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  1. VarmLR

    Lyman Gen 6

    As above. My first one went awry (manufacturing defect) and I was given anew one...no problems since.
  2. VarmLR

    How do You prep Your brass? UKV survey.

    Pretty much as above: Tumble de-prime Anneal F/L size Trim/chamfer/debur/clean primer pockets Ultrasonic clean
  3. VarmLR

    223 55gr load data

    69's will be fine on foxes if you use something like the TMKs...close in they're very destructive. For zippier loads to 200yds I use 23.8gr N133 behind 60gr Vmax for single digit ES and 3150fps....it's proved to be a very reliable and accurate load for me.
  4. VarmLR

    couldn't help noticing

    Cheers Bradders...this isn't the 1050 though...it's a 1215cc triple developed from the ground up for the Explorer range of bikes first released in 2012 (now updated as of 2016). It probably will find its way into the Trophy range at some point knowing Triumph though!
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    couldn't help noticing

    It was delivered yesterday 🙂 Remus can coming for it just to get a little more of that fruity triple sound track. Triumph have confirmed that with their Arrow map (which coinsidentally works with the Remus too) the figures are somewhere around 140BHP/91 Ft-Lbs. I'm only 5'8" but its lucky for me that my inseam is fairly long for my height otherwise I'd struggle...seat height is 33 inches or so. First riding impressions are that its very possibly the best handling bike I've ever ridden (it betters some of my previous sportbikes including the Aprilias and an RRT 'Blade!) I wasn't expecting that. It soaks up everything and can be chucked about like a lightweight. Ignoring the actual paper figures, power is immense. It'll overtake cleanly from 30mph in 6th and if you wind the throttle on, it'll try and rip your arms out. Fly by wire throttle needs care as it's so light, you get too close to something in front and hit a bump, you could end up finding yourself surging forwards...that will take a little getting used to but overall, seems like a great machine.
  6. This link below might give an idea of value. £50 seems a little low given that it's as much of interest to post office interest collectors as it us shooters. I'd be wary though without first checking further on the legalities as it's exactly the sort of curio that could easily be adapted to fire live rounds (although I certainly wouldn't want to be behind the trigger in such an event!): https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/12877527-pistol-velo-dog-manufrance-mignon-cal-6mm-flobert-5-5-bosket-around-1870
  7. VarmLR

    IOR problems?

    I have to agree. I've owned probably dozens of scopes over the years but the most robust has been an older Nightforce NSX, It's had some stick but just keeps working, tracking well and has been reliable from day 1. Optically it isn't the best or brightest but has good colour contrast and reasonable resolution...couldn't ask for more. The S&B PM2 is probably the best scope I've owned optically and mechanically I'd say pips the Nightforce. Just to add to what Dave has said, a lot of these reviews also talk negatively about mass but in the world of superzoom scopes with large diameter tubes and lots of internal lenses, plus a half decent erector mechanism that is also robust, weight comes with the territory and I've always been suspicious of lightweight scopes with high zoom ranges and large tubes/objective lenses. The only really lightweights I've had were cheapies and all were either moved on or had faults. You can buy decent optics for mid range money. You can even buy decent erector mechanisms for mid range money. You can't though have both at mid range budgets. The Delta Titanium is a point in question. Reasonably good optics with excellent low light performance let down by crap erector mechanisms lifted straight from the cheaper Bushnells. The only exception to any of this I've encountered which ticks all the boxes, but which doesn't have any of the frills of the competition (and is all the better for it), is the Bushnell DMR. That employs both decent glass (not the best but still good) and decent mechanicals...very very robust scope. It ceases to be mid priced if up-specc'd with things like zero-stop and illumination. It's the only sub £1000 that based on my own experience, I'd recommend for those on a budget who want a decent and reliable LR optic for really not a lot of money (especially used). As far as everything else goes, Caveat Emptor.
  8. VarmLR

    223 55gr load data

    Yep, 69gr with 24.5 N140 or RS50 behind it works very well indeed for me too. 24.2gr N133 behind a 55gr is my choice for that bullet weight. For both cases, primers used were Murom Magnums (KVB223M). I have also used CCI200 without any issues although the 250 is probably the correct one to use bearing in mind likely chamber pressures (ie use the thicker primer cup).
  9. VarmLR

    couldn't help noticing

    Cheers Bradders...had a yearning for another Trumpet as my memories of my 750 triple some 20 years ago remain strong...it was one of the most addictive creamy smooth howling motors on full chat that I ever owned. I've already shelled out on a Remus end can to liberate a little more fruitiness but may have to look to a low seat option as I tried one with a standard seat and it was tippy toes territory whilst trying to paddle about 250Kgs of Hinkley muscle! (33 or 34 inch seat height). The pulling power of that Explorer triple is immense (genuine "rip the arms out" stuff) It makes 74ft-lbs from just 2.5K revs, building to close on 90ft-lb and 137BHP higher up the revs...bonkers performance from a quarter tonne adventure-style machine. KTM 1290 is even more bonkers but also pretty pointless. Your twin trumpet is also a lovely machine but I see you have no trouble on that one with feet planted! Are those spoked rims tubed or tubeless?
  10. VarmLR

    couldn't help noticing

    Holy thread resurrection Batman! New toy arrives tomorrow. Out with the ill handling Harley, in with a proper man's bike...250Kg of Hinkley Trumpet!
  11. VarmLR

    Tight primer pockets

    Real men use their teeth....
  12. VarmLR

    Tight primer pockets

    Small rifle primer outside diameter should be 0.1753" for CCI 400; 0.1750" for CCI 450 or 0.1755 for BR4. I can see how BR4 might feel a little stiffer to prime than the 400/450 primers but you should never have to force anything that hard...doing so when reloading (ie excessive force needed for any step) is usually a sign something isn't quite right and could potentially have its own dangers when priming due to the forces needed. If the new brass wasn't exhibiting this amount of pressure needed for priming, the it's odd that once fired should, as with repeated firings primer pockets become looser, not firmer. I'd start by using a standard SR swaging tool to ensure that all the carbon and fouling has been properly removed and check also that the pocket base is nice and clean. Should be ok after that. The onl;y other thing that I can think of is that the primers aren't being squarely lined up with the Lee hand tool? Never had this issue myself so other than that, I wouldn't know what to suggest.
  13. VarmLR

    Starting out

    As long as you are realistic that at 200 to 300 rounds per annum, you'll probably not recoup the costs of reloading gear in terms of the difference in factory to reloaded costs (based on an initial outlay of say £200 for the kit and including re-use of cases in the reloaded cost equation) for 3 to 4 years. What tends to happen is 1) buy kit..... 2) buy more kit than needed (thanks to forums like this one!) and up costs 3) spend your first few hundred round count costs on load development (you'll want to experiment with different bullets/propellants etc) 4) have a blind panic when you total up what you've spent in the first 6 months and then hide the receipts from the Mrs, telling her "it works out cheaper..." 5) work out that you'll now have to shoot well past retirement or "miss" a lot to get through more ammo I jest. If you only want to try it out a Lee Classic Loader costs very little and is capable of some great results. If you then decide it's not for you, you can sell it on and only lose 15 quid on the deal (probably). If you decide you have the bug, you can acquire used kit relatively inexpensively (I'd always suggest buying dies new as you never know what you'll end up with used) and off you go. You'll learn a lot more about internal (and probably external) ballistics and it'll be another hobby of interest. Good luck with it all. Lots of good opinions on this site but you don;t need to get carried away...it doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. The fact that we tend to make it so is our own fault!
  14. Worth speaking with Dve at the Shooting Shed. He's designed and can run you up a screw in instert for the end which improves accuracy and consistency. He did one for my Gen6 which improved it no end but it'll still throw a 40 grain charge in under 20 seconds
  15. VarmLR

    IOR problems?

    Yes, but the chart referred to by them does refer to the Precision Rifle Series 😉😁 A cut and paste from that article: "The chart below shows the most popular brands of scopes used by the top shooters in the Precision Rifle Series Open & Tactical Divisions"

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