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Brass Prep for Precision Rifle

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I sit here thinking about what to write about brass prep. I do this while sitting in my garage while my Giraud annealer runs my latest batch of brass. I’m getting ready for a ~ 3-400 round month of local and major PRS matches. I define brass prep as whatever I have to do to get new or fired cases ready to load (primer, powder, bullet seating).
Why do we care about brass prep, SD, concentricity, powder measurements to the kernel? Ultimately its where the bullet impacts that counts. We want to do what we can to limit the vertical dispersion of the  impacts at range. As we get better at this game, things like our wobble on a barricade starts getting smaller. Our application of the fundamentals gets more automated, our wind calls get better. All of these things help us make our hit probability go up (and are arguably more important than measuring powder to the kernel..). The total sum of the skills of the shooter, an accurate rifle and the best ammo we can purchase or make culminate to mak…

REVIC Revolutionary Optics and the 2018 Steel Safari match

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This story started when I saw the posts for the REVIC scope last year. I thought the integration of the ballistics into the scope would be a great way to cut my workload (some) during one of my favorite matches of the year, Steel Safari. If you haven’t heard, Steel Safari is a 3-day match at the beautiful Blue Steel ranch outside of the sprawling metropolis known as Logan, NM. The match is a 3-day hike and shoot with 8 or 9 unknown distance and blind stages. You are assigned a start time and a range (North, South, or West) and you start using your advanced hiking and tracking skills (follow the orange or pink tape) to your first stage. Once at the staging area, you prep your gear for the stage. The shooter (RO) that went out 10 mins before you calls you up and lets you know if this is a 1 position / 6 targets stage or a 2 position / 3 targets stage. The RO then shows you the left and right boundary markers (paint on rocks or yellow tape on bushes) to let you know where to look for the…