Tag: Benchrest

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NEW Gunsmithing Class from Gordy Gritters (Extreme Accuracy Institute)

If you’re looking to learn about rifle gunsmithing, you need to check out Gordy Gritters’ classes at the Extreme Accuracy Institute! NEW! AR-15 Accurizing Class From the Extreme Accuracy Institute Page: AR-15 type rifles can be unbelievably accurate rifles if accurized effectively. I developed an extremely effective system of AR accurizing techniques back in the […]

6.5x47mm BR Build Part 4: Sightron SV Scope + Break-In

All of the work you put into a rifle build will be put to the test once you start shooting your new rifle! In this case, I had invested more time into building the rifle compared to any other. So I was excited (and a bit nervous) to get a scope mounted and to start […]

Overview: Triebel German Reloading Dies

I have become a big fan of Triebel Reloading Dies. These dies are top-shelf quality, and have many features that contribute towards maximum precision when loading ammunition. In this story, I’ll give an overview of each of the different types of dies that are manufactured by Triebel Gun Tools. What’s more, we’ll talk about how […]

Eddie Van Halen Custom Rifle Paint Job (Tribute)

I’ve long been inspired and impressed by Eddie Van Halen (EVH). He “changed the game” for guitar in the late 1970s, and the world took notice! I’ve been a Van Halen fan for a long time, and that’s where the inspiration for my latest rifle build came from. Benchrest rifles are known for their “loud” […]

TESTED: Berger 25 Cal 135gr Long Range Hybrid Target Bullets

Written by Travis Fox Hello Ultimate Reloaders! The 25 caliber has quite a following, as evidenced by our recent story featuring Guy Miner with his quarter bore. He loves his 25-06, and based on the feedback from the story, so do a lot of you! Berger just released their new 135 grain 25 caliber long […]

6.5x47mm BR Build Part 2: Custom Stock Work

In this story, I’ll pick up where we left off with barrel work. This time I’ll show barrel channel and receiver inletting, machining custom pillars, bedding, trigger guard installation, and profiling. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms) The content on this […]

HANDS-ON: NEW AMP Press from Annealing Made Perfect

It’s HERE! The AMP Press from Annealing Made Perfect allows you to profile bullet seating force when seating bullets. This capability will help you validate and increase the consistency of your ammunition, and that will help you get on target. In this story, we’ll get hands-on and put this machine through its paces! About the […]

6.5x47mm BR Build Part 1: Chambering the Barrel

Here it is! My first all-out benchrest build! I’m excited to build this rifle which will serve as a test bed for the evaluation of different cartridges and components. In this multi-part series, I’ll walk through the end-to-end process of building this rifle including the barrel work (this post), stock inletting, stock bedding, and some […]

TESTED: Hornady 110gr A-Tip 6mm Bullets

One of my favorite things to do is testing components like bullets. In this story, we’ll take a hands-on look at Hornady’s new 110 grain A-Tip 6mm bullets. Both at the range, and in the “laboratory”. If you’re curious about these bullets, you’re in the right place! Please Welcome Travis Fox I recently enlisted the […]

Competition Primer Seater by Primal Rights

Primal Rights makes the world’s finest primer seating tool: the Competition Primer Seater (CPS). In this story, we’ll take an in-depth look at this tool. I’ll cover everything from unboxing to setup to priming cases. Let’s get to it! About the CPS From the Primal Rights product page: The Patented CPS was designed to address […]

Learn From the Best: Rifle Building Class with Gordy Gritters

Have you dreamed of building your own custom rifles? Are you interested in starting your own gunsmithing shop? If so, you’ll want to consider registering for the upcoming rifle building class at the Extreme Accuracy Institute with Gordy Gritters! About the Class From the Extreme Accuracy Institute website: You can now learn extreme-accuracy rifle building […]

Gunsmithing Books from Fred Zeglin

If you are looking to learn more about gunsmithing, and want to learn from one of the best, you’ll want to check out the books and other resources from Fred Zeglin. In this article and video, we’ll look at four of Zeglin’s books that I have in the shop! Who is Fred Zeglin? Fred Zeglin […]

Creedmoor Sports Facility Tour (Behind the Scenes)

Most serious shooters know the Creedmoor Sports brand and website- but most people don’t get a chance to see their facility, meet the people, and see how products are made and how an online retailer works behind the scenes. And that’s exactly what I got to experience when I went to Anniston Alabama to visit […]

How It’s Made: Bat Custom Rifle Actions

Have you ever wondered how a custom rifle action is machined and assembled? I certainly have, and in this article (and video) I’ll take you on a tour of the shop at Bat Machine in Post Falls Idaho and in the process show you how they build world record setting rifle actions! About Bat Machine […]

Please Welcome Creedmoor Sports, Save $$$

Today I have some exciting news to share: Creedmoor Sports has come onboard as an Ultimate Reloader partner, and together we’ll be focusing on precision rifle shooting sports. Here’s more about this new partnership! Explore Creedmoor Sports Creedmoor Sports has been in business a LONG time (since 1979), and has a lot to offer for […]

Overview: Sinclair Competition Shooting Rest

As a part of my recent shooting facility upgrades, I just finished building a concrete shooting bench (see this article). To complement the shooting bench, I recently got an amazing rifle rest: the Sinclair Competition Shooting Rest. In this article I’ll give an overview of this rest, and share some great initial results from shooting […]

5 Shots, One Hole: 6 Dasher Load Development Initial Results

Load development is a critical pathway that leads to “great things” for those of us that are obsessed with precision and accuracy. What’s difficult about load development is how time consuming it can be. Variables include brand of brass, powder type, powder charge, primer type, bullet type, bullet seating depth, and more. If you multiply […]

NEW Expanding Mandrel Die from L.E. Wilson

I do a lot of shooting with loads using brand new brass. And the results can be downright impressive! One challenge I’ve had with loading new brass (a frequent issue) is excessive neck tension. New brass necks tend to come a tad undersize (0.001″-ish). There are also situations where you’ll find dented or imperfect case […]

BAT TR Action: Detailed Overview and Build Kick-Off

There are some times when it pays to spend more for top quality. If you’re building a precision rifle, the action is one of the most critical investments you’ll make. I’ve long been wanting to try out an action from BAT machine, and now is that time! In this article I’ll give an overview of […]

Troubleshooting Bad Accuracy: A Discussion with Gordy Gritters

Have you ever been perplexed by a rifle that “should shoot but won’t”? I know I have! It’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed when troubleshooting these kinds of issues, but there’s hope! While at Gordy Gritters’ week long Precision Rifle Building Class, I sat down and discussed with Gordy his systematic approach to isolating […]

Rifle Accuracy Factors: A Discussion with Gordy Gritters

In order to shoot accurately, the shooter, the gun, and the ammunition all need to do their job! Recently, while at Gordy Gritters’ Precision Rifle Building class, I sat down and talked with Gordy in-depth about factors that contribute towards a rifle’s accuracy. A great discussion, and I hope you learn a lot from it! […]

Meet Gordy Gritters: Record-Setting Master Gunsmith, In-Depth Discussion

There are certain people that are geared towards “pushing the limits”. These people thrive when they are innovating and evolving technology, refining products, and setting records in competition. Gordy Gritters is one of these people. Gordy has been instrumental in the world of precision rifle both as a shooter and as a master gunsmith. I […]

5 Tips for Reloading Accurate Rifle Ammunition

There are many reasons to handload your own rifle ammunition. It’s fun, it’s economical, and you can attain maximum accuracy by carefully loading custom ammunition for your rifle. If you’re new to handloading rifle ammunition, here are some basic considerations for accuracy: Start with proven loads and load data Fire form your brass Optimize bullet […]

AR-308 – Precision Loading Pt. 4 – Seating Bullets Checking Concentricity

In my last video, I covered priming and charging cases, see AR-308 – Precision Loading Pt. 3 – Priming and Charging Cases. Now we need to seat bullets, and also check/correct for concentricity of the bullet. If we have a consistent charge, a benchrest primer, consistent case neck thickness, and a properly/optimally seated bullet, we’re […]

AR-308 – Precision Loading Pt. 3 – Priming and Charging Cases

In my last post, I walked through the process of using the Redding Case Neck Gage to sort our 7.62×51 (Military 308 Winchester) brass into buckets based on both thickness and uniformity. Below is a picture showing the distribution. The numbers I’m using here (0.016″ +/- .0005″ for example) reference the total variation in thickness, […]

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