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  1. ChrisG

    600 Overkill? Anyone..

    I literally laughed out loud. It was a matter of time before Mark got mentioned. I own a few of his books and they read more like a child braggart who assumes everyone else is too dumb to see through the ridiculous pretentiousness, than a piece of literature. I know a few of the members on here...
  2. ChrisG

    Cleaning for Copper

    I use hopes elite copper remover. It is not ammonia based and does nothing to the steel unlike ammonia which will damage steel if left too long. I normally just run an oiled patch through the bore followed by a dry patch after shooting. About once every 6 months I use an 13 step process that...
  3. ChrisG

    Your Custom Rifle

    As per usual... You had to go set the bar really high ;)
  4. ChrisG

    Fun project - Guess what I'm doing AH friends?

    Your prints come out really good for a $150 printer. This is my last one that I designed in sketchup for one of the STEM classes I teach. If only the Roman's had 3D printers... It is 77 pieces that are designed to snap together. Ran out of green in the middle of the print and had to switch to...
  5. ChrisG

    CANADA: Red Stag Hunt With Roxton Falls Wilderness Estate

    Canada really is one of the last "uncharted" wildernesses in the North American continent. That looks like a beautiful stag and a wonderful hunt! I went Walleye fishing in Quebec in Monet. 6 hours by train through the most deserted wilderness I have ever seen. One stopping at one village on the...
  6. ChrisG

    Dangerous Game Rifle Lubrication ideas-Grease or not?

    I don't know as a whole lot of lubrication is necessary on a bolt action rifle. enough to keep it from wearing excessively I guess. I look at oil in the action as more of a rust prevention method. As such, I use a water displacing oil like WD-40 or ATF. WD-40 is a great choice and contrary to...
  7. ChrisG

    Big bore rifle penetration- Anyone experience underpenetration ?

    Anyone who makes their living out of hunting gigantic, dangerous brutes has a well-founded opinion and anything you can add will have more merit than any theoretical opinion I can offer.
  8. ChrisG

    Big bore rifle penetration- Anyone experience underpenetration ?

    I have to say... the guar bison looks like a 3000 lb body builder. I can totally understand how a .458 might have a hard time breaking one down. Would you think something like a .416 throwing a 400 grain copper solid like a CEB or barnes solid would be more adequate?
  9. ChrisG

    Big bore rifle penetration- Anyone experience underpenetration ?

    The only experience I have is on black bear and one was a .375 h&h and one was with a .416 Ruger. Not comprehensive at all but if anything, I will say, based on those two shots both calibers penetrate very well. Both punched straight through at oblique angles in perfectly straight lines and...
  10. ChrisG

    For Sale CZ American Hunting Rifle .416

    Yeah this isn't a run of the mill cz. This is an American hunting rifles custom. I would say the chunk of wood is probably $600 as a blank. Its price is probably pretty reasonable for the quality of the work
  11. ChrisG

    For Sale CZ American Hunting Rifle .416

    Just thought I would pass this along as it is a beautiful example of AHR's work...
  12. ChrisG

    So, I Was In The Loading Room Today...

    How are the LRX bullets in the swede? I like that they are a little heavier and they look like they are built like a TTSX to expand at lower velocity (like 1800fps). I have gone to almost exclusively using the 120 TTSX in my swede and they are hammers with pinpoint accurate to boot. After I...
  13. ChrisG

    Recommendations for the best air rifle?

    I don't want to get this thread too off track, but the break barrel guns are never going to produce the velocities you see on the advertisements. These are tested with ridiculously light pellets for caliber to produce those velocities. Nor would you actually want them to. A diabolo style pellet...
  14. ChrisG

    Recommendations for the best air rifle?

    If you just want a gun for plinking and are willing to settle for significantly less power, buy a CO2 rifle. They are almost universally sub 12ft-lb guns that will kill rats, but 80-100 shots from a $0.75 12 Gram CO2 cylinder is cheap, long-lasting fun. To fill my Hatsan which has a 160cc tank...
  15. ChrisG

    454 Casull

    Every time you post a picture of the V-16, I really want to send Springfield an email that basically says "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? BRING BACK THE V-16!!!!" It's a really sweet gun!
  16. ChrisG

    Recommendations for the best air rifle?

    I went pre-charged and never went back. I ended up getting a .25 Hatsan Flash, which I tuned, regulated to 150 bar and put a nice vortex rimfire scope on. It will print 0.3-0.75" groups all day at 50 yards and do it so quietly, the game doesnt even know you are there. Charged to 3200psi, I get...
  17. ChrisG

    CANADA: British Columbia Bear Hunt With New 35 Whelen

    That sounds like a blast! I live near the bear central region of the Adirondack Park and call bears each year in September on a private 265 acre mountainside. I have bagged a few so far, but I would love to go on a hunt for a really big one which I personally wouldn't have to drag out... I am...
  18. ChrisG

    Caption this photo. . .

    It was evident that a very gullible Kevin was the only one who showed up for the lie-in protest against "human privilege".
  19. ChrisG

    CANADA: British Columbia Bear Hunt With New 35 Whelen

    Any Bear you take is going to be a hard fought for trophy... Where I live at least, you usually don't just stumble across a bear while our deer hunting. They are far rarer (relatively speaking) and better trophies in my mind than any white tail deer! What an awesome hunt that looked like. The...
  20. ChrisG

    454 Casull

    This is an old thread, and probably @sgt_zim has already made his decision, but in the event he hasn't... well... here it goes.. Everyone will tell you that a big magnum revolver is leaps and bounds above anything else in terms of stopping large carnivores... They may be right. I have never...
  21. ChrisG

    Forging knife blades for hunting knifes on Safari

    Looks like you got the aluminum a little hot there Gert... ;). The first few times I tried to cast aluminum I ended up with the big blue fireball as well. I found that a bit of borax on top sealed it from the air so it wouldn't burn at pouring temp. I have since moved away from aluminum and on...
  22. ChrisG

    Sharp knives

    I think there are as many ways to get a knife sharp as there are ways of making them. I don't think there is one particular "right" way to do it. You are right in that the steel simply realigns and burnishes the edges. The issue with constantly using one is that you will ultimately burning the...
  23. ChrisG

    Waxing a rifle stock

    I haven't tried it yet, but the conditioner I got with my courtneys may also be a viable option for gunstock wax. It is made of all natural oils and beeswax.
  24. ChrisG

    Managed to finally blood the .458!

    Nice deer! That should be some good eating! I am not a trophy hunter when I am at home, so I am right there with you. I take the shot I am offered and will never pass up a mature legal animal because I want "something better". The nice thing about the .458 (I have had similar experiences with...
  25. ChrisG

    416 bullets for Moose size game and big bears?

    340 Woodleigh was my choice for bears. I took a smaller black bear with my .416 Ruger a few years ago with that Woodleigh at 2,550 fps. It was massive overkill and unnecessary. I feel like it would be a bit better of a fit on something the size of moose or brown bear. It was fairly flat shooting...
  26. ChrisG

    338s are a great caliber

    I am not even so sure it wouldn't work on African dangerous game... In the hands of an experienced African game shot who knew the animals anatomy, a case could be made for a .338 that could push a 250-275 grain premium bullet to 2,200-2,400 fps. The .333 Jeffrey was intended for use as an...
  27. ChrisG

    Out of curiosity what is the best bullet for use in 44 Mag for Africa?

    I second this. The barnes busters are hard as nails... I wouldn't even shoot them at metal gongs for fear that they would ricochet back instead of splattering like any standard bullet would do... I would venture to say that you will likely experience zero bullet deformation and straight like...
  28. ChrisG

    Waxing a rifle stock

    Always. I use carnauba paste wax on both the wood and metal probably a minimum of once a year. Usually after hunting season. Wax on the metal protects bluing and keeps water out better than oil could ever hope to. When I went after elk in Wyoming, I actually ran a patch of wax down the bore...
  29. ChrisG

    What is your preferred 6.5/.264?

    6.5x55 is an awesome round. My M77 MKII is one of the slickest shooting guns I own and my all around favorite. But if you want classic African cartridges... the 6.5 M-S is the hands down winner but would be a hand loaders proposition.
  30. ChrisG

    6.5x55 - 140 Grain Reload Velocity?

    That is surprising considering the incredibly mild recoil of the 6.5 (unless your rifle is like 2 kg) I never considered I could get smacked in the eyebrow with mine, but I mount all my scopes far enough forward that I have to crane my neck a little to get a clear sight picture. I got hit once...
  31. ChrisG

    6.5x55 - 140 Grain Reload Velocity?

    I actually do have 100 pieces of Lapua brass and is good stuff and very consistent, but I am actually of the mentality that 2,600fps for that rifle is more than sufficient. I took it as a backup when I went after Elk in Wyoming this past fall and I don't think I would have felt under gunned with...
  32. ChrisG

    6.5x55 - 140 Grain Reload Velocity?

    Haha thats ok... all I use are Alliant powders for the most part and I believe they are made in Sweden and imported into the US. I can get a pound of Alliant RL17 for like $22 USD vs. almost $30+ for some of the Hodgdon powders, who also make IMR and Winchester. Besides, I think the Swedish...
  33. ChrisG

    An octagon banded front sight

    I see it now. I missed it first time. I am curious if his friend built his own EDM machine. I am in the process of building a computer controlled mini arc furnace for casting steel pieces and had considered building an EDM as well for cutting shapes that are not easily otherwise machineable
  34. ChrisG

    An octagon banded front sight

    How did you cut the octagonal hole through it? Did you build a tool to cut the corners after boring? I would love to see your process with captions.
  35. ChrisG

    Besides politicians this is your worst enemy

    This is a very interesting post. The thing I am wondering is if all that carbon in the cases isn't coming from the decomposition of the graphite coating the powder as the powder burns... a vast majority of the powder is consumed in the first few inches of barrel (right where the throat is). Any...
  36. ChrisG

    What is the typical method for hunting a captive bred lion?

    Let me preface this by saying, I haven't hunted lion... yet. But...I have to imagine this is a failure of the outfitter to choose the right bullet not a failure of the 7mm. Granted, I would say minimum I would want to take after a lion would be something in the .338 mag family, but a 7mm (I...
  37. ChrisG

    What is the typical method for hunting a captive bred lion?

    I whole heartedly agree... the shot is actually kind of the anticlimax... everything leading up to it is the reason I hunt. If the shot were all that mattered to me, I think I would have given up hunting years ago. I spend a lot of empty handed seasons out in the woods for not a lot of shooting...
  38. ChrisG

    Interesting rifle on the way... .35 Whelen

    I think this is one of the strengths of the whelen and all "standard velocity" cartridges. Powerful enough to push tough, premium bullets fast enough that they perform admirably out to ordinary hunting distance, but mild enough that a cup and core is still a viable choice and doesn't blow to...
  39. ChrisG

    Interesting rifle on the way... .35 Whelen

    Man, some nice hand-cut diamond point or fleur-de-lis checkering would set that rifle off really nice!(y)
  40. ChrisG

    What hits harder?

    While your percentages are correct, that's like saying "drinking beer increases your chance of getting cancer by 1000%". Considering your chance is already like 0.002% you just increased it to 0.02%. So what I am saying is on an animal whose vital area is already like 150 sq.in. in area, the...
  41. ChrisG

    Comment by 'ChrisG' in media 'Bullet Performance'

    @Bob Nelson 35Whelen this is a 12 bore rifled carbine firing a 775 grain, .732" wadcutter at around 1050 fps. You can see the progression of the project in the 12 bore schrifle thread.
  42. ChrisG

    What hits harder?

    I am of the mentality that where the bullet goes and what it hits/breaks after impact has an overwhelmingly larger effect on the perceived "impact" to the animal than any additional 0.03" difference in bullet diameter or a peanuts mass in difference of bullet weight. I will say that the .416 is...
  43. ChrisG

    What hits harder?

    I see a lot of reference to Taylor's knockout formula but often people forget that his formula wasn't intended for use on anything but elephant brain shots. His formula was to estimate to potential knockout capability of a solid bullet which penetrates the head but barely misses the brain. Any...
  44. Casting Bullets

    Casting Bullets

  45. ChrisG

    12 Bore Schrifle project

    Spent some time casting today... 16 more ready to be loaded up to take out to 100 yards this time and see where they land
  46. Bullet Performance

    Bullet Performance

    Here was the result of shooting for a group at 75 yards with a red dot on the rifle. I could still work on it but it is probably a result more of recoil fatigue on my part than mechanical accuracy of the gun. I only had four to shoot that day after sight in and if you discount the last shot low...
  47. Bullet Performance

    Bullet Performance

    Here is the recovered bullet after passing through a hardwood pallet and 2 feet into the packed, dry, hard clay berm.
  48. ChrisG

    12 Bore Schrifle project

    I would love a paradox! Or better yet, a fully rifled double 12 bore regulated for these loads. Alas... grad school student loans are still calling my money away right now. I do have to say though... this thing is so fun to carry in the woods... its tiny and light and hits like a piledriver. I...
  49. ChrisG

    12 Bore Schrifle project

    The picture actually is sideways. That was the top of the target and it was drooping so the bullet went through the paper at an angle, hence the elongated hole. I will try again now that it's sighted in and I don't have 6 rounds into my shoulder before shooting a group. I can shoot a .375 for a...
 
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