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Old 06-04-2016, 11:45 AM
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The Akubra mate!!! That hat is YOU!!

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Old 06-04-2016, 04:43 PM
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I guess I'm 4 hours from Albury. By the time I'm heading home from there I'm not usually thinking about time and when I'm heading through I'm also not thinking much of time. You must be in sambar country.
It's alright. You know those days that you should have stayed in bed? It's one of those days.

Yep , samba every where .
I get up to Albury a bit , if i get a chance it would be fun to join in on the cadet shoot.
I heard there is deer around your way , maybe just reds .
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:27 PM
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The Akubra mate!!! That hat is YOU!!

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I actually had to retire that hat. It has a leather headband inside and lots of sweating finally made it shrink and it gave me a headache to wear. Although the last straw was when my youngest daughter threw up in the car and a bit of spray hit the hat. Just a few drops but that was enough. It already smelt like a wet Labrador when it was dry and worse when it got a bit wet.
So I've bought another hat that has a wider brim but, like all Akubras, you can't wear earmuffs with them at the same time. So it stayed home on Saturday morning.


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It's alright. You know those days that you should have stayed in bed? It's one of those days.

Yep , samba every where .
I get up to Albury a bit , if i get a chance it would be fun to join in on the cadet shoot.
I heard there is deer around your way , maybe just reds .
Oh, I always seem to be in the middle of one of those days!
And yes, there are tons of deer locally but they're fallow. Getting access is the trick although I knocked over a doe in Vulcan state forest last October. I'm looking forward to trying the Nitro on deer.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:57 PM
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7 kids , no wonder you have a few of those days.
Fallow taste nice , your gun will do job i think , line em up and see if you can nock a couple , i think it will take more than one to stop that bullet.
If you get down Melbourne way give us a yodel and we can go dong a deer
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:22 AM
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Thanks for the offer, mate. I've been hunting in Vic 5 years running now and not knocked over a sambar. Only a couple of weeks back we spent 7 fruitless days in the high country - Lake Cobbler, Wonnangatta Station, Valejo Gantner, Dingo Hill and Barkley River - and only bumped a hind over the ridge by the Wonnangatta hut. Previous to that I've hunted near Mansfield, Jamieson and Moroka River. I'm about to give up sambar for a couple years I'm so over spending money on food, fuel and gear. I'll focus on local stuff unless someone can promise me a sure thing that's only for a couple of days and close to the Hume. I must be doing something wrong but I'm over it. This missus is also over it, not really because of the money, but because I come home despondent and she thinks I'll be happier actually nailing stuff. That and I HATE hiking hard. Valejo Gatner was a cow! But my buddy put down a fallow with a jacketed RNSN from his 450/400. No effort whatsoever!
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:36 AM
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kombi i sent you a pm.
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Old 06-10-2016, 09:50 PM
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My tale continues! When it comes to weather I truly can pick 'em. Last Saturday it was pouring rain and today it was blowing a gale. That's not really a surprise. My town has quite a few wind farms in a 50km radius around it. But it's far from ideal conditions for any sort of shooting and I'd say we've had average wind speeds of about 45kmh and gusts over 60kmh. Not good for a dumpy lead bullet travelling quite slowly. But I headed out and after initial reservations set up a couple of targets at 50m and proceeded to try for groups. It took me 2 shots to get onto the paper the wind from left to right was so strong but then I tried my ADI AR2207 load which I estimate must be clocking around 1450fps. The single shot in the box got me on paper and the three shot group below was the outcome:

Suffice to say I was delighted.
So then I tried the AR2209 load which I'm not really sure what it's pushing. It shot similarly well although I pulled shot #3 which hit low.

Having achieved such encouraging results I then got a bit excited and took some targets to 100m. I adjusted the scope 8 clicks left and 12 up to try and compensate for wind and drop as well. It was then that the wheels fell off.
I have no doubt it was a result of the wind. First the AR2207 load shot all over the place:

And while the AR2209 load stayed at the same elevation it printed horribly, the 3rd shot being blown right off the side of the target and not even printing:

Suffice to say I really need to re-test on a day that isn't like shooting into a tornado. I think from now I on I'll stick to shooting the AR2207 load because a) it uses less powder, b) it's more comfortable to shoot and c) it's more accurate. I will say, however, that it's gratifying to know that the AR2209 load, which is a tad more powerful, shoots to the same POI as the milder load. It means I can practise on the bench with a cheaper load. I do have to dial in the scope, however, and get used to shooting this rifle. Next time I'll also use targets with a large black bull making it easier to see at 100m.
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Hi ,I seen your post and I see no one had let you know about Lee Molds. I use them they work good .Just take care of them you will be ok. Another thing if you pre heat your molds you will get less rejects.I found that out myself also and after reading on cast boolits also. As for the weight of your boolits. I see it helps when you do long range to get them to group better but for short range I do not. Like was stated that the alloy will change what the weight will be and also with the lube and GC added. What I do is for long range I weight the boolit before I lube and GC and after that way you keep notes and of it all and then you know what groups you will have .There is too many things that will change the weight.After you get use to this you will be hook after. Like also stated for the low FPS you need to shoot .try some with out the GC and check your bore see if it is not leading up and if not go with it. I for my self do not try to get really hard alloy for my boolits.I go with about BHN 11,12 ,or 13. depend on what the use of it is and also if there is a GC or not for some I might go close to 15 BHN.What ever that will work in your gun. I found this all works for me.Hope this will help you some . Also like stated get the Lyman cast book it will help you alot the 3rd Ed will be the most I found that is the one that I started off with.If I can help just PM . Take care
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:40 PM
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no need to preheat with aluminum moulds. google for castboolits.com forum. the 6 cavity lee's are pretty good. the single and double cavity ones are trash
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I use all of lee's and I do not have a problem with them.I also use Lyman and Mil, NOE, RCBS also a Thomson one ,also they are brass,steel ,aluminum.I preheat all my and after I get it up to temp I do not have problems.I cast 22,32,35,30,44 ,9mm ,buckshot,T shot ,minnies and balls .beside sinkers and jigs for fishing. What ever works for you stick with it ,this is all works for me.
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Old 07-03-2016, 06:39 PM
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Bit of a follow up on this one. I took the 450/400 out last weekend and tried it at 100yds again. It was the day after the SHOT Expo in Sydney and I was kinda gee'd up to get shooting again. I took my eldest son to the Expo too and he had a really good time. My favourite pic at the Expo was my son cozying up to this Sako TRG M10 in 7.62 NATO:


But I digress. He also came to the range with me the following day and tried the lighter 450/400 load.....which he's still a LITTLE light to enjoy. :/ But when I shot it they all shot bang on. At 100m I shot a 3-round group that had 2 touching and one flier that was less than an inch above. That was my fault. Suffice to say, with these cast loads it's a VERY accurate rifle. Arguably more accurate than anything else I own! The weather was on my side too as it was calm and still so I'd be comfortable to shoot rabbits with it at 100m. It's THAT accurate. I'm sorry I've got no pics of the target. I'll try and take one next time.
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Old 07-04-2016, 01:44 AM
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Congrats on the rifle , good efort.
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:08 AM
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Thanks mate. It's turned out to be a cracker of a rifle for casties. I really had zero opportunity to shoot it with jacketed bullets after they restricted our range and the cost of Woodleighs is, well, perhaps extortionate is unkind. Let's say discouraging instead. So this really frees me up to play and hunt with it a LOT more. I'm SO tempted to take it with me when I hunt in the state forest some time next week, maybe. It'll be absolute murder on any deer up here, even if I come up against a red stag like the one my mate dropped a fortnight back. The next range day is Saturday so I'll take it along then and print another group with it. I might try some of the 387gn bullets this time.....the ones that didn't come out the full 400gn at casting, and see if they behave differently at all. I can tell you it turns heads at the range!
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Big cast gullets just work on everything from prairie dogs to elk. I don't shoot my 45-70 nearly enough but when I do I have a BALL!!

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It's been since this time last year that I've posted on this thread but I thought you'd like to see today's accomplishment!
This is the amazing group I failed to put up last year:


i've also got a really cool buttstock leather ammo holder made by a guy here in Oz:




But that's a little irrelevant. I took the Ruger out the other day with some loads made up with underweight bullets from a batch I made in January this year. The outcome of a group?


It didn't set the world afire but it was about 2" or a bit under so with proper decent bullets I knew it would be fine. And it seems RJ's words were prophetic.
I took my eldest son out on his first proper state forest hunt today and since he was carrying my Tikka T3 7mm-08 I had to take something else. As the Ruger was shooting well I decided to make up some loads with good projectiles and take it. Today was not an amazing day. The deer were a fail in the morning and at dusk, I got a flat tyre and had to drive to the closest town to get a replacement spare because the sidewall on the flat was crushed and I didn't want to have to drive home without a spare in case it happened again. But my son and I had a good time together. And around 11am we sat down under the trees by a wide water course tangled with blackberries and brambles and he readied my 7mm-08 while I whistled.
Not 2 whistles were over than in from the hard right gallops a young dog fox and skids to a halt. I was sitting on the right and the reynard was way outside my son's shooting axis so I swung the rifle as soon as I saw the little bugger running in out of the corner of my eye. He was transfixed on us with the eyes focussed, ears forward, furry radar dish. He really shouldn't have stopped.....


The 400gr cast gaschecked RNFP entered above his left eye and exited the back of the skull. He barely twitched as he rolled over. If I had to pick which rifle would've bowled over a fox at 20yds today it would not have been the 450/400 but CRIKEY is it fun to shoot!
And as we headed home and I apologised to my son once again about his lack of success he echoed the words once again....."BUT YOU SHOT A FOX, DAD!!"
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I re-read the thread. It got nothing but better the second time.
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