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August 6, 2019

In extreme long range shooting consistent velocity is a vital component of hit probability. To hammer this point home consider this: The radius of a standard 36" ELR target is only 18 inches. Put another way, any increase or decrease of velocity that would create 18" g...

July 18, 2019

What is the most effective way of testing barrel drift? Can barrel drift be mitigated without the use of prohibitively heavy barrels? To what degree is heat the largest contributing factor to this phenomenon. Of all the testing that Coastal has done over the last few y...

July 18, 2019

 

Load Developing for ELR cartridges comes with special considerations, both for accuracy, but especially for cost. Every time you pull the trigger a lot of money is heading down range. The projectiles are significantly more expensive, the powder charges are large enoug...

October 18, 2018

Quantifying the claims of firearms products manufacturers is a difficult process. Many claims fall into the category of “interesting, but too expensive to prove”.  Also, testing protocols are difficult to design and rarely factor in or isolate the variables necessary t...

October 6, 2018

Ever since I saw a $350 Ruger American Predator shoot 1/2 MOA groups all day long, I've wanted to see how well this receiver could shoot. 

This test was easier than most. A quick call to Greg Young, at Bugholes.com, and a Bartlein prefit barrel and his BugNut were in th...

July 31, 2018

We've been looking forward to testing TacomHQ's Structured barrel for some time now and finally got our hands on one. Imagine a barrel that shoots as good as a 1.6" straight contour heavy benchrest barrel but weighs less that an M40 and much less than an MTU contour. F...

October 24, 2017

Everyone and their brother has jumped on the 6.5 Creedmoor bandwagon. If you listen close enough to the long range chatter, plenty of folks are whispering about the 6mm's making a comeback. The 6mm BR and the Dasher are both making their way into the non-benchrest comp...

October 17, 2017

With the growing number of factory offerings in efficient, short action cartridges, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to justify wildcatting them. While the 6.5 Creedmoor is very accurate and efficient, it is not the best, nor is it even the most popular among...

October 1, 2017

The super-fast 6.5mm cartridges have made their way into the mainstream hunting conversation. The 26 Nosler arrived in 2013 and was hailed as the flattest shooting cartridge ever. This, obviously, comes at a price. To get the extreme velocity of 3,200 fps+ from heavy f...

September 20, 2017

Lane Ware came to us with a simple request, build him a bolt action 6.5 Grendel. While the rest of us were chasing super long range builds, Lane wanted a king-of-800-and-in, spot-your-own-shots, low recoiling kind of rifle! 

We decided on a medium palma contoured,...

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