Mail Call Mondays Episode Guide

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Season 5

Episode 22 – AR Pistol, Barrel Weight, Magazine Capacity, Bolt vs. Semi (10.24.16)

  • Barrel Weight for 6.5CM 00:00
  • Shouldering a Brace/Stabilizer 04:16
  • Ten Round Magazines for Matches 12:07
  • How do I find the time? 14:18
  • Bolt Action or Semi-Auto 18:08

Episode 21 – Shooting from Barricades, 6.5CM MATEN Update, RPR Update (10.17.16)

  • Barricade and Positional Shooting 00:00
  • Mega Arms MATEN 6.5CM Update 09:41
  • Ruger Precision Rifle Update 15:29

Episode 20 – Counterfeit Atlas V8 Bipod, SLR Rifleworks Glock Magwell (10.03.16)

  • Counterfeit Atlas Bipod – 00:00
  • SLR Rifleworks Glock Magwell – 24:02

Episode 19 – Training in Gear, AR15 Pistol Preview (09.26.16)

Episode 18 – Barrel Length, 10/22 Stock, .223 to .308, Taking the Wife Shooting (09.19.16)

  • .308 Barrel Length 00:22
  • 10/22 Stock Options 03:36
  • .223 to .308 Bolt Face 07:41
  • .223/5.56 vs. 7.62×39 09:45
  • When to Outsource 13:01
  • Best “Bang for the Buck” .308 AR Barrel and Bolt 16:04
  • Is .308 Redundant? 17:53
  • Getting the Wife/Girlfriend into Shooting. 20:55

Episode 17 – Remington 700 Long Range, Grayboe Renegade, Competition v. Class (08.29.16)

  • Competition vs. Structured Classes 00:30
  • Budget Red Dot Sights 06:23
  • Light Weight All-Purpose Rifle Build 12:14
  • Grayboe Renegade 18:41
  • Remington 700 Long Range 20:41

Episode 16 – Do Civilians Need Training?, Patrol Rifle Storage and More! (08.15.16)

  • Developing Skills for LE/Mil Sniper Job 02:06
  • Preparing for a LE Job 05:03
  • Ballistics and the M40A1 09:08
  • Break-in After Proof Firing 11:05
  • “Boutique Ammo” vs. FGMM 14:18
  • Patrol Rifle and Body Armor Storage 15:57
  • .223 Trainer? 20:57
  • Civilian Training Mandatory? 22:47
  • More elevation with 300y Zero? 27:57

Episode 15 – Marine Corps M40A1 Sniper Rifle (08.01.16)

  • Difference vs. Issued M40A1 12:54
  • M40A1 vs. M24 16:01
  • Receiver vs regular M700 18:13
  • Smear Stock? 19:59
  • Clip Slots 22:00
  • Winchester M70 Bottom Metal 23:51
  • Barrel Configuration 26:26
  • A1 to A5 29:11
  • How Much Does it Cost? 36:08
  • Budget Option and M40A1 upgrade path 40:05
  • Unertl 10X / MST-100 Overview 45:21

Episode 14 – Scope Advice, 300WM Again, Nosler CC, Appendix Carry and more! (07.25.16)

  • Scope for RPR 02:24
  • 300WM Disagreement 07:10
  • Nosler Custom Competition Bullets 09:32
  • Appendix or 3 O’Clock 10:52
  • Savage BA Stealth 18:56
  • Viper Flex Shooting Sticks 22:35

Episode 13 – Ruger Precision Rifle Preview, Nightforce ATACR (07.18.16)

  • Ruger Precision Rifle / Nightforce ATACR 00:00
  • Lost Brass / 107 SMK 09:47
  • SIG TacOps Review? 11:23
  • .300WM for SHC? 12:06
  • Lightweight Bolt Carrier Group 14:23
  • Razor Gen 1 Impressions 19:28
  • Hanging on the Scope 21:33
  • Caldwell Field Pod 24:42
  • Razor Gen 1 Tracking 25:54

Episode 12 – Snipershide Cup 2016 After Action Report (07.11.16)

Episode 11 – Snipershide Cup 2016, AE Mk II, Vortex Razor Gen 1 (06.20.16)

  • Accuracy International AE Mk II in .243 WIN 03:23
  • Vortex Razor Gen I 5-20×50 09:26
  • Breakaway Coaster 11:54
  • SAP Two Round Holder 13:19
  • Sidewinder Dope Card Holder 14:43
  • Glock 17 20:19

Episode 10 – Recover Tactical 1911 Grip and Holster (09.13.16)

Episode 9 – Glass Bedding, McMillan A3-5 Desert Spectre (06.06.16)

  • Glass Bedding 0:00
  • McMillan A3-5 Review 14:04

Episode 8 – 10/22 Update, Hazard 4 Watch, Ballistol, Snipercraft, HOG Saddle (05.29.16)

  • 10/22 Project Update – 0:00
  • Hazard 4 “Heavy Water Diver” Watch – 4:41
  • Ballistol Oil? 8:24
  • Snipercraft Book 9:54
  • Barrel Contour for Matches 13:02
  • .260 For PRS? 15:47
  • Length of Pull 18:06
  • HOG Saddle 21:55

Episode 7 – Guardian Long Range, Sniperweek, Hunter 700, Tacops 1911 (05.15.16)

  • Guardian Long Range Competition – 0:00
  • Sniperweek East 2016 – 4:05
  • Magpul Hunter 700 First Impressions – 11:16
  • Sig Tacops 1911 – 24:59
  • Hard Target Defensive Pistol Class – 28:55

Episode 6 – Annealing, Reloading Cost, Nub Mod, TacOps 1911 (03.28.16)

  • Annealeez 09:04
  • Reloading Cost 21:46
  • Oregon Tril Defense “Nub Mod” 21:46
  • Sig TacOps 1911 24:47

Episode 5 – Brass Catchers and the MATEN 6.5 Creedmoor Project Update (03.16.16)

Episode 4 – Starting PRS, Entry Kestrel, Snapping-in, Reticles (03.07.16)

  • Starting to shoot PRS 0:53
  • Entry level Kestrel 6:04
  • How often to “snap-in” 9:35
  • Selecting Factory Ammo 11:36
  • Reticles 14:00
  • Tikka T3, KRG and Viper PST 19:00

Episode 3 – Safety, Negligent Discharges, Panteao and Travis Haley (02.22.16)

Episode 2 – Configuring a Rifle, Silencer POI Shift, McMillan, Magpul Hunter (02.08.16)

  • Configuring a Precision Rifle – 00:37
  • POI Shift on a Ruger PR with Silencer – 09:38
  • McMillan Stock Update – 12:32
  • Magpul Hunter 700 – 14:31

Episode 1 – 2016 SHOT Show Industry Day (02.03.16)

Season 4

Mail Call Mondays Season 4 #24 – Stock and Chassis Grip Angle (12.14.15)

Episode 23 – Busted AR10, Budget Scope, Home Trigger Jobs, PRS Stages and more (11.30.15)

  • AR10 Failure 00:06
  • Budget Scopes 13:17
  • Accuracy Improvement for AR10s 18:35
  • Home Trigger Jobs 21:02
  • Favorite PRS Stages 25:04
  • Black Friday Shopping 27:59
  • SLR Synergy Brake 29:49

Episode 22 – Firearm Lubricants, M-Pro 7, Froglube, Fireclean, etc. (11.16.15)

Episode 21 – Hornady ELD, Parallax, McMillan Stocks and more! (11.10.15)

  • Hornady ELD 00:50
  • Parallax for Matches 06:30
  • McMillan A3-5 Project 10:22
  • Crooked Recoil Lug 20:42
  • Both Eyes Open 23:51
  • UKD Range Cards 27:19

Episode 20 – Lessons from Saturday’s Club Finale (10.26.15)

Episode 19 – Rifle Scope Requirements (10.21.15)

Episode 18 – Gorilla Ammo, Brakes and POI, Crimping and More. (10.06.15)

Episode 17 – Cleaning Precision Rifle Scope Optics (09.29.15)

Episode 16 – Shooter/Spotter Dialogue, Doping a New Rifle and More! (08.31.15)

Episode 15 – Setting up a Rifle in the Kestrel 4500NV Applied Ballistics Model (08.24.15)

Episode 14 – 6.5CM versus .308 Win, and Federal Gold Medal Match Brass. (08.17.15)

Episode 13 – Camera Gear, Ruger Precision Rifle, Eye Dominance, Mirage and More! (08.10.15)

  • Camera for filming matches? 03:35
  • Ruger Precision Rifle 08:20
  • Cross Eye Dominance 10:01
  • Proof Barrel Update 12:03
  • 6.5CM Maten Update 13:37
  • Opposing Winds 14:35
  • Avoiding Eye Fatigue and Nerves 17:20
  • Muzzle Velocity and acceptable Extreme Spread 19:45
  • Reliability of “Large Frame” ARs 21:49
  • Pistol Stages at PRS Matches and Dealing with Mirage 23:58

Episode 12 – My “work” AR10, Weaver 3-15x50mm, SLR Rifleworks Rail (08.03.15)

Episode 11 – The AR15 in Precision Rifle Competition (07.13.15)

Episode 10 – AR15 Build and MDT HS3 Update (07.06.15)

Episode 9 – Drills, Lock-N-Load Bushings, Dream Rifle (06.02.15)

  • Drills 00:41
  • 6.5CM Criterion Barrel 05:52
  • Hornady Lock-N-Load Bushings 06:58
  • 16” .308 to 300-400 yards? 09:34
  • My Dream Rife 12:04

Episode 8 – Oregon Sniper Challenge Gear (06.22.15)

Episode 7 – Cold Bore Tracking and Kahles K624i Preview (06.08.15)

Episode 6 – Buncha Questions Answered…. (06.02.15)

  • 6.5x47L or .260 Rem 00:25
  • Victor Company Titan 10/22 04:01
  • Best Grain for the Twist 04:43
  • XS Big Dot Sights 06:41
  • 6.5CM MATEN Build 08:35
  • .223/5.56 for Precision Rifle Matches 09:28
  • 6.5 140gr Bullet Options 11:38
  • Kestrel Meters 13:04

Episode 5 – My Duty Gear (05.25.15)

Episode 3 – Ruger 10/22 Project Update (03.31.15)

Episode 2 – Channel Update and McMillan Stock Project (03.23.15)

Episode 1 – Height Over Bore or Sight Height (01.14.15)

Season 3

Episode 35 – My Every Day Carry gear. 

Episode 34 – Hearing Protection Review. MSA Sordin, Peltor, Howard Leight (11.10.14)

Episode 33 – .300WM, 6.5 Creedmoor, Savage vs. Remington and more! (11.04.14)

  • .300WM Precision Rifle 00:53
  • Accurizing an AR15 03:02
  • Cheaper Target Cartridge than .308 05:50
  • Sizing Brass for Semi-Auto 07:51
  • Muzzle Brake Accuracy 09:27
  • DI or Piston Precision Rifle 11:21
  • Savage vs. Remington 11:59
  • Why 6.5 Creedmoor? 16:02
  • Which Bolt Carrier Group for MATEN 19:16
  • Recommended Scope Magnification 20:45
  • Suppressor on MATEN build? 23:11
  • 6.5CM Reloading 25:55
  • Zero Weather 27:11

Episode 32 – Loading Sub-sonic .308 Ammunition (10.28.14)

Episode 31 – Remington Triggers and the Recall (10.13.14)

Episode 30 – Holding, Annealing, SFP Reticles and More! (10.08.14)

  • Hold or Dial 00:25
  • Annealing 03:57
  • SFP Ballistic Reticle 05:59
  • How Many Rounds for a Load Workup 08:22

Episode 29 – Redbrush Match Footage, Cadex, Suppressed Remington 700 and more! (09.29.14)

Episode 28 – Mirage, Resizing, Rear Bags, Mega Uppers and More!  (09.23.14)

  • Vortex Razor Gen II 4.5-27×56 First Impressions 00:25
  • Brass Annealing Frequency 02:24
  • Cheap Rear Bag 04:00
  • Resize before or after trimming? 06:50
  • Ballistic Tip or BTHP? 08:44
  • Mega MKM vs. Megalithic 10:11
  • Dealing with Mirage 13:55
  • G1 or G7 BC? 17:54
  • Protecting your Crown. 19:29
  • Meximatch 22:08
  • Hi-Lux CMR, GMS-15 CH and Law Gen 3 Adapter 23:43

Episode 27 – Suppressor Questions (09.15.14)

Episode 26 – Shooting in the Rain (09.01.14)

Episode 25 – Brakes, Accuracy, .243 Range and 10/22 Update (08.25.14)

  • Does a Muzzle Break Affect Accuracy 00:32
  • .243 Effective Range 02:29
  • Large AR Caliber, Barrel Length, Powder 04:43
  • AI AE MkII vs. SIP Custom 700 09:06
  • Drip, Perc or French Press Coffee 16:31
  • 10/22 Update 17:25

Episode 24 – Precision Tactical Solutions Precision Rifle Series Match (08.18.14)

Episode 23 – Redbrush Match Footage (07.28.14)

Episode 22 – Bedding, Windshields, HD Ammo, Bungies and More! (07.21.14)

  • Extended Bedding 00:45
  • Picking a Bullet 02:35
  • Selecting a Barrel 05:57
  • Muzzle Brakes and Windshields 07:57
  • Shooting Bags 09:50
  • Forend Bungie Cords 11:46
  • .308 Brass Recommendation 16:37
  • Quad Rail vs. KeyMod 17:51
  • Weight Sorting Brass 20:38
  • .223/5.56 Ammo for Home Defense 22:27
  • Necking up .243 to .308 26:23

Episode 21 – Brakes, Magazine Placement, Proof Barrels and more! (07.07.14)

  • Brakes for Silencers 00:31
  • Magazine Orientation 03:23
  • Bench Rest or Bags 06:12
  • Switch Barrel Dope Cards 08:38
  • Saving Brass 13:50
  • Oily Patches? 15:26
  • Proof Carbon Barrels 18:16
  • 100 yard Workup 20:25
  • B&C Stock or KRG W3C 21:19
  • Remington 700 Firing Pin Scare 23:29
  • .260 vs. 6.5CM 25:54

Episode 20 – Range Gear (06.30.14)

Episode 19 – Carbon Crown, Triggers, Cheek Weld and Fixing Handloads (06.23.14)

  • Carbon on the Crown 00:25
  • Fine Tuning Hand loads 02:06
  • 700 Trigger Replacements 04:34
  • Cheek Weld Pressure 06:47
  • Remington 700 Tactical Modifications 08:42
  • Aluminum Chassis vs. Wood or Fiberglass 09:40
  • Bad Trigger? 12:42
  • Hearing Protection 16:03
  • Trigger Technique Rifle vs Pistol 21:12
  • Remington 700 not Shooting 22:39
  • Vogel Trigger Update 26:20

Episode 18 – Case Trimming, Range Cards and 26 Nosler (06.16.14)

  • Case Trimming 01:15
  • 300 Blackout 02:49
  • 10 Rifles or Designing a New One 04:24
  • Range Card Increments 05:55
  • Mil vs. MOA for 1000+ 07:26
  • Long Range Precision Schools 09:41
  • Bubble Levels 11:59
  • 26 Nosler 14:22

Episode 17 – K&M Precision PRS Match Report (06.12.14)

Episode 16 – Mega Arms MATEN Build Review (05.19.14)

Episode 15 – .260 Ladder Test Redux (05.05.14)

Episode 14 – .260 Ladder Test Gone Wrong (04.28.14)

Episode 13 – Working Up a Match Rifle Load (04.21.14)

Episode 12 – Dialing in a Match Rifle, KRG Whiskey 3 Chassis (Gen 4) (04.14.14)

Episode 11 – Strong Hand Position, NXS BEAST, Gen 4 G17 Overview (04.07.14)

  • Strong Hand Position 00:13
  • Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. 5-25x56mm F1 05:36
  • Overview of my Gen 4 Glock 17 21:37

Episode 10 – Match Footage (03.30.14)

Episode 9 – Meplats, Wind, Data Cards and More! (03.25.14)

  • Tips for Upgrading Rifle 00:34
  • Smaller and Faster or Heavier and Slower 02:29
  • Opposing Winds 05:03
  • Meplat Trimming and Neck Bushings 08:18
  • Kreiger vs. other Barrels 11:26
  • Dial or Hold 15:05
  • Mega Arms MATEN Update 17:28
  • G-Shock and FDAC Firing Solution 18:03
  • Range Card Management 19:56
  • Two Stage Triggers for Rem 700 23:32

Episode 8 – Woody’s Precision Rifle Match AAR (03.19.14)

Episode 7 – Kind of….. (03.10.14)

Episode 6 – My Match Ammunition (02.24.14)

Episode 5 – My Match Rifle (AE MkII) (02.17.14)

Episode 4 – 308 Limitations and Doing Your Homework (02.10.14)

Episode 3 – Fix Flinching, Budget Rangefinders, Kids Rifles and More (02.03.14)

  • Magnification 00:59
  • Reloading vs. Buying 01:50
  • Budget Rangefinder 03:35
  • Fix the Flinch 05:27
  • Tikka T3 07:25
  • Scope Ring Lapping 08:53
  • Larger Shooters 11:14
  • Range for 10x Optic 12:58
  • My First Bolt Gun 15:18
  • Bags 16:37
  • Suppressor POI Shift 17:59
  • AR Lube 19:37
  • Kids Rifle 22:41

Episode 2 – No Ballistic Comp, Reading Wind, 155 vs 175 and more! (01.28.14)

  • 1000 Shooting without a Ballistic Computer 00:59
  • Gauging Crosswind 03:36
  • Chassis under $450 06:13
  • Angle Shooting 08:25
  • Barrel Break in Procedure 11:26
  • Coolest of SHOT 2014 13:38
  • AI or MDT 18:37
  • Tinted Glasses 20:52
  • 155 vs 175 23:19
  • 6.8SPC? 27:39
  • Wood Stocks 29:01
  • Bipod Position 30:48
  • Learning without a Spotter 32:21

Episode 1 – SHOT Show 2014 Brief (01.06.14)

Season 2

Episode 49 – Semi-Autos in Precision Matches (12.30.13)

Episode 48 – Marine Sniper Ghillie Suit Overview (12.23.13)

Episode 47 – Lead Smelters, Ghillie Suits, Air Rifles and More! (12.16.13)

  • Lead Smelter Closing Affecting Ammunition 00:30
  • Flight Suit or Cammies for Ghillie Suit 05:09
  • Automatic Powder Dispensers 07:50
  • Determining Sight Height 10:29
  • Determining Muzzle Velocity w/o Chronography 11:59
  • TAC21/LSS Update 13:52
  • Sticky 700 Action 14:46
  • Airguns for Training 16:27
  • Semi-Auto Rifles for Competition 18:23

Episode 46 – Remington vs. Sako Extractors, Semi-Autos, Mil to MOA Conversion (12.09.13)

  • Auto vs. Bolt Guns 00:34
  • Fast Mil to MOA Conversion 03:02
  • Light Bullets with Better BC 04:19
  • Remington vs. Sako Extractors 06:04
  • Gun Control / Confiscation 08:29
  • 6 and 6.5mm Stopping Power 10:26
  • Sizing Semi-Auto Ammo 12:18
  • Optics for USMC Qualification 14:40

Episode 45 – Coriolis Effect, Kestrel Meters, Vertical Grips and More! (12.02.13)

  • 6.5CM vs 7-08 00:38
  • 700 Varmint vs. 700 AAC-SD 04:03
  • Coriolis Effect 07:46
  • Vertical Grip vs. AFG 11:25
  • 6.5CM vs. .260Rem vs. 6.5×47 vs. 6.5×55 15:37
  • Leupold TMR vs. Mildot 18:44
  • Case Neck Trimming 20:58
  • Kestrel Weather Meters 23:28
  • Reloading for Semi-Autos 29:27
  • Smoothing out the 700 31:59

Episode 44 – Cold Weather Shooting (11.25.13)

Episode 43 – Home Defense AR, Resizing for semi-autos, Reticle Calibration (11.20.13)

  • AR for Home Defense 00:40
  • Annealing Machine Options 16:01
  • Removing Old Bedding Material 17:04
  • Leupold 3-9x VX-R Patrol Update 17:53
  • Swaging vs. Reaming Crimped Primer Pockets 22:39
  • 700P vs. Regular 700 24:37
  • Calibrating SFP Reticle 26:38
  • More Precision Rifle Skills Videos? 29:25
  • Reticle for new Shooters 29:53
  • AICS Magazine Options 30:56
  • Different Powders 33:00
  • .243 vs. .308 34:22
  • Minimum Bullet Seating Depth 36:32
  • Sizing for Semi-Autos 39:17

Episode 42 – .260 AAC Project Update (11.11.13)

Episode 41 – Brakes, Heavy Bullets, Neck Turning and more! (11.04.13)

  • Muzzle Brake for .308 03:21
  • Archangel 700 Stock 07:16
  • Heaviest Bullet for a .308 08:40
  • Triggers for the 700 11:56
  • iOS Databooks 18:43
  • Addressing Poor Quality Setups 19:59
  • Neck Turning 22:59
  • Eye Relief 26:03

Episode 40 – The Remington 2020, Oversized Bolts, Ammo Temp and more! (10.28.13)

  • Oversized Bolts 00:33
  • Ammo Temp 04:04
  • Light In-Sensitive Chronograph 05:14
  • My “Ultimate” Rifle 07:02
  • Hornady Steel Match Ammo 08:27
  • Light .308 Bullets in a 1/10 Twist 10:01
  • Shotgun or Rifle for LE Patrol 11:51
  • Remington 2020 13:45
  • Range Limit on .22 Trainer 18:12
  • Match Trigger Pull Weight 19:15
  • Brakes and Hearing Damage 21:32
  • IWB Holsters 23:65
  • Charge Weight Adjustment for Cold Weather 25:32
  • Shooting at Night 27:41
  • Gas Block or not on 20″ Suppressed AR 31:10
  • Tools in the Field 32:42

Episode 39 – 5R Rifling, Semi-Auto Velocity Loss and Adjusting Your Stock (10.21.13)

  • 5R Rifling 00:34
  • Crimping .223 03:57
  • Velocity Loss, Semi vs. Bolt 06:00
  • Adjusting Your Stock 08:24
  • Ear Safe AR Muzzle Devices 11:32
  • Headspacing an AR 14:08
  • Future Projects 16:24

Episode 38 – Crowns, Dialing Zero, Truck Guns, 300 Blackout and more! (10.14.13)

  • Barrel Crowns 00:32
  • Returning to Zero 03:05
  • FDAC 05:29
  • Truck Guns 07:19
  • AR15 Free Float 10:45
  • 300 Blackout 12:01
  • Recoil Reducers for Hunting 14:21
  • Reducing Scope Turret Lash 16:39
  • Beginning in Match Shooting 17:43

Episode 37 – .308 Barrel Length (10.07.13)

  • Rifle Barrel Lenth

Episode 36 – Math, Hiding from your Wife, Reloading Manuals and more! (09.30.13)

  • Math for Shooters 00:33
  • Long Range Shooting Book 02:47
  • Hiding Purchases from the Wife 03:53
  • Reloading Manuals 05:47
  • FrogLube 07:52
  • Steel vs. Aluminum Rings, Mounts and Bases 10:23
  • Swapping 175SMK to 178AMAX without workup 13:38
  • Clamp on vs. Threaded Brakes 15:28
  • Buying Ammo Online 18:36
  • Millet DMS-1 19:45
  • Rifle Weight 21:59
  • Zero Range 23:32
  • Shooting with Both Eyes Open 25:50
  • Does Mirage Move the Target 28:32
  • When is it time to re-barrel? 30:12
  • Dimples when forming cases. 31:59

Episode 35 – Optimal Charge Weight (OCW) and Optimal Barrel Time (OBT) (09.23.13)

  • Optimal Charge Weight 00:01
  • Optimal Barrel Time 23:22

Episode 34 – Rifle Accessories, Crimping, Mil/MOA Conversion and more! (09.16.13)

  • Too Many Accessories 00:28
  • Crimping Bullets 04:22
  • .243 and .260 vs .308 07:34
  • Mil to MOA Conversion 10:54
  • Precision Rifle Shooting Skills 14:39

Episode 33 – Scope Mounts, Wind Drift, Drag Bag, Carbon Barrels and more! (09.09.13)

  • Scope Mounts vs. Rings 00:32
  • Budget Spotting Scopes 03:13
  • Wind Drift Calculations 05:23
  • Calibers for the Wife 08:10
  • Drag Bag Suggestions 11:23
  • FFP Reticle Features 17:04
  • Carbon Fiber Barrels 22:55
  • AR10 or M700 in .243 24:49

Episode 32 – Cutting Foam, Holdovers, Movers and more! (09.02.13)

  • Cutting Case Foam 01:55
  • Falcon Menace Scope Update 06:34
  • Flinching 08:44
  • Shooting Movers 12:12
  • Match or Select Grade Barrel? 15:55
  • Hard Case vs. Soft Case 17:39
  • 6/6.5mm Projects 21:01
  • Holdovers vs. Dialing 22:25
  • Sharing a Scope on Two Rifles 23:42
  • Cold/Clean Bore Shift 25:19
  • Switching Between Suppressed and Un-suppressed 26:56
  • Remington vs. Custom Action 28:30

Episode 31 – Databooks (08.26.13)

  • Databook Overview

Episode 30 – Prepping for the Oregon Sniper Challenge Match (08.12.13)

  • Match Gear
  • Rifle Configuration
  • Travel

Episode 29 – Ammo Storage, AR Receiver Fit, Kids and Shooting (08.05.13)

  • Ammo Storage 00:56
  • Zero Confirmation at Matches 04:18
  • Proper Age to get the kids shooting 06:52
  • AR Upper to Lower Fit 09:58

Episode 28 – Range Etiquette (07.29.13)

  • Range Etiquette

Episode 27 – Scope Height, Levels, BDC and Annealing (07.22.13)

  • Scope Height 00:45
  • Scope Levels 07:11
  • .308 vs. .30-06 11:39
  • BDC’s 14:13
  • Close Range vs. Long Range Bullets 17:49
  • Reduced Size Targets and Training at 100 Yards 20:37
  • Case Annealing on Quality Brass 22:10
  • Chronograph Use 22:51
  • 7.62×51 in a .308 Win 25:01
  • Cast Bullets 25:56
  • How Many Rifles do you Need? 28:26
  • Ordering a Replacement Barrel 29:59
  • XLR Chassis effect on accuracy? 34:23
  • Muzzle Brakes vs. Ported Barrels 35:33
  • Accuracy and Muzzle Brakes 37:46

Episode 26 – Parallax, Factory Ammo, Barrel Cooling, Dragunov SVD (07.15.13)

  • Unknown Distance Corrections 00:34
  • Adjusting Parallax 05:17
  • Accurate Factory .308 Ammo 08:24
  • Training without a rifle 12:50
  • Barrel Heat (too Hot?) 14:52
  • Dragunov SVD 18:06
  • Bullet Seating Depth 20:42
  • Spin Drift 24:26
  • 900-100 yard bullets? 25:24
  • Eye Fatigue 26:35
  • Meplat Trimming 28:01

Episode 25 – Training Safely (07.07.13)

  • Classes that may be hazardous to your health.

Episode 24 – How to make dope cards. JBM Ballistics Calculator (06.24.13)

  • An explanation of the JBM Ballistics website.

Episode 23 – Remington 700 Internal Magazine Issues, Torque Specs.  (06.17.13)

  • How to diagnose and fix issues with your Remington 700 internal box magazine.

Episode 22 – Bipods, Harris, Altas, Cheap, etc. (06.10.13)

  • Bipod Comparison

Episode 21 – Annealing, Resizing and Magnum Primers (06.03.13)

  • Annealing
  • Bump Sizing
  • Magnum vs. Large Rifle Primers
  • Bullet Weight and Rifling Twist
  • Temperature Stable Powders

Episode 20 – Matches and Match Practice (05.27.13)

  • Basic information on Matches and Training

Episode 18 – Tracers, Muzzle Brakes, Barrels and More (05.13.13)

  • Tracers 00:30
  • Fire Forming / Neck Sizing 04:39
  • Setting Back a Factory Barrel 07:47
  • Fast Barrels 10:50
  • Brakes and Timing 12:47
  • Barrel Cool Down 17:33
  • Barrel Lugs 20:12
  • Hats and Patches 22:12

Episode 17 – 3D Printed Guns and Ballistic Coefficients (05.06.13)

  • 3D Printed Guns
  • Ballistic Coefficients

Episode 16 – Reticles, Expensive Scopes, Ladder Testing and more! (04.29.13)

  • Savage Precision Carbine for LE/Hunting 00:34
  • Hunting with Competition Calibers 01:56
  • Ranging with MOA Reticles 03:44
  • LaRue OBR Glass and Barrel Options 06:32
  • $3-4K Scopes, Worth it? 10:40
  • Accuracy of Ladder Testing? 14:34
  • Gas Gun or Bolt Gun for LE 19:15
  • My Favorite Reticle 21:54
  • Krylon and Barrel Heat 24:23
  • G1 or G7 26:20
  • Long Range Hunting 27:58
  • M700 Hard Bolt Closing 29:51

Episode 15 – Breathing and Heart Rate (04.22.13)

  • How to control your breathing and reduce your heart rate.

Episode 14 – Gun Show Loophole Lies! (04.15.13)

  • Politicians are lying to you.

Episode 13 – Ballistics Programs, Bullet Weights, Fluting and More! (04.08.13)

  • Android Ballistic Programs 00:31
  • Folding Stocks 02:18
  • Heavy vs. Light Bullets 04:57
  • Bipod or Pack (or tripod) 08:17
  • Monopod or Rear Bag (Accu-Shot Monopod Review) 11:26
  • $200 Spotting Scope 12:58
  • Barrel Contours 14:19
  • AI Rifle or AICS/AX 700 Build 16:21
  • Piers Morgan and Ammo Shortages 18:00
  • Milsurp Bolt Guns 22:01
  • Barrel Fluting 24:28
  • Benefits of Neck Sizing 27:09
  • AR15/AR10 Match Triggers 29:20
  • .260/6.5 vs. .308 32:07
  • BDC Scope Issues (with SFP Reticles) 33:34

Episode 12 – Scope Ring Height

  • Determine the right height for your rig.

Episode 11 – Calling Your Shots, Triggers, AR10 vs. M1A and more

  • Replacing Factory Triggers 01:12
  • Calling Your Shots 04:00
  • AR10 vs. M1A 05:57
  • Shooting with a Sling 08:00
  • Split Cases 08:50
  • Online Store 11:09
  • Max Effective Range of .223 11:54
  • 6.5 Grendel 13:11
  • Replacing Factory Barrels 14:30
  • Unlimited Budget Rifle 16:04
  • Production Rifle vs. Custom Build 18:03
  • Bedding Stock Before Bottom Metal Installation 20:53
  • Swapping Turrets on Leupold 21:44
  • Glass Quality vs. Magnification 23:18
  • Dented Brass 24:06
  • Suppressed vs. Un-Suppressed 25:55

Episode 10 – Traveling with Firearms

  • Interstate Travel with Firearms

Episode 9 – Painting, Parallax, Drills, Mil Conversion, etc. 

  • Tactical Rifle Painting 00:29
  • Zero Distance 04:25
  • Field Cleaning Kits 07:10
  • Redfield Scopes 09:43
  • Wind 11:27
  • My Sidearm 13:01
  • 7.62 ACOG on a 5.56 Rifle 16:27
  • Barrel Twist, Length and Spin Drift 19:25
  • Mirage and Vegetation 23:35
  • Range Cards 26:48
  • Zero Distance for 1-4x/Irons AR15 29:24
  • Range Drills 31:04
  • Parallax 36:03
  • Kestrel and Range Gear 38:56
  • Mil/MOA for Beginners 41:12
  • Reticles for Ranging 42:36
  • Fired Brass 44:56
  • G1 vs. G7 BC 46:23
  • Figuring Dope 49:01
  • .243 700 in AICS 50:43
  • Converting Mils and MOA 52:04
  • Light Hunting Stock 53:14
  • Open Sights and Sarah Hosting 54:23
  • Remington 700 Triggers 56:12

Episode 8 – Site and Channel Update, 20 MOA Base Questions

Episode 7 – Bolt Knobs, KRG Bolt Lift Install

Episode 6 – .308 vs .243 for Competition

Episode 5 – .22LR Trainers (Savage Mark II) and Databooks

Episode 4 – Stock vs. Chassis (featuring Cadex Strike 30)

Episode 3 – SHOT Show Recap

Episode 2 – SHOT Show Media Day at the Range 

Episode 1 – SHOT Show Prep 


Season 1

Episode 42 – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! (12.24.12)

Episode 41 – Response to School Shootings (12.17.12)

Episode 40 – Firearms Safety Rules, The Four Commandments, Kids and Guns (12.10.12)

Episode 39 – Cleaning Gear, Dewey Rods, Rod Guide, Parker Hale Jags, Coated or Stainless (12.04.12)

Episode 38 – Mildot Range Estimation, Mil Relation Formula (11.26.12)

Episode 37 – Do You Need a Forward Assist on the AR15 or 308 AR? (11.19.12)

Episode 36 – Scope Bases 0 MOA or 20 MOA? (11.12.12)

Episode 35 – BEST Rifles, Scopes and Equipment (11.05.12)

Episode 34 – Zombies and Budget Rifle Scopes (10.29.12)

Episode 33 – High Angle Shooting (10.22.12)

Episode 32 – Dry Firing, IOTA (10.15.12)

Episode 31 – Single and Two Stage Triggers (10.07.12)

Episode 30 – Barrel Twist and the Greenhill Formula (10.02.12)

Episode 29 – Reloading, Case Trimming (09.24.12)

Episode 28 – Bushnell Tactical, HDMR Gen II, LRS, 1-8.5, 1-6.5, TRS-25 (09.18.12)

Episode 27 – Once Fired Brass Prep, RCBS Precision Mic, Hornady Headspace Gauge, Resizing (09.09.12)

Episode 26 – Tactical Match Gear (what’s in my bag?) (08.26.12)

Episode 25 – Headspace Gauges, .40S&W, RCBS Precision Mic, Hornady Headspace Gauge Kit (08.19.12)

Episode 24 – Reloading Ladder Test (08.12.12)

Episode 23 – Charging Cases and Seating Bullets (08.07.12)

Episode 22 – Bullet Seating Depth (07.30.12)

Episode 21 – Kentucky Precision Rifle Challenge Lessons (07.22.12)

Episode 20 – Precision Rifle Reloading Bullet and Powder Selection (01.08.12)

Episode 19 – Precision Rifle Reloading New Brass Prep (07.01.12)

Episode 18 – Precision Rifle Reloading Overview (06.25.12)

Episode 17 – Take Your Girl Shooting! (06.17.12)

Episode 16 – Reloading, Shooting Mats, .243win, Illuminated Reticles, Frog Lube (06.10.12)

  • Shooting Mats
  • .243 Winchester Thoughts
  • Illuminated Reticles
  • Frog Lube
  • Reloading Questions

Episode 15 – Mental Checklist, Wind Meters, Lapping and Fluting (06.04.12)

  • Mental Checklist 00:38
  • Compressed Air Cleaning 06:22
  • Mid vs. High End Scopes 08:07
  • Wind Meters 10:34
  • Lapping Scope Rings 13:15
  • Fluting 14:53
  • Best Chassis 18:01

Episode 14 – Anatomy of a Tactical Match Rifle

  • Action 03:21
  • Barrel Length 06:03
  • Muzzle Brake 06:39
  • Bipod Selection 09:50
  • KMW Pod-Loc 11:05
  • Chassis 13:47
  • Magazine System 15:44
  • Oversized Bolt Knob 19:23
  • Scope Base and Rings 22:13
  • Rifle Scope 25:15
  • Trigger Weight 29:19
  • Chassis or Stock? 32:32

Episode 13 – Dialing Under Zero, Bore Guide, Low Mag Scopes and more!

  • Dialing Under Zero 01:02
  • 100y Zero 01:32
  • Why a Bore Guide? 04:56
  • Low Magnification Scopes 07:21
  • Lapping Scope Rings 10:05
  • Ballistic Calculator Variables 14:07
  • Barrel Cool Down 22:16

Episode 12 – Semi-Auto Rifle Cleaning (AR-10, LR-308, SR-25, M110)

  • Not all AR-10s 01:06
  • Post Firing (Bore Snake) 03:25
  • Clearing 04:30
  • Bore Cleaning 10:00
  • Lower Receiver Cleaning 28:00
  • Buffer Tube/Buffer Spring 31:30
  • Bolt Carrier Group Cleaning 34:20

Episode 11 – Barrel Break In, Boresnake Frequency, AI Wrench and more!

  • Load Testing Distance 00:35
  • Boresnake Frequency 01:56
  • Semi-Auto Recommendations 03:41
  • Howa 1500 05:19
  • Enfield Action Build 07:11
  • Range Cards 09:06
  • Barrel Break In 12:54
  • Stock Bedding 17:42
  • Slings 20:11
  • Tube and Objective Size 20:44
  • KRG Bolt Lift 25:41
  • Tripods 27:50

Episode 10 – Bore Snakes, Snap Caps, Trigger Cleaning and more!

  • Oil on Boresnake 01:50
  • Trigger Cleaning 02:50
  • Releasing Firing Pin Spring Tension 04:33
  • Otis Cleaning Kits 05:52
  • T-Shirts for Patches 06:48
  • Reticle and Turrets for UKD 07:45
  • Dry Firing Without Snap Caps 10:15

Episode 9 – Precision Rifle Cleaning

  • Clearing 02:05
  • Bore Guide 04:50
  • Cleaning Rod Selection 07:20
  • Parker Hale Jag 09:30
  • Bore Brushes 10:05
  • Solvent/Needle Oiler Bottle 11:40
  • Cheap Patch/Solvent Catcher 12:00
  • Brushing the Bore 15:55
  • Cleaning the Bore Brush 19:40
  • Wet Patching 20:44
  • Dry Patching 26:27
  • Oiled Patch?  27:19
  • Cleaning Interval/Fouled Bore 29:00
  • Chamber Cleaning 30:25
  • Receiver Cleaning 34:10
  • Bolt Cleaning 34:45
  • Function Check 45:00
  • Quick Post-Firing Cleaning 46:30

Episode 8 – Crooked Stocks, M700 Action Smoothing, Best Lubes and more.

  • Crooked Stock Channel 00:58
  • Best Lubricants 04:39
  • Intermediate Range AR Options 08:45
  • Max Effective Range 11:42
  • POI Changes on Bipod/Rest/Bag/Barricades 15:18
  • M700 Action Smoothing 18:13
  • Scope Eye Relief 20:37
  • Sight Height 23:52
  • Cleaning Solvents 26:48
  • M700 Aftermarket Firing Pins, Sako Extractors 28:57
  • M700 Bolt Field Strip 35:22
  • AI AE Rebarrel 37:21
  • Who Be “We” 38:11

Episode 7 – SFP vs. FFP, Rain, Snow, MOA/Mil, Primers, Lapping and more

  • SFP vs. FFP Scopes 00:34
  • Rain, Snow and Air Density 07:34
  • Correcting with MOA Turrets and Mil Reticle 10:33
  • Matching Reticle/Turrets not Matching 13:15
  • Match or Standard Primers 15:40
  • Lapping and Copper Fouling 17:47
  • Replacement M700 Triggers and Barrels 20:46

Episode 6 – Focus,7.62 vs. .308, Parallax and more

  • Reticle or Target Focus 00:29
  • Cheap Spotting Scopes 02:47
  • 7.62 vs. .308 04:32
  • MOA or Mils 10:08
  • AI Grip 15:49
  • Bipod and Shooting Position Height 18:47
  • Range Estimation Practice 22:44
  • Parallax Explained 25:50
  • Rifle Scabbards 28:08

Episode 5 – Blinking and Range Gear

  • Blinking 00:34
  • Match Ammunition 04:30
  • Databook 06:45
  • Round Count Book 07:50
  • Safety Glasses 09:20
  • Ear Protection 11:02
  • Rear Bag 13:35
  • Shooting Mats 15:10
  • Printable Targets 16:30
  • Steel Targets 16:57

Episode 4 – Brakes, Ammo, LRFs, Mil/Mil Scopes and Neck Sizing

  • Brake on Stock Barrel 1:39
  • Ammo Recommendations 4:02
  • LE Sidearm 6:07
  • Chopping Factory Barrel 8:22
  • ALG Trigger 12:20
  • Laser Rangefinders 13:26
  • Custom Actions 16:58
  • General Reloading 19:01
  • 1000 yard Cartridge / Les Baer Bolt Action 20:26
  • Moly/HBN Coating Bullets 23:59
  • Recommended Reading 25:44
  • Mil/Mil Scopes 29:29
  • Best Precision Optic 32:13
  • Vortex Razor HD Update 34:57
  • Higher Velocity with Stainless Barrel 37:21
  • Neck Sizing vs. FL Sizing 39:20
  • 1:10 twist Barrel Life 42:59
  • Scope Magnification Settings 44:07
  • Suppressor Selection 46:19

Episode 3 – Barrel Length, Load Development, Bedding Stocks, Chassis and Slings

  • Barrel Length 01:06
  • Load Development 04:13
  • Stock Bedding: 09:18
  • DI or Piston AR’s: 12:19
  • Stock vs. Chassis: 14:20
  • Slings: 16:50
  • 100 Yard Training: 18:51
  • High End Stock Benefits: 21:29
  • Different loads for different ranges: 24:07
  • Shooting a Gas Gun: 26:16
  • Vortex Viper PST: 30:00
  • Remington vs. Savage: 31:03
  • Low Angle Shooting: 33:19

Episode 2 – FDAC, Chuck Norris, Bipods, Stocks and Triggers, Oh My!

  • FDAC
  • Bipods
  • Stocks
  • Triggers

Episode 1 – Background, Ballistics, Bipod Loading and More! 

  • My Background
  • Ballistics
  • Bipod Loading
  • Night Vision Alignment

14 thoughts on “Mail Call Mondays Episode Guide”

  1. I just recently bought a new rifle and scope and was trying to figure out proper height for the rings. Now my rifle is a Remington m700 SPS tactical .308 and my scope is a Leupold Mk4 ER 4.5-14x 50 (30mm). I didn’t see episode 12 until now and got all the parts. I have the 2 piece night force 20 MOA rail bases and the QRW High rings. Now the reason I got the High rings is because I looks on the web site and followed instructions to find the perfect fit, but did not expect to see High or Extra high rings.

    I called Leupold and the customer service swears up and down I can’t go any lower than HIgh. After measuring it i have 1/2 in of space from the bottom of the objective lens to the barrel. Now the Leupold claims it is because the SPS comes with a heavy barrel. Is this true or am I just screwed into buying a new set of mediums? I can’t return these ones either. Any information will be helpful.

    Semper Fi!

    1. Just contact Leupold and ask them what the height of the High rings are and what the height of the Medium rings are. If the height difference is less than 1/2″ then go with the Medium. If it’s more…..then get a different brand of rings. IMHO 1/2″ is too high off the bore for a traditional stock. You can use something like the Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest to get your correct comb height, but you shouldn’t have to go that high with a correct setup.

  2. I recently bought a remington 700 sps-v in 308, Im using it as a platform for my build. Anyways, when i feed rounds from the internal magazine it scratches the round from the nose of the bullet to the base of the brass, this only happens when feeding it from the magazine but never from single feeds. Ive sanded all the edges but it still happens, any idea what im missing? or if youve heard of this before?

    1. It is perfectly normal and is usually caused by the underside of the receiver feed rails. It has no effect on the accuracy or the cartridges and does not harm the brass if you are worried about reloading. The edges will eventually wear down themselves. Some will advocate polishing/sanding the rails. I don’t worry about it and just let wear take care of it. The only time it is even mildly annoying is when it scratches up dummy cartridges since they get used for thousands of load/fire/eject cycles.

  3. I just bought a ruger sr 762 and the uppet is extremely loose from the lowerto the point were if you have a scope on it the point of impact will shift and the shift of impact gets greatet at long ranges I sent it to ruger and they said that that is within spec evan tho it I’d about a quarter inch they said buy shimms but that it is normal. I don’t think that is normal for a two thousand dollar rifle . What do you think how can I fix this

    1. You can shim the rear lug or use bedding compound in the lower receiver to build it up. Another option is to have a smith drill and tap the lower for a nylon tipped set screw to tension the upper. I don’t worry about a super tight fit, but if the hammer striking the firing pin is causing the upper to jump, it can cause issues.

  4. Hi John,

    Thanks a lot for your articles, videos and good advices !
    I need your help on my new long range scope. I own a Rem700 in 7.08 and I’m looking for a good scope in the mid price range (max 1000€). (I’m french so need to think that everything is damn more expensive here…) I would like to be able to shoot accurately a 20x20cm traget at 600m and being able to deliver 1000m shots on 80x60cm target. This scope would be mounted on a 20MOA piccatiny rail. I would be more comfortable with MRAD reticle/turrets, a mildot type reticle and if variable magnification, the best would be a FFP.
    What is your advise on this budget scope challenge?
    I saw the Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 FFP or the PST 4-16×50 FFP both in MRAD that look very great to my eyes but I would like an expert advise on them…
    I also saw some others that could possibly match :
    – Sightron SIII FFP 6-24×50
    – SWFA SS 5-20×50 (FFP)
    – SWFA SS 3-15×42 (FFP)
    – Weaver 3-15×50 Tactical (FFP)
    – Weaver 4-20×50 Tactical (FFP)
    – Bushnell Elite Tactical FFP 3-12×44
    – Bushnell Elite Tactical FFP 6-24×50

    What do you think about them ?

    Thanks

    Best Regards

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