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    What optic to choose

    Hi plus 1 for the Hawke range of scopes - Hawke have improved greatly over recent years. I have an Endurance 6-24 illuminated with LC reticle, and at x20 the reticle fits the trajectory of my M&P exactly. No dialing just use the reticle lines for the range you are shooting at. Ideal in the field M
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    Advice for an alternative approach to .357 underlever?

    hi I have had the same problems as the op, especially the mysterious flyers and after some playing around, in my opinion the way to get decent groups with the under lever rifle consists of (in no particular order) consistency of hold trim brass to same length (within +/- 1 thou) consistent crimp (see above) using a factory crimp die single feed into breech from cartridge in bullet up position (i.e. powder at bottom case next to primer) decent bullet FWIW applying the above, with a 158gn copper plated TC or HP bullet over 5.0gn N320 my Winchester 94 will group to an average of 0.7Moa at 56 yards with a MV of 1040fps and Sd under 10fps for a 10 shot group with no flyers attached is a recent 20 shot group on a 6 inch target at 56 yards The peripheral shots are totally down to the shaky old sod behind the gun M
  3. Hi Maximus - depends on powder. I have two: Frankford Arsenal for ball and stick powders Lyman for flake powders Atb M
  4. Hi chaz I have this: Simmonds 6x40 scope. Good condition suit air rifle or rimfire rifle – has been used on 22WMR and 17HMR rifles without any movement of zero. Coated lenses 25mm body, elevation and windage turrets with ¼ MoA click adjustement. Duplex reticule If you or anyone else with a young protege wants it, just cover the postage and you(they) can have it Atb Tony
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    Variations in MV

    Hi, one of the calibres that I reload is the 45LC for an LBR. I chronographed some rounds the other day and was surprised at the variations in SD and MV All rounds are loaded in Star Brass at 1.276+/- 0.001 Powder is VvN320 6.0gn measured using a Hornady auto trickler to throw a nominal 5.9gn and the trickle up to 6.0gn with a Frankford Arsenal trickler on a Redding Beam Scale bullet is 250gn LNRNFP with lubed groove and Alox coatingloaded to 1.600 +/- 0.001 and crimped Each batch of 10 was shot in two 5 round series. Format is Batch; Average MV; ES; SD Batch A 753 66 18 Batch B 729 46 14 Batch C 761 74 23 Batch D 753 94 28 With the other pistol calibres I reload(357M & 44M) using the same technique, I have ES between 20 and 35fps, and SD 6 to 10. The only thing I can think of here is that the case is large with a small volume of powder giving variations in burn time. Or possibly temperature - it was around 0deg C that day Any thoughts any one?? Suggestions for a fix?? M
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    LBR case

    Hi, sometime ago someone was asking in a thread about cases for LBR - I used to use a modified Shoulder o' Mutton gun case, but the case below is much more practical. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112448866429 Just waiting now for some foam blocks to customise the rest of the case ATB M
  7. Hi, trigger stick is ok as far as it goes, but quite expensive these days( I bought mine years ago -Gen1). Better are quad sticks, but again many bucks. I find this pretty good, it is easy to carry when folded up in its bag(it has a loop to go over your shoulder) and can be deployed reasonably quickly. The result is not as steady as bags and a bench, but it is not far off, and it costs about the same as a trigger stick does now. https://www.opticswarehouse.co.uk/product/caldwell-dead-shot-field-pod-shooting-rest/ I use it in conjunction with a folding chair that also goes over your shoulder on a loop. The one in this link is similar, but I bought mine in the UK a long time ago, and cannot remember the make - but I can have a look tomorrow https://www.amazon.com/Hunters-Specialties-Furniture-Chair-Realtree/dp/B00AZHG2H8/ref=sr_1_36?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1548092419&sr=1-36&keywords=shooting+chair There is an awful lot of kit out there - it just costs money! M
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    Show us your shotguns!

    Hi' shotguns are my first love, especially English side by sides from the hey day of British manufacturing and innovation (1860 - 1920). At present my shotgun cabinet contains: 10G Tipping & Lawden (London) Damascus s/s hammergun (Black powder proof, 2 5/8 chamber) 1877 10G Arthur Conyer(Dorset) Damascus s/s hammer gun (Nitro, 2 7/8 chambers) 1887 12G Holland & Holland (London) Damascus s/s hammer gun (Nitro, 70mm chamber) 1876 12G Scott & Son (London) Damascus s/s hammer gun (Nitro 70mm chambers) 1875 12g Maleham(Sheffield) Best boxlock s/s hammerless ejector (Nitro 65mm chamber) 1905 12g Abbaticio & Salvenelli (Famars, Italy) Self cocking ejector s/s hammer gun (Nitro, 70mm chambers) 1970's 12g Browning B25(Liege, Belgium) best boxlock o/u hammerless ejector Pintail model #261 of 500 (Nitro, 70mm chambers) 1981 16g Army & Navy(London) sidelock hammerless ejector s/s (Nitro 65mm chambers) 1908 Many others have passed through, including several Purdey's which avarice persuaded me to part with. Unfortunately my increasing disabilities preclude shooting these as often as I would like - especially the 10G guns, which are great fun when shot with Black powder loads!! Nothing like the old smoke pole on a quiet evening flight - especially when ones companions aren't familiar with the sight and sound of a 10G Black powder load😈 M somewhat overgunned in Monmouthshire
  9. Hi I have Lever action rifles in 357M and 44M calibres. My question is: What is the perceived wisdom of using plated bullets before/after lead, and jacketed before/ after lead/plated. Am trying to develop reasonably accurate loads for all these bullet types, but am tying myself in knots - there seems to be several ideas of yes/no to the above scenarios out there. Some times I get good results, the next time out I get crap groups Ho Hum M (miserable as ever in sunny?? wales)
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    .22LR Scope, for 20m to 100m

    Hawke Airmax - cheap as chips, does the job, and is illuminated. Readily available retail and second hand. Mine is an old one with MoA turrets and a mil dot recticle(!) but they may have seen the light by now. I swap mine twixt air rifle and rimfire (QD rings) M
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    Best tool for removing military crimp?

    Hi Michal. Primer pocket reamer. Hornady et al manufacture, 1967spud and CDSG sell them. Not expensive, had mine years, saved hundreds of cases M
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    Measuring performance

    Varm, you mention another thing that really gets me -with my 223, first shot from cold barrel is always off. As per pic below(the first shot is 0.85in from bull centre, distance to target 105yd). How do you get round that? M
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    Measuring performance

    Hi, I am interested in how everyone measures performance of their shooting or a specific load. I use On Target software to analyse my targets, and am interested to know which is the best measure of the quality of a group. There are several measures - Mean Radius, Extreme spread, and Group size(Width and Height). Another variable seems to be number of shots in a group - some say 3 shot, others 5, others more. I always go for 10 shots myself, but there are not many occasions there isn't at least 1 flyer!! Then there is what one should be expecting to get at the various ranges 50,100, 200, 300, etc Then there is the capabilities of Pistol calibres(Gallery rifles 357M,44M, 45C), centrefire rifles(223,243,308 etc), and the ubiquitous rimfire(22, 17HMR) Total confusion reigns (for me anyway) M
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    Not had a problem with PPU cases myself, I use them on 3 calibres. Easy way round your problem is a primer pocket reamer - I use them to reclaim ex military cases. I can't remember how much they cost, but I think it was a few pounds from either 1967spud or CDSG M
  15. Hi Farmer - £50 cash? I live near Raglan, and shoot at SW2000 every week M

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