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  1. 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
  4. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  10. 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
  12. 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
  14. 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

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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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    3-12 x 50 OK for 300 yard rabbits?

    I’m looking to put together a .223 rig for rabbit, corvids, fox and small deer. Rabbits out to a maximum of 300 yards; everything else closer. My permission is flat agricultural land. l have my eye on a Schmidt & Bender 3-12 x 50 PMII. Is that enough ‘scope for 300 yard bunnies? It’s an illuminated ‘scope and l believe it’s first focal plane. maximus otter
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    3-12 x 50 OK for 300 yard rabbits?

    I have my eye on a nice Sako. I've been pipped at the post a couple of times recently, so I won't say too much... Photos here if/when I assemble the outfit. maximus otter
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    3-12 x 50 OK for 300 yard rabbits?

    Gents, call off the dogs, p*** on the fire: I've just bought a Schmidt & Bender PMII 4-16 x 50 FFP Mil/Mil with the P3 reticle and a KillFlash. All I need now is the big bit that goes underneath it... maximus otter
  21. Can a typical rifle bullet be overtaken by the sound of its own discharge? My pet .260 load launches a 139 gr. Lapua Scenar (G7 BC .290) at 2,758 fps, SD 5.1 It goes subsonic at about 1,250 yards. Will there ever be a point - inside its theoretical maximum range of about 3 miles - where the sound of its firing will arrive before the bullet? My guess would be no, but maths isn't my strong suit, to put it mildly... maximus otter
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    3-12 x 50 OK for 300 yard rabbits?

    Thanks to one and all. Perhaps I didn't make my question clear: I wasn't looking for recommendations for brands of 'scope; I already have one particular make and model in mind. I was asking specifically about magnification for a particular type of target. My (current) four rifles are fitted with three Schmidts and a Leupold. The Leupold is a Vari-X III 4.5 - 14 x 50mm with a varmint hunter reticle, and I'm not too keen on it: It has no parallax adjustment, no illumination and target-type turrets. I'm after tactical turrets and illume; also a more appropriate reticle, maybe a "Christmas tree". maximus otter
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    6.5 Swede with 120gr amaxs & N160

    Sorry, l only speak English. maximus otter
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    Heat haze from moderator

    You could try a bought or improvised mirage band: https://www.hps-tr.com/en/mirage-bands-3 maximus otter
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    Torque wrench driver

    Links are always good... maximus otter

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