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About Alycidon

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  • Birthday 11/06/1953

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    Driven game shooting, rifle shooting, deer stalking.

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  1. What four rifle calibres - factory ammo

    Well I had to shoot a rat the other week, under my range cooker at about 3 feet !!. so factory ammo users only: 177 air rifle at sub 12 ft lbs. 17 Hornet centerfire, ( could do without this if only 3 needed) 1 of either 204, 222 or 223 6.5x55 ( no experience of these new 6.5 cals such as Creedmore) A
  2. What's happened to these subs?

    When I first started with 22LR in the mid 80s I used Eley SSHPs to good effect in a bolt action rifle, these were 38gr from memory, Then Winchester and Magtach came along with a 40 gr SSHP with a large cavity, I could not see much difference so used the latter on a cost basis. Then I changed the rifle to a semi, the 40s did not cycle well so I moved back to the Eley 38s which worked well. Then Eley moved to 40s so I changed again. Looks like they are coming full circle, again. A
  3. Varminting in Australia

    Its also nice to see you have something to shoot at, where I am in the Middle of the UK we have pretty big areas with no decernable rabbit population. The introduction of Viral Hemmorging Disease and now Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD-2) has just about wiped them out. I drive for three or four hours most evenings and nights within about 50 miles and almost never see a rabbit. In the late 1980s I have shot 75 from a small 15 acre block and could easily kill 100 in a a few hours under a lamp. These days seeing half a dozen in one heap makes my day. A
  4. Varminting in Australia

    I take my hat off to you, lovely work. A
  5. Personally I pretty well always neck size only my Lapua 6 PPC USA brass. To me it looks like the FL die is incorrect, I use the Redding 3 die Comp die set if ever I need to resize fully, they were supplied by the rifle builder so I suppose it might be possible that he has put the chamber reamer into the die to take out any issues. I did buy a used Wilson FL set but my cases would not fit the die at all. If you want to send me a couple of fired cases I will put them through my Redding FL die if you feel it might help. One other thing in passing, the primers look to be well into the pocket, far more so than mine which are flush with the case. Not sure if thats good or not, I have never had an issue with pierced primers and you are not saying you are having a miss fire issue. A
  6. long range vermin

    17 Fireball is indeed an impressive round. The calibers listed on on thread owners initial post are all what I would call relatively short range calibers, yet you ask for long range. Now long range to some of us is 200 yards, for others 600 yards or more. If your 22.250 shoots MOA or better (1 inch at 100 yards) then it will be OK out to about 350/400 yards. The round will kill far further but its how accurate the rifle and shooter are that counts, drops can be ranged and dialled out, its always the wind that catches you out. Frankly I have not personally seen a 22.250 yet that would shoot sub MOA and I have seen a few but I am sure that there are some out there. 600 yards is a pretty long shot for most, I would be looking for accuracy and good energy on target as round placement wont be as precise at it would be at 150 yards. The bigger cased 20s will do this OK but they tend to be customs, a fast twist 223 is also a very capable round but factory production tends to be based on slower twists for lighter bullets. Personally if wanting a more main line caliber I would look to 6BR, 243 or 244 (aka 6mm Rem). A
  7. Varminting in Australia

    Superb photography, lovely wood on the stainless Cooper, thanks for sharing. A
  8. 17 Hornet - Who . . .

    Its ok but its not a 300 yard round, for that sort of distance more legs are needed, 204/222/223. I have killed crows to a shade over 200 in ideal conditions with 20gr Vmax but have missed more than I hit. You dont have the authority of a slightly missplaced round that you do with 20 or 22. I have seen a crow fly away with a leg dangling by a cord. luckily I caught up with it later the same day. Another one with entrails hanging out flew 120 yards before collapsing dead. Both hit with a bigger pill with more energy would have dropped on the spot. Re target shooting, as you are aware our friend has had to have a pacemaker fitted so is banned till next spring from driving, sort something when he is back up and running. He has subsequently shot a fox with no heart issues. Am busy pheasant shooting now anyway so need ground kept fairly quiet until Feb. A
  9. Agreed if 12 bore 21-34 gr lead loads. Might be some limited savings for non toxic shot and in smaller calibers. Reloadable cases can be an issue, 40 years ago there was an active reloading scene amoung club level clay shots, all used Winchester AA cases as nothing else would resize nicely. All in all its just not worth the cost of setting the gear up. But if you have the itch !!, A
  10. Best Wellies?

    la Chameau Verizinord. I wear mine most days, in 10 years I am only on my second pair but they are about shot now. A
  11. Silverstone Shooting Centre

    Living about 10 miles from Silverstone we have NOTHING range wise within a couple of hours, Bisley is 3 hours, Diggle 4, Minsterly 2 plus, there is one north of Birmingham, (Kingsbury), been once with the cadets as a driver seems tied up with small clubs from all over that place. So I feel there is a demand locally for such service but not at that price. Getting clearance for such a project must be difficult with noise issues ( thats probably why its 3 days a week only) and safety issues. A friend owns a clay shooting ground locally and he is very restricted as to when he can shoot and he sits right beside the M45. Many years ( 40+) ago an Army range near me was closed when a spent 7.62/303/5.56 bullet was found on the M1 carriageway a mile or so behind the butts. The firing point was way above the butts so god knows how it got there but that range has been closed ever since. A
  12. 17 Hornet - Who . . .

    i have a 17AH, think you may have shot it last year when you came up. Nice short range tool. A
  13. New 17 Hornet

    I also bought a rifle from him maybe 25 years ago when he worked for another, as you say a good guy,
  14. Rebarrel from 223 to 204

    To find a significant benefit in a 20 cal over a 223 then you do have to use heavier 20 cal bullets from a bigger case, even then under 300 yards difference is minimal Both calibers will get the job done OK as you know,. While drops can just be dialled out given a known range drifts are far more difficult and its usually drifts where we come unstuck unless given time to range and dial. But if its way out in the distance and you have 3 seconds to find it and shoot then the 20 is somewhat easier as drops and drifts are somewhat lower given same bullet weights.. My friend uses 22BR with 55gr (?) Blitzkings , I use 20BR usually with 39gr SBKs or 50gr Bergers, while we have never run them side by side at say 450 yards I would be quite happy to use his and I think he would be happy to use the 20 under a lamp. I do feel that the larger frontal area of the 22 does cause a bigger wound channel. Many foxes taken with the 20BR usually with 39gr SBK or 50gr Bergers have minimal carcase damage although they do drop just the same. A
  15. Bruce Potts ???

    Here you are; these guys will know I think. http://ukvarminting.com/forums/topic/39729-ukbra-100-1000-yards-12th-and-13th-august-2017/?do=findComment&comment=313386 A

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