I tossed the GL9 both loaded and unloaded about 20 feet in the air multiple times in between firing strings to add additional stress. The magazine kept on feeding with only minor surface wear.


While there is a lot that I really like there were a few things that I disliked. The factory Glock magazines give you the ability to quickly determine how many rounds that you have in your mag. The GL9 series of magazines only has an indicator showing when the it is full. Being a Magpul product I would like to see a window or other feature to give you a rough remaining round count.

I also experienced one other issue while loading the magazine. It seemed to be a little tougher to load than a factory magazine. I actually broke my Glock magazine loader at the range. This is not a bad thing as it indicates a stronger spring which will make a more reliable magazine, but i thought it was worth reporting.

I would recommend the PMAG if for no other reason than the price while I do prefer the Glock factory mags over the PMAG the factory mag is not better enough to spend the extra money over the PMAG. Unless you absolutely have to have the ability to look at the mag and know exactly how many rounds you have in the magazine pick up a few PMAG in you own a 9mm Glock.

For more information on the Magpul PMAG 15 GL9 you can look at their website here. It has an MSRP of $15.95.


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New Shooter 101: Data Collection


New Shooters 101: Data Collection

Long range shooting is all about the details. The more we pay attention to and document all the variables the better we will become. Long range shooting explained simply is applying the fundamentals of marksmanship consistently while properly compensating for environmental conditions and effects. It doesn’t matter if you are a new shooter or an experienced shooter, recording all the data you can will help make you more proficient.


D.O.P.E is a term used often in the long-range community. It refers to the data of previous engagements and is a data book used to track your rifles performance at different ranges with different wind speeds and values. As you collect and true your data you will have a reference to help get more accurate shots on target faster.  What data is important?

Density Altitude

When collecting data one of the first things I like to record is the Density Altitude where and when I am shooting. Living in upstate New York I can experience low density altitude in the  cold winter months and a much higher density altitude in the warm summer months. Density Altitude can play a large roll on your adjustments and knowing how your rifle will perform and having data for multiple density altitude bands is very important for getting first round hits at distance.

Magpul Core Density Altitude Band Graph


Density Altitude requires you to have the following information: Temperature, Barometric Pressure, Altitude, and Humidity. Apps like the Applied Ballistics Tool Box can then calculate your density altitude.

Density Altitude at my position

Below are 4 range cards for my .308 shooting Prime 175 GR OTM ammunition at 2592 fps. All range cards use a 10 MPH wind at 90°. The density altitudes represented are 0, 3000, 6000, and 9000.


0 DA
3000 DA
6000 DA
9000 DA



Wind is quite possibly one of the biggest factors to consider when shooting at long-range. The wind at your position and the wind at your target can be doing completely different things. The more data you collect on the wind the better you will become at shooting in the wind. Fine tuning you ability to read wind down range takes practice and documenting the times you are right as well as the times you are not will help you get more comfortable shooting in the wind.

I like the clock method of reading the wind as it helps me remember my full values, 1/2 values, and 0 value. The Magpul Quick Reference cards have a helpful card pictured below that also gives you the necessary data to gauge wind through your scope down range.

Magpul Wind Quick reference card

Below are examples of wind at a full value, 1/2 value, and 0 value. All winds are at 10 MPH and based off my .308 shooting Prime 175GR ammunition.

Full Value

1/2 Value


Shooting position

If you shoot in practical precision matches or find yourself out hunting having to set up hasty positions it never hurts to document things that will make you a more proficient shooter. While you are practicing shooting off a barricade you will quickly find what works and what doesn’t. Knowing how to build a stable position quickly can have a lot of benefits when you are on the clock at a match or when time is against you to get that trophy buck. Another great option is to have someone take video or pictures while you are shooting. You can review them at home and break everything down good and bad to improve on your next trip to the range.

Call your shots

Another common practice with data books is to call your shots. Using a data book you can document where you think the shot went before confirming where it actually landed. This can help you self-diagnose what you did wrong. Everyone pulls shots and misses, however knowing why we pulled the shot or missed is what will help us improve. Did you miss call the wind, jerk the trigger, or fire from a rushed position when you could have made it more stable? Knowing what to work on at the range is a lot better than wasting ammo with no game plan.

Data books

Having a good data book is obvious when we talk about collecting data. I personally recommend the Magpul Precision Rifle Data Book 2.0 as well as their Quick Reference Cards. I reviewed them previously here.

Catch up on our new shooter 101 series

The Introduction


Caliber Selection

Reading your Reticle

Mils or MOA

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Review: Magnetospeed V3


MagnetosPEed v3 review

Having good data is one of the most important aspects of both long-range shooting and reloading. The Magnetospeed V3 has everything you need to get all of the information needed for your data book and load development and it is affordable as well.


I received my Magnetospeed V3 to test and evaluate. It came in a nice case reminiscent of a hard plastic pistol case. It has foam cut for each part that comes with the V3 and seems to hold everything securely.


The “bayonet” attaches to your barrel and comes with multiple sized barrel attachments to use with different diameter barrels as well as a square aluminum rod that you use as a guide to get the correct spacing.


The monitor that it comes with is simple to use and with the provided cables either a six-foot standard or a four-foot retractable cable it sits right next to you as you shoot so you can see the speed of each shot without having to get up between shots.

The Magnetospeed also comes with a microSD card and SD card adapter so that you can use to save your shot data to your computer if you want to keep a digital log.

Rifle attachment

I must say I have always been very sceptical of the Magnetospeed not because I didn’t trust the data but because of changing point of impact and effecting grouping. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong to worry about as neither aspect was effected. It was also very refreshing not to get error codes because of clouds passing overhead or changing light conditions.

It’s also nice not to have to go down range while you set up the Magnetospeed. It is also a lot less work than setting up a traditional chronograph. Overall I was very impressed with the V3 especially going into the review expecting different results. However after multiple range trips I only had one error code and i was unable to duplicate it. I would highly recommend the Magnetospeed V3 to anyone who want to get accurate load data easily.

For more information on the Magnetospeed V3 checkout their website here. MSRP is $380 and can often be found for less.


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New Shooter 101: Choosing Mils or MOA


One of the most common questions new shooters ask is Mils or MOA when setting up their new long-range rifle. Today I want to take a more in-depth review of both Mils and MOA to help you make that decision for yourself. There is a lot of bad information and misconceptions around Mils and MOA as they relate to shooting. I will cover those below as well.


Possibly one of the biggest misconceptions in the long-range shooting community is that Mils or MOA only correspond to a set measurement system. This actually has zero truth behind it. Both Mils and MOA are angular measurements. Angular measurements work with any system of measurement in existence.

Mils (MRAD)

One mil is 1/1000 of the unit of measurement (feet, inches, centimeters, meters, miles, ect) you choose to use. Therefore .1 mil is 1/10,000 of the unit of measurement (feet, inches, centimeters, meters, miles, ect) you choose to use. So 1 mil at 1,000 meters is 1 meter and 1 mil at 1,000 yards is 1 yard. .1 mil is 1 centimeter at 100 meters and .36 inches at 100 yards.

MOA (Minute of angle)

One MOA is 1/60th of a degree. At 100 Yards 1 MOA equals 1.047 inches and at 1000 yards one MOA equals 10.47 inches. At 100 meters 1 MOA equals 2.908 centimeters and therefore at 1000 meters 1 MOA equals 29.08 centimeters.


The answer to this is not a simple yes or no. On paper MOA adjusts in smaller values and because of that it is seen as more precise by some but is the difference an advantage or is it a negligible difference? You can decide below.

Size of adjustments

Mil scopes are most commonly found with 1/10 mil turrets. This means that every “click” the turret is moves corresponds to a 1/10 mil adjustment to your point of aim. MOA scopes are most commonly found with 1/4 MOA turrets. Just like the Mil turrets 1/4 MOA turrets adjust your point of aim by 1/4 and MOA with every “click”. Some MOA turrets are set to 1/8 MOA values and are not as common.

1/10 Mil Vs. 1/4 MOA

Starting at 100 yards 1 Mil equals 3.6 inches and 1 MOA equals 1.047 inches. Therefore 1/10 of a mil equals .36 inches and 1/4 of an MOA equals .26175 inches at 100 yards. The difference of the adjustments is .09825 inches.

At 1000 yards 1/10 of a Mil equals 3.6 inches and 1/4 MOA equals 2.6175 inches. The difference between the two systems is .9825 inches. It is possible that the top 1% of shooters would actually be able to tell such a small difference in adjustments, however when we take into account environmental factors like wind as well as bc errors, shooter error, and rifle capability is the average shooter able to discern the minute difference or “edge” that MOA presents with a smaller adjustment value?

Number of clicks

Using data from my .308 and Applied Ballistics mobile app I have 2 photos below. Both account for the same distance of 1000 yards with a 10 MPH constant wind at 90°. One accounts for adjustments in 1/10 Mil and the other 1/4 MOA.

1000 Yards 1/10 Mil Turrets
1000 Yards 1/4 MOA Adjustments

The results above show an additional 40 clicks are needed to get the same firing solution while using MOA over Mils. Is the extra time spent dialing in your adjustments worth the smaller value? It depends on the style of shooting and personal preference and is for you to decide.


As we discussed above 1 MOA at 100 yards is 1.047 inches. A common trend is to round 1.047 down to 1 inch to make math easier. While this might have a minimal effect at closer ranges it will cause misses at longer ranges.

Using the example above at 1000 yards the .308 bullet drops 36.3 mils or 380.061 inches. When 1 MOA is rounded down to 1 inch instead of 1.047 inches the drop changes to 363.0 inches. This small and seemingly harmless error in math actually equates to 17.061 inches or 1.630 MOA that your adjustments are off.



Neither. It is a personal choice. If you shoot bench rest and the targets are in MOA then MOA makes more sense. If all your friends shoot Mils getting data for corrections will be easier if you to shoot Mils. I use Mils because it is what I was taught in the Military but instead of meters I range my targets in yards. No matter which system you choose make sure that you are educated and comfortable with making adjustments.

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