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Re: 10 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: "Maxis" (Savage Axis Magnum Conversion)

It is interesting that this keeps coming up, overkill or added effect. A matter of curiosity and perhaps more recently a subconscious reaction to the Creedmoor. Try to keep in mind that as we go up in bore diameter but down in velocity the two factors can cancel each other out to some extent. So for example, if I was to say that a certain .308 produces a high level of nervous trauma at 2600fps while a .44 load can at produce a similar effect at 1800fps, this does not automatically make the .44 b..

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Re: 10 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: "Maxis" (Savage Axis Magnum Conversion)

Hi Calin, I believe the first step is to be clear on your goals. A bit of Dr Phil / Texas thinking goes a long way here. A gun like this may be cheap to begin with, but after converting, it will have cost a lot more than the initial outlay. What you have to ask yourself is - is this what you really want or are you just trying to make do. I have polished plenty of turds in my time. No matter how much folk rave about budget guns and no matter how good some of these are, they will never be more tha..

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Re: How slow is the Lee Precision scale? 10 months ago by Calin Brabandt Re: How slow is the Lee Precision scale?

I'm a new member here and figure I'll say hello by responding to this thread before I start asking questions in general. I've used the Lee balance for about 10 years and found everything reported here to be true, but I'll add a few things. Every balance scale that I've used has been touchy (even the very expensive ones I used in chem lab at college many decades ago). I had a problem with my Lee scale that plagued me for a couple of years after I purchased it. For reasons unknown to me, the scale..

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Re: Mcmillan stock crack Opinions 10 months ago by Iain Re: Mcmillan stock crack Opinions

McMillan have an excellent guarantee and they will honour it. Sounds like maybe someone has used in your stock a calibre much hotter than the fill is rated for, or maybe as you suggested, over torqued screws (bit hard with pillars), or who knows. The problem for those of us down here is postage costs, but I'd definitely contact McMillan first. I have found them to be responsive and helpful. Plan B would be the repair described in this thread.

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Re: Custom Rifle Stocks, DIY 11 months ago by Caleb Mayfield Re: Custom Rifle Stocks, DIY

Step 7: New Bottom Metal One major aspect to navigate during the DIY stock build is the hardware. The metal bits that you might reuse from an original stock, or that you may have to source as a unique component. In this case, the trigger guard is molded into the plastic stock and the "bottom metal" is a thin stamped sheet metal plate that supports one screw and the magazine well. New bottom metal it is. No one that I found makes a direct replacement with trigger guard and since this is not the f..

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Re: Picatinny Rail and Rings vs. Talley Lightweights or Similar 11 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Picatinny Rail and Rings vs. Talley Lightweights or Similar

Hi Ryan, you have pretty much answered your own questions and covered the ins and outs. These newer Talley rings are of a better design than the vertical split ring scope killers. But do keep in mind that they are thin ali, so you must not overtorque them as the threads will strip quite easily. When using ali, the material thickness should really be doubled. For example, double the screw depth (and screw length) to obtain more contact between the screw and ring- not more torque. But being that t..

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Re: Load Data 11 months ago by Paul Leverman Re: Load Data

Not to hijack your thread, Andrew. Just to show you that I feel your pain. It gets kind of confusing, so bear with me. First photo, first group, shots 7,8,9; two shots far right, one shot topmost Third group, (13,14,15) second photo. Same shape, just smaller. This group had an ES of 7 (2856,2849,2853) I'm thinking that maybe I push ..

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Re: Tape over the muzle 11 months ago by Paul Leverman Re: Tape over the muzle

For your reading pleasure: https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/17/thread/10114.html [https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/17/thread/10114.html]

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Re: New 6.5mm Cartridge 11 months ago by Caleb Mayfield Re: New 6.5mm Cartridge

Is this the new 6.5 flavor of the week [http://forum.snipershide.com/threads/6-5-addiction-swedemoor.6309914/]? I suppose that as long as one keeps the reality of bullet terminal performance in mind, why not burn some more powder.

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Re: TTSX & GMX Style Bullets, and Velocity Increases 11 months ago by Ryan Nafe Re: TTSX & GMX Style Bullets, and Velocity Increases

These are DIRECT QUOTES from the knowledgebase articles on the .308 and .30-06, respectively: “The Barnes 130 grain TSX is a good all around bullet for game weighing up to 150kg with relative ease - covering a huge cross section of game species. The 130 grain TSX, due to its weight and SD, meets great resistance on impact, resulting in fast killing out to and often beyond 300 yards (2200fps).” And: “The Barnes 130 grain TSX is a good all-round bullet for game weighing up to 150kg. It is highly r..

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Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith 12 months ago by Simon Crowther Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith

I'll explain why I started the thread. Some years ago, I met a guy out in the bush, he was great at finding deer but couldn't shoot to save his life. At 100 to 150 yards, he kept gut shooting deer, his solution was to trade his rifle in for a Magnum, 270 WSM I think and top it of with a very cheap scope, that looked like it had come from Savebarn. Did this solve his problem: hell no! At a range one time, I met a guy that was new to hunting, he kept spraying lead down range with a Browning Automa..

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Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith 12 months ago by Paul Leverman Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith

Actually, Simon, it's a good thing you started this thread. This is what the "net" was supposed to be used for, the exchange of information and opinions. From what I have read here, it's all good. Opinions expressed politely and open discussion about real world results versus hypothetical performance.

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Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith 12 months ago by Simon Crowther Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith

David - thanks for the reply. I don't have anything against the Creedmore, I'm just sick of salesmen trying to sell me one. For the sort of hunting I do most centerfires 243 and upwards will do, although I fancy a 30-06. I'm using a 7mm-08 at the moment, and I really wanted a 308 but the rifle I wanted wasn't in stock in that caliber. My method of choosing calibers when buying a rifle is to look at the shelves in the nearby gunshops and see what is the most plentyfull and cheapest and I reload. ..

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Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith 12 months ago by David Hartley Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith

I wonder how many of you have used the 6.5 Creedmoor for general hunting purposes? I have used mine for 9 months primarily for goat control but also red and fallow deer, and I absolutely love it. I shoot the 143gr ELD-X at 2800fps and enjoy half MOA accuracy and more down range energy than my .308. The sectional density of this projectile is 0.293. I have a friend who is using a slightly faster powder and with some minor modifications to the throat for an extra long COAL, safely achieving over 2..

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Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith 12 months ago by mark korte Re: Poor Cartridges for Long Range Hunting – The Real Gunsmith

Sorry - don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have to call this out: "You also have to couple that with the unmanaged reintroduction of wolves into the American West that has decimated entire herds of moose, large portions of the elk herd, etc." Lane - where I live in Montana we have the most robust elk populations that we have had in my lifetime. In many hunting districts there are bonus elk tags and extended seasons lasting up to 5 months. This is the case where I live and hunt and this alon..

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Re: Shooting position, holding the rifleforend 12 months ago by Andrew Murray Re: Shooting position, holding the rifleforend

Hi Anders, I hope you're doing well. Just a word of warning with this guy. He is hit and miss. I have watched his videos and his conduct is worrying. I posted more on it on another thread in this forum but "The Real Gunsmith" should give its own warning bells. It might be too far to say he is not on band wagons; he gives the impression he has attained all knowledge. This is not to say he doesn't have valuable info... but be careful to filter out the rubbish.

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Re: Sierra 30cal 195 TMKs in the 308  and the 30.06 ?? 12 months ago by Iain Re: Sierra 30cal 195 TMKs in the 308 and the 30.06 ??

Quote:Incidentally, I just saw that Hornady has added a 195 ELD-M to their line. Maybe it's old news that I missed. But I can't help wanting to get my hands on one, take the Verniers to it, run it through the old hammer test, set it up next to the TMK for comparison, so on and so forth. Paul Leverman referenced Nathan's "Phantom Fiddler" in another thread. I think Paul chased him off and now he's hot on my trail. Pretty sure that the ELDM will be shorter than the TMK also. This will help if twis..

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Re: Sierra 30cal 195 TMKs in the 308  and the 30.06 ?? 12 months ago by Joshua Mayfield Re: Sierra 30cal 195 TMKs in the 308 and the 30.06 ??

Incidentally, I just saw that Hornady has added a 195 ELD-M to their line. Maybe it's old news that I missed. But I can't help wanting to get my hands on one, take the Verniers to it, run it through the old hammer test, set it up next to the TMK for comparison, so on and so forth. Paul Leverman referenced Nathan's "Phantom Fiddler" in another thread. I think Paul chased him off and now he's hot on my trail.

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Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ??? 12 months ago by Chris Murphy Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ???

Right O you jokers ive been sitting back with my pop corn watching this thread and this whole light weight rifle thing pisses me off. Iain I am a south island hunter and most of my hunting is days away from vehicles. I am also not a great physical specimen, I'm 6 foot and 70 kg dripping wet. For a multi day hunt my pack weight is 18kg and I carry a 4.5kg (9.9lb) 7mm Practical No 4 contour barrel and S3 6-24x 50. This is very light for such a magnum and I have to keep my round count up to stay ac..

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Re: Cartridges for Fast Killing Inside 125 Yards 12 months ago by Thomas Kitchen Re: Cartridges for Fast Killing Inside 125 Yards

hi Ryan please have a read of this https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/17/thread/9545.html and i agree with you about learning "the only thing no one can take from you is your ability to learn"

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Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ??? 12 months ago by Paul Leverman Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ???

Iain, sorry, I couldn't resist giving Warwick a jibe. He is the master stirrer. Regarding your comment about fibreglas stocks, I had started another thread here somewhere about the B&C that a customer wanted to attach to his metal. It is solid fibreglass and appears to be well made. I was quite surprised though at how easy it was to flex it. Easy may not be the right term, but by simply twisting it in your hands, it did flex. Not a lot, but more than I would have figured to be possible. I unders..

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Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ??? 12 months ago by Iain Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ???

Thanks for the input folks. Bob I get that being scrawny doesn't enable me shoot accurately with less weight. The issue for little blokes is always carrying the load. Sort of like a big car versus a little car with a bootful of gear and large passengers. Interesting that your light 308was such a pig. Are you referring to high country Aus.or NZ ? There is a world of difference. Mine (6lbs scoped) is lively but certainly not vicious. I think it has something to do with stock design, and the materi..

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Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ??? 12 months ago by Iain Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ???

Quote:Hey Ian. A group of us had a talk about this last year. See link to disscusion below. I guess that part of the hunting and shooting scene is being, keeping or getting fit enough to carry and shoot an accurate rifle. Just like a contract fencer has to carry his spade and post rammer up hills dig post holes, place and ram them tight. 10kg less body weight even 5kg lost makes a huge difference and is an investment in your own health and well being. Entirely up to you to choose. It's one of yo..

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Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ??? 12 months ago by Warwick Marflitt Re: NZ South Island Rifle Weight ???

Hey Ian. A group of us had a talk about this last year. See link to disscusion below. I guess that part of the hunting and shooting scene is being, keeping or getting fit enough to carry and shoot an accurate rifle. Just like a contract fencer has to carry his spade and post rammer up hills dig post holes, place and ram them tight. 10kg less body weight even 5kg lost makes a huge difference and is an investment in your own health and well being. Entirely up to you to choose. It's one of your ava..

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Re: Sierra 85 gr HPBT Gameking 12 months ago by Warwick Marflitt Re: Sierra 85 gr HPBT Gameking

Luke Pauls had some good results with the 108 ELD-M at around 3230fps + - 4fps and tight bolt lift 😲 @ 3425fps https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/17/thread/17932.html

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