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Re: .204 reloading and general 79 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: .204 reloading and general

I prefer the old fashioned simple method Jason. Pan of water, halfway up the case. Blow torch as per annealing video in KB I set the vise so I can walk around it, I do one case at a time. Apply heat to the shoulder and neck, once the case neck goes dull cherry red, I rotate the blow torch around the case so that the cherry color goes around the case neck. Wait 5 seconds Remove case from water with a welding glove or very gently with light poly grips on case body. lay on a towel. Case needs to co..

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Re: .204 reloading and general 79 months ago by jason brown Re: .204 reloading and general

thanks nathan. yes my hornady has been good so far. only three loadings, most two. there was one case that split the neck a little bit. after the first handload. but i think it must of been the exception or a dud. the rest are fine. im guessing you anneal once you get a few that split the neck. how do you do it... in a dark room until you see a colour change in the neck? save the subject for a thread of its own if you like. im sure you get what you pay for, but at this stage i will use the remin..

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Re: Matrix 190gr loads for 7mm Practical 80 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Matrix 190gr loads for 7mm Practical

I had the camera mounted on my knife steel (has a 1.4" piece of thread stock on it). I am used to using it as a mono pod dug into the ground but its not easy for others and I really put Im2lazy on the spot. I have a good tripod here, need to remember to pack it with my kit. The BC is certainly true to form, no elevation errors there.

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Re: .30-06 Springfield 150gr Hornady SST load 80 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: .30-06 Springfield 150gr Hornady SST load

Hi Drew, yes thats enough to drive anyone nuts. OK, lets get to it: Rifle variables: If the lugs have not been lapped, I can pretty much guarantee only one locking lug is touching, direction of thrust off center to the bore. Solution, lap lugs. Check the bedding is not pinching the action in place, especially at the recoil lug. Many smiths have a poor understanding of bedding- critical points of contact versus critical points of relief, there are even entire aftermarket companies who do not unde..

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Re: 300 RUM performance 81 months ago by Chris Hunt Re: 300 RUM performance

Just read the latest NZ hunter mag and there 7lb scoped rifle cambered in 7mm Fatmax (Wildcat) 300 norma necked down to 7mm. IT shoots a nosler 150 e- tip down loaded at 3400 fps and has 1/2 inch POI difference (to the right) than there 180 Berger long-range load of 3250fps with muzzle brake. So it is possible ! and they push the a-max close to 3500fps all out of a short action Remington. I am open minded ! and there are guys out there with some impressive rifles pushing the boundary's. "The .30..

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Re: Best .257 81 months ago by Jason Myers Re: Best .257" bullet for low velocity impacts?

Thank you Mr. Foster! I have read your article about game killing with great interest. It was very educational. He helped me to frame this whole question in the first place. I do understand that I'm asking a question that is threading the needle of near-impossibility. I'll fill you in about the exact application. I'm not doing long-range hunting, but rather, hunting with a cartridge with relatively low energy for deer hunting, the .25-35 Winchester. It has often been described as the lowest-reco..

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Re: Suitable scope for 257 Roberts or 25-06 81 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Suitable scope for 257 Roberts or 25-06

Hi Richard, there are two Nikon threads on this forum which will help you. One is titled Nikon Buckmaster impressions, the other is titled 'scope for a .260'. Please read the threads and have a think about things. I do highly recommend the Sightron brand but in saying that, factors such as errors in Nikon scope turret calibration will not be a huge issue on a .25-06 if it is only used to say 500 yards. If you are able to afford a high end optic and are looking for something around 10 power, I do..

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Re: 300 RUM performance 82 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: 300 RUM performance

As I understand it- Nosler brass is Norma Brass. Both are very soft in my experience. I tend to use Rem Brass in the Ultra mags. Do not go fiddling powders in either the 7mm or .300 RUM. Use only what the manufacturers recommend. The case design is over bore and if the wrong powder is selected and downloaded, uneven burning can alter the burn rate of the powder (all powder ignited at once), resulting in pressures over 70,000psi. Yes, low PSI equals lower pressure but the differences are very sma..

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Re: Marlin 30-06 for Longrange? 82 months ago by Jim Moseley Re: Marlin 30-06 for Longrange?

If you search the long range hunting sites, I don't think you will see the name Marlin pop up to many times. When it comes to the "budget conscious" shooter, Savage seems to be at the top of the list. You also get the bonus of pre-threaded chambered barrels for the long range shooter that don't cost a fortune. Pac-Nor is one of a few makers.

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Re: Questions about Remington 5r,Sendero,P 83 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Questions about Remington 5r,Sendero,P

Here is the best I can ascertain. The 24" barreled rifle is from the M24 production line. It is a .308Win barrel, 1:11 twist, but instead reamed to .300 WM. These were the first run and should no longer be available new, only second hand. The dedicated .300 Win Mag 5R rifle features a 26" 1:10 twist barrel and is most likely the better bet if utilizing the 208gr A-Max (thou some 1:11 twist rifles can shoot very heavy bullets quite well). If the barrel is threaded, you may wish to employ a suppre..

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Re: Questions about Remington 5r,Sendero,P 83 months ago by Craig Henard Re: Questions about Remington 5r,Sendero,P

Thanks Nathan. I see that this rifle can be had in either a 24 or a 26 inch barrel. I am assuming the 26 would be better ? And also noticed that some come with threads on the end of the barrel and some dont. Any thoughts about one versus the other ? Thanks and regards Craig

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Re: M700 5R 308 84 months ago by Matt Reid Re: M700 5R 308

Hi Trevor, I asked pretty much the same question the other day in the precision and long range section of the forum, see ´amax decision´ thread. I have sometimes pondered using the 208s as well, although thinking the mv might be getting a bit low to be practical. Matt

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Re: M700 5R 308 84 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: M700 5R 308

Hi Richard, the R5 barrel of the M24 sniper rifle is designed to be used with the 175gr Sierra MatchKing. That said, the 1:11 twist works well with many bullet weights. I have been able to get a consistent .250" with the 168gr A-Max in the most recent R5 I tricked up which I believe was from the same batch as your rifle. I answered a similar question today in the long range hunting thread for Matt Reid regarding a decision over which A-max to use for long range work. Have a read and see if it he..

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Re: inaccurate howa 84 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: inaccurate howa

Hi Kyle, since the earthquakes hit Japan in 2011, Howa barrel quality has dropped to an all time low. The bores are full of machine marks, pits and burrs on both stainless and blued model rifles. It is a very sad situation. There is a possibility that your rifle will never shoot straight, its as simple as that. Ok, so lets do a damage control check. You have stabilized and bedded the cheap Hogue stock. When you do your barrel climb check, make sure you drop the floor plate and mag spring otherwi..

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inaccurate howa 84 months ago by kyle h inaccurate howa

I thought I would share my journey with the Howa m1500 7mm-08 I purchased earlier in the year and seek some suggestions to make the accuracy better. I got it with a package hogue stock and nighteater scope which felt okay. I followed the instructions for breaking in the barrel to the letter ie shoot, cool, clean and so on for the first 12 or so shots. I used factory Remington corelokt ammo which fouled the barrel wickedly for the first 25 or so shots. The rifle would not group at all, +10 inch g..

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Re: New rifle shooting badly. 86 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: New rifle shooting badly.

Hi Gary, looks like the rifle is nearing the end of the options line. If the barrel is fouling severely, it may have a burrs within the bore of a mal formed land. I have also seen bores that are tight at the chamber end of the barrel, then loose at the muzzle, causing a near explosion of copper vapour which ends up guilding the entire bore. If the bore is the problem, you have one final option and that is to fire lap the bore. Give the rifle one more try and if it is still playing up, either sel..

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Re: Stock mods 88 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Stock mods

Nice one Matt. Did you melt/burn the stock a bit to key it up for adhesion or simply rough it up. This may sound a bit odd but I would like to one day see what happens if an angle grinder handle is mounted 2 or 3 inches ahead of the front action screw. Would mean having to fit a threaded boss to the forend etc.

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Re: Vertical/horizontal group spread 88 months ago by Alvaro Piqueras Re: Vertical/horizontal group spread

Hello Nathan; Thank you very much for the input! Yes, that´s right, i have plenty of work! I have no luck with roe deers. Just see a red fox very early, and we decided not to shoot, because we don´t want to make noise. We where all morning trying to locate deers but there was no chance! When we´re walking back to the car, found a group of magpies. I decided to try the load and i get one at 128 meters, so the rifle Work, at least, when i do my part! ;) Hope I can help to the wounding data base so..

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Re: TC Dimension rifle 89 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: TC Dimension rifle

Looks OK but I can't comment as I have not used the system first hand. Hopefully this is a good one,looks like a lot of thought was put into the design, lots of R&D. There have been a few switch barrel rifle designs over the years and sometimes there is a problem relative to how much play/slop there is between the barrel and action. This model has a tight collet with supplied torque wrench so it may be quite a step ahead. A secondary problem is that most switch barrel rifles cannot cope with hea..

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Re: Rifle accurizing service 90 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Rifle accurizing service

Hi Guys, at the moment, exporting rifles is a bit difficult for me but this may change in the future. As True-Flite solidify channels through barrel exports, this/they will be able to provide options for me. It is great to have this company to work with. Branded rifles are a good idea. Its something I would have faith in myself, the rifles we have built in the past have shot well until the bores have worn out. But, I also need to make the site pay for itself eventually as others have pointed out..

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Re: got my 300 win mag 90 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: got my 300 win mag

Hi Trevor, I had a look at the accuracy, it is very good, infact for an out of the box 2012 SPSS, it is exceptional. If this is consistent, it tells us that the bore (and action) is extremely good. You will be able to build on this, refining accuracy down below 1" and further down to hopefully you hit the sub .5" mark- if you want to achieve this. There are several ways to go on a limited budget. I could go on here for pages and pages. Instead, I will offer a few ideas. Utilize existing stock an..

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Re: An SPS 7mm Rem Mag for long range mountain hunting 92 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: An SPS 7mm Rem Mag for long range mountain hunting

Hi Erich, thanks for your kind comments, I am slowly coming right. The difference between the XCR II and standard SPS is essentially a paint job. Apart from the coating, the barrels and actions are the same, the stocks are the same SPS stock except for the soft rubber panels. Personally, I prefer to steer clear of painted metal work as it can come to grief during bedding or rebarreling operations at which point, the entire finish needs to be removed. This is why I prefer the British army method ..

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Re: copper fouling 94 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: copper fouling

Hi Tim, the front king screw should definitely not be bottoming out. This may well be the cause of your wide fliers. You have two choices, either grind 40 thou / 1mm of the king screw and re-chamfer it, or if you want to re-bed the rifle, you can use the fresh bedding to lift the action up a tad and create the clearance needed. To determine whether this may be beneficial, check the current bedding to see how well it is adhering to the stock. Typically, the Browning and Winchester bolt action rif..

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Re: copper fouling 94 months ago by tim charteris Re: copper fouling

hi there again so i was puttin the gun away but decided to check the bedding and after playing around found that the front action screw when done up tight gose through the action and hits the threaded part of th barrel is this normal cause it dosent seem right the stock seems tight but would i be best to take the screw down a bit buy grinding some of the end cheers tim

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Re: .223 94 months ago by tim Kollat Re: .223

Im just going to stick with 300 win mag. The 30-06 is my dads that he gave me a long time ago and I think Im going to fix it up nice and give it back. I know this thread started as a .223 thread, so Ill ask one more thing: Nathan, Ive read from many sources that the spin of the 55 grain fmj has no effect on yaw and does not stabilize it so much that it wont yaw and frag on impact. Your writings that the slower twists that just stabilize it enough in flight but yaw and fragment on impact sound mo..

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