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READING LIST

Ways of the Rifle (Buhlmann, Reinkemeier, Eckhardt)

Competitive Shooting (A. A. Yur' Yev)

The New Position Rifle Shooting (Pullum, Hanenkrat)

The Inner Game of Tennis (Gallwey)

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect (Rotella)

Sports Vision (Wilson, Falkel)

Working Out, Working Within (Lynch, Huang)

The Rifleman's Guide to Rimfire Ammunition (Boelter)

Prone and Long Range Rifle Shooting (Nancy Tompkins)

Full Metal Coloring - An Adult Coloring book for Gun Enthusiasts (Kimberly Kolb Eakin)

We are enthusiastic about precision technology.  Our thoughts on different subjects will be posted here.  Please send any questions or comments to upta@uptagrafftllc.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Should I get my son or daughter a tuner?
A: A tuner is only going to be useful to shooters that are already pretty good.  There is a good chance that if they don't already shoot 594 prone on the metric 50m target they won't be able to tell the difference.  The added complexity of another variable can do more harm than good.

Q: In that case, should I get them a regular extension tube?
A: Bloop tubes are handy for us more "experienced" shooters.  The added sight radius can make it easier for older eyes to see the front sight clearly.  Young shooters don't necessarily need a bloop tube, especially if they want one just because "everyone else has one".  Sergei Martynov doesn't use one and he is arguably the world's best prone shooter over the last decade.  The added weight of a bloop tube for smaller shooters can cause excessive arm/wrist pain in the sling positions.  However, if you have a short barrel (500mm Anschutz) one is required.

Q: How often do you clean your rifle?
A: Every day.  Usually between 70 and 200 rounds through the barrel.

Q: How do you clean your rifle?
A: Always use a bore guide.  I only clean from the breach end and never pull anything back through the bore.  Clean off the muzzle with a rag.  I push four patches wet with Pro-Shot One Step bore cleaner through my rifle.  I then dry with three patches.  I use a bronze bore brush with RB-17 on it.  I use Tipton bore brushes as they don't seem to lose as many bristles as others I've tried.  I run the brush about 10 passes through the bore, unscrewing and removing the brush at the muzzle end each time.  Let it sit 5-10 minutes to let the RB-17 work on the lead a little.  While the bore is soaking I clean and lube my bolt.  I use Shooters Choice grease (in the syringe) on my bolt.  I also clean my bloop tube with a Hoppe's 12 gauge bore snake.  I use a patch to clean out any residual carbon around both ends of the tube.  After the soaking period, I run four dry patches through the bore to clean out the RB-17.  I then send an additional three Pro-Shot soaked patches through the bore.  Then clean off any extra moisture in the chamber area with a dry patch and wipe off the muzzle again.  Another three or four dry patches through the bore finishes the process.