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  1. nksmfamjp

    What is the predominant optics on the dark continent?

    Heck, I’d just like to put some money on whether Jim Shockey hits an animal at 900yds from a field position. people do, but they are the anal types with a fair amount of equipment, practice and a set method to dial, shoot, back to zero stop or dial corrections. They aren’t just throwing bullets...
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    CZ 550 Lott feeding issue?

    1) Based on looking at rifle/pistol feeding of crf guns in the past, I’m thinking this is the cartridge getting loose as the bolt comes back. Likely this is a follower spring issue. The 458 Lott is hard on these parts. It just weighs a lot so it needs more spring force. The feed rails could be...
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    American Hunting Rifles

    Very nice rifle! You must be thrilled. Wayne should publish that he does M70 work. When I got my last rifle, I talked to him like 3 times...always about CZ’s. I probably would have sent him my M70 to work on. In the end, Dennis Olson built my M70 and it came out well enough I want him to re...
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    *Scope Added To Package!* Beautiful Custom AHR Ruger RSM .458 Lott For Sale

    That usually costs only about $100. Might be less fitting the pad only. A 3/4” Kickeeze would look sharp and get you to 13 5/8”, if I did the math right. That is pretty short. Remember you want a big bore about 0.25” longer than lower recoil rifle.
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    Warne, Talley, or Leupold QD rings ?

    If we are talking Weavers, this thread has slipped. Warne’s are my go to quality steel base & ring. Sure, with a 2 lb or larger scope, my go to is TPS. Now we are going to talk Weaver....ok. Weaver’s suck IME. They do not make the ring material strong enough to hold the joint torque. There is...
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    Best beginner brand/reloading kit for big rifle cartridges?

    The Hornady Classic kit is quite functional. You can load it all with a beam scale and trickling method. ....but the Hornady Dispenser pays for itself quickly! Honestly, you won’t be happy. I don’t have experience struggling with lee presses, but I have struggled with their other stuff. You...
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    Warne, Talley, or Leupold QD rings ?

    why’s that? I knew Warne’s were good stuff, but didn’t know that! I always worry about Warne’s cause they can’t be lapped, but never had an issue.
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    Warne, Talley, or Leupold QD rings ?

    I decided to use Warne again....really have liked them in the past!
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    Warne, Talley, or Leupold QD rings ?

    why not Leupold QRW?
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    Warne, Talley, or Leupold QD rings ?

    Sorry so late.... How about Leupold QRW as a choice?
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    458 Win Mag vs 458 Lott

    I tried to read it all and I will comment where I should. I studied 458 WM and Lott. I decided to go Lott because I’m a reloader and components are same price, but I can get more out of the Lott. I’m not afraid of load testing near max either. First a comment about Hornady data. That is not...
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    Your Favorite Rifle Actions

    So does my gunsmith apparently! I agree. These are great smooth working actions out of the box. They can be slicked up, I suppose, but start pretty good, ime.
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    Crimping big bore rounds

    I do about the same, but was wondering if there was a more precise method. I probably over crimp a bit. I use the Lee as I like its crimping action.
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    Crimping big bore rounds

    Wow! That’s not much crimp! Is that holding up to 458 mag or 505 Gibbs recoil?
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    Crimping big bore rounds

    How do I setup my crimp die? How do I know I have enough crimp? How much is too much, too little crimp?
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    Big bore load development process

    why would I need that? The cases rechamber fine. Also, that die won’t fix head thinning ahead of the belt.
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    Big bore load development process

    Well, that gives me a data point....thanks
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    Big bore load development process

    Well, got the micrometer out. I’m getting 0.005” case head expansion at 2340.....that is a no go for me. Probably scrap that brass. I’m backing off to 2291fps and 0.0031” case head expansion....still seems high to me. I might even go down a couple from there.....btw, this is all with minimal...
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    Big bore load development process

    Well, I’m at 84.4 gr of H-4895...2340 fps(22”)...and little to no bolt lift feeling. I would NOT call this load safe. It is above all data I can find for 458 Lott. I really can’t put anymore powder in the case. This load pushes the bullet back out pretty hard. I measured cases with a...
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    The acceptable christmas gift

    Very nice! I have a 45-70 Ruger no.1 listed locally to make somebody’s day! I’m hoping to get a 350 Legend myself.
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    Big bore load development process

    I’d still like to find max so I can avoid it as a choice.
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    Big bore load development process

    Will a big bore straight wall ever show bolt lift? I have a model 70.....with the safety on, bolt lift is near zero. With a new, sized case, it has zero bolt lift. With 79gr of h4895 and 500gr bullets, it still has no bolt lift.....
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    Big bore load development process

    I found 2224 FPS at 79.0gr of h4895 with minimal pressure signs. I think I’ll stick there until I can try it in warmer weather.
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    .458 Win Mag Hornady 500 grain DGS factory load

    That will be interesting since those are 458 Lott velocities! Please post chrony results!
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    New To Reloading Need Beginner Help

    Which explains why he didn’t answer my PM...
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    New To Reloading Need Beginner Help

    That MPBR is great advice. It says I should sight my 458 lott in 8.3” high at 100 yds to be minute of buffalo out to 440 yds. Somehow i think I’ll keep with my current methods....my point is just that all advice needs listened to, but not all of it may be really helpful in all cases. BTW, I...
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    Winchester Safari Express Trigger

    Thanks, but mine is under 3lbs....and pretty crisp. Gunsmith tuned it. I think I asked for 3lbs and crisp. It is about 2.5 or so and crisp.
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    New To Reloading Need Beginner Help

    To get started, you will need a caliper. I use the Hornady digital and have been happy. It is primarily for measuring case length and overall length at this point. You will want a different scale or a check weight set. No way I’m trusting the Lee scale at face value. I’m not really knocking...
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    Winchester Safari Express Trigger

    Well, that clears things up....Made in New Haven, CT Also explains why the barrel lug looks a bit rough!
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    Big bore load development process

    Also Speer makes some reasonably priced 400gr bullets for practice.
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    Winchester Safari Express Trigger

    The thing is I just bought one in the last 6 mo that was sold nib...
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    Winchester Safari Express Trigger

    Is that true for the Safari Express? I ask because mine looks like pre-2006 and so does this....<— link You can see the very tip of the pre-2006 sear.
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    Winchester Safari Express Trigger

    So, I thought my Safari Express had an MOA trigger like The website says....it looks like the original to me....what does your Safari Express trigger look like?
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    Big bore load development process

    Paper for now.....buffalo some day...
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    Big bore load development process

    Maybe there is a Hornady expert out in the wild who can explain this... 458 wm Win LRM Hornady 500gr @3.310” oal H4895 66.5gr-75.7gr for 2150 fps 458 wm Win LRM Hornady 500gr @3.585” oal H4895 64.4gr-74.2gr for 2150 fps Can this be explained in any way? There is nearly 0.3” more powder space...
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    Big bore load development process

    Just asking....why not h4895? I think the issue is the anemic data from Hornady!
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    Big bore load development process

    Anybody have ideas how to get 2200 FPS from a 22” barrel....I’m planning to dial it up until I feel bolt lift or see flat primers.... your thoughts?
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    Big bore load development process

    I thought so too, but let’s think about that for a minute. With a crf action, you want some extractor tension, right? That will always push the round to one side. With a belted magnum, you always have the edge in the chamber from the belt. You can loosen up the extractor until it doesn’t hold...
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    Big bore load development process

    So, things are going well enough. Velocity is a bit off....I’m shooting a max load of H4895, but only getting 2050 fps...Fine for a 458 Win Mag, but this is a real rifle! I think for now, I’ll keep creeping up in velocity, reading bolt lift and primers.....Any bolt lift is too much as this is a...
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    The Dangerous Game Rifle "The Alaskan" from Montana Rifle Company

    Anybody receive an announcement? There is a lot of patience with these folks. Hope they deliver.
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    For Sale Ruger African 6.5x55

    That is a nice rifle for a sweetheart of a deal!
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    CZ550 Production ceasing?

    I like to think that the CZ550 line was pulled off the shelves so we could all save up our pennies for the “B” model! I would like to see it reintroduced with a real effort in the area of slicking it up, improving the bolt handle (straight, but curved out and a slightly bigger ball), adding a 3...
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    Rechambering of Rifle Actions?

    0.3” isn’t that slight....need to adjust bolt stop, I think.
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    Rechambering of Rifle Actions?

    I just had this rechambering done. 4 things need considered. Rechambering simply like 30’06 to 30’06 AI can be pretty cheap and give you a pretty good improvement. 30’06 to 300 WM adds changing the bolt face and possibly magazine or feedwork. 30’06 to 300 RUM probably cannot be done due to...
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    Big bore load development process

    Yea, I feel like I’m more developing to the max load the shooter with a confirmation of accuracy. Accuracy will likely be similar across the loads with open sights at 25-50 yds. I also learned the value of crimp and outside chamfer. Without, the case mouth will hang up solid going in the...
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    Big bore load development process

    Good points....I feel like with open sights and 458 Lott recoil, I’m shooting more for what can I handle and give safe pressure with minute of buffalo accuracy!
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    Big bore load development process

    Need to lear the big stuff!
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    CZ550 Production ceasing?

    or they are announcing their bankruptcy. I’m not really trying to be malicious. They just promised me something they couldn’t deliver. In all honesty, I was asking for some customization to their pattern. When I finally reached someone who could tell me that they couldn’t make it, it was clearly...
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    Big bore load development process

    Well, I do have a lead sled, but it won’t be enough for 500gr loads! i think I will just confirm max pressure and keep building my ability to handle it!
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    Big bore load development process

    OK guys, I had the 458 Lott out yesterday with min loss to get a feel. The first feeling I got was ,”how the hell am I going to develop safe accurate loads with all this recoil?” I would normally load develop by ocw method shooting 50-100 rounds. This would take a year with heavy loads to get...
 
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