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  1. sgt_zim

    35 Whelen vs 338-06

    had totally forgotten about this thread, but that's the rifle/caliber I ended up getting, minus the Monte Carlo. Think I'm going to swap the stock for a Boyd's. They actually make a LH stock for that rifle, and not terribly expensive.
  2. sgt_zim

    175gr 7mm bullets

    I second the notion on the Speer Grand Slams. Price is good for what you get - a box of 50 is about 18 USD. I loaded some 180 gr in 308 win for my sons, astounding accuracy at ~780 M/s. They should perform well in the low 800s like you'll get out of your 7x64
  3. sgt_zim

    What do your passwords look like?

    their IT people asked you for your password? If you use a password vault, you will only need to remember the password to get in your vault. this is a sample of a generated password created by LastPass 6*oHC449zDRzfTI*WRMHu6avRYVu)S I couldn't remember that if I tried, but the beauty is I...
  4. sgt_zim

    A reliable way to determine COAL

    None of my rifles have bolts which turn that freely. I tried doing this one, too.
  5. sgt_zim

    A reliable way to determine COAL

    I had originally tried something similar with my 6.5x55, but I hadn't cut into the brass, just used a slightly resized case. I had come to a COAL of 3.10 using that method, but I realize now that there was still too much neck tension on the case, and looks like I forced the bullet down past the...
  6. sgt_zim

    A reliable way to determine COAL

    I realize that in theory, it is better to measure the distance from the bolt face to the ogive, which is what the Hornady tool does, but I've never figured out how to get consistent results - I got lengths which varied quite wildly, as much as about 0.13" or so. That just isn't useful.
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    A reliable way to determine COAL

    after rereading my Woodleigh manual for I don't know how many times, I finally stumbled across a reliable method of determining C.O.A.L. I'd been looking because I kept struggling with accuracy and velocity on a TC Encore 308, and while I've been getting stellar accuracy out of my 6.5x55SE...
  8. sgt_zim

    Possible meat shortages soon

    @Mr. Zorg - due respect, amigo, not seeing anything which changes my position. I do hope I've misread the signals.
  9. sgt_zim

    First Trip To Africa

    all of those lightweight bullets have the fatal flaw of VERY low ballistic coefficients, so that by 150-200 yards, they've decelerated to the same velocity as 286 gr bullets, minus the energy of 286. After that 150-200, the 286 gr bullets are faster AND have more energy AND have a flatter...
  10. sgt_zim

    First Trip To Africa

    Your best bet in 9.3x62 is 250 NAB, or any of the 286 gr. Swift makes a 300 that several PHs have said they'd be more than happy to have me use for cape buffalo, Woodleigh makes a 320, and Norma makes a 325. Otherwise, 286 in not-TSX is the best option. Like a 30-06, it does everything well...
  11. sgt_zim

    First Trip To Africa

    Barnes makes fine bullets, no error, but...even TSX 250 gr is not well-suited, IMO, for 9.3x62. At MV of 2400 fps, it's already down to 2K fps by about 175 yards. Starting at a generous 2300 fps, the 286 gr TSX will have decelerated to 2K fps by about 150 yards. Somebody may have better info...
  12. sgt_zim

    First Trip To Africa

    Alan orders once a year, as I recall, and he orders several in each of the calibers I mentioned earlier this morning.
  13. sgt_zim

    First Trip To Africa

    Hmmm....you won't make any friends in the African PH community with a muzzle break. For some reference (in case you didn't know), 9.3x62 250 and 286 gr bullets have a ballistic arc very close to 175 and 180 gr 308 Win.
  14. sgt_zim

    First Trip To Africa

    The recoil from Zastava 9.3x62 is appreciable, harder than my 45-70 shooting 525 gr bullets at 1625.
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    First Trip To Africa

    Check out Green Sporting Goods (I think that's their name) on gunbroker. If you can't find Green (located in TN), look for Alan McKinney. I bought a LH Zastava M70 LR Mauser in 9.3x62 from him a couple years ago. He almost always has LH 9.3x62, 6.5x55, and 375 H&H in stock. Alan's a good...
  16. sgt_zim

    Possible meat shortages soon

    I expect meat to start getting short in the next 2 or 3 weeks. Gasoline production is down, which means ethanol production is down. Meat packers and shippers buy CO2 (for dry ice) from the EtOH producers. No industrial CO2, meat doesn't get shipped. If your freezer isn't already full, this...
  17. sgt_zim

    Suggestions for powders to stockpile

    Unfortunately, the people who would feel some trepidation in facing down a 45-70 are generally not people I would need to worry about doing something stupid. ;)
  18. sgt_zim

    Any Snow Geese Hunters?

    Steel is much harder than lead (of course), and only about 2/3 as dense.
  19. sgt_zim

    Any Snow Geese Hunters?

    I wonder that myself, because the ones we hunt in Fall and early Winter down here in Texas taste like moose shit pie. And it isn't because I don't know how to cook wild game.
  20. sgt_zim

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    It's on ABC7NY's website. https://abc7ny.com/overcrowded-subway-train-nyc-social-distancing-coronavirus/6073151/
  21. sgt_zim

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    nothing like being packed in a densely populated city during a pandemic. note the date on the picture
  22. sgt_zim

    Politics

    I'd be more than happy to share a bottle of fine Bourbon with Pelosi. After it passed through my kidneys first.
  23. sgt_zim

    American Black Walnut-Juglans Nigra, for gun stocks

    And not to mention that walnut is WAY more expensive than ash and hickory.
  24. sgt_zim

    Good afternoon from East Texas

    Welcome from another Texan!
  25. sgt_zim

    Hi from Bulgaria

    Hi and welcome! I've a good friend in Sofia. In what part of Bulgaria are you?
  26. sgt_zim

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    :Wideyed::Wideyed::Wideyed::Wideyed::Wideyed:
  27. sgt_zim

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    psssstt <<<that's a blackhawk, not a huey...just sayin'>>>
  28. sgt_zim

    Concealed Carry

    Being a lefty in America, that's one challenge I don't have. I kidney carry on the left, and all the tangly bits from the seat belt are at my right hip. :D
  29. sgt_zim

    Suggestions for powders to stockpile

    https://www.africahunting.com/threads/covid-19-coronavirus-updates-bans-closures-advisory-etc.55084/ It's up to 54 pages now, started about 6 weeks ago. It's hard to say on its origin - this is a novel virus, meaning it crossed species from the animal world to us, strong evidence suggests it...
  30. sgt_zim

    Concealed Carry

    Good paddles ride exactly like a regular OWB, but you don't have to snake your belt through the holster, then through a belt loop, then back through the hoslter, then back through another belt loop.
  31. sgt_zim

    Concealed Carry

    That looks like it would work. The nice thing about the Safariland I used to have is the outside of the paddle was covered in suede, and there was a hook on the inside of the holster (the part next to your pants, not actually inside the holster) that would catch on the bottom of your belt...
  32. sgt_zim

    Locust swarming in Africa & Middle East

    At this scale, it wouldn't be cheap. But, you also wouldn't need to kill ALL of them, just put a big dent in them. Easiest thing would probably be a couple of Ag Cats or similar. Any of the 3rd/4th gen permethrin analogs would probably work.
  33. sgt_zim

    Concealed Carry

    @375 Ruger Fan - my EDC rig
  34. sgt_zim

    Concealed Carry

    I wish I could get a decent LH paddle holster for my HK VP9. All I seem to be able to find is Alien Gear, and that paddle sucks. I used to have a nice LH Safariland paddle when I had my Sig P220. I carry my VP9 in a custom leather holster OWB. In warm weather, I wear guayabaras, Hawaiian...
  35. sgt_zim

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    Even with European countries, mortality rates are generally not an apples-to-apples comparison with the way we report here. An example. In the US, any child that dies prior to the age of one (with a few exceptions, like auto accidents), the numbers are counted under the "infant mortality"...
  36. sgt_zim

    Politics

    May not be able to fix it, but since stupidity is infinite, they can double-down on it forever.
  37. sgt_zim

    338 Ultra versus 338 Lapua

    338 Lapua isn't really considered a hunting cartridge, at least not hunting for 4-legged critters. It will certainly work for that, but the military "cool" factor and its demand are what drive the price.
  38. sgt_zim

    Sharp knives

    I use a lansky kit for both kitchen knives and field knives. I only sharpen 2 knives at 20º - my butcher knife and my boning knife. All other knives get a 25º edge. I hone the kitchen knives every time I use them, the other knives get honed as needed, certainly prior to skinning. I've...
  39. sgt_zim

    Zastava?

    There's a picture of one 3 or 4 posts above yours. ;)
  40. sgt_zim

    Looking for feedback from Africa hunters with experience using 6.5mm cartridges

    7mm is NAPHA recommendation on smallest caliber. https://www.africahunting.com/threads/namibia-hunting-information.14219/ (relevant portion of that URL snipped here) Minimum Equipment Requirements for Rifle Hunting in Namibia - Namibia does not have a minimum caliber requirement for rifle...
  41. sgt_zim

    Curious to see what action people are taking for the Coronavirus

    Not yet - in the middle of investigation right now, but I have respected brothers vouching for me. I go to West University 1292. Hopefully my EA work starts after the next stated meeting.
  42. sgt_zim

    Curious to see what action people are taking for the Coronavirus

    WFH, working longer hours than I do when I go to the office (worked until 0200 Friday morning, then back up and at it at 0830 after a few hours of good sleep). Church is closed. The Blue Lodge is closed. At least I don't have to fight Houston traffic for another week or two. We've got lots...
  43. sgt_zim

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    I've hijacked my own thread at least 3X. It's all good. The convo needs to go where it's going to go. Just glad to get people talking.
  44. sgt_zim

    Politics

    Don't overlook the political incentives (taxes and regulations), espoused primarily by liberals, which hastened the departure of lots of manufacturing away from the US. I've probably asked this a dozen times on this thread alone: what would happen to the US economy if the income tax were done...
  45. sgt_zim

    Politics

    Exactly this. Life happens. Today you could be straddling the world, tomorrow...who knows.
  46. sgt_zim

    USA: Rockin-G-Ranch Three Ram Hunt

    Now that I think about it for a few minutes, I think she actually started hitting the 300 pretty regularly, so I moved her to 400. that was a lot of holdover for her, around 3 feet, I think.
  47. sgt_zim

    USA: Rockin-G-Ranch Three Ram Hunt

    The best part of it was I was able to start teaching her some Kentucky windage. She was wearing out the 6" gong at 100, so I had her move to the 200 yard gong. Wore that one out, so I had her move to the 300 yard gong. She was hitting about 50% at 300 with estimated holdover. Next time I...
  48. sgt_zim

    USA: Rockin-G-Ranch Three Ram Hunt

    @Ridgewalker - though my daughter is a bit older than your g-daughter, I started her a couple years ago with Hornady 139 gr white tail in 7-08. Chronied them at an honest 2900 fps. She had no trouble at all shooting them accurately. Matter of fact, she complained more about the recoil of my...
  49. sgt_zim

    Suggestions for powders to stockpile

    Well, I've got lots of other components for other cartridges, but every bit of it is for hunting rifles, which is not the purpose of my recent purchase. I have just under 500 bullets for my 45-70, a couple hundred each for other calibers, and a variety of powders.
  50. sgt_zim

    Suggestions for powders to stockpile

    The idea is to discourage all but the stupidest of people that they're headed in a direction they really don't want to go, assuming all of this business doesn't settle down before Great Depression II has a chance to kick off.
 
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