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Old October 29, 2021, 04:56 PM   #101
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Actually took a some test shots today--exceptionally sweet shooter! No issues whatsoever other than the muzzle brake spun free after the first couple of shots, seems like "self timing" brakes are prone to that. Recoil is negligible IMO for an appreciably fast cartridge, I can see why comp shooters are warming to the cartridge, gentle hit, little to no muzzle lift. Look out Creedmoor-heads!
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Old October 29, 2021, 06:06 PM   #102
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Take a punch that fits snug in the brake slots and tighten it. Easy on the shoulder aren't they?
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Old October 29, 2021, 06:19 PM   #103
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Take a punch that fits snug in the brake slots and tighten it.
Pretty much what I ended up doing--except I wrap the punch in a soft cloth--I've learned its important to preserve symmetry in the baffles as long as possible.
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Old October 29, 2021, 06:40 PM   #104
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Because I loaded the cartridges before I had the barrel, I used a COL significantly shorter than I could have--oh well. So I made up a few cartridges with the PVA senecas which are 120 gr. Theoretically these bullets should approach a sizzling 3300 fps with the right load (and provided there no pressure issues). I'm starting below that, of course. (actually I've never seen load data for what I'm trying)

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Old October 29, 2021, 09:05 PM   #105
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I may have missed it. What powder are you using?
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Old October 29, 2021, 11:22 PM   #106
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In the case of the 120's--I'm trying VV N560. (sorry, I spaced out and used the size from their cayuga bullets at first).
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Old October 30, 2021, 08:01 AM   #107
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Stag,

Once you get to 100gr in the monos, they are too long to stabilize in the 1:10 twist barrels.

And another vote for EGW!
I use their 20 MOA one piece rails on everything but my Ruger 77s. I like to stretch thing out sometimes, hence the 20 MOA.
Their bases are kinda tall. But it allows me to use low height rings on everything through a 50mm objective.

If your not worried about keeping weight down, EGW's new Keystone series of rings are worth looking at!
These things are seriously over built! 2.25 ounces per ring for the low height.

And if you buy base & rings together, EGW knocks off 10%.
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Old October 30, 2021, 08:25 AM   #108
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I second std7mag! I don’t believe mine is 20 MOA, I think mine is 0 MOA. If that is the case and I have trouble reaching out and hitting things or I run out of elevation adjustment, I will be looking at their 20 MOA model in a heartbeat.

I chose Warne rings, as they are the same in my mind, overbuilt. Legitimately boat anchors that have been forged or machined into rings. All steel with Torx screws to lock them down and a massive steel square cross pin to seat in the rail. I am thinking about tossing the original cross bars, as there is a little bit of inherent wiggle so they fit in. I might get some A-2 tool steel, or pieces of oversized keystock and grind them to fit. With a low recoiling thing like 6.5 PRC, it might not even be an issue. The clamping friction of the rings, and the surface area of the grip and the keys resting against the front of the slots they sit in should keep “0” just fine. My inner Toolmaker is going off the deep end again. Hahah

Those loaded rounds are just filthy filthy filth!! Good work, friend!!
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Old October 30, 2021, 08:58 AM   #109
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Once you get to 100gr in the monos, they are too long to stabilize in the 1:10 twist barrels.

And another vote for EGW!
I use their 20 MOA one piece rails on everything but my Ruger 77s. I like to stretch thing out sometimes, hence the 20 MOA.
Their bases are kinda tall. But it allows me to use low height rings on everything through a 50mm objective.

If your not worried about keeping weight down, EGW's new Keystone series of rings are worth looking at!
These things are seriously over built! 2.25 ounces per ring for the low height.

And if you buy base & rings together, EGW knocks off 10%.
You're preaching to the choir--I already default to their rails (when they are available), my HD 5 is default zero-stopped to their 20 MOA base, but I can just barely get it to range at 100 yds on this 0 MOA weaver base; so I'm leaving it there for now since the scope does triple-duty between my 7mm STW, my CZ 457 and now this one. I'm going to try to get a few more shots through it today--we are in the midst of a building gale, supposed to reach gusts of potentially 60 mph by this evening, so I don't know if I can get any labradar readings.
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Old October 30, 2021, 03:01 PM   #110
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I shot a couple of groups of the 120 senecas and the 135 hybrids today, mostly just to get some bullets down the new bore. It's been blowing up to 40 mph at times during the day--we're supposed to get walloped by a gale this evening so I didn't bother bringing the labradar. Without it, when I'm shooting a wildcat that has little data on it, I feel I'm flying blind, so I keep the loads down.

The 120 senecas did not do so well, maybe around MOA at 230 yds--but to be fair I was shooting off the hood of my truck in the rain and strong gusty winds, so I'll come back to them in better weather. The 135 hybrids seem to take the winds in stride better--but it could have simply been luck falling on a fairly good powder combo on a lower end charge--hopefully better things are yet to come. The barrel itself seems to foul pretty badly pretty fast, could be a number of things attributable to that.

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Old October 31, 2021, 10:36 AM   #111
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Maine part of the storm has passed, but it's still very windy, I'm going to give another try to set up the labradar today if possible.

Interesting thing about reloading with the Prazipress--it precisely locks the shell holder in such a way that if the holder does not hold the case at an absolute 90* flat--the press will often let you know by nicking the case on the way into the die, rather than letting "play" align the decap pin.
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Old November 6, 2021, 02:56 PM   #112
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The PVA 117 gr solids are still shooting poorly for me (or I simply can't find a good load) no matter what powder or velocity I keep getting groups of 2 to 3 MOA no matter the distance. I'm stumped.

In stark contrast, here's a group of berger's new 133 hunting hybrids I just received and I loaded up a quick group just to try them out after this morning's testing of the PVA bullets. This is just a single random charge I chose shot through the fouled barrel from shooting the PVA's this morning.

I really can't figure out why I'm getting such poor results with the PVA's--though I have to admit I've never seen any bullet made by anyone with as sharp an ogive as they have.

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Old November 6, 2021, 06:50 PM   #113
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Stag,
Loading for mono's is different than lead core bullets.
They like a jump. Start at 0.050" off the lands.

Something i had read at one time was the use of a crimp.
Seems to help hold the bullet in the neck that extra nano second to allow pressure to build up and start into the rifling better.
It really helped WendyJ with her 7mm-08 when she switched over to mono's.

Just some thoughts.
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Old November 6, 2021, 10:50 PM   #114
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Loading for mono's is different than lead core bullets.
They like a jump. Start at 0.050" off the lands.

Something i had read at one time was the use of a crimp.
Seems to help hold the bullet in the neck that extra nano second to allow pressure to build up and start into the rifling better.
It really helped WendyJ with her 7mm-08 when she switched over to mono's.

Just some thoughts.
I've shot plenty of mono's--I commonly use cutting edge and Lehigh defense monos as well as Barnes--usually I can hit the sweet spot with them fairly easily. Varying the jump is a good idea, and I have tried that--but maybe I need to seat them even deeper.

Thing about mono's is how well they engage the rifling in any particular bore, and also being harder than a typical jacketed bullet they don't have the same give, so typically they don't have the same bearing surface depth/length that a jacketed does. many monos get around this by using some variation of drive bands. I can't really tell for sure what is going on with these bullets, though they seem to have an unusually long ogive relative to the base/bearing surface portion of the bullet. The bullet impacts don't show any signs of instability, so my going theory is that each bullet is leaving the bore on a slightly different trajectory. Of course, it could be me--but I seem to have little trouble getting nice groups with bigger Berger bullets. I just don't want to use up a quarter of my barrel's life trying to "unlock the mystery" of the PVA mono--I think I'll call the folks that make them and see what they advise--in general I've found PVA to have outstanding quality in the products of their's that I have bought and used.

I've also tried experimenting with the neck tension and changed the bushings in the die, Hornady brass tends to be a bit soft in my experience and bears watching for stretch/flow. The PRC case I'm learning can be a bit tricky in a tight chamber, though part of that I'm guessing could bee the result of necking down without doing any additional turning to the neck (I didn't do any). My next "really big" investment is going to be a professional annealer--I can see where one would really be a big help with the PRC case. One issue I found out pretty quickly is if you try to bump the shoulder back, the case can form an OD donut at the base of the shoulder which in turn can prevent the shoulder from seating properly to the shoulder datum in the chamber.
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Old November 7, 2021, 01:16 PM   #115
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I went out today and shot the same Berger loads that I shot yesterday--except that the bore was clean. Based on what happened today I think I know what is going on, and I don't think the poor results I've been getting with the PVA Seneca bullets are the fault of the bullets (sorry PVA).

So yesterday's nice group was shot through the bore that had been fouled with 8 shots of the PVA bullets without cleaning. Today, I shot two groups of the same Berger loads--except that they were traveling down a clean bore. The barrel's bore, when immaculate, feels a bit like driving down a dirt road deep in the mountains of West Virginia when running a snug patch through. My first eight shots today started at low velocities and generally ramped up with each successive shot (same charge weights), the last three of which stabilized at very close velocities and grouped very close together. Although the barrel is one of the most expensive ones I've ever bought even among top-tier manufacturers, that performance feature of "fouling in accuracy" relegates this barrel to perhaps occasional hunting in my book.
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Old November 7, 2021, 06:04 PM   #116
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Did your barrel maker give you a “break in” method?? The carbon6 tube I bought said no break in, but don’t be afraid to foul the bore with a shot or two, and then start taking your information after that.

Even with my factory Win70, cold clean bore shooting has been, for lack of a better pun, hit or miss. I got lucky with deer season last year and waffled one 150 yards away RIGHT where I aimed. But then again, Minute of Deer is a very forgiving window of opportunity.
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But at the range, when I cook off the first round just to foul the bore, I get consistent ragged hole patterns at 100 yards, three leaf clover things. After three shots, gets a bit toasty and gets fliers.

Stag, would you consider fouling the bore the week or day before hunting season and just leaving it fouled overnight and carrying it afield that way??

For this Mauser I am in process of putting together, I am hoping for long range accuracy, and if I have to foul it before I get anything done, so be it.

Some also suggest “cutting the burrs” out of whatever may have raised up from cutting the rifling. Thoughts??
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