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Shooting Times July 2019

Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
$7.44(Incl. tax)
$35.76(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
.300 prc conversions

AS A FORMER MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SNIPER/COUNTER- sniper and small arms instructor, I try to read as much material about precision rifles as possible, with an emphasis on new developments. I was glad to see the article on the .300 PRC in Shooting Times, as I have inherited a Winchester Model 70 with a too-skinny, 1:10-twist barrel that I want to rebarrel with a heavier, 1:8-twist tube. However, I found a discrepancy that needs closer investigation. Mr. von Benedikt stated in his article that given a long enough magazine, a .300 Win. Mag. rifle could be rechambered for the .300 PRC. However, other writers have stated that the shoulder of the .300 PRC sits closer to the case head than does the shoulder of the .300 Win. Mag. This means…

2 min.
brownells brn-proto

CLOSELY BASED ON THE VERY FIRST OF STONER’S ORIG- inal AR-15 designs—serial number 1—the 5.56 NATO Brownells BRN-PROTO sports a “trigger-style” charging handle inside the carry handle. The brown furniture is polymer rather than fiberglass like the original, but it looks identical. Matte gray anodizing, a slab-sided lower, round handguard, prototype front sight, and duckbill three-prong flashhider all look like the original features. The 20-inch barrel’s bore is chrome lined and rifled with a 1:12 twist. Weight is 7.5 pounds. Magazine capacity is 25 rounds. MSRP: $1,499. brownells.com WINCHESTER USA READY AMMUNITION Winchester’s new USA Ready line was created for competitors and target shooters looking for premium performance, so the new ammo uses flatnose or open-tip bullets for optimal accuracy and Match Grade primers for improved consistency. In addition, shooters can use the…

2 min.
revic 4.5-28x 56mm riflescope?

Q: I HAVE READ THAT JOSEPH VON BENEDIKT HAS USED A PRETTY FANCY riflescope made by Revic in some of his Shooting Times articles. I understand it is a very sophisticated scope. What unique features does it have, and what does Joseph think of it? Anthony Chisholm Via email A: Conceived and designed by Aaron Davidson and his team at Gunwerks, the Revic PMR 428 4.5-28X 56mm scope is the single most advanced, innovative sporting optic on the market. Onboard sensors read air pressure, temperature, angle, and magnetic declination and transmit the info to the scope’s brain. It takes that info; matches it to your rifle/cartridge specific ballistics, which you’ve programmed into it; and computes holdover corrections. An electronic display inside the scope displays the distance the turret is dialed for, so you…

4 min.
winchester model 1873 rifle

WINCHESTER’S MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION WAS the first truly successful high-capacity repeating rifle. Bugs that plagued the ancestral Henry Model 1860 and Winchester Model 1866 were largely eliminated in its design, and it quickly became the favorite of ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws. During the half-century it was manufactured, just over 720,000 were produced. Manufactured in 1889, the Model 1873 shown and reviewed here represents the most popular configuration—the “rifle” model with crescent buttplate and 24-inch octagonal barrel. Second in popularity was a carbine version with a 20-inch round barrel. There was a third standard type (“musket”) with a 30-inch barrel and full-length stock, but it made up only about five percent of total Model 1873 sales. In addition, many custom 1873s were built and shipped. Chambered in various cartridges, ranging from…

5 min.
when less is helpful

THE RISE OF COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING BACK in the late 1990s saw a number of older revolver cartridges being rediscovered. When we developed the Speer Reloading Manual #13, we added new tables with pressure-tested data for popular cowboy cartridges. There were also new data sections for the .44 Russian and the .45 S&W Schofield cartridges. People look for an edge in competition. Modest recoil is a benefit on any rapid-fire stage. Match rules capped maximum handgun velocities to reduce damage to steel targets, but there were no minimum restrictions. People started loading lightweight bullets with light propellant charges to shoot better at speed. Not long after the light-load trend appeared, so did a lot of damaged revolvers. Most involved revolver barrels looking like a snake that swallowed an egg. A bullet would…

3 min.
.44-40 for rifles

LAST FALL, I FOUND A REALLY NICE VINTAGE Marlin Model 94 .44-40 lever action for sale. Made in 1905, the color-casehardening on the frame and lever had mostly faded, but the 24-inch octagon barrel and magazine tube retained most of their original bluing. Most important to me, the bore was excellent and shiny. A couple of months after buying the Marlin Model 94, I picked up a scarce Remington Model 14½ slide-action rifle. It was made in the mid-1920s and was chambered in .44-40. Shooting Times Editor in Chief Joel Hutchcroft suggested I include both guns in this reloading column. Reloading the .44-40 Reloading the vintage .44-40 round is a bit more challenging than most modern straight-walled handgun cartridges, partly because it was originally loaded with blackpowder. In 1873, when the round was…