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Varmint / Re: Arizona Prairie Dog question
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:58:43 AM »
Thanks all.  I did email them and got an answer before our trip last weekend.  It is legal to use your vehicle as a rest.   You can't be sitting in it or on the road, though, as mentioned above.  Pull off completely and do not shoot across even a two-track.  To be safe, I printed out the reply and put it in my truck's console.   

100 or 115 gr TSX, 110 gr Accubond would be my first choices, depending on whichshot best in that rifle.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: .338 Federal
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:28:25 AM »
I have a Montana Rifle 1999 in .358 Win that I had made up in stainless with a 21-inch barrel.¬  It is a short action, but long enough to let me seat bullets out a bit further than a standard short action.¬  ¬  I shoot a 225 gr Partition out of it, and it is flat enough to go 300 yards at least.¬  ¬  I got the rifle to do just that - shoot a large, heavy slug at a moderate velocity for medium ranges.¬  It is not going to shoot 400-500 yards, but I have other rifles for that.

Since I have the .358, I have no need for a .338 Federal.

Reloading / Re: .257 WBY MAG with Nosler 100gr E-Tips
« on: May 12, 2011, 11:52:15 AM »
I need to develop loads for lead-free bullets in my .257, too.¬  ¬  I haenot had good luck with 100 gr TSXs with either RL-22 or H-1000.¬  IMR-7828 seems to be showing more promise and my rifle seems to like the 115 gr TSX better.¬  ¬ 

One other thing I have noticed that may be affecting your loads is the tendency for some rifles/calibers to shoot well at lower powder charges/velocities, then "go bad" as you increase the powder charge until you once again hit a sweet spot - so as long as you don't run into pressure signs, gradually increase the charge and see if the groups tend to tighten back up.¬  Again - work up slowly, especially as you get closer to the max loads from the manuals.

I am also going to try Ramshot Magnum powder to see how it works.  (And I agree that you may need to clean out the copper - particularly the fouling form non-solid copper bullets or various brands of copper bullets.  The composition of the lead-free bullets varies from soild copper to gilding metal alloys.   I have heard that these differences can affect accuracy.)

Reloading / Re: Electronic Scale Review
« on: April 07, 2011, 12:28:30 PM »
I have had the RCBS for a few years - in fact, I am on my second one as the first one's on/off button stopped working.  RCBS replaced it for the $49 charge since it was a few years old.. I can't complain about their warranty service.

I haven't noticed any warm-up issues with my RCBS, but breezes, even very slight, can throw it off so I keep my garage door closed.  (Breezes can affect the balance beam scales, too.)

I use mine only with the extruded powders for the most part.  My RCBS or Redding measures throw ball powder accurately enough that I am faster with them than the electronic dispenser.  I weigh every 5 round or so to make sure the measure is throwing accurately.

Varmint / Re: Arizona Prairie Dog question
« on: April 07, 2011, 10:17:13 AM »
Thanks - I used the "send Comments" link at the bottom of the webpage shown above to address the question to the Game and Fish Dept.

Reloading / Re: .243 load wanted
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:17:14 PM »
I have had great accuracy with 39 gr of Varget under a 70 gr Sierra Blitzking or 75 Gr V-Max.   A couple different rifles have shot it at or under a half-inch for 3 shots at 100 yards.  It is a couple grains under the max load shown.

Varmint / Re: Arizona Prairie Dog question
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:07:57 PM »
Thanks for the reply!  That is pretty much how I understood it, but someone told me that it was illegal to shoot "from" a vehicle, even as I described it above.   I looked for an email address or "Contact us" on the Game and Fish website but couldn't find one.

Thanks again.

Varmint / Arizona Prairie Dog question
« on: April 04, 2011, 11:34:21 AM »
Is it legal to park your truck and shoot off a bag on the hood?¬  ¬ The truck is stopped and parked, engine off, etc and you are out of the vehicle - just using part of it as a rest with both feet on the ground?

I have heard conflicting statements about whether this is legal or not, and I sure see a lot¬  of people doing it...

Varmint / Re: Prarie dog killing
« on: March 10, 2011, 08:50:39 AM »
I'll be heading back to Arizona at the end of the month to get in some more shooting before prairie dog "season" closes until June 15th.   I use 40 gr V-Max or Ballistic Tips in my .223, and 50 gr bullets in .22-250.  They both work very well.   I used to use a lot of 50 gr TNTs in the .223, before I got the .22-250.   I have just loaded up some 35 gr Nosler Lead-free Ballistic Tips for both guns, and I have heard they really explode the dogs.  I am looking forward to trying them out!

Handguns / Re: My first handgun
« on: November 30, 2010, 01:48:21 PM »
If you have a shooting range near you that rents handguns, try out a couple different brands as well as calibers.¬  ¬ There are huge target grips that may be too big, and small round-butt grips may be too small.¬  ¬ The grip size will make as much or more difference than brand of revolver.¬  ¬  Until you are comfortable with .38 Special loads in your .357, stick with them.¬  ¬ You can start with light target loads and work up to "service" loads in the .38 before jumping to the magnum rounds.

Reloading / Re: .300 wby mag recipe wanted
« on: November 30, 2010, 01:31:44 PM »
I've never used the Ballistic Tips in my .300 Wthby, but with 180 gr Partitions or Hornady interlocks, I used 82-85 gr of IMR-7828 over Fed GM mag primers.   My rfile wouldn't take over 82 gr while my friend's worked fine with 85 gr.  My rifle was a custom one, so it may have had less freebore than the Wthby factory rifles.  I did try some H-1000, but the IMR-7828 worked better for me.  I would probably go with the Nosler Accubond or Hornady Interbond over the Ballistic Tip myself.  I;ve had good luck with BTs in standard rounds like the .30-06, .243, etc but prefer a stouter bullet in the Weatherby mags I have.

Varmint / Re: 22-250 Varmit shooting
« on: October 04, 2010, 12:04:33 PM »
Shoot the one that is most accurate in your rifle.  The Nosler lead-free Ballistic Tips are absolutely devastating on varmints.   The 36-gr Barnes Varmitn Grenad is the only other lead-free varmint bullet I have used, and they work well if your gun shoots them accurately.    The heavier Varmint Grenades probably won't shoot well out of your 12-inch twist Savage.

A really clean M-1 Garand that I got through the DCM program back when you had to shoot in the matches to buy one.   I mean, it was REALLY clean.   I needed money and knew I could sell that one fast.

A basic Mk IV Series 70 1911.  (Ihave just recently replaced it.)

A Model 29 S&W - I have a 629, but it's not the same as that older one with the high quality blueing.

A Ruger No. 1  Varmint model in .25-06.  (No need for this rile, but it was sure pretty!)

A Savage 99 Take-down in .22 Hi-power.  (Again - no need for it but it was a pretty gun!)

Rifles / Re: No love for the 7mm WBY Mag Ultralight?
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:59:54 AM »
Wasn't the 7mm Wthby developed before the 7mm Rem Mag?¬  ¬ If so, that would be a reason the .300 mag case was shortened rather than just necked down - the same way the .27o Wthby, etc. were done that way.¬  I knew a couple of guys that had 7mm/.300 Wthbys and loved them.

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