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The cure for Black Rifle Disease

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A few years ago I had a case of Black Rifle Disease. It’s not deadly, but it’s expensive, harmful to relationships, and just generally detrimental to your overall well-being. When you have Black Rifle Disease, it is really hard to think about anything other than the Next Black Rifle. Except of course how you could improve your existing black rifles, how you could (or should) have done things differently, what parts you “need” for your black rifles, how to get your wife or significant other to let you buy more black rifles, black rifle parts, ammo, etc…

Well, I may have found a cure for Black Rifle Disease – Precision Long Range Shooting. Unlike Black Rifle Disease, which requires you to keep getting more STUFF all the time to satiate your hunger, Long Range Precision Shooting pretty much mandates that you only have one rifle. After all, the concentration is on learning a single platform and learning to shoot it REALLY WELL. Of course, there is a little experimenting to do… should you get a Savage rifle? If so, which one? A Model 10, which is better quality, or an Axis, which is less expensive and more tempting to modify (because of the low price)? Maybe a Remington 700 would be better. They’re popular with police tactical units and lots of gunsmiths know how to work on them, but you need a lathe and lots of knowledge and skill to do a barrel swap, so maybe a Remington 283? Or maybe a gun built on a custom action…

Then there is caliber to consider… 223 is good to 600 yards or so, but that’s kind of pushing it and most bolt guns in 223 come with a 1:9 twist barrel that won’t stabilize the heavy (77 gr and up) bullets that work best at the longer ranges. Maybe 308? Very popular, but kicks hard. 243 Winchester? Less kick than the 308 but eats barrels pretty fast. The various 6.5 chambered guns kick less than the 308 and are easier on barrels, but which one – 6.5 Creedmoor or 260 Remington?

Then, what bullet? What brand of brass? Powder? Primer? Who makes the best seating die? Maybe need to try a couple and see… What about powder measure? Case trimmer, run-out gauge, and some way to measure cartridge length – OAL and head spacing? Single stage, turret, or progressive press?

Yep, I’ve discovered the cure for Black Rifle Disease…