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  1. VarmLR

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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    Which RWS powder ?

    Yes..never seen it for sale.
  7. 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).
  8. VarmLR

    HPS Target Rifles Ltd.

    Whatever they may have been in the past, Mark has it right here imho. Matt is a super chap, personable, helpful and professional. I've never experienced anything but first class service from Matt and team 👍
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    Lets not feed the troll chaps.........
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    Small Rifle Primers ?

    Best NOT using standard cup thickness SR Primers in CM for the same reason you ought not really to use them in .223. It needs thicker cups due to chamber pressures, so Magnum or any other 0.025" thickness primer cups are the ones that are recommended. Murom KVB 223Ms, CCI450 or BR or equivalent. I use both the Muroms and the CCIs.
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    Recomendations for reloading manual

    Lee Reloading Manual is about the best in terms of being the most comprehensive and containing tonnes of useful advice. I have lots of them, inlcuding the Lee and the Lyman but the Lee Modern Reloading 2nd Edition is the one I'd recommend above all others. It contains a lot of blurb about how Lere kit is all you need and carefully thought out...that may well be the case for some but take that with a pinch of salt and listen instead to the advice on reloading and you'l not go far wrong. Well written, comprehensive load tables (even if new REACH compliance rules a lot of the powders out!).
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    We don't review scopes though...we use them. I don't think personal preference counts for much with scopes...they're either fit for purpose or they're not. They either measure up to your requirements, or they don't. I have used them professionally as well as for leisure sport shooting and have always reverted to a scope that does the job in hand reliably and with the optical quality that cuts the mustard. Feature rich scopes are like feature rich cars....mostly redundant flippery. The PM2 is popular for a reason...it has nothing that doesn't need to be there, isn't perfect but has proved reliable the world over and with superb glass and turrets with possibly the simplest zero-stop system in existence. It's reliable, rugged and fit for purpose. "Better" needs definition. Better at what? Optical resolution? Reliability? Tracking error? It's pretty good at all of those things, if not the best at any of them. The IORs divide opinion precisely because of their model specific odd colour cast (done for a reason to aid contrast in low light perhaps?) because of the thick rets and because of the so-so reliability record. Get a good 'un and it's probably going to be the mutt's nuts. Personally I love the way they handle and like the glass. Get the odd Friday afternoon one and you may wish you hadn't bothered. There seems to be a fair few conflicting opinions and that in itself puts a lot of people off especially at the price.
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    What...people actually shoot those wuvverly fluffy wuffy sqwiwwerls? ! Oh dear. T'internet is full of useful information for anyone with eyes who want to learn but come into a shooting forum and ask that question? What animal rights group are you active in again? You didn't actually volunteer that. You probably know already full well about damage done to immature saplings...the deadly virus spread to native read squirrels which has killed off most of our beautiful little red squirrel population which weren't first of course booted out by the more aggressive Grey usurpers , and that they're non-native and classed as vermin for good reason. Why let the facts get in the way of a good animal rights plant though right? Sorry if this comes across as rather aggressive but it seems a hell of an odd post coming from someone posting your second post in 4 years. We didn't come up the river in a bubble my friend...why not revert back to the petra or LACS forum or wherever as you're clearly nor a shooter or conversant with the British countryside? That or get your laughs elsewhere....no debate here to be had.
  14. VarmLR

    What scope?

    Bushnell DMR, Vortex Gen2 Viper or Delta Stryker as above. All great scopes for the purpose. Most robust is the DMR and imho, it has the most positive turrets. Viper Gen 2 is up there with the glass quality of the Razor Gen1...really a leap forward compared with the Gen1.
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    Mixed reports. Glass is excellent although to my eyes it had a slightly odd colour cast (Recon). In terms of reliability I know several shooters who had to send their Crusader scopes back following turret failures. Personally, I found them a little chunky, fab glass though, but for me the dealbreaker was the ret thickness (Don't know if IOR now offer a fine ret but I haven't seen one). I ended up going down the PMII route instead with no regrets. The other scope in the same bracket well worth a look is the new Vortex Razor Gen 2.

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