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    CV-19 Lessons

    Is it a case of "First they came for the sneezers?"
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    UK Blades forum

    We used to be a member there, glad to see that it has been resurrected. Just tried to re-join and encountered the same issue with their verification system.
  3. Starts totting up fees and preparing invoice for 'metallurgical and manufacturing consultancy service...' Easy, yes, cheaper, not so much...
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    Lantac Vs Kriss defiance

    Maybe Baldie could be persuaded to do a run of "Board Specials". I don't know how they'd compare on price with high end Lantacs and so forth but the quality would be superb...
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    Issues with offset rifle scopes?

    The K31 sight mount is offset to starboard so using it with your left eye would be awkward. It has the benefit that iron sights can be used too, so we tend to have the irons zeroed for 300 yards and the scope for 600. Another mount exists that puts the scope over the rifle centreline but that is quite high to allow cases to eject well and obscures the iron sights. The fiendishly cunning Swiss developed another system for their sniper version of the K31, the Zielfernrohr Karabiner 55 (ZfK55). In this, the action was canted 15 degrees within a slightly widened stock to allow the cases to be ejected cleanly whilst placing the scope on the rifle centreline using a mount offset to port. It had an integral bipod too, along with a muzzle brake and a dinky little case to carry the scope in.
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    Issues with offset rifle scopes?

    We have a scope (6x42 Pecar) mounted on a Swiss K31. As the rifle loads from a clip, the scope mount is offset to the side, about 1.5" from the bore axis. We set it up for the sight axis to remain parallel to the bore axis rather than seeking a convergence at some set distance. As Pops said above, being 1.5 " to one side from the point of aim may seem a lot at 100 yards but as the range increases it starts to disappear into the general noise. If you wish, you can always aim off by the horizontal separation, in our case 1.5". We frequently use the K31 for 300 and 600 yards shoots and have no problems keeping all shots within the bull. Well, the rifle doesn't anyway...
  7. Oh, we figures some other people must live such hum-drum lives, eh Pops ? * Pops Pedantry badge in the synchrotron to make it sparkle *
  8. Ah, but his timing should be spot on...
  9. Plenty of straight lines in crystallography...
  10. It's practical. Form defining function... Snag free and rather easy to adjust to artillery time too without the need to take it off your wrist...
  11. That PRS 40, with a nice big date window above the 6 o'clock position, would be just about ideal. The position of the winder is good: we have a couple of watches like that and they never snag on stuff...
  12. If you prefer a watch made from recycled Migs, then maybe a Molnija ?
  13. How about a 38mm, manual winding Poljot ? Possibly made from melted down Kalashnikovs
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    Case prep

    Not the milk jug anyway Our main concern, perhaps unfounded, was to remove any goo that might build up in the die and then get transferred inside the case, where it could then 'catch' some powder during reloading and so stop it forming a nice heap in the case. It wouldn't do to have dirty case walls, even if nobody can see them.
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    Case prep

    Hmmmm... *Ponders* Most of our cases seem to last a goodly time: the majority of our rifles are old battle rifles and we tend to shoot them primarily with reduced power loads and cast bullets in deference to their age and prior service. Exceptions to that are our more modern target and stalking rifles. The stalking rifles don't fire enough shots to provide a significant sample size so we'll leave them out of consideration too. Of our target rifles, the 6.5x55 Norsqueagian and 7.62x51 and x54 see their cases lasting for at least a dozen reloads. We don't run super hot loads in them and usually use GGG or PPU brass, both of which we find very good value in terms of price:performance. The one calibre where we have found the cases wearing is 7mm Remington Magnum. That does run a fairly hot load in a Remington 700 based target rifle we use out to 1,000 mards and occasionally further. It's very accurate and a delight to shoot. We've used both Lapua and PPU brass and get similar case life from each - about 7 shots per case and then the primer pocket becomes loose. In a couple of instances we also so a few small neck cracks appearing at about the same time, so generally we use each case 7 times and then discard the whole batch. With PPU that's more affordable than Lapua. Now, what's causing the primer pockets to become loose? Surely it is more likely to be plastic deformation of the surrounding brass rather than an effect of the cleaning and preparation regime. Our cleaning regime is simple. Decap - Lee universal decapper Ultrasonic clean with a small quantity of detergent in tap water (quite a powerful ultrasonic bath) Dry, vertically, neck down, in the sun Lubricate with Lee's goo and resize with a Lee full length resizing die Ultrasonic clean - again with a small quantity of detergent in tap water Dry, vertically, neck down, in the sun Reload...
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