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    Yes, I think we're agreeing, not arguing your point.
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    No-one has yet banned any currently legally held calibre or firearm type, so let's wait and see although I suspect that bump-stocks are firmly on the prohibited firearms menu. As to acid, well it may come as news that a ban has been put on the over the counter sale of lead-acid batteries of the type that come with separate electrolyte which it is claimed, was being used in many of these acid attacks. There are also moves afoot to look at other household acids that could be used which may contain things like Hydrochloric Acid, albeit in much more dilute forms (have you seen what Harpic will do to a rusty motorbike exhaust pipe in 10 seconds flat?!). Ever tougher restrictions are being placed on the sale of knives, but lets face it, almost every single person, man, woman or child, has access to kitchen knives. Point is, it's almost impossible to legislate with any effectiveness on a lot of these new and nasty crimes, other than put loads more police on the ground. Just banning things and then locking people up after the fact is no deterrent to crime. More active policing might be. A review and indeed a strengthening of policing on gangs and drugs, plus a clamp down on violent criminals slipping through the immigration nets are all things that need to happen...but will they? I agree though that all it took was for one 50 cal to be stolen and fall into the wrong hands for the politiicians to lift their threatened ban-hammer, and worryingly, their "expert witness" was anything but!
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    .204 is the "next best thing" and has been for several years now. However, 223 has been around a long time for very good reason. I've resisted the urge to jump ship from .223 as loaded with 40gr projectiles, it almost matches the zippy performance of the .204 but it's easier to find factory ammo for, reloading is cheap and you have the added advantage on those windy days that at 300 to 400 yds, it's less affected by wind if using heavier projectiles. Mine drives 69gr TMKs (great for fox) at over 3000 fps in a 1/8 twist. You won't find a more versatile .22 calibre. The .204 is really more of a one horse trick...crow/fox/rabbit to 300 yds in light to moderate breeze and great with night vision as a point and shoot calibre to 250 yds. If the wind steps up or you get a chance of a Roe (in Scotland) you'll wish you'd brought a 223 with you. I'd probably steer you towards the 223 route and develop several loads for it (light and zippy and heavier longer range. 55gr is a good compromise for fox/deer). You can even get them in lovely little short action mini mauser actions (CZ527).
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    Couldn't resist.

    Some 5's are waterproof such as the SNZG model above which is waterproof to 10 ATM...it all depends on the case model you go for. My other 7S26 watch is only 5ATM water resistant. The case and strap determine the cost of the 5's which vary enormously in cost. As mentioned, RRP on the above is £264 but you can pick up a new "5" in a lower model for almost a third of that, or (like me) get lucky and find a discounted 7S36 model like the above SNZG. The 5 above is very well regulated. Astonishingly for an auto, measured over several days, it's only gained 2 seconds! That betters some of the others I've had considerably, including an Omega SeaMaster Aqua Terra (now gone...common sense prevailed!). All the claims that the new movement is somehow better have yet to be proved as the 7S26 & 36 have been some of the most robust and reliable movements Seiko have manufactured and if you're lucky enough to get such a well regulated one it makes you wonder "why pay more?" for any auto.
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    6.5 Creedmoor brass

    Yes, I've experienced similar with N140 Laurie. I've so far been very impressed with the RS powders in temperature extremes used with Creedmoor SRP but admit that I haven't tried them with 308 Palma. It may be a different story with a larger powder column but all I can say is that RS seems a very reliable performer in all temperatures with CM SRP...I have only tried it so far with KVBM and CCI primers. I think that Starline may be worth a try as the large flash-hole/small primer combination might also address some of the MV issues using small flash hole brass, albeit I'm wondering if it'll delver the same consistent low ES/SD. Time will tell!
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    6.5 Creedmoor brass

    I used my SRP brass with KVB-M primers throughout the winter Laurie including a few freezing cold days and with RS62 at any rate experienced no hang/misfires. I also chrono'd velocities at 5, 12, 20 and 24 degrees and they were surprisingly tight wrt to differences at extremes (within 25fps) which points to RS62 being pretty stable. Others may have different experiences. As a caveat I always keep my ammo box out of direct sunlight which makes quite a difference to case temperatures!
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    6.5 Creedmoor brass

    SRP will be fine and he'll get more reloads from it. If moderately loaded, I'd expect at least 15 reloads if not more before primer pockets started becoming a bit loose. Annealing every so often won't hurt either for ensuring consistent neck tension.
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    6.5 Creedmoor brass

    The brass will be fine but 2950 if using single base from a 24 inch barrel may be over-optimistic for SRP brass. I was achieving about 2840 with reasonably hot (45.4gr) loads and RS62 in SRP brass using 123 scenars and an accuracy node (24 inch barrel) was at 44. 9gr/2800fps. 2950 seems unlikely (as well as unecessary?) unless pushing the bullet with a higher energy double base loaded very hot. It would be more easily achievable using LRP brass if the velocity was a must.
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    Couldn't resist.

    Thanks Chaz...just got fed up with quartz watches as they seem a little too disposable these days. I've gone through a few in the past 10 years and come to the conclusion that it's far better to buy cheap (and here I mean sub £15) quartz everyday watches and if spending a reasonable amount, direct it at a decent mechanical watch. Only needs a clean and readjustment every 5 to 10 years and should last me the rest of my life.
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    6.5 Creedmoor brass

    There was initially limited choice of brass for 6.5CM when it first came out, with Hornady being the first (for obvious reasons) to supply it. It was in LR form and soon gained a reputation for not lasting much more than 5 re-firings (less in some cases). The main issue was that the head was deforming and primer pockets working loose with high chamber pressures that CM was capable of. To combat this, Lapua (and others) brought out SRP brass which lasted a lot better. However, there's a trade off. Whilst SRP brass will last longer due to having more meat on the head (therefore takes longer for proper pockets to come loose), the small primer also has less energy on ignition. This translates to lower MVs when you compare load for load with LRP brass. Much lower. In comparisons with fellow shooters, for a given load of 43.5gr RS62, LRP brass is delivering between 100 and 120fps more than SRP brass due to the primer differences. The second issue is that of cost. SRP brass costs almost twice what LRP brass does. The main elephant now entering the room though is better LRP brass is available that lasts better than the original Hornady LRP brass, so the only real advantage is that SRP brass appears to offer more consistently lower SD/ES which is why it has become more popular with long range target shooters. Once at 1000 yds, the terminal velocity differences of a 2700fps MV (SRP) and 2800FPSMV (LRP) with say a 139 Scenar become surprisingly marginal, so you can see perhaps why SRP brass has had it mostly its own way until recently. However, I shall be moving to the cheaper option of LRP brass for the more economical loads and better MVs and should expect as long as charges aren't to hot to see 8 to 10 reloads. As long as ES remains close to single digits, that'd be good enough for me. Others I know who shoot 6.5CM are doing similar since we can't see any significant advantages of SRP any longer.
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    Couldn't resist.

    Currently less than half price in the UK (RRP is close on £264). Amazon had some going for £96 and there's a German website that had them for £139...two of the cheapest prices I've seen for them. There are similar Seiko 5 watches going for quite a lot less though. The range is a bit confusing as some that look similar can be picked up from £70 or so, rising to £280 for others in the range depending on casing and bezel and strap (they all use one of three movements which themselves are very similar).
  12. As if I don't have enough watches already...my everyday seiko quartz has given up the ghost after 9 years so I wanted to replace it, and saw this: It's now joined my other Seikos and will be the daily timepiece. It's the SNZGOK91 Military model (auto movement) using the 7S36 movement for you watch nerds. Not perhaps as accurate as a quartz movement, but who cares. This movement is no longer used in the higher end divers or military series watches as it was replaced after 20 years with a later variant that hacks and can be wound and is a little more consistent on time keeping. This model has been discounted by over £100 as a result. Truth is, it'll be every bit as durable but you only really lose the ability to kick start it by winding it (I have the later movement on one of my other Seikos and it keeps no better time). Grab 'em while the grabbing's good!
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    The point that he was driving home was fine. He was stating the obvious (to us) that a 50 cal is no more or less dangerous than any other commonly used target CF calibre, such as the 30 cal since what makes a firearm dangerous is the ability of the shooter and the firearm's effective range (the shooter's ability to hit the target). I agree he needed also to talk about energy. He did mention that at 1000 yds, a 50 cal had a drop of 24 feet (without actually stating bullet mass or MV) and that ignored effects of windage allowance. Point is, in the wrong hands of an unpracticed, untrained shot, hitting a target at 1000 yards is not a given at all. He rubbished the "experts" opinion that dangerous range was over 6000 yards and also rubbished the claim on ammo taking out vehicles at such ranges, stating that military spec bullets (ie armour piercing) were needed and that these clearly were prohibited. You ban the 50 cal you may as well ban everything. He was to the point and couldn't have set out the points needed any clearer, especially bringing to their attention that the information they previously had was misleading and inaccurate. They may well choose to ignore this anyway and I didn't see any request for new evidence to be submitted so it could well be a fait accomplis since the police chiefs are so anti having civilians armed with anything other than pea shooters (and even then, they'd still probably send an armed response team out to a pea shooter incident!).
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    Excellent response by BASC at the hearing...well done, credit where credit is due.
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    Lyman Gen 6

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

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