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Chris-NZ

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  • Birthday 08/31/1957

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    Hawkes Bay, NZ
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    Hunting, varminting, target shooting. Sea and trout fishing

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  1. I'd actually suggest running the 6.5 parent through a 6x47L body die first, then through the final FL die. This avoids the risk of crushing cases during the forming process- the body die only shifts the neck a touch. Don't ask me how I know..
  2. A "bowed" barrel isn't necessarily any issue. Very few barrels are drilled dead straight and it even if they aren't, it doesn't seem to affect accuracy. My gunsmith had a batch of Bartleins, one of which was dead straight and the other a pronounced curve in the bore. The bent one clearly outshot the perfect one despite identical chambering. My son's FTR rifle has a 32" Broughton which was left over from a batch of barrels brought in for NZ team rifles. It wasn't used as it had an obvious curve in the bore. Anyway, it was eventually fitted to my old RPA CG-2000 with the curve indexed up and tha
  3. Hundreds of Tikkas done here with no ill effects. My gunsmith buddy uses a CNC mill and once you get the carbide cutter speed and feed rate right, the cutter cuts very smoothly and can do a lot of barrels. His last cutter didn't wear out but was killed by a sudden mains blackout. Surprisingly, Tikkas despite having a hammer forged barrel don't seem to grow the bore diameter measurably under fluting unlike many buttoned barrels. No matter what barrel gets fluted, it's going to release some degree of stress I guess.
  4. 20secs of that video "review" was all I could take. That turkey needs to get his hand off it and scoff a huge slice of SHUT THE **** UP. The way he works a bolt speaks volumes.
  5. Definitely have a look at Edgewood bags. The options are height, width between ears, hand v no-carry handle and the ear material
  6. The problem is far from specific to Tikkas. Many shooters have a hopeless cleaning regimen and leave patches of carbon that result in pitting. Only a borescope can really tell you how effective your cleaning efforts have been.
  7. I had a look through one at a shoot last Saturday. The image quality is very good and they're solidly built it seems. My only concern and that of another guy who was contemplating getting one is that the eye relief is very unforgiving especially above 35X. In his case, it was the deal breaker as his neck isn't very flexible and he finds shuffling round to find a sight picture a problem.
  8. That amount of rust is technically known as Fek'all. I'd suggest you invest in some CorrosionX and use it religiously.
  9. (Off topic) Speaking of muscle cars, last time I was in Oklahoma, I got dragged round some exotic car yards and this thing was pride of place at one outfit. '70 Cuda with a 426 Hemi, all matching numbers with a genuine documented 36,000 miles. Asking price : US $420K
  10. That I'm afraid to say bears all the hallmarks of corrosion that has occurred under areas of heavy (mainly carbon) fouling. There is also copper streaking so I'd suggest your cleaning needed to be far more aggressive. Be interested to hear what the agent has to say.
  11. It's all to do with the state of the bore- I've seen it a 1000 times fullbore shooting. The first (clean bore) sighter almost invariably goes low and the true elevation is apparent by the third shot though the second is usually near enough.
  12. My (now deceased) gunsmith who was originally an electrical fitter built a bespoke one for the editor of NZ Hunter. It was based on a portable commercial unit but he modified it and added a variable digital timer. It is mounted on a Rockchucker press and works well. I use it occasionally, mainly on my valuable x47 and .284 target brass.
  13. Update- just ran across this on our local forum: Export Changes at Brownells As some of you are aware, the US changed the classification of most firearms and firearm parts under ITAR regulations. Most firearm parts, including scopes now fall under the Department of Commerce, not the Department of State. Brownells have implemented these, here is an update from them: "Per your inquiry, there has been realignment of SKUs, as the majority of items are moved from State to Commerce, meaning categories and commodity codes are changed. Very few items are staying under the
  14. I don't think anything has really changed yet in reality. It was all mooted but seems to have ended up on the backburner. The bigger issue is freight costs- they really slug it to you now and the option of surface is long gone. I've always kept funds over there and it was great in the old days but my buddy in OK isn't called up much these days to do shipping.
  15. As soon as I see the words "high energy" used in conjunction with a powder, I start to wonder about barrel life. Generally, ya get nuthin' for nuthin'.. Beyond that, if it truly is more temp stable and lower fouling, that's a combo that would appeal to some shooters.
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