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  1. .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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 ,
  8. 20-222rem

    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
  9. 20-222rem

    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
  10. 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
  11. Following on from the 6.5 Lapua Creed post, it would seem that some people, have in the past, reported that the identical process of necking 6.5x47 Lap to 6mm, leads to a cartridge that is definitely more difficult to get a consistently "accurate" load, than the parent cartridge. Is this in fact the case, or simply "gossip"? And if true, do people think this would be the same for the 6.5 creedmore? Regards, MB
  12. 220 Russian / 6mm PPC

    Many thanks to you both for explaining. I suppose it makes sense, I just find it strange when we all use the 6mm BR in tight necks / custom chambers etc, yet there are numerous manufactures producing brass, even to the point with Norma they have now started making 6mm Dasher brass. Kind regards, MB
  13. 220 Russian / 6mm PPC

    Out of interest, when virtually all benchrest shooters using 6mm PPC form their brass from 220 Russian from Lapua, why doesn't Lapua just produce 6mm PPC brass? Some sort of copyright/patent? Regards, MB
  14. LE Wilson seating dies

    Many thanks to the three of you for your replies. It is reassuring to know that I am not too wide of the mark with my suspicions, and simply now have to consider either looking at the seater stem, or switching to a faster powder such as Vit N150 to possibly reduce the resistance to seating caused by a compressed load. Kind regards, MB
  15. LE Wilson seating dies

    Evening folks, In the never ending task of trying to improve my reloading gear and techniques, I have purchased a Wilson bullet seater die with micrometer for my 7mm-08. My usual process is to resize the brass using a Redding Type S Bushing style FL sizing die, having measured the OD of The neck of a few loaded rounds and selected a bushing to give a .001 neck tension. In the process of loading a few rounds last night I noted that the seater stem is marking the heads with a very neat round circle where it comes into contact with the head. The load of H4350 is a compressed load, and I am aware of the "perceived force" required on the press handle to seat the bullet, but I assume this is the knock on affect of a short handle on my arbor press and hence you are more aware of neck tension issues compared to using a bench mounted press. When I use my Forster bullet seater in the Forster press, needless to say there appears to be little "resistance" to seating, but also there are no markings on the bullet head. So my questions are as follows:- 1) Are Wilson stems more suited to Target type bullets, rather than bullets such as the Nosler Accubond that have tangent type ogive. 2) Does this ring affect occur because the jacket thickness on a hunting type bullet thinner than a target type bullet? 3) Does this ring affect accuracy, or bullet function? 4) what am I doing wrong?? Many thanks, from a slightly puzzled, MB

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