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  1. It most certainly is, and run by excellent people
  2. We believe LW use a PH grade stainless steel from Boehler for their premium barrels and this reported performance would accord with that. It's about as wear and erosion resistant as you can get without resorting to exotic (expensive) alloys
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    .22 tracer rounds

    Looks like fun to us !
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    DTA SRS rifle

    What make and length .338 barrel did you settle on ?
  5. Indeedy: we've been there a couple of times and endorse all that's been said above. David provides an excellent service at great prices, and can be very flexible to meet different requirements. If you're thinking of trying pistol shooting or carbines, don't hesitate to give him a call and see what package he can tailor to suit your desires !
  6. We've just returned from a foray to Eskdalemuir and thought we'd give you the benefit of our opinion on the trip and the range. We drove up the previous evening from God's Own County and stayed overnight in Langolm. The Eskdale Hotel provides excellent accommodation, food and beer at very good prices. They don't bat an eyelid when they see bags of sporting equipment being unloaded and secured in their rooms either. In fact they'll happily hold the door open for you as you try and manoeuvre long items through the hallway, past the library and up the staircase. (There is no lift) The range itself is about a half hour drive from the hotel through some very scenic countryside. We understand that not everyone sees naked girls frolicking in the river en route but it is worth keeping your eye out for just in case. The range is up a bumpy track so those of you with low slung sportscars on inch thin tyres might struggle a little over the last thousand yards but you could consider that to be getting you acclimatised to what is to follow. Marc and the range staff are very welcoming, explaining the rules very clearly and providing an excellent RCO / spotting service for shooters. At the firing complex there is a very comfy room to relax in complete with kettle and comfy chairs. That, and the log burner, might be very much appreciated for those of you bald monkeys venturing there without fur coats in winter. Beyond this is the covered firing point replete with sturdy wooden benches. Out front of that is a level area where, weather permitting, the aforesaid sturdy wooden benches can be positioned for those who like to shoot from a table, or mats deployed for those who prefer prone firing. Beginning at 100m and stretching out to 1,000 m are steel gongs at 100m intervals. Beyond that are targets at a mile and then at a few intervals out to 2,000m and then a few more out almost to the horizon. We may recall incorrectly, but we think Marc said the current farthest target is just over 3,000 m. We shot from around 10:00 until almost 17:00 in some glorious weather - apparently that was a special order for us and not guaranteed to all. Advice and suggestions were very forthcoming as we struggled at times with judging the wind tumbling down the neighbouring valleys and having a good scrap with itself right where the 1 mile target is positioned. Did we say Marc is a proper tricksy ooman who likes to set a good challenge ? In summary, an excellent range, a mix of easy and challenging targets, awesome potential and very friendly hosts !
  7. Could you do some for square bullets, like the Pope authorised for shooting at heathens ?
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    What are the ESSENTIALS YOU REQUIRE WHILE CAMPING?

    More beer
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    Couldn't resist.

    How many pennies, dare we ask ?
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    FCSA Update

    Sadly, ooman, we think that if he isn't your local MP he isn't allowed to take action on your behalf. You'd have to write to your own MP, and ask him to bring it to the attention of the aforesaid MP. MPs can't ignore a letter from a constituent that specifically asks them to act but they can ignore general whines. Parliament has some funny rules...
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    Wanted old steel cased 7.62x39

    We have lots, 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R. We'd estimate several hundred and increasing often...
  12. Big Al, (and others) Re your comment " Think about this logically, how would you test for the maker of the most accurate barrels in a way that was scientifically acceptable and thoroughly conclusive?", do you have a suggestion ? We ask because we're thinking of setting such an assignment as a Master's project in metallurgy and have started drafting the outline of the hypothesis we'll challenge students to test. All constructive input would be welcomed.
  13. Actually, it doesn't. Wiki tells you a lot about the applications it is used for, making wondrous claims for the process, but doesn't correctly explain how it works - or frequently doesn't work. Apply critical minds, oomans, to aught you read on t'interweb. (That includes our spiel too. You don't have to believe us.)
  14. Cryo is a heat treatment, it simply means that you lower the temperature rather than raise it. Phase changes will occur, metallurgical transformations and volume changes will still ensue.
  15. To an extent, yes. To fully relieve the stresses the barrels would have to be annealed and that's not something you want to do to gun barrels. Makes them a little soft... A conventional stress relief takes place at a much lower temperature and for a shorter time. It will remove most of the stresses in the barrels and again, that might not be a great thing. They could end up less than straight depending upon how they were made in the first place and then subsequently machined... Please bear in mind though that most of what we are talking about in this thread only matters if you are a superb shot and really can get the best from your equipment. Most of us can't. Any decent factory made gun, let alone one from the several truly great gunsmiths that frequent these pages, will be more than adequate for mere mortals. If the likes of baldie or bradders were to offer us a fluted gun with a button rifled barrel, free, gratis and for nowt, we'd snatch their paws off !
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