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    Wet tumbling on a budget?

    I've been using this tumbler with a few of the stainless steel balls https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-3KG-Rotary-Tumbler-Jewelry-Polisher-Finisher-Machine-Polishing-Bead-220V/122488320874?epid=28009037944&hash=item1c84df736a:g:UKsAAOSwLs9aVDUU But most of the cleaning media are these stainless steel pins https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304-Stainless-Steel-Polishing-0-5X5-mm-Pins-Magnetic-Tumbler-shot-polishers-/182709306192?hash=item2a8a52c350 You'll need a couple of bags, each 250g The tumbler has a timer, variable speed and a reversing option. Turn the timer off, and the reversing option on so that the drum runs one way and then the other at the fastest speed which still makes the cases tumble around inside the drum rather than sticking to the outside of the drum. I use warm tap water, a couple of drops of washing up liquid a level teaspoon of citric acid crystals. You can buy citric acid crystals by the Kg on E bay. It's the citric acid that gives the cases their shine, so if that doesn't bother you, then just use water and detergent Depending on how dirty you brass is, tumble for 3-4 hours and then examine for cleanliness. I normally open the drum and let warm water run into it so that the dirty water is flushed out. I keep the water running while I remove and check each case With a case still in the drum, turn it neck down and shake it up and down to remove any pins from inside the case. Use a torch to check inside the case to make sure all the pins are out and that the case is cleaned to your satisfaction Check each primer pocket for pins jamming across it. I've been using this method for about 6 months now and have cleaned a total of around 500 cases of 22 hornet, 22-250 and 243. The results have been excellent - far better than I ever achieved with a dry media tumbler or an ultrasonic cleaner. Cheers bruce
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    OCD rant!

    Clearly a manager with a rather red neck. Cheers Bruce
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    OCD rant!

    Just to be pendantic Phoenix, you shouldn't have an apostrophe in "it's" above. Its is an exception to the possessive apostrophe. The only time "it's" is correct is when it's an abbreviation of "it is". Not that many people care about punctuation or spelling these days, the Americans being experts in the butchery of both.. Quote You are quite correct, please accept my humble apologies😁 Cheers Bruce
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    OCD rant!

    Got to agree with you on the reticle/reticule thing, and I was disappointed when I found out that reticule was also an alternate spelling. Short words are always better than long words. my personal disgust reaches it's apex when our american friends - and more and more people on this side of the atlantic insist on using the word "expiration", when the perfectly good word "expiry" is shorter and has been around for much longer. This sort of stuff happens when people who know little of what they speak simply make stuff up I used to work with a guy who just made words up because he didn't know the correct word already existed. Best example of that was when he described the fence around a work area as the "perimetric" fence rather than the simpler and better "perimeter" fence Sorry, rant over Cheers Bruce
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    New Tikka rimfire

    I spoke to GMK about deliveries of the Tikka rimfire a few weeks ago and they told me then that the 17HMR would be first - around July and the 22 later - around August/September Cheers Bruce
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    bes thermal handheld spotter

    The Ward WT37 uses a 25 micron sensor and a 37mm lens so it's going to have lower magnification, wider field of view and less detection range than an XQ38. By all accounts the WT37 is built like a brick outhouse and I have not heard of any reliability issues. When it first became available it was up against the original Pulsar Apex HD38 - and it performed as well as the HD38 and it had on board recording However, times move on, and the Pulsar Apex HD 38 was replaced by the Apex XD38 and then by the Apex XQ38 and now by the Helion XQ38. So, I'd have to say that the Helion XQ38 is the one to go for. You can also get 10% off the Helion if you ask around (try Blackwood Outdoors) Cheers Bruce
  7. Another vote for the Harkila Pro Hunter - not cheap, but worth every penny Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    According to the specs I've seen, it has a 320x256 12 micron core and a 9mm focal length lens. That gives it a magnification of x1 and a wide field of view of 24 x 19 degrees Refresh rate is either 30Hz or 60Hz That makes it's performance roughly equivalent to the now discontinued Pulsar XQ19 The price for the FLIR is £2325 (which is significantly more than you'll pay for a Helion XQ38) Th FLIR does appear to be a small, neat unit with a low magnification and wide field of view which could make it suitable for woodland stalking. Not much good for detecting foxes at long range though. Detection range for a roe deer size target would be around 460 metres. Oh, and battery life is only 90 minutes (single CR123a) Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    Well done! Glad you managed to sort things out. Cheers Bruce
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    bes thermal handheld spotter

    The XQ range uses a 384x288 pixel sensor while the XP range uses a 640x480 pixel sensor. Since the pixels in both sensors are the same size (17 micron), it follows that the 640x480 sensor is physically larger than the 384x288 sensor. The difference in the sensor pixel count and size has the following consequences: a. Because it has many more sensor pixels, the XP is much more expensive than the XQ (about £1200) b. Because it's sensor is physically larger, the XP models have lower magnification, but wider field of view than XQ models with the same lens size c. Because detection range depends on lens focal length and pixel size (not the number of pixels) there is no difference in detection range between XQ and XP models with the same lens size. d. The larger number of pixels in the XP models are generally regarded as producing a smoother, less grainy image than the XQ models Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    Since you're in Kent, and Clive's business is in Ashford, why don't you drop in to his place and speak to him about over a cup of coffee? I know that some of the guys on the UKNV forum regularly do that. Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    The Chinese have copied the technology which was developed in the West and the sensors made in China are just as good as the mainstream commercially available stuff that's manufactured in the West. The 2 things driving thermal sensors are pixel size and pixel count. Basically, just like digital cameras, the market wants more pixels so the resolution of the image is higher, and smaller pixels so that smaller (cheaper) lenses can be used and still get the same magnification - or use the same lenses with smaller sensors and get more magnification. Bear in mind that the lenses in thermal imagers are not made of glass, because the wavelengths of heat coming from humans and animals are blocked by glass. The most common lens material is germanium, which has to be melted, then grown into large single crystals, sliced into thicknesses suitable for lenses and then machined using a diamond tip to get the shape of the lens. Given that the raw material being melted costs over £800 per Kg, then it's obvious that lens cost is a major factor in the overall price of a thermal spotter or scope. As an example, going from a 38mm lens to a 50mm lens on a Pulsar Helion adds £370 to the price of the instrument At present, the most common sensors are 17 micron with 384x288 being the most economic. That's what you'll find in the Pulsar Helion and Trail XQ models and the Ward 50-3 and 75-3 thermal scopes. Next up are 17 micron sensors with 640x480 pixels. - those are found in the Pulsar Helion and Trail XP models and the Ward 75-6 thermal riflescope. There's a big jump in price between 384x288 and 640x480 - typically £1k Top of the pile at present are 12 micron sensors with 640x512 pixels - FLIR and BAE systems make them and I'm not aware of any Chinese suppliers of that type of sensor at present. I have no doubt that the Chinese will be making 12 micron sensors before long. Over a period of time I have purchased both 384x288 and 640x480 17 micron sensors and lenses directly from Sun Creative in China, and not had any problems with performance or service. I actually damaged 2 sensors by making a stupid wiring error so that they would not produce a video signals. I sent them back, truthfully telling them what I had done and offering to pay for any repairs that might be possible. They repaired both free of charge. Cheers bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    None whatsoever. I have never purchased, been loaned or been given any thermal kit from Clive. I bought a 75mm 640x480 scope direct from China several months before Clive started selling them, and all the other thermal kit I have (scopes and spotters) are home made using cores and lenses purchased directly from the manufacturer is China. The fact that Clive sells the same kit as i have used for almost 3 years means that I know a bit about it and how good it is. I have also owned a Guide thermal spotter, have extensive experience with Pulsar thermals, and a little experience with FLIR thermals so I think i have a reasonable overview of what's available and am able to give an unbiased opinion of the relevant good and bad points of the various bits of kit. Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    Clive Wards thermal riflescopes are most definitely not a waste of money. His 75mm scopes (75-3 and 75-6) are far and away the best "bang for your buck" thermal riflescopes available in the UK today Pulsar used to do a 75mm thermal riflescope - the XD75, but it has been discontinued. Pulsar seem to concentrate on spotting and shooting for the European market - large animals at relatively close range e.g.boar, whilst the UK market is looking for higher magnification that can be used to spot and shoot small targets at longer range e.g fox As for a Pulsar to Canon adapter, dream on -thermal lenses are not made from glass and every thermal spotter/riflescope manufacturer has their own proprietary lens fitting. If you buy a Pulsar Helion XP (not an XQ) then the 28mm,3 8mm and 50mm lenses are interchangeable If you buy a Guide IR517V, then there are also a range of lenses that can be fitted. But the lens from a Pulsar won't fit the body of the Guide and vice versa Cheers Bruce
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