Let's say you've built your perfect rifle — chosen the best stock, barrel, and trigger for your prime shooting preferences. What's next? You'd be looking at rifle accessories to give you a new edge in precision, and maybe give yourself some additional options suited to hunting, competition, or whatever interests you in the shooting world. At OTM Tactical, we have the accessories you might be looking for to kit out your rifle, and we have the supplies you need to keep it going.
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Ammunition Storage & Shelf Life
It's obvious to most that the quality of your ammunition is just as important as the quality of your rifle. Whether you prefer to hand-load, or you'd rather make an investment in a top loaded ammo brand like Hornady, you want to do your best to keep your ammo in fighting form. Depending on the climate where you live, this can be trivial, or a significant challenge.
While it's true that modern ammunition has a much longer shelf life than older types, it's still possible for the environment to degrade your ammo. This mainly becomes a problem if you want to stockpile ammunition — and what precision shooter doesn't? If you're always on the lookout for new and better things, you might find yourself wanting to try different ammo with different rifles in search of the sweetest combination possible, which could mean a lot of ammo sitting around unused for a period of time. Not only do you need to keep it organized, you also need to keep it in good condition until you're ready to use it, even if that day isn't coming anytime soon.
Here are three proven tips for extending the shelf life of your ammo.
Your scope mount is vital to the accuracy of your shots, but many beginning target shooters underestimate the level of customization you can achieve —and the precision installation needed — to really get the most from your rifle scope. Maybe it's because it looks like such a simple set of parts, no more than a base and a couple of rings. But making the wrong decision here can mess up your shots no matter how great the rest of your rifle is.
Here are some things that can go wrong, and might help you to determine if you need to upgrade this crucial piece of shooting equipment.
High-Quality Rifle Magazines
Detachable box magazines are popular among the tactical firearms community for obvious reasons. Being able to fire more shots before reloading is always a good thing, and reloading itself is much faster when you only need to snap a fresh magazine into your rifle rather than opening it and inserting cartridges one by one. It's no wonder so many shooters convert their Remington 700 rifles to take detachable magazines by installing DBM bottom metal.
As premier suppliers of precision tactical shooting equipment, OTM Tactical offers a selection of high-quality rifle magazines with which to further customize your shooting experience. Here's some background information on the magazine brands we carry.
It's only a matter of time before the serious precision shooter looks into upgrading their rifle's action. Smoother operation and increased accuracy are both appealing for every shooting situation — tactical, hunting, competition, and more.
The difference between long and short action is pretty subjective except for the size of the rifle cartridge — obviously, long actions use longer ammunition, but there's some debate as to how this affects accuracy especially when combined with other factors. One thing to remember is that short-action rifles tend to be shorter overall, which can make them easier to handle if that's your preference.
OTM Tactical carries some of the best actions on the market, from prestigious manufacturers listed here.
Why Serious Precision Shooters Need a Ballistic Chronograph
The quest for perfect accuracy has been a part of firearms history since their invention. In the beginning, guns were clumsy, unreliable devices that usually had as much of a chance of blowing up in your hand than actually hitting your intended target. We're much more fortunate today— advances in technology and ballistics have provided us with firearms that people a few centuries ago couldn't picture in their wildest dreams.
Of course, the first gunsmiths knew what they wanted and over time figured out the science behind it, but the manufacturing techniques at the time were insufficient. Today, not only do we have advanced, reliable, and effective firearms, we also have the ability to upgrade, customize, and test our own rifles to an unprecedented level, all with the goal of ultimate precision shooting.
A ballistic chronograph is one such testing tool. You use it to determine muzzle velocity— the speed of a bullet when it's fired, which can help you nail down the best ammunition for your rifle's maximum effectiveness.
The Basics of Bullets and How to Choose the Best
Without ammunition, a firearm is nothing but a fancy club. But as gun enthusiasts are well aware, it's not just having ammunition that makes the difference, it's having the best ammunition for your needs as a shooter. Precision target shooting, hunting, competitions, whatever you're interested in— no matter what, the ammo you choose will make a difference in how well you and your rifle perform.
Reload! OTM Tactical's Fine Selection of Reloading Brass
OTM Tactical carries a wide selection of high-quality reloading brass for handloaders, the precision-minded folks who like to reload their own ammunition. Handloading is a good way to ensure you have the exact ammunition you need for whatever your firearm and situation demands. Plus, many handloaders find the process rewarding, both in money saved, and the satisfaction involved in doing it yourself.
Our reloading brass is available in several calibers, including 223, 6mm, 6.5mm, 308, and 7mm, various calibers matching Winchester, Remington, Creedmoor, and others. Among our selection, you'll find several highly-regarded manufacturers, including Norma, Hornady, and Lapua. We offer a wide variety so you can find the best-quality brass at a price that can fit into your budget.
Rifle Bottom Metal at OTM Tactical
Precision shooters are always on the lookout for ways to customize their rifle to their ideal setup, and for those using a Remington 700 footprint the bottom metal is something that can't be missed. Installing new bottom metal basically lets you choose how your rifle loads and unloads, and presents a significant upgrade if you're still using an ADL model.
Berger Bullets: Top Quality Ammunition
OTM Tactical is proud to carry Berger Bullets, the top choice for hunting and target shooting everywhere. But why? What makes Berger Bullets so great? The answer lies in the history of Berger Bullets and their standards as a manufacturer.
Lapua Brass: The Best for Discriminating Handloaders
Many rifle enthusiasts prefer to handload their own ammunition. Not only does it save money, it's also a process that can feel quite relaxing while at the same time making you feel a greater appreciation for shooting. Whatever your reason, OTM Tactical recommends handloading with Lapua Brass.
A Quick Guide to the Best Triggers
At OTM Tactical, we pride ourselves on stocking the absolute highest quality rifle parts and accessories, and among those we include triggers from four of the world's best manufacturers: Jewell, Timney, Bix’n Andy, and TriggerTech. But what makes these triggers the top of the line, and why are we so proud to carry them? Read on to find out.
Muzzle Brakes at OTM Tactical
Every shooter is familiar with recoil and muzzle rise and the effects they can have on your follow-up shots. Muzzle brakes are popular among tactical competitive shooters for their reduction of these factors, and are generally preferred over suppressors in these scenarios. Muzzle brakes are shorter and lighter, having less of an effect on the handling of the rifle, and are less expensive as well as not being subjected to the same taxes and regulations. At OTM Tactical we include some excellent muzzle brakes in our selection.
Who Makes the Best Stocks and Chassis Systems?
Few things make as big of a difference in the overall feel of your rifle as its stock or chassis. Not only is the shape of paramount importance, the materials used in the manufacturing process are a huge factor in your rifle stock's overall durability, function, and weight. Your rifle stock or chassis can make or break your performance in a tactical or competitive field.
Who Makes the Best Rifle Barrel?
As we discussed previously on our blog, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a new rifle barrel. One thing we didn't go over was the manufacturer. Every rifle barrel manufacturer has their strengths, so depending on the type of shooting you do, you may find that you prefer one manufacturer over another. However, you can be assured that every rifle barrel we carry is of the highest quality available. Here's a breakdown of the manufacturers we source our barrels from.
Choosing a Rifle Barrel
If you've decided to replace your rifle barrel, you're in the right place— OTM carries a large selection of precision rifle barrels. However, choosing one can be difficult if you don't know what you're looking for. You'll have to keep in mind that the traits of the barrel will affect how it performs and what kind of results you'll get shooting with it. Ultimately, the most important factor in choosing a rifle barrel is what feels best to you, but here are some details to consider that will help you decide.
How to Choose a Rifle Stock
Your stock is one of the most important choices you can make about your rifle because nothing makes as big of a difference when it comes to how the gun feels in your hands and how well it helps or hinders your performance. The wrong stock can make a rifle difficult or even impossible to shoot, but the right one can improve both accuracy and comfort. Here are some things to take into consideration when you're looking to upgrade your rifle stock.
BERGER BULLETS are chosen to be the bullet of choice by more top shooters across the nation than any other bullet made. The consistent accuracy, high ballistic coefficient, and ease of tuning keep these bullets in every shooters rifles.
As a Marine grunt, you don't always get the best gear, but rather hand-me-downs that have been beat to death by the Army already. So needless to say, my experience with M-16/AR-15 triggers has been somewhat frustrating. There's nothing that can ruin your experience with a rifle more than a long, sloppy trigger, but that all changed for me this past weekend. After work on Friday, with the help of Mark Rosset, I finally upgraded my standard mil-spec trigger with Timney's skeletonized, 3 pound single stage trigger. With it being a true, one-piece drop in trigger, the installation was smoother than I imagined, and the trigger was even smoother. For me, the days of slowly squeezing a mil-spec trigger with no real idea when firing will take place are long gone. I test ran it over the weekend in a local 2 gun match, engaging targets as close as 10 feet and out to a hair over 200 yards. I couldn't be happier, and neither could the guys that had a chance to run my gun. The break was very crisp and short, and I shot better consistently than I had in the past. I have already, and will continue to recommend the trigger to anyone looking to upgrade to a better one.