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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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"...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
@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.
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...
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...
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...
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. :(
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.