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Re: Same old dilemma 55 months ago by Ricardo Laborin Re: Same old dilemma

Lovely thread, and I could step in Ted's shoes all day long with the same concerns. Nathan, to your point, the Cartridges book has become like a nudie magazine for me, sneaking out for peeks and reads all through the week. There are clear distinctions and the text is VERY well thought out - but for us newcomers, the cartridge/rifle selection process can be overwhelming. Mainly zeroing in on the fine line between the .270 running hot 150's vs the 7mmRM with the 160-168's, and then comparing the S..

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Re: Same old dilemma 55 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Same old dilemma

Hi Ted, quite often guys will have a two gun set up consisting of a simple rifle like the .270/ .308 / .30-06 etc- versus a more dedicated long range rig which is somewhat heavier as Bob mentioned. A case of horses for courses. When I am asked to set up a guy with one rifle for everything, close and long range but without too much weight, we often end up at the 7mm Rem Mag. One of the main reasons for this, is to keep the rifle weight down a bit for hard climbs. Its a fine line between rifle wei..

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Re: In praise of the .22 56 months ago by Joshua Mayfield Re: In praise of the .22

Nathan, am I correct in assuming you would advocate cutting a stock down to size for a child over having the child learn to shoot in a position they'll grow out of? Noah is 5 and very eager. He's shooting a few BBs at this point but it will be a bit before he graduates to a rimfire, I think. I've been wondering if one of the really small frame .22s would be a good investment. I appreciate all the input on this thread - you fellows have given me some good thoughts I had not come to yet on my own...

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Re: Practical Guides Read! Re: 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Practical Guides Read! Re: "Upgrade" from 300 WSM to 7MM Rem Mag??

Hi Ricardo, you can run a PSV-029 with this contour, same as the rifle pictured in my post above. You don't really need the brake, no need for that carbon fouling and extra noise. If you want to take the brake off, you could fit a piece of alkathene water pipe (half inch) as a thread and muzzle protector. It can protude out about an eighth of an inch or so without ill effect. Black alkathene pipe is not common in cities but if you live in a rural area, there should always be something floating a..

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Re: In praise of the .22 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: In praise of the .22

Hi Josh, sorry I have been behind and missed this thread. I totally agree, a great way to practice. One of the more typical accurate rifles in NZ has been the Anschutz (typical example being the 1451. But in NZ, high magazine capacity is utilized for possum work (fur trade) so the 10/22 and tricked up versions thereof are very popular. But we have a lot of brands here. The CZ / Brno rifles are loved for their accuracy and also having a similar feel to a centerfire which can be ideal for offhand ..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

Hi John, the release agent in the kit is Kiwi boot polish. It is the best release agent we have been able to find- best tolerances etc and far superior to latex. There are times when I still prefer to have something a bit extra. This may be due to job angles or when teaching newbies (See Jon Short's post in Howa 1500 thread). I would prefer to see something extra applied in this instance. You can use a bit of imperial neck lube (graphite), basically dip a blusher brush in the neck lube, then app..

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Shortening Triflite barrel. 56 months ago by Graham Pye Shortening Triflite barrel.

Hi All, I have a Remington 700 in 308 with a stainless steel Truflite barrel. The barrel is 585 mm long so I guess with the thread its 24 inches. Its 21mm diameter at the muzzel so quite heavy. The stock is an HS Precision. I find the rifle a bit too heavy at 9.5lbs and would hate to have to lug it over the hills too much. I have been looking at different ideas and other rifles but see in Nathans book "the 308 Win rifle can be docked from 24" to 20" if needed without any loss of performance". Wo..

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concentricity gauge indications 56 months ago by jason concentricity gauge indications

I managed to find a second hand concentricity gauge. So iv been measuring up a storm. So far I'm fairly happy with fired and sized cases. Some vary a bit but within spec. Iv seen a few half thou readings so I know my gauge has the tolerance in it to measure down that low. (Errors or rough spots in the gauge) First I graded my rounds to 1.5 thou under or over. In my ammo box either good or bad. I noticed that neck run out was on pah with projectile run out or close enough. For example the neck wa..

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Re: Getting myself organized 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Getting myself organized

Hi Mike, these have been a relatively good rifle and generally speaking are conducive to good accuracy. However, the barrels are extremely thin and not ideally suited to muzzle thread turning and suppression. The barrels are also prone to loss of accuracy through corrosion which often goes unnoticed by both shooters and gunsmiths. Please test the rifle without its suppressor to begin with. If the rifle continues to produce vertical stringing, it may be a sign of a harmonic or heat stress problem..

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Re: Getting myself organized 56 months ago by Mike Davis Re: Getting myself organized

Winchester mod 70 "lightweight" did the vivid on bolt lugs...some off both, years ago I dug out the hot glue and replaced with a 2 pack araldite and went forward approx 1" onto start of barrel. well free floated at least 3mm clearance. got recrowned when threaded for G.W. spartan about 2 years..40 shots ago. rifling is still ok..well its still there and looks not to bad. had a good look for copper fouling the other day and it shows up on 1 land and a little in 1 groove. my "goal" is to get to 50..

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Re: dnz game reaper 1 piece mount - 20moa shim? 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: dnz game reaper 1 piece mount - 20moa shim?

Hi Ben, I have come across this type before under another logo- very similar form. The cross section is wide enough that the alloy will maintain strength. The only point to be careful of it to not over torgue the ring screws. Ali is softer than carbon steel so the threads can be stripped easily. Just watch your torque settings and you should be fine.

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Practical Guides Read! Re: 56 months ago by Ricardo Laborin Practical Guides Read! Re: "Upgrade" from 300 WSM to 7MM Rem Mag??

Reposted from the original thread.... Gentlemen, Happy New Year to you all. Two practical guides are now officially read - the LRH Rifles & LRH Cartridges. I'm blown away by the quality of the info and feel like I'm right there in a fireside chat with Nathan. My takeaways as follow, please critique at will!! General Conditions: - Game weight - 90% 250lb or below (occasional Elk or Red Stag or Plains Game on the mix). - MAX desired range - 650 yards. - Access to reloading - spotty but doable. - H..

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Re: To suppress or not suppress 57 months ago by Mike Davis Re: To suppress or not suppress

I will watch this thread with interest..... now MY take on them is this good for my old ears good for my dogs ears easier on recoil so good if son needs to shoot game seem less disturbed "just around the corner" my good enough accuracy has stayed same or slightly better probably due to shorter stiffer barrel+ less reaction to recoil/noise I have them on all mine now and love not getting ear ringing after a day out. YES they add weight..but if you put them in back pack till you reach open tops th..

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To suppress or not suppress 57 months ago by Ben Grady To suppress or not suppress

Hi Guys I have another question while my rifle is at my gun smiths being worked on. I already have a 25 cal suppressor for another rifle. So do I get my gunsmith to thread the barrel while he is working on my rifle, I have a spare rear suppressor bush for him to size to the barrel. I may or may not use the suppressor on the rifle, but some times there are neighbours and stock close by to where I shoot and it has to be better for my ears. My question is do you think threading the barrel will be d..

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Re: stock selection 57 months ago by Mike Neeson Re: stock selection

I can comfortably shoot out to 550yds - 500m without any fuss. Haven't hunted at this range but can bang the steel gong at the shooting range without too much effort. For hunting, use 168 AMAX for long shots and the 165 SST for closer stuff. There is a thread on load development for the SPS in 308W on this forum if you look for it.

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Varimax QC 57 months ago by chris murphy Varimax QC

Selling my varimax muzzle brake as I've started playing with my own designs. It's bored for 7mm with m14x1 thread. The varimax brakes can have the braking function turned off. See muzzlebrakes.co.nz.

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Re: Sightron S3 6-24x50 FFP new turret caps 57 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Sightron S3 6-24x50 FFP new turret caps

Hi Jason, I have not had this problem but perhaps it is because I have spent a lot of time mucking around with turret scopes. It is possible that the torx screw was siomply too firm when you went to undo it, causing initial problems. I hold the turret and the scope body between my fingers. I only nip up the screws. There is no need for heavy tightening and indeed, I have seen threads ruined on various scopes from such practices. I have never had a turret slip after being nipped up. So again, no ..

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Re-loading question 58 months ago by Ben Grady Re-loading question

Hi guys I am still waiting for Nathans re-loading book to arrive in my mailbox so I have question that wasn't really answered before in one of my threads. When I first load a new projectile for a given cartridge, I sort out the OAL with one of the given methods (hornady gauge seems to work well). I then seat the projectile 1mm off the lands and start loading in .5 gr increments from half way between min and max (book data) and work my way up (checking for pressure signs as I go, once at the rang..

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Re: Heavy Barrel or not? 58 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Heavy Barrel or not?

Sounds good Glen. Yes, just work through it step by step. Hi Bryan. The featherweights are OK but I have found two weaknesses which go hand in hand with the 600 yard Elk slayer thread and the Tikka comments. 1. Rifle shakes if you have been climbing, then have to drop and take a hurried 300 yard shot. 2. Recoil can be quite fearsome in .300 Win Mag. I would not want to shoot a 208gr bullet above 2600fps in this rifle. It would also take a good deal of practice. It can be done if the hunter reall..

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Re: New Barrel Preparation Questions 58 months ago by Ben Grady Re: New Barrel Preparation Questions

Hi guys. Well my new barrel has arrived chambered in 25 06 rem. It is 26" stainless steel with a 9.5 twist. It has a heap or meat at the knox and tapers down to about 16mm at the muzzle. It is going to be a fairly heavy set up looking at the barrel on it's own. I have ordered a laminated stock from boyds as it is touch and go if there will be any wood left, next to the knox once the barrel is inletted being a heavier contour (with my exiting stock). I've decided to hold off threading for a suppr..

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Re: Fast barrel? 58 months ago by Randal Graham Re: Fast barrel?

Jared, posted on the .35 thread, I'll put the lapping link here too... http://youtu.be/ml-9oLLKYsM Is the rifle shooting consistant groups? Even at 2"... Are they consistant groups or all over the place and vary from small groups to large randomly? Very very generally speaking, large but consistant groups are barrel finish related, very random all-over-the-place groups usually end up being throat/chamber issues or a bad crown. Also, if you shoot a long string, like 5 groups of 5 rounds, and the ..

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Re: Fast barrel? 58 months ago by Randal Graham Re: Fast barrel?

Saw your post on another thread about fire lapping this barrel... Have you bore scoped this barrel yet Jared? I always hated chasing problems by throwing stuff at a gun waiting to see what might work, can go around in circles for a long time before issues get sorted out. I'd consider having a proper look at the bore first off to see where the barrel is at for sure. If it's tool chatter, crappy lap job, pits, burrs, crappy chamber cut or throat, you'll see it right away. Firelapping takes a lot o..

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Re: Warming up to the .35's 58 months ago by Randal Graham Re: Warming up to the .35's

Hi Bob! Yes, saw your posts in the 9.3/.35 whelen thread, found them quite enlightening. Sounds like a beautiful rifle as well, always been quite fond of Sako rifles, I owned a Sako carbine for a short time and it was one of the nicest guns I've owned, but was not in a caliber I could easily load for...and an offer came along. How I ended up with the damn BLR actually, and an auto-5 to boot. Wow, 225 at 2600+ , that has gotta be a deer hammer. Hmm, that would hit pretty hard a fair ways out I'd ..

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Re: Warming up to the .35's 58 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Warming up to the .35's

Hi Randal, I think to some extent this is a personal choice. To my way of thinking, a bolt action rifle is a simple and effective proposition. The bedding, trigger and bore can be worked on with ease. The ejection port can be cleared easily. The comb of the stock on a bolt action can be made to have better alignment. So on the one hand, while a lever can be faster to cycle, the bolt action will not recoil in the same manner and recovery from recoil is very fast. Such a rifle can be made both por..

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Warming up to the .35's 58 months ago by Randal Graham Warming up to the .35's

Nathan suggested I have a look at the .35 whelen as a contender for my next hunting rifle, after looking at both the .35 whelen and .358 winchester in great detail I must say I am feeling the pull towards them. One stubling block is lack of rifles available in either. Although I'm not opposed to a build in any case. What I have come to is this; the Browning BLR is a rifle I have many many years of expirience with, and it is available in .358 winchester. In this caliber it has a 20 inch barrel on..

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