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    Rigby Highland Stalker .275 vs 30-06

    But...:) 9.3x62 brass and bullets are available and seem to be in good supply. I know because I bumped my inventory up just yesterday. Any caliber in that rifle would be fantastic. Get the one you want, figure the rest out later.
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    Rigby Highland Stalker .275 vs 30-06

    Based on a quick check on Midway-USA, 30-06 ammo only showed two options in stock. Both were high dollar Swift loadings. There were three factory ammo choices for 7x57, plus one source (Norma) for 7x57 brass. None for 30-06 brass.
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    Reloading for accuracy

    IMHO life is just too short to weigh every charge on a beam scale, but YMMV. FWIW, I paid around $150 for my GemPro 250 and $329 or so for my RCBS Chargemaster. If +/- 0.1 grains is your goal, the Chargemaster will get you there, (based on my sample of one). A good balance beam could certainly...
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    Reloading for accuracy

    I was never able to get within 0.1 grain powder drops using a powder measure - especially with extruded powders. Doesn't mean it can't be done, of course.
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    Reloading for accuracy

    Best real or perceived accuracy aids for me: Quality brass. Lapua, Norma/Nosler, then Remington are my favs. Accurate powder drops (I shoot for exact target weight to ~.04 grains over - -scale reads to .02 gr). Finding the best COL. Finding and tweaking the powder accuracy node. Trimming...
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    No need for more than 150 gr in 30 cal

    If considering a medium or light for caliber Bonded bullet, it may be wise to first see what it is designed for. For example, when researching 30 cal Swift Scirocco (bonded) bullets, the 150 is said to be designed with lighter game in mind.
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    Shoulder not set back

    Superstition.
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    Shoulder not set back

    If last fired in the same rifle - No biggie. Shoot em, as you have necked sized only. GTG. Decap if desired and start over - again no biggie, but use common sense. Eye protection and go slow. A Universal decapping die is preferred. Drop the decapped live ones in a zip lock bag, spray with your...
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    Leupold VX3 Riflescope, real world opinions

    I haven't bought a Leupold in many years and it's not likely I will. One is a older VX3, 3.5-10. They are no doubt very robust, but the older my eyes get, the worse they are for getting a crisp focus. Especially at max powder. No issues what-so-ever, including focus and tracking, with four...
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    Dead Mule recoil reducer

    Its been awhile, but for the bolt hole on O/U skeet guns I have simply poured in lead shot, packed the remaining space with egg carton material and replaced the recoil pad.
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    9.3x62 vs 375H&H

    So...if: A. Your 9.3x62 is dead nuts accurate with 250 grain Nosler Accubond reloads (including from the sticks) and that's absolutely the rifle and load you plan to take for plains game Safari #1 next July... and B. While Eland is not on the "primary" wish list, it is absolutely a Target of...
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    Best way to pay for a Safari?

    My PH/Outfitter has a US bank account. Makes wiring funds or sending an electronic check easy.
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    9.3x62 Optics

    If you opt for an exposed turret, it's a very good idea to go with something with a Zero Stop. This allows you to return to your Zero position without even looking - or in poor light.
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    Speed too slow, help!

    What was the distance on the shot?
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    Speed too slow, help!

    200 fps difference is more than double what I typically see. The two inches difference in barrel length could easily account for 70 to 100 fps. Difference in brass (Rem Vs Hornady) due to respective internal volumes and/or brand of primer can could account for some difference in V as well, but...
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    Well thanks to all the enablers here... LOL

    Can't wait to see the pics and range reports.
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    Tikka for hunting? Thoughts in general

    Probably. Something to check with your gunsmith and/or barrel maker, however. My Tikka 30-06 Magazines (guessing the 280s would use the same), worked with my initial 200 gr NPT load with a COL of 3.347". I think that was very close to MAX magazine length. Final load was at 3.340" - or .030"...
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    Chronographed: .243 Winchester with RL17 & IMR4350-surprising

    My 243 is an oldie but goodie - 1988 Sako 18.5" Mannlicher carbine. My modern era (2018 load) is 39.4 grains of RL17 with a 95 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip, Nosler Brass, and F210 primer. 2,875 fps, accurate and a pleasure to shoot. Very happy with the V in the short barrel.
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    What have you been doing since you can’t go on Safari?

    Lots and lots of practice off the sticks is what I've been doing - pretty much all year. Enough that I needed to slow the accumulated round count on several rifles, including a 9.3x62 and 30-06. Looking around I noticed I haven't shot the iron sight C&R types for a number of years. Working...
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    9.3x62 Optics

    Outstanding short story. :) Hope I have something similar occur next year in SA. My reload of choice is the same 250 gr Accubond. The Optic on my CZ 550 American is a Nightforce 2.5x10-42. I'm really happy with it, btw.
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    9.3x62 Optics

    @Morg Nice elk! What were the details - bullet/load data, distance, performance, etc?
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    Tikka for hunting? Thoughts in general

    And for practice, you can also get the Tikka T1X in 22 rimfire. Received this one on a trade with @Warpig602 yesterday, :) and did a quick trip to the range shortly after. Seems to shoot Federal Auto-match pretty well. Target pic is 50 Yards in a bit of a cross wind. FWIW, the T1X need a...
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    Please Recommend A 220 Grain .30-06 Springfield Factory Load

    Reloading for a rifle I cannot test fire would be a bit scary, IMO. What if that rifle hates them? Probably best to watch and see what comes in stock, but otherwise plan to use the ammo the Outfitter has already proven. Just my $.02. Just some random thoughts: Two in our group were able to...
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    What velocity for 30-06 and 240gr Woodlegh PP?

    I've read that RL22 can vary from lot to lot. My recently purchased lot of RL22 at 56.0 grains with a Fed 215 primer and Lapua brass gave good accuracy with 200 gr NPTs. I chronograped exactly one - it went 2,605 fps in a 22" Tikka 30-06. No pressure signs, but I suspect it was getting up there.
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    Shooting Sticks

    One version of the taller Bog tripods (Adrenaline) has a folded length of 24.5" per their website. Guessing that is with the yoke attached. My HD version is 29" with the yoke removed. The yoke just snaps in or out, btw.
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    Satellite image shows dust over Namib

    That's an amazing photo. Is this normal or an indication of severe drought?
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    30-06 problem loading

    Very similar here. Rounds fired from a 308 and then sized and reloaded worked just fine in that 308. But the same lot fired first in a 7.62x51 chamber, then resized and reloaded exactly the same were a tight fit in the 308. And the 308 had Sticky Bolt and flattened primers after firing.
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    30-06 problem loading

    Probably a headspace issue of some kind. Either Cartridge Headspace - the factory brass improperly sized at the datum line of the Shoulder. Could even be caused by the primers not being seated flush or slightly below flush. Do they wobble when sitting on a perfectly flat surface? Or the...
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    New Rifle(s) Day - Weatherby Mark V Royal Ultramark Custom

    So which one are you going to rebarrel to x.xx and put in a plastic stock?:LOL: Ha ha, just kidding! You need to take you time working everything up. Spread the joy over months if not years!
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    NAMIBIA: Omujeve Hunting Safaris - Caprivi Strip

    Watching with a significant case of envyitus. (y)
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    Recoil Mitigation

    https://www.africahunting.com/threads/shooting-sticks.59363/ @Philip Glass just put out a video on different kinds of shooting sticks and also mentions the Edwards Recoil Reducer. Not an instructional video, but I found his hand position on different types of sticks both interesting and relevant.
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    Shooting Sticks

    Good stuff, thanks for posting. I have a set of the Jim Skockley Trigger Sticks that generally stay at the house for dry fire practice. Very fast to deploy from the stored position and lightweight. Also have a set of Bog Pods that stay in the truck for range use. I like the HD feel of the Bogs...
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    Wanted Milsurp Rifles

    Front ends of the 1908 Brazilian (top) and the Persian Mauser (bottom).
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    Wanted Milsurp Rifles

    @Warpig602 I'll send you some additional by email, but here is a quick look at the other rifles mentioned. Bright NM sun on my upper deck so not the most professional looking pics. Good practice for my (Africa) Sony Cyber-shot camera, though. Top to bottom: M41b Swedish 6.5x55, 7mm Mauser 1908...
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    Wanted Milsurp Rifles

    Reply PM sent. Thanks for the interest, @Warpig602 ! I'll try and get my camera fu going in the meantime. I was really just in the early stages of this.
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    Wanted Milsurp Rifles

    Too weird. I sold a case of Swiss GP11 7.55x55 on GB just this morning. My wife has been after me for years to get things a bit more manageable - and that was before I added stuff for safari. :) More GP11 on hand, btw. Anyway - I'm in the process of reducing my C&R collection. Two K31s, Persian...
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    Quiet Muzzle Break

    I call BS also. Both on claims of quietness and percent recoil reduction. Nothing shows where the physics could be backed up. At. All. I've run brakes on various rifles for decades. Had a visit to my hearing aid professional today as a matter of fact. :(
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    Recoil Mitigation

    No arguments there - after 4 shots my thumb moves to the side of the forearm - on it's own accord. :oops: For the most part however, I'm shooting three or four and switching rifles - often to a 22 for a couple of 5 shot strings; then to a different centerfire. I really dislike cooking a barrel...
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    Any tips for using iron sights with failing eyesight?

    Long barrels, ghost ring rear, sight black, Rx for distance only.
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    Choices

    And you want that in writing... Seriously?
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    Recoil Mitigation

    This is such a great thread. The following was in response to a PM, but after another range session this morning I thought I would post a version here as well. It all boils down to whatever works best to get solid First Shot Hit. Recoil mitigation is a Huge part of that with the bigger...
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    Gun cleaning behind all copper ammo

    I used Wipeout (their Patchout version) about a year, maybe longer. No issues except you had to leave it in the bore all day, or longer. Finally converted to Boretech based on recommendations from several members at my club.
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    Recoil Mitigation

    I was out this morning with a 9.3x62, 308W and a 22. Keyed on loading up my Bog Tripod (sticks) with lots of forward pressure. I did not use the sling swivel stud since I mount that forward of the yoke. Left hand is also forward and wrapped around the yoke and rifle forearm (thumb over the top...
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    Recoil Mitigation

    I'll give it a try! I'm a recoil sissy as well. If you have a butt stock ammo carrier (and reload) here's an inexpensive trick to add some weight to the rifle, which also acts to reduce recoil. Take some fired brass and resize without the decapping pin. (This leaves the spent primer in the...
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    Binocular suggestions

    Question for those with the Swaroski CL Companion 8x30 binos: Will the Rick Young Outdoors strap work with these? I understand the harness attachment point on the Companion CL's is an oddball. The Rick Young gear uses a split ring hooked to the binoculars. I currently have a couple of...
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    SOUTH AFRICA to open borders for international travel October 1

    I'm anxious to see how the (hopefully) soon to arrive vaccines will affect the 72 hour COVID-19 test requirements. A scheduled overnight in Atlanta before departing for Johanasburg could really screw with the timing. :sick: I guess time will tell. Joe
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    Gun cleaning behind all copper ammo

    Correct on the nylon brushes - and I suggest the Bore Tech brand since they have an aluminum (not brass) stem. Bore Tech will attack brass, if not removed promptly. (Duh!) :) I use aluminum jags for one or two calibers, but still use brass jags for most. To remove the Bore Tech from brushes...
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    Gun cleaning behind all copper ammo

    Just as an FYI, Bore Tech is an all purpose solvent / bore cleaner - not just for copper. It replaced several items on my bench.
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    Gun cleaning behind all copper ammo

    I pretty much use Bore Tech "Eliminator" for every cleaning. I don't clean after every range session. Following their instructions works very well. I then flush out the bore and clean the chamber with KG3 or similar and then oil / dry patch as I've always done.
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    Gun cleaning behind all copper ammo

    +2 On Bore Tech. Simple, easy, non corrosive to your barrel.
 
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