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.224 Valkyrie

Ammunition

A Hard Look at the .224 Valkyrie

The newest and brightest addition to the AR-15 family is a 5.56mm-diameter cartridge with more punch and long-range potential than the .223 Remington. The .224 Valkyrie is designed to remain supersonic to 1,300 yards, but design and performance are not always one in the same. The Shooter’s Log put the Valkyrie through its paces, even if we did put our thumb on the scale by using a $4,000 Wilson Combat Super Sniper.

Bob Campbell shooting an Ar-15 rifle with a rifle scope

General

How to Choose a Rifle Scope

I am asked about rifles scopes and red dot sights often. Which one should I buy, is just under who should I marry in the overall importance, and very hard to answer for another person. When you add that the student doesn’t know exactly what they are going to do with the rifle scope, the answer is even more elusive. The bottom line is the budget.

Bushnell LRTSi 3-12x44mm mounted on Battle Rifle Company Cutlass rifle

Competitive Shooting

Review: Bushnell 3-12x44mm LTRSi — A Scope to Shine at Long-Range

The Bushnell Elite Tactical long range tactical scope (LRTS) series is just what the name implies. The weekend began as a scope test—as well as a time to get better at long-range precision marksmanship. The scope, was a key element to unexpected long-range success, but not without challenging moments. In this review, my optical partner was the LRTSi 3-12x44mm mounted and ready for a 3-day long-range shooting class requiring a milliradian reticle. Read the full story here.

Savage Stealth BA with boxes of American Eagle and Federal Fusion ammunition

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Review: Bushnell Elite Tactical LRS 6-24x 50mm Riflescope

A good long-range rifle is a wonderful tool, but its capabilities are only as good as the scope that sits on top of it. The Bushnell Elite Tactical LRS is a looker, in matte black aluminum with rugged-looking turrets and dials. It’s 13.5 inches long, with a 30mm tube. On the objective end, there’s a two-inch sun shade, included in the overall length. Get the full details that make this a must-have riflescope.

Barska SWAT-AR 6-36x52mm Riflescope

How-To

Understanding Minute of Angle (MOA) — Mil-Dot and Mils

Several Shooter’s Log customers have asked for explanations of minute of angle and the measurement term “milliradian” (mil) and how to use a mil-dot scope to measure the distance to your target at the range and in the field. In the accompanying two videos, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Ryan Cleckner explains both concepts and how to put them to best use.

How-To

The Long-Range AR-15, Part 2

Part 1 of this series described the path the AR-15 took to become a viable longer-range rifle. In Part 2, Glen Zediker gets into the details of ammunition and gun accessories to make the 500+ yard AR a reality.

Heavy Barrel AR-15

How-To

Long-Range Shooting with the AR-15

Long-range shooting with an AR-15 means different things to different shooters. However, the basics of achieving long-range accuracy come down to two things—barrels and bullets. Here’s a history of how refinements in those crucial areas got started.