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Glen Zidiker has a download from his book on the M14 rifle. Best I've read. Its a large pdf .
"Reloading for the Match M14"
No sense reinventing the wheel if you don't have to.
Thanks very much for that pointer! I will read it tonight.
Are you coming to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous? I'll buy you a beer or beverage of your choice.
At least you have a great set of reasons. I am looking forward to watching your efforts. I wish I could help. In a few weeks, I hope, I will have to time to unpack and set up my reloader. It is a bit of a daunting prospect for a noob. Watching someone go beyond the basics and work a compound load, or try, gives me a little... extra to put toward my efforts. I guess seeing what can be done offers some incentive? Good luck on the load. That would be cool.
Congratulations on 15 years, by the way! That is one you seem to have loaded properly :) May you have many more wedding anniversaries.
I'm not sure I'd bother trying too hard to find one single load for both guns. You've got a good load for the bolt gun, and feeding that good Lapua brass to an autoloader is more expense than I'd go for. (It'll last a long time in the 700, not so much in the 14.) So, if you're segregating brass anyway, why not have two loads? You've already got about as good a load as you're going to have in the bolt gun.
The load that got 2920 out of the 5R is definitely on the warm side, even for the bolt gun. The standard Palma load gets 2950-3000fps out of a 30" tube. Getting almost the same out of a short barrel is probably hot. Hot for a bolt gun. Really hot for an auto-loader. The LC case is likely heavier that the Lapua, and the #34 primer is definitely hotter than the BR-2.
Have you tried an F-class match with the 5R? It might run into trouble on a cool day, but above 80 degrees or so, it should do just fine all the way back to 1000 yards.
Congrats on 15 years! July 25th is mine and my wife's anniversary too - 12 years in our case...
RL15 is great for the .303 British, and yes, they use it for the M118 round. The powder used for M59/M80 is W846, or the original, Hodgdon BL-C(2). The reccomended charge of the BL is 46.0 grains.
Happy Anniversary! :)
Congrats on the anniversary.
It's been 8 years for me, and I know getting married was the best move I've ever made.
Congrats on having such excellent reasons to ignore your blogging duty. I barely have time to read such, let alone write it.
Happy Anniversary, and many more to come.
I'll try to stop by. I hate like hell to go downtown anymore but this is worth it.
Here's something you guys might find fascinating:
Amazing Intimidator Puzzle