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Thousands of hours of expert ballistics performance research, compiled & freely offered to the firearms community

What is Rifle Bedding?

Rifle bedding is fundamental to rifle accuracy. The term bedding refers to the fit and stability of a barreled action within the rifle stock. If the fit and stability of the metal work in relationship to the stock is poor, the rifle will be in-accurate. Bedding a rifle with epoxy resin is the optimum method of obtaining a correct fit, long term stock stability and optimum rifle accuracy.

In order for a rifle to shoot accurately, the number one rule is that everything needs to be the same with each shot. There are several variables to rifle accuracy and each variable must be addressed. The shooter needs to be in the same position for each shot, each cartridge must be the same as the one before it, and the scope must hold the same zero while the rifle needs to produce the same results each and every time.

With every shot, the barreled rifle action moves and vibrates within the rifle stock. The best way to picture the barrel is by using the analogy of a baseball pitcher. As the pitcher throws his ball, the slightest difference in his point of release will change the point of impact at the batter. The rifle barrel is just the same and "whips" with each shot. If the barrel is unable to whip the same way each time, the bullet will strike to a different point of impact.

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Good to see these pics posted Ben, thanks for sharing. Looks like typical Prohunter performance. Also similar to the 120gr Speer flat base though the cup and core of the Speer can stay just that little bit more intact depending on bone etc. But generally, they perform much the same.
- Nathan Foster - 11:17PM
Hi guys, Yes I also thought of the shotgun slugs when I saw those bullets. I can understand the design doing ok to well in a shotgun slug because of the sheer weight of the projectile. In a handgun bullet for self defense... Nope. Self defense projectiles is quite a big market here and every so often this fancy bullet design pops up again (think its called RIP bullets or something like that.) problem being as Nathan says the SD is affected too much affecting penetration in a big way.) at best t...
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THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO LONG RANGE HUNTING CARTRIDGES

What is the best cartridge & projectile for long range hunting?

The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Cartridges guides you through the process of choosing a cartridge and a projectile which suits you and your goals - step by step.  This book, like many of Nathan’s books and writings, takes the approach that there is no need for you to be told which is the best cartridge for you - you can answer that question for yourself once you know how. 


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Hi Nathan, the Practical Guide to Hunting Cartridges is a fantastic read and more than that, it is a reference manual! This is a book that I’ll be going back to for information time and time again, like old reloading manuals!  Brilliant Nathan, thank you!! 

Adam Faulkner, Canada

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO LONG RANGE HUNTING RIFLES

Successful long range hunting requires an accurate rifle. Pretty obvious really.

The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Rifles draws on the vast experience of Nathan Foster and provides a completely fresh approach to the subject of the long range hunting rifle.  It educates the reader about basic rifle engineering and the physics involved in accurate shooting - covering 31 different topics right through to the final result - the ultimate long range hunting tool.


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I am writing to say that have I received and read your book, cover to cover. What an eye opener. I wish I had read it prior to purchasing my current rifle. Still I will now work towards a stable, well constructed .308 platform based on your sage observations.

Shawn Sturland, U.S
 
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THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RELOADING

Learn how to make accurate hand loaded ammunition!

The Practical Guide to Reloading takes you right through the hand loading process, explaining the different types of equipment and the hand loading process from top to bottom.  The tool list covers basic items for those on a limited budget right through to advanced equipment.  It then details a step by step process of making ammunition that is specifically tailored to your rifle allowing you to extract every last bit of accuracy from your rifle.


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You know what the difference is Nathan, you speak to folk in a manner that they understand. You can't get this kind of information elsewhere. I think this will always be the difference. You speak to your readers in layman's terms.

S Newton

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BOLT ACTION RIFLE ACCURIZING & MAINTENANCE

Learn how to turn your rifle into a tack driver and keep it that way!

This book looks at how to fine tune a rifle into a highly accurate tool.  If your current rifle isn’t performing to an adequate standard then you will have clear steps to either rectify problems or ascertain whether parts (eg barrel) replacement is required.  The maintenance section of this book has crucial information for long term care of the rifle, helping to maximize barrel life while preventing corrosion. Sub sections of this book also deal with self loading rifle and lever action rifle care.


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Nathan, just wanted to say that although I have been an armourer in the British Army for 20 years, your books have opened my eyes to long range hunting and rifle accuracy outside of military teaching. It has become blatantly apparent that military thinking is years behind in both technical and user training. I am actively encouraging armourers and users to read your books and check out your website.
 
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The worlds foremost online resource for information on hunting cartridges, projectiles and their use on medium to large game.

The information on this website is not an ordinary, general overview of hunting cartridges. This knowledgebase is the culmination of 20 years intensive field research and as new bullet designs emerge, this research continues. 

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