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Re: 338 Federal specific 200 Woodleigh? 15 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: 338 Federal specific 200 Woodleigh?

Heck, completely missed this thread till now sorry. OK, what you need to understand is that below 2400fps, heavily core bonded bullets begin to retain energy, regardless of mushrooming. Below 2200fps, the wound channel is directly proportionate to the expanded caliber. Therefore, if you are shooting such a bullet and cannot keep your shots well forwards into the autonomic plexus (forwards shoulder also offers extra resistance to aid expansion), big deer may run a long way after the shot. Rifle a..

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Re: Bullet Performance -.243 Winchester 15 months ago by Luke Lahdenranta Re: Bullet Performance -.243 Winchester

This has been a very good and informative thread and a timely one for me as I recently got a Tikka t3 in 243 to play around with. I set it up as per Nathan's T3 book/video instructions and it's turning out sub MOA groups with several factory loads and the Federal Fusion 95 gr loads shoot so ridiculously well (1" @220 yards) it is tempting to not reload for this gun... but I know I will have to tinker with it at some point. I am interested in seeing how the 243 works this fall on some deer and co..

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Re: Bullet Performance -.243 Winchester 15 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Bullet Performance -.243 Winchester

Hi Andy, the TMK is a good bullet, worth trying on game if or when you get a chance. I covered this in the Cartridges book, second edition. As you get into the bigger animals and depending on your typical shot placement, a tougher bullet can be useful such as your 80gr Barnes. But there are many caveats to this though because the further we shoot, the softer the bullet needs to be. It takes a good deal of investigation to see how one hunter will have success while another will see abysmal failur..

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Re: Bedding Question 15 months ago by Martin Taylor Re: Bedding Question

Use it on every rifle l do. Its uniform as long as you heat it genitally wont stick to the compound bind to the threads etc. If you leave it just longer provides a slightly pointed tip aiding to guide into pillar (l fill the small hollow with Plasticine). If it stays behind after you have removed your blind donor & knocked out the action it will simply push out of the hole. As Nathan has said with release, l kiwi polish the thread & shaft before fitting.

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Re: Bedding Question 15 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Bedding Question

Heat shrink is OK but you should also put release agents on the screw threads as well as the outer heat shrink so that the screw will come away, one way or another.

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Re: 6,5x55 won't chamber my reloads 16 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: 6,5x55 won't chamber my reloads

Hi Arve, the top blind screws are made of rubber so should not cause any major issues but yes, we should always avoid any protrusion from the top or bottom. Yes, if the front action screw is protruding, it will need to be ground back a touch. This is very important as it can both gouge the lower bolt locking lug and also upset accuracy terribly. And yes, it will effect how the bolt feels when opening and closing. Yes, shoot the rifle at 30 inch-lb and see how you get on. Note for others: protrud..

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7mm-08 popular in NZ? Need an Aussie load 16 months ago by Aussie Hunter 7mm-08 popular in NZ? Need an Aussie load

so i bought a 7mm-08 on a whim because i wanted another rifle, considered various cals and started a compact .223 thread. What i found was a CTR Tikka on special in .243 or 7mm-08, not a .223 or even the .300blk i had considered to use from the car but rather a calibre i had wanted to try. i referred to it as a Tupperware Tikka but thats a bit long so i think i will call her Ugly Betty, i wont be leaving home without her once we get together. I have the dealer getting me some prices on 200 round..

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Re: Bullet Performance -.243 Winchester 16 months ago by Ed Sybert Re: Bullet Performance -.243 Winchester

First, thanks to all who replied, and especially to Nathan. I'm sorry I hit a sore spot with Thomas. I've used the 85gr Sierra Game King successfully on two Whitetail deer and a coyote. I read about the BT and SST in the Knowledge Base but have not had the opportunity to try them on game. So, I was hoping for just the sort of information that Nathan provided in this thread. I'll try the SST this year, keeping the 85gr SGK as my back-up. I'll report back with my experience. Regards, Ed

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Re: Bullet Choices - .243 Win for Whitetail Deer 16 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Bullet Choices - .243 Win for Whitetail Deer

Ok, may as well delete this thread seeing as its also up in the General discussion. Quite true Jonathan, went over this as best as I could but I guess I can add a bit more. OK, deleting this now.

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Re: Necking up 6.5 x 284 brass to 284 win?? 16 months ago by Bryan Webster Re: Necking up 6.5 x 284 brass to 284 win??

Quote:Sorry Mark, I picked up on an old thread regarding this topic. Pete may not be following this. I found some Bertram brass in .284 win, I'm going to give that a try, I have read reviews from F class shooters in Australia that reckon it's ok, slightly smaller internal volume and slightly larger range in weight than lapua 6.5 284 brass. Otherwise very good. Much the same price. See how goes. Mark's method is what I have been using. Worked well for me.

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Re: Necking up 6.5 x 284 brass to 284 win?? 16 months ago by mark suckling Re: Necking up 6.5 x 284 brass to 284 win??

Sorry Mark, I picked up on an old thread regarding this topic. Pete may not be following this. I found some Bertram brass in .284 win, I'm going to give that a try, I have read reviews from F class shooters in Australia that reckon it's ok, slightly smaller internal volume and slightly larger range in weight than lapua 6.5 284 brass. Otherwise very good. Much the same price. See how goes.

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Re: BEST DIE SET FOR RELOADING 30-06 IN A RCBS ROCK CHUCKER SUPREME 17 months ago by Thomas Kitchen Re: BEST DIE SET FOR RELOADING 30-06 IN A RCBS ROCK CHUCKER SUPREME

Hi Rob i agree with Chris comments in other thread Nathan books will really be ideal for walking you through a lot of these things. i love the lee collet, i own two sets of custom sets plus many factory ones. your very luck as the lee ultimate sets come in 30.06 these are great 4 die sets for a really good price. also pick up a lee trim gauge while your at it. just be aware if your shooting brass that you haven't shot before the brand new brass will require slightly less powder then once shot br..

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Re: Z -max projectiles 17 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Z -max projectiles

Aside from Bob's input, this thread should be treated with caution. Anyone new to hunting should be wary of this thread because it contains a great deal of misinformation, non evidence based anecdotes and zero necropsies. I will try my best to correct some of this. Hornady jacket material is generally softer than Nosler. If a bullet is too soft for the job at hand and meets too much resistance on impact relative to its weight and construction versus game weights, the bullet may cause sufficient ..

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Re: Confused. 17 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Confused.

Just be grateful that you do not have to go through what Europeans have to go through to get into hand loading (explosive license etc). Ireland has been through even more difficult times. I think this year is the first year that they have ever been allowed to even contemplate it, treated like 'the enemy' for centuries. Strangling hand load supplies is a great form of gun control. Realistically, it would have been better to not bring this up on an open forum as you would be surprised where the an..

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Re: ADI powders 17 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: ADI powders

Hi Jason, when I was young, I had folk (salesmen) tell me that ADI was just a cheap powder made in Oz, conjuring images of an Australian in a hut somewhere in the outback, making powder while trying to split the beer atom. Fortunately I was able to get past all of this and see the faults in my own processes. ADI make good powder, its as simple as that. So lets put that to rest. Trying to diagnose this via the net is hopeless. I will try to offer some ideas but without having the rifle in hand, y..

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Re: The Cult of the All Copper Projectile 17 months ago by Steph Foster Re: The Cult of the All Copper Projectile

I am sorry guys, this is a very long post however I think that this is such a big subject that the length is justified. I have to admit that I am really not convinced or sold on the idea that lead projectiles are responsible for environmental lead toxicity. I think it is a very limited and narrow view point. Rather like having a house that is suffering from sinking foundations, dry rot and termites but deciding that the front door needs replacing. Just a quick note on the subject of lead toxicit..

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The 9.3's 17 months ago by Luke Lahdenranta The 9.3's

I have just seen and done the first read on the 9.3x57 and 9.3x62 and didn't see anything posted on them so I thought I'd get the ball rolling on a discussion thread! :) Let me be first to thank Nathan for putting in the research and doing these write ups that are free of charge on the knowledge base. Really good write ups and as the knowledge base grows I like the additional insights you put into your write ups that aren't cartridge specific. I especially like the comment about shooting fantasy..

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Re: Heavy Recoil versus Imagined Recoil 17 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Heavy Recoil versus Imagined Recoil

OK, how do I post this without ending up with a divorce. If recoil has a negative affect on accuracy, then it must be addressed. Accuracy must always come first. When I am teaching, whether via the website, the books, one on one or via lectures, I begin by placing great emphasis on the stock and rifle design followed by technique. I do not expect folk to pick up the first POS they find and 'take it like a man'. But what I do hope, is that with the right kit and the right form, the client can use..

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Re: Heavy Recoil versus Imagined Recoil 18 months ago by Stephanie Foster Re: Heavy Recoil versus Imagined Recoil

I am really glad that you started this thread Lane because I find the subject of recoil very fascinating. What I find so interesting is the question when did recoil and the avoidance of it become paramount when using a rifle? It seems that people spend more time thinking about recoil than they do thinking about a planned hunt. So to me it seems that maybe the issue is more about where a person puts their focus, rather than actual recoil. Maybe I have been very fortunate in the sense that over th..

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Lithgow la101 22lr 18 months ago by Mark Whitaker Lithgow la101 22lr

Before everyone spanks me, long range is relative, 1000 yards for the hot rods etc, so 150 yards for a 22lr is "long range". So, I sold my 375h&h Ruger #1 and bought a Lithgow la101 22lr, synthetic stock and threaded barrel (it came with it, pretty useless in Australia) and the local gunsmith lightened the trigger to approx 1 lb. I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but I have started to break in the barrel as per Nathan's instructions, added the extra stock spacing to lengthen the length of ..

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Re: Howa Project 18 months ago by Andrew Murray Re: Howa Project

Hey all, final update for this thread. I got the same OSA (Outdoor Sporting Agencies) ammo: Buffalo River with the Sierra 135gr Hollow Points. Range was 100yds and wind was non-existant. Shooting from a bench with bags as rests. Managed this group: 0.098Mil or 0.338MOA, you can see the fouling shot to the right. Then this one: this was the final group. There was some fiddling with the scope but this group is right on centre and 1 mil high (approx 4 inches). This group was 0.093Mil or 0.319MOA In..

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Re: hammer forged vs cut or button rifling 18 months ago by Andrew Murray Re: hammer forged vs cut or button rifling

Hey guys, Sorry to dredge up an old thread... I wanted to know if there is any truth to the idea that hammer forged barrels do not need a break in process... My thoughts are that this idea has no merit, in fact a hammer forged barrel I saw recently had more visible burrs and tool marks than my Howa. Either Howa have picked up their game and are finishing barrels like they did pre-2011 (see the rifles book) or hammer forging has no great benefits to bore finish (assuming the tools used to cut the..

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Re: Tripod forend rest for hunting? 18 months ago by mark whiteley Re: Tripod forend rest for hunting?

LOL http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/18/thread/14000.html its kill shot clips off the best of the west over a year of producing a show for christs sake, time to take a chill pill, its entertainment LOL that type of rest is used by people who require the most stable rest for highest degree of accuracy and precision all the time the bench rest and long range shooting crew for a scenario where you would be sitting waiting for game to come out into your shooting ar..

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new rifle 18 months ago by Brendon Greig new rifle

Hi guys I finally got my new rifle Remington 700 in 7mm rem mag had some issues finding one as the importer had none in stock finally found one 1st mistake I got it threaded before trying it 2nd mistake I stabilized and bedded it before testing it when first firing it i found it to be a heavy fouler so contacted Nathan for advice and decided to send it up to him to sort the bore for me but due to the bedding not being right he couldn't get suitable grouping to be happy due to my finances and Nat..

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Re: Len Backus' Long Range Hunting 18 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Len Backus' Long Range Hunting

Thanks Rob, they requested a few articles so I have allowed them to utilize a couple of articles which might aid learning, plus one just for fun. I used to post regularly on LRH.com but I just don't have the time now. I still answer private tech questions from forum members but again, I have so many other commitments at present. At the moment, I am editing my past field notes and data on the 9.3 family. But I also have to juggle this with the ongoing field testing of new bullets etc and also hel..

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