New IMR ENDURON Smokeless Powders

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Three New Powder Offerings from Hodgdon

Good news for reloaders, in this time of powder drought. IMR Legendary Powders has created a new line of sophisticated extruded powders that are loaded with more features than any other brand of powder available today. Better yet, these latest propellants do more than send your projectile down range! Enduron™ Technology features a built in copper fouling eliminator, insensitivity to temperature extremes, small sized grains for easy flow with an ideal loading density, and there are no ingredients considered harmful to the environment. Consult the 2015 Hodgdon Annual Manual for load data and more. Those looking to load for intermediate calibers are in luck as well, since 4166 has a similar burn speed to that of 4064 or Varget. This make’s it versatile enough to load .223 Remington.

From accurateshooter.com- IMR claims that Enduron powders are not sensitive to temperature changes. If this is true, these powders should prove popular, particularly IMR 4166 which seems to be in the Varget/Reloder 15 burn-rate range. With Varget so hard to find, if IMR 4166 proves accurate (and available) we might see many .308 Win shooters make the switch. IMR states that IMR 4166 is a “versatile, match grade propellant”. We’ve been quite pleased with IMR 8208 XBR as a Varget alternative. IMR 8208 XBR is accurate, clean-burning, and offers good velocity. Perhaps the new IMR 4166 will be as good or better…

As of right now, these powders are available right here, at Midsouth Shooters Supply, as well as many others. The supply isn’t steady, but more plentiful than in the past several months. Check often for availability, as our inventory is live, and they move fast. If you haven’t already, make sure to join us on Facebook for a heads-up on powder and 22 LR arrivals.

IMR Enduron 4166 Smokeless Powder – IMR 4166™ is the first in the series of Enduron™ propellants. It’s a perfect burn speed for cartridges like the .223 Rem, 308 Win/7.62mm NATO, 22-250 Remington, 257 Roberts and dozens more. IMR 4166™ is a positively versatile, match grade propellant.
IMR Enduron 4451 Smokeless Powder – IMR 4451™ Another new Enduron™ powder that gives top performance in the venerable 30-06, 270 Winchester and 300 Winchester Short Magnum, to name just a few. This propellant is ideally suited for many mid-range burn speed cartridges.
IMR Enduron 7977 Smokeless Powder – IMR 7977™ is the slowest burn rate Enduron™ Technology powder. It is a true magnum cartridge propellant with outstanding performance in such cartridges as the 300 Winchester Magnum, 7mm Remington Magnum, 338 Lapua and more.

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Norma Target and Match 22 LR Ammo

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Top Performance in 22 Long Rifle

 

Norma Brand of Target and Match 22 Long Rifle

Norma USA is known as a premium brand, both for their ammunition, as well as their components. More recently, they’ve been one of the few brands to consistently provide the market with 22LR ammunition. Many folks have been forced to participate in this brand transition, simply based on availability. What’s amazing is the consistency seen, even after many of the bulk 22LR have resurfaced, as demand has slackened. Norma USA has even went a step further, offering a match grade 22LR, in their MATCH-22.

We were able to reach out to a representative at Norma USA for a quick word on what makes their 22LR a cut above the rest, and what we can expect from the new MATCH-22 that recently hit the market. – “Only certain production lots of rimfire production live up to the exacting standards of Match ammunition. Each production lot is rigorously checked for performance.- Accuracy is a key component of testing and when a certain lot exceeds the accuracy standards in place for Tac-it is then tested for “match accuracy” and if all the test ammunition for this particular lot exceeds Tac and meets Match standards-then that lot is packaged as Match Ammo. Our loading facility, selection of components and rigorous testing to exact specifics are just the norm for Norma Precision Products- Norma customers expect this- they know we cost more for a reason and settle for nothing less! Neither does Norma!”

This NEW! introduction of NORMA-USA’s MATCH- 22 Ammunition is designed and engineered specifically for competitive shooting and target practice where every point counts. Assembled with the finest components and primer/powder combinations, you’ll be sure to obtain outstanding accuracy on the range. It also feeds reliably in all 22 rifle actions, including semi-automatics.

Just to get an idea of how things are done in the Norma Factory, please watch the video below. They’re not making 22LR, but you get a true sense of what precision and quality means to Norma.

Below is a review video made by a friend of Midsouth, 22plinkster. He’s a 22LR specialist, and renowned trick shooter. He put the norma TAC-22 to the test in 5 shot groups, using an AR-15 platform 22 LR, and a CZ bolt action 22LR. The results are pretty telling. At the time of his video production, the MATCH-22 ammo wasn’t available. He does go on to clarify why the MATCH would outperform even the TAC-22. He quotes the price at $6.50, which is a suggested retail price, but make sure to click below to check price and availability. Based on performance, the value is definitely there. Watch the video, and see for yourself.

2015 Master Catalog

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More Than Just a List of Products

With over 45 years of different iterations, advancements in technology, and increased quality, we give you our 45th Master Catalog. Our catalogs contain a full listing of each product we carry. Although it can’t contain every product offered, since some items are picked up throughout the year, it’s the absolute best reference, outside of our website, as to what Midsouth is all about. We create our catalog right here in Clarksville, TN. It’s put together by our VP of Marketing, Michael Ryan, who painstakingly pieces this Catalog together. This catalog truly is a labor of love.

A Note From Michael Ryan

“Another catalog is done and at the printer and we’ve decided to give you a little inside info about the 2015 Midsouth Master Catalog while we wait for them to get here.

First off – We apologize for the wait – It usually takes until Late March / Early April for two big reasons: 1) We wait until the majority of the new items are released for the year at The Shot Show. This makes for more accurate pricing, removal of discontinued items, and ensures that you get first glances at the newest products that are out there. It’s always hard trying to decide what will and won’t make the cut-off, and what won’t make it into the catalog. 2) It takes about 1 month from the time that the finished pages leave here for the printer to the time it arrives in your Midsouth Order or your mailbox.

This year’s catalog is pretty special to me, and as the case with every year – this is best one we’ve made. This is the 20th catalog that I’ve worked on. For some reason they never get easier, but they always seem to get more gratifying when they’re done. One of my favorite things is when the new boxes arrive. It’s a great feeling when you cut open that first box and pass them out to all the people who work here. It’s an even better feeling when people start phoning in orders from them. We actually hold a contest with our operators and give a small prize to the first operator to take an order from the new catalog. I think Erin is going to win this year.

Catalog Cover On our cover – Hornady American Series Die Sets, this is probably one of the biggest items to come out this year and no doubt will end up on a lot of benches over the next few years. I’m planning on buying a set for myself this week – can’t wait to try them. The back cover, some do-it yourself “Free Range Meat” from the new Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo. Not to mention Old Glory in the background, I love the cover.

There are changes all-throughout the catalog, (believe me, lots of changes) but the key changes I can shed some light on. The biggest improvement is in our AR-15 section. We’ve expanded it from 8 pages to 14 pages, and honestly, it could have still filled up 6 more pages. Within the AR-15 section, we’ve added an AR-10 parts and accessories page(We need more). Look for more AR parts and Accessories online as well. Next, we revamped a lot of our optics, and added Vortex. Look for big changes in Burris scopes and red dot sights, as well as Nikon scopes. More pages have been added to the reloading section, but really take the time to look (page 79) at Inline Fabrication. They make improvement parts for presses and reloading benches. Very useful items, well built, American Made and Dan’s just a good guy who started out in his own backyard (like so many other great American companies). We’ve started a small concealed carry section in here, but look for big additions in the next few months to this category online. The catalog just has a small sample of what is to come. One last major addition, and I’m pretty excited about this, is Geissele Triggers. If you went to the Shot Show this year you’ll know what I mean when I say, “They were busy”. That booth was constantly packed, and for good reason. There are lots of good triggers for AR’s out there, but I was sold the first time I squeezed my arm through 12 people in front of me and tried one up against the standard mil-spec trigger. Glad we picked these up.

One Final Note: There is another reason that makes this catalog special – the fact that it’s actually printing. A lot of companies have ditched print, with every other voice out there echoing, “Print is dead” or “E-commerce is the direction,” and this voice is correct. I’m not in denial. But it seems that so many places have turned their collective backs on paper, in an effort to “Cut Costs” and “Save Money”, and the truth of it is – I haven’t seen any of them pass those savings on to you. We’ve studied the possibility of not printing a catalog and the information that we got back from you, our customers, corrected that thinking. The response was overwhelming. So, as long as customers continue to use the catalog, pass them on to friends, and order from them, we’ll keep making them.

Well, those could be some famous last words. Technology is moving so fast and 12 months from now I could be out of a job. But, I have this feeling deep down inside, that these catalogs have a special place on a lot of reloaders benches, out in workshops, factory break rooms, barbershops, and as we’ve heard from many customers, bathrooms across the world.”

– Michael Ryan, Catalog Guy

The Catalog Chair and Home Office P.S. I’ve included a pict of “The Catalog Chair” that only gets used from November to February – and a 2am view from “The Home Office”.
P.S.S. Mr. Marshall – You’re going to be disappointed this year. The Shamrock is too easy to find. Click the image of the catalog above for a larger picture of it.

Midsouth’s Paper Past

1977 Catalog – This is one of our earliest versions of the catalog, dating back to 1977. Even though we were founded in 1969 in Newmarket, TN, the first few “catalogs” were just stapled together pages of order numbers with brief descriptions. It’s survived several moves, and it’s really the first time it took on the tone of a true look and feel of a catalog, with a front and back cover.
1979 Catalog – Things advanced a little from 1977 to 1979, when we started actually binding the catalog together.
The Original Cut and Paste – The Original Cut and Paste. We’re not entirely sure what year this is from, but the small cartoon of the woman on the guy’s lap comes from a much earlier time in Americana.
Stands the Test of Time – Here’s a look inside at some of our earliest offerings. Recognize some of your favorite brands? What’s amazing is that many of these item numbers are still the same, 40 years later. They’re still popular, widely used, and just as reliable today as yesterday.
The 2015 Master Catalog – Here’s the Catalog of today. Impressive graphics, concise descriptions, helpful tips, and more products than ever before, but the same amount of time and painstaking detail has gone into this catalog like its predecessors.

Available Online Now

Now, our online version is ready today, but our dead-tree version will be done in a couple weeks. We’re extremely proud of our catalog. It speaks to the root of our company. It’s a difference that we take quite personally. Ready to get started sifting through the pages of our 2015 offering? Click Here for the full PDF version. It’s a big file, so only do this if you have a fast connection. We have our 2015 Master Catalog broken down into separate pieces, so your computer won’t be overly burdened under the weight of it’s 240 page glory. Click Here to visit the page with our catalog sections available for download.

The Interactive Online Catalog

Our 2015 Interactive Master Catalog will be uploaded soon. With this version, you will be able to click the part number of the item you’re after, and you will be whisked away to it’s item page, where you can continue on to your cart, and on with your life. You’ll also be able to search for items, part numbers, etc. within the interactive catalog, thereby making your life even easier!

The INTERACTIVE 2015 Master Catalog

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Aren’t All Catalogs Interactive?

The shortest answer is, yes. To what degree are they interactive is the real meat-and-potatoes of the question. Not all catalogs are created equal. Traditionally made of paper, these volumes are a huge asset of any reloader, gracing both reloading benches, and bathrooms alike. Some are a digital vault with every item just a click away. What sets our Interactive Master Catalog apart is that you get the look of the paper catalog, with the ease of the online catalog, and a more robust search function. Every item listed in our catalog is there, ready for you to click on it’s part number so you can have it shipped to your door.

The 2015 Interactive Midsouth Master Catalog Combines Digital Ease of Use with Traditional Catalog Look

Let’s take a closer look at some of the features offered in the interactive catalog. You’ll find that the tools available to you will help you locate our products quickly and efficiently. Click the images to increase their size. If you’d like to go straight to the 2015 Interactive Master Catalog, Click Here.

The Navigation Bar – The Navigation Tool Bar is your gateway to the interactive catalog. You’ll find the search function to be very responsive to your inquiries, as well as pleased by the results it pulls for you. Zoom in and out, turn pages, email a page to a friend, and so on, are all available in the tool bar.
Zoom Tool – Zooming out allows you to have two pages visible at once on the screen. This mirrors the look of having the catalog open on your bench, making for faster page turning. Zooming in, however allows you the ability to use another key feature of the interactive catalog.

Clickable Item Numbers

– So you’ve zoomed in as far as you can. Now what? Well, clicking on the item number of the product of your choice will take you to that items page within out site, allowing you to further explore the item, review it, or simply purchase it.

Hornady Full Boar Ammo

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Hogs Hate It, We Love It!

Hornady Full Boar Ammunition

Time to bag some bacon with Hornady’s latest offering, the new line of center-fire rifle ammo called Full Boar Ammunition. This pork specific ammo has been tailor made to drop pigs throughout a wide range of calibers. Each round is loaded with the GMX bullet. If you haven’t used one of these bullets yet, you’re in for a whole new experience in coreless, ballistic joy. About the bullet being coreless, it’s a monolithic style bullet made of a unique homogeneous copper allow with no lead core. This is great news for our folks who live in eco-friendly regions, and need to avoid the lead. To aid in the expansion process, the plastic tip does some double duty. It keeps the drag down, and upon impact, pushes into the cavity, initiates the expansion, thereby mushrooming the bullet. Also, since there is no true core of the bullet, there’s no separation of components, so it just obliterates bone and soft tissue, without sacrificing velocity. With a high BAL CO for their respective weights, and a very uniform pressure curve, expect these rounds to give an optimal performance time, and again.

From Hornady.com- “Whether down in the swamps, or running the hills – the toughest game demands the toughest ammunition – Full Boar® Full Boar® ammunition from Hornady® features hard hitting GMX® bullets for deep penetration and maximum weight retention. These monolithic copper-alloy bullets deliver 95+% weight retention and uniform, controlled expansion for unmatched terminal performance on the toughest game. Loaded with premium components, Full Boar™ ammunition is available in a variety of popular calibers and is designed to work flawlessly in all guns, to include ARs and other semi-autos. The GMX® is California compatible and approved for other areas that require the use of non-traditional bullets. Hornady® Full Boar® ammunition – proudly made in the USA!”

Having hunted hogs in southern Alabama, it’s crucial to ensure your kill. It’s become such a problem across the southern states, that leaving your shot to chance just won’t cut it. Many folk’s livelihood depends on the land, and hogs are doing their dead-level best to tear it up. We hope that, with new ammo available that’s specific to the purpose of dropping hogs, more people will get excited about killing these pests, and enjoying the quality and accuracy of a superior product. Having used several other brands of ammo, in varying calibers, we were excited to get out hands on this new offering from Hornady. We expect quality from them, and they always deliver. Below is the full list of Full Boar we carry at Midsouth:

.223 Full Boar Ammo
  • .223 Remington
  • 50 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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.243 Full Boar Ammo
  • .243 Winchester
  • 80 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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6.8mm Full Boar Ammo
  • 6.8mm SPC
  • 100 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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270 Win. Full Boar Ammo
  • 270 Winchester
  • 130 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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7mm Remington Full Boar Ammo
  • 7mm Remington
  • 139 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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308 Winchester Full Boar Ammo
  • 308 Winchester
  • 165 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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30-06 Springfield Full Boar Ammo
  • 30-06 Springfield
  • 165 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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300 Win Mag Full Boar Ammo
  • 300 Winchester Magnum
  • 165 Grain GMX Bullet
  • 20 Rounds
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Great Performance Means More Bagged Bacon

Turkey Shot and Choke Tube Experiment

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We Put Shotshells and Choke Tubes to the Test

It’s Turkey Season again here in Middle TN, and we have the distinct pleasure of having an expert on hand. He’s the newest member of our team, Jacob. He took our choke tubes, Ammo Selection, and a few targets out, and put them through the ringer. Combining his knowledge of turkey hunting, with his experience in the field, he put together some great results on what the right kind of gear, in the right combination, can do for your turkey hunt. Want to drop more birds? Here’s Jacob with his findings:

A Turkey Season Experiment with Jacob

Hello Midsouth Readers,

With so much going on, I as many people, don’t get to hunt as much as I want to. So when I do get the chance to go after turkey this spring, I definitely want to capitalize on that opportunity. The last thing I want to do is miss my target or worse wound the animal. Knowing capabilities and limits of your equipment is paramount in filling your turkey tag. This was the driving force behind why I decided to do a pattern test for my newly dedicated turkey gun. So I set out to test a few choke tubes to see how each performed at various ranges.

Using the Hevi-Shot Magnum Blend shell in the past, I knew its ability to knock a bird down at extended ranges. Selling for around 5 to 6 dollars per shell, the price alone puts this ammunition into the premium category. The price is not the only factor making this a premium ammo. It produces dense patterns of a unique material called Hevi-Shot. It’s heavier than lead, so when smaller pellets of Hevi-Shot make contact with the target they can produce an energy transfer equal to that of a larger lead pellet. These Magnum Blend shells are loaded with an equal mix of #5, #6 and #7 shot all in one shell. Having a variety of shot sizes in one shell increases pellet count, ounce for ounce, over a standard shell loaded with the same size shot. More pellets in the shell means more pellets down range. We tested the 12 gauge 3” shells, along with the 3.5” shells, to see the how much variation there was between each pattern. The 3” shell is loaded with 2oz of shot and shoots at 1200 FPS. The 3.5” shell also shoots at 1200 FPS but has a 2-1/4oz payload. I tested both shell lengths at 40, 50, and 60 yards with the 4 chokes listed below. Click Here for a Rebate on Hevi-Shot Magnum Blend Shotshells.

      Choke Tubes Tested:

 

  • Rhino Ported Turkey Choke .660 Constriction
  • Indian Creek Black Diamond Strike Turkey Choke .665                    Click Here for Pricing.
  • Hevi-13 Turkey Extended Range .656                                              Click Here for Pricing.
  • Carlson Ported Super Full Turkey Choke .665                                 Click Here for Pricing.

We also wanted to test a shell that was at a more economical price point. For this option I chose to test the Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey Shell. Selling for less than 1.30 a round, I wanted to see the how well this “budget” shell performed out of my gun. The Hornady shell has an unconventional wad design they call a Versa-Tite Wad (Click Here for Picture) . The use of specialized turkey choke tubes are not needed with this system to produce great patterns. Hornady actually recommends the use of a modified or improved cylinder choke while shooting these loads. So I really wanted to see how well these turkey load performed with my factory modified choke. These 12ga loads are 3” in length, with 1.5oz payload shooting out at 1300 fps. Hornady manufactures these shells with #4, #5, or #6 nickel plated lead shot giving you the option of what shot size you want.

The gun I used for testing is a 12ga Benelli Nova with a 26” barrel. Those that are familiar with the front bead on a Nova know that the large red bead is great in low light conditions. The down side to such a large front bead is that it covers a larger portion of the target when you try to shoot long ranges (50 yards plus). That is one of the reasons why I wanted to outfit this dedicated turkey gun with a red dot sight. I chose to outfit the Nova with the Burris FastFire 3 with a 3 MOA dot. The Fastfire 3 is simple to operate and install, with one button to turn it on and control the brightness settings. Hit the button once to turn it on to the automatic brightness setting. Push the button again to cycle between the manual settings of high, medium, and low. Press the button one more time to completely turn the unit off. Although the Burris Fastfire 3 is covered by the Burris Forever Warranty, I chose to outfit it with the protector mount for added durability. I wanted a red dot that would be reliable because equipment failure is the last thing I want when I have a gobbler strutting at 40 yards. The Burris FastFire 3 with protector mount fit the bill for me.

Zeroing the red dot:

To innately zero the FastFire 3 I shot light field loads at 10 steps on a fresh sheet of paper. I chose field loads for two reasons. 1.) They are a lot less abusive to your shoulder than a turkey shell. 2.) They are a lot less expensive. At that distance, there was just a big hole in the target where the shot and wad went through, which is what I wanted to see. The choke that was in the gun while shooting at this distance was the Rhino. After a few shots and some windage and elevation adjustments to the Fastfire 3, the dot was right on the hole in the target. Just like different rifle ammo has varied results out of the same rifle, the same holds true for shotshells. So next I shot the 3.5” Magnum Blends at 50 yards to see where the pattern was hitting the target. After shooting one shell each through the four chokes, it appeared that the pattern was just on the top half of all the targets. After making elevation adjustments, I was satisfied.

Here is how the shot sequence went:

(Click Each Choke Tube Name for Target Image)
Target 12 – Magnum Blend 3” at 50 yards – Rhino, Indian Creek, Hevi-13, Carlson -Targets 12-15
Target 16 – Magnum Blend 3.5” at 50 yards- Rhino, Indian Creek, Hevi-13, Carlson -Targets 16-19
Target 20 – Magnum Blend 3.5” at 40 yards- Rhino, Indian Creek, Hevi-13, Carlson – Targets 20-23
Target 24 – Magnum Blend 3” at 40yards- Rhino, Indian Creek, Hevi-13, Carlson – Targets 24-27
Target 28 – Magnum Blend 3.5” at 60 yards- Rhino, Indian Creek, Hevi-13, Carlson – Targets 28-31
Target 32 – Magnum Blend 3” at 60 yards- Rhino, Indian Creek, Hevi-13, Carlson – Targets 32-35
Target 36 – Magnum Blend 3” at 25 yards- Rhino, Indian Creek, Indian Creek, – Targets 36-38

Hevi-Shot:

I tested the Rhino, Indian creek, Hevi-13, and the Carlson in that order at all previously specified distances. Each shell, choke, and distance combination was shot on a clean target. The targets that were used for testing the Hevi-Shot shells were a 16” bullseye. For each shot I held the 3MOA dot right in the center of the bullseye. The wind that day was blowing from left to right at about 10-15 mph. There were some shell/choke combinations that patterned well, but you could tell that the pattern was pushed to the right. I am sure it was a combination of shooter error, wind, and not having the gun sighted in for each set up that resulted in some patterns being pushed right (trust me, my shoulder was feeling each shell that was sent down range.) I am sure that it had an effect on my accuracy throughout the testing. All tubes provided good patterns but I did find each shot to be a little different. The Fastfire 3 red dot seemed to be sighted in better with Rhino. As a result those patterns landed more center on the paper. That doesn’t mean that the other tubes produced bad results just that their pattern is off to the right. So when you look at all the targets below keep that factor in mind. A few adjustments of the red dot can have that shell/choke tube combination hitting dead center. Not wanting to change the setup for each choke tube I continued the test. During the shooing I did not analyze how each pattern was hitting the targets. After I was done with the test I took the targets home to count holes in the paper. One thing that I noticed while evaluating the targets is that pattern was shifting down at 60 yards depending on the shell/choke combination. This tells me that all shots 50 yards and closer, I would put the dot on the wattles of the turkey. At 60 yards I think it would be better to shift my point of aim up to the bird’s head.

After shooting at 60 yards, I wanted to see how the pattern hit at 25 yards. Targets 36, 37 and 38 were all shot at 25 yards. First shot at 25 yards was with the Rhino and then with the Indian Creek. The pattern on target 37 was good but you can tell I pulled the shot to the right. Target 38 proved that to be true, as the pattern was in the center of the paper and there was no change in the setup. I ended up running out of the 16” bullseyes targets and then switched to the turkey target with a 10” circle for target 36 and 37. Click Here for a small chart on hits within the desired area for the Hevi-Shot Magnum Shotshells.

After shooting the Rhino at 25 yards I was ready to test the Indian Creek. I began to unscrew the Rhino tube and noticed it was extremely hard to unscrew. I just thought that the threads had gotten dirty and it was causing some resistance. Once the threads were exposed on the tube, I expected the resistance to be gone. It wasn’t. I continued to work the tube free and noticed that tube had swollen. There were scratch marks on the choke tube where it made contact with the internal threads on the barrel. I called Rhino to ask them about the issue. The man I spoke to on the phone basically told me that the choke was ruined and there was nothing they would do about it. He told me that Hevi-shot, from time to time, would have a batch of “hardened shot,” and that was the reason the tube was damaged. I asked him if there was anywhere on the package or website stating that it may be harmful with the use of Hevi-Shot. He said no. The package does state that it’s not rated for steel shot but it says nothing about Hevi-Shot. His explanation did not satisfy me, as all other chokes tested did not have any indication of deformation, just the Rhino. The company basically told me I was SOL. I don’t think I will be buying another Rhino choke to replace the damaged one. He did offer to inspect the barrel for me if I shipped it to him. He stated that if the tube was bulged then it was a possibility that the barrel was bulged as well. Instead of paying the shipping to send my barrel to Florida to be inspected, I took it to a local gunsmith. The gunsmith measured the internal diameter of the barrel in several places and assured me the barrel was safe for use. Click Here to see the choke tube for yourself.

Hornady:

Testing the Hornady shells I wanted to see how the pattern of different shot sizes varied at 30, 40, and 50 yards. Because these shells are loaded with the Hornady Versa-Tite Wad system I put the extended turkey chokes away. The targets I used to test the Hornady shells had a turkey printed on them with a 10” and a 3” bullseye on the turkeys head. I tested all three shot sizes with a modified choke at 30, 40, and 50. With a standard shell you would use a full choke to achieve a dense pattern at longer ranges. So I tested all three shot sizes at 50 yards with a factory full choke because I wanted to see the results and I had three targets left.

Here is how the shot sequence went:

(Click Each Shot Number for Target Image)
Target 40 – Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey – Modified Choke 30 Yards – #4, #5, #6, -Targets 40-42
Target 43 – Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey – Modified Choke 40 Yards – #4, #5, #6, -Targets 43-45
Target 46 – Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey – Modified Choke 50 Yards – #4, #5, #6, -Targets 46-48
Target 49 – Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey – Full Choke 50 Yards – #4, #5, #6, -Targets 49-51

First round of shots were at a distance of 30 yards. As you can see by the pictures all three shot sizes did extremely well at 30 yards (targets 40-42). As expected, the #6 put the most shots in the 10” circle with 68 hits (target 42). At 40 yards, again all three shot sizes produced good patterns that would result in a filled tag. The #6 had the most hits in the 10” circle with 24. Surprisingly the #4 were close behind with 22 hits in the circle. With the modified choke, all three shot sizes put pellets on the turkey at 50 yards but you can tell the pattern has some gaps in it. The 50 yard shots with the full choke had interesting results. It seemed to improve the results of the #6 shot but made the #4 pattern worse.

After looking at how the Hornady Heavy Magnum shells performed, I came to the conclusion that if I plan on only shooting 40 yards and closer, the #6 is a great choice. For myself I plan on using the #4 shot size. The #4 produced great turkey killing patterns out to 40 yards. If I am going to have less pellets on target at 50 yards, I want the pellet to be as large as possible. The larger the pellet, the more knock down power it has. Larger shot sizes also mean less pellets per shell. When I was younger I just went middle of the road and assumed #5 shot size what I wanted to shoot while turkey hunting. Before testing I assumed the #5 were going to be what would shoot best out of my new turkey gun. But that did not seem to be the case. Knowing how your gun patterns with the ammo you use allows you to make educated decisions. Without testing, all you can do is make assumptions. That’s why it is important to test the equipment you use. Knowing the limits and capabilities of your equipment, will allow you to have confidence when the time comes to take the shot. Click Here for a quick tally of shot totals for the Hornady Heavy Magnum Shot with Modified Choke.

The Hornady shell and the Hevi-Shot shell are two different breads. Yes they are both turkey shells but they serve different functions. If you never take a shot beyond 40 yards and are looking for a more price conscious option, the Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey load is the shell for you. Let’s face it, if the cards fall just right you might have to shoot the turkey in self-defense at 5 yards. I have seen it happen. Everyone that has hunted before has also experienced the opposite situation. A tom strutting 60 yards away with hens all around him and won’t take one step closer. No matter if you are an excellent caller and have the best decoys money can buy. When a mature long beard is with the real thing it is hard to talk him out of it. That’s when the Hevi-Shot magnum blend comes into play. With its ability to hold patterns at extended ranges, it is making gobblers feel not-so-safe anymore at 60 yards. No matter what gun, shell, and choke combination you have, knowing the capabilities of your gear is the first step on taking an ethical shot. Don’t just take my word for it, go test your own equipment and find out for yourself what your setup can do.

Thanks Midsouth Readers!
– Jacob

P.S. Although I enjoyed doing this test. Next time I think I need to test something with a lot less recoil. I’m thinking something to do with 22lr! Stay Tuned!

Win Big with Reviews at Midsouth!

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What’s Better Than Winning Awesome Prizes?

Helping out your fellow shooters. Midsouth Shooters Supply is excited to offer a huge giveaway, sponsored exclusively by Montana X-Treme Gun Cleaning Supplies.

Midsouth needs your help, but more importantly, so do other shooters like you. That’s why Midsouth is now offering product reviews on our entire inventory. These reviews allow you, our customers, the ability to let us know what works, what doesn’t, and let other reloaders, shooters and hunters know what to expect when making their purchase.

What does all this have to do with a GIVEAWAY?

Easy, if you do a review, you’re entered to win. If you’ve already done a review, you’re entered too!

How It Works:

1. Every Day, for the next 30 days, 1 Person (Reviewer) Will Be Our Chosen Winner, Drawn at Random from All Approved Reviews for That Day.

a. Anyone who’s done less than 10 reviews at the time of the drawing qualifies for a $20 Midsouth Shooters Supply Gift Card.

b. Anyone who’s done 10 or more reviews (Silver-Gold Badges) qualifies for a $40 Midsouth Gift Card at the time of the drawing.

2. As You Complete Reviews, You Earn Badges.

a. 0-4 Approved Reviews means no badges awarded

b. 5-9 Approved Reviews means you’ve reach Bronze Badge Status

c. 10-24 Approved Reviews means you’ve reached Silver Badge Status

d. 25+ Approved Reviews means you’re a Gold Badge wearing reviewing machine, and you’re word is your bond!

3. At the End of 30 Days, Midsouth and Montana X-Treme are Giving 10 Lucky Winners A Prize Pack. You, and 9 other folks will get to pick between the 22 caliber, or the 30 caliber Montana X-Treme Deluxe Cleaning Kit, plus hats, stickers, and other cool stuff.

4. Each Month thereafter, We’re Going Back and Choosing 1 Super Helpful Review, and that Reviewer gets a $40 Midsouth Gift Card, Plus an All-Star Reviewer Badge.

5. At Years End, One Lucky Gold Badge Reviewer Gets The Mother of All Grand Prizes (To Be Announced)

So, the more quality (approved) reviews you submit, the better your chances of winning one of these prizes will be. You must do the email verification process requested of you at the time of the review, in order to be entered to win. If we don’t know who you are, we can’t contact you. If you don’t, your review is classified as anonymous. Anonymous reviews are great, they just can’t be selected to get the goods.

Oh, Here’s Some Terms and Conditions. Read Them!

What’s an “Approved” Review?:

Just give an actual account of your experiences with the product. Doesn’t matter if you bought it from us, go ahead and let us know what you think of that product, what happened when you used it, it’s value to you, and whether or not you’d recommend using it.

Please do not mention our competitors in the review. They have their own reviews, we just want other shooters/reloaders like you to know what they’re in for before they take the plunge and buy whatever item it is they’re after.

Don’t curse. There’s ladies helping to moderate these reviews. If it’d make grandma blush, use another term, If grandma wouldn’t blush, then what about her grandma? Using this line of thinking will keep your review from being deleted.

In order to get your name thrown into the hat, you have to verify your email after the process. You have to review separate items in order to get another entry. 5 reviews by the same reviewer, on the same item, will get you tossed out.

Here’s another example of how your review could get pulled…

Remember, it’s all good and fine to try and get a prize, but the heart of the matter remains the same. We’re trying to help shooters by showing them what they can expect when buying a product, and how Midsouth can continue to carry the products our customers want, and trust.

Now What?:

You know what to do, and what not to do, so how do we let you know you’ve won? BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!!! We will continue to add to this blog post with winners, prizes, words from our sponsor, and updates on the giveaway as we go. It takes some time for these reviews to pass Moderation (Level 1 and 2 approvals), so we will announce the first set of winners on May 11th and 12th, 2015.

Well, Click Here to get started, and GOOD LUCK from all of us at Midsouth Shooters Supply and Montana X-Treme!

Update:

We have our first weeks winners listed below. Since we began this giveaway, our product reviews have increased, but we still need more. The more you review, the more you’re helping your fellow shooters make an informed choice.

Week 1:

Rick R.: $40 Gift Card and Gold Badge Level Achieved

Kevin W.: $40 Gift Card and Silver Badge Level Achieved

Dwight B.: $20 Gift Card

Matt K.: $20 Gift Card

Michael S.: $20 Gift Card

John D.: $20 Gift Card

Kevin C.: $20 Gift Card and Bronze Badge Level Achieved

Week 2:

Steven Z.: $40 Gift Card

Dennis N.: $40 Gift Card

Jose A.: $20 Gift Card

Ryan O.: $40 Gift Card

Kyle W.: $40 Gift Card

Larry K.: $40 Gift Card

Robert M.: $20 Gift Card

Week 3:
James S.: $40 Gift Card
Chris S.: $20 Gift Card
Stephen Z.: $20 Gift Card
Robert P.: $20 Gift Card
Mike S.: $40 Gift Card
Chris P.: $40 Gift Card
Bruce L.: $20 Gift Card

Week 4:
Dan S.: $40 Gift Card
Joevette: $40 Gift Card
Johnny S.: $20 Gift Card
Bill M.: $20 Gift Card
Clay M.: $20 Gift Card
Dan D.: $20 Gift Card
Joey L.: $20 Gift Card

Week 5:
David M.: $40 Gift Card
Donald G. $20 Gift Card
Charles B.: $20 Gift Card
Rene M.: $20 Gift Card
Lawrence D.: $20 Gift Card

Grand Prize Kit Winners!
Ryan w.
Bob P.
Dan S.
Ryan O.
Steven J.
Dennis N.
Mayor T.
Randall B.
Rick R.
Thomas T.

From now through December, we’ll choose our All-Star Reviewer. These reviews will be chosen based on how clearly they reviewed a product, how thoroughly they tested it, and how well they convey their experience to other shooters. These reviews can be positive or negative, as long as they are a well related review.

June All-Star Reviewer:
Larry K.: $40 Gift Card and All-Star Reviewer Badge
July All-Star Reviewer:
Chris K.: $40 Gift Card and All-Star Reviewer Badge
August All-Star Reviewer:
Jason R.: $40 Gift Card and All-Star Reviewer Badge

September All-Star Reviewer:
Gary B.: $40 Gift Card and All-Star Reviewer Badge

October All-Star Reviewer:     Gary G. : $40 Gift Card and all Star Reviewer Badge

 

Team Never Quit Ammo

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A New Offering in Defense Training and Everyday Carry:

When most people think of “frangible” bullets, they think of plinking on steel targets to minimize the potential for ricochet. The thought of loading you EDC (Every Day Carry) weapon with a frangible bullet would seem senseless, as well as useless for protection. Well, there’s proof to the contrary with the new Team Never Quit line of frangible pistol ammo.

So what sets TNQ Ammo apart? It’s all about Sintering.

From Ammoland:
The Sinterfire bullet is made up of copper and tin powder, compressed in a “sintering” or heating process to form and bond the bullets together. The result is a bullet which is very hard, and looks to the untrained eye much like a traditional full metal jacket, or total metal jacket bullet.  When looking closely, you can almost see the compositional difference by a slight color variant and dull appearance to the bullet itself as it is not jacketed with shined copper or plating.  The intent of the standard closed nose bullets it to be “frangible” or break up when striking a substance or target harder than itself. Traditionally, this would be AR500 level steel plates for maximum frangibility.  Consider taking a sugar cube in a sling shot, and shooting it against the tile on your kitchen floor.  It would break down into the smaller sugar fragments that make up the cube as the cube has struck something much harder than itself.  This exact picture can be duplicated for a Sinterfire projectile striking an AR500 steel plate

Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2015/04/team-never-quit-frangible-hollow-point-training-ammo/#ixzz3aguT8w57

But You Said Something About EDC!

We did. Look at the gel below:

That’s super soft, non-calibrated ballistic gel called Perma-Gel (more about the conditions below), shot at both ends by Lutrell’s TNQ 9mm pistol round. Yes, we name dropped that Marcus Lutrell. It all boils down to the “Train like you fight” Seal mantra that Lutrell lives by daily that inspired him and his tight group of buds to come up with this effective training and defense round.

As seen in the gel block above, one can see the basics of what the bullet does upon striking a soft target. The above was shot within a few feet of the front of the gel on a warm day, with the only goal being to show the reaction of the bullet on a soft target. As can be seen, the bullet begins an immediate and high action fragmentation down to the depth of the hollow point doing significant permanent damage upon entry. The base of the bullet, continues to penetrate. In this particular situation the bullet base exited the back of the gel block . In calibrated ballistic gelatin tests, the bullets in bare gelatin penetrate the furthest, and usually end up near the end of a 16″ block.

Also from the Ammoland Article:
“While this bullet performs exactly the same as the training projectile on hardened steel targets, the big differences come against other mediums and soft targets.  The Frangible HP round, has been tested for overall performance against the FBI test protocol testing, the baseline for Law Enforcement and Operational Hollow Points, and passes each medium with flying colors, save one.  The bullet performs successfully against calibrated bare gel, light clothing, heavy clothing, wall board (sheetrock), and light sheet metal before entering a soft target.  It doesn’t perform well against auto-glass being the final and most difficult medium.  Due to the hardness of auto glass, the bullet performs as it is supposed to which is to break up on hard surfaces. In comparison, many duty hollow points which have been fielded in the past for Law Enforcement also have immense difficulty with the same auto glass test, due to the hardness and composition of the glass. Jacketed hollow points often separate, or break apart on the surface without doing any fatal damage.  Bonded bullets are still the way to go against auto glass if that is a concern. In our civilian self defense use scenarios, auto glass is of little concern.  To pass a FBI protocol test, the bullet must ideally penetrate the medium, and continue to provide 12-18″ penetration…When faced with a self defense or operational situation, very rarely is someone shot who is naked, making testing against light and heavy clothing important.  The wall board test is to simulate shooting in a home, and the light metal is to simulate a vehicle shooting.  In all cases, the bullet will begin to break up upon striking the medium and still provide a penetration depth associated with giving the best chance at stopping a threat.”

Aside from the obvious benefits of using the ammo you train with, you get the added benefit of helping out the Lone Survivor Foundation with every purchase of TNQ Ammo. From 04/01/15 through 12/31/15, $0.05 of every box of Team Never Quit ammo is being donated to Lone Survivor Foundation (up to $10,000.) When you purchase Team Never Quit ammo, you are helping wounded veterans and their families. The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
Did we mention the brass is completely reloadable?!?! You can even purchase new TNQ brass from us by clicking here!
Better Value than MAGTECH Brass per piece. All TNQ brass comes in bags of 100 New, Unprimed Pieces:

  • 9mm Brass,               18¢ per piece
  • 380 Brass,                 18¢ per piece
  • 10mm Brass,             21¢ per piece
  • 40 S&W Brass,          20¢ per piece
  • 45 ACP Brass,           22¢ per piece
  • 300 AAC Blackout,    28¢ per piece

Please visit Midsouth Shooters Supply by Clicking Here to start Training Like You Fight today with Team Never Quit!

Free Shipping at Midsouth!

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There’s much more to Midsouth offering Free Shipping than just shipping your one item for free. You get a built-in discount for any other item(s) you order along with it. How does that work? Check out the info-graphic below for a better idea.

Midsouth Free Shipping Info-Graphic

We charge shipping by weight, distance, and for the packing. All of our packing is done by hand, by a person, so that has to be factored into each package shipped out our doors. Now, when you order a free shipping item, we remove that cost from any other items that have to be packed along with it. That means those rings that would have had the packing cost added in, are now being shipped solely by their weight, making for a significant savings on your end. That same savings applies to ANY item you order along with your Free Shipping item. Got a 5000 Count box of Varmint Nightmare X-Treme Bullets on order with that VX-2? You’re only getting charged for the weight and distance those bullets have to travel. Pretty good deal, right? Check out our inventory on our website and just look for the red FREE SHIPPING label!

Thanks!

Hornady American Gunner Ammo

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New Line of Ammo from Hornady

Midsouth is proud to carry Hornady’s new line of American Gunner Ammo, available in most common pistol calibers (380 Auto, 38 Special, 9mm, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP, dependent upon availability). This particular Hornady ammo is a bit more affordable, but still has all the performance and quality of their previous offerings. Loaded for consistency, built from premium components, and made in the USA, Hornady expands their brand to give shooters another option for personal defense, plinking, and more, at a great price point. American Gunner Ammo is loaded with the Hornady XTP bullet. What makes the XTP so special? Uniform core density, for a balanced trajectory and reliable expansion, and a jacket that gradually thickens from its nose to its base; the jacket has strategically placed serrations designed to weaken it just right for superior control during expansion as well as to initiate expansion at lower velocities.

Excerpt from Hornady’s Website- The American Gunner™ line of ammunition is a collection of tried-and-true, versatile loads that are popular with shooters for their target shooting, hunting or self-defense needs. Made in the USA with premium components, American Gunner™ ammunition combines generations of ballistics know-how with modern components and technology. Preliminary offerings feature legendary XTP® (eXtreme Terminal Performance) bullets that have been favorites for decades. Designed for hunting, self-defense and law enforcement applications, the XTP® bullet is exceptionally accurate, and is the choice of many top competitive shooters around the world. Hornady® American Gunner™ ammunition is proudly made in the USA!