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6.5 PRC vs 6.5 Creedmoor

BY Herschel Smith
4 days ago

Outdoor Life.

The 6.5 Creedmoor is a cartridge of great debate. Mention it among different groups of shooters, grab some popcorn, and wait; someone is going to get triggered. However, mention the 6.5 PRC in a group of shooters and the response will be different. The 6.5 PRC is loved by hunters.

Well, I’m sorry if I offend any 6.5 PRC fans out there, but that’s a dumb reaction.

He goes on to give a very good breakdown of the ballistic performance of each cartridge, and then ends with this.

Things change significantly when the PRC barrel is a 20-inch although the match load is still nearly 100 fps faster. But the hunting loads take a big hit, with velocities nearly the same as the 24-inch Creedmoor barrel. This being the case, energy on target will be the same. In other words, the 20-inch PRC is no more effective than the 6.5 Creedmoor. Yes, you benefit from a shorter rifle, but you also gain more recoil.

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With four inches less barrel, the 6.5 PRC is basically a 6.5 Creedmoor with more recoil.

A 24″ barrel is front heavy anyway. I wouldn’t carry it.

So basically, you gain the ability to shorten the rifle barrel length and equal the performance of the 6.5 Creedmoor, and gain recoil.

No thanks.

Trijicon: RMR vs SRO

BY Herschel Smith
6 days ago

F&S.

Trijicon makes both of these sights at around the same price point for different shooters. RMRs are more rugged, there is a batteryless option, and it can be co-witnessed with irons. This all points to a good concealed carry optic or an optic for someone who needs it to work because their life depends on it.

The SRO is more for competitive shooters looking for speed. SROs are easier to shoot fast and easier for shooters with less experience with red dots to run. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good carry or hunting optic.

Frankly I’d take either one as a gift. They aren’t cheap.

Readers who have used either or both of these are invited to weigh in on the merits of each.

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Ernest Langdon on Shotguns

BY Herschel Smith
1 week ago

I was a bit surprised that the guys at 1911 Syndicate weren’t more familiar with the capabilities of shotguns. Anyway, of course we know most of what Ernest is saying, but he does go a good job of demonstrating the operation of the Beretta 1301 towards the end of the video.

Status of Washington State’s Magazine Ban

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago

Source.

A ruling expected this week in a court case involving Gators Custom Guns in Kelso could mean a chance for Washingtonians to purchase high-capacity magazines, at least for a little while.

On March 11, Cowlitz County Judge Gary said he would issue a written ruling within two weeks in the ongoing case involving the state suing Gators Custom Guns in September, alleging the establishment offered to sell high-capacity magazines 11,408 times since July 2022, when it became illegal under state law to manufacture, distribute, sell or offer for sale gun magazines that hold more than 10 round of ammunition.

The lawsuit asserts the retailer intentionally violated the Consumer Protection Act when it continued to sell high-capacity magazines to the public.

“We are well beyond that time period [two weeks], and obviously, the judge is being very meticulous because it needs to be perfected for appeal as whichever side does not prevail is clearly going to appeal this,” Washington gun law attorney Bill Kirk told The Center Square Wednesday.

Kirk has posted continual updates on the case on his YouTube page.

“I do anticipate a ruling sometime this week, and what would be best for law-abiding gun owners is a ruling sometime Friday, late morning or early afternoon,” he said.

Kirk went to explain why such a ruling might be idea for gun rights supporters.

“Obviously the Attorney General’s Office will stampede this down to Olympia as fast as possible and try to get it in front of the state Supreme Court and ask for a stay of the injunction, lifting the ban, but the soonest they could get that would be Monday with the court maybe hearing it by Wednesday,” he said. “That would allow citizens of Washington state and FFL’s (federal firearms license) dealers who have really been creamed by a lot of this legislation over the last few years, to lawfully sell and purchase high-capacity magazines if the law is enjoined on a statewide level.”

Kirk added, “If the judge issues a statewide injunction effective immediately, that basically puts the law on a big fat pause; it’s as if the laws don’t exist and they cannot be enforced.”

That means the sale, purchase, and importation of magazines above 10 rounds would be completely legal because those laws are no longer in effect, according to Kirk.

The Center Square reached out to Gator Guns in Kelso today for comment on the pending court ruling, but a manager declined to comment other than to say the business would issue a statement on its Facebook page when a ruling comes down and confirmed they may be adjusting store hours to accommodate a potential flurry of activity if the ban on high-capacity magazines is temporarily lifted.

Kirk said if the ban is lifted, he expects the state Supreme Court will grant an emergency stay while the case is appealed, but that still leaves the narrow purchase window open.

“When people can lawfully purchase these magazines, and that window maybe 24, 48, or 72 hours long,” he said.

Big box stores like Cabela’s won’t sell high-capacity magazines during the potential window of a ban being lifted, Kirk said, because doing so would require the approval of its national headquarters.

“I do know other FFLs that have inventory and are preparing for this, but it’s really up to the individual stores to make that call,” he said. “Everybody needs to be ready to go in case it happens.”

Um, you Washingtonians do realize that you can go right next door to Idaho and get all you want, right? Or most garage mechanics can stamp out a magazine in minutes.

For those reasons and more, these laws are so stupid it’s difficult to understand why they even try.

Using a Penny to Get Rid of Rust

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

Brownells short.

One of the commenters says that using 3-in-1 oil along with a penny does even better.

Review of the Holosun Thermal / Red Dot Hybrid

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

I don’t know why, but initially I had thought that this optic was going to come out with an MSRP around $1000. Clearly I was wrong – it looks like $1600.

That’s a bit more pricey and I suspect will drive some folks out of the market.

But I can see utility in this optic for hog hunting and for home defense. It might be better to see in the dark than light the room up with a SureFire torch.

It’s a shame that Holosun seems to be the only company innovating.  Everything made in America just keeps rising in price, driving the common man out of the market entirely.

CZ-75 Carbine

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

I don’t get too worked up over TFB videos of new products, but for fans of the CZ Shadow 2 (and I can attest that it’s a fine firearm, reminding you of what it’s like to shoot a 1911), this is the dope right here.

Put a red dot and a light on it and it would make a fine truck gun or home defense gun (for those who don’t relish the thought of ever having to discharge a rifle round inside a home).

I can see putting this on the wish list – but I’ll admit that the price is a bit steep.

Words To Live By

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Thomas Jefferson.

“…I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.

Burris Optics Update

BY Herschel Smith
2 months ago

A reader sends this from the SHOT show regarding my wondering which optics are made in the USA.

I followed through at SHOT Show like I said I would.
I spent about 25 minutes speaking with Joshua who told me, obliquely, that all the high end stuff was CNC’d in Colorado. Everything else came from Philippines or Germany though their Steiner division but was made on machines they had designed and built.

It looks to me like interesting optics, including one or a couple that have reflex red dot optics mounted on LPVOs.

It would still be nice to know which models are built in the US.

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Rossi USA Expands R95 Rifle Lineup with R95 45-70 Government Models

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Read it at All Outdoor.

Here is Rossi’s image of their gun.

R95 lever action 45-70 Govt

I chose the 20″ version because that’s the one I would get. I like the looks of the gun – I consider it to be aesthetically pleasing.  Now, they just need to incorporate this same updated design into their .454 Casull model and I’d buy it. I think their current model looks awful.

I also question the depth of the drop of the comb.  Perhaps the .454 Casull model has such a deep drop because of the lack of a pistol-grip design.

Having said all of that, their price point is right in the pocket for market competitiveness.  Never having owned a Rossi USA, I have no idea about reliability and good performance.

If they would send me one I’d be happy to review it.


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