When you open a book on rifle accuracy and are greeted with a quote from the author, â€śThe wind is my friend,â€ť you know youâ€™ve come to the right place.
Benchrest Hall of Famer Tony Boyer has just come out with a book, The Book of Rifle Accuracy, that will appeal to any rifle shooter seeking the utmost in accuracy. Now, it is benchrest-centric, which is great if youâ€™re currently a benchrest shooter or are thinking about taking it up. If thatâ€™s the case, this book is a must-have.
However, I think itâ€™s also a must have for any rifle enthusiastâ€”NRA highpower, metallic silhouette, F Class shooters and moreâ€”for whom accuracy is the Holy Grail. And that goes for hunters like me who want to get the most out of ourselves and our rifles.
The section on scope mounting alone is a valuable reference. Boyer passes along techniques such as â€śbeddingâ€ť scope bases for a better fitâ€”a simple method that still allows the bases to be removed. Or filing the screw tabs on scope rings so they donâ€™t â€ścollapse.â€ť
As you might expect, Boyer spends a lot of time discussing the finer details of reloading, and if youâ€™re a beginner to intermediate-level reloader, youâ€™ll learn all kinds of new thingsâ€”from adjusting dies with shims to an in-depth explanation of neck turning.
As someone who actually enjoys cleaning rifles and is always looking for ways to improve my methods, I really like Boyerâ€™s approach. Plus he gives some great advice on how to tackle problems such as carbon rings that can affect how well a rifle shoots.
And even though itâ€™s written for benchresters, anyone who spends time at a bench with any kind of rifle can learn a ton about proper bench technique. I know Iâ€™ve watched enough people at the public range where I shoot who have horrible form or a poor bench setup and who canâ€™t understand why their â€śrifleâ€ť wonâ€™t group worth a damn. Boyerâ€™s chapters on bench equipment and posture would do wonders for those guys.
Real rifle cranks will love the chapter on rifle tuning, starting with barrel harmonics and progressing through an detailed example of how Boyer tweaks his loads (and he includes a nice methodology for tuning hunting rifles as well).
And if you check out this book for no other reason, the chapter on reading conditions is one of the most valuable resources Iâ€™ve seen on this topic. Yes, itâ€™s all based on reading range flags, but a lot of the information translates to the field.
The Book of Rifle Accuracy is available from the publisher, Turkâ€™s Head (206-782-4164 ext. 0). The hardcover costs $43; softcover is $35.