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Competition / Re: Sinclair Bench Rest
Yesterday at 09:57:08 PM
Thanks for the insights.  Good to have a name as well.  I am traveling for a couple days but will definitely send him a PM.....and see about the speed screw too.  I'll let you know how it goes.
Competition / Re: Sinclair Bench Rest
May 19, 2022, 11:22:39 PM
Jerry, in my search, I found a thread on Accurate Shooter that pointed me to X-Caveman as well.  Looks like the Field and Cave Outfitters website is being block and I assume down.  I will reach out to him and see what he may have.
Competition / Re: Sinclair Bench Rest
May 19, 2022, 08:30:17 PM
Thanks Jerry for the pointer and suggestion.  I was discussing the rest with our Match Director a few days ago and there were two things he said I may want to consider.  The first was to increase the foot print in total given the wider rest and heavier gun.  The second was that along with that, you can increase the weight so that it more solidly positioned.  The gun is not as heavy as some that I shoot is just under 33lbs.  I will shoot it first as is and then look at some of the options.  But adding a plate to the bottom would address both concerns.

Thanks again.  Hope your doing well and looking forward to some good competition this year.
Competition / Sinclair Bench Rest
May 18, 2022, 10:52:50 PM
I've been using a Sinclair Bench Rest for some time and it comes setup for a 3" forearm.  I wanted to use a 5" on my Heavy Gun but trying to change the rest was going to be difficult.  I was cruising thru Brownell's the other day and found two items that would allow me to build a separate head for the Sinclair base.  They had the main adjustment wheel and stud for not that much money.  My next step was to order some 3/8 alum bare stock (1/2", 2", 3") from Speedy Metals, visit the local ACE hardware for some stainless cap screws and spend a day at the drill press.  I now have two heads (3" and 5") that can be quickly interchanged on the same base.
Reloading / Re: Winchester StaBall 6.5
May 11, 2022, 05:46:43 PM
I been hearing good reports from folks that are using it.  I have some but haven't wanted to use up primers/bullets to develop a load.  As some of my other powders start to run low, I suspect that I'll be giving it a try.
Quote from: Kansaswoodguy on May 07, 2022, 11:13:38 PMI have many gassers consistent 3/4 MOA is achievable are there some guns out there capable of better probably some. Now when I say 3/4 MOA this is 10 five shot group's averaged together not a single bullet called as a flyer BS either. When put to this standard those 1/2 MOA guns seem to evaporate or maybe they just identify as something else that day???
Kansas, I think this is possible.  I built a 6mm Grendel that I think would give your test a chance to pass. Not sure I can put 10 5-shot groups together with any   I wanted to see if an AR could be an accurate rifle.  I am pretty happy with the result.  But it took some effort.  It has an HBAR 28" barrel, an expensive light trigger (which is one of the biggest issues with the AR platform), a fixed rear stock and weighs in at around 15 lbs.  I love shooting steel with it out to 550 yards....makes it very satisfying.  I still like my bolt guns....mainly because they are so much easier to clean.
General Discussion / Re: Skunked today
May 08, 2022, 05:51:14 PM
A 20x20 target is pretty small at a mile.  Without any feedback to help you walk the shots in, it is pretty tough...with the kind of wind you had, you really don't know from shot to shot where to hold.  Hope you get to go back out again. 
Reloading / Re: Brass Cleaning
May 05, 2022, 09:56:29 AM
I may be guilty of cleaning too much.  After de-priming and annealing, the brass goes into the a SS pin tumbler with some Dawn and an ounce of Hornady brass cleaner for about 2-3 hours.  From there the brass goes thru the lube and sizing processes.  The final step prior to loading is for 30 minutes in the ultrasonic cleaner with another ounce of the Hornady cleaner.  Once dried, they get primed and loaded.
Powder Valley continues to provide products at reasonable (for our current times) prices.  I was fortunate enough to pick up an 8lbs of H4350 last week from them for around $285 (not including hazmat, shipping and taxes).  It went in a hurry and I was lucky to be checking at just the right time. 
Bolt Action Rifles / Re: 6 mm dasher
April 21, 2022, 06:18:09 PM
Quote from: gman47564 on April 21, 2022, 05:20:54 PMFinally a decent afternoon out after i got off work.. sun shining. Light 4 mph breeze.. decided i better shoot some.. the dasher was my choice.. 103 vapor trail setting on reloader 15.5 and a br4 primer to set it off.. shot 3 rounds at a 100 yards to check zero.. made a jagged hole . Then went for a 1 inch nut at 250 yards hanging on a chain.. went 3 for 3 on it.. then to 300 and smacked a 2 inch plate with 3 more.. then to 430.. i fired one at a 2 inch plate there and hit on the right edge.. my second shot i put on my big plate for a aim point.. gave the scope a click to the left and sent 2 more at my aim point.. my group is in this link. 😁

The dasher is shooting pretty well.. the easy button.. lol
Nice shooting Grant.  The Dasher (the whole BR family) is such an accurate round and easy to load for.  I always thought the 6.5CM was an easy round to load but the Dasher is amazing.   The Vapor Trails are great bullets too.  Haven't shot any but have shot against them often....they do well.
Bolt Action Rifles / Re: 6 mm dasher
April 21, 2022, 06:15:05 PM
Quote from: gman47564 on February 06, 2022, 12:37:27 PMWish i could post one that showed up like they use to without having to open a link..
Grant, I have same wish.  I am assuming that this is a cost issue to add more storage capacity to the site. Storage is generally not that expensive to add.  I would be willing to chip in to offset the cost.  I think it would make the site better if it was easier to post pictures.
Competition / Re: 2022 600/1000 yard NBRSA Nationals
April 20, 2022, 10:11:54 PM
Competed the 2nd day of the 600 yard match.  SacValley earned its reputation for having tough wind conditions.  But even with that, there were some really good groups shot by the top guys. Bruce Teal took the overall win....he won last year as well.

For me, I dug myself a bit out my LG hole from yesterday.  I brought the 6 Grendel and was able to put together a pair of 2.2" groups and a 50-2x score.   It moved me up some but I was pretty far down in LG.  My relay for HG was the last of day and the wind really came up.  A consistent wind is not bad but this one had a lot of let ups and subtle changes in direction and velocity.  My first record put 3 outside of the 5 ring but a 4.1" group.  The 2nd record was more centered and just under 5".  My last record pretty much sunk me.  I totally missed read the wind and put 8 shots off paper and ended up with a 50+" group and single digit score.....that's me 2nd from the bottom.  I still walked away with overall best HG group for the two days and some good scores, which I am happy about.
Competition / Re: 2022 600/1000 yard NBRSA Nationals
April 19, 2022, 11:03:02 PM
Quote from: HufD63 on April 19, 2022, 10:31:55 PMNicely done Bob!!!

Put the Creedmoor out to pasture LOL seriously it's a hell of a cartridge but it just doesn't agg like a BR based cartridge.

My 6.5x47L improved was a competitive 600 yard gun last season but I'm pretty sure it cost me making the top 14 at the Rendevouz on the 1000 yard targets. I hope I've learned my lesson LOL

Jeff L looks solid as always and ol' uncle Ted is in there as well. Wish I was there instead of plowing snow 14 hours a day. We've had over 36" since last Wednesday.
Thanks Dave.  I agree, the BR family of cartridges are pretty amazing.  I am looking at converting one of my other rifles over to a Dasher so I have a LG option.  Being able to chamber my own barrels sure opens up some options.

Yes, Jeff Locke did well, along with Bill and Ted and some others.  It is great how everyone helps to make the event run smoothly.  Great group of competitors.  I look forward to shooting with you one day....if you have not shot at SacValley before, I think you would enjoy it.

I got to run the pits during my assignment....first time and it went well.
Competition / Re: 2022 600/1000 yard NBRSA Nationals
April 19, 2022, 10:54:40 PM
Quote from: gman47564 on April 19, 2022, 09:17:50 PMWay to go bob.. could the 6mm creedmoor be a recoil issue.. for me after shooting my 6 br and dasher for awhile it makes it a little harder to shoot my other guns well till i get use to that little extra recoil from them..
Good question....but I don't think so.  It is almost 17 lbs....there really isn't much recoil.  Need to go and shoot it again and figure it out.
Competition / Re: 2022 600/1000 yard NBRSA Nationals
April 19, 2022, 10:52:11 PM
Quote from: jvw2008 on April 19, 2022, 09:16:06 PMGood shooting Bob!  You better park that race car and focus on your shooting talent. 😊
Thanks Jerry.  I am trying to hold off that date when I'm no longer competitive behind the wheel....but that day is coming.  Good to have another hobby to take over when it does.