In looking around I guess I never introduced my self.
My name is Dave and I have been into guns, shooting and hunting since I was 10-11yrs old (49yrs now). I am the only one in my immediate family that had this interest and desire so what I have learned I for the most part was on my own to find the answer. Out of my entire family only me and my cousin have this hardcore hobby. The first gun I got (after the BB gun) was an Marlin Golden 39A 22lr my dad bought me for my 12th Birthday.
I am a grandson of Dairy farmers so as I was young the outdoors were something I knew and enjoyed. While I had no desire for the farming aspect (while helping and bailing hay you quickly realize if it's for you or not) I am very proud of that side of my family and have great respect for farmers and what they do.
I am married and have no children but love my 2 dogs and those before them. So my wife and I are dog lovers, I have been around them all my life. My mom and dad even bred and showed Old English Sheepdogs for years when I was younger.
While I am still learning the tech. side of shooting and reloading I really enjoy shooting and owning them. I have never sold any gun I have acquired, I just get another one when I can afford it after life's responsibilities.
Just heard the interview on precision rife podcast and was interested in the load data & gun logging. I will be watching the forum and hope to add to discussions as appropriate ( no keyboard sniper here lol).
It has been quite some time since I have been to the range. I definitely had some rust.
Shot 150 rounds of 22 from my 40X. Cheap geco ammo at 100 yards.
This is some 6br and 6.5 creed at 100 yards.
This was my 6.5 creed hunting rifle, the 22 creed and the 6 creeed DT barrels. I am trying to finish up load development. I am closing in on both. Hopefully will get back to range soon.
shot the 6.5 creed at 400 hundred yards.
The weather was a challenge. light rain 47 degress and the wing blowing 9-18mph. When I showed up at range could not see 400 yard target with foggy conditions.
I need to get back out and work on my technique.
After doing some 22 shooting this week I decided to break out my CZ 455 17 HMR that has been hiding in the safe for several years and put a scope on it for the second time in its life. I have shot this rifle very little and never really sat down and tried to shoot a group or even get a good zero. I believe I bought it eight years ago and might have shot it a total of twenty times then cleaned it and put it away. First off the trigger drastically needs some help. I don't think it is adjustable so that is a must. Second, the bolt is hard as heck to manipulate but that could just be from never being used and third the threads on the barrel are 1/2x20 so to use a suppressor an adapter is necessary and it didn't come with a thread protector so I bought a top port brake for it and my Englishman machinist friend made a shroud to cover the ugly adapter and time the brake. The only reason I got this threaded rifle was I had a rimfire suppressor waiting on paperwork that I thought was rated for 17 HMR, but it wasn't so I was stuck with it. Anyway, I set up targets at 100 yards and got zeroed pretty quick after bore sighting and shot some five shot groups first with Hornady 17 grain exclusively. The second target I tried three varieties of Winchester from 15.5 up to 20 grains. The last try lower right hand was back to the Hornady loads. By the time I was on the second target it seemed like the trigger lost some of the gritty feel but still is heavy, I suspect it is close to five pounds. I tried a challenge target but this Nikon scope's cross hairs are too heavy, they all but obstructed the entire circle and I only placed three hits in the circles most going left and low. Overall I am not too ashamed of the rifles performance and I take a lot of the blame for the wild shots. And as for this Nikon Monarch scope I am not sure what to use it for, it's definitely not for small targets at longer ranges. The ranging circles work good if you use their Spot On program and I actually got some hits on a 12" plate at 300 yards yesterday with a moderate crosswind. It started raining so I had to give up. One last thing, I had lots of split cases after firing in the Winchester ammunition. I looked at the Hornady and found a couple that had split as well. I thought they had this problem fixed with the brass and this is pretty darn new ammo stored in a controlled environment. Not on the dash of a truck or Polaris. And it does it in my other 17 rifle so who knows what's up with that.
It has been a busy couple months with some shooting mixed in here and there. The last couple weeks I have been doing some regular shooting with a small group of guys to test out some PRS style stages for an event we are hoping to hold Oct 6. Been having a lot of fun doing that with that group of guys. I plan to make an official proposal to the board of directors of the club to hold the event tomorrow evening.
Finally had some time to finish up some load development and get a good zero with the new load last night. It was a bit of a challenge as we currently have a thriving mosquito population due to all the rain we have gotten the last month. On the occasions where I was able to really concentrate/ forget about all the bugs I was having great results. When I was rushing myself because of all the mosquitos that were flying around/ landing on me the results were not so great, still sub 1 moa but not nearly what I know this gun/ ammo combination and myself are capable of on a good day.
Let me try this ... my shooting buddy has a "pistol" lower with the word "pistol" engraved on it and a receipt showing it was purchased as a pistol and a copy of ATF letter #2 stating it is ok to shoulder it. And when we go hunting in this state or others, he carries that with him with the rest of his ATF paper work (for the suppressors, etc.
And he finally convinced me that doing the pistol route was less hassle than doing the SBR route. I already had my 3 SBRs, but if I put a pistol brace on one of my lowers, then I wouldn't have to do the form 20 thing.
So I did some research and picked out my pistol lower and brace .. but I also did some reading and talking. I asked some class 3 dealers and a class 7 manufacturer and two gun attorney's I've worked with ... and net/net after all that, I realized how murky the whole thing was and that there is no fixed law you can count on in this area ... so I decided it wasn't worth the risk ... and just stuck with my 3 SBR lowers and the form 20 process. After studying up on it, that's what I decided I was comfortable with. I'm just saying your ass is on the line ... do some studying ... and make your own decision for you.
Wow, great data Mr Painless !!!
01 - You can adjust the tension on the Anvil 30 with out any worry of damaging the head, it is designed to do this hence the reason for no secondary tensioning adjustment (GOOD TO KNOW !!!)
02 - The Anvil 30 is designed to be much stronger using steel in the ball and tensioning parts rather than aluminum like with the BH 40 (Interesting, though the Anvil 30 sure is smaller compared to the Manfrotto heads I'm used to)
03 - If you want to swap out the Anvil 30 for the BH40 and you bought the TFCT - 34 tripod (latest series 3) you will have to purchase a different plate to accommodate the BH 40. (I would be one of those needing a different plate)
Based on all this ... I'm gonna keep trying with the Anvil 30 ... now that I know it is designed to do what I'm doing with it ... partial locking and panning ... that seems to be solving the worst of the "floppy cant" issue.
But for the next RRS, I will try to figure out how to order it with the BH40 ...
Today there were two different winds at the same time but whith little strength (10-15 Km/h), wind near target was from 2 o'clock and wind at shoting position from 4 o'clock.
Dialed 2.9 Up and .4 Right, first shot went aprox. 16 inches left!! I realized that I had mistakenly dialed .4 Left, I have corrected it and shot the rest.
Today's shots are circled
And here comparing vertical
I do not know if the level has changed something because today there was wind, but the impacts are still mostly left.
No range for awhile do to weather and politics....
Shot this egg stealing, chicken killing SOM (son ofa mongoose)today with my Daisy pellet rifle. About 18 yards from my window perch. Stuck a block of wood in his mouth so's I could get a picture of his teeth.Mongoose, or is it mongeese have some nasty choppers.
Thanks fella, hard to tell just looking at it online. I only gave $250 for the whole set up and I’m not even sure I’ll use it or keep it. Don’t have much use for one where I live, for hunting purposes around here the light weight primos trigger tripod works fine with most shots being 250 yards or so. Figured at that price if I don’t keep it I could make a little cash selling it.
hornady brass arrived yesterday.
39gr-- 3232 fps...no pressure
40gr-- 3281 fps...no pressure
41gr-- 3355 fps...no pressure
42gr-- 3455 fps...slight ejector swipe...bolt not sticky
43gr-- 3520 fps...heavy ejector...slightly sticky
43 is not labeled below...but it is the next one in line.
Hornady brass gets me almost a full 100 fps more given the same pressure signs.
All three loads did extremely well today at 1000 yards, well enough to pull out a win. The H4350 held the best vertical though probably close to .5 moa of vertical in extremely bad mirage. The Varget and 8208 loads still preformed extremely well but we’re closer to .75-1 moa of vertical in the same conditions. Once the new dies come in I’ll try to sort out the concentricity issue and hopefully the flyer which did seem as evident today.
@dddoo7 said in My thoughts on loading equipment:
The difference between enjoying the process and hating it are the tools one uses.
+1 on this quote. We are using 2 chargemasters and still have to wait a bit, but was definately an improvement over just the one. Still priming off the top of the CoAx, CPS will be on the bench when Greg gets them in. Time consuming the way I do it now, but its still relaxing(for the first hour, then gets to be work lol) to me and keeping loads consistent is part of the key to accuracy. Truth that spending more on something such as a Prometheus, to me is money well spent. I've read forums/opinions in favor and against them, but seeing one in action and being able to load that accurate does indeed reflect on the the end result on paper/steel at distance. This is what I strive for as my end result.
Been making a few things with my old lathe, mainly some tools and a couple of spacers to go between my suppressor and the muzzle on my Remington 22. I had the barrel shortened and threaded and the tenon is a bit longer than needed so I made a spacer so the suppressor would shoulder up on the barrel. Usually these would be ground flat but I trust the lathe and I have a granite slab I can lap them on if they need it. I turned a piece of oil well sucker rod which might be 4140 or 4130 to make the tool steel boring and turning holder. I have some tool steel but no way to hold it so I made this piece, probably use it on plastic if i need to turn a piece. Minimum bore diameter is about 7/8th's so it's pretty bulky. I even machined the flat on it with the lathe using a 6mm end mill. Found out my tool post wasn't too square with the chuck so I straightened it up yesterday. Whatever that stuff was it finished like chrome and had a nice surface even with my old rig. Back to tiny boring bars the brass holder was made on the lathe to hold those in the tool holders. I have opposed countersunk set screws to hold them squarely on the flats machined on the bars and give them the correct angle. I just received an internal threading bar and some inserts so maybe I can do single point internal threads now. It's pretty small so I can't do very coarse threads, forgot what the max is on this one. Might never use it. Oh well, keeps me out of the beer joints.
Contacted Lapua's US distributor regarding 300 Norma Mag brass and they expect the brass to hit the street by the late October or November 2018. Dying to put some rounds through my DT barrel. Talking about indefinite back order, I thought the early 2qtr 2018 projected date was long.
@bull81 said in Dry neck lube:
I have found if I don't lube the inside case necks the expander mandrel or ball depending on which caliber I’m loading for I get inconsist seating pressures. My process is much like yours.
Not sure what to tell ya there. I just got done seating 270 bullets... and here are the grand total of rounds that seated soft or hard in any capacity.
Makes sense, I didn’t really think anyone would be able to say what caused it, just really shocked me and figured I’d share. It certainly didn’t fly like the rest did. Those were 140 RDF’s which I’ve had excellent results out of on my rifle but I know lot of rifles don’t shoot them well. I have a precision AR that will shoot the 70 gr RDF’s into little knots then throw one completely off the target to the point it won’t land on paper. Never seen anything like it before.
@alfmoonspace said in Unskilled and Unaware.:
how does one find the truth?
You discover truth by performing the work. Experience. Just as the phrase I coined many years ago, which is displayed on our website: Experience is the fire in which theory burns and truth emerges.
What you are speaking of is something different, and that is figuring out how to decide who to listen to. That is significantly harder, because there are many people in the precision rifle world who simply do not adhere to a moral code or value set. They are smooth talkers, have all the right connections, and may even have a lot of experience. Long on buzz words and long resumes that will seem extremely impressive. Maybe they are. Maybe it's just the kind of person you're looking for. Only you can decide.
Time tends to reveal the truth of things. I have mentored many shooters in the past. I'm presently mentoring several. While I have a huge number of customers that ask advice, I'm not able to "mentor" them because the flow of information from me to them is still encumbered with trust issues. Among those shooters I'm mentoring that trust my word, I tend to take great lengths to show them my work. I prove to them that I've done my diligence and I'm not offering my advice lightly or without proof. Yet even those shooters are not ready to hear the answers from time to time. Often it isn't until much after I've given them the answer that they realize the gravity of what I said or demonstrated.
That's a long winded way of telling you that I do not have an answer for you as it pertains to trying to decide who to listen to. It takes a keen intellect and a significant portion of instinct to avoid the snake oil salesmen among us. ... and there are as many snake oil salesmen as there are trees in the world. I pay the price for those shameful people every single day. Were it not for them, people would be much quicker to accept what I was telling them. If not at first, certainly after evidence of my experience were provided. Just as with all other relationships, there's a certain amount of risk involved in listening to someone else. Time will show you who truly cares for your interests. So manage your risk as best you can. True experts are not afraid of showing their work.
The friday before all of our training classes, I make it a point to shoot a few rounds for those in attendance. My talents, or lack of them, is laid bare for all to see. This is why I quite possibly have more documented and photographed shots posted online than any person living. I can't be certain that it's true, but it certainly may be. Those here on gunhive, and other forums before it, have witnessed a massive number of my shots in the last decade. I'm not shy about my true performance and capabilities. If you find a person in authority on a subject that is willing to show-and-tell, show their work in that way... you'll likely find someone you can trust. There are not many.
As far as I am concerned you can throw minimum wage into the same category as unions. If you don’t want to work for $3/hour...then quit. If you are worth $15/hr then you will have the ambition to find a $15/hr job. If you don’t have such ambition then you are not worth $15/hr.
Both unions and minimum wage are reasons why US companies can’t compete. Workers comp, EPA, OSHA, and a few other things are also big reasons why the US industry is dying.
@orkan And that is why I planned to attend the class long before I even had a rifle to shoot. I am way too old and too busy to learn shit the hard way when I can learn it the right way from the beginning.
Good new is my lifetime count behind a bipod and a bag is about 250 rounds. Not enough to learn any bad habits yet.
Shot my pressure ladder and plotted it out yesterday. It was hot and I'm happy I'm doing load development in the heat. I figure this way, my loads should be safe anytime of the year. They drop out of the node it much cooler weather, but I'll have to wait to see.
97*, 13% Humidity, 29.76 Station Pressure, Lapua Brass, 178 ELD-M, IMR4064, CCI 200 Primers.
I shot charges from 40.5-43.2 in .3 grain increaments. 40.5 and 40.8, I didn't get my Magneto Speed on correctly and didn't get readings for. No matter, I really don't want that low of a charge anyways. I got pressure signs on the 43.2 charge. Bolt had a little stick to it and I have a light swipe mark. Other than that, everything fired great.
My 42.0 round dropped off, but other than that you can see two flat spots. The low node should be in the 41.0-41.5 range, while the high node is in the 42.3-42.6 range. Thats the spot where I'm going to concentrate next. I'm going to load up 3 rounds each of various charges in that area and see how they group.