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    Long range shooting.
  1. RPR are the Kestrel UK importer so a legit outfit and great to deal with. I got the 5700 Elite with Link yes, I haven't bothered with a tripod for it as some of the lads I shoot with do; they use Link and use their phone displays with the Kestrel to one side spinning freely on the tripod. I have only used it for sending profiles to/from the phone and doing firmware updates, works great!
  2. Got mine from RPR the UK Importer, recommended! Although I now see Amazon are selling them also direct for a fair bit less.
  3. Wanted: H4350 Powder

    Maybe I’m dreaming here, but please PM if you have any for sale. Thanks!
  4. SWAP: Aim 50 for Aim FS-42

    Not wonderfully helpful; but if it’s for an AT I’d be trying to pick up an FSX42 (for LH folders!). FS42s for the RH folding AX’s. Only thought I’d mention it as I didn’t know myself and ordered a FS42 for an AT, luckily AIM being the top guys they are changed my order when I realised!
  5. tikka t3

    Have seen this a few times with Tikkas T3s - the firing pin springs gives up and produces light strikes. I have been told when I had mine replaced that a police force with Tikka (may be TVP?) replaces their firing pin assys every year due to this issue. Unfortuntaly the spring is part of the firing pin assembly and you’ll need the whole thing for £50ish. I always store mine with the spring eased since replacement (using the plastic bolt tool).
  6. RS62 quality control issues

    Anyone else any feedback on this? I'm keen to try RS62 as a H4350 replacement, but the picture Tomo posted with the kernel variation concerns me!
  7. Upgrade Accuracy International AT

    If your customer doesn't object it would be great if you can share some pics when it's done Dave. There is also some rumour this may be retrofittable to non-folders also - that'd be a great worthwhile upgrade at that price point when the Folder/Non folder from the factory is £400. Im sure Dave can advise if that rumour is true.
  8. electric vrs beam scale

    Chargemaster Lite for me, for all the reasons Catch 22 stated.
  9. which calibre do you most enjoy shooting?

    6.5 Creedmoor for me. After a decade of .308 it's a great little upgrade for my regular 1000yd+ shoots.
  10. NRA Insurance

    I asked the specific question of Endsleigh regarding vermin control with the NRA insurance and got this back today;
  11. Changing Powders

    Thanks for the feedback guys. The rifle and bullet combo performs very well, so I am hoping that that is the key factor here, and as mentioned, if I can work up to similar MV using RS62 instead of H4350, I will hopefully be able to find the sweet spot again. I came to this load through OCW workup at 100, very pleasing groups (0.030 jump). I took them to 900m with a view to seeing what happened with seating depth play, but the starting 0.030" jump was so good I decided not to touch it. I have enough powder for 500 more H4350 rounds. So I'll use them to 'enjoy' what I have found, and work up a new load with RS62 concurrently, should give me plenty of time considering winter is approaching. Again I'll start with OCW for the charge weight (conservatively using some data on this forum for a starting point), with the current 0.030" jump and see where that takes me. I'll keep you posted (although don't expect much feedback this side of Christmas!). Just to keep things interesting also I may try CCI 450 primers instead of the BR4s whilst I'm at it, I've read a few posts now that state they are basically the same, and as good in terms of cup thickness and SDs, so if I can halve my primer bill while I am at it then that'll be another bonus.
  12. Show your Accuracy International

    There's a .243 Accuracy international AE MK3 on GunTrader, folder with full length mod and S&B scope on it. As Paul says above though, you can pick up an AI AT or AX new and order it with an additional 243 barrel.
  13. PM sent for payment details for a machine with .308 and .223 Disks. Thanks
  14. Changing Powders

    So I have never changed a powder with a known good load, but I (and I suspect many others) are about to!. I have a great load with my 6.5CM and 139Scenars (Lapua Brass, BR4 Primers) and 42gr of H4350. I will in a few months be looking to RS62 powder to replace my stock of H4350. I've heard a lot of good things about it. But when we find that sweet load for our rifle with a particular bullet, is it really the bullet the rifle likes? Or the combination of everything? These 139s shoot so well with the above combo i am considering a box of 1000, but given I will be changing powder to something REACH compliant in the not too distant future, is there any merit in buying 139 Scenars or should I wait incase the rifle doesn't shoot them well with the new powder? Anyone had any first hand experience of this? Is it likely to still shoot the same bullets well? Or is there too much going on to guess?
  15. Was just after some other opinions on the subject really. I mainly shoot targets, but also do some pest control, after going around the houses several years back I became an NGO member, and have enjoyed their insurance ever since (never needing to claim mind). Anyway my renewal is due shortly so I am giving it some thought. Whilst the NGO is a great alternative to BASC, for half the money I get great insurance (covering pest control and target shooting being the areas I am interested in), I have heard a few complaints about BASC not really doing their bit with regards to changes in the law/fighting our corner etc. Anyway, I was considering is NGO for me? I am not a keeper, whilst I appreciate their work I don't even partake in any shooting sports where keepers are involved (foxing and targets is about it for me). I certainly don't begrudge them my money, and I do have a flick through their magazine I'm not sure it's exactly what I am looking for. (It's £40 annually). I see there are a few places doing just the insurance now, one does the same cover as NGO for £22.50/yr. Whilst I did join NGO for he insurance alone pretty much, I am also happy to support an organisation that sticks up for our sport, and also offers advice if I ran into any FLD problems. The NRA is another option I have been looking at. For £70 something a year I could join them and get insurance (but I'm not sure it covers pest control/foxing?!). Another factor here is that I am looking to get into CSR next year, and it appears the extra non-NRA fee alone would soon add up to NRA annual membership. It'd almost be a no-brainer if their insurance covered pest control also. But I have heard a few complaints that beyond what happens inside Bisley, they haven't been as pro-active as NGO/BASC generally promoting/protecting shooting matters. Has anyone got any thoughts on the subject? If NRA insurance doesn't cover foxing I think I'll keep my up NGO Membership.

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