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Re: Tikka T3 vs Browning X Bolt 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Tikka T3 vs Browning X Bolt

The question becomes a bit more difficult when we want to shoot long. This is the crux of the matter. Once we reach out, we find that smaller things make a big difference. For example, a light rifle that recoils heavily will produce fliers in the field if technique is not exact and identical with each shot, regardless of what the rifle is capable of at the bench. Such a rifle will not perform so well with a bipod either, shifting around 1 MOA from shot to shot with changes in terrain / ground ha..

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Re: Does Hoppes #9 need to be neutralized after use in Tikka Rifle barrel? 56 months ago by Thomas Pavelka Re: Does Hoppes #9 need to be neutralized after use in Tikka Rifle barrel?

Thank You Nathan! The internet can be a source for a wealth of information, such as this very site. Howsomever, there are times when I think we should have a button on our keyboards that is labeled "Bullshit Eliminator". Which is the prime reason why I don't last long on many of the websites they have out there pertaining to hunting. It never fails, somebody posts about for example the killing power of a 380 pistol on Cape Buffalo. The question in itself has to come from a mad man. But not to wo..

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Re: Surest Drop em in their tracks shot placement 56 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Surest Drop em in their tracks shot placement

Talk about a thread double up. OK, the spine shot has several problems that you all need to be aware of. 1. When shooting offhand, we tend to shoot high, even in close with the rifle zeroed for close work. It is important to learn to aim low as a habit in order to avoid high misses. When snap shooting offhand, aim very low. 2. When shooting at extended ranges, newbies have a tendency to want to aim high as they cannot get past the idea of the shot being long and the bullet dropping. If environme..

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Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding 56 months ago by Jarrod Knight Re: Tikka T3 build/bedding

Thanks Nathan, Martin and all the other contributors to this thread, it is an absolute gold mine of information. I have two T3 supervarmints 243Win and 223Rem, it appears I have overtightened the king screws on the 243 and damaged the synthetic stock so I bought two Boyds laminate thumbhole stocks to put on the two rifles. While trolling around the net for bedding information several people on different sites were speaking well of Nathan and his products so I looked up his site and ordered two b..

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Re: Best .308w Bullet for short range 57 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Best .308w Bullet for short range

Hi Rui, my apologies for neglecting this thread. You say that Hornady is the easiest to get hold of. A certain degree of speed would help trauma but some weight is also needed for poor shots. So I think something around 165gr would be ideal unless the boar are over 90kg- then it can pay to step up to a 180gr bullet for blood trailing or use a tougher bullet. Here are some basic options: 165gr SST 170gr Flat nose .30-30 for under 100m Heavier basic options: 180gr SST 180gr round nose. 180gr Norma..

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Re: 300 win mag projectile selection 57 months ago by Ricardo Laborin Re: 300 win mag projectile selection

This thread is VERY cool and interesting, let's hope the experienced folks al chime in...I'll mimic the results from Mike. Saludos.

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Re: Standard V`s magnum primers 57 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Standard V`s magnum primers

Well, in another thread, Rui wants to shoot the GS custom bullet. Normally you need to step down a burn rate from what you might traditonally use (powder) but he could try a magnum primer. I suggested he use 125gr bullet data as an easy option based on his local load data. Its all very straight fowards- just basic experimentation. More relevant to ES and harmonic nodes (accuracy) than velocity generation.

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Re: 57 months ago by Mike Davis Re: "HornaDaddy's" GMX

slimjim/Xman has done heaps of testing of these and all sorts of .277 /6.8mm projectiles some of the projectiles have a bigger cavity than others the TSX IN 110 GRN comes to mind. they now have range right down to 80 grn as the 6.8spc11 has really opened doors...in a mini 14= ymmmmm he has tried taking plastic tip out/adding it in/deepening blah blah blah conclusion what works works really well. he got me convinced re 110grn then goes and shoots elk at couple hundy with a 130grn GMX with great r..

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I Can't Explain it But it Works 57 months ago by Thomas Pavelka I Can't Explain it But it Works

Nathan, if there is a man on this planet that can put saneness to this it would be you Brother. This is my best Russian to date, a 500 pound specimen. I caught up with this tusker in a very thick Cedar swamp bedded down. After a careful stalk I got to within 25 meters of it and snapped a twig, at which point it got up. I fired a single round from the 475 Linebaugh revolver, a sawed off 45-70 case chopped down to 1.5 inches long loaded with a 440 grain bullet at a slowpoke 1360 fps. I took it ju..

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Wow!!!! Modern technology!!!!! 57 months ago by Bob Mavin Wow!!!! Modern technology!!!!!

Wow!!!! Modern technology!!!!! Check this out, Even stopped a 50 cal. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?271428-If-I-had-a-chunk-of-this Bob

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Re: Hornady Match Bullet 57 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Hornady Match Bullet

Unfortunateky Jake, it will be the same as using 7.62 FMJ ball ammo. The slower you go, the wider you need to go. Think Black powder. Try to break bone when using your rifle. Line up on the leg, then move forwards 1" to the front line of the front leg. Head shots will be useful too, but watch out for jaw shots with the steep trajectory. You don't have the energy to stun with a missed brain shot. Don't opt for spine shots until you have a good understanding of the spine. There is a great deal of ..

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Re: Bizarre statements re 6.5 Swede and 260 Rem 57 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: Bizarre statements re 6.5 Swede and 260 Rem

"Its not what you're shooting, its whether or not you know how to use it " Bullshit. Before I got into this, I guided a client into 25 yards on a large boar so he could neck shoot it from a rest- ensuring a clean kill. The bullet hit dead center of the neck. The result, nothing, the boar peeled away, the ammo was hopeless. I have had the same occur with the Swede on boar with shoulder shots which started me on this entire journey. I have seen poor wounding over and over again with a variety of l..

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Re: Twist Rates??? 57 months ago by Mark Whitaker Re: Twist Rates???

The A-MAX works fine in my 7mm-08. As I said in the first post, l'm looking into the theory of twist rates. Another example would be the 338 Federal. In Nathan's second book, he says this would be a great long range calibre with the Rocky Mountain 225gr. 2800-3600 fps, ideal twist rate is 1:11. These velocities are ok for 338 lapua or Edge, but at 2400fps of the Federal then a faster twist rate would be better. As I said, just trying to understand the theory. As it's been stated in another threa..

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Re: sizing bullets 57 months ago by Nathan Foster Re: sizing bullets

Hi Thomas, Marty who sized from 9.3 down to .375 is staying with us at the moment, enjoying some long range shooting. This is a very good idea because you can swage the 162gr SST or A-Max from .284 down to .277. Key points: Marty found a whack a mole set up better than using a home press. So no need for a threaded die- though marty is using a .222 sizing die reamed to suit. The ideal die needs to start out at say .285. the entire projectile sits in (base of the bullet below, not flush with the t..

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549 Months ago 57 months ago by Warwick Marflitt 549 Months ago

Lol that's 45 years ago! A bit of an old thread eh!

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Re: To Clean or Not to Clean : 22LR 57 months ago by Mike Neeson Re: To Clean or Not to Clean : 22LR

Read this thread guys http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/17/thread/5528.html [http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/17/thread/5528.html]

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Re: Same old dilemma 57 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 57 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 58 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: 58 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 58 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 58 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. 58 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 58 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 58 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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