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  1. See you tomorrow at B. I’ll be there at about 0815.

    l replied by email to your ‘phone message.


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    Using dry lube for inside the necks

    I thought the thread was about case prep, not reloading. maximus otter
  3. I mainly stalk muntjac, CWD and roe. Is the Butt Out worth the money, and is it the right size for the small species of deer? maximus otter
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    Using dry lube for inside the necks

    I dry tumble my cases, then dip the neck into Imperial dry neck lube. I then spray lube the exterior. Seems to work fine. maximus otter
  5. I want to sell my superb Leica Ultravid 8 x 42 BR binoculars so that I can put the money towards a pair of laser rangefinding bins for deer stalking. For sale are the following items as a package: 1. Leica 8 x 42 BR binoculars in black (Leica URN: 40 261): Mechanically and cosmetically superb. The edges of the carrying strap show slight "bobbling" due to wear. I have owned these from new, and I look after my kit. Any marks seen are dust. I have kept these spotless using appropriate cleaning kit. They haven't been bashed about then wiped with an oily rag... Together with box and all papers. Box labelled to show that it's not a "grey import", but was bought from a registered Leica dealer. NOTE, HOWEVER: The Internet illustrations and review state that this was sold with a Leica branded nylon padded case. I have moved house twice since buying this, and if I ever received it, I don't remember where it is. To make up for that I include an excellent LowePro D-Res 30 AW padded pouch with built-in pullout rain cover in excellent condition: (File image). This is a £30 (?) item. 2. A Leica tripod adapter, Model 42 220. Leica bins don't have tripod screw bushings fitted, so the mount straps onto the bins, and is then screwed to the top of your tripod for extra stability: (File image). Review of the Leicas in Birdwatching magazine: Leica tech specs. The cheapest I have seen second hand 8 x 42 BRs for on UK eBay is £999 without case, strap or lens covers. (He says it's been reconditioned by Leica by having the rubber armour replaced. I wonder why he had to have that done...) The cheapest I have found the tripod adapter is £69. The LowePro case was, IIRC, about £30. I would like £750 for the bins, case and tripod mount. This would include postage to you at the cheapest rate available to me. No splits. No trades. No offers UFN. If you want RMSD or the like, I would charge extra according to what the Post Office demanded. Usual Maximus rules apply: If the item you receive is not as described above, simply return to me at your expense in the condition in which you received it for a full, no-quibble refund. Also exposed for sale elsewhere. maximus otter
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    How do You prep Your brass? UKV survey.

    Delay as long as possible Moan and whine Accept the inevitable as I’ve run out of ammo Tumble in dry media Spray lube Full length resize (.223); neck size (.260, .308) and deprime Clean primer pocket with hand tool Trim when l can be ***ed Anneal? Never Prime with Lee Auto Prime Charge using Lyman 1200 DPS, usually to exact weight; sometimes to +/- 0.1 grains if l can’t be ***ed Seat bullet Drink Result? In my .260, for example, SDs of about 10 to 15; 1/4 MOA groups off the bench. maximus otter
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    FCSA Update

    I emailed my MP, the worthless Jonathan Djanogly (Con.). Despite my opinion of politicians - "The last man to enter the House of Commons with honest intentions was Guy Fawkes" - here is the relevant section of his reply: "...I note and share your concerns regarding the measure in the Bill to prohibit civilian possession of high energy rifles and have made representations to the Minister on this issue. I also opposed a blanket ban on such weapons during the Second Reading debate, the details of which you can read at the following weblink:http://jonathandjanogly.com/content/jonathan-djanogly-opposes-ban-legally-held-5-callibre-rifles " I still think that he's about as much use as Anne Frank's drum kit, but there you are. maximus otter
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    .223 is legal for muntjac and Chinese water deer in England; also roe in Scotland. .204? Nope. This might not matter to you today, but next month/year...? If you’re not reloading, your choice of factory ammo is going to be massive in .223, very limited in .204 maximus otter
  9. You may have seen my thread picturing my new varmint rifle. It's now time to order some reloading kit. In short it's a Sako 75 Varmint, .223 Rem calibre, with a 20" barrel (shortened by the previous owner). Sako assure me via email that it's a 1:12" twist barrel. I have no idea of the round count. I fancy using a 40gr V-Max against rabbits, corvids & foxes out to about 300 yards on flat agricultural land. Question: Which powder to choose? I'm not in a financial position to buy lots of tubs to sample, and I don't have nearby mates who can provide me with an ounce or two to trial. I am considering Vihtavuori N.120 or N.133. What does the team think? maximus otter
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    OCD rant!

    Americans? You obviously haven’t read a lot of posts on this forum. It often seems to me that a substantial minority of UKV posters have English only as a (distant) second language. maximus otter
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    Remington 700 sps varmint for FTR ?

    I have this very rifle, essentially out-of-the-box. l’ve used it out to 1,000 yards with a Schmidt & Bender 3 - 12 x 50 ‘scope. lt will serve you very well as it comes, and you have a huge variety of Gucci bolt-ons and custom tweaks from which to choose as needs and budget require. maximus otter
  12. l wanted to find an accurate, super-fast load for my new (to me) Sako 75 Varmint using 40 grain V-Max or BlitzKings, N133 powder and BR2 primers in Lapua Match brass. Short version: l can’t. No combination of powder load and seating depth would give me better than about 0.6 to 0.8 MOA off the bench. A mate at the club - wise in the ways of reloading - suggested that l go to a 50 grain flat base bullet for better accuracy. (l want 0.5 MOA). My permission is 600 acres of billiard-table flat East Anglian farmland, so l need minimum ricochet risk. I’ll be taking sub-300 yard shots at small game and vermin; and very occasional sub-175 yard side-to-side shots on muntjac and CWD. (l have a 6.5 x 55mm for when l’m specifically out for venison). I’m not going to change any ingredient other than the bullets. So: Which 50-grain, flat-based .224 bullet? maximus otter
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    Very wise: They bite. maximus otter
  14. After my recent post praising Countryman of Derby, I promise I'm not going to make a habit of listing excellent gun shops. However, after my experience today, I must draw the forum's attention to Simpson Bros. of Oundle, Northants. (Formerly known as Bradshaw's). I'm an experienced shooter and reloader, but I made a daft error: I popped the firing pin out of the bolt of my Sako 75 to check how much my brass had lengthened in firing. I assumed that the firing pin would be as easy to reinsert as it was to remove. Bad idea. After spending a looooong time trying to reassemble the bolt without the proper tools, I surrendered and drove to Simpsons, where I presented my shamefaced self to Ian with the remains of the Sako bolt in an oily cloth. To Ian's credit, he kept a straight face and - using the approved Sako plastic bolt tool - he put the bolt back together in seconds. Here is the reason behind this post: Not only did Ian not charge me for his gunsmithing services, he gave me the Sako bolt tool free of charge. Thank you, Ian! I have no connection with Simpson Bros. other than as a very satisfied customer. maximus otter
  15. I rang several gun shops in my area looking for 40 grain .224 V-Max bullets. No-one had them. Off to Google, and a quick search revealed that Countryman of Derby had them on the shelf, and at a good price. They also offer free postage on orders over just £50 I ordered 200 at 1535 hrs. on Tuesday 27th, and they were at my front door in East Anglia at 1053 hrs. on Thursday 29th., lovingly packed in about an acre of bubble wrap. I call that excellent service, and I shall be using them again. (I have no connection with them other than as a satisfied new customer). Highly recommended. maximus otter
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    Grub screws for Hornady Lock ‘n Load kit

    The carpet monster has eaten one of the tiny grub screws for a piece of my Lock ‘n Load kit. l have no idea of the thread pitch, but the screw is 1/8” long, about 1/8” external diameter and accepts a 1/16” Allen wrench. Does anyone know of a source for these? (I’ll pick up several, as l’m sure to lose more...) maximus otter
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    Grub screws for Hornady Lock ‘n Load kit

    Call off the dogs, p*** on the fire: The appropriate grub screws are: 6-32 1/8" UNC (Unified Coarse Thread) for 1/16" (1.6mm) Allen wrench. I bought ten from Modelfixings Ltd. for £2.40, not including postage. Delivery was within 48 hours. Modelfixings part number is: MF-GS130 Here is the page. maximus otter
  18. My new Sako 75 Varmint in .223 Remington: The mod is a Wildcat Evo 8: The 'scope is a Schmidt & Bender 4-16 x 50mm PMII attached with 34mm Optilocks: The Sako factory specs insist that it's a 1:8 twist barrel, but I've pushed a rod through it which suggests about a 1:14 twist. Off to the range soon with a grab bag of mixed factory ammo. maximus otter
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    My new varmint rifle

    l stumbled onto mine second hand. Sako’s site suggests that they come in low and medium. maximus otter
  20. I'm starting to work up a load for my new Sako 75 Varmint using either 40 grain V-Max or 40 grain BlitzKings. Does anyone have G7, repeat G7, BCs for these two bullets? maximus otter PS: I've just checked my files and Litz's G7 BC for the 40 grain V-Max is 0.191 I still need the 40 grain BlitzKing if anyone has it. m.o.
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    40gr V-Max in 20" barrel, 1:12" twist: Powder choice?

    maximus otter
  22. l would also recommend that you buy a quick release for attaching the ‘scope to a tripod. l have one on the Velbon tripod which l use with my Optolyth spotter. lt saves a lot of time. Example: http://www.birders-store.co.uk/opticron-quick-release-plate-and-shoe.html maximus otter
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    My new varmint rifle

    maximus otter
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    On the range with the PMII 5-25

    I bought my third PMII yesterday. l now have a 3-12 x 50, a 4-16 x 50 and a 5-25 x 56. (l also have a Klassik on my stalking rifle). Superb bomb-proof kit. maximus otter
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    Reloading with Rosie

    I've taken my shirt off, which button do I press? maximus otter

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