Draining Unused Powder From RCBS ChargeMaster

Draining Unused Powder From RCBS ChargeMaster

I had a great weekend of sunshine at home almost to good to be indoors reloading as we dont get this sunshine too often. 

In between my tea breaks and sun lounging I did alot of Brass Preparation which included popping spent primers, annealing case necks, neck sizing, case cleaning and chamfering.  I rounded of my Saturday evening by putting together 50 handloads of 6.5×55 to take along to the range on Sunday morning.

IMSSU Rules In Effect At 2013 European Championships

IMSSU Rules Adopted In 2012 General Assembly Will Be In Effect At 2013 AETSM European Championships

The new rules will be enforced at world level from January 1st, 2013. Thus, they will be used at the European Championships. In 2005, the AETSM Assembly agreed to use the IMSSU rules when voted by the IMSSU Asssembly.  In 2013, the new set of rules will be the current IMSSU rules so they will also be the official AETSM rules.

Quote from Jean-Pierre BEURTHERET IMSSU Secretary 31st May 2012.

IMSSU Rules for 2013

Big Bore Rifle Rules Discussed At 2012 Assembly

I have extracted the following Big Bore Rifle information from the 2012 Assembly Minutes.  I have uploaded the IMSSU Rules 2013 here for your perusal.  I hope that the changes that have been adopted will bring more rifle shooters into the events.

12.2. Big Bore Rifle events:
The President advised that there were problems with the Big Bore Rifle events where a 500m range was not available. He recommended that all the proposals regarding the Big Bore Rifle issue be treated as a whole at this point in the meeting. The Meeting agreed.

National Shoot May 2012

National Results May

I hadn’t expected to be attending our National Classification shoot yesterday but due to my newest little niece or nephew taking its time to come into this world I had time to attend the event.

Weather was a little nippy on the trigger finger but as the morning got going I got of to a great start in SBSR knocking over 9 chickens and 10 pigs but as a little anxiety crept in I could only manage to send 6 turkeys scuttling from their feet leaving me with a tally of 25 / 30.

Centre X My New .22lr Ammo

Centre X Out To Impress

Earlier this year I had my .22lr Anschütz 1710 batch tested for Lapua’s Centre X as an alternative to shooting with Eley Match & Tenex due to costs and availability.

Today was my first chance to shoot out to 100 yards from a bench rest and after a few sighter shots and adjustments to windage and elevation I began to drop in a few tidy cloverleaf 3 & 5 shot groups. Although not all groups were tight masterpieces, this is something I will mark down as my lack of experience in the discipline of rimfire benchrest skills. I know my little ‘Annie’ is much more accurate than I am.

Flipping Primers Using A Lee Safety Primer Feed

Primed & Ready

There are a number of makes and models of priming tools on the market for both manual and automated priming of a case.  I prefer to use a priming tool than to manually handle the primer.

At all costs I try to avoid touching the live primers with my hands mostly for safety reasons as these little babies could cause you severe damage if one were to explode.

As I use the Lee Safety Primer Feed that attaches to my Lee Press I thought I would put this little video together to demonstrate how you can flip the primers over to have them presented the correct way up before seating them into your cases.

Lapua .22lr Electronic Batch Testing

Lapua .22lr Electronic Batch Testing At Dungannon Rifle Club

On March 24th at Dungannon Rifle Club, I had my Anschutz 1710 tested by one of the ammunition testing staff from the German Lapua factory. Andre from Lapua had around 17 batches of Lapua Centre X available to see if he could pin point a specific batch that suited my barrel. With a 50 Metre protected tunnel in place, ‘constructed from timber and plastic sheeting’ the results of each shot would be as accurate as they could be with no interference from the wind. Firstly my rifle with stock attached was clamped into a heavy duty vice and the rifle details were entered into the Meyton Electronic GmbH software program that also measured the bullet groups as they were shot and tested. Each 10 shot group was recorded and with a visual diagram and accurate reading it was easy to distinguish which batch of ammunition gave the better group. With the synthetic stock attached and clamped it looked like results were somewhat inconclusive ‘although one batch did show signs of grouping well’ as the stock continued to vibrate in the vice. Due to the stock being synthetic it could not be clamped to its tightest tolerance or it would either crack or become squeezed too tight against the barrel and that would affect the free floating setup of the barrel and stock.