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  1. baldie

    FCSA Update

    Already had two enquiries for 416 Barratt's this morning Vince. Apparently, this cartridge comes in, under the limit.
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    FCSA Update

    Double bite on the dog s**t sandwich for me Mark. My 9mm will go, and no more .50 servicing, unless I go section 5. I knew it was coming. The government dont listen to anyone, its merely lip service, so we dont quite appear to be a police state. They didn't listen to the pistol shooters or Foxhunters, even when half a million turned up on their doorstep. The only way any of us will get what we want...is to emigrate.
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    Schmidt LRR reticule

    Cant comment on this particular scope, but I do have one of the new schmidts with the tiny centre dot Dave. Its on a 1.1-8CC model. I leave the dot on whilst shooting. Its tiny, doesn't obscure anything, or "Star" Plenty bright enough, even in sunlight. Best dot i've used, bar non.
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    6,5mm Creedmore or 6,5x47L for F Open?

    The deciding factor between the two for a lot of people, is the availability of factory ammo. There are new cartridges coming out, literally daily for the creedmoor. In 6.5 x 47 you can have one load from Lapua....thats it.
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    .223 action

    Long gone i'm afraid. I have a safe full of .308 b/f tikka's and remmy,s but .223's are always thin on the ground, mainly because they rarely get shot out. I do have new Bordens, but they are only for sale as part of builds.
  6. Its a std 2 port Valkyrie brake Dave.
  7. Always nice to see an old friend and customer, back for a rebarrell. This is a Valkyrie I built, back in 2012...one of many now coming in with worn out barrels. I built this originally in 6.5 x 47 lapua, and the customer is having the same again. This gun has been shot allover, including the world sniper comps in Czech, where he did rather well with it. Anyway, its new barrel is a Bartlien, same as the old one, in 1 in 8" twist 5R. bit shorter this time at 22". Screwcut M18 x 1 and invisible capped. 3 port brake an Jet-z moderator. Time for a new paint scheme, more in keeping with comps/places entered. This is done in OD mil spec green and Mapgul FDE H series Cerakote.
  8. baldie

    6.5 re-barrel options

    You need to decide what bullet weight you wish to shoot. The 47 was never designed shoot 140 grain bullets....it doesn't have the engine room for them. Yes, it will do it, and do it accurately. What it won't do, is shove that 140 at 3000 fps. That is the magic number, and anyone with a smidgen of experience will tell you the same. The Creedmoor will. I started building creedmoors when the cartridge very first appeared, just over 8 years ago, most probarbly, the first in the UK. Its an excellent cartridge, that is every bit as accurate as the 47. I have found, again, with experience, that the 47 can be loaded with dog s**t, and it will shoot well. Its just one of those lucky cartridges. The creed tends to need normal load development. I tend to agree with Laurie on the weight issue. i have always favoured 123 grain bullets in both cartridges. Speed keeps a bullet out of the wind....a few magic numbers on the latest carlos fandango bullets....doesn't.😉 Personally, if you already have the dies, I wouldn't change. However, I would treat yourself to some new brass. 5R rifling ? They seem to hold copper far less. Bartliens are without a doubt, the finest barrel made. Every one, is a joy to set up and chamber.
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    reamer manufacturers?

    Geoff's reamers are superb. I'm using half a dozen in different calibres and they cut like razors. They leave an internal finish so good, you actually have to rough it up.
  10. As above really. I use BR2's and BR4's predominantly, and the rem 7.5's when available. These are even harder than the CCI's. I've always stuck to these, as you get used to seeing what they look like , pressure wise. Feds are excellent primers, but soft, so will show pressure signs quicker and frighten you, when the load is probably not hot. They are a favourite with Marlin shooters as you can drop the Hammer spring weight right down, to give a light pull, but still set the soft primers off reliably.
  11. Put a Benchrest primer in it. federals are good for marlins.....and thats about it.
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    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    Hobbit....you shouldn't be getting 0.005" runout with redding dies. I've never found them to give more than 0.0015" You may find the problem is the press if you are using a solid frame type such as a rockchucker. I use a Forster co-axial.
  13. Fill your profile in please.
  14. One of this weeks finished rifles. This a .338 Lapua magnum. Built on a Defiance Deviant long magnum action. The barrel is a Bartlien 5R Heavy straight taper blank, finished at 30" { if I remember correctly ] and finished with an M18 x 1 muzzle thread, invisible cap, Sako Brake, and a jet-z SL7 sound moderator. The trigger is a Timney Calvin Elite unit, and the metalwork is finished in H series OD green. The stock is a new Ai AX unit. This was stripped down to the last nut and bolt, and completely blasted. Base coat applied and a flash cure. Then the colours were applied, one by one, with a flash cure in-between. The plastic parts have to have a cooler cure, which extends the times considerably. It has to be part assembled in-between, to allow the pattern to blend across the stock. When all colours are on, its a full strip, and a final cure. Takes forever. Colours are OD Green, AI dark earth, and Armour black H series cerakote. Turned out nice I think.
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    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    In stock, at Brownells does mean its in stock in the USA. If you click to order it, it automatically locks that item to you. No one else can get it. Its then shipped directly to you, via customs on the docks. Average time is around 10 days, only hold ups occur, if customs decide to check stuff here. I order from Brownells every week, and to be honest, they are a Godsend, for parts not easily available anywhere else. I know people moan about their carriage charge [ i forget what it is ] but its the same charge for a screw, as it is for 200lbs of gear. Order over £200 worth, and its free. People also moan about their prices being a bit steep on certain things. However, they also forget that it includes shipping, all relevant import licensing, and UK VAT and duty. Brownells UK doesn't hold any stock here, its simply a computer and staff, sorting it all out, and very helpful Gavin is too.
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    couldn't help noticing

    Oh how hilarious. Two wheels are two wheels.
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    couldn't help noticing

    Wish I owned the grey one in the pic Mark [red jacketed rider ] That looks like a Vespa GS. Very rare in that condition, and worth a fortune. My Lammy was tested last week, and i'm just awaiting the registration [ old frame that has to be re registered ] Fingers crossed for a sensible number. The frame is a 1964. After approximately a 3 1/2 year wait, I have to say i'm a little excited. Folk moan about having to wait 3 months for a gun I'll stick some pics up when I finally get it.
  18. baldie

    Action advice - dual bolt face

    Its a rem 700 set up with mag well for an AI mag. Its actually in the white, never been anodised. I bought it from a friend a while back [ didn't know he had it ]
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    hornady once fired 6.5cm brass

    Yes, I've got quite a bit. I'll counts it out.
  20. Hmmn. A cartridge designed for the AR15 which gives a sizeable improvement over the .223. Obviously the name piqued my interest initially, and a good root around on the net yielded little info, apart from what Federal have put out there in range test days. Basically a necked down 6.8SPC they say. Talk about NOT telling the whole story. I ordered a reamer from Dave Manson, who hadn't even got a drawing for it a month ago. They were straight onto it, and a reamer and gauges landed last week, along with a very comprehensive reamer print, with loads of useful extra info. Into the lathe went a Pacnor varmint blank, and I re profiled it to an AR friendly lump. Duly chambered in .224 Valkyrie , its a 1 in 7" twist, which should shoot 80 grain bullets, from the mag. However, Federal are quoting 2750-2800 with a 90 grain slug. This, to me, is not much improvement over a 223 with 77's. I decided to think backwards. The yanks are pushing this as a capable 1000 yard cartridge. We don't do, or need that for CSR here, 600 yards is its maximum. Wonder what it will do with a 77 SMK ? Better still a 70 grain Nosler RDF, which I rate highly. I think it will easily shove one of those at 3100. Plus, they will go in a mag. The 70g nosler won't fit a 223 at AR mag length. As is always the way with the yanks.....its allover everywhere, and there are no bits for it. Serves me right for jumping the gun. No brass and no dies yet, but set to change at the SHOT show apparently. Good old Spud has me a proper set of dies on order for it now, and they are eagerly anticipated. However, impatient git that I am, I had some 6.8 brass and dies. I knocked one down and stuck it in the mag. Never going to hold a 90 grain bullet that.... Got the reamer print out and compared it to the 6.8SPC print. The shoulder is over 0.080" further back. Into the lathe went the die, and after much messing about, and 3 necking down procedures, I have a slack handful of brass that will chamber, and fireform. I have to try it, and get some proof cases, but I'm buggered if I'm doing this to 200 cases....life is too short. Mission accomplished though, most likely the first one in the chambering in the UK. I am really looking forward to shooting this case. The yanks said the Valkyrie couldn't be made from the SPC case.........Wrong.
  21. I had a Browning in the other day, that wouldn't accept a moderator squarely. Browning say a 14 mm thread on a 14.2 mm barrel is fine. Not in my shop.
  22. Try a piece of virgin unsized brass in the gun. In fact, try several. It should close with no resistance on this brass. If it does, then you are oversizing your brass, and possibly bulging it somewhere. If its tight on unsized virgin brass, there is a headspace issue, and it should be checked.
  23. Correctamundo Chaz. Very simple to do. The pin has a chamfered face to ease insertion [ Ooh err missus ] The ejector has a slot in its side , where the roll pin will captivate it. Its self explanatory once you tap the pin out. A drop or two of light oil on the ejector pin doesn't hurt on re assembly .

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