For those of you not on the the Discord GRT channel, Gordon has passed away on January 26th. The long term status of GRT has not been determined as of yet, but there are a number of people working to keep that project afloat, and I'm sure at some point we'll hear from Gordon's heirs.
In that Discord GRT channel, there is also a discussion on a workaround for the June 1st, 2022 end date for the current version of GRT.
It's very sad to have lost such a valuable contributor to the shooting sports.
Just got an order in for some more H4350 8# and CCI BR2 Primers
Update, their website will let you put a 5000 block of primers into the order, but they will only send you 1000 max. So, just beware. Apparently the website isn't smart enough to deal with their limitations on orders.
Have any of you done any comparisons between the Berger Long Range Hybrid Target in 144gr vs their newer 154gr (actually 153.5gr) for 6.5mm?
Just curious as I've ordered more H4350 & CCI BR2 primers getting ready for new load batches, but I'm not sure which way I want to go yet. Noting that the Berger site suggests at least a 1:7.5 twist for the 154gr bullets, and while I've got a new Bartlein barrel on order, it's not here yet.
Looks like Berger just announced a new 144gr target hybrid bullet. They are saying a 1% variance in BC in their testing, which is impressive. See the link below for full details. I'd order some, but I'm sitting on a whole lot of the Hornady 140gr ELD-M bullets, so I don't have an immediate need. Will be interesting to see how the new Berger ones perform.
I've gone ahead and purchased a Hog saddle, but I'm in a bit of a quandary on what I want to match it up with. Something robust for PRS and possible hunting applications, but still reasonable in cost (Manfrotto etc?), but I'm not convinced yet that I need a ball head on top.
OK, I get that the really right stuff tripod is awesome, but their price is way over my budget. Leofoto, Feisol and Manfrotto seem to be more reasonable to me, but I've not had any experience with any of them.
And how much do you, or would I really use the ball head, or leveling systems? Any comments or suggestions appreciated.
Just thought I'd jump in and see if anyone else here is looking to attend any of the Peacemaker National events this year, or if anyone else is somewhat local to the Winchester, VA area?
I wasn't in a position to shoot their PRS match on April 14th, but I did get out there for about an hour in the afternoon to watch part of the match, and get some idea as to how all that works, being a newbie to all this longer range stuff.
Current plans from my side are to shoot the next LRC (Long Range Challenge) on April 28th, at least to get started on the longer distances, and get a better feel for wind and other conditions. Then I'm looking at the LRC matches in May/June, leading up to the PRS match June 30th. Will try and get to as many of the LRC and PRS matches the rest of the year as possible as well.
I haven't seen anyone post this before, but I needed to get some baseline chronograph data for the Peacemaker National Range and their certification process, and at the moment, I'm still using factory ammo. Had a little bit of fun initially with the LabRadar, and pilot error, so I didn't get some shots (forgot to arm the unit), and I had a few that didn't capture. Adding that this is my Accurate Ordnance w/24" Hawk Hill barrel.
Anyway, what I ended up with, was 15 total shots logged, with a total SD of 22.1, and ES of 89. Had one hot round at 2817, and one low of 2736. I actually had one 4 shot string with an SD of 1.9, and ES of 4, didn't acquire the last shot in that string of 5. Would have been nice if the whole box would have looked like that!
Totals Rounds captured looks like this: (Bold is the 4 shot string mentioned above)
I'll probably repeat this again later, just to get a better idea of the factory ammo. Nice to know what I hope to beat with the reloading process, once my bench is all up and running later this summer.
So, I'm in the midst of barrel break-in on a new rifle (Accurate Ordnance TMR), now up to 40 rounds downrange and will post those details later on a separate thread. I was at the range yesterday, and once I got the zero stops set up, spent the remainder of the session just working on groups and settling in a bit with the rifle. These are the last two groups for the day, all at 100yds, my indoor range, Hornady Factory 140gr ELD-M. One is a three shot, the second 4 shots.
Anyway, given the way these groups are looking, I'm just wondering how much better it can get with the hand loading? I've not done any shooting with extended strings yet, so that could be a factor, also longer range considerations.
I've already committed to the press, supplies and am just waiting for the dies to arrive, so that money is already downrange, so I'm just wondering about your collective experience and thoughts. ?
Getting back into reloading for the 6.5cm, primarily to improve accuracy and consistency over the factory loads. Anyway while I'm waiting for my dies to arrive, I've managed to find 5lbs of H4350 at my local gun shop, so now all I need is primers.
I'm seeing the CCI BR2 ones available from a couple of sources, but none of the Federal 210M ones. Has anyone noticed any differences, or have preferences one way or the other between brands?
For those following the bolt action section, I bought my Browning X-Bolt about a week ago, and as luck would have it, I was able to stay out here in Missouri with my sister and brother in law. I had zeroed the rifle at 200 yards, which meant that for anything up to about 250 yards, I'd have little or no correction to worry about. Opening day, saw one very small buck, and then one other nice one, though we only really only got a good look at his antlers, his body was blocked by trees and brush so no clear shots.
Yesterday was the second day of deer season here, and about an hour before last light, I had a very nice buck cross my sights at about 100 yards. One shot, he ran about 20 yards and dropped. I was shooting the Hornady Precision 143gr ELD-X, which in my view worked like a champ! Shot went clean through his lungs, and shattered the far side shoulder which we could see when we skinned him out, that exit hole was fist sized! Talking about this buck after the fact, we're pretty sure he was the second buck we saw on Saturday evening.
Anyway, we got the deer back up to the house, and weighed him in at 207 lbs. That boy was in fine shape, we estimated him at 4 years old. One other deer a friend shot on opening day in the same area, was another big buck coming in at 215 lbs.
All I have to say is that Missouri has some fine deer!
I've been looking for a 6.5 Creedmore on and off for a couple of months. Part of the problem is that I've physically wanted to look the rifle over before purchase. Anyway, while I have been out visiting my sister in Missouri to take care of some family business, we made a trip to her local Cabelas, and I found what I was looking for, which was the Browning Hell's Canyon, Long Range in 6.5 Creedmore. It literally just came in the door the morning I was out shopping.
Given that I had flown out here, part of the purchase problem was getting the components I wanted, as well as a flight case for the rifle. And of course, I wanted to be able to shoot the rifle while I was here. The end result was coming home with the rifle, and a Vortex HST 4-16, with MRAD reticle which was also in stock. Had to then source some Talley rings and get it all mounted up. Fortunately, my brother in law had pretty much everything we needed, and we were able to lap the rings, and get the scope mounted up properly and bore sighted. On to the range, and made the first shot to get on paper at 50 yards, then moved the target out to 100 yards, two more shots to get closer to a pattern, dialed in the scope, and then literally shots 4, 5 & 6 to cut a nice cloverleaf, picture attached. This was using Hornady Match, 120gr ELD-M ammo.
As it now turns out, I'm going to be here for the start of deer season, so will be doing a bit more range shooting, using the Hornady 143gr ELD-X. I'm really looking forward to that, as well as shooting the X-Bolt a lot more once I get home.