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About Ralpharama

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  • Birthday 11/11/1964

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    Pensford, Somerset
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    Classic Motorcycles, Target Shooting

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  1. reload costs

    I would love to get a copy of the calculation - I have a copy of excel, but am too stupid to be able to program it. I would like to be able to get an idea of what it costs me to feed the .308 and the .357 toy. I would have to keep it hidden from SWMBO as she would take my knackers off and suspend them from her ear lobes! Shooting defo costs me more than I thought it would, but WTF, it gives me pleasure. I also spend a fortune on motorcycles. I don't really care, I only spend what I have. If I'm short I work some more! I get no pleasure from figures on a bank statement and hate the thought of dying with money in the bank I could have enjoyed! As a long term biker I take the view - screw tomorrow, it may never come
  2. Thanks for the feedback. I have ordered a cover for my wildcat from Wildcat. Hopefully it will help.
  3. I have to be honest and say I hate my 'new' mod with a passion. Outside the noise hasn't been a problem with my brake. Since I have been using the mod it has been heating up quite a bit and making it damn near impossible to see the target through the scope after a number of shots. Having talked to quite a lot of people about muzzle brakes, views seem quite polarised; some suggesting they are the work of Satan himself and others who consider them a far better solution than something that generates lots of heat . As an engineer I am concerned about the localised hating up of my precision barrel. I do accept that being close to someone shooting with a brake I'd less than pleasant, so think that I may take a view on the day as to the proximity overs other when deciding on what to fit. Being a sociable soul ,I think asking those around me it they mind me using the brake is probably going to be the best for me. I am, however, interested in the mention of a mod cover. No one has mentioned it to me, when I have been discussing the problems I have encountered when using the mod and I have never seen such a thing for sale. I should very much like to hear more.
  4. Thanks for the tip Al. Had one delivered yesterday and took it to Severnside to evaluate today. Bloody brilliant! Really easy to put together and rock steady. I was shooting better groups than I did previously prone, so not only have a saved the neck ache but it's improved my accuracy Can't recommend this bench strongly enough!
  5. I'm loving it there; I really like Richard - he's a real character, though I have realised he's very choosy about who he likes, I was lucky Had to be towed out on my second visit, so had to buy a cheap 4x4! Want to go tomorrow, though it's looking a tad windy at 2:00 16-17 gusting 28-30. Not sure if it's viable? Wanted to try my new slot together bench thing that should arrive today!
  6. As I said above, I am new to the sport and am getting very varied responses to the use or muzzle brakes. I have been told by keen target shooters that a muzzle brake is the perfect answer to accuracy and recoil, though they did say that at places like Bisley where people shoot closely packed one can be unpopular with one. As for looks; to me my tactical rifle is pig ugly and I would far rather have a lovely walnut stock as in a hunting rifle, but I crave accuracy and so have bought what I have bought. I can't see what odds the thing hanging on the end of the barrel makes. Brakes are quite spectacular in the tunnel at my local range though! Fun for spectators, especially 300 win mags and bigger, but horrid to shoot next to! The reason I didn't meg a mod straight away was that A&S FL forgot to put the requested mods on my ticket, so I had to reapply.
  7. I have to be honest, I was a tad wounded by the accusation of sarcasm. It was most definitely not intended; I did genuinely buy the mod as a direct result of your post - the last thing I want to do is piss folk off, particularly at a range I frequent. At my local indoor 50m range I have experienced the unpleasant effects of sitting to the side of someone with a large caliber rifl, particularly a 300 win mag, with a muzzle break. I have been to Caldicott quite a number of times now and have never had no negative comments and no one suggested I should have a mod. People have been shooting with 30cal rifles with breaks near me and it didn't seem especially bad being outside. The only time I have had to share a firing position there I did ask the other chap if he minded and he replied that it didn't bother him in the slightest. I am new to the sport and have found that opinions on muzzle brakes seem to be as polarised as everything else in this sport.
  8. Lest I piss you off at Severnside, assuming I haven't already, I am now in possession of a used Wildcat Predator 8 mod. For a hundred quid I just had to machine the dacron bit at the back to fit over my rather plump barrel - five minutes on my lathe. If the wind moderates (intentional pun) I'll give it a try at Severnside on Saturday, along with my new portable shooting bench. Thanks for all the comments; from my researches it seems that Muzzle brakes are best unless you're annoying folk in, which case it's best to stick on a mod.
  9. Happy New Year everyone! I like the idea of quieting my Sabatti .308win STR down a bit with a moderator. It currently has a muzzle break that it came with, but it does bark a bit and it has been suggested to me that there might be situations where the hot air etc that flies out each side of the MB might piss folk off at some ranges. At my indoor range I get a mixed response to it varying from awe to being told I'm an antisocial git! At Severnside I have had no negative comments, save a teenage girl who commented it was very noisy (wasn't sure whether her comment was appreciative or negative, but i have long since lost the ability to speak teenese) I picked up a moderator for my .22 for buttons from my local RFD, but he had nothing for the STR. All the ones I have seen have been very expensive on-line. I'm not 100% sure but I think the barrel is 5/8" x 24 UNEF, though this was gleaned from Sabatti's web site which isn't necessarily correct.
  10. I am nobut a newbie, but I have to say that looks more akin to a light calibrate canon than a rifle
  11. Now I'm starting to shoot at slightly longer ranges100/200 yards I need to decide whether to try making a portable bench or to continue with the mat. I don't find prone shooting very comfortable giving me neck and shoulder aches and pains. Accuracy is important to me, but I do find shooting off the benches at my local 50m indoor range far more comfortable. I do intend to find longer ranges to shoot at. Is it possible to achieve good accuracy off a portable bench if carefully designed?
  12. The annealing seems the the most awkward part of the process. I have yet to see an easy, quick and accurate quick way to perform this task.
  13. The BIG advantage of the US over the tumbler is that I don't need to buy it I was making some experimental loads the other day and chucked a load of brass into my US bath using the fluid I use for bike carbs. They came out mush cleaner and the primer pockets were sooo clean I didn't need to use the tool. I blew them dry with an air line, as I do with carbs and as it was a short batch (under fifty) I gave each case a very quick pimp up on the polishing mop. I finally cooked them in SWMBO's oven at 120°C for quarter of an hours to ensure they were 100% dry as I was to load them straight away. I emptied them all again at Severnside range at Caldicot today They all went bang and punched holes in the paper at 100 & 200 yards. I'll have to fill 'em up again I spose. I need to examine the targets to determine which loads were the most accurate first.
  14. That brings me on to another question Assuming one losses count of the number of times a case has been used, and I probably will, being in my fifties, how does one tell when they are scrappers, or do you keep on using them until they start to split around the neck or where ever?. I would assume that the neck will be the weak point as it gets re-sized and crimped around the bullets.

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