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  1. VarmLR

    Worth a read...........

    I think that's probably the truth whatever we decided. It's worrying though to note that some of the ultra-right leanings with some European countries are similar to those of 80 years ago. This isn't though to be confused or deliberately (or otherwise) conflated by those holding strong pro-EU views in this country with those accused of being "far right" for wanting out of the whole mess.
  2. VarmLR

    Worth a read...........

    Better late than never! Yes, I' hadn't read the full article to be fair, just skimmed through it and I do agree with what the article says about your first point except it's also true (here's the balance) to say that the reasons against Brexit and the campaigning was also misrepresented and continues to be with project fear growing by the day. Project fear has done as much as anything to hit share prices which ebb and flow on speculation. On your second point, it's more than an act of faith. Some see it as an act of necessity. The status quo was never going to remain the status quo for long. Europe and EU funding is in major crisis and at the very least we'd have lost the last of our concessions and paid a hell of a lot more if looking at just the financial side of things. It was never though all about just finances. If you cannot see where Italy, Hungary and Poland may be heading, if you cannot see the very real potential for the EU to fragment or implode with the growing strength of feeling against the EU's continued federalisation plans, then perhaps asking the question "what do you base that on" says that you haven't opened your eyes as to what's happening elsewhere amongst our European neighbours? Also it's extremely naive to think that because we voted to leave that this weakens European resolve to stay united on our shared security concerns. We'd have likely been more at risk had we voted for and taken part in the hapless venture that is the EU joint strike force. Ask anyone here with experience in logistics and the way that the armed forces work. The main concern if Russia kicks off is that the EU will fail to unite and will be too busy bickering as to who will lead. NATO exists with or without the Commission. Sorry, but I really cannot see that any of your arguments hold up to scrutiny any more than you see that mine do.
  3. VarmLR

    Worth a read...........

    +1 With bells on. What is unbelievable is remoaners challenging the views of those who want out of the EU as "unbelievable". The sooner we're out the better. At least it'll focus minds on the business of getting on with things and hopefully put a stop to the toxicity of the whole thing which sees friend pitted against friend and family member against family member. That's one of the more tragic side effects, not whether our bleeding share value is up or down . As to the comments about people being made redundant...people have been made redundant for less over the past few decades...any excuse to "streamline" under the way many companies have been run. Of course we all have sympathy for those it'll negatively affect in this respect, and my own business will be hit hard as will my income which is marginal as it is, but I genuinely think that the UK will be better off longer term. I couldn't give a fig who agrees or not because I didn't vote for what others believed, I voted for what I believed after thinking long and hard (the present day EU issues were thought about long before we were given the option of voting) .
  4. You are Paddington, and I claim my £5. Got any marmalade sandwiches?
  5. VarmLR

    Worth a read...........

    Quite honestly? These articles sicken me because they make out all Brexit supporters to be ill educated neanderthals who didn't know what they were voting for and are unwilling to reason. That voters understood that no one person, let alone anyone putting a cross in the box, understands all the potential and real issues seems to have been conveniently forgotten. The princples at stake do matter to many of us, and the economic fallout is to be expected as it's the medium term penalty for most likely longer term gain but UK and EU politics are all like the economy, about short term greed and gain. With the principles at stake, of course people are emotive and cannot be shaken, because belief in something isn't just Utopian, it's what is at stake as part of our identities and our way of life. Who we are matters and the nation has gone to war in the past to maintain those freedoms and identities. I'm not saying anyone will go to war over Brexit, but as a set of driving principles, most voters have seen nothing but the sneering divisive face of corrupted Euro politics for years all engineered from the earliest of days to lead us to one single point...a Federal Sates of Europe. There are as many arguments for leaving as for remaining, it's just that the easy option appeals to those who couldn't be arsed with the alternative. Personally, I think it's immaterial what way people voted as on it's current course, the EU will most likely crash and burn within the next 5 to 10 years anyway and we'll be left pretty much in the same boat. No-one has a crystal ball, but there's so much speculation and B/S flying around on all sides, you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. People wanted out of the EU and not out of Europe (another distinction conveniently forgotten) nor, ideally out of a common market. The EU's end goal is full on Federalisation and loss of national identity, whatever claptrap they try to spin now. Thanks to the likes of Bliar and subsequent politicians, we have been frogmarched right up to the front gates before coming to our senses, so whatever the future holds, I'd hope that it'll be a damned sight more organised and settled (no-matter what some of us would like to think) than this train crash of a political and economic mess that we find ourselves in now.
  6. Absolutely Gunner. It's not a wise thing for anyone other than those who need to know that you have firearms at your property. Certainly, at the very least, attention oughtn't to be drawn to it. I've found Glos licensing team very good in this respect.
  7. At last, someone speaking sense. Point is, that armed officers turning up unannounced clearly brings unwanted attention to the FAC holder, and no-where within anything that I have read suggests that these checks must only be made by armed officers. Your FEO can make the inspection and if there's any issues, he has the power to remove firearms until such time as arrangements pass muster. As Matt suggests, unless a warrant has been issued, you have the right to refuse access and ask for written notice of a randomly chosen inspection. Random, in this instance, means that FAC holders may be randomly picked out, but turning up unannounced is likely to result in a "please come back later" response if it is inconvenient to you at that time.
  8. What are you on? Can you read? You clearly have trouble spelling. No-one has "landed me in it" as you put it and there's nothing malicious about providing HO guidelines to clarify what the guidelines are. Please keep your idle speculation to yourself. Yout post was uncalled for, overly aggressive and plain ignorant.
  9. The police can turn up unannounced but they have to explain why, there and then, and they do have to provide good reason for the unannounced check. This is what the HO guidance stipulates from October 2014 when changes to guidance on home security checks were announced in line with new police initiatives on security: “Where it is judged necessary, based on specific intelligence in light of a particular threat, or risk of harm, the police may undertake an unannounced home visit to check the security of a certificate holder’s firearms and shotguns. It is not expected that the police will undertake an unannounced home visit at an unsocial hour unless there is a justified and specific requirement to do so on the grounds of crime prevention or public safety concerns and the police judge that this action is both justified and proportionate. It is recognised that there is no new power of entry for police or police staff when conducting home visits. To mitigate any misunderstanding on the part of the certificate holder the police must provide a clear and reasoned explanation to the certificate holder at the time of the visit.” To arrive fully armed would seem to constitute disproportionate action unless they had received intelligence which suggested that a threat was posed by the certificate holder. As (hopefully!) this was not the case, it seems reasonable to both issue a complaint and to question why they turned up at your doorstep armed. If they had received intelligence that have them reasonable suspicion then they would have been well within rights to turn up like that but would also have had to explain why before going away. Did they leave a reason or did they just turn up, leave the message and leave?
  10. Only used the 190 smks but found them pretty good. Probably better than I'm capable of shooting. Just over moa from a factory .308 at 900m (10 shot group).
  11. So what are you trying to say...come on man, spit it out!? 🤣🤣🤣 You got Chris Evans round for tea then?
  12. Dear Dr Bradders Yes, I always had my suspicions about Bradford. I knew a Jessie once. He was ex navy and had just thrown someone through a pub window. When he asked me for a fag (in the days I smoked) I naturally obliged. I take it that I did the right thing and what he really meant wasn't somehow tied up with navy traditions and bell bottoms? Revert!!!!!!! I resemble that remark! I don't really know what I want to revert to. You see, my old man was from Sheffield, and I was born and brought up during the troubles in Enniskillen. When we moved (ahem...a forced move strongly advised by men in suits from the ministry of funny walks in whitehall) we went daaaaan saffff....well actually we went Safff West where strong in the arm, fik in de hed was something that southern jessies from Landan accused us of being....that and drinking fermented applejuice. My dad basically hated anyone not from Yorkshire and encouraged me not to trust anyone who didn't own a whippet and flatcap. I grew up thinking that Yorkshire was a principality and still did until this morning. Diggle sounds very much like my local rifle club so I'm sure I'd fit right in. Oh....I see what I just did there...😚
  13. World peace and dolphins A few too many taking themselves far too seriously. If you can't laugh at yourselves, then we'll laugh at you for you. I read the comments as Bradders just being his usual dry self (carry on sir ). Come on, if this is all people have to get upset about then take it from me, you lead a bloody privileged life! Back on thread....I rarely attend Bisely these days as its 3 hours there if traffic is kind and the same back. I always enjoy it if I'm there and it's great to see people out in numbers be that 100 yard plinking or 1000 yard comp. I only shoot one or two comps a year and am lucky enough to have land to shoot on, plus a local club for load dev and craic, and love shooting around the MOD ranges for longer range stuff. Personally, I get my kicks from LR shooting by competing against myself, trying to bring what I've learned in ballistics, load dev, technique, judging conditions etc. I'll never be to the standards of some on here and know I have a lot to learn yet but I enjoy it in my own humble way. Sadly, my shooting has been on hold for a few months as I've had health issues with kidney trouble and arthritis has been crippling me but I intend on getting back to it this month. I honestly feel sometimes that what's needed is to bang heads together here, get some of you lot to kiss and make up and just get on with your lives without the need to preach and quote at each other I even used an emojie so you know that I'm not being serious or making rude hand jestures at you.... Dr Bradders, I need some advice from you....I'm a Northern git living in the SouthWest....is that bad? If so, what can I do about it?
  14. Chaz, if you're saying that you have 63moa left after zeroing, then yes, you will easily stretch to 1000yds and beyond. I'm a little confused by this though as I thought that the Viper had a total elevation range of 65moa, so on a level rail I would have expect half, or less (depending on height above barrel) of that would be available and would have recommended a 30moa rail. I shoot a 139 Lap scenar bullet at 2700fps from the same rifle and that has no problem being surprisingly accurate at 1000yds.
  15. Your velocities are much greater than I am getting with the same load but using different primers. Using the same bulet, I'm getting 2700fps with a 43.9gr load (24" barrel, Lapua SRP brass, KVB-223M primers). My accuracy nodes were 43.4 & 43.9gr. It does make me wonder about batch variation...that or my chrony is under-cooking the figures! (Digital pro-chrony....all velocities measured about 2.5m in front of the muzzle).
  16. VarmLR

    New to firearms, have a question.

    A few things raised on this thread have concerned me, namely 1) that the op, when dealing with his FEO was advised of the apparent "need" for mentoring. This is not, nor ever has been a legal requirement. Nor has there been a requirement for "previous experience" when applying for a first FAC in order to grant .223 CF. I know of plenty of shooters who have been granted CF in calibres ranging from .223, .243 and up to .308 on first application as their FEOs were satisfied that the applicant understood the risks, clearly knew how to manage them and that the land was cleared for calibre. These people all had previous experience with shotguns and air rifles but not with RF or CFs. To be fair, a few of those were applying after completing DSC1 and having already been out on things like overseas managed safaris. Some forces like to see some form of training but that is not a requirement either. I guess that it's for each applicant to make a good case and provide sufficient supporting evidence to convince the certifying authority that you would be a safe bet if let loose on your land with a specific CF calibre. This, ultimately, is what it boils down to. You provide that supporting evidence, then your application cannot be unreasonably withheld. Personally, I'd be pushing for an explanation as to why the application was refused as the law requires only that you have good reason, are a suitable person and also states that no application can be unreasonably refused. I guess each force has their own interpretation of what "reasonable refusal" means and are willing to justify such in court. As to calibre, having owned .17hmr, 22LR, 22WMR and .223CF, my own opinion is to avoid the 17hmr but I do see that you've now got one so fingers crossed for you that you don't experience some of the issues it's known for (ammo issues and accuracy in anything other than light breezes make it frustrating for anything but close range work). Had mine 5 years and grew to consider it as a waste of time so sold it, but others have had very different experiences. I'd sooner have a good cheap used 22wmr. They're more than capable of taking a fox cleanly to 100 yds with a well placed shot but most like to be in a little closer, typically 40 to 80 yds. If going much beyond 100 yds, best to avoid RF and push for a .223. It's an extremely versatile calibre for vermin control especially when home loaded for. 22 Hornet would also do as a close/medium range foxing calibre if you were granted it. Good on crow too. As Bob says, give it a year and re-try for your .223!
  17. Large primer brass? Not sure on QL predictions for the 260...but sounds like they could be fairly hot loads given the velocities.
  18. VarmLR

    Lee seating die (6.5CM) and Sierra 142gr MK

    Have you had a chance to measure run-out Mike? Looks like a reasonable outcome. Scenars are my favourite (inexpensive) bullet for the 6.5.
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    UKV site not secure?

    Good luck with it Baldie....I've just been given a quote for SSL certification for mine...there's various levels but cost quoted was from £140 to £240 to set it up.
  20. Agree with that. FL size at the start. You'll probably want to re-chrono your load and adjust as necessary (for velocity) each powder batch and for significant changes in temperature anyway (keep notes for each load based on powder batch number and climatic conditions). Just looking back through some 223 load notes, there was far less a difference (ie negligible) when FL sizing from the start over just firing new brass. You'll want to do the same for any changes to primer but appreciate you're probably already aware.
  21. VarmLR

    UKV site not secure?

    Generally, it means that a site may not have a valid SSL certificate and in reality may have very little to do with how secure it is or not. For example, some sites may well operate with secure encryption, but may not have applied for or paid for an SSL certificate which is a standard of encryption preventing hackers stealing data between transmission and reception of site data. With SSL in place you get the green padlock symbol. My own website is safe (or so I'm assured by its builder) but I haven't paid for the SSL (yet) hence it also shows "not secure" even though it uses secure encryption.
  22. I have had differences between new and fireformed, with higher velocities from fire formed in each case (up to 50fps for the same load). I think a lot depends on your chamber and the energy expended in fire forming the brass (but may stand corrected here as I'm unsure of the exact reasoning) rather than propelling the projectile. Rule of thumb purely from my own reloading notes shows a clear difference, never so more marked than with my 6.5 CM loads (initial MV with new brass was 2680 to 2700fps and 2750fps give or take for the fire formed for the same load). I guess it also depends on the brass used to start with. To caveat my experience, that was using Lapua brass.
  23. VarmLR

    223 rifle choice - what ????

    Exactly what I did and couldn't be happier with it. It's accounted for countless vermin over the past few years and even some small deer. Had fun with it at 600 yard target too. It's now sporting a Nightforce NSX scope. There's something just right about the feel of the little mini-mauser action. Stock's a Boyds which I inletted a little more and had fully Devcon bedded. Re-barrelled this on with 26 inch 1:8 target profile (much lighter than varmint heavy) Lothar Walther.
  24. VarmLR

    Which RWS powder ?

    Yes..never seen it for sale.
  25. VarmLR


    I'm afraid I don't know know the answer to that but 3 months seems long enough to be chasing someone up! The fact that a few that I know had problems with their Crusaders steered me towards the PMII when I was looking for a reliable top tier LR scope and was enough to put me off the idea of an IOR no-matter what I thought of the glass (which is excellent).

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