Last year I decided I wanted to hunt with a lighter long-range rifle. My first thought was to build one because I’ve had success doing it in the past. I soon realized I was going to spend over $3500 in order to build a rifle that weighed in around 6.5 lbs. and that was still capable of consistently making a 1000 yard shot on game.
I recently found some muzzle brakes built in Boise, Idaho that are truly fantastic. I ordered two. The first one went with me hunting on my self-configured Savage 7 WSM. The muzzle brake works so well that I don’t lose sight picture through the scope even when I place my weak hand back under the butt stock of the gun.
In fact while hunting I shot a mule deer at just under 500yards, sitting, right before dark and watched the bullet hit the deer, watched the deer go down, and then worked the bolt for a follow up shot I didn’t need, all without losing sight picture through the scope. While the 7 WSM isn’t famous for being a hard kicking rifle, it kicks hard enough to make it impossible to keep sight picture without using a muzzle brake. I’m shooting 168g Bergers going
The American Trigger Corporation AR Gold trigger is hands down the best AR-15 trigger available today. It is short, crisp, light, and fast. It is extremely safe and it is easy to install, even for beginners. I have now tested enough rounds through my rifle with the AR Gold installed to feel confident in claiming it to be the best trigger I’ve ever felt in an AR-15 style rifle.
I first saw the Bennie Cooley Sniper Assault Mount (BC-SAM) in action when I shot on the same squad as Bennie Cooley at the MGM Ironman. At first glance, the mount looks like many of the other AR style one-piece scope mounts. However, in function, it is unlike anything else available and is probably the most advanced and well-designed AR mount in the world.
Proper Eye Relief
Improvements in optics technology have led to better eye relief in scopes. Greater eye relief means that you have to mount your scope farther away from your face to obtain a proper and ergonomic sight picture. The BC-SAM
Many shooters are curious about the advantages of using a heavy-walled billet receiver for their AR-15 build. Accuracy, in a word, is the biggest advantage. Heavy-walled billet receivers are more rigid or stiff. A more rigid receiver will prevent excess movement and flex when a round is fired. It will also help reduce harmonics that are damaging to accuracy. The series of events before, during, and after a round is fired are more likely to be consistent with a rigid upper.
The M16/AR-15 platform’s original design was for military use and as such had every extra ounce removed to keep the gun lightweight. Regardless of its lightweight receiver, the M16/AR-15 came out inherently accurate.
It has been a very busy summer for me shooting long-range F-Class. I shoot F-TR (1000 yards with a bipod) with a Savage F-TR rifle in 308 Winchester. My big wins were the Idaho State Match and the NRA Northwest Regional Match in Missoula, MT. Below are a few thoughts regarding lessons learned during this season of shooting.
The season started out pretty rough. The first match I forgot my good bipod and had to use a Harris 9-13 inch non swivel bipod. My wife brought my MC Werks bipod after I had shot the first relay. This experience