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Re: Recoil reduction 63 months ago by sllindsay Re: Recoil reduction

I was out of town so missed my chance to weigh in on this thread earlier. I won't argue caliber here (but I love my 308!), but I have some observations on platform. Nathan got me into using Rem 700 actions on semi-customs and I could not be happier. With a Timney trigger, they shoot like a dream (I have three). Since time is short for this season, I would suggest buying a Rem SPS in your desired caliber and find a load that will get you by for this season. Then in the off-season, bed it in an HS..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 63 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

Sorry to be a pain Ben but I would like you to have a think about upping the trigger weight a half pound / quarter turn. Once we go below 1.5, things can go wrong. Cold mornings / evenings are the biggest problem where feeling is lost in the extremeties. Under these conditions, accuracy can be very poor, the trigger going off well before the hunter is settled. You may also find that accuracy is poor at 100 yards. Target shooters use very light settings of a half to 1lb but even then, my tests sh..

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Re: Recoil reduction 64 months ago by Jim Moseley Re: Recoil reduction

You never stated your max range that you wanted to achieve. Since the Savage is easy to re-barrel, why not entertain the idea of the 6.5-o6. The 140 gr Amax is a very efficient bullet and can do lots of damage at long distance. The top barrel makers are building pre-threaded barrels that are top notch shooters. I would also go with a better stock. Personally, I'll will always be a fan of the 7 mag :-)

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Re: Recoil reduction 64 months ago by thomas kitchen Re: Recoil reduction

I'm here to learn so any feed back to my comments are greatly appreciated. i have an old parker hale 303 that up till recently was my main hunting rifle i upgraded the scope on it a while ago, while i was sighting it in and having a play, it was nailing my shoulder (30 plus rounds) what i discovered that the recoil paid thats probably 20 years old had gone hard in the centre but was soft on the outside so rather then spreading the recoil over something 50mm wide it was closer to 25 mm wide. i fi..

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Re: Your thoughts on rebarreling a .338 Win Mag 64 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Your thoughts on rebarreling a .338 Win Mag

HI Bill, its funny how weight is a subjective issue. I went to check the weight of my .338 Edge for you. I build this rifle as a "medium" weight. It breaks the general rules of an Edge build and rather than a 30" full contour barrel, it has a basic 26" semi varmint contour onto which my forward port brake is fitted. Steph has been sniping cow pats with it of late, so the partial recoil reduction is quite fine with the forward ports- as long as the rifle is held properly. As for the weight. The c..

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Your thoughts on rebarreling a .338 Win Mag 64 months ago by Bill Goodland Your thoughts on rebarreling a .338 Win Mag

It's time to re-barrel my .338 Win Mag. After reading some of Nathan's books, it is looking like I have a fairly average barrel on my Ruger MKII. The rust pitting towards the muzzle from a super wet (by West Oz standards) weekend hunt with a taped muzzle, may contribute as well.....lesson learnt there. Anyway I am stuck with barrel contour and length, I am leaning towards 26" and No. 4 contour. I still want to be able to hunt on foot with it, but also be able to shoot to a max of 1,000 yards usi..

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Re: p 14 project 64 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: p 14 project

Hi Thomas, I suggest you go with a full diameter knox (A) at 1.23" for a length of 2", then taper down to .650" at 26". Arthur can make any final adjustments to the knox if need be. You can dock down to 24" later if the rig seems too long. A No.4 barrel would be nice to tame recoil but you talked about climbing high with the rifle so the #3 will make for an acceptable carry rifle for backpack hunting. If recoil proves to be unacceptable, you could dock the #3 barrel to 24" and fit a suppressor. ..

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Re: Hunting FMJs 64 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Hunting FMJs

That kind of takes us back to the beginning of this thread Jared. In your last post, you spoke about the bullet wanting to travel base first. As you know, we prevent this by spinning the bullet. Over the years, I have found that once an FMJ bullet is stable, it will often produce straight line penetration. If it tumbles after hitting bone, the wound channel can be violent but more often than not, on raking shots, by the time the bullet loses stabilty, it has also lost energy as you alluded to ea..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 64 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

Marty, A good example of my past photo taking can be seen in the .35 Whelen / 9.3 thread from a while back- grainy, hard to see much. My photos were terrible, quite a mistake on my part but I had no idea where things were going, never imagined having this website, only a big book with a pile of text and a few pictures. I relied mostly on my hand written notes and drawings. I kept all of this in my back pack and made most notes in the field. Hence why it takes so long to get the info up to the KB..

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Re: Nathan which factory Load 30-06 for these conditions ? 64 months ago by G.Scott Morris Re: Nathan which factory Load 30-06 for these conditions ?

Nathan, I've seen in this thread and other places that you have referenced the Hornady M1 Garand AMax load as 178gr. Unless Hornady is selling a different product down under, the bullet in the Garand Match load is the 168gr. That load was developed in conjunction with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) that sells the surplus M1 Garands in the US. I've used this load extensively in Garand competition and it is much better than the surplus Lake City or Greek HXP loads. Hornady offers the .308..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 64 months ago by Martin Taylor Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

Ben as Nathan says don't give up just yet! Even though you may have some areas that are not perfect you will have good contact in plenty of others, relieving as instructed and as necessary. This Tikka is not my first by a long way, l have had many failures & rework’s. Some of my ugly ones have shot very well, as well as any others! My two experiment rifles a Howa 1500 & Marlin XL7 where bedded both ends instead of full bedding at first and worked very well. All l am saying is clean it up and whi..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 64 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

Hi Ben, with some care, I think that will clean up OK. Try to give it a basic clean up- then check fit. This thread has caused a few phone calls for me, folk concerned about sidewall relief. So I want to go over this again here. Parallel side walls can become trapped to be sure. This can pinch the action and prevent the rifle returning to battery after each shot. The result of a pinched T3 is normally double grouping. During bedding, there are three ways to approach sidewall relief. 1. make sure..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 64 months ago by Ben Law Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

so i pulled the action from the stock, after after freezing for 10mins in cling wrap. didn't look too bad at 1st. only a couple very small air bubbles and a bit bigger one near the recoil lug. but a couple of pieces of compound chipped out near the edges. i started cleaning it up, done a bit of a rough job really, lost a bit of motivation for perfection now the jobs not perfect. ill finish cleaning it up, put it back together and see how it shoots. not sure what i'll do with it yet, might grind ..

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Re: 35 Whelen 65 months ago by Joshua Mayfield Re: 35 Whelen

Wow - I just got through reading the older thread that Nathan mentioned above. I can safely say I've learned something today although I'm a bit peeved with Nathan for nearly getting me to smack myself in the face. I hesitate to do this but in the prior thread a Springfield action was mentioned, which resurrected an old debate. I own a 1917 Enfield (Remington built) that is in very good condition. I hunted with it for several years after inheriting it. It's been used to cleanly kill whitetail dee..

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Re: 35 Whelen 65 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: 35 Whelen

When I get my ass into gear yes. I will be attempting to get the .338 data edited for uploading this Thursday / Friday.I hope to keep to this two day per week regime for sometime so that we can get through the .338's and so forth. Joshua, the .35 Whelen is one of my favorite cartridges. It is also one of Steph's (the others being .270 Win and 7mm RM). I prefer to build rather than buy. A basic bolt action rifle with 24" barrel is the go or 22" for those who insist. From a 22" barrel and up to 24..

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Re: New to reloading 7mm Rem Mag....advice? 65 months ago by Kenney Re: New to reloading 7mm Rem Mag....advice?

1.5" from your ruger, I'd be stoked mate ;) Nathan is correct in his books in saying that barrels come and go, if you start with this mindset itl be a whole lot easier when you discover the barrel is poked. In hindsight even though it's a frustrating expierience to go through, it's also a relief to know that when all the options are exhausted and you have done everything and it still won't shoot to know that all along the poor groups are not because you are a poor shooter. Now to complete the pr..

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Re: Consuming Aussie wild pork 65 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Consuming Aussie wild pork

I hope someone comes forwards with first hand experience to help you. There is a big difference between "pigs can carry" versus "pigs do carry x disease in Australia". many times domestic cattle are the culprits of disease carrying. feral animals tend to get the blame. All of the diseases I have seen listed for pigs in Australia can be killed by freezing meat, then cooking it. Slow and long is the rule for cooking pork anyway. However, there is a risk when handling game prior to cooking. Lets lo..

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Re: New rifle ordered 65 months ago by jason Re: New rifle ordered

hey mate, take a look at the optics section of the forum, there was a resent thread. sightron vs vortex iv got too sightrons. s2 bigsky and s3 moa reticle. both are very good. if I need a scope in the future I will just go straight for another sightron. value for money I think.

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Re: Help me make up my mind ! 65 months ago by mark whiteley Re: Help me make up my mind !

you may not like my opinion Craig but I'm going to give it, both are over priced, a new shillen chrome molly is about $200 ozzie and the match grade hand lapped stainless shillen are about $290, both in what ever you like contour, cal and twist. I have just had a #6 match grade stainless sent to my door for $375 ozzie, I went through a supplier as I don't know how to get export permits from the us, so he was part of the cost as well, I will be getting the barrel chambered, threaded, the action t..

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Re: ammo temp 65 months ago by sllindsay Re: ammo temp

This was a very timely thread for me. I have a Rem 5R .308 that shoots extremely well. In March (60 degrees F in Oregon, USA) I had been testing the difference between 130gr TSX and TTSX bullets and I found the TSX shoot 0.5" higher. I repeated the test twice this month (low 90s now) and TSX still shoots 0.5" higher, but both bullets are now shooting 0.6" higher than they did in March. Prior to reading this thread, I would have been clueless as to the cause. Thanks guys! sl

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Re: Sightron vs vortex 65 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Sightron vs vortex

Hi Rob, up until Mathews recent thread regarding his scope calibration, the many Sightrons we have handled have been true to MOA. The same cannot be said of Vortex. This means that you either need to use a phone app like shooter which can do the conversions in the field or manually perform the conversions when making a printed drop chart. I do have and use the shooter app- but for the sake of safety, I prefer clients and readers to have printed drop charts and save phone batteries for intermitte..

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Re: Nathans new book, your thoughts! 66 months ago by Gavin Chau Re: Nathans new book, your thoughts!

bit of a thread revival but having read this (second) book once as soon as it came out, I was very impressed but maybe didnt have enough knowledge to get the most out of it other than simply following the instructions - I recently re-read it (and the first book) as a friend of mine is looking to buy a new LR rifle I know Nathan isnt really into theoretical stuff (and probably say its bullshit!!) but I started to run a lot of the accuracy load data through quickload and compare it against the opt..

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Re: Belts 66 months ago by kelvin brace Re: Belts

Hi all - thanks for the feedback - this thread has kept me smiling all night. @sllindsay - I saw Mikes belts - and am going to head into an army surplus store nearby and have a look! The kilts actually look like they would be good in the bush - but not sure I've got the guts to wear em! As Nathan has now outed me with photos (thanks ;-)) you can see I often go the short shorts route - but in recent years have been wearing long trousers more and more - I cant figure out why - I think peer pressur..

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Re: Belts 66 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Belts

Hi Kelvin, great thread! This has been a bit of a bug bear of mine for many years. My issues are: 1. keeping my pants up (bloody annoys hell out of me). 2. Keeping kit handy including the essential knife. If you guys don't mind, I want to wind the clock right back. In our early settler photos, you will see pioneers and soldiers wearing wool pants. The truth is, these pants were often what what men posed in but did not actually wear in the field. The kiwi bushman actually went native pretty quick..

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Re: Weatherby 30-378 66 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Weatherby 30-378

OK, goodbye thread. Hitting the delete button now. Good luck in your travels Eugene.

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