As we start a new year I’d like to wish all the readers a Happy New Year! It’s also fun to look back at the last year and share some of the Top Ten Articles of 2016 for newer readers that may have missed them. This is pulled directly from the site statistics from the software running the website. We welcome new readers to the fold all the time and often times some of our most popular articles were published at another time of the year and thus missed by the newest readers. Likewise, some of the more experienced readers will often benefit by rehashing some of the concepts previously discussed! So let’s have a look!
Like all great debates, I’m not sure this one will ever be settled! Like the Ford Vs Chevy debate there are impassioned fans on both sides of the great bipod debate! Is an Atlas bipod the superior choice or is the old warhorse…the Harris, the way to go? We dive into the differences between the two setups in this article and try to present a list of features and advantages of each choice. Hopefully this article at least helps some people decide before spending cash on a bipod only to be disappointed with the purchase!
One of the advantages of the popular Ruger Precision Rifle platform is the ability of the user to swap the barrel and caliber themselves! However, as Don found out the hard way, it wasn’t quite as easy as it sounded. Check out article #9 of the Top Ten Articles of 2016 on the tools and process involved in swapping the barrel out on the Ruger Precision Rifle! I’ll give you a hint, it takes some special tools and some experience you probably didn’t think you’d need!
The popularity of the Ruger Precision Rifle has exploded since it’s release. They’re now on a Mod 2 or Enhanced version of the rifle but this was one of the first articles about the versatility of the system that Don wrote after purchasing one! His series on the Ruger Precision Rifle continues to be one of the most popular on AccuracyTech!
Rem/Age conversions are a popular topic of AccuracyTech readers! Article #7 of the Top Ten Articles of 2016 explains in detail the process of converting your Remington 700 to a Rem/Age rifle capable of accepting prefit barrels in conjunction with a Savage style barrel nut. The advantage is a match grade accuracy upgrade that a shooter can do themselves with a few tools at home! No sending the rifle off when you want to change to a different caliber or higher quality barrel!
The Magpul Hunter 700 rifle stock garners frequent interest on our site as well. With good reason! This is an excellent stock upgrade for guys who bought a Remington 700 rifle and are looking for more features in the stock department. The Hunter 700 offers a slew of features, including a magazine system, at an awesome price point. If you’re thinking of upgrading your factory Remington but aren’t ready to plunge into the $1000+ custom chassis market, the Magpul Hunter 700 is an excellent option!
Congratulations Don! All of your articles on the Ruger Precision Rifle made the top ten for the year! Don has done extensive work upgrading and testing aftermarket offerings for the popular Ruger Precision Rifle! This rifle really exploded out of the gates and continues to be hard to find because of demand. Don wrote a multipart series on his experiences purchasing and upgrading the Ruger. If you’re looking at purchasing or upgrading your own, give these articles a read!
No surprise here…the #4 most visited article of the Top Ten Articles of 2016 was one pertaining to Long Range Shooting with a Semi Auto rifle! The popularity of the AR15 platform has really exploded in recent years. Every imaginable accessory and aftermarket part has come out of the woodwork. Lots of folks who have one and express interest in moving into longer range shooting figure an AR10 might be a logical path to follow. After all, it’s a familiar design and system, just more power available! There’s more to it than that and you should give this a read before you invest the money in a large platform Semi Auto!
There was a lot of interest this year in two stage triggers! This article was one of the first we did highlighting some of the differences between single stage and two stage designs. If you’re contemplating a new trigger give this a read before you purchase. Two stage triggers aren’t for everybody but there are certainly benefits to a two stage design for tactical style shooting. Specifically, it helps time the break of the shot from compromised shooting positions!
How about that? The #2 most visited article of the Top Ten Articles of 2016, along with the number #1, were both articles regarding the 6.5 Creedmoor Caliber! I think this highlights the exploding popularity of the round. This article directly compares the cartridge to 308 Winchester. We use ballistics charts and information to highlight the ballistic differences between the cartridges and show the reader just what a potent round the 6.5 Creedmoor is!
This was the number 1 most often visited article of the past year! It was our first article regarding the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber. We talked a lot about how it is ballistically superior to 308 Winchester. We also discussed how new shooters getting into the sport these days would be better off starting with 6.5 Creedmoor rather than the 308 Winchester a lot of people gravitate towards. Starting with a better caliber from the get go insures earlier success from enhanced ballistics and less upgrade money spent at a later date.
Hopefully some of you were introduced to a couple articles among the Top Ten Articles of 2016 that you haven’t come across before! If you had already read them, fear not! We’ve got lots in the works for the new year! I want to take this opportunity to thank our readers. You are what make this site what it is, and what it has become. Our web traffic tripled, again, over where it was last year. We had a somewhat tumultuous Web Hosting migration towards the end of October. The traffic that the AccuracyTech website receives had grown to the point where the Web Hosting service we were using couldn’t keep up. It was causing database errors and a slow site overall. Now we’ve got a much better server setup behind the scenes, the site is running quickly and smoothly! I’ve got two large rifle matches on the calendar for this year and there’s endless new technology and topics for discussion. We look forward to making 2017 our best year yet!