I resized my first lot of the Norma Mag. I have been shooting my 375 H&H for a couple of years, and I have not had to use the belted mag resizing die yet. I just used the die for the first time on these Norma Cases. Weird that. I guess the chamber shape of my Norma allows the case to balloon more than the H&H.VG
I've seen that die before but has anyone used one did it make a real difference?
I like the 308 Norma and almost had one built myself several years ago. It's kind of a handloaders dream. Obscure enough to be intruiging to the average guy, but still uses all readily available components. It performs ballisticlly very well and is really only obsolete because it's so close to the 300 win mag and H&H. There were lots of Springfield 1903 30-06 rifles that were "upgraded" to the 308 Norma in the 60's and early 70's, until the win mags started to really catch on.
All good stuff, congratulations on a cool custom rifle and it looks to me like a good fit in you three rifle battery
I popped the scope on it and could not get accuracy like I wanted. I spoke to Christian about the light barrel, accuracy etc. He put me in touch with Gary at Big Horn in Alberta (I think). With my pipe stuffed with rifle crack, I inhaled deeply and....Pheroze, I only saw one post where your 308 NM was fired and that was with open sights. What made you decide to re-barrel the rifle? You mentioned you were looking for long range accuracy, was that a problem with the original barrel? What kind of distances are you talking about? BTW that is a sweet looking piece of wood.
Armacoat. I wanted this to be a useful rifle. BTW no one expected the wood to turn out this nicely because my budget did not consider such a nice piece. It was a total fluke to score that piece. And, it just got nicer as it was cut. The fellow who sold it said he would have held it for fine shotguns had he known...lolVERY NICE! What metal coating did you use?
@35borePheroze, brother,,,, I grasp the concept, just don't see the need.
You're a reloader I'm guessing, so I get that. I'm not, so don't even think for a second I'm trying to be an ass about this,,,,,,, wait you thought I was, but I'm not! There's no advantage over the winnie/weatherby, or am I missing something in the reloads?
For me it's like a 35Whelen and a 338-06??????????????????
@35boreAgain, not trying to be an ass , just more intrigued to the draw to the norma. That's all.
Im quite certain I don't look at the multiple reloading manuals as you guys do. However, the ballistics charts I have looked at, show the norma basically in the same realm as say MOST of the 30 mega mags. I do, I do, I do understand the need for something that most overlook. Just wanted to know what it was drawing him there. I apologize if I seemed harsh in my original response, it wasn't intended that way. Just curious, that's all.
Just a sideline, the 308 win is my GO TO.
@sambarhunterI had no problems getting Dies/Brass etc in Australia. Also I have over the years seen them offered in the US too.
It really is an under rated hammer and you can run her at 375 H+H stats too.
@Von GruffI built a 7x61 S&H about 1981 and after numerous firing the cases were starting to be hard to chamber as there was a tendency for the full length sizing to bring brass back and thicken the portion just in front of the belt that the die dosent touch and I put batches of brass asside because of that. The barrel was still good (only a 1000 rounds through it) but I ended up rebarrelling and rebuilding to the 404 Jeffery and it was only after that, that I saw the Larrywillis die. I would have certainly got one if I had kept the rifle as the 7x61