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    Long range . 308Win and .338Lap.
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  1. It is a bummer for sure but not sure I can buy "spurious safety issues" without actually knowing what the issue is. Isn't Bisley a reasonable distance from you?
  2. DIO buggering civilians around isn't new. Kingsbury had the back stop raised and lanes reduced. The 200mil rule was suspended. If the military are on King. B. then Kings. A must conform to their programme of shooting - ie 100yds in many cases! Whittington has completely been removed from civilian use it seems. The barrack ranges were closed following some incidents (army) that prompted further risk assessment. The gallery range has never been available since it was "upgraded". Bottom line is the ranges are military assets and will be run as they see fit, there seems little customer/supplier relationship management with civilian clubs. I feel for those clubs and their members that are totally reliant on the DIO ranges. I don't know what can be done other than lobbying by the NRA
  3. Is this part off the ongoing Wales & West Midlands DIO issue?
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    Bullet seating, are we doing it wrong?

    👍 exactly
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    Getting scope level

    One way to get a starting position but not so sure how accurate that would be when tracking out to maximum on elevation. That is what counts - the elevation tracks plum vertical with no side component.
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    Getting scope level

    Slightly off topic: I recently did a "survey" of shooters during a meeting to see how many canted their rifles. Very scientific - I stood behind and looked 😀. Quite surprisingly there were more than a few with noticeably severe cants and one or two seemed to have variable canting (and their results showed it!). These were not novices but "experienced" shots. Experience does not equal skill ! I certainly need a bubble to ensure my natural hold doesn't cant over - I'd recommend them to anyone shooting long distances. I can't have my rifle 'waiving about' outside at home so I set my Sphur mount level off the rifle (I use a tripod and lash up jig). Fit the scope up in the mount and check it tracks vertically against a handy Vodafone comms pole. Torque everything up and recheck. Then fit to the rifle so the barrel axis is sitting plum below the scope axis. Any out of true with the rail is so small as to be negligible in my experience.
  7. Popsbengo

    Bullet seating, are we doing it wrong?

    It's a comparative tool so as long as the parts of your comparator, including the case, are kept the same then just allow an offset for the measured length of the non-fired and fire-formed cases. Once you have a starting position it's down to development until you get an optimised load - just measure the real-world optimised load with your ogive comparator and duplicate going forward. Measuring COAL to the tip is not the way to go for accuracy (though you need to be aware of it for magazine fit). As I have the lathe and tools I do my own fire-formed cases just to avoid adding offsets: 5/16 x 36 UNS is the thread for Hornady tool. Tapping drill is a letter "L" drill. The tap is an unusual size - Tracy Tools have them but they're not cheap! The drop bolt method does apply more force to the bullet even when dropping without any detectable resistance so it will seat deeper in the lands by a few thou. I find either method (done properly) is repeatable so either will give you a comparison to start with and you can work from there to optimise seating.
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    EU Lead ban in ammo?

    Oh dear..
  9. Popsbengo

    EU Lead ban in ammo?

    Can't agree (there's a surprise!), it's a primarily a drive to reduce environmental lead pollution and any negative affects on gun ownership are secondary to that, not some "creeping" legislation to further undermine legitimate gun ownership - that's conspiracy-theory thinking I feel. That said, it is likely the fallout of any lead-control legislation may affect the shooting community somewhere down the line. I feel your expectation for an Brexited UK not implementing lead controls in the future is likely to end in disappointment!
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    EU Lead ban in ammo?

    yes spotted it. Most EU nations have extensive shooting sports so there will be much resistance I'm sure. I'd worry about it when there's actual proposals being put forward.
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    Inside of brass neck to clean

    does this person jam into the lands or jump?
  12. Popsbengo

    Inside of brass neck to clean

    Interesting, but I'm unconvinced. U/S cleaning is followed by sizing is it not? The article completely skips over that. The pictures in the article are pre-sizing through a die I assume. Sizing operations require lubed necks. I'd like to see similar pictures after sizing using a button or a collet mandrel. Very hard steel (or TiN) button or mandrel burnishing the brass under great compressive force. As Brillo describes, I have also used a neck mandrel with dry lube - this is doing a similar burnishing as the sizing operation above. Surely spinning a brush in the brass will create annular scratches of a greater depth than the U/S surface erosion. If it's done before sizing it'll be subject to the same burnishing as I describe so no better than U/S I expect. I can't see there being any problem with a little dry lube on assembly of the bullet as long as neck tension (or bullet jam) is sufficient to achieve efficient starting conditions for combustion. I just don't think it's necessary and it's also possibly counter-productive in some circumstances. Getting back to the original post - Real world results are what counts. Try some experiments and see
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    Inside of brass neck to clean

    My understanding is thus: If you have a bullet jammed in the lands then little more than a slip-fit is probably ok to achieve a good starting pressure for complete combustion. Otherwise, a "loose" or "slippy" fit is a bad idea as the bullet will move forward under initial combustion and starting pressures will not be high enough for proper and full combustion. This will lead to low and erratic MV and unburnt powder. A good consistent neck is what's wanted for accuracy. Polishing (and lub!) seems the wrong way to go to me.
  14. Popsbengo

    Inside of brass neck to clean

    yes I can but thanks for asking 😉
  15. Popsbengo

    Inside of brass neck to clean

    Short and sweet: No and no
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