Sam Checking Conditions Kestrel 5700 Elite

Minimizing Trajectory Errors: Know Your Conditions!

Trajectory errors, whether during or after the validation stage are usually caused by faulty inputs. The three basic inputs needed to get an accurate firing solution include the gun profile, target distance, and air density. This article will cover how to make sure air density is measured correctly and why it matters. Air density literally describes how dense, or thick the air is. The main environmental conditions that affect it are temperature and air pressure. High temperature and low

Leica Geovid Ballistic Function Testing

Ballistic Functions of the Leica Geovid HD-B Edition 2200

This article outlines and reviews the ballistic functions of the Leica Geovid HD-B Edition 2200. It follows our main review of the HD-B Edition 2200, where we focused on general use and rangefinder performance. There’s a lot to cover with the Geovid. If you missed the first part of the review, check it out HERE. I’ll bring up some of that material where necessary, but for the most part this article will focus only on the HD-B’s ballistic functions. Be sure to watch this VIDEO of the Geovid in

Leica Geovid HD-B Edition 2200 Tripod Mount

Leica Geovid 10×42 HD-B Edition 2200: Review

The elk grazed slowly along the edge of an old burn. With two quick presses of a button, the Leica Geovid HD-B ranged it at 854 yards, then displayed the MOA correction needed to make the shot. I ranged that cow several times, each time getting a distance and correction. It was the first time I’d used the HD-B as it was designed during this review. Over the next two months, I would put it through the most realistic field tests I could imagine. I would also examine the advanced ballistic

Savage Model 12 LRP 260 Remington

Savage Model 12 LRP: Off-The-Shelf Precision

When I saw the Savage LRP on the shelf of a local sporting goods store, I knew it would come home with me. It wasn’t hard to guess what LRP stood for. Its heavy barrel chambered in 260 Remington, beefy action, and target trigger hinted at long range precision. That was four years ago. My sales receipt shows I paid $889.99 for the Savage LRP (Long Range Precision), a fraction of what my custom 260 Remington cost to build. It seemed like an incredible value, and I hoped my first impressions of

RCBS Chargemaster Lite

RCBS Chargemaster Lite: Review

The RCBS Chargemaster Lite is a compact electronic scale with an integrated powder dispenser. It brings speed, accuracy, and convenience to the process of throwing powder charges. My first powder scale was a secondhand RCBS 10-10 beam scale. I added an RCBS Chargemaster 1500 scale to the bench over a decade ago, then a Chargemaster dispenser in 2014. Both tools brought increased efficiency and ease to the process of throwing powder. With two young shooters in the house and an increase in the

Reloading Process

Reloading 101: Basic Process Outline

Being able to quickly and efficiently reload a batch of quality ammo is a top priority for me. Once my load development is done, I don’t want to spend a lot of time at the reloading bench; I’d rather be shooting. Here’s my process for getting that done. If you ask a room full of experienced handloaders about their exact process for assembling quality ammo, you’ll likely get a variety of answers. There are a lot of ways to turn a fired case into a loaded round. This article will outline my

Measuring Seating Depth Savage LRP 260 Remington

How to Measure Bullet Seating Depth

The question of how long to seat a bullet in relation to the barrel’s rifling is an important one. Seating depth can have a lot of influence on how well your handloads perform. Knowing how to measure for it is an essential skill. Luckily, it’s not that difficult. With a few basic measuring tools and some practice, we can accurately and consistently measure how far it is from the case’s head to the barrel’s rifling. We use that measurement to find the ideal seating depth for our rifle during

Full-length Sizing 300 Win Mag Brass with Redding T-7

Full-Length Sizing for Reliable Precision

The question of whether or not to full-length size is one I get asked a lot. I always recommend full-length sizing the case, regardless of the rifle’s intended use. The benefits of reliability and function far outweigh any supposed downfalls. Full-length sizing means different things to different people. Some define it as returning a fired case to its original dimensions when new. I define it as sizing a fired case by the minimum amount required to chamber the cartridge reliably. I also want

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