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Webinar this weekend.

Written by Nathan Foster on December 18th, 2021.      0 comments

Hi everyone, I hope this email finds you well during these challenging times. It has been a long time since my last post however I am happy to report that we are still at the coal face. This year has nevertheless presented us with some difficulties with regards to how we deliver our business. Following issues with the Paypal system, we had to retire this service which in turn has affected how we deliver some of our services. It is also worth noting that we are seeing some problems with some email services due to the subject matter (i.e. ballistics / rifles etc.). Emails sent from myself or the website, including order confirmations and download links, may go to the recipient’s spam folder as a result of increased internet security measures. Emails and download links can nevertheless easily be retrieved from the customers spam folder. It is simply a matter of being aware of mail handling. If you have ordered a product and do not for example immediately receive a download link, you will find the email within your spam folder.

Free webinar this Sunday (Saturday Northern hemisphere)

Time: 8am Sunday 19th December, Auckland NZ time. (Eastern Standard Time: 2pm Saturday 18th December)

Web link: https://meet.jit.si/moderated/bb04162650a9ddac44d658dee40d249241abdc4bf0b33fe4ebff2bef623034bf

One thing I have been trying to work through is a way that we can all communicate in a more meaningful manner. As much as I have enjoyed the youtube podcasts, they were always one sided with the viewer only able to communicate within a text box which made it very hard for the viewer to provide context to questions. We looked into zoom conferencing but this is quite expensive and I was hoping to be able to offer seminars either free of charge or at a low cost to our viewers.

I believe we have found a temporary solution via jitsi.org. This is free open-source software and users do not need to create an account to use this platform. We are going to trial Jitsi this weekend (see time above). Once at the url (given above), all you need to do is enter your first name or a nickname and press the join meeting button. You will of course have to make sure that your camera and microphone are turned on. The downside of this platform is that it has a limit of 100 people per session, therefore we will have to do this on a first come, first serve basis.

There will be no specific topic for this weekend’s webinar. If you can think of any questions you would like to ask me between now and the weekend, write them down. I am hoping that via video conferencing I can provide greater clarification to specific questions rather than get lost in generalizations. Although this is a free webinar, if you find the information useful and are in a position to help, a small donation thereafter would be appreciated.

Just keep in mind that there may be a few mistakes as I trial this. I am not the most tech savvy.

Video Learning

One positive aspect of the challenges mentioned at the beginning of this email is that we have been forced to look at better delivery systems for our products. Customers will be happy to know that our learning series videos are now hosted on our website as direct downloads. As these are downloadable products, we ask that you please do not share them. The funds from these video help to support our family along with ongoing research. Link to video series:

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/shop/Video+Learning.html

The video files are formatted to MP4 H264 and are generally very large (e.g. 3 to 5 GB), you may therefore wish to use a download manager. This software tool helps to ensure that your video will continue to download if you have a poor (or dropped) connection. A free open-source download manager can be found here:

https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm

Following a purchase, you will immediately receive two automated emails. The first is your order confirmation. The second email contains a link to your download. If you cannot see the download email, then it is most likely in your spam folder. If you do not receiver either email, then you have most likely entered an incorrect email address when placing your order.

Note that you only have two days to download the file from the email link. The link will expire thereafter (for our security). If you fail to download your file as a result of either an incorrect email address or expiry, we will do our best to help (or provide a refund) however you must take some responsibility for your purchase by entering the correct details and downloading the file immediately.

Note also that some of the latest Apple computer video players are set by default to H265 video format. You will therefore need to make sure that the video player on your Apple device is set up to play H.264 codec videos.

To check that your player will play these videos, click here to download a test video.

Apple / Mac users may also want to try the free VLC media player:

https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

Free videos (youtube)

Steph goes hunting with a .257 Weatherby Magnum:

https://youtu.be/mEpBtA7ccaI

Steph goes hunting with the 350 Legend:

https://youtu.be/Um5otKaH2QI

Excerpt from a talk I gave at a Manawatu Deerstalkers club night:

https://youtu.be/Ikc_EjSD_S8

 

Well, that’s about it from us. I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to each of you for supporting our business and family along with your very kind and supportive emails which brighten our days. I cannot thank you enough for such kind gestures. I do hope that you have been able to get away hunting this year, or at the very least taken time to relax in the wilderness or perhaps engage in practice shooting.

From our family to yours, we wish you all the best for this coming Christmas and the following new year.

 

New videos

Written by Nathan Foster on July 5th, 2021.      0 comments

Hi all, I hope this blog post finds you well. I just wanted to share a couple of videos. 

The first video contains a few highlights from a talk I gave to the Manawatu regional branch of the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association. Subjects covered: Fast killing, the rise in popularity of low powered cartridges, Berger bullets.
 

 
The second video features a book reading and Interview with regards to our most recent publication - The Door. The host, Andrew Carter, is a New Zealand producer who specializes in the filming of MMA and Kick boxing events within NZ and abroad.

 
 

Effective Game Killing - Part 2

Written by on February 18th, 2021.      0 comments

Hi all, just a quick catch up. Steph and I have been busy as usual, engaged in ongoing research and writing writing projects. Following the chaos last year, we decided that we really wanted to continue to knuckle down and stay focused without distraction. So while it may seem that we have been rather quiet, we have been at the coal face through Jan / Feb. Will disclose project details at a later date.

Norma have uploaded part two of my Effective Game killing article. Links to 1 & 2 below:

https://www.norma-ammunition.com/en-gb/norma-academy/dedicated-hunting/ammunition/effective-game-killing-part-2

https://www.norma-ammunition.com/en-gb/norma-academy/dedicated-hunting/ammunition/effective-game-killing

Latest Vimeo work here:

https://vimeo.com/channels/nathanfoster

All the best, Nathan.
 

November 2020 - Nathan Foster

Written by Nathan Foster on November 21st, 2020.      0 comments

Hi everyone, here we are are near the end of another year.

Christmas orders

First, a reminder that Christmas is not far away so those wishing to order paperback books may want to do so within the next week or so before the printers and post services get swamped (New Zealand buyers please note that we have stock here in NZ for domestic shipping). If you purchase ebooks there is no waiting, just follow the link you receive with your order confirmation, download your books and enjoy.

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/shop/Book+Bundles.html

 

.44 calibers added to the knowledge base (KB)

I have finally had the time to sort through my .44 cal research. Yep, took me long enough but it is finally done. Articles include .44-40, 44 magnum and .444 Marlin.  It’s great to have these finished and up for your enjoyment, I hope each of you find these articles useful.

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/.44-40+Winchester+Center+Fire+WCF.html

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/.44+Remington+Magnum.html

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/.444+Marlin.html

 

Norma work

As most of you know by now, I have been working with Norma this year, writing educational material. The first project was an updated and highly in-depth version of my Effective Game Killing article. Norma has taken an incredibly brave approach with this article, allowing me to explain not only the strengths of their ammunition, but also limitations. This level of transparency is rare these days and shows the commitment that Norma have made to their customers. I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to be a part of this meaningful project. A second article will appear in the near future (shot placement). From next year, I believe I will be working as a consultant to Norma in one capacity or another.

https://www.norma-ammunition.com/en-gb/norma-academy/dedicated-hunting/ammunition/effective-game-killing

 

The Door

If you want to know a little more about me, the Door is the book to read. The inexpensive ebook option also serves as a great way to donate to the site while getting more bang for your buck.

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/shop/thedoor.html

A review from the forums:

I just had a chance to pick this up and read it and wanted to add my recommendation to anyone on the fence about picking this book up! I didn't grab the book right when it came out, not because I didn't think Nathan and Steph's backstory wouldn't be interesting but because I personally can't stand nightclubs, clubbing, clubbers or anything to do with that scene so I thought I would put it on the backburner. Reading some of these positive reviews made me pick it up and I am sure glad I did. While I figured reading about your backstory would be interesting (and it was), I enjoyed the book a lot more than I expected. Even though I can't stand nightclubs at all, what I really found compelling was a couple of unexpected things; Nathan's growth from a young 'karate kid' into a true warrior, and also the very interesting insights into human character, especially the nature of violence.

In hindsight it makes sense to me that in our oh so cleaned up modern western societies, with no room for men to be warriors that being a doorman at a nightclub is one of the few places left for a man (or woman) to have that no BS laboratory for developing hand to hand combat skills, and into a warrior. For anyone even vaguely interested in hand to hand combat, martial arts or the warrior mindset I would say this book is a must read, ten bucks is hardly anything to pay for Nathan's insight into those topics.

Anyway, I am certainly glad I took the time to read this book and I encourage anybody on the fence thinking about it to go ahead and read it, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Great job Nathan and Steph, and God bless you and your family!

 

Emails

Over the last couple of years, I have had to back off my email in order to avoid being ground into a state of non-productivity. But as and when time has allowed, I have copied the occasional technical email exchange to a book draft titled Ask the expert. So far the book is up to about 200 pages of useful tips and tricks. I will keep plugging away at this but as suggested, this book is being written only when time allows.

Another method I have been employing to deal with mail is Vimeo record. A supposedly simple platform for answering mail by video.  One aspect that I like about this is that it allows me to really give you guys my undivided attention, it allows me to really connect with you in a way that email cannot convey. On the other hand, there are some limitations. Vimeo record was designed to help work flow but the method is only convenient if I use my laptop (low quality picture and sound). In order to record at a higher quality, I would need to set up a studio which kind of defeats the purpose. It’s also not so easy to have a one-way speaking conversation. I end up feeling that I am trying to fill my own gaps in thought with speech when I should be sitting quietly and thinking about possible contradictions that may be helpful to the person who has emailed me. Perhaps over time I will get better at this.  In any case, after recording my waffle, the video is saved to Vimeo where it can be shared privately to the person who emailed me via a quick link.  Videos suitable for sharing can also be saved to a channel which everyone can view on Vimeo. The channel can be set to free viewing or paid subscription as a means to get something back from the time and energy expenditure. At the moment, I have just a few videos uploaded which are set to free viewing. Will see how this goes over time and whether it actually serves as an effective delivery method.

https://vimeo.com/channels/nathanfoster

 

End note

Well that’s about it for this year guys. It’s been a tough one for sure. If I can offer one piece of advice moving ahead, it is that the measure of one’s strength and power is perhaps equal to one’s capacity for gratitude and compassion.  It is this I believe that separates us from those who prefer to shed personal responsibility and want to change others in order to make themselves happy.  To that end, I wish each of you great strength and power. 

Merry Christmas everyone.

Nathan, Steph and Miss Riley.

 

Norma Article - Nathan Foster

Written by Nathan Foster on November 7th, 2020.      0 comments

Hi guys, sorry I have been a bit absent just lately but its all been for a good cause. Here is what I have been up to:

https://www.norma-ammunition.com/en-gb/norma-academy/dedicated-hunting/ammunition/effective-game-killing

1. Some time ago I was contacted by the management of Norma Sweden. After kindly stating that they were big fans of my research, I was asked if I would like to write education educational material on behalf of Norma. Somewhat jaded by the current (BS) state of the industry in general, I sent a curt reply, clearly stating my thoughts about the new generation of manufacturers, fully expecting that I had just burned yet another bridge. To my surprise, Norma came back to me with open arms - We totally agree, so what do you want to write about? Well I replied, any educational material needs to be built on a solid platform. The fundamentals have to come first. What I would like to do, is update and rewrite my treatise on effective game killing, using Norma ammunition in my examples. But further to this, I am sick and tired of "miracle" bullets so I would like to show not only the strengths of your ammo, but also the limitations. Its high time we had dome transparency in this game and if you care about your customers, then you will allow me to take this angle. Send...

Again I received another kind and agreeable email. Norma management were just as tired of the modern marketing machine as myself. It was time to cut to the chase, to relight the fire, the passion, that 1960's sense of invention and wonder. And so with Norma's blessing, I wrote an updated and highly in depth version of Effective Game Killing. I hope this conveys my sincere respect toward Norma for their bravery in taking this route and serves as a truly useful educational tool. I hope also that it stands as a source of pride for Scandinavian hunters.

I will continue working for Norma in one capacity or another, whether writing or consulting. It is a great honor and I am taking this position most seriously. I know a lot of you are counting on me to keep the flame burning in this game.

2. I finally took some time to sit down and go over all of my .44 cal data! It is pretty much ready for uploading but I will need to compile the tables for the bottom of the article. When I say ready for uploading, my version of editing is to sit down, pull my notes apart, cross examine myself, retest various elements, put it all back together again and then wonder why there are now more squiggly red lines under the words of my edited document than when I first assembled the data several years ago. So it may just be that the article goes live with a few typos. The .44's will nevertheless contain a pile of information which I am sure you will all enjoy. If I am quick enough, it might also give our U.S readers a small distraction while they wait to see the outcome of their current election.

Well, thats about it for me. I will write another post / blog post once the .44's are live. All the best guys.

https://www.norma-ammunition.com/en-gb/norma-academy/dedicated-hunting/ammunition/effective-game-killing
 
 

Live stream with Nathan Foster - 3

Written by on September 17th, 2020.      0 comments

Hi All, just a quick post to say that we will be running another youtube live stream in NZ this Sunday at 8am (Saturday afternoon or evening for Northern hemisphere viewers).

Please click on the following link to view the correct screening time and countdown clock for your region: https://youtu.be/tsNFAaSof3I

Note also that you will need to retain the link in order to log into the chat. Youtube will generally hide links to streams until they have been up for some 24 hours (Youtube security protocols). So again, please keep the above link if you wish to view the stream or join the chat.

This week’s chat will be organic as usual. I will most likely start the stream with the first email or live chat question that peaks my interest or that which may be of use to others.

Until then, all the best.

Nathan.

 

The Door - New Book By Nathan Foster

Written by Nathan Foster on July 28th, 2020.      0 comments

Hi All, today is a very special day for Steph and myself as we announce the release of a new book!

This has been a long time coming and I guess it will come as a surprise to many of you as I have not spoken about this book previously. Many of you have over the years, wanted to know more about myself at a personal level.  The Door is my story, a biography of my journey. Please be aware that this is not a hunting book.

The Door is a co-authored effort between Steph and myself. I wrote the initial draft to lay out the foundations but the story was often so dark that I could not fully relate this journey on my own. Thankfully, Steph also has an immense talent for writing. Although Steph had lived through many of these experiences with me, having read the draft, she sat down and interviewed me while taking notes, sometimes having to drag the memories from me. In this manner through Stephs co-authorship, we were able to put these experiences into print.

https://www.ballisticstudies.com/shop/thedoor.html

The Door front cover image WL

 

Live stream with Nathan Foster

Written by Nathan Foster on July 21st, 2020.      0 comments

Hi all, just a quick note to say that we will be conducting another Youtube live stream this week!

Note that you will need to save the following link in order to view the stream. That or click on the subscribe button on our Youtube channel. Link: https://youtu.be/eEnCMZJ8IhI

The stream will commence at 8am on Saturday the 25th of July NZ time. For folk living in the northern hemisphere, this will be Friday afternoon or evening. The Youtube link will show you a count down based on your time zone.

The content of this stream will be the same as our last stream (our first foray into this) of which there will be no set format and I will instead answer general hunting,  firearm, reloading questions etc. based on the sidebar questions.

If you would like to see the first stream, please click here: https://youtu.be/-3955Euww6M

Once again, Steph will be cherry picking through the comments and questions. I will try my best to say hi to each of you and answer your questions but as per the previous stream, there will be a limit to how many questions we can handle within the time frame.

All the best.

Other recent uploads:

Tech talk - Cartridge overall length versus magazine lengths

https://youtu.be/qyrmBhaqXtM

7mm Practical 1073 yard practice

https://youtu.be/MKWQ8HX0pDc

Lee Enfield 7.62x54R rifle (45 minute video with gun chat at 38 minute mark)

https://youtu.be/gJ-V4g69qgw

.308 Winchester hack rifle considerations

https://youtu.be/-AHDiV4Gq5M

Are analog (printed) drop charts effective?

https://youtu.be/LuTCQmY3lZk

 

Shooting book specials, today only

Written by Nathan Foster on December 3rd, 2019.      0 comments

Hi all, this is a quick note to say that we have just now received a temporary discount from our printers.

Until midnight tonight, we will be running a 15% special on all paperback books and paperback + ebook combinations. This may not sound like much but when added to our existing 15% or 25% bundle deals, it equates to huge savings.

Click here to view these discounts.

The 15% discount also applies to Small Arms Wound Ballistics but you will need to use the contact form to supply us with a covering request as per the instructions given on the Small Arms shopping page.

Ladies,

if you are buying for your husbands, please note that you can buy paperback / ebook combinations but that you will need to download the ebook files and then save the files to your documents folder on your computer. The files can then be passed over to hubby’s computer on Christmas day.

The download link should arrive in your inbox within minutes of your purchase. If the download link is not in your inbox with your order confirmation, check your spam folder as it will be in there.

The ebooks are Zip files so if you have an apple computer, you may need to make sure that your apple has unzipping software.

Free unzipping software for ipad: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/winzip-1-zip-unzip-tool/id500637987

If you wish to try downloading a test file, please Click here to be directed to a download page from our site (the folder simply contains two PDF’s sighting in targets). If you do not automatically see the option to download zip file (if you see a blank page) when you click on the link, then you do not have zip file software.

The prices on the bundles are possibly the lowest they will ever be so if you wish to purchase a collection for your husband or son, today is the day.

All the best.
 

Long Range Shooting Cover web

 

Small Arms Wound Ballistics

Written by Nathan Foster on September 30th, 2019.      0 comments

A Graphic Guide For Military, Police & Medical Personnel


A new book by Nathan Foster.

Please note - This is a semi-restricted item. To purchase this book, buyers must supply a covering letter (email) stating their intention. This book is designed for government organizations but may also be purchased by individual soldiers, officers, medical staff or ex-service members. However as stated, buyers must apply by email before making a purchase.  Once we have replied to you and confirmed your request, you can come back to this page and make your purchase.

No email - no purchase!

To view or apply to purchase this book, please click here.

Small Arms Wound Ballistics is a large (8.5 x 11 US Letter) hardback, case wrapped full color print book, 191 pages.
 
This book details the wounding effects with common eastern and western military cartridges, police issue cartridges and those commonly used to commit crimes. SAWB covers such subjects as wounds produced by the .22 Long rifle, effects of the 12 gauge loaded with buck or slugs, handgun wounding, all the way up to the effects of the .50 BMG. This book shows in graphic detail real world comparisons between such cartridges as the 9mm compared to the .45 ACP including barrier test results.

SAWB was written as reference material for both the trainee and academic. It is a no BS book for cops, infantry soldiers, snipers, security contractors and medics. It casts away myths and gets to the point. And yes, its quite graphic, starting off with some fairly dramatic head shots and getting heavier from there. Above all, it's about getting to know your tools and learning what you are up against.

SAWB Web large

 

MatchGrade rifle accuracy products available in North America

Written by Nathan Foster on September 16th, 2019.      0 comments

Hello everyone, this is just a quick note to let customers know that MatchGrade products are now once again available in North America via Nechako Distributors.

Canadian hunter Paul and his wife Joanne have been long term friends of ours. Paul loves to work on rifles and had been using MatchGrade products for some years. Following our difficulties with NZ air courier services, Paul and Joanne recently purchased a large surface shipment from us.

Nechako Distributors are now shipping MatchGrade products to all North American customers.

Please be sure to visit the Nechako website and then add it to your favorites list for ease of future reference.

https://www.nechakodistributorsinternational.com/

All the best, Nathan.
 

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Foster Manson Reamers

Written by on May 10th, 2019.      0 comments

 


 
 

December 2018 newsletter

Written by Nathan Foster on December 10th, 2018.      0 comments

Hi all, I hope this news letter finds you well. 

This is just a brief news letter to let everyone know (especially wives) that we are near our deadline for Christmas book deliveries (postal services slowing down under heavy workloads). If you are wanting to buy a book set for a friend or partner for Christmas, please consider making this purchase within the next few days.

Note also that if you are concerned about delivery at this time, you might (again speaking to wives) like to consider the paperback + ebook version of the books. This will ensure that you have an immediate copy of the ebook files (zip folder – pdf, epub, mobi) which can be hidden away on a hard drive until Christmas day.

Please click here to shop for books (link to entire collection 25% discount).

What else has been happening? Well its been a challenging year for us. I was laid up ill for several months and am just now starting to rebuild some strength. This slowed down progress a great deal but we can now finally look at getting back on track with our projects for the coming year.

As some of you know, I have for the last year or so been working with Dave Manson towards optimizing some of our traditional cartridge / reamer designs. The goal has been to enhance potential with modern projectiles for which these cartridges were never designed. We are now getting closer to finalizing these designs which include the .280, .280 AI, 7mm Rem Mag, .30-06, .30-06 AI and .300 Win Mag. I won’t say too much more at this stage but would simply like to raise an awareness of the new reamers for those planning builds for 2019. The reamers are for your benefit, to make life easier on barrel makers, the smiths who fit the barrels and the guys who then have to shoot the rifles. Ease of accuracy, power, magazine lengths and throat longevity have each been taken into consideration. Please do not email me with questions about these at this stage. When we are ready, I will release a highly deta iled newsletter with exact specs, OAL’s and so forth.
 

Dave Ann WL

Dave and Ann at SHOT, early in the morning before the crowds arrive. 



Note that we will be at SHOT in Las Vegas this coming January. David and Ann Manson have once again kindly offered to sponsor us at this event. The Manson booth is on the bottom floor and very easy to find. Simply walk in the main doors, set your gaze at about 2 O’clock and walk about 30 yards, you’ll see us there. https://shotshow.org


Uploads:

 

http://huntingarete.com.au/episode-16-going-long/

Would you like to hear me waffle on for an hour or so? The following is a podcast with Dave Byrnes, owner of the website Hunting Arete (Australia), dedicated to creating a positive and supportive network for hunters.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqYFfn4T14

While assembling footage for our upcoming tutorial videos, we took a small section of footage and uploaded this to youtube, titled – Is it me, or is it my rifle? This is just a short video but highlights the importance of working through the basic variables. The rifle in question was a factory Remington M700 Long range Hunter chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum. The client had used the Accurizing book (see also Remington M700 troubleshooting video)to break the rifle in. Many of you will be interested to know that with regards to the bore, it required three throat lapping sessions to reduce fouling to a point where the rifle began to play ball. Following this, the client came to me for a tutorial with the goal of refining accuracy further. The youtube video is a small segment of this foo tage. Of the variables shown, please pay close attention to the issue of chamber tolerances versus brass tolerances, especially if you are using a suppressor which can cause carbon caking at the chamber. I would also like to remind each of you that concentricity needs to be considered a priority when working up accurate loads. If the bullet is not squarely aligned to the bore, accuracy will be poor. Those of you who wish to reach out long would do well to consider the likes of the Sinclair concentricity gauge as being at the top of your shopping list, above both dies and a press.
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1DOEg1zJaU

This video shows the 180 grain Hornady ELD-M in action. I have refrained from uploading this to a public channel as the footage is quite graphic. Therefore, please use the link above to navigate your way to this footage. It can also be found within my online article- The 7mm Practical.
 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAxO0EL1IzM

Some old footage I recovered from a defunct camcorder. The quality and sound are terrible but those of you wanting to see a .375 RUM in action will enjoy it. In this video, I was testing the 300 grain Woodleigh PP. It was pushed far beyond its limits and if you look closely, you can see that there was a risk of over expansion (shallow penetration). Still, this load and others had to be tested. Once again, this is an unlisted video so you will need to use the link here to navigate to this video. 

That’s about it for us. I hope each of you have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas. Steph and I would like to extend a personal thanks to each of you for supporting us throughout 2018. We hope that you continue to find value in our research. 

Until next year, All the best. 
 

Porker pig for Riley web large

 

7mm Practical dies back in stock

Written by Nathan Foster on October 17th, 2018.      0 comments

Hi all, just a very quick note to say that our 7mm Practical dies are back in stock and are available for worldwide purchase.

Manson Reamers have also received their shipment (U.S customers).

All the best.

Nathan.

Practical dies WL

Below, initial load work for a 7mm Practical using the Lee dies, fire forming shots in the center.

7mm Practical initial load work WL
 

June 2018 newsletter

Written by Nathan Foster on June 26th, 2018.      0 comments

TBR June 2018 Newsletter

Well heck, it’s been a long time since my last blog post! I trust each of you are well, enjoying the summer if you are in the Northern hemisphere while we are layered up and hunkered down for winter in the south.

Bedding the Ruger M77

We have finally launched our Ruger M77 video bedding tutorial. This is an extremely highly detailed video in the hope that by taking maximum footage, the user can play the video while concurrently working on his rifle. Along with this, I wanted to provide extra footage due to the fact that bedding is just one aspect of the M77. By addressing all of the factors covered in the video, the shooter is in a much better position to extract maximum performance from the M77 platform. These really are a neat little rifle once they have had a work over and I really hope that those of you who watch the video find it highly rewarding. The video is currently priced at U.S $10 and is hosted with Vimeo.com as a 3 Month online rental.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/beddingtherugerm77
 

Working with the Ruger M77 WL 1

Remington M700 troubleshooting

Along with our M77 video, we have also launched a troubleshooting video for M700 owners (Subject rifle SPS Stainless 7mm Rem Mag). This was a completely organic video in which a customer sent us his rifle to rectify stubborn copper fouling. After bedding the rifle, the customer discovered that the rifle produced terrible groups due to the stubborn bore. This was a grand opportunity to study what can go wrong with the M700 rifle with regards to both DIY work and flaws within rifle production. To help give the video structure, I have used the chapters of the Accurizing book as reference steps for the video. This footage also works in conjunction with our free Remington bedding tutorials hosted on youtube.

Those who have watched the M700 Troubleshooting draft have stated that this is one of the most helpful videos on DIY accurizing that they have ever watched. This video is perfectly suited to those just getting into the accuracy game as it covers the initial factory rifle set up, the barrel break in, followed by what to do when things go wrong – and a lot of things went wrong in this video which was absolute gold for learning. And best of all, it had a very happy ending.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/remington700
 

STAC mounted

Back to basics

Recently I revived a rifle from my youth, my old Long Branch N0.4 Mk 1 Lee Enfield. This rifle was badly in need of a new barrel while at the same time, I was in need of an accurate test barrel in 7.62x54R - the ‘almost a short magnum’ which has served the Russian military for so long. My old Long Branch was at one time fairly accurate but it would always be somewhat of a gamble as to how truly accurate it could be with a new barrel. Sometimes you just have to take a punt.

The new barrel was duly made and fitted by Grant Lovelock, co-owner of True-Flite barrels. To get the cartridges feeding, I had to lift the rear lips of the magazine just a touch and then sand the inner mag box just enough to ensure it was burr free. Following this, I jacked a round from the magazine towards the breach, at which point the fat case became hung up about a halfway into the chamber. With just the lightest filing on the feed rails, removing only about .5mm / 20 thou on each side, the cartridges fed nicely. After this, I gave the rifle a very basic bedding job. At the range, following the initial break in, the rifle shot at or just over MOA with Ordnance ammunition – Thanks Grant, you never cease to amaze me.
 

Enfield WL

In the old days, we used to purchase .303 ammunition by the bandolier (from memory about 50 rounds). The Enfield was the rifle we utilized to learn marksmanship, how to hunt and for some of us, how to cull. But the days of cheap .303 ammo are long gone. Rebarreling the Enfield to the Russian potentially opens up ammo options. But alas, as I type these words, it is now becoming difficult to obtain Russian ammunition due to current global politics. Perhaps this will blow over in time. Failing this, perhaps we will one day have new options under the Hornady Black label. In any case, the Enfield Russian was a success, yielding 2560fps at the muzzle with 174gr FMJ ammunition.

Having had so much fun bringing this old rifle back to life, prospective clients will be happy to know that I am on occasion adding this rifle to the mix during tutorials. Why? Because with its extremely poor ergonomic form (thanks to the high optic mounts), the short length of pull and brass butt plate, this rifle puts technique into perspective. If the rifle is held correctly, it’s recoil is easily tolerable. But if it not held correctly, lessons are literally hammered home via pain. It is a rifle which ends all arguments over technique. Either you can shoot it, or you cannot.

During testing I have found that if the client adopts a solid method involving truly transferable skills, the client can switch from his rifle to this rifle and be dead on out at 600 to 700 yards without having to check the 100 yards zero for the Enfield. Such a rifle can also teach us what really matters when it comes to spending. For example, the factors of most importance have been an acceptable action, an excellent barrel, good epoxy bedding, suitable optics (in this case I utilized a Sightron scope) and solid technique. In contrast to this, a guy can spend a whole pile of money on tactical kit and still not achieve this outcome. This does not mean to say that I am into taking the cheapest budget plastic junk rifle you can find and expect expert results. Instead, its about putting the onus on ourselves to take the steps necessary to achieve excellent accuracy. As I have said time and again, you cannot buy the shot. Such an approach is never rewarding, lacking the flavor of success through self-discovery.
 

Barnaul mil ammo groups WL

Bedding and Stabilizer kits – no longer shipping to international destinations

On a sadder note and as of this blog, we are no longer shipping our kits to international destinations. The rules and regulations of international shipping along with additional costs have simply become too difficult for us to navigate. I would like to offer my sincere apologies to those of you who have come to rely on our bedding products. The books will continue to be available worldwide along with our instructional videos and 7mm Practical die kits (packaged simply as tooling dies). I have really enjoyed working with those of you who utilized skype as a buddy platform. It was a joy to see these projects come together. New Zealand customers, please note that the Bedding product pages will be down for a few days while we make the necessary changes to the website shipping options matrix.

7mm Practical Improved – Wildcat spam

I never thought there could be such a thing as wildcat spam but there you go. Recently it was brought to my attention that somebody has created a reamer called the 7mm Practical Improved. Unlike my own cartridge, it is based on the shorter 7mm Rem Mag, but then shortened again before being improved, resulting in a rather low case capacity. Unfortunately, by using the name Practical (Impractical would have been better considering the case forming difficulties!) there is a potential for mix ups. Customers are therefore advised that in order to avoid confusion, please purchase your 7mm Practical reamers from David Manson reamers. These reamers are batched produced with no deviation within the design. The Manson Practical reamer is fully enhanced for both power, accuracy, and OAL’s versus mag lengths versus wear.

Fun with reamers

Over the past so many months, I have been working with David Manson towards the creation of a group of reamers with enhanced accuracy potential (and in one instance enhanced power potential) for some of our standard cartridges. These cartridges are well known but based on my research are long overdue for an overhaul. It is my greatest hope that these reamers will help barrel makers, gunsmiths and shooters to achieve better results with modern projectile designs and in doing so, help ensure positive relationships between each of these groups of people. We still have a way to go with these designs and I will report with a fresh blog post as soon as the reamers are in production.

Well, that’s about all for now. Both Steph and I wish you all the very best.

 

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