What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 2:27 pm

i know one thing, i don't think i can talk to anyone who shoots a creedmore with a straight face ever again :lol: i reckon that 308 needs a lot of resizing but :thumbsup:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 2:46 pm

:D ya showing ya age gaza. knowing which movie that photo is from, i would have one thing to say to her. " zay 'ello to my liddle friend ......" :lol:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Gaznazdiak » 19 Aug 2018, 2:49 pm

bigrich wrote::D ya showing ya age gaza. knowing which movie that photo is from, i would have one thing to say to her. " zay 'ello to my liddle friend ......" :lol:


:lol: :lol: :clap:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 2:55 pm

shocking gaza shocking :lol:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Stix » 19 Aug 2018, 3:03 pm

Flyer wrote:
Stix wrote:Well Flyer...if you put it like that, id happily lube up & pass my expander ball through the neck of the 308 case...!!

That's all well and good if you can touch the sides mate, but she might seriously need some extra neck tension after all those other expander balls have been through her!

She is, after all, the 2nd most popular calibre out there . . . :lol: :


Ill touch the sides mate so you've no need to worry :allegedly: ..& yes apparently i am bragging...but i appreciate your concern :thumbsup:
And i only ever size once fired brass thats been polished up in the wet tumbler & de-crudded mate :thumbsup: :lol:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 5:54 pm

:D so what does a 557-450 look like ? queen victoria ? :o :lol: if i knew how to put up a photo i would ;) so what does 243 look like stix ? or 222 for that matter. 222 is not as wide at the bottom as 22-250 ....... :lol: :thumbsup:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Stix » 19 Aug 2018, 6:12 pm

bigrich wrote::D so what does a 557-450 look like ? queen victoria ? :o :lol: if i knew how to put up a photo i would ;) so what does 243 look like stix ? or 222 for that matter. 222 is not as wide at the bottom as 22-250 ....... :lol: :thumbsup:


No mate...222 is smaller bolt face so best you stick to them little fella... :lol:
22-250 is same bolt face as 308 mate, so best you leave that size action to me... :thumbsup:

I cant put up 375 or bigger or i might be arrested. :?
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 6:19 pm

Stix wrote:
bigrich wrote::D so what does a 557-450 look like ? queen victoria ? :o :lol: if i knew how to put up a photo i would ;) so what does 243 look like stix ? or 222 for that matter. 222 is not as wide at the bottom as 22-250 ....... :lol: :thumbsup:


No mate...222 is smaller bolt face so best you stick to them little fella... :lol:
22-250 is same bolt face as 308 mate, so best you leave that size action to me... :thumbsup:

I cant put up 375 or bigger or i might be arrested. :?


so what's a 500 nitro look like ? rebel wilson ? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: i nominate jennifer lawrence for 222 . got a nicely proportioned case :P :thumbsup:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Flyer » 19 Aug 2018, 6:29 pm

Stix wrote:Ill touch the sides mate so you've no need to worry :allegedly: ..& yes apparently i am bragging...but i appreciate your concern :thumbsup:
And i only ever size once fired brass thats been polished up in the wet tumbler & de-crudded mate :thumbsup: :lol:

Poor old me - I have to resort to the vibrating ultrasonic cleaner :cry:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Flyer » 19 Aug 2018, 7:08 pm

OK, I admit it - I'm gay (I'm not really - honest!). But I took my 6.5mm manbun out today to do some load testing at 100m, and this is what I came back with. 4 shots into less than half an inch. So I may be a gay little manbun, but at least I'm a happy one :lol:


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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by SCJ429 » 19 Aug 2018, 7:32 pm

Nice shooting Flyer, but what happened to the fifth shot?
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Flyer » 19 Aug 2018, 8:11 pm

SCJ429 wrote:Nice shooting Flyer, but what happened to the fifth shot?

I usually shoot 4-shot groups when I test load. It's more indicative than 3 shots, and if they shoot good into 4, they usually shoot good into 5. The main problems I have with 5-shot groups when load developing is they use up a lot of brass and projectiles if you want to cover a bit of ground (I shot 6x 4-shot groups today from 42.8-44.8gr 2209 with 123 Lapua Scenars); it takes longer waiting for the barrel to cool down; and I often fudge the fifth shot anyway as it's hard to shoot precisely and consistently for strings on end. Once I find something that works, I start to load around it and shoot a few more to ensure its repeatable.

It's not easy removing the human factor (was it the load, or did I pull that?) as well as the wind in trying to find something that works.
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by SCJ429 » 19 Aug 2018, 8:41 pm

Fair enough, I thought it might be a Flyer. Do you have some sort of wind flag when you test? It can help cut down some errors.
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 8:49 pm

yup 45-70's a got a real nice case alright. i wont judge ya 6.5 manbun too harshly .go the 6.5's . here's some of my better 6.5 x55 handloads, 6.5 brother :D . these were shot on a moderately windy day at 100. shot my 22 hornet the same day and POI moved 70 mm to the right with that ! (damn i wish i knew how to post "case" pics. would post kate beckinsale from " van helsing" movie. do yourself a favor and google ;) ) :thumbsup:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 19 Aug 2018, 10:11 pm

what rifle is ya 6.5 anyway flyer ? that's a good group :thumbsup:
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by Flyer » 19 Aug 2018, 11:17 pm

SCJ429 wrote:Fair enough, I thought it might be a Flyer. Do you have some sort of wind flag when you test? It can help cut down some errors.

Yeah, but it's at 200m, so all I've got at 100m to judge are some leafy branches, lol!

Here's the rest of the target from today. Yes, they call me "Flyer" :lol: Indeed, some of these were looking promising until the fourth shot, as you can see. But 43.2gr was the standout on the day. And I'm not joking - every flyer was on the fourth shot, lol.

bigrich, it's a Sako A7 Roughtech Pro in black and stainless. I'm not usually a big fan of synthetic stocks, but it's a nicely balanced rifle.

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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 20 Aug 2018, 4:43 am

:lol: good on ya flyer. Sako is a quality bit of gear. For accuracy tests for hunting purposes, I only bother with three shots. After that anything in the field is long gone anyway. Except goats. They just seem to amble off. That fourth shot flyer would be annoying but. Rifles are individuals at times and do funny things. In my 6.5 model 70 after three shots POI begins to move around anti clockwise in a circle as the barrel heats up. I put 10 shots through it once just to see the results. Put a heavier barrel on ya Sako if it annoys you too much
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Re: What's everyone's favourite cartridge and why?

Post by bigrich » 20 Aug 2018, 4:44 am

Thanks for the late beckinsale post :thumbsup:
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