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    New 6mmBR and a couple of loads

    G’day Folks, Been tinkering with a new 6mmBR I had built on an old Vanguard action. Mainly a parts-gun with a nice new 1-7”t Hardy stainless barrel. BBL length is 21.5”. Spun up a couple of nice accurate loads with a very minimum of tuning. Thought I’d share. 105g Hdy BTHP 28.9g AR2206H /...
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    6mm BR Norma - anyone willing to run QL numbers for me?

    G’day Gents, For the time being I have discarded the idea of rechambering the Howa 243 and I’ve ordered a new 1-7” twist .243 barrel to go on an old Stainless Vanguard I’ve had salted away. (The Howa 243 shoots too well to mess with!) I’m going to finish the barrel at 21 inches. Going to be a...
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    Forend Tip Pressure

    Who runs some upward pressure between the forend and the barrel? Shaking down a second hand Howa Stainless in 243, with a sporter barrel. Thing would put several shots touching or near to it, then throw one or two up to an inch and a half away. Made up a spacer near the tip of the forend...
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    Could I rechamber a 243Win to 6mmBR or 6mmDasher?

    So I’ve lucked into a Howa Stainless 243Win with a 22” sporter profile barrel in a nice trade. I don’t need another 243. Can I get some advice on whether it is feasible to get a good gunsmith to ream and rechamber this barrel to 6BR or 6Dasher? I know it will need the chamber end of the barrel...
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    Nosler RDF 70 grain in 223 Rem

    Guys has anyone had any success with the .224 70g RDF? I’ve tested a couple of loads in my 223 AI and results have been a bit discouraging. This rifle shoots the Hdy 75g BTHP and the 55g SGK into less than 0.75moa when I’m shooting well but the RDF has been more like 1.75moa. Rifle is a Howa...
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    6mm-284

    Hello Folks. Just picked up a secondhand Vanguard Stainless - chambered in 6mm-284 in a 10 twist 24” bbl. Anyone have experience with this round? There is a bit of data out there for it but not as much as some. Ive been told 240Wby data can serve as a guide but I’m leery of that given the...
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    Wet newspaper vs 25g .17cal Vmax vs 22LR 40g

    Thought I’d see how a 17 calibre varmint bullet would fare in the wet newspaper test. I’m almost exclusively using the Hornady 25g Vmax in the 17 Fireball at present, loaded to a mild 3500fps muzzle velocity from the 20” bbl. Accuracy is excellent with this load. I stacked up a wad of 9” of wet...
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    6mm 87g Hornady Vmax wet / dry newspaper test

    Recently came into a bulk lot of the Hornady 87g Vmax, which I thought will be great for forming loads in my 243AI and for general pest control work. They have a pretty nice sleek profile for their weight and are designed to work in standard twists - though my barrel is a 1-7”. To get an idea...
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    I shot the donor....

    So I got onto a blued Howa 223 Rem in the classifieds. Just a barreled action advertised at an extremely low price. I rang and grabbed it as a donor action sight unseen. I fully expected (and was happy to receive at the price) a clapped-out, pitted old farm gun with a shot out barrel. I had...
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    A promising start for the 17 Fireball

    G’day guys. Just picked up my new to me Rem 700 in 17 Fireball. It’s a totally new thing to me, I’ve never owned anything below .22 calibre. Got the rifle home this arvo and hurriedly mounted a scope, loaded up some rounds with 20g Varmageddon Tipped 20g bullets and put a minimum book charge...
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    The old “two-close-together, one-out” group syndrome.. Help!

    Ok so a mate has this Howa 1500 Varmint in 243. It has the alloy pillar Hogue stock and is floated well and truly free. He has bedded the lug but that’s it. The first three groups were at 150y over bipod. No called fliers. The bottom right group was shot at 125y again over a bipod. The...
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    .243 / 6mm wet newspaper vs 90g Prvi, 105 Hdy BTHP, 107g SMK

    Been working on this new 243 AI and have a few decent loads worked up. Have a fireforming load with the 90g Prvi soft point, the 105g Hornady BTHP has become a nice solid load and of late the 107g SMK is impressing me a lot. So like some of the other tests I’ve done I tested two of each of the...
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    Loading on the lands...

    A couple of posts on another thread got me thinking a bit more about this issue. I quite often begin load development with the OAL such that the bullet is actually kissing the rifling, providing mag length allows it. I then reduce OAL in increments if I find accuracy is not where I want it...
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    I wonder if someone would QL a 243 Ackley load for me...?

    G'day fellows, Just wondered if someone would be kind enough to run a QL analysis for me on a proposed 243 Ackley Improved load. I have a build in the works and making some decisions around throating, barrel length and others... Anyway for anyone who feels inclined to help me out here are the...
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    168g Amax on feral pigs

    Hello Folks, Two friends and I went out on the hogs this week, overall we took 29 between us over a couple of days and a great time had. Thought I'd report on the performance of the 30 cal 168 Amax on the pigs. I was using my Sako A7 in 308 Win loaded with the Amax to a mild-ish 2700 fps. I...
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    30cal Hornady cup & core wet newspaper test

    So I've got the new Sako A7 dialed in with a couple of loads but at present my working load is the 168g Amax launched a smidge over 2700fps. I've got about 400 of these so they'll keep me going for a while, but I wanted to do a penetration test alongside a couple of other Hornady bullets I've...
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    New Sako A7

    Hello Fellows, as per another post I've just bought into a Sako A7 stainless in 308 Win. Just thought I'd share a few views on it. I've had it seven days now, with about 150 rounds in various configurations down the spout. Initial loads which were leftovers from an old clunker 308 Win went...
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    65g Sierra Gameking vs 75g Hornady Amax - wet newspaper

    Just got through a wet newspaper test for the 223 Rem (a little RAR Compact) using two of my favourite bullets; the 65g Gameking and the 75g Amax. As I often do I fired three of each at three different velocities, to approximate impact at different ranges. In this case I attempted to simulate...
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    Probably going to thin the herd...

    I'm going through some rationalisation of my modest rifle battery and looking to divest a few, and consolidate into a small handful of hunting rifles. In line to be offloaded are my trusty 270 Win Zastava, the little BSA in 250 Sav AI, a couple of clunky, old and heavy 308 Wins, a sporterised...
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    Option for a cheap LR plinking scope

    Guys I've recently been dabbling in some long range steel shooting and a little LR goat and varmint hunting with my 308. Have a little RAR Compact in 223 that I wanted to try out further so I took a punt and ordered a cheap Sightron S1 SIH Tac 3-9x40 Mil Dot. I was particularly interested in...
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