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).
I ordered this one last week.
But since they are moving their business and last I heard had 200 backorders ... and won't be back in production until end of August, I'm guess 2-3 months before I have it. So shooting with the manfrottos in the mean time.
I agree with several who have said words to the effect ... "this is one of the rare cases where you can buy skill (or results)" ... For a brief moment I was sub-moa off the tripod ... now I'm back to good ole 2 moa :)
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.
Shot my new 6.5x47 barrel today at the 1000 yard match. Cleaned the rifle this morning and was amazed when the first round from a cold clean bore landed in the 10 ring followed by the next 4 sighters, zero shift in POI.
Wind picked up on me while I was switching from sighters to score rounds and bombed the first to rounds in relay 1. Still managed to walk off with a solid win for the day.
Had a good night at the range last night. I was able to turn the bipod hop on and off and keep my crosshairs on target (+- .2 mil). Most of my issues were related to how I was positioning my head. I was also quit happy with my results on paper at 600 yards. I had about a 3.5" group. The vertical was right on but I missed the wind call a bit and the hits were just a bit left. I had dialed in on steel at 600 yards then took a brief break prior to shooting the group on target. Realized my error after going back to steel for the last few shots.
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.
@midwestside Software for editing and compositing has come way down in price.
I have been playing around with Hit Film Express.
It is a free download and they sell you the upgraded effects.
You can start cheap and as you learn to use the software add capabilities later.
Lots of how to use the software videos.
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.
Got to do some testing Friday - new lot of powder and bullets
300YD 1.5" dots - up .8 mil .2 mil right(another .1 would have been better in hindsight) and shot.
Wasn't really doing a dot drill but kinda worked out that way. Seems a lot easier to hit the dots when you don't care if you hit them ;)
32.8 was just over .5" 32.6 was just under an inch.
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.
Jumped on my .260 today for a little maintenance. Ran some Hoppes copper solvent through the barrel since I don't believe I have cleaned it ever. Maybe when it was back from the machine shop thirteen years ago. I kept seeing copper so I used an ammonia free treatment that seemed to get it out, at least I can't see any streaks. I pulled the action from the stock and sanded the barrel channel and while it was out reset the trigger to 2.5#. Got the bipod attached securely but it's crooked so I've got to jack one leg up a bit. Don't know what's up with that. I did a tight patch barrel twist procedure and I measure nine inches for a turn, wish it was a little faster but I'm stuck with it. Got four projectile choices, 130 Berger's AR Hybrid OTM Tacticals, Hornady 140 grain A Max and 120 A Max and the 120 Ballistic tips. I do have some 95 grain V Max for later. Fuel is going to be H4831SC this time, stay tuned.
@drandi said in Moving forward with rifle build/fix:
Well I’ve been away from the forum for a bit working on life and my lack luster shooting and thought I would update this.
I was going down the path recommended to have TS Customs rebuild the FN. While saving my pennies American Rifle Company had a pre order for the Nucleus action. So I decided to cancel rebuilding the FN and instead invest in a ground up true precision rifle. I figured by the time I got done truing the action, modifying for a detachable box magazine, and various other little tweeks I’d be three quarters the cost of a true custom action. The Nucleus uses a Remington 700 foot print so that opens up a world of possibilities on component selection.
Still planning on Travis spinning up a barrel once a get everything in hand.
I was reading through your earlier post was going to bring these thoughts up. Glad you got it figured out.
Yes they are very nice triggers, I have two of them now as well. One is the Tactical model and other is the target model. The target model have 4 levels and the Tactical only 3. I have then both set identically and aside from the trigger shoe I can’t tell a difference in them.
Interesting article. I grew up on a farm and when I was younger did not always make the smartest choices on a day to day basis regarding protecting my hearing. Now I wear ear plugs for just about everything.
Previously a suppressor was on my list of wants but not a priority. This has me wondering if I should move it up in the priority list.
Worked with a new load today.
3.5 grains of Titegroup under a Ranier plated 124 RN.
A 48 ounce pistol gets heavy after 100 draws.
I need to start doing curls again.
Shot half of a brick of 22LR out of the Kimber too.
Concentrating on first round hits from the draw after the starting beep.
Time to start spraying for bugs and weeds to keep my firing lane clear through the woods.
Next project is a rifle firing position of sand set Pavers over gravel for drainage.
Then I get the rifle back into the rotation for some 50 yard small bore.
New holster for my Shadow 2 is nice.
Nearly 5k of 9mm since November.
POS Taurus 44 Magnum broke. It is sidelined. I think that the frame stretched from being fired too frequently with some modest loads. Last shot wedged the bullet in the forcing cone and the cylinder flopped open. Cylinder will not even latch now. Loads were well below book max. Didn't even finish the 250 round box of Berry's 240 HP.
Walther / Colt 1911 22LR clone broke a striker and Walther sent the replacement for free.
The Kimber Rimfire Target just keeps on rocking.
Will probably have a blister come up on my thumb from where it rubs against the extended left side safety on the CZ with my high grip. I may remove the safety and dress the sharp edges with a small file and emory paper. Need to get some cold blue first.
I have no first hand knowledge of the Nucleus Action but can tell you that both of my boy's 10 and 13 are shooting 6br's. The reason that I went with the caliber selection that I did is it is inherently accurate or very easy to load for. There is high quality components available. But more than that it is Ballisticly very close to a 308 with out the recoil of it. Meaning they can learn to shoot dope the wind and do it with a cartridge that wont beat them up. There is a lot of good chambering's out there offered but I did not want to be setting up a wildcat and creating any extra work for kids learning to shoot and reload.
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