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  1. fizzbangwhallop

    Molten Salt Annealing Rig

    Looking good Gruntus 👍 I did a 100 batch of .243 cases a couple of months ago at two at a time and it didn’t make any noticeable difference to the temperature maintenance.... and of course it halved the time over doing one case at a time (why didn’t I think of that before! 🤪) The other thing that I tried and certainly helped, was taping a piece of rainwater downpipe to the edge of the bench with the bottom end just under the surface of the 2l jug of hot water on the floor. I did angle it away slightly so in the remote chance of any splashes making over a yard of flight went away from the salt pot. And it saved a lot of salty watery mess on the floor around the jug. cheers fizz 😎
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    Hand / bench primer .

    I’d agree with that... I’ve was on my second Lee hand primer but since I’ve started ultrasonic bath cleaning I’ve noticed that the primers took more effort due to the us removing the natural lubricity of the brass (the other theory is that my grip ain’t as good as it used to be! 😝 I looked at the Forster but loading the tube means handling the primers..... far easier to tip and flip them in the Lee tray. I mounted it on a block of ally and stuck on some rubber feet to make it easier to use and give ‘feel’ to the loading process. cheers Fizz
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    Ear protection

    I’m a happy convert to the EEP100’s fitted with the CENS Minos tips This thread over on SD is well worth reading..... https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/threads/electronic-earmuffs-fit.176014/ Direct link to the tips (is/was free postage through here).... https://www.puretone.net/product/mino-cens-foam-tips/ my first set of these are still good as opposed to the squeezable tips which came with the EEP’s which got manky very quickly...like with the first use. cheers fizz
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    Molten Salt Annealing Rig

    I bought it from APC in February last year.... just been across and logged in to search for it but with no joy ☹️ Someone mentioned in a post a few months ago that APC were selling it through their ebay shop but that didn’t bring anything up either. Have you tried ringing them? cheers Fizz
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    Electronic Seating Force Monitor

    I did a batch of salt annealing the other week with the hot water in the usual 2l measuring jug on the floor...... which normally results in water splashes all over the floor around the jug, ‘cept this time I gaffer taped a length of rainwater downpipe to the worktop with the bottom end under the water level in the jug. Made life a whole lot easier just dropping the hot cases down the tube rather than bending down and aiming the case at the water... as an extra precaution I angled the tube away from the salt annealer. I also halved the time taken by doing 2 cases at a time. cheers fizz
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    Bullet Coatings

    I bought some on Amazon back in April but haven’t got round to trying it yet, mainly as I didn’t have a clue as to how best to apply it...so many thanks to Catch-22 for the info above, very useful 👍 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07XZ45QZY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They do another size tin as well. cheers Fizz
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    ROGER & SPENCER main spring

    👍 They’ve done various bits of work for me over the years.... not least to my inherited Blanch hammer gun which included taking half the pull weight out of one of the mainsprings..... This was the recent thread on their work over on SD https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/threads/potential-hammergun-restoration-project-need-informed-views.181332/ cheers fizz
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    ROGER & SPENCER main spring

    Ladbroke and Langton would be worth a call.... very helpful and very good. https://www.gunrepair.co.uk/ cheers fizz
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    IOR Scopes, your thoughts?

    But...... that doesn’t go as far as letting you put it in rings, as soon as you do that it becomes ‘used’ and they won’t automatically refund you what you paid. Their view is that you’d be upset if they’d sent you one that had previously been returned and subsequently discovered even the faintest mark on inspection. “Has it been mounted?” is the first question they ask, the best way to answer that with a hand on heart “No” is not to get it near the rifle. Cheers Fizz
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    Accuracy, how much is down to the press?

    🤣 Excellent! Reading this has just cost me the price of a double cd! I’ve had Canned Heat’s Living The Blues double album since the 60’s and quite often had the Refried Boogie, which covered both sides of the second lp, playing in the background as I was doing stuff that I could boogie to 😂. The record deck hasn’t been up and running for many years now so I’ve been missing it! Just found it on Amazon and pressed the go button! Apart from that.... music to load to includes Cream.....usually Wheels of Fire, Lynyrd Skynyrd live albums, Floyd’s live DSOTM etc Pulse. And anything else that takes my fancy.....Luther Allison’s The Thrill is Gone is another fave.... I’m sure I had an excellent Elmore James version on cd, perhaps not but I can’t find the bloody cd! Been hacking me off for years that. 😣 Hmmmm.....that Elmore James might have been the sky is crying....BB King also did The Thrill cheers Fizz
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    Balance beam powder scale

    I’m dead chuffed with it Alan..... I think consistency is key to all reloading and it pays dividends, last March I reloaded a batch of .243’s and started using them in August....this was my first (and only) shot at 100m to check zero against the existing batch. My regime is to de-cap, ultrasonic, salt anneal, trim as appropriate, run all cases through the rifle and neck-size or full size if they don’t chamber easily....works for me across my calibres.... My rifles are kept in the safe without scopes on ..... then it’s either a dayscope or the nv that gets fitted, with the .243 that’s several times a week at the moment (when it’s not bloody raining!)
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    Balance beam powder scale

    I’ve had a Targetmaster and a set of RCBS 5-10’s for 6 or 7 years now and wouldn’t go back to electronics... there’s been a recent thread on the Stalking Directory and it prompted me to time the Targetmaster whilst I was reloading batch of .243’s during last weeks crap weather.... Dropping a nearly charge from my Harrel .... the Targetmaster was finalising the load to the count of 5 or 6 whilst I seated the bullet in the previous case. When I’m doing the .20Prac or the .17Rem, I simply use a Lee scoop for the nearly charge. With the camera in place, I’m at 90degrees to the scales and just look at the computer screen to give me an instant visual check. If any are fraction low...ie with the pointer not quite covering the scale, just a touch on the go button is enough to drop a couple of kernels to bring it up. My set-up.... on a couple of Argos marble chopping boards with hi-fi equipment adjustable feet in the corners to get it dead level across the pivot.... that’s a super accurate ex-Air Ministry spirit level in there to check that..... Bite Pop’s hand off for the 10-10’s and get a Targetmaster....mine’s still running on the original batteries too, well impressed! cheers fizz
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    .204 data

    My .20Prac got better groups once I pushed the 39grn SBK's over the 3600fps threshold for the better ballistic coefficient value Its .270 for the 3400-3599fps range and .287 for 3600fps and above.... I'm using N133 and now, CCI450's (Tested in April last year and came out with a tighter ES than Rem7.5's, CCI400's and BR4's ) Cheers Fizz
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    I met PhilM several years ago......didn’t strike me as the type to wind anyone up, more likely ‘unavailable’ at the moment and unable to sign in to read the forum. cheers fizz
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    Electronic ear defenders

    I’ve got a pair of these on the go.... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Honeywell-1018953-Howard-Leight-Defender/dp/B00D3FG2SS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Honeywell+Impact+pro&qid=1573393775&s=sports&sr=1-1-catcorr Half the price of some shooting based sellers taking the mickey! Following a thread over on SD, I’ve recently bought a pair of these eep-100’s from earshot (luckily just into stock but now on back-order again) https://www.earshotcommunications.co.uk/shop/product/3m-peltor-electronic-earplug-eep-100-eu/ The 3 sizes of the cupped eartips didn’t do much in the way of attenuation and the foam pair got uncomfortable after a while, so following the recommendation I’ve now bought some CENS Mino tips and they’re a lot more comfortable and easier to keep clean... bought from here as there’s no postage... http://www.puretoneretail.net/mino_industrial.html#reload SD thread... https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/threads/electronic-earmuffs-fit.176014/ cheers fizz
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    Ultrasonic cleaners - recommendations

    Excellent! 👍 Cheers Fizz 😎
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    Ultrasonic cleaners - recommendations

    This popped into my inbox just now..... I bought a soldering iron from them a few months ago and still get their email newsletters.... https://sendy.allendale-group.co.uk/w/XhTbfsqvfpcTTXLfgvFbGg/o476398924b6iwryJ4ZiKL1IJg/w5zBwpDOanRXRBOHTPZ40A Fizz
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    Ultrasonic cleaners - recommendations

    The tank itself has a 6litre capacity and I fill it to the line you can see in the photo above.....ie about level with the top of the basket without it being hooked over the ends to keep the feet off the base of the tank. Same level in the jars, I only chuck the mix once I’ve done the batch...usually just over the 100 cases mark. I used to use a single jar which did the 100. It’ll be well black by the time you finish. I can be rinsing, bi-carbing and rinsing the first load whilst the second load are running. I mix up the bi-carb in a 2l jug and use that for the whole batch and just use a second jug and an old sieve to save the liquor etc etc cheers fizz
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    Ultrasonic cleaners - recommendations

    Up in my first post... “To keep the main water clean, I use 2 Asda pickled onion jars for the cleaning solution with 20cases in each at a time... 8-10mins at 30c. We’ve got hard water from the tap so I just use rainwater from the butt.... level teaspoon of catering citric acid and a dab of Fairy/dishwasher rinse-aid in each jar.” Strangely I found that that a heaped teaspoon wasn’t as effective... haven’t a clue as to why? When I was looking into it, Seaclean was recommended, bought some but I’ve never used it as the citric works well enough. cheers fizz
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    Ultrasonic cleaners - recommendations

    Apart from being sticky....I’d have thought you’d need to let lemonade stand for more than a while to get rid of the bubbles? I let the water stand for a day or so to get rid of the bubbles that naturally form on the sides of the container.. less work for the de-gas function. If you don’t de-aerate the water, the bubbles will cavitate on the surface of whatever you’re trying to clean thereby reducing the effect as they act as a cushion. Catering citric acid is dirt cheap on fleabay.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=cotric+acid&_sacat=0 Cheers Fizz
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    Ultrasonic cleaners - recommendations

    I’ve used one of these for a few years now.... it’s been very good, the de-gas function is a useful addition. I bought a 6l one in order to be able to clean up bits off the bike...carbs, brake cylinders etc etc. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Professional-Ultrasonic-Cleaner-6L-DIGITAL-SMART-DEGAS-heating-SS-Basket-cover/282994398090?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 To keep the main water clean, I use 2 Asda pickled onion jars for the cleaning solution with 20cases in each at a time... 8-10mins at 30c. We’ve got hard water from the tap so I just use rainwater from the butt.... level teaspoon of catering citric acid and a dab of Fairy/dishwasher rinse-aid in each jar. Rinse the cases, rinse again in hot water with a couple of teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda to neutralise the citric, rinse in cold water... then I blow them through with an air-line and into a Lakeland desiccating unit to dry them off ( no airing cupboard) et voila.... (That’s before I took the label off! ) Fizz
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    pard 008 lrf

    Ash is away til the 4th/5th but you can get your name down for the early bird group buy here..... and confirm it by pm. https://nightvisionforumuk.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19422&start=120 If you’re not already a member you’ll need to join to view the thread. cheers Fizz
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    .20 practical loads

    I had a problem using 24grns of N135 in my .17Rem, batch loaded in the March to the existing spec which had been working fine year round for a few years. I must have put around 20rounds through the rifle over the months without a problem til the August when I zeroed another scope to it.... first shot, stiff bolt lift....second shot, stiffer bolt lift and with the third shot I had to knock the bolt handle open with the bottom end of a club hammer shaft. No noticeable increase in recoil or much change in the poi. The cartridges are stored in a room that doesn’t get any sun and I hadn’t left them in the sun beforehand....strange one. Pulled the rest of the batch, dropped to 21.5grns and worked back to 23grns where compared to an original target they were a couple of clicks off the original zero. Speaking to 20-250 on the SD, he’d experienced similar, unexpected results with 135 but I’ve not experienced it with N133 in the .20. fizz
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    .20 practical loads

    I’ve had my Sako A1 .20Prac since 2013 and the load developed at the time ended up at 24grns of N133 (old’ish pot left over from .223 days) with cci400’s, I did a side by side test with Rem7.5’s but the cci’s came out with a narrower FPS spread. But there has always been a bit of cratering on the primers...nothing untoward and I put that down to the thickness of the 400’s cup.... a few months ago, I decided to go back to basics including measuring the chamber after chrono’ing that load and finding it short on FPS compared to the original pot of powder. At the same time... I went for the CCI450 Magnum primers with their thicker cup having done a side by side with the BR4’s (didn’t bother with the Rem7.5’s). On the basis that the Magnum primers are supposed to be hotter, I dropped back to 23.2 guns and came up in .2 grn increments but my groups didn’t start tightening until the speed got to 3600fps and the 39grn SBK’s went into their next published Ballistic coefficient band at .287 I ended up with the best group at 24.6grns but dropped it back to 24.4grns to allow a bit for warmer weather. Dies-wise... I run all my cleaned/annealed cases through the chamber, and for those that are tight I now use a Forster bushing bump neck sizing die that will also bump the shoulder. If they all chamber without a problem I might use a Redding Type S with a 17/20 spindle and a carbide button. Followed by a Wilson to seat 12thou off the lands, I’ll try some at 10thou first on the next batch ready and waiting following a quick dip in the salt. cheers fizz
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    Molten Salt Annealing Rig

    I rest my case.......🤣

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