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    What pistol grip

    The vertical grip was introduced following the success MPA have had since they really pioneered the use of it with their BA Competition Chassis a few years ago. Now everyone seems to be offering a vertical grip, MDT included. Regardless if its looks, it allows the shooter to bring the thumb up and forward to the right side (if shooting right handed) which gives a much better trigger press and pull using the 3rd and 4th finger. But if you’re looking for a AR-15 type grip, I can wholeheartedly recommend the lovely and ergonomic walnut grips made by Nill of Germany. They offer with or without the hand ‘shelf’. https://www.nill-griffe.com/Rifle_Stocks_32.html
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    Bullet seating, are we doing it wrong?

    I would ask...does it really matter? Whatever method you use to do your measuring, as long as it’s consistent, repeatable and the results on target make you smile... then it doesn’t really matter does it? 👍 🔫
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    Bring back from the US

    US scopes are ITAR restricted. You'll need to purchase from a UK dealer who has gone through the proper ITAR export process. You can do the export paperwork yourself (I’ve done this) but it’s lengthy, costs a fair bit and is a bit of a hassle (especially just for a scope). Dies are fine. Rangerfinders I think it depends. The powerful ones (eg Vectronix) will be ITAR restricted (same as scopes) but the cheaper (and arguably less useful ones) may not be. I don’t know for sure. Personally I wouldn’t risk trying to bring through anything, except for dies, in your luggage without the right licenses. You could end up in the clink State side!
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    Inside of brass neck to clean

    I too use a dry lube for the inside of the necks now I US clean. A little swipe of a cotton bud dipped in HbN (which I use for bullet coating) works well. Here’s a article on Accurate Shooter about this very issue: http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2013/05/ultrasonic-cleaning-case-neck-friction-and-bullet-seating/
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    Range mat.

    You can order direct from: (think Thomas is one of the founders) https://-.no/int/thlr/thlr-field-shooting-mat
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    Hornady 75g ELD & 80g ELD Match .224

    What’s does Hornadys website suggest? Edit: admittedly not a whole lot. Pretty poor that a major bullet manufacturer fails to publish suggested twist rates for their products on the website. They used to put them on the box, like Berger does. Do they still do that anymore?
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    Ultrasonic cleaners

    Refer to the thread I linked you to in the comments above. In there is simple instructions for a good U/S solution.
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    used cartridge cases for the mancave.

    I’ve got a .338 Norma Mag dummy round if you’d like? The bullet (300gn Scenar) a bit chewed up as I tried pulling the bullet with some pliers but couldn’t - Norma’s neck tension out the box is tiiiiight!
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    Personally, I think as license holders we all have a duty to ensure anyone in possession of a firearm is doing so safely. Safety is the primary consideration. I would say that if you know this character would never be granted a certificate (because of his character) then there’s a potential danger to the safety of others. If it were me and I knew someone who shouldn’t / isn’t permitted to possess a firearm, then goes and does something stupid with it (or just has an accident) and someone gets hurt, it would play on my conscience that I didn’t say or do something about it. There’s also the potential of negative publicity to the firearms community if something happens. We all know that when something bad happens in the news, there’s always a crack down and tightening of the laws against law abiding certificate holders. We all get tarnished with the same brush. By nipping it in the bud and letting the police sort it out before it becomes a public matter, is definitely better for the shooting community. The issue will be that he or others may discover that you spoke to the police about it, which could make it tricky for you (some characters can be like that). But I’d argue the safety of others is paramount.
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    Ultrasonic cleaners

    Went down the same route recently. Some good advice was given. In the end I went with a 3L U/S cleaner. I can clean about 200x 6.5x47 cases at one time or maybe 85x .338NM cases. It easily fit two muzzle brakes. It would fit a smaller moderator but probably wouldn’t do my long and chunky OLC .338 moddy. With the above in mind, I’d suggest going for a 6L or larger U/S cleaner. Got bulk acid and bicarbonate off eBay for cheap. And a food dehydrator as mentioned was helpful. Can dry loads of cases at once. Just fit my brakes. Definitely wouldn’t fit a moddy though. Links to the kit I got in the following thread. http://ukvarminting.com/topic/47369-ultrasonic-cleaners-recommendations/
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    Targetmaster Powder Trickler

    I agree - the TM is great and does work very well. But for me it comes down to time and convenience. The TM works well but I found it takes quite a while to throw each charge, settle, trickle/adjust, settle. Also as I don’t have a dedicated reloading room (use the dining room table) it takes a bit of time to properly setup for each reloading session. The Autothrow/Autotricker with A&D scale throws arguably a more accurate charge more quickly. And setup time for each reloading session is just less faffing...for me anyway. Just my opinion and no bashing intended.
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    Tikka Bullpup

    Very interesting, unusual and not something I’ve seen done to a T3 before. When the rifle is shouldered, how easy is it to manipulate the bolt fully? Or do you use the left hand to hold the rifle by the forearm, pop the butt out of the shoulder pocket and then cycle the bolt? good luck with it!
  13. Wow, surprised these haven’t gone yet 🍿👀
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    Sooty cases

    It all happens in a fraction of a second. The moddy overgasses the barrel, forcing a back pressure as already noted. Bet you if you shoot the same load with brake or nothing on the end, you won’t have any sooty cases, other than the ‘sine-wave’ on the necks. With the moddy, you’ll continue getting the sooty cases. If you’ve had the moddy a while but this is the first time it’s started doing this, it could be your mod needs an internal clean, especially around the initial blast chamber and first set of baffles. Maybe there’s a buildup of carbon in there which is aiding the over-gassing??

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