A Nice Era

The Beginning Of The 21st Century Was A Boon For Shooters

My favorite rifle acquisitions of the past decade are probably a mid-1950s Winchester 70 Featherweight .30-06 and a late ’40s Savage 99R .250-3000 in near-new condition. I like guns from the post-WWII through early ’60s era, mostly because I grew up then and those were the guns I wanted but couldn’t afford.

The first decade of the 21st century hasn’t been so bad though. Here are a few items not available in 2000, which I’m glad made their appearance.

There has been considerable development in what are sometimes called “monometal” bullets. Barnes X and XLC bullets always shot well in my rifles, though some shooters had concerns about accuracy and copper fouling. The TSX bullet seems to have resolved both concerns. The TTSX adds a very sharp plastic tip enhancing ballistic coefficient. Both have excellent reputations for accuracy.

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