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Messages - jvw2008

Reloading / Re: Resizing Questions
Short answer: probably yes with acceptable headspace. Bullet jump is not going to make it unsafe as long as it’s not a major jam into the lands.

Caveat:  excessive chamber pressure is the enemy, so your charge weight needs to be considered. If you are at or above recommended max, you might want to put together a few test rounds that walk the charge weight up to what you’ve already reloaded.
Hunting / Re: Don't Judge Me
HaHa! 😂

Sounds like that one might be big enough to make a whole hat! If there is anything left. 😊
Competition / Re: Local NBRSA Match
Until I master getting my rifle, front rest, rear bag setup repeatable I can not shoot as fast as I like and must pay close attention to the flags and mirage if any.  This means my score on any one target is directly related to my wind calls.  One thing I have found is if I wait for a wind condition to return I am usually rewarded with a higher score.  IBS 600 yard gives you 10 minutes to fire 5 shots and I seldom ever am not the last to get all my shots off.

Are you still shooting 600 over at WCRSC?
Hunting / Re: Ruger go wild 6.5
Also think your IMR 4895 will work for your lighter weight bullets but start good and low with your initial charges to stay away from excessive pressure.
AR Variants / Re: Aero precision m5e1
You're gonna not have fun chasing your brass around LOL I've got an AR  10 & 15 lower in the closet that I haven't taken any further for that reason.

Caldwell makes a light one that is inexpensive and fairly effective. More fun to shoot without it though. I do my AR brass with a SS tumble for three reasons. I’m not overly concerned about precision, when I’m running all that fodder through the auto mechanism I want all that brass really clean to mimimize jams, super shiny brass is easier to see on the ground.
Competition / Re: Local NBRSA Match
Really good point on finding the one predictive flag! It seems every range has one that stands out. At CRC it’s not one of the range flags!! It is the “range is hot” flag that is high and behind the pits. Think I remember reading an article by Litz about this subject.

We are also thinking about doing some basic BR instruction at CRC this spring. I’m hoping it will bring some more shooters in.
Competition / Re: Local NBRSA Match
Thought I had remembered correctly about the Grendel. I’m sure you will whip it into shape. 😊

Once we have load development under our belt, it seems practice becomes focused on two areas: bench manners (or recoil management), and secondly, wind reading for proper POI on target.
Bench manners are simply establishing a constant and repetitive interaction with the rifle. - muscle memory. When it’s so automatic that you are not thinking about it - you’re in the groove.

 Wind management is totally different. Trying to establish a predictive relationship with a constant variable is not simple muscle memory. 😊  You must have correct info, know how to react to it, adjust correctly, and touch your round off without modifying your recoil management - all in a second or less to meet your goal of all rounds down range ASAP. Somewhere there is a happy compromise between speed of rounds down range and time for successful wind adjustment. Seems like that compromise is different for different shooters. In the extremes some say “damn the wind I’m running my rounds”, others take their allotted record time to try to place their POI for whatever the current wind condition is at the moment. A review of competitive targets shot by the best benchresters always show larger groups on 10 shot targets versus 5 shot targets. How much of that group change is due to total wind time versus random dispersion -  from a larger count versus just one missed wind call? I’m sure it is not all dispersion.

I’ve always been a “damn the wind” shooter and done well with the technique, but I think I have reached a plateau of performance that I won’t exceed until I focus more and adjust to changing wind. Running your rounds while depending on your last sighter placement on the target is simple muscle memory.  It just involves smooth and rapid cycling of rounds through the chamber. And, because it is a skill that allows you eliminate a frustrating variable, new BR shooters can talk themselves into accepting the consequences of a radical wind change during their run because they can find success in competition. The term success is defined by where you place goal. 😊 

If I was starting at the beginning again, I would develop a very solid base for wind adjustment  BEFORE learning how to run 10 rounds in 15 seconds through a single feed action. Speed to minimize the amount of wind changes during your run is in fact very important, but it is not a substitute for making yourself a part of the wind condition.

If your goal is to do your very best, then you have to learn how to beat the wind. IMO, there is no more effective way to do that than employing an electronic target, one shot at a time. Evaluate the condition, send your round, assess the POI relative to what your interpretation of the wind was when you touched it off. It’s not just practice; it’s educational practice.

(Sorry for the ramble 🙄)
Competition / Re: Local NBRSA Match
Nice job Bob. 👍
Looks like you picked up a little breeze on that third target.
Is that a new barrel on your Grendel?
Bolt Action Rifles / Re: 284 Win question

You have an expensive tool there; specifically designed as a sniper rifle around the 308 cartridge. I’m not a huge fan of the cartridge but everybody needs at least one 308 in their safe. If you rebarreled with a different chamber you are probably going to lessen the value of the SPR.

I am a big fan of the 284 and think you would probably enjoy working with the 7mm caliber. Have you thought about just building another rifle that would meet your range needs and doing it in 284?