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  1. VarmLR

    Housekeeping

    Everything is replaced back into their respective storage areas, the workstation cleaned and powder returned to the tubs and placed in secure storage. Never ever leave any powder out. 1) you may forget what powder is in there, 2) as mentioned, powder will absorb moisture from atmosphere and besides anything else, it's a hell of a fire risk.
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    Sad news: Bradders.

    Many thanks. I don't wish to de-rail this thread, but presently I don't know the prognosis...early days for me...could be a few years or a lot longer. Many thanks for your wishes.
  3. VarmLR

    economics..

    +1....with expensive bells on . Just tell your wife that running a 6.5CM for a year is way cheaper than a set of golf sticks plus a year's club membership (at a posh golf club) including the bar bill of course (just omit that bit). It's pretty much the truth. The capital outlay for rife and optics will obviously be the biggest outlay. Buy decent glass and it will hold its value well and will serve you well (so you're likely to get a fair wedge back come sale time). A 6.5 like say the TAC-A1 plus decent glass won't give much change out of £3.5K. My ammo costs on reloading work out at about 65p/round so 1500 would be £975 annually if just for the 6.5. Rifle club membership is peanuts by comparison even with range fees. If you allowed £1200 to £1300 annually that's probably cover all bases when set up with reloading. Factory ammo at £25/20 works out at £1875 for comparison, and if (as one poster above does) you get it from the range at £17/20 that's £1275 so similar to reloading but without the hobby aspect or custom load development aspects (which may or may not be needed depending on whether your rifle likes it).
  4. VarmLR

    Sad news: Bradders.

    RIP Mark...this is so sad. He was a stoic man and an inspiration to others as he put things in perspective in his own unique way! I have, today, been diagnosed with an incurable illness. I just hope that I can take a leaf from Marks book although in my case, there is some hope.
  5. VarmLR

    6.5 creedmoor and RS62 temperatures

    I will follow with interest. I had Ramshot Hunter on my radar as well as Norma 204. I'll stick with RS62 until more data comes out for the others, as our spell of hot weather is coming to a close. Sounds like the Ramshot might meter well in one of my comp' powder throwers...
  6. VarmLR

    RS52 and 308W load data

    I use RS50 which I find betters N140 in that it doesn't appear to give the same pressure spikes when a little hot and appears to give higher velocities despite being almost the same in terms of energy. I've found that you can safely substitute N140 loads direct to RS50, but I have loaded up RS50 a little higher without the pressure signs I got from N140. It's now my go-to powder for the .308 and the heavy .223 bullets over 70gr.
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    6.5 creedmoor and RS62 temperatures

    I'm a bit late to the party here but after I use up my current batch of RS62, I'd like to move to another powder. Temp sensitivity is one reason but so is the very non-uniform grain size which makes accurate metering a pain compared with handling say N133 for the .223. I was going to try either Norma's 204 (double base) not pushed too hot to avoid accelerated throat erosion. Does anyone know if this is as hot as say RS52 or N550? Any updates from those who've tried Loxex powders too?
  8. VarmLR

    Pierced primer! Trip to the gunsmith?

    Must admit, I just use the .025" cup thickness primers now in .223. Some find the CCI 400s fine, with no issues, others seem to have issues so it's likely a combination of factors including loads used and firing pin design. My .223 firing pin seems to leave a crater-like mark (even with low pressure loads) rather than the clean dent of my Tikka rifles and is definitely a little harder on the primers. As Laurie says, batch variations and higher loads (not over pressure, just near the higher end) are reason enough to pick the .025 imho.
  9. VarmLR

    Pierced primer! Trip to the gunsmith?

    This has nothing to do with the OP's question as he clearly is not shooting high pressure loads. You assume far too much. My loads were not at all "high pressure" as in close to or over max SAAMI either and yes, I know the value of decent brass. My Sako and Lapua brass are easily into double figure loadings but PPU is just not as durable. You can stipulate that any deformation is pressure related and you don't have to be a genius to come to that conclusion, but loading comparative loads in various types of brass will always yield some that is more claimable and less able to obtain anything like the number of repeat loadings of others. I detect a personal barb in your comments which is completely unnecessary, and if that was your intention, then it has no place on this thread.
  10. VarmLR

    6 Creedmoor

    I'm still grappling with the imagery of anything "dry bumming" a roller skating pig and think I may just need therapy for that one 🤣🤣🤣
  11. VarmLR

    17 HMR - has it a niche ?

    A good niche for it is as a novelty paperweight imho. I had one for 5 years and had quite a few safety issues with ammo, very variable ammo quality. When I could get ammo, every batch and sometimes every box would shoot differently meaning constant re-zeroing and then about 5 in every box would have split necks with at least one or two squib rounds. I had enough of it and got shot. When I could get decent ammo, it shot into about an inch at 100 yds on a good day (16 inch barrel) and at 200yds wasn't near accurate enough if there was more than a puff of wind. Great for bunny bashing to 150 yds, not much good for anything else imho. The 22LR and 223 do everything I need for vermin control between them. I'd like a little 17 hornet at some point as that would be a far better choice than the HMR. That one's doomed for obscurity. Even the ammo isn't that cheap any more. (ok still cheaper than CF but when you consider the re-zeroing with each batch of rounds, you waste 5 or 10 rounds per box so here locally at £17/50 you end up really paying £17/40 and I can almost home load cheap 223 rounds for that!)
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    New 223 lapua brass

    All I do with new Lapua brass is partially pass them through a sizing die to run the necks over the expander mandrel, chamfer the case mouth, load then pass the rounds through a lee factory crimp die set for a very light crimp to ensure uniformity of neck tension and shoot. I gave up FL sizing it (as I do with some other brass) because comparisons with FL sized/virgin brass showed no difference in results. I occasionally have to use the flash hole de-burring tool but Laurie is right, by and large, Lapua brass is so good from the factory these days, you'll rarely need to (unlike some other makes). I have a primer pocket uniforming tool but figure why use it when Lapua have made each primer pocket near identical in the first place!
  13. I like Redding dies personally. Quality for even the entry level ones plus the relatively simple design and decent finish, and (measured) precision put them a class above some of the entry level competition for not much more money. Their seating die with vld micrometer insert is a gem and the vld insert I've found a must for most CM bullets I now use. For other bits and pieces like the case holders for my trimmer, Wilson stuff takes some beating.
  14. VarmLR

    Pierced primer! Trip to the gunsmith?

    Just so...it doesn't stop some jumping to conclusions though 😉
  15. VarmLR

    Pierced primer! Trip to the gunsmith?

    Or to use the correct primer to start with. I am not and have NOT mentioned anything about loading over-pressure components so bat that one firmly back into your court. I stand by my comments 😉 I happen to agree though that there is a tendency for following fashionable high speed loadings. That though clearly isn't the case here. Accuracy nodes can be found a reasonable way under max safe pressures (or at least there's usually an accuracy node at more moderate pressures).
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