Bullet Jump; Is Less Always Better?

This article from PRB may change your thinking on load development, precision shooting, and bullet seating depth.

Bullet Jump: Is Less Always Better?

Well worth a read for serious precision shooters

6.5CM Accu-Tac

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375 Caliber Berger Bullets

375 Caliber 379 Grain ELR Match Solid Bullets

Extreme Long Range shooting (ELR) to distances of two miles and beyond has taken the firearms community by storm. With many of its roots developed from Elite Military Sniper and Special Forces rifle training exercises, ELR enthusiasts are utilizing cutting-edge rifle and ammunition technology to engage targets at distances previously unheard of. As with all other long-range rifle disciplines, Berger has taken the lead with pioneering ELR as well. New Berger ELR Match Solid Projectiles, a brainchild of Berger?s chief ballistician, Bryan Litz, are precision lathe-turned solid copper bullets with an optimized VLD ogive design for extreme long-range accuracy. Berger ELR Match Solids are available in 375 caliber with 379-grain and 407-grain offerings. Expect Berger ELR Match Solid Projectiles to be crowned “King of Two Mile” champion!


50ct Part # 37379
50ct Box Weight 2.95
50ct Box Dimensions 4.8 x 3.2 x 3.2
50ct MSRP 149.99
Caliber 375 Caliber
Bullet Weight 379 Grain
Product Line VLD Target
G1 BC 0.951
G7 BC 0.487
G7 Form Factor 0.79
Minimum Twist (or faster) 1:8?
Ogive Style Secant (VLD)
Base Style Boat Tail
Sectional Density 0.385
Bullet Dia. 0.375
OAL 2.236
Base to Ogive 0.679
Nose Length 1.122
Bearing Surface 0.371
Boat Tail Length 0.308


Hill Country Rifles .375 Chey Tac built on a Stiller’s Action and McMillan A5 Super Magnum stock

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ELR – Go Big or Go Home?

By Mark V. Lonsdale, STTU

When a shooter steps up from long range shooting (1,000 yards) to extreme long range (1,500+ yards) he or she is also stepping up to some heavy fire power – with the emphasis on HEAVY.

The rifles that have been winning at the King of 2 Miles (Ko2M) are in the 40-pound category with .416 Barrett being the ruler of the roost.

Team GPG Mark Lonsdale

Team Global Precision with their 2019 winning .416 Barretts complete with BAT actions, McMillan Beast stocks, and Bartlein barrels 

But when you get serious about ELR shooting, you are also investing in a purpose built rifle. In the early days of ELR shooters were running their .338 Lapua Magnums, but then stepped up to .375 Chey Tac. Both are excellent ELR calibers, but they have their limitations; so much so that the minimum caliber for consideration for the Ko2M is now .375 CT.

While bullet weight and BC are considerations, one of the biggest advantages of the bigger calibers is being able to see the splash at extreme ranges. This is important since it is all but impossible to read wind accurately at 2,000 to 3,000 yards, so the best wind indicator is the dust kicked up by an impact in the dirt or on the rocks – the splash.


.416 Barrett in the back; .338 Lapua Magnum in front – both with Accu-Tac bipods 


While the .338 Lapua Magnum, in the 14-16 pound range, is a practical sniper rifle for military operations, the 40+ pound .416 Barrett is not practical for field operations. It could, however, be used in fixed position defense. 

The effective range for a .338 LM is in the 1,500 to 2,000 yard range. The .375 Chey Tac has proven effective out passed 2,500 yards. But the Ko2M goes to 2 miles / 3,520 yards.

Now it is possible to score hits at longer ranges with the .338 and . 375 under ideal conditions, but when we talk about “effective” it should be defined as the range at which a rifle and competent shooter can score 80% hits. In other words, it may take one or two shots to get on target and read the wind, but then the next series should be solid hits on a 36″x36″ ELR target.


.375 Chey-Tac, in the back, built by Hill Country Rifles on a Stiller’s Action and McMillan A5 Super Magnum stock, weighing in just under 25 pounds. Three inches shorter, the .338 LM in the foreground weighed in at 16 pounds, both with Accu-Tac bipods  

So before you invest several thousand dollars in an ELR rifle, it is important to understand the limited use you may get out of a purpose built rifle. Not too many shooters have access to shooting ranges out passed 1,000 yards, and even fewer to 3,000 yards.

But if you have the time, inclination, and disposable income, ELR is a real challenge and a lot of fun.



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Berger Wins Sub-Contract For Advanced Sniper Rifle Program Ammunition

Berger Wins Sub-Contract For Advanced Sniper Rifle Program Ammunition

The single-year contract specifies 800,000 rounds of .300 Norma Mag. that will be loaded with Berger’s .30-cal., 215-grain hybrid bullets along with Lapua brass. The contract also includes 200,000 rounds of .338 Norma Mag. loaded with Lapua’s .338-caliber, 300-grain armor-piercing AP529 projectiles and Lapua brass. This .338 Norma Mag. load extends the range for snipers over the .300 Norma Mag. load. Berger and Lapua products had already been chosen for the Advanced Sniper Rifle program ammunition—now the loads themselves will be produced by Capstone. Ammunition for the contract will be loaded and tested at the aforementioned facility in Arizona.

With both brands well known by competitive shooters for high quality and match-grade precision, the combination of Berger bullets and Lapua cartridge cases for the Advanced Sniper Rifle program’s .300 and .338 Norma Mag. ammunition should prove potent for the U.S. military.

Learn more at www.capstonepg.com.

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6.5 Creedmoor PRS Rifle

Load development continues for this rifle -currently working with the Berger 140 grain Hybrids. Also using this opportunity to continue T&E with the Accu-Tac WB BR-4 G2 bipod.


6.5 Creedmoor built on a Rem 700 action, 24″ Krieger Heavy Palma barrel, loaded into a McMillan A6 adjustable stock. Scope is a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x.


Running the Labradar to evaluate various loads with the Berger 140 grain Hybrids. Note the wide, stable stance of the WB BR-4 G2 bipod 

Hollands-Leupold Using the Holland’s bubble level to confirm rifle level 

The testing continues……

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Accu-Tac WB BR-4 G2

Looking for a solid bipod with a wide, stable base for PRS, hunting, target shooting, or tactical operations? Check out the versatile Accu-Tac WB BR-4 G2

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Accu-Tac WB BR-4 G2 mounted on a 6.5 Creedmoor PRS rifle built on a Kelbly’s Atlas action and McMillan A6 stock. 


Accu-Tac bipods are superbly engineered for optimum performance with the options of vertical or 45 degree placement, retractable legs, swivel head to adapt to uneven terrain, and a quick disconnect rail mount.

HD-50 WB_BR-4_G2

HD-50 (top) weighs in at 1lb 11 oz. while the smaller WB BR-4 G2 (bottom) is 1lb 6oz. 

Stay tuned for additional test reports



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Accu-Tac HD-50

First day of testing with Accu-Tac’s HD-50 was very positive, especially if you enjoy 0.2″ to 0.4″ groups with a .338 Lapua Magnum.


Accu-Tac HD-50 on a .338 Lapua Magnum

Any time you can shoot sub-half MOA groups off a bipod, you know you have a sturdy bipod. 

The HD-50 has all the features expected of a high-end bipod including: positive folding leg locks and leg extensions, spring loaded retraction, and a lockable swivel head. The HD-50 weighs in at 1 pound 11 ounces.

Accu-Tac HD-50 offers a wide, stable base for long range and extreme long range shooting.

Next week will run the HD-50 on the .416 Barrett



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By Mark V. Lonsdale, STTU Training Director

With the changes in the King of 2 Miles (Ko2M) ELR rules, and the requirement to replace the Phoenix F-TR bipods with folding leg bipods, many shooters have been looking at the Accu-Tac bipods. These are extremely sturdy, high quality bipods with all the required features.

HD-50 WB_BR-4_G2

Top is the Accu-Tac heavy duty HD-50; bottom is the wide base WB BR-4 G2, complete with swivel head and quick disconnect rail mount

The new rules affect the closed width of the folding leg bipods. Both meet this requirement.

Stay tuned for the initial range testing this week.

HD-50 Bipod

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.338 Lapua Magnum

Full report to follow on this .338 Lapua Magnum

20200106_338LM Kestrel

Built on a Stiller’s TAC-338 action, Bartlein custom barrel in a McMillan A5 stock with Badger Ordnance bottom metal. Running the Kestrel 5700 Elite and Garmin Foretrex 701 with Applied Ballistics for firing solutions. Using Peterson brass with Vihtavuori powder pushing Cutting Edge and Sierra Matchkings. Switching to an Accu-Tac bipod for future testing


Stay tuned for additional info

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Range Tools – Don’t Get Caught without Them

By Mark V. Lonsdale, STTU

As with many of you, I’ve been on public rifle ranges where some new shooter turns up with a new rifle and scope but has no tools to mount it. Or the scope is mounted incorrectly and they don’t have the tools to correct it. Or someone has a squib load but has no cleaning rod to knock the bullet back out of the bore.

M6 2018

Various Allen and Torx screws and bolts requiring the correct tools. Rifle is a 300 WinMag in a McMillan A6 stock

In the same vain, any time I run a precision rifle class participants are instructed, well ahead of time, to turn up with their rifles and scopes zeroed at 100 yards. Unfortunately many are not.

Reasons participants have given for not having a zeroed rifle:

  • I signed up at the last minute and no one told me
  • I just bought a new rifle this week
  • I changed ammunition and haven’t re-zeroed
  • The gun shop just installed a new scope for me
  • My friend gave me some reloaded ammo for the class
  • I think it’s zeroed but not sure

So needless to say, the precision rifle class turns into Rifle 101 and the first morning on the range is dedicated to zeroing rifles. But when it comes time to zero out the scope dials, invariably, all but one or two will not have the correct Allen wrenches to zero their dials. Even a gunsmith in one class had no tools.

On left, small tool with all the necessary Allen and Torx wrenches in a small Pelican case. Right is a Leupold 65 in-lb T wrench and a conventional variable torque wrench (top)

Scopes come with the Allen wrench sized for that scope dial, but most scopes use one of three basic Allens so I carry all three. So shooters should have a small pouch that carries all the tools needed to tighten any bolt or screw on their rifles. This is primarily the action bolts, the scope ring screws and nuts, and Allens for the scope dials and trigger adjustment (if running an adjustable trigger such as Timney or Jewel).

Back to the participants in precision rifle classes, often times they not only do not have the right tools, they don’t know the required torque values for their actions and scopes. An experienced shooter or gunsmith can often button up the bolts by “feel” but rookie shooters can only learn the correct feel by using torque wrenches set to the correct values. This also prevents stripping out small screws such as the scope ring-halves screws that only require 15-18 in-lbs (depending on manufacturer recommendations).


Compact set of Deluxe Fix it Sticks complete with pre-set torque wrench heads and T handle

Basic tools include:

  • Allen for action/stock bolts (or screwdriver for slot screws)
  • Allen for scope base
  • Allen for scope ring-half screws
  • 1/2” socket for the ring side nuts
  • Allen for trigger adjustments
  • Torque wrench
  • Allen for stock butt plate adjustments
  • Lens cleaning brush and soft cloth
  • Tools for additional accessories such as light mounts, lasers, or bipods

Tool kit sniper

Sniper tool kit complete with notebook and Kestrel wind/weather meter and spare batteries 

To conclude, save the instructions that come with your rifle, scopes, scope rings, mounts, and triggers. Most of these of these have specific torque values. Next, save any tools that come with these as well. Put them in a small pouch or Pelican box, or add them to your Fix it Sticks, and keep them with the rifle or in your range bag. Lastly, since we all have several rifles, maintain a small notebook or log book for each rifle so that you have a notation of required torque values and the ammunition you used when you last zeroed the rifle.

Fix it Sticks in action on scope mounting screws and nuts



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