Tutorials - Things You Should Know

 
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How To Use This Site


This site gives you the ability to choose the specific bullet and brand of brass you want with ease. Simply choose your caliber, cartridge, brass, bullet and quantity. You can also make the first 40 rounds of any order a Sample Pack.

 
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Why Custom Ammunition?


Highest Quality Hand Loaded Ammunition

- Unmatched Variety

If you have ever wished that you had a highly skilled friend that would hand load ammunition specifically for your needs, you just found one!

We manufacture ammunition for specific customer orders, so we can offer greater quality in more variations than any mass manufacturer.

We offer the most accurate and reliable ammunition in a vast array of cartridge and bullet selections. You can even choose the specific brand of brass you prefer. We offer tens of thousands of combinations of cartridge, brass manufacturer and bullets.

To see just how easy it is to get the exact ammunition you want, please watch the tutorial video.

Find Your Rifle's Best Load


Each rifle is unique - rifles of a given caliber (even from the same manufacturer) vary in chamber dimensions, freebore, metallurgy, etc. Therefore, each rifle will have a unique "best load" for each bullet manufacturer/type/weight combination.

We can help you find your rifle's "best load" in one of two ways:

  • Our Sample Pack process - we send you four different loadings with your bullet choice and YOU do the test shooting to find which one works best

  • Or, you can Send Us Your Rifle and WE do the test round development and shooting.

At Precise Ammunition, we help you find YOUR rifle's BEST LOAD! Then, we reload your brass to continue to maintain that accuracy!

Benefits

Benefits of identifying your rifle's BEST LOADING:

  • Ammunition shoots <1 MOA to extend your maximum effective range

  • Once your rifle/ammunition performance is known and reliable, you can focus on your performance and improve your practice -- "practice doesn't make perfect, 'perfect practice' does"

  • You get the exact bullet type and weight you want

  • You can have multiple loads for a rifle developed for different hunting applications (different bullet type/weight)

  • You can have the brass reloaded many times, so you can shoot with no fall-off in accuracy or need to "find a new load"

 
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Why Precise Ammunition?


Custom Quality

- The First Difference

"Custom Quality." Sounds good doesn't it, but what does that actually mean?

To us, custom quality means that you are getting ammunition that is manufactured with a completely different process than mass producers use that ensures it will be made to the highest quality standards in the industry. Every order is made from beginning to end by a single hand loading expert. Every piece of brass, every bullet and every primer is individually inspected. All brass is prepared one piece at a time. All powder charges are measured by weight rather than volume. All press work is done on a high quality, single stage press.

The process we use in manufacturing YOUR ammunition is the one we use when loading OUR personal ammunition for competition or hunting.

Bullet Selection

- The Second Difference

With Precise Ammunition, you can have virtually any bullet available in a caliber loaded for you - to best deliver on your particular application. You no longer have to compromise on bullet choice to achieve your desired accuracy.

The reason we can offer so much more variety than other ammunition manufacturers is based on our production process. We do not pre-load any ammunition. Because we do not mass produce or have "runs" of ammunition, we have the flexibility to make whatever our customers want. Your ammunition is made specifically for you rather than simply being pulled from a warehouse and shipped. We can even reproduce a specific pet load of yours upon request. Just give us a call to inquire about this or any ammunition you do not see listed in the store.

Reloading

- The Third Difference

When you get ammunition from us we always encourage you to SAVE YOUR BRASS! Typically, brass is the most expensive component in ammunition and it is reusable. Get your value out of it!

Some people think that reloaded brass makes lesser quality ammunition. In fact, many times you will get the best accuracy from brass that you have already fired once or twice.

Don't misunderstand what we do. We NEVER use brass that has been fired by someone else to make your ammunition. The only fired brass we will load is what you have shot in your rifle and supply to us.

We can also load ammunition using brass you already have. It doesn't have to be from ammunition purchased from us; however, we strongly recommend that the brass is from the same manufacturer and preferably from the same lot number.

We do not accept brass that has crimped primers.

 
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Custom Hunting Ammunition

When you hunt, you put tremendous effort into getting one clean shot. All of that work can be lost by the failure of a few grains of lead and copper. The only physical connection between you and your quarry is the bullet.

The proper bullet for the game you seek is available to you - with NO compromises! Quick, clean and humane kills are the result of matching your round to the game, rifle and conditions of your hunt. At Precise Ammunition, we take full advantage of the outstanding terminal performance of both recently-developed bullets, as well as tried-and-true bullets that have proven themselves throughout the years. We know how to get the most out of all of them.

Finely-tuned accuracy is VERY important in a hunting round. We have heard phrases like "minute of deer" as a description of a rifle that is accurate enough. At Precise Ammunition, our view is NO...IT IS NOT! We even question the standard of 1.5 inches for three rounds at 100 yards (1.5 MOA). Remember that your accuracy IN THE FIELD is affected by many more things than your rifle's ability on a bench. Improving rifle accuracy through load development is one of the easiest ways to reduce variables when in the field.

When shooters say their rifle can shoot better than they can, they overlook the fact that accuracy compromises are cumulative. Regardless of whether caused by conditions, shooting ability, or rifle accuracy, it all adds up.

The Long Shot: We do not encourage anyone to take shots that are beyond their capability. With that said, you will find that your ability to make a long shot improves significantly when shooting a more accurate rifle - one that you "know" can shoot under 1MOA. Not just because of the obvious math of your group size, but because you get better feedback when practicing at the range. Then you "know" what you can really do. It's no longer a question of whether it's the rifle or you.

As is true of many things in life, a large portion of your ability in making a shot in the field is mental. When you KNOW that the bullet will go where you want it to go if you do your job, then you are more likely to do your job well.

The Short Shot: Why do you need custom rifle ammunition when your shots at game are within fifty yards or so? Because an accurate rifle is the ultimate "brush gun?" No, not because the bullet will blow through the foliage and still hit the mark intact. No round will do that with any level of consistency. But, if you can find that small hole in the cover and have the accuracy to put a bullet through that hole, it's just as good as if the game is standing in the open. Again, an accurate rifle and your confidence in using it puts more game on the ground. The bottom line for hunting ammunition is that when you are shooting a very accurate round that is utilizing a bullet that is well-matched to the game you're hunting, you will be confident enough to make that tough shot - and often times the tough shot is the only one you get. Be prepared for it!

 
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Custom Competition Ammunition

Highpower: If you're not set up to hand load your own, we can help raise your scores.

F-Class: F-Class is something we can really help with because we can get you into it with little investment. We're real fans of F-Class. It allows everyday shooters to get into long range competition with equipment you probably already have on hand. Most off-the-shelf bolt action rifles with a 3x9 or more powerful scope will do the job nicely. Yes, your .243, .270, .30-06 can smoke a target at a 1,000 yards. For you folks with .223s and .308s, there's even a special class for you!

The load is what makes this possible. In most cases you will need to be shooting heavy bullets to get a high ballistic coefficient for maximized resistance to wind and to maintain supersonic velocities at long range. Most appropriate loads aren't even available at your local gun shop, but we can set you up with a load that will amaze you.

If you have never shot long range you're really missing out on some of the most fun in the shooting sports. Try this with the right ammo and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to put them all inside a target area that is smaller than a deer's vital zone at 600 yards and beyond!

 
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Selecting Your Brass

Brass selection is often overlooked, but is an extremely important consideration when creating ammunition. The two things to think about are quality and cost. Generally, any brass will give you descent accuracy and all of it is reliable. However, when you are looking for the highest level of accuracy, the idea that "you get what you pay for" is very true.

Some manufacturers do more quality control and case preparation with their brass before making it available for sale.

Another very important consideration is manufacturing lot number. Regardless of quality, brass changes from lot to lot and for best accuracy it is best to stay with a single lot number. Because turnover on brass can happen rapidly, the only way to make sure that all of your brass comes from the same lot is to get it all at the same time.

The good news is that once you get it you can have it reloaded a number of times with no loss of quality or accuracy. Say you order 100 rounds of ammunition. That first hundred costs full price, however, all of the brass from your original order can be sent back to us for reloading. Ammunition loaded from this fired brass will cost less and will still have the same point of impact and accuracy - typically it will be slightly MORE accurate. Depending on the quality of the original brass, this gives you 400 to 600 rounds of high quality ammunition at reduced cost.

Brass should be considered a long term investment in the accuracy of your rifle.

 
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Selecting Your Bullet

There are a wide variety of shooting applications - and a wider variety of available bullets! This is why we offer such a wide variety of bullets for each cartridge we manufacture. Obviously, you want an accurate bullet, but you also need one that will do the intended job when it gets to the target (terminal ballistics). We have provided short descriptions for each bullet and links to the bullet manufacturer's websites to make it easier to make an educated decision. Also, you can always give us a call and we will be happy to advise you.

 
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Reason To Use Sample Packs

Precise Ammunition can help you find YOUR rifle's best loading for a given bullet with either our Sample Pack process (where YOU do the testing of various loadings that we design) or by sending us your rifle and WE do the testing of the loadings!

When you order a Sample Pack, we send you 40 rounds loaded with the same bullet (of your choice), but 4 DIFFERENT LOADINGS (10 of each loading). Ten rounds are plenty to determine which load works best in your rifle. Again, all of the rounds are loaded with the bullet of your choice so there is no compromise on your preferred terminal ballistics. We vary other aspects of the load to change the harmonic vibration of your barrel. This is one of the primary drivers that affects accuracy.

Once you have selected the best load from the Sample Pack, you let us know which it is and you will be able to order the exact same load from then on. We keep all of your load data and can reload your brass or manufacture additional new rounds!

You can order more than 40 rounds (we recommend that) and we will hold your components until we hear from you which one was the most accurate load from the Sample Pack. An example would be; You order 100 rounds. We load 40 for the Sample Pack and hold the components for the remaining 60. After you tell us which was the best load, we make the remaining 60 and ship them to you. After shooting the ammunition, you can send the brass back for us to reproduce your exact load.

The best way to get the maximum benefit from this process is to ensure that your ammunition starts with the same lot of brass by ordering the actual number of rounds you will want to have on hand and choose the option offered during ordering to make the first 40 rounds a Sample Pack. The only additional costs are a $50.00 Sample Pack fee and additional shipping.


 
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How To Use Our Sample Pack

A Sample Pack consists of four different loads with the SAME BULLET. They are identified by color codes on the primers; black, red, green and blue.

Clean your barrel well. Shoot one round to foul the cleaned barrel, then shoot. 3 three-shot groups at separate bullseyes with one of the color-coded loads. Clean the barrel and let it cool, then repeat this process with each of the remaining color-coded loads. By the time you are done, you will have shot 12 three-shot groups at separate bullseyes and fired four fouling rounds.

 
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Accuracy Testing


Accuracy Testing: Overall

Always remember that the goal of accuracy testing is to find out how well your rifle shoots, not to see how well you shoot!

With this in mind, we make the following overall recommendations:

  • Range: Accuracy testing should be done at 100 yards. 50 yards will not give you enough information to judge the group, and more than 100 yards will let exterior forces (such as wind), impact group size too much.

  • Zero: Zero your rifle using ammunition other than what we send you in the Sample Pack. As long as the groups from the zeroing shots are on the paper DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SCOPE. Where the bullets actually impact is irrelevant. How tight the group size is what you are evaluating.

  • Measure group size: The best way to determine group size is to measure from the outside edges of the two bullet holes that are farthest apart and subtract the true diameter of the bullet. For example, if you are accuracy testing a .300 Winchester Magnum and the distance between the outside edges of the farthest bullet holes is .75 inches, them you subtract the true bullet diameter (.308) for a group size of .442. This gives you true group size measured from center to center of the bullet holes.

  • Control ammunition temperature: The hotter the ammunition is, the faster the powder will burn. Keep ammunition out of direct sunlight and don't leave a round in a hot chamber for very long before firing.

  • Keep your rifle clean: We recommend cleaning the bore after every 10 shots. A bore snake is a quick way of cleaning the bore at the range, but you will still need to do a thorough cleaning regularly; say, every 50 rounds. Once the bore is clean, fire two fouling shots before shooting for accuracy.

  • Wind: Wind is the bane of precise rifle shooting. Reading the wind is the most difficult long-range shooting skill to master. When you are accuracy testing a rifle is not the time to test your wind-doping skills. Even at 100 yards, a 10mph crosswind will prevent you from getting reliable accuracy information. For example, a typical 168-grain .308 Winchester round will drift ~¾ of an inch at 100 yards in a 10mph wind blowing perpendicular to your line of sight. Because wind is never constant, this drift makes it impossible to determine a rifle's accuracy. In other words, wait for a calm day to accuracy test.

  • Level your crosshairs: Use a level to make sure the top of the target is level when you put it up, then reference your crosshairs to it every shot. Canting the scope changes bullet impact. The crosshairs do not have to be level to the rifle to test accuracy at a single range, but they do have to be consistent on the target. However, if the scope and rifle are not perfectly aligned with each other, or you cant the rifle when shooting at varying ranges, you're going to have a problem. There are several devices on the market to get the scope and rifle in line with each other.

Acurracy Testing: Shooting

When shooting, we recommend:

  • Front rest: Use a good quality bipod as your front rest (such as the Harris benchrest models). The lower you get to the bench, the more accurate you will be - so we use the shortest models. If you use a sand bag as your front rest, make sure that the forearm of the rife is resting in the exact same place for every shot. If the rifle is supported at varying places along the forearm from shot to shot, it will change bullet impact

  • Rear rest: Use a sand bag or other filled rest at the rear of your rifle. Once you get the crosshairs close to the bullseye, move the rear bag with your off hand to fine tune the sight picture. So, if you are right-handed, use your left hand to manipulate the rear bag. The left hand should not be touching the rifle; it's all done by manipulating the bag. If you have not used this technique, it may feel strange at first. But, once you get the hang of it, you will have virtually no crosshair movement on the target before the shot. We suggest you dry fire your rifle using this technique until you are confident, then start live fire.

  • Control your breathing: Don't hold your breath. Take a few slow, deep breaths to oxygenate your body and help you relax. Your entire body should be as relaxed as possible when shooting. As you exhale on the last deep breath, let your breathing stop at a natural, unforced mid-point of the breath. Never close your throat as if you were holding your breath, just let the breath come to a relaxed pause in respiration.

  • Isolate the butt of the rifle from your shoulder: Your heartbeat will interfere with keeping your crosshair steady. Use some type of padding on your shoulder. A commercial shoulder pad for reducing felt recoil works well, but so does a folded towel or a heavy jacket.

  • Keep contact pressure to a minimum: The only parts of your body that should be in contact with the rifle are your firing hand, shoulder, and cheek. Use the least amount of pressure needed at these contact points to control recoil. Light-recoiling rifles need very little pressure from your shoulder or your firing hand - your firing hand should "pull" the rifle into your shoulder. Heavy hitters like a .338 Winchester Magnum will need more pressure to control recoil, so shoulder padding is more important for these cartridges. But, remember that more pressure into your shoulder will make 'heartbeat shake' more prevalent.

  • Aimpoint: Don't aim at the target, don't aim at the bullseye, aim at the very center of the bullseye. AIM SMALL, MISS SMALL! All of your focus, both visual and mental, should be on cutting the smallest part of the target you can clearly see into four equal parts with a typical crosshair. Then, slowly add trigger pressure until the shot breaks.

  • Call the shot: You should know - very reliably - exactly where your crosshairs were when the shot broke. You'll need to be proficient in your ability to "call the shot" to have reliable accuracy.

  • Follow through: Stay relaxed and down on the rifle for several moments after the shot.

 
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Barrel Break-in

We use Outers Nitro Solvent Gun Cleaner and Gun Oil. The reason for Outers is because the solvent is in an aerosol and we use the oil because we don't like to mix brands of cleaners:

  • Step 1: Point the barrel downward and spray the solvent from breach to muzzle while rotating the rifle so the solvent coats the barrel well on all sides. Keep spraying until the solvent is freely running out of the muzzle.

  • Step 2: Using a bore guide, and with the breach end slightly higher than the muzzle, scrub the barrel with a brass brush 20 strokes. One time down and back is one stroke. Make sure the brush completely clears the muzzle and the chamber before reversing direction. Do not "slam" the brush into the muzzle when pulling it back towards the breech. The crown is delicate, treat it that way./p>

  • Step 3: Coat the barrel with spray solvent again as in Step 1.

  • Step 4: Patch the barrel using a well-fitted jag until you get clean, dry patches. Use a clean patch on each stroke. The patches don't need to be "spotless," but should be clean.

  • Step 5: Swab the chamber

  • Step 6: Fire one(1) round and repeat Steps 1-5 four(4) more times

  • Step 7: Fire three(3) rounds and repeat Steps 1-5 a total of five(5) times

  • Step 8: Lightly spray the barrel with the oil and patch dry.

You will have fired a total of 20 rounds and cleaned the rifle 10 times.

"Full Clean" Procedure For "Used" Barrel Before Testing for Accuracy

Do the same as above, but omit firing the live rounds.

 
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Availability Definitions

In Stock - Typically ships within 10 days.

Backorder - Is not available at this time, but should become available in the near future. Exact availability date is unknown. However, if it is scheduled out to more than 60 days we will contact you. Most of the time back ordered items will arrive within 60 days. However, some items may take several months to arrive due to the production schedules of the manufacturers. We encourage you to make your order anyway because often times these items are sold out completely before they ever get to us. It is possible for them to NEVER actually be "in stock" because of this. Our entire component order could already be committed to existing customer orders by the time it arrives.

Special Order - This is not typically available for fast shipping. This component needs to be produced specifically for your order and can take 90 days or longer to become available once you have ordered the ammo.

Variable - This applies when we simply don't know because we cannot get consistent updates from the supplier as to availability from them. The component could be readily available or be handled more like a special order by the supplier. We just don't know the status until it's ordered. If we find the lead time on the component is more than three weeks we will contact you.

If there is no status in the "Stock" column, the component is completely unavailable at this time. This may occasionally happen when a component is only produced seasonally or as a special run by the manufacturer.

If it is necessary for you to be contacted due to the variations of availability as stated above, you will be given the opportunity to cancel your order at that time.

 
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Special Services

We are fully capable of doing specialized work. In fact, this is how we started out. We are not gunsmiths, but if it has anything to do with creating rifle ammunition, chances are we do it. We even work directly with gunsmiths when they are building custom rifles. If there is anything we can do for you along these lines give us a call or send us an e-mail with your inquiry.

One of our common services is working up specific loads for our customer's rifle. We do this the same as if we were working up a load for one of our own rifles.

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