Consistency Is In Your Cleaning

Carbon Fouling In Primer Pocket

You might think that cleaning Brass has become an OCD with me recently but I can guarantee you that it hasn’t.  I like to ensure that I can obtain the same consistency with every case that I prepare and load.  It is believed that consistency is key to good shooting and that all starts with the fundamentals of firearm and ammunition maintenance.  The old saying a ‘bad workman blames his tools’ is reason enough to put that extra effort into consistent case preparation, consistent powder charges and consistent bullet seating.  As a shooter we have enough variables outside of our control to think about and adjust too on a day out at the range or in the field without the added overhead of those within our control before we leave the reloading bench.

Club Silhouette Shoot March 24th

Not Just Cold Turkey @ BRC But Cold Fingers Too

BRC Shooting Club held their 2nd Club Silhouette Shoot of the Calendar year yesterday on March 24th, 2013.  We had a tidy little attendance considering the cold snap of weather biting every extremity that lay unwrapped and exposed, especially the trigger finger.

It’s very important to keep the blood warm and flowing in your trigger finger to ensure that you can feel that moment when your trigger is about to release / break.

Ejection Not Rejection!

Altering Anschutz Match 54 Action Ejector

Ejecting an empty Lapua Centre X or Eley Tenex .22 case from my Anschutz 1710 has become a bit of a nuisance lately as approximately 3 from ever 5 cases ejected will flop around like a fish out of water and spill back into the breech and loading port. This becomes a problem when a fresh round is chambered as the spent brass gets caught up in the bolt face or breech and can also strip lead from the fresh round which could cause the bullet to lose accuracy.  This problem can also knock you out of your shooting position as you look to clear the empty brass from the loading port.

British Shooting Show

Foreign Lands A Traveling

On February 9th & 10th I attended the British Shooting Show. I had never been to a large scale shooting show before so I was really looking forward to seeing all that was on offer, plus I had a small shopping list that I wanted to fulfill.

A group of 30 members from my Shooting Club headed of by Mini Bus to Belfast and crossed the Irish sea by Ferry to Liverpool. We then drove down to the outer limits of Coventry where we stayed in a very nice little Tudor / Edwardian Style hotel. After a few beers in the town on the Friday we were all set on Saturday morning raring to go.

Prone 50 Metre Sporting Rifle Shooting

 Anschutz Tack Driver at 50 Metres

As Silhouette shooting season is over for 2012, I usually try my hand at prone sporting rifle shooting where I slip on a canvas target rifle shooting jacket and a sling.

BRC Shooting Club can facilitate 50Mtr and 100 Yrds bench rest and prone rifle shooting from within the confines of the shooting gallery.

As I have said in previous posts silhouette shooting can aid in the development of other shooting sports, as a silhouette shooter will shoot standing and in the off-hand position without the aid of a tight fitting jacket or sling.  Off-hand shooting can develop your balance, sight picture, point of aim, trigger control and more importantly your breathing.

Festive Reloading

Christmas Preparations

I run into a spot of bother with my RCBS Neck Sizing Die over the Christmas holidays. My reloading bench was in full swing preparing 6.5×55 brass for the upcoming 2013 season, ‘I am especially looking forward to the 600 Yard Range shoots‘. As I was Neck Sizing freshly annealed cases a few brittle cases cropped up in my batch of once fired Lapua. This caused a few brittle necks ‘approx 10 from 100’ to rip off on the ‘up-stroke’ of the press as the RCBS button on the Die was withdrawing from the case neck where it applied the correct neck Sizing that I required.

Carbon Fouled Cases

Possible Solution To Carbon Fouled Cases

I finally got around to reloading and firing a small batch of 10 Lapua cases for the 6.5×55 that you may recall were being coated in carbon blowback check out the video “Carbon Fouling & Soot After Firing The 6.5×55 Rifle Calibre”.  I cleaned and prepared the brass ‘following the same steps as my non problematic brass’ but I added the extra step of annealing this batch of cases to see if I could solve the problem and prevent them from being coated in carbon when fired.  My reasoning as to why I annealed the case neck was to see if I could improve the Neck tension on  holding the bullet and if this tension would allow the powder charge to fully burn to create adequate pressure to firslty release the bullet from the case neck and sending it down the bore while simultaneously expanding the case neck to tightly seal of the chamber and prevent carbon and gas blowing back into the chamber and bolt face.

Check Your Cases When Fired

Split Case Neck

After settling into my rifle at the 600 yard line last weekend I rattled down a few rounds of 139g Lapua HPBT.  As this was a casual non competitive target shoot I had time to exam my brass casings after each shot so that I can check for signs of stress on the case and primer.

I had just fired my third round and when I ejected it I noticed a dark vertical thick line on the case neck.  So I stopped shooting for a moment and examined the case with an interested eye as I rotated it between my finger and thumb.  The case neck was indeed split and as I held it to the light I could see the daylight shining in through the split.