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    "New" Toy - Off Chassis Restoration - 1969 Toyoda Land Cruiser

    Serious kit, @Red Leg. Those foot vents work very well for cooling down your feet on a hot day. A/C is good tech but you can get sick of having it on all the time. You might want to look at Terrain Tamer options where parts need replacement. Have fun with your Toymotor!
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    Is the Model 70 Safari Express a Magnum action?

    Short action push-feed Model 70 came out in 1980. I cannot say when the short action Classics came out. Majority of Model 70 actions have a receiver diameter about half way between Mauser small- and large-ring actions. WSM, WSSM and FN branded receiver diameter is greater but still a wee bit...
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    Shoulder not set back

    I do my neck expansion with Lyman dies. Too much case stretching and trimming otherwise. If you have the Hornady full length resizing die with Zip spindle you need to fit a smaller expanding button because the decapping pin is headed and is held in by the button BUT typically you can just...
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    9.3x62 Optics

    Keep the magnification ratio down to 3x or less and you have a stalking scope. Higher than that and you have a target scope or a sighting telescope and spotting telescope in one. Great for spotting targets for your mate when shooting on a range out to 500 yards or so but even on the expensive...
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    9.3x62 Optics

    Nice wapiti.
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    Unicorn gun!

    Bushnell might still have something in their range. Otherwise, email OpticTrade or Cameraland.
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    This could be interesting....

    Yes. I also sympathise with that woman. A tragic preventable incident. I suspect that it was a combination of fatigue and a lack of properly supervised Range time. One of the things I emphasised when taking people for their firearm licence was that going to a supervised live firing range helps...
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    This could be interesting....

    The lawyer issue was more of a gutless Pommie investment company, as I recall. A stupid woman carried her Remington 700 (with a round up the spout) from the hunting field, through a crowded car park, into her vehicle, pointed it at her son and shot him. The rifle had corrosion issues, and the...
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    Hodgdon powder

    Getting back to propellants, Hodgdon sells ADI Benchmark 2 (now called BM2) as Hodgdon Benchmark BUT they do not sell Benchmark 1 (now called BM1). BM1 is a good .222 Rem propellant and has long been renowned as the best propellant for .444 Marlin, etc, i.e. better than Reloder 7. The Yanks do...
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    New 1886 Winchester Miroku .45-70

    And ... you saved that info just to wind up the crescent butt plate haters? :LOL: :A Stirring: :D Cheers:
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    Hodgdon powder

    Thank you. I have now been further educated. If you want a screw or bolt for a very old BSA air rifle you go to John Knibbs OR possibly his successor by now. Mr Knibbs bought up BSAs surplus stock of parts when they stopped making firearms, that stock including parts for very old air rifles. I...
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    New 1886 Winchester Miroku .45-70

    Just get your local canvas guy to make up a properly shaped pad with some closed cell foam, i.e. yoga mat material inside it.
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    Hodgdon powder

    A logical decision for the time, given variation in measuring standards. Pratt and Whitney had fun just before WWI when they did a test run at Lithgow of the SMLE production line they had built for the Australian government. The parts did not match BECAUSE Enfield Lock had its own version of the...
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    Hodgdon powder

    Sailing as in navigation, as in charts as in hydrographic survey!
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    Hodgdon powder

    Think sailing
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    Hodgdon powder

    Maybe you should get your missus to buy components. They pull that stuff all the time with supermarket ‘specials’. :D
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    Hodgdon powder

    H4831SC is actually AR2213SC from Australia. Under that brand: propellant has been loaded to 500g, 1kg and 4kg nett weights; but the smallest size has been discontinued because those containers are supplied to a range of chemical companies but ADI was the only one using that size. Therefore, we...
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    My 404 Jeffery

    Great pictures. Hard to beat a Czech Mauser. The cat looked pretty scary!
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    The good old 7.92 x 57 Mauser

    @Vashper When moving from hunting area to hunting area, put your hat on the ground, hold the rifle just above the hat, tilt it to the right, work the action and eject the rounds into your hat. No lost rounds, no cleaning off of snow, mud, dirt or water.
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    The good old 7.92 x 57 Mauser

    On a very old rifle you need to do a chamber cast as well. Contrary to the nonsense reiterated by too many gun writers, the change to the deeper ‘Z’ rifling (in military rifles) occurred in 1896. Rifles fitted with the ‘Z’ barrels received a Z mark on the receiver. This was due to pressure and...
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    Get off my plane!

    I would bet that it was ‘yes. Ma’am and no Ma’am‘with that lady!
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    Some things can never be bettered?

    I am actually in New Zealand. We have a great deal of fun with the Aussies over names. In NZ Durex is a condom brand. In Australia Durex is a clear adhesive tape. Many a young Australian lady has entered a local office environment and innocently asked for the ‘Durex’!
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    Some things can never be bettered?

    No to the mustard and Budweiser, plus ... in my country men wear braces and women wear suspenders!:D Otherwise, right with you.
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    Home made snap cap

    I use either superglue OR a spare bit of two part epoxy if I am repairing/joining timber at the same time.
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    More thoughts on 9.3x64

    @rookhawk Beautiful rifle mate. Thank you for showing it to us.
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    No. 4 Mk 1 project ideas

    @Bob Nelson 35Whelen Like a horse whisperer, obviously. These West Island types! :E Sarcasm: :D Beers: :D Cheers:
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    No. 4 Mk 1 project ideas

    @Bob Nelson 35Whelen The Smellie Whisperer? :A Stirring:
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    Bullet Performance Database

    Great story. Enough excitement for several years? I have been looking through my magazine piles (sorting items to rubbish and recycling at the same time) but have yet to find the article. It will most likely turn up when I am not looking for it!
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    Bullet Performance Database

    Original 1977 bullet might have been a Hornady projectile, as well. I have read one story, probably in Rifle magazine, about Joyce Hornady listening to African PHs complain about Winchester and Remington .458 solid projectile failures; keeping quiet about supplying those bullets and reacting...
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    Mad Minute

    What rifle and sights, please.
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    Brno?

    I reckon that the drop in (and pitch of) the stock; is just about right for a hunting (as opposed to bush-sniping) rifle but then ... I am not a height-deprived person, i.e. a short-arse!
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    Brno?

    A Brno Model 21 is a half stock rifle. A Brno Model 22 is a full stock (stutzen) rifle. The H and F suffixes are a North American invention. The rifle shown by Von Gruff is unusual for NZ as it still has the double-set trigger. The rifles imported brand new to NZ. all came with double-set...
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    Mad Minute

    My understanding is that Sgt Snoxall did not exist. I have a suspicion that it was Bloke on the Range who made that assertion in a YouTube video published this year. I will have a look sometime over the next week, in order to confirm whether or not it was the ‘Bloke’.
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    Recommendations for the best air rifle?

    The foresight arrangement on the RB2 is a plastic base screwed to the barrel with a reversible bead/blade foresight that cannot be secured for height! The bead is also ridiculously large for a spring air rifle, being almost unusable past 20 yards. I prefer to use that rifle with iron sights BUT...
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    Recommendations for the best air rifle?

    @Kevin Peacocke I still have my Airsporter RB2 in .22. I need to take it out of the stock and tidy up the wood and metal this summer. Only thing wrong with the RB2 is the rubbish reversible front sight which will need to be replaced. I will try to get a ZKW 465 / Fox / CZ 527 foresight assembly...
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    CECIL Act Threatens African Wildlife Conservation Efforts

    At our last club (NZ Deerstalkers’ Association Branch) committee meeting, a new committee member told us that he had recently been advised that there are only three types of personalities: tyrant, slave and negotiator. Infants are tyrants and so are the ‘cafe communists’ as I call them.
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    8 x 51 K Mauser Loads

    @Frederik Badenhorst No problem. I knew that COTW 3rd ed. reproduced historical German catalogue pages although in this instance I could only locate an image of the 8x51 case and basic dimensions thereof. I have other reference sources on older cartridges but none of them relate directly to the...
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    8 x 51 K Mauser Loads

    @Frederik Badenhorst Cartridges of the World (COTW) 3rd ed. (1972), 6th ed. (1989) and 12th ed. (2009) all loading data, as follows: 125gr 30 grains of 4198, MV 2370, ME 1560; and 150gr 41 grains of 4064, MV 2350, ME 1840. The use of .316” - .318” diameter bullets is recommended. The 150gr is...
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    8 x 51 K Mauser Loads

    Cartridges of the World used to have some data. I can look up the issues that I have, if you would like me to do so; plus anything else that I can dig up from my library. It will probably take me at least 36 hours (including sleep) from start to finish. Beyond that ... .300 Savage loads would...
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    The humble 308 Win still a classic Bushveld caliber

    You could also load up to full pressure if your old .308 is a bolt-action and that kind of thing rings your bell. Full pressure .358 Winchester loads will beat full pressure.338 Federal loads BUT factory leadings are a bit light, probably due to extraction issues in the original BLR rifles. A...
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    Remington Declares Bankruptcy Again

    Quelle surprise! I once purchased a Krico .22lr sporter (that I should have kept). I removed the action from the stock, as part of my standard preshooting prep of a used rifle and found a .22 short cartridge caught up in the trigger mechanism.
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    The humble 308 Win still a classic Bushveld caliber

    @RayAtkinson The combination of the shallow case shoulder angle and the short case neck in the 243 cartridge case allows combustion gases to hit the rifling in the leade (THE THROAT IS an internal parallel section WITHOUT RIFLING) at an angle, instead of moving parallel to the rifling axis, as...
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    Why are Weatherby guns in 375+ calibers not liked on a Safari?

    @EfRed The Mauser 98 and post- WWII (prewar catches were two-position) Winchester Model 70 actions are fitted with three position breech-bolt mounted lever-operated safety catches with ample travel and positive retention in each position. The Weatherby Mk V action is equipped with a...
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    The humble 308 Win still a classic Bushveld caliber

    Serious windup time now! :D
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    new bartlein barrel steel

    Saw that, no surprise, ay Bruce.
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    new bartlein barrel steel

    @bruce moulds Bartlein made an announcement on Sniper’s Hide. Some questions were answered. The examples of doubled barrel life related to number of shots fired before replacement of pressure barrels. Should be more than doubled barrel life for sane shooters and ... possibly less than double for...
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    What velocity for 30-06 and 240gr Woodlegh PP?

    Should have read ‘if the flat-base load is 150-200 fps slower’, in the second to last sentence. I typed those words a bit too late in the evening, apparently.
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    What velocity for 30-06 and 240gr Woodlegh PP?

    @cmk If you want to try 240 grain Woodleigh PP projectiles in a .30-06 without creating excess pressure, you need to first determine whether or not it has a tight barrel. The following advice is derived from my own experience with the tight barrel in my ZG47 .30-06 rifle. Actual internal...
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    What is the predominant optics on the dark continent?

    The retail price of a Sako rifle (or accessory) in New Zealand is directly related to Beretta New Zealand’s advertising budget!
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    Some things can never be bettered?

    @spike.t You have not mentioned Grey Goose Orange Vodka! I remember being part of a global internet support network, trying to console you a while back, when you drank your last bottle and could not restock. :D :A Stirring: :D Beers: :D Beers: I personally rate the Swanni, any Coleman petrol...
 
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