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  1. maltbuck

    Lapua 6mm Creedmoor

    Lapua have announced the planned production of 6mm Creedmoor brass later in 2018. Now we will see how the Creedmoor matches up to Norma 6mm XC, as we have two high quality brass manufacturers producing the relevant calibres brass with no necking Down variances etc. It would seem the 6x47 case production has succumbed to the mass requirement of the US market. MB
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    Alpha munitions / Peterson brass

    Thank you Laurie for the info, much appreciated.
  3. I am interested in looking at brass quality / consistency between these two manufacturers and comparing them to Lapua and Norma in two particular calibres, namely 6xc and 6mm Creedmoor. Does anyone have any experiences of these two manufacturers and if anyone in the UK is distributing / importing them. Many thanks, MB
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    Forster honed dies

    Many thanks Palo.
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    Forster honed dies

    Palo - as I am considering getting some Forster fl dies honed, did you send Forster fired brass? My question arises from the US rules regarding brass export / imports. Regards, MB
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    .20 cal specific custom action?

    As time has moved on and there are a few new action manufacturers around I thought I would resurrect this thread, and see what is out there. Regards, MB
  7. Currently looking at /for a new Anschutz 22RF and balancing up the pros and cons of a 14 inch vs 18 inch barrel. It will mainly be used for subsonic use but occasionally using the CCI stingers (HV). So is there any benefit to the extra barrel length in view of small powder volumes and sub 100 yard ranges? Pointability / compactness although a consideration is not the bee all and end all. Many thanks, MB
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    RFD transfer rules

    Thank you Bradders for clarifying this matter. Unfortunately this going to create problems when the situation arises, as in my current position, where you want to purchase a donor action / rifle and then rebarrel in another calibre. My naive intention had been to get a vendor to send the rifle RFD to my RFD, who would then rebarrel it in the required calibre. Hence the original rifle does not enter my possession until it is in the calibre I have permission for. So unless the vendor sells the donor rifle to his RFD, who can then transfer to my RFD, it will mean I have to submit my FAC to the Licensing Dept to get the donor calibre placed on it, then get the rifle sent to my RFD, then resubmit my FAC to the Licensing Dept to get my originally intended calibre placed back on the ticket? I feel a phone call to the Licensing Dept coming on, as this type of thing is simply going to add to the paperwork load of the Dept. Otherwise I will simply have to let the potential purchase slide and wait for a donor rifle to come up in the originally intended calibre which in the case of a 20ppc may be a long wait! Regards, MB
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    6mm Creedmore - Real world

    Thanks for the replies, have been off grid this last week so only just seen the posts. My interest is in comparing it to the 6XC, when we consider the questions of brass, powder volume and primers, I.e.:- The quality of Lapua 6.5 Creedmore brass vs Norma 6xc, particularly in regards to the idiosyncrasies of necking Down brass. Small primer advantages in relations to pressure issues of loose primers etc, vs the "potential" disadvantage of large powder volume to small primer ratio. Then we have the issue going forwards of no more H4350 due to Euro regulations (but then we always have the Brexit factor!) And then the outright accuracy in real world terms vs 6mmXC - accepting that 6mm BR is king from 300-600! Regards, MB
  10. Morning folks. Has anyone got actual real world experience of the 6mm Creedmore, particular when using the new Lapua 6.5 brass. If you read / listen to all the hype on the US forums it would seem to be the new megastar! But in reality how does it compare to say the 6xc, or 6mmBR / Dasher for mid range work ie 400-800? ATB, MB
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    PPC on a BR bolt face.

    Many thanks for the reply. The initial calibre would either be a 20 or 22 ppc (the 6ppc was typo). The reason for using a non ppc bolt head dia, would be future proofing i.e. if I decided that neck turning / fireforming was just too much hassle, I would simply re chamber in 6mm BR shooting an 87-95 grain bullet. Regards, MB
  12. Whilst recognising the difference in size between a ppc and br bolt faces, is it possible to build a ppc calibre on a BR bolt face and still get reliable extraction etc? The thought process being to order a BAT single shot action with a Sako extractor being specified, thus if I decide at a later date that the 6 ppc is too much of a pain to produce the brass I can simply rechamber in 6mmBR? Many thanks, Maltbuck ,
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    The idea of the 20 vartarg or 20-222 Rem, was as a substitute for the .17HMR giving better performance than the .17hmr without the potential case issues that seem to plague the .17. The 222 obviously as has an excellent reputation for accuracy and is a very sweet round, and a 20 neck down should be a very easy process. Similarly for the 20 vartarg from the 221 fireball. In addition there is Lapua brass for both. The difference in choice being a single shot format for the vartarg or potential easy repeater format for the 20-222. And as GBal has said in a previous post to another thread, it is simply a fancy I may indulge. Anyway thanks for the replies so far, and if anyone has got specific 20-222 experience or for that matter 20 vartarg I would appreciate the input. MB
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    Good morning folks, I have been considering a 20 vartarg, as a single shot (ejector) light varminter, but I have had slight concerns with the ejection side of things, apparently fireball based ejectors need to be in a slightly different place on the bolt face? As a result have looked for simply "formed" alternatives, that do not involve considerable case prep, and as I already have a .223, want a cartridge case that is "considerably different" to the .223 case so as to avoid any possible confusion and hence safety issues. Also not wanting a .204 Ruger. Hence the 20-222rem idea! Which should if I understand it fulfill my criteria, plus a little more velocity, and also give me an easy possibility for a repeater format. Just wondering if anyone has any pearls of wisdom / experience of the calibre. Having done a little bit of searching, it seems that customs dies will be one requirement for a start. Many thanks, MB
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    Necking down Lapua 6.5 Creedmore to 6mm

    Many thanks for the answers, much appreciated as currently considering the new brass option for a 6mm no neck turn vs a simple 6xc. Gossip can be a misleading mistress! Interesting that the variances in velocities between individual shooters in the precision rifle blog, for the 6mm Creed and 6 mm Lapua are greater than those for the equivalent 6.5s. As to necking up 22-250 and fireforming, is that not simply a 6mm XC? My leaning to the 6mm Creedmore are the perceived advantages of Lapua brass with a small primer (as per 6.5 Creedmore post). This will probably come down to a coin flip! Regards, MB

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