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  1. Hobbit

    hornady eld match

    Then you are back with the ELD's In his book Nathan Foster thinks that the ELD-M's expand as well as the X's but he does talk about game size and mv being a contributor - his book on cartridges has a bunch of info by bullet type and caliber
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    hornady eld match

    It would appear that the global vermin community have been coy in sharing their relative experiences of these bullets But seriously I can't see it mattering for vermin - I just like the ELD-M BC's for LRS For deer you need to be more sure of expansion but you won't/should not be shooting them at the sort of long range that sees MV drop impacting expansion basically this is marketing - not least given that as Chanonry reports from the research the ballistic tips make no odds under 400m - If you like playing and trying new stuff then great - if you are a hard core vermin shooter I would be buying up the cheaper/available/discounted Amax
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    New Brass prep and new load to develop

    Laurie Great - thank you, just ordered a collet die for the 308 best James
  4. Hobbit

    hornady eld match

    Agreed! I found his points on sling use and shooting position (when not lying on a perfectly flat shooting point) genuinely and provably helpful - for my results at least I think the wound database is what you might call an empirical approach to the science! I have heard of military/law enforcement procurement people who are looking at caliber/bullet procurement researching..... coroner reports!
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    New Brass prep and new load to develop

    Laurie Thank you for this - I am interested in experimenting with this method to improve concentricity/run out I have Redding comp die sets for all my main calibers so have the body/bump dies and can get hold of collet dies - What would the process here be - neck size first with the collet or bump first?? Any other tips here ... lubing for example Many thanks
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    hornady eld match

    ........and a 22 page piece of research by a mate of his - if you have the time fill your boots! https://www.ballisticstudies.com/site/ballisticstudies/Hornady ELD-X_ELD-Match_Technical_Details.pdf
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    hornady eld match

    Hi Nathan Foster at Terminal Ballistics in NZ studies the impact of these (and other bullets) and has built a wound database - a scientific take on the (somewhat grisly) subject. I have all his books and have found them very informative There is some info here https://www.ballisticstudies.com/results.html?q=ELD-M Cheers
  8. Hobbit

    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    expander mandrel is out - I need to check neck sizing by the Lee FL die
  9. Hobbit

    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    Right - I have had a bit of a play with interesting results I took my redding match bushing die neck die and shoulder bump/body die & comp shell holder (variable depth) set and tried a few cases In short I found that where the original runout of the fired case was good - 1 thou or so - the redding combo elegantly sized the cases to give me exactly the should bump and neck runout I was looking for - however any neck thickness imperfections will now be on the inside of the case neck of course However when the fired case had run out of 4-5 though (I know they should be perfect but they were not) the combo did not correct the misalignment on any occasion ! I then had an idea and went rummaging for an old lee set and found the FL die - it was a bit manky with lube visible inside - an yet it corrected the runnout on all cases ?? - the neck tension would now likely be too much for my tastes however I am starting to wonder if my shift to redding comp dies (based on the fact that I don't like the fact you can't clean the lee dies, I can't get the decap pins out and an overall sense that they are beautifully designed and poorly built) is achieving anything. Clearly they work for people but I wonder if a combo of a Lee FL die + redding comp shell holders to allow correct 2 thou shoulder bump plus a lee collet neck die would be the way to go. Would work the brass a bit more but the AMP annealer could offset this a little. I am not invested either way (apart from all the money redding dies which I would chalk to experience) The point is - it is clearly not the press or the shell holders that are the issue - either it is the redding dies - the should bump / body die not doing enough or I may have set them up wrong Any thoughts??
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    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    Catch I do give them a bit of room - I have a sinclair runout gauge so I will do a bit of proper testing along the process rather than just measuring the old seated round
  11. Hobbit

    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    I've read that it is better to neck size before shoulder bump (I bump 2 thou) - is this right? any technique with the reading competition seating dies??
  12. Hobbit

    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    Baldie I have an unfashionable but effective Lee 4 hole press that gives good results with Lee dies - I'll have a play to see if the dies are concentric The body/bump dies is fine - its the neck bushing die No I deer - I have seen a bunch of fairly decent write ups linking run out to accuracy - especially when seating depth is not optimal or there is a long throat Cheers all
  13. Hobbit

    Inconsistent Neck Tension.

    I have had a similar problem with redding bushing neck dies - nothing outrageous - 4-5 though run out in some cases and variations up from zero run out. I have to be honest and say that i look back on my old lee dies and crimps as being very good performance for the price as a few people have pointed out I guess the issues with the neck bushings are, as catch22 says, you push the inconsistencies inside. So I am interested in getting an expander madrel - I have them by K&M but these are at the calibre so there is no neck tension can anyone suggest where I can get sub calibre mandrels so I can get appropriate neck tension on a seated bullet?? Thank you
  14. Hobbit

    New Tactical Tikka

    Yup - me too - sometimes a blur
  15. Hobbit

    New Tactical Tikka

    Scotch Thank you for this - i was actually sat here with a TRG mag in my hand eyeballing CTR mags on the internet wondering if I could get the shoe off! I like your trade in idea - you could buy CTR mags for £100 and offer them plus £20 to CTR owners as a swap for their TRG mag and everyone is a winner! I did not know KRG did a TRG compatible forend - I have the KRG stock rear on mine - much better and cheaper than the oem version - how would you add this and would you loose the TRG mag length / long oal
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