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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.   

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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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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