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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    338 Lapua Magnum Loads

    300gr

    300 gr Lapua Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    88.4 gr Vihtavuori N170
    Seated 25 Thousand
    Federal 215M Primer
    COAL 3.709
    MV 2700 fps
    1/4 MOA
    flyjets (Ian)
    Blaser Tactical 2 338 Lapua Magnum

    LF Feedback-Blaser Tactical 2
    search sniperhide forums for,
    "LF Feedback-Blaser Tactical 2"

    "Shooting these Lapua Scenar from My Blaser Tactical 2 produces these results. At 565 Yards 1/4 MOA at 1000 yards 1/3 MOAIf I do my part she will hit the 5" swinger 7 out of 10 times.I run them slow at 2700fps and I have a 1 in 10 twist barrel I haven't found a better bullet The Ogive is consistent and the weights do not require further sorting."
    Ian
    MidwayUSA Customer Review of the 300 gr Scenar bullet in a Blaser Tactical 2 rifle.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/884...ail-box-of-100

    "Within the last 2 weeks I was able to figure out the perfect loads for my Tactical 2.
    My Groups at 100 yard are now one hole groups and total MOA is under 1/4 MOA.
    300 Gr Sierra sitting 25 thousands off the lands seems to be the ticket.
    The Blaser has turned out to be one very fine rifle I am pleased to report.
    Added 7/22/09
    The load from above was now chronographed and velocity was 2700 fps. This 300 Sierra HPBT at 300 yards still grouped at 1/4 MOA.
    565 nails a 4" swinger
    1012 nails a 6" swinger.
    The 338 Lapua is turning into one of my favorite long Range high energy rounds."
    Ian (flyjets) on snipershide

    "Update [3/21/2011]
    Lapua Brass
    Lapua 300gr Scenar
    Vit N170 powder 88.4 gr
    Fed Mag Rifle primer
    COAL 3.709
    1/4 MOA all day long"
    Ian (flyjets) on snipershide

    Here is a discussion between flyjets (Ian) and another forum member regarding a Vihtavuori N170 338 Lapua Magnum Load that was encountered after shooting with some Army Marksman.
    http://barrettrifles.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=595

    "One last item the Sierra Meplats are not consistent especially the 300gr. I have found that pointing the Bullets and trimming them will give you the last bit of accuracy at this range."
    flyjets (Ian)
    http://www.whiddengunworks.net/pointingdie.html
    http://www.whiddengunworks.net/trimmer.html

    Thanks Ian for sharing!

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/foru...8-lapua-41989/

    "The AMU (Army Marksmanship Program) has tested a few powders and are currently have best results with N170 out to 1500m using the .338 LM.
    They are using 90.5gr N170, Lapua case, @ 3.600" and 215M primer.
    I [QTRMOA] however found that my rifle likes 90.2gr.
    I have shot between .3"-.6" groups at 200 yards during load development."
    QTRMOA at Long Range Hunting Forum

    Lapua 300gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    COL 3.681 93.5
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 300 Scenar
    Powder Vihtavuori N570 92 gr
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a 300 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition clone.
    Duplicating Lapua 338 factory 300g Scenar Ammo
    It also shoots well in the Steyr SSG 08 338 Lapua Magnum. For Steyr, use 0.057" off the lands. MV 2735 fps. See posts by cali_tz below.

    338 LM with N560 and 300 grain Lapua Scenar

    Anyone want to share any 338 LM load data?

    Lapua 300gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    COL 3.681 93.5
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 300 Scenar
    Powder Retumbo 93 gr
    Federal 215M Primer

    250gr

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar 338LM
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 215M Primer
    Retumbo 96 gr @ 2970
    Arif
    Blaser Tactical 2 338 LM

    338 LM reloads


    "sig sauer tac2 bolt action rifle"

    In the video, they are using Nosler Custom 250 gr 338 Lapua Magnum commercial loads.
    I opened a Nosler 338 LM Accubond 250 gr and weighed 95 grains of powder. I believe this powder is likely Retumbo.
    Nosler 338 LM Accubond 250 gr Specs
    COL 3.628
    95 gr likely Retumbo
    Muzzle Velocity 2850 f/s
    Accubond 250 gr
    Brass 338 LM Nosler
    Brass Length 2.710
    Brass Neck 0.3660
    Bullet Diameter 0.338
    Bullet Length 1.557

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua COL 3.605
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 250 Scenar
    90.5 gr H4831SC
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a proven load for the TRG-42 and AI-AWSM .338LM rifles.
    Zak Smith
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=405331
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237537
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=348269
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/show....php?p=2755400

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua COL 3.605
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 250 Scenar
    Powder Vihtavuori N560 88 gr
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a Lapua 250 gr 338 Lapua Magnum Scenar Ammunition clone.
    http://www.longrangehunting.com/foru...-scenar-83864/

    300 Winchester Magnum Loads

    208 gr

    208gr Amax Hornady
    77.7 gr H1000
    Hornady Brass
    Federal 215M Primer
    .010 from rifling
    Blaser Marc
    LRS2 300WM
    "I have 2 of the tactical little brother the LRS2 in .308 and .300WM and looking for tactical 2 .338lM
    I have to admit it took me a bit of time to find the load for the .300WM but now I am always inside 1/2 MOA, now it became boring so I bought the .308 to start a new load and didn't find it yet, I will push some palma on the week end and see what happens ?
    Love theses stick"
    Blaser Marc
    Load for Blaser LRS2 300 win Mag
    "I use a hornady insert, the measure is 2.960 to the land and I leave .015 clearance = 2.945
    OAL length is 3.690
    The bullet is too long to clear the bottom of the barrel so I machined a groove with a milling at the bottom, .100 before the groove to lock the action, this way I can load with the clip and the groove guide the bullet in the chamber without any issue I know its not current practice but I did not weaken the action nor the capacity to handle the pressure of the 300WM"
    Blaser Marc

    Although rifles used in videos are not Blaser rifles, please see several YouTube videos by buryceberg, joediesel187, and woodspider for some long distance 1000 yard shots with 208g Amax bullets and H1000 powder.
    Search YouTube for, "amax 208 h1000"
    Load for Blaser LRS2 300 win Mag

    168 gr



    "Blaser Tactical 2/MDT TAC 21"
    Ammunition used likely HSM Trophy Gold Ammunition 300 Winchester Magnum 168 Grain Berger Hunting VLD Hollow Point Boat Tail


    308 Winchester Loads

    185gr

    ziggy88
    James Warnock
    Berger 185 gr Juggernaut OTM Tactical
    45.3-47gr Power Pro 2000-MR
    2.268 with Hornady Bullet Comparator
    "I found loading the 185 OTM to Max mag length yielded the best accuracy."
    Primer Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass

    Great shooting James! Thanks for sharing!
    Power Pro 2000MR for 308 win
    200 (yds) PP2000mr OCW test .308

    "R8 long range practice"

    168 gr


    SIG Blaser Tactical 2 Review by LoneWolfUSMC
    Ammunition used: Federal 168 gr 308 Gold Medal Match and Black Hills 175 gr 308
    SIG Blaser Tactical 2 Overview

    Blaser Tactical 2 308 Federal Gold Medal Match Rounds by Chris Swimm
    http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc...423#4030058423


    http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.htm...180607&page=19
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    Tag. I'm trying to work up loads for both an R8 and Tac 2.

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    several loads for .308 in my TAC 2

    40 grains XBR8208
    168gr smk hpbt
    215M primers
    2.800 OAL
    (This will get me to 1000yds with 10.2 mils)

    44.5 grains BLC-2
    168 gr smk hpbt
    210M primers
    2.800 OAL

    43.5grains Varget
    168 gr smk hpbt
    210M primers
    2.800 OAL

    Will be working on 175 smk and 178 Amax loads for the .308 with H4895 and H414 just because that's what I can find.
    Last edited by LVMED; 09-13-2013 at 01:34 PM.

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    Thanks, Guys.

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    338 Lapua Magnum Loads

    300 gr

    300 gr Lapua Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    88.4 gr Vihtavuori N170
    Seated 25 Thousand
    Federal 215M Primer
    COAL 3.709
    MV 2700 fps
    1/4 MOA
    flyjets (Ian)
    Blaser Tactical 2 338 Lapua Magnum

    Berger 300gr OTM Hybrid
    Lapua Brass
    H1000 90.5 gr (90.5-92 gr)
    OAL 3.680
    Federal 215m Primer
    mdslammer

    Although not used in Blaser rifles, please see YouTube videos by mdslammer (Mark Dalzell) and joediesel187 for long range shots with this round.
    This round shoots very well in the Savage 110 BA rifles.
    Mark Dalzell Does it Again ? at 2300 Yards this Time « Daily Bulletin
    Savage 338lm 1650,1820 and 2050 yards!!!
    SAVAGE 338LM 1820YARDS!!!
    338 Laupa

    300 gr SMK moly coated
    91.5 of H-1000
    CCI 250
    I went to 92.5 of H-1000 without any signs of pressure...
    Xterminator on snipershide

    300 gr Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail 338 Lapua Magnum
    85 gr H1000
    Federal 215m Primer
    Blaser Tactical 2
    Lapua brass trimmed to 2.714 that was full sized up to new Lapua specs
    diego-ted on snipershide
    Blazer tac2 WOW & problems with load developement

    300 grain Sierra Matchking
    Retumbo 89.3 grains
    Lapua brass
    Dan Newberry

    300 gr Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail 338 Lapua Magnum
    87 gr Retumbo
    Blaser Tactical 2
    Shoots 1/3 MOA
    coatslaw on snipershide

    300 gr 338 Lapua Magnum Scenar
    92 gr Reloder 33
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 215m
    COAL 3.681

    Berger 300gr OTM Hybrid
    Lapua Brass
    N570 90 gr
    10 thou jump
    Federal 215m Primer

    Lapua 300gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    COL 3.681 93.5
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 300 Scenar
    Powder Vihtavuori N570 92 gr
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a 300 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition clone.
    Duplicating Lapua 338 factory 300g Scenar Ammo

    Lapua 300 gr Scenar
    VV N165 78-82 gr
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 215m Primer

    300 gr Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail 338 Lapua Magnum
    101.4 gr US869
    Federal 215m Primer
    Lapua Brass
    Muzzle Velocity 2800 fps
    This is a clone of the Black Hills Ammunition 338 Lapua Magnum 300 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail
    .338 lapua...What powder to use for 300g

    300 gr 338 Lapua Magnum Scenar
    Powder RWS Rhino R 25 (equivalent to Alliant Reloder 25) 90 gr
    Primer CCI 250
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    COL 3.681 93.5
    Muzzle Velocity Average 835 m/s, 2740 f/s
    Temperature Sensitive
    Thomas Haugland, Steyr SSG 08 338 Lapua Magnum





    Berger 300gr OTM Hybrid
    Lapua Brass
    Reloder 25 90 gr
    Federal 215m Primer
    Temperature Sensitive

    285 gr

    Hornady 285 gr BTHP Match 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    H1000 85.5-92.5gr
    Federal 215m Primer
    COL 3.642

    285 grain Hornady Match
    Retumbo 94.0 grains
    Hornady brass
    factory duplicate
    Dan Newberry

    Hornady 285 gr BTHP Match 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    VV N170 88.5 gr
    Federal 215m Primer
    COL 3.642

    250 gr

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    COL 3.605
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    H1000 93gr
    Federal 215m Primer
    COL 3.605

    250 gr 338 Lapua Magnum Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    Federal 215 Match Primers or CCI Magnum Primers
    91.9 grains Vihtavuori N165
    OAL of 3.690
    AMU (Army Marksmanship Unit)

    250 gr 338 Lapua Magnum Sierra MatchKing
    94.5 gr Retumbo
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 215m
    SPAOL 3.950
    Cigarcop

    250gr 338 LM Scenar
    95 grains of Vitavuori N-170
    very accurate in TRG-42 at about 850 m/sec

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar
    VV N165 79-83 gr
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 215m Primer

    250gr 338 LM Scenar
    84.8 gr Norma N-15
    very accurate in TRG-42 at about 880 m/sec
    I set the 250gr Scenar to touch the rifling with 93.2 mm COAL
    Federal 215m primers
    Lapua-brand brass

    Group with TRG-42

    Norma MPR2 (92.6 grains) and VV N-560 (85 grains; 860 m/sec) also were very accurate with the 250 Scenar.

    Terje?s TRGs ? Norsk Tactical Hunters within AccurateShooter.com

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua COL 3.605
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 250 Scenar
    Powder Vihtavuori N560 88 gr
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a Lapua 250 gr 338 Lapua Magnum Scenar Ammunition clone.
    Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

    Lapua 250 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua COL 3.605
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 250 Scenar
    90.5 gr H4831SC
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a proven load for the TRG-42 and AI-AWSM .338LM rifles.
    Zak Smith
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=405331
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237537
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=348269
    http://thefiringline.com/forums/show....php?p=2755400
    Great results with TRG-42
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...24#msg35944724

    Berger 250 gr Elite Hunter VLD or 250 gr OTM (Open Tip Match) 338 Lapua Magnum
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    H1000 93gr
    Federal 215m Primer

    232 gr

    232gr GSC SP bullet
    96gr N560
    Fed 215 primer
    Lapua Brass
    3085fps Muzzle Velocity
    Gerard Schultz

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard Schultz View Post
    Peter,
    Quote:Claims that the bullets were shot at 600m to 1600m need padding out with "where" and "when" and using what load with what powder and velocity and at what altitude and air pressure and how did they group. Given that this is obviously directed at GSC (#2994550 - December 27, 2011 this thread), herewith the answers that I am permitted:
    Where and when: Western Australia, 2008
    Load: 232gr GSC SP bullet, 96gr N560, Fed 215 primer, 3085fps
    Rifle: Blaser Tactical 2
    Atmosphere: Details not known except for the mention "precise measurements of Altitude, Temperature, Barometric Pressure, Humidity, Direction of Fire, and GPS positions were taken."
    Grouping:
    600m - 4 shots fired, one to determine strike and the next three on target inside a 6cm circle.
    800m - 11cm circular orange target. "Three hits in a row on these disks were enough."
    1000m - 11cm circular orange target. "2 hits out of four shots were recorded at this range, with the misses only 1 or 2 inches away from the clay targets."
    1200m - "The accuracy of these bullets at 1200m was also impressive, however once I started to shoot at 1400 and 1600m the consistency seemed to drop off. This showed to me that, before the 1400m mark these bullets were entering the transonic zone."
    1600m - "The remaining few rounds I had left were used to hit a small steel plate at the magic mile."
    225 gr

    Hornady 338 Lapua Magnum 225 gr SST
    (101 gr ADI powder AR2225=Retumbo)
    (95 gr ADI powder AR2217=H1000)
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 215m Primer
    3000 fps Muzzle Velocity

    "Got myself a Blaser LRS Tactical II 338 LM.
    Topped off with a Nightforce NXS 5.5x22x56.
    I use 225g SST.Lapua Brass and 101g of ADI powder[???] @ 3000fps and have taken Himalayan bull Tahr out too 1,695Metres.Witnessed by 4 hunters."
    threethreeeight at Long Range Hunting forums
    The "101gr of ADI Powder" likely refers to Retumbo (ADI AR2225).

    338 Lapua Magnum from ADI Reloading Data

    Bullet Weight Powder Type Barrel Length Starting Load Velocity(fps) Max Load Velocity(fps)

    225 AR2217 24" 91.0 2715 101.0 C 2995
    225 AR2225 24" 92.0 2745 102.0 C 3040

    C = Compressed Load

    Commercial Loads:

    Lapua 250 gr and 300 gr Scenar .338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition

    Black Hills 250 gr and 300 gr .338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition

    Nosler Custom 250 gr .338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition

    Hornady Custom 250 gr and 285 gr .338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition
    Attached Files Attached Files
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    300 Winchester Magnum Loads

    Other Caliber Blaser Loads can be found on the BlaserBuds Load Database
    BlaserBuds.com Discussion Board ? View forum - BlaserBuds Load Database

    Dan Lilja once told me of his load recommendations for the 300 ultra. He said, "I have no experience with the RUM case but I have used many others like it." "The secret recipe is... a whole bunch of H1000 topped off by the heaviest match king they make and light it with a 215M." "There's your load."
    esorensen

    178 gr

    178 gr Hornady Amax
    74 gr H4831SC
    Federal 215m Primers
    Winchester Brass
    MV 2948 fps
    Blaser R93
    500plus on Long Range Hunting

    178 Amax
    CCI 250 Primer
    81.0 Grains H-1000
    Kissing the lands
    jsthntn247
    Loads for .300WM-.300WSM

    190 gr

    MK248 Mod 0
    DODIC A191
    190 gr 300 Win Mag Sierra Match King HPBT
    RL22 74.5 gr
    Primer Federal 210m
    Brass Federal
    COL 3.500
    Temperature Sensitive

    190 gr Sierra Match King HPBT (without moly version)
    82.82 gr Fine black spheres (powder from Black Hills 300 Win Mag 190 gr ammo, likely Ramshot Magnum)
    Yellow Brass Primer (likely Winchester)
    Winchester Brass
    Brass Headspace 2.270" @ Datum .400 (using Hornady .400 Headspace Gauge)
    Neck Diameter 0.334" after bullet removed with Kinetic Bullet Puller Hammer (Lyman Magnum Inertia Bullet Puller)
    OAL 3.318"
    CBTO 2.742 (using Hornady .308 Bullet Comparator)
    Neck Wall Thickness 0.0135"
    This a clone of the Black Hills 300 Win Mag 190 gr ammunition (without moly)

    190 gr Berger VLD
    80.5grs of H-1000
    Federal 215M primer
    https://www.facebook.com/HodgdonPowder

    200 gr

    Nosler 200 gr Accubond
    Nosler Brass
    Primer Federal 215m
    H4831SC 68.5 gr
    COAL 3.620 just off lands
    Grumulkin on blaserbuds.com (reloading)
    BlaserBuds.com Discussion Board ? View topic - 300 win mag with 210 gn bergers

    208 gr

    Blaser Marc
    LRS2 300WM
    208gr Amax Hornady
    77.7 gr H1000
    Hornady Brass
    Federal 215M Primer
    .010 from rifling

    "I use a hornady insert, the measure is 2.960 to the land and I leave .015 clearance = 2.945
    OAL length is 3.690
    The bullet is too long to clear the bottom of the barrel so I machined a groove with a milling at the bottom, .100 before the groove to lock the action, this way I can load with the clip and the groove guide the bullet in the chamber without any issue I know its not current practice but I did not weaken the action nor the capacity to handle the pressure of the 300WM"
    Blaser Marc

    Although rifles used in videos are not Blaser rifles, please see several YouTube videos by buryceberg, joediesel187, and woodspider for some long distance 1000 yard shots with 208g Amax bullets and H1000 powder.
    Search YouTube for, "amax 208 h1000"
    Load for Blaser LRS2 300 win Mag

    Amax 208 gr
    H1000 76.8 gr
    MV 2950
    This load is very similar to that described by Blaser Marc above. The Berger Reloading manual (1st Edition) also mentions that this load can be stabilized by a 1 in 11" twist or faster rifle.

    300 win mag loads long range type
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...10#msg36102810

    208 gr Amax
    Virgin Winchester Brass
    CCI 250 Magnum Primers
    Reloader 22: 70g
    Temperature Sensitive
    Jig Stick
    Loads for .300WM-.300WSM

    208 gr Amax
    Norma Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    Alliant 4000-MR 70-72 gr

    210 gr

    Berger 210 VLD
    H1000 74.5-79 gr
    Norma Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    COL 3.420

    Berger 210 VLD
    ADI AR2217 (H1000) 77 gr
    Hornady Brass
    On the lands
    MV 2850 fps

    deerhunter338mag on blaserbuds.com (reloading)
    BlaserBuds.com Discussion Board ? View topic - 300 win mag with 210 gn bergers

    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=34&t=6137

    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=42&t=8196

    Berger 210 VLD
    72.4 Reloader 22
    FGM215M
    RP Brass
    Temperature Sensitive
    Aimsmall55
    Loads for .300WM-.300WSM

    Berger 210 VLD
    H4831SC 73.0 gr
    Norma Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    COL 3.420

    Berger 210 VLD
    Ramshot Magnum 75.0 - 82 gr
    Norma Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    COL 3.420

    220 gr

    220 gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    H1000 76.8 gr
    Winchester Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    COL 3.500
    This is the US military sniper cartridge,
    .300 Winchester Magnum Match MK 248 MOD 1

    New US Military .300 Win Mag Match MK 248 MOD 1

    http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2009infantr...ioniii8524.pdf

    https://www.neco.navy.mil/upload/N00...0_0002_att.pdf

    "I've also found that standard large rifle primers produce better groups and lower SD than mag primers in 300 Win Mag, systematically, for a variety of powders."
    Bryan Litz

    220 grain Sierra Matchking
    Federal brass
    Federal 210 m primer
    71.0 gr H4831 SC
    Kent Reeve, his winning 1000 yard combination at Camp Perry, Mauser action rifle
    http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.ht...&f=34&t=242433
    2006 Season:
    Kent Reeve won the 2006 Camp Perry Long Range National Championships and reports:
    "I Shot a 300 magnum for the heck of it this summer at one team match during LR Regional. It was a pick up team and all of us were just out for a good time and to test stuff. Had a 100-9x on first 10 shots and that precipitated the idea of taking that rifle to US Nationals at Camp Perry Ohio and shooting it at 1000 yard matches instead of the pea shooter Palma rifle as I've been doing for years. My 300 mag is 10 twist 4 groove Lilja installed by Mark Hunt (an extra barrel he had in his inventory) mated to an Interarms Mauser single shot action with factory trigger in McMillian prone stock. Horrible lock time, but if follow through is right, it doesn't matter.
    End result? Won the Nationals!!!
    Thanks for making a super barrel!"
    Kent
    http://www.riflebarrels.com/winners/...tte_hpcomp.htm


    225 gr

    Hornady 225 gr HPBT
    H1000 74.1 gr
    .005" off the lands
    MV 2836 (2840)
    Bigwheels

    230 gr

    Berger 230 Moly'd
    H1000 74.9 gr
    .015" off the lands
    Winchester Brass
    WLRM primers
    MV 2901
    2.830" to Ogive
    3.6 COL
    Bigwheels

    230 gr Berger OTM
    75.2 gr Retumbo
    2.887 to Oogive
    Norma Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    Search for threads by Aimsmall55
    Although he has a custom rifle, his loads and load development may serve as a starting point for Blaser 300 Win Mag Load Development.

    230gr Hybrid Target

    230 hybrid. .300win mag.. Powder??

    Berger 230's arrived!

    300wm past a Mile





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    Factory Load Help for 300 Win Mag
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    Commercial Loads:

    Black Hills 300 Win Mag 190 gr ammunition

    http://www.venturamunitions.com/blac...mmo-20-rounds/
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/555...moly-box-of-20
    http://www.triadtactical.com/Black-H...gr-Match-.html

    Federal Gold Medal Match 300 Winchester Magnum 190 gr HPBT

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/953...oint-boat-tail
    http://www.sgammo.com/product/federa...p-ammo-gm300wm
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...s-gm300wm.html

    HSM 168 gr HPBT Match Berger VLD
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/161...tail-box-of-20





    300 Winchester Magnum Load Development:

    Hornady 225 gr HPBT
    H1000 74.1 gr
    .005" off the lands
    MV 2836 (2840)
    Bigwheels

    Here is a review of some interesting 300 Winchester Magnum loads developed by Bigwheels that I'd like to try in the Blaser 300 Winchester Magnum rifle.

    His rifle specs:
    Montana Rifle Co. 1999 CRF long action
    28" Krieger 1:10" tw #8 contour with Muscle Brake
    Manners T5A with Atlas Bipod
    Nightforce NXS 5.5-22 X 56 Zero Stop
    (This is a very nice rifle. I am tempted to have one built to the same specs.)


    300 Win Mag Match Reamer


    300 Win Mag SAAMI Reamer for comparison

    In addition to having a 1:10" twist, his chamber is tighter than SAAMI spec. The Blaser 300 Winchester Magnum Match Barrel is factory spec and has a 1:11 twist. The heavier loads may not work well in the Blaser rifle. I still think it's worth trying them out.

    Here are some relevant posts regarding his load development.

    230gr Hybrid Target

    225gn BTHP in 300 win mag.

    Berger 230's arrived!

    rl22 or H1000 for 300 win mag & Amax 208

    Thanks Bigwheels for sharing!





    Other Loads:

    300 WSM

    300 WSM Need Your Data for Cartridge Guide
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=2238517.0

    7WSM + 300WSM Need Pet Loads
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=2427638.0
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    308 Winchester Loads

    Other Caliber Blaser Loads can be found on the BlaserBuds Load Database
    BlaserBuds.com Discussion Board ? View forum - BlaserBuds Load Database

    150 gr

    150 gr 308 Hornady FMJ-BT
    44 gr IMR 8208XBR
    Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass

    "blaser tactical mandy".

    155 gr

    155gr 308 Berger VLD
    45-46 gr Varget
    Federal 210m
    Winchester Brass

    155 gr 308 Lapua Scenar
    Vihtavuori N-150 (46.6 gr)
    74.0mm OAL
    Ronin
    New addition Blaser TAC 2 - Page 2 - Tactical - UK Varminting

    155 gr 308 Lapua Scenar
    Varget 44.5 gr
    Seated at 2.183" (.010" off lands)
    CCI BR primer
    1st accuracy node - 2806 fps with ES of 16
    Ronin
    New addition Blaser TAC 2 - Page 3 - Tactical - UK Varminting

    155 gr 308 Lapua Scenar
    Varget 44.8 gr
    paul1964
    precision rifles... show em

    Hornady 155 gr 308
    43.5 gr IMR3031
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 210m

    155 Lapua Scenar
    Brass: Lapua
    Primer: CCI BR2
    Pwdr: H322
    Grs: 41.1
    Seated: .006 into the lands
    Sinclair Comparator: 2.140
    OAL: 2.875
    Vel Avg of 5 rounds (AI AE 24" barrel) : 2750fps
    ES: 16
    SD: 8
    Graham on Sniperhide

    155 gr SMK
    46.3 gr IMR 8208
    CCI LRP
    Lapua Brass

    168 gr

    Federal Gold Medal Match
    Projectile: .308 168gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    Case: Federal Gold Medal Match
    Primer: Federal Gold Medal Match 210
    Powder: IMR-4064 (42gr)
    COL: 2.800"
    MV: 2650fps*
    This is a clone of the Federal Gold Medal Match 308 168gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    The Home Armory: Loading Sniper Grade Ammo.

    Sleuthing the Federal Gold Medal match load... Mk 316 Mod 0?

    Case: Federal FGMM .308 trimmed to 2.005"
    Primer: Federal 210-M
    Powder: 42 grains of RL-15
    Bullet: 168 grain SMK
    COL: 2.800"
    Muzzle Velocity: 2600 ft/sec in a Savage 26" barrel with 1 turn in 10" twist rate.
    Temperature Sensitive

    M852 Match
    Projectile: .308 168gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    Case: Lake City Match
    Primer: Federal Match
    Powder: IMR-4895 (42gr)
    COL: 2.800"
    MV: 2550fps*

    Sierra 168gr 308 Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    45gr Varget
    Lapua Brass
    CCI match primer

    168gr SMK
    2.840"
    43.1gr of Varget
    Fed GMM brass FL sized and trimmed to 2.014~2.015"
    Fed LR match primers
    Chris Swimm
    My development loads with this charge got me about .75" groups at 200 yards, and for my 50 round batch I measured all brass to insure uniformity with .001", weighed the bullets to .1 grain, and double weighed all powder charges to the 1/10 of a grain.
    Can changing the muzzle brake make that much difference in POI? - AR15.Com Archive

    Berger 168 VLD 308
    44 gr Varget
    Fed 210m
    Lapua Brass
    2650 fps

    168gr 308 Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    Federal Brass
    Federal 210m primers
    40.0 gr XBR 8208
    2.800 OAL
    LVMED
    Loads For .308 Winchester
    Blaser Tactical 2 load development

    168 gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT Moly'd
    42.7 gr VV N140
    GM210M Primer
    Lapua Brass
    Neck Sized .335"


    Sierra 168 gr. HPBT
    42.5 grains of IMR4895
    Federal brass
    210M primers
    Anyone Reloading for the Sig Blaser R93 IN .308

    168 Gr 308 Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    43.5 gr Power Pro 2000MR
    Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass

    170 gr

    170 gr 308 Winchester Lapua Lock Base
    42.5 gr VV N140
    OAL 2.85
    Primer CCI BR2

    175 gr

    MK316 Mod 0
    Projectile: .308 175gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    Case: Federal Gold Medal Match
    Primer: Federal Gold Medal Match 210 GM210M
    Powder: IMR-4064 (41.75gr)
    COL: 2.800"
    MV: 2600fps*
    This is a close clone of the following rounds:
    1) Black Hills 175 gr 308 round, IMR-4064 41.3 gr, COL 2.800"
    2) Federal Gold Medal Match 175 gr 308 round, IMR-4064 42.5 gr, COL 2.800", MV 2680fps, Trimm Case to 2.007

    want to duplicate m118lr load.

    Sleuthing the Federal Gold Medal match load... Mk 316 Mod 0?

    See YouTube video above.



    175gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    Case: Federal Gold Medal Match
    Primer: Federal Gold Medal Match 210 GM210M
    Powder: Reloder 15 41.5 gr
    COL: 2.800"
    Temperature Sensitive

    175 gr 308 Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    43.7g Varget
    Lapua Brass
    CCI BR primer

    175 gr 308 Sierra MatchKing HPBT Moly'd
    44.0grs VV N-140
    Lapua brass
    GM210 Primers
    Good .308 Loads

    175 Gr 308 Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    48.0 gr Power Pro 2000MR
    Federal 210m
    2.825
    Lapua Brass
    2777 fps

    178 gr

    178 gr 308 Hornady Amax
    41-43.5 gr Varget
    CCI Primer
    Lapua Brass

    178 gr 308 Hornady Amax
    42.2 gr IMR4064
    Lapua Brass
    CCI Primer
    alternate powders for 308( H380, cfe 223, IMR8208)
    LVMED

    185 gr

    Berger 185 gr VLD Moly'd
    49 gr VV N550
    Neck Sized
    CCI BR Primer
    OAL 2.840"
    MV 2640 fps
    paul T Ireland

    Berger 185 gr Juggernaut OTM Tactical
    45.3-47gr Power Pro 2000-MR
    2.268 with Hornady Bullet Comparator
    "I found loading the 185 OTM to Max mag length yielded the best accuracy."
    Primer Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass
    ziggy88
    James Warnock

    Great shooting James! Thanks for sharing!

    185 gr Lapua Scenar
    44 gr Varget
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    Blaser 93 308 Winchester
    BolloX Eurozone Holland

    185 gr Berger VLD
    45 gr Varget
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    Blaser 93 308 Winchester
    BolloX Eurozone Holland

    185 gr Lapua Scenar
    N140 43.7 gr
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    This is a 185 gr Lapua Scenar clone.
    Powder used in Lapua 308 185 GN Ammo

    190 gr

    190 gr Sierra MatchKing HPBT
    44 gr Varget
    Lapua Brass
    Federal 210m Primer
    Blaser 93 308 Winchester
    BolloX Eurozone Holland

    190 gr SMK
    40.8 gr Varget
    CCI 200s
    Lapua Brass

    Other 308 Winchester Loads:

    .308 Winchester using IMR 4895
    150 grain bullet, 46.6 grains (extrapolated from following loads, untested at this writing)
    155 grain bullet, 45.6 grains
    168 grain bullet, 43.6 grains
    175 grain bullet, 42.4 grains
    178 grain bullet, 42.0 grains

    .308 Winchester using Varget
    155 grain bullet, 47.8 grains
    168 grain bullet, 46.0 grains
    175 grain bullet, 45.0 grains (an all around favorite)
    180 grain bullet, 44.1 grains
    200 grain bullet, low node 41.5 grains (10 twist barrel)
    200 grain bullet, high node, 43.1 grains (10 twist barrel)

    CCI 200's, BR-2's, and Federal 210's work well with Varget

    .308 Winchester using W748
    125 grain bullet, 51.5 grains (also a Nosler accuracy load)

    From Dan Newberry
    OCW Load Recipes... - Dan Newberry's OCW Load Development System

    Commercial Loads:

    ASYM Precision 308 Winchester 175 gr
    TacticaltshirtsREP
    Asym 308 175 Grain Ammo. 100 Yards. Sig Sauer / Blaser Tactical 2 Rifle | TacticalTshirts.com


    Federal Gold Medal Match 168 and 175 gr .308 Winchester Ammunition

    Black Hills 168 and 175 gr .308 Winchester Match Ammunition
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    Blaser Rifle Reviews

    Shooting Illustrated
    Blaser Tactical 2

    http://www.shootingillustrated.com/m...le.php?id=9254

    Storm Mountain
    Blaser Tactical 2 Review

    http://www.stormmountain.com/media/a...09/swatjan.pdf

    Tactical Weapons
    Blaser TAC-2 .338 LM Supreme SWS
    http://www.tactical-life.com/tactica...m-supreme-sws/


    SIG Blaser Tactical 2 Review by LoneWolfUSMC
    Ammunition used: Federal 168 gr 308 Gold Medal Match and Black Hills 175 gr 308
    SIG Blaser Tactical 2 Overview


    SHOT show 2013: SIG precision rifle tease.

    SIG SAUER Tactical Rifles
    The Blaser Tactical 2 from SIG SAUER may very well be the most radical bolt-action precision rifle ever produced. Built around the revolutionary Blaser straight pull action, this rifle was engineered from the ground up to create the best possible shooting platform. With the bolt closed, a 360-degree radial collet expands into the locking groove of the barrel, and the bolt head is auto-centering and self-headspacing.

    The straight pull action has no rotating parts and can be cycled very fast with minimal effort. From a solid rest, this southpaw shooter was able to run the Tactical 2 much faster than any left-hand bolt gun I’ve shot in the past. The bolt of the Blaser 2 can be quickly converted to right- or left-hand operation.

    Another key feature of the Tactical 2 is barrel change capability. The end-user can take the basic system and switch between 5.56mm, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum. No special tools are required to swap out the bolt head, barrel or magazine. The barrels are hammer forged, fluted and plasma-nitrided for maximum service life and corrosion resistance. A highly effective muzzle break is also part of the package. For the mounting of optics, the barrel is equipped with a 1913 Picatinny rail.

    The composite stock of the Tactical 2 is fully adjustable to meet the needs of the enduser. Made of injection molded polymer, the stock remains stable under the most extreme climatic conditions. A rear monopod with micrometer adjustment will also help get you on target.
    I would like to have been able to shake down the sample Tactical 2 at longer distances, because the 100-yard performance was most impressive. Its one-stage trigger was very user-friendly and got me printing some bragging size groups right from the start. The Tactical 2 doesn’t come cheap, but this is one rifle in a league of its own.

    By Mike Boyle
    http://www.hendonpub.com/resources/a...etails?id=1582

    Blaser's R8 Modular Rifle Part I and II

    http://www.realguns.com/articles/204.htm

    http://www.realguns.com/articles/205.htm



    Blaser R8 Review


    Blaser R8 Professional Success Review


    Blaser's R8 Bolt Action Rifle

    Blaser R8 Rifle Review
    http://www.countydeerstalking.co.uk/...le-review.html

    Blaser R8 Professional Success
    http://www.all4shooters.com/en/artic...6i-riflescope/

    Blaser R93
    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Blaser......-a095680074

    Blaser's R93 Precision Tactical Rifle
    [url]http://www.horusvision.com/news.php?article=25[o/url]

    Blaser R8 Rifle: The Next Step
    http://www.americanrifleman.org/arti...aser-r8-rifle/

    The Great Straight R8
    http://www.tactical-life.com/rifle-f...t-straight-r8/

    Blaser R93 LRS2 Sniper Rifle
    http://loadoutroom.com/5835/blaser-r...-sniper-rifle/

    Blaser Professional R93 rifle review
    http://www.shootingtimes.co.uk/guns/...le_review.html

    Blaser R-93
    http://www.shootingtimes.com/2010/09...serr93_200905/

    Blaser R8 Black Edition rifle review
    http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/gunrevie...le_review.html

    New Blaser R8 Rifle with Thumbhole Stock
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/tag/blaser/

    Blaser R8 Proffessional Success
    http://www.outdooredge.net/r8-proffessional-success/

    New Blaser Rifle and Cartridge Line
    http://www.rifleshootermag.com/2011/...e_line_031811/

    Blaser R8
    http://www.americanhunter.org/mobile...e.php?id=20079

    SIG SAUER's Blaser TAC2 sniper weapon system: every Blaser hunting rifle has been a tour de force of Teutonic engineering prowess. Now that skill has been applied to a tactical rifle.
    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/SIG+SA.....-a0207349478

    Blaser Unveils new R8 Rifle with Detachable Magazine
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/tag/trigger/page/2/


    Blaser R93 and the NEW R8...


    Blaser R8 Promotional Video


    Blaser R8 Professional Success Promotional Video

    Blaser Offers Easy Barrel Exchange and Fast Cycling (Accurate Shooter)
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...-fast-cycling/

    Page Five - Blaser's Innovation, What the 20th Century Has Brought Us For Rifles
    http://hunting.about.com/library/wee...ofcenturye.htm

    Temperature Effects On Zero
    http://longrangeshooter.com/2009/02/...fects-on-zero/
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Shooting Results:



    These Blaser Tactical 2 range results for commercial ammunition are from the Shooting Illustrated Article listed above.



    ACCURACY RESULTS AT 100 YARDS (Blaser R93 LRS2 Tactical Rifle).

    Average Velocity Largest Group

    Black Hills .308 Match 175 gr. 2,600 fps .6 inch
    Remington .308 Match 168 gr. 2,680 fps .58 inch
    Black Hills .300 Win. Mag. 2,950 fps .75 inch *
    Match 190 gr.

    Smallest Group Average Group

    Black Hills .308 Match 175 gr. .48 inch .54 inch
    Remington .308 Match 168 gr. .5 inch .54 inch
    Black Hills .300 Win. Mag. .28 inch .52 inch
    Match 190 gr.

    * This group was fired from a very hot barrel and is not representative
    of the accuracy of this rifle. Groups from a cool or warm barrel
    consistently were less than .5 MOA.

    These results were obtained from the article post above titled,
    "Blaser's R93 Tactical Rifle: an unusual action design coupled with careful construction produces an outstanding long-range rifle."













    The posts below on Steyr rifles are preliminary and temporary. This is a work in progress.

    Steyr SSG 08, SSG 04, SSG 69, and Prohunter Loads and Setup


    Re-barreling a Steyr Rifle
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...73#msg25818673

    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...24#msg36105824


    Barrel replacement?

    Options? One would be to send the barrel-receiver assembly back to Austria. Another option is just to buy a SSG 04 .300 Win mag or .308 Rifle and swap out the barrel-receiver assembly into the SSG 08 stock assembly. I assume these parts are compatible and interchangeable. Price is approximately $2100 for a new SSG 04 300 Win Mag or .308 on GunBroker.

    A couple posts on the net suggested that Benchmark Barrels would rebarrel a press fit Steyr barrel. They are only able to rebarrel threaded Steyr Rifle barrels. This does not include the SSG 04 and 08 rifles.



    Steyr SSG 69 Review
    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201...9-pii-k-rifle/

    Steyr Scout Review
    http://donath.org/Rants/StormMountain/

    Steyr SSG 04 Review
    http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=5&t=308219

    Steyr SSG 08 Review
    http://www.shootingtimes.com/2010/09...sg08_080910wo/

    Steyr Elite .308 Sniper Review
    http://www.tactical-life.com/magazin...te-308-sniper/

    Steyr SSG 08 Tactical Bolt Gun
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-...ical-bolt-gun/

    Steyr vs Savage 338 Lapua Magnum
    http://www.steyrarms.com/fileadmin/u..._vs_Savage.pdf

    STEYR SSG 08: SUCCESSOR TO THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESS STORY
    http://sadefensejournal.com/wp/?p=436

    The Steyr Elite 08
    http://www.americanrifleman.org/mobi...e.php?id=14711

    Elite rifle, elite shooting
    http://www.officer.com/article/10249...hooting?page=2

    Steyr SSG 08 Dead-Eye
    http://www.steyrarms.com/fileadmin/u...08-deadeye.pdf

    The Steyr Arms SSG69, Kimber 84M LPT, and Ruger Hawkeye Tactical rifle all hit their marks. Picking between them is a matter of choosing which features you must have to shoot only one shot.
    http://www.steyrarms.com/news/items/...c54a3fed14199a

    "I use a Steyr SSG PII in .308 in 600 and 1000 yard F-Class Tactical Rifle matches near the Gulf in Texas. The only thing special I did to the rifle was put it in a McMillan stock. Using 175 gr. Sierra Match King and 45 gr. of Varget it will shoot consistently 94%. That is hitting a 10 ring (10 inch circle) at 1000 yards 94% of the time with Texas wind. I want to justify blowing more money on a custom rifle but when my SSG shoots under .40 MOA, but why should I?"
    What kind of accuracy could I expect from Steyr ?
    Thomas Dowdy

    Steyr Scout Page
    http://www.steyrscout.org/steyrtip.htm

    Avoid Use of Caustic Solvents which may damage plastic magazine well.
    http://www.irishshooter.com/showthre...ll=1#post44936

    308 Winchester Loads
    LC Match brass
    178AMAX
    42.8gr Varget
    CCI 200
    COAL 2.805
    slight crimp.

    "Another guy here uses 42.5gr and COAL 2.785 and his results are the same as mine."

    168SMK
    Win brass
    CCI 200
    41.0gr Varget
    no crimp
    COAL 2.805
    "Velocity is low but it is extremely accurate in every rifle I've tried it in and perfect for punching paper at 200."

    Stallard
    Replicating the Federal Gold medal match ammo?

    300 Winchester Magnum

    "I have an SSG08 in 300 win mag. Most accurate rifle I've ever owned. Helped me win the Bang Steel Challenge in Virgina a couple of weeks ago, with factory Black Hills ammo. Only two of us were able to hit both steel plates at 1005. Thanks to my SSG08, I was one of the two. If you get it, and it comes with the Versapod bipod, throw it in the trash and get a Harris or Atlas. Your other option is to get the bipod off the Steyr HS-50, which is even better and fits directly on the SSG08. You won't regret it one bit. "
    What kind of accuracy could I expect from Steyr ?
    Sigma05

    New Sniper Rifles for Russian Airborne Spetsnaz Units
    http://www.shotgunnews.com/2011/12/2...petsnaz-units/

    STEYR’S SSG-08 .338 LM SNIPING RIFLE

    "I still own the .300 Win. Mag. SSG-04, and despite the fact I write extensively about sniping rifles, their scopes and their ammo, it is the only .300 Win. Mag. I own. It shoots so well (one-third MOA at 300 meters) that I haven’t seen the need for another."
    Leroy Thompson

    http://www.gunworld.com/buyers-guide...sniping-rifle/


    308" Win Tactical Elite with 10 round group at 300 meters (328 yards)

    "I think the best factory ammo for my 308" is the Federal Match King at 168 gr"
    kons



    http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164835

    The Steyr SSG Sniper Rifle
    An opposing view
    http://www.snipercountry.com/InRevie...I_Opposing.asp

    I bought this rifle a year ago as an upgrade to a 7mm that I was using as a target and hunting rifle. I wanted an accurate bolt action to fill both rolls and was concerned about weight as well as performance, as I frequently hunt antelope and elk in Wyoming. This rifle has surpassed my expectations by far. After a 50 round break in period, I started to measure the groups. While working through about four different hand loads, I am now shooting .17 inch groups at 100 and sub MOA groups at my recent shooting session at 450 yards. To truly appreciate this rifle's capabilities, do not measure 100 yard groups. Start measuring past 300. Even with a hot barrel, this rifle will still group sub MOA, with no shot walking. If you miss the target, it will not be the rifle's fault.
    The gun guy

    I put a Nightforce 5.5-22 NXS on her and at 1400 yards I'm drilling my 10" target with my reloads over and over and over.... Hit a coyote at 1024 yds and it looked like he got hit with by a truck going 90mph! Recoil isn't as bad as you'd think. Getting a second magazine is like herding cats, nearly impossible which is my only complaint. I'd buy another if my wife would let me. Best gun I ever purchased.
    SUB-MOA

    Cheaper Than Dirt Reviews:
    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/produ...00113G#Reviews

    The SSG 08
    Tuesday, September 09, 2008 - Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement

    At the range, my intention was to shoot some groups at 100 meters and then shoot at the longest range I was allowed, but the Europa Schiesszentrum Wr. Neustadt range near Vienna only had 100-, 200- and 300-meter ranges. After a group to check cold-bore zero and trigger pull, I saw that I had printed a 3-shot group of 0.8 MOA. Then I shot another 3-shot group to adjust the cheek piece and the butt stock length, and it printed at exactly 1 MOA. When I shot my first group for record I could hardly believe my eyes, a 0.24 of an inch group was there, and that’s sub-1/4 MOA with Federal Premium Match ammo.

    Even though I am a sharpshooter instructor and can shoot most rifles to their potential, I am not into benchrest, and groups that small make me smile. With that smile on my face I shot another one. Result, a 0.33 of an inch group. “I can’t be so lucky”, I thought, while I loaded the magazine with three more rounds.

    When I shot a 0.28 of an inch group I realized two things. First, that the SSG08 is the most precise out-of-the box rifle I have ever shot, and second, that I could barely scratch its potential on a 300-meter range. You have to bring custom benchrest rifles into the arena to print around 1/4-MOA groups one after the other. Half-MOA, maybe, but not this small.

    http://www.steyrarms.com/news/items/...ate/?tx_ttnews[backPid]=9&cHash=09382323b0

    http://www.steyrarms.com/fileadmin/u...08-deadeye.pdf

    Last month I had the opportunity to shoot a Steyr SBS Pro Hunter in 300 Win Mag....
    http://www.woodsnwater.net/articles/...2-fun_shooting





    STEYR SSG CARBON

    The new STEYR SSG Carbon with it’s new Carbon compound stock creates a benchmark of extreme strength and durability. Using a SMC (sheet molding compound) carbon fibre, were carbon flakes are compounded ensure extreme tension and pressure strength in all 3 axes while being low weight.

    Combined with a unique ergonomic design and the features of the Carbon fibre stock, the STEYR SSG Carbon is the ultimate rifle for demanding shooters.





    .308 Winchester Loads:

    Re: Best hand load for Steyr Elite 308

    I takes a bit of diligence to find the sweet load for a given rifle. Constant testing of different powders, loads, bullets, etc. and documenting these can get you rat-brained after a while. I have an SSG-04 and it took close to 6 months to find the sweet load for it. Once I got it dialed in, it shoots 10 shot 5/16" groups at 300 yds. consistently. The load is as follows:

    Brass: .308 Lapua Palma/Small Primer
    Primer: Federal F205M Small Rifle Match Primer
    Bullet: Berger 155gr. Hybrid Ogive Target Match
    Powder: Vihtavuori N540 Double Base Powder
    Charge: 46.0gr.
    Speed: 2821 fps.
    Pressure: 59048 psi
    Bullet Seating: .020" off lands

    This round is pushing the envelope but my SSG04 can handle it without any signs of over-pressure. The accuracy is incredible.

    WG

    http://www.steyrclub.com/vb/threads/...3002#post83002

    LC Match brass
    178AMAX/175SMK
    42.8gr Varget
    COAL 2.805"
    CCI 200
    "I took my 175SMK load and substituted the 178AMAX, and I get one hole groups at 200 yards (Steyr SBS-tactical):"
    colt933
    Good .308 loads for 600yd.'s and beyond?

    Commercial Loads:

    Accuracy Chart Steyr SSG 08

    Load Bullet Weight (grs.) Muzzle Velocity (fps) Standard Deviation Average Group (ins.)

    Black 175 2605 23 .7
    Hills
    HPBT
    Match

    Federal 168 2619 25 .5
    HPBT
    Match

    Hornady 168 2645 38 .7
    TAP FPD

    Hornady 165 2653 39 1.2
    TAP
    Barrier

    Notes: accuracy results are averages of five 5-shot groups
    fired at 100 yards from a sandbag rest. Velocity figures are
    10-shot averages recorded on a Oehler 35P chronograph placed
    10 feet from the muzzle at an ambient temperature of 70[degrees]
    F 1030 feet above Sea Level.

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Steyr%.....-a0270463102

    .300 Winchester Magnum Loads:

    I run the 230 OTM and the 225 Hornady bthp with H 1000 75 gr. They both shoot well. I went to 76 gr but my barrel on my Steyr is a little short 23.6 in. I noticed flash signature so dropped it back to 75 gr.
    2718 fps. Fed. 215m, nosler custom brass. OAL 3.59
    ssg1400
    300 Win Mag with 210gr, 215gr Bergers, or 210gr LRAB?

    I run 75 gr. H1000 on my steyr ssg 23.6 in. Barrel at 2640. I also shoot the hornady 225 with the same load and they fly out at 2718 fps. SD is about 17 fps with my horadys and less than 10 fps with my bergers. Nosler custom brass and 215m primers
    ssg1400
    230 grn hybrids for 300 win

    .338 Lapua Magnum Loads:

    Lapua 300gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum
    COL 3.681 93.5
    Lapua 338 LM Brass
    Lapua 300 Scenar
    Powder Vihtavuori N570 92 gr
    Federal 215M Primer
    This is a 300 gr Scenar 338 Lapua Magnum Ammunition clone.
    Duplicating Lapua 338 factory 300g Scenar Ammo
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Blaser Tactical 2 Specifications

    Barrel Length
    .223 REM (24.75")
    .308 WIN (24.7")
    .300 WIN MAG (25.6")
    .338 LAPUA (27")

    Rifiling Twist
    .223 REM (1 in 10"RH)
    .308 WIN (1 in 11"RH)
    .300 WIN MAG (1 in 11"RH)
    .338 LAPUA (1 in 10"RH)

    Rifiling Grooves
    .223 REM (4)
    .308 WIN (4)
    .300 WIN MAG (6)
    .338 LAPUA (6)



    Blaser Tactical 2 .338 Lapua Magnum Chamber Specifications:

    Cerrosafe cast of the .338 Lapua Magnum Chamber (this cast is about 2 years old)

    Chamber casting material
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...sting-material

    Cerrosafe shrinks during the first 30 minutes of cooling and then at the end of an hour, is EXACTLY chamber size. At the end of 200 hours it will have expanded approximately .0025". This factor is well known by all toolmakers and they will take it into consideration when making dies or reamers or gauges from your cast - if you will tell them the cast is of Cerrosafe. Cerrosafe melts between 158° - 190° F. From Brownell's Website

    How to Cast Your Chamber using Cerrosafe
    Tech Tip: How to Cast your Chamber using Cerrosafe « Daily Bulletin

    Hints for Using Cerrosafe
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=1...sing-Cerrosafe

    If your chamber cast gets stuck, your can remove the cast by reheating the cast with a long soldering iron or torch.

    At some point, I will bore slug the chamber with soft lead [fishing egg shape sinkers, oversized cast/swaged lead bullets, or LBT (Lead Bullets Technology) bore slugging kit] to get more accurate measurements.

    Lead Bullets Technology

    OK...How many of you have experience slugging top grade barrels, and how do you do it
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...w-do-you-do-it







    This is a work in progress.

    Freebore Length .220 (.2142)
    Freebore Diameter .342 (.3383)
    Throat Length .088 (.0724)
    Neck Length .362 (.3585)
    Neck Diameter Proximal .376 (.3726) [.372]
    Neck Diameter Distal .375 (.3717) [.371]
    Groove Diameter .341 (.3373)
    Bore Diameter .330 (.3262)
    Length of Shoulder .231 (.2255)
    Width of Shoulder .547 (.5447) [.545]
    Angle of Shoulder 20 degrees
    Width of Base .593 (.5909)

    Actual Measurement of Cast - First Number
    Corrected Measurement (using .0025 expansion factor) - Number enclosed in ( )
    Brass X1 firing Measurement - Number enclosed in [ ]

    As mentioned in the article below, the corrected measurement =
    Square root of [cast measurement squared - expansion factor]

    Expansion Factor is .0025" after 500 hours.



    Adjusting Data from “Aged” Casts

    "The following information on expansion characteristics is from my
    research and experiences in making well over 50 casts to perfect my
    casting technique and gather chamber and bore information for my book
    on the Browning BPCRs. I still have the original casts which were made
    several years ago and have taken additional data months and years later
    that directly correlates back to the original cast dimensions.

    I mentioned Buffalo Arms and Brownells as two suppliers of Cerrosafe.
    The cast instructions provided by Buffalo Arms does not discuss
    expansion characteristics, but Brownells’ data sheet does discuss it.
    Based on my experiences, I recommend that you completely ignore the
    expansion comments provided by Brownells for two reasons. It became
    clear to me that Brownells’ data did not correlate to the actual data I
    measured over time. Plus, after discussing the discrepancies with a
    Brownells technical representative, he could not substantiate the data
    and only confirmed that the measurements should be taken 1hr after the
    cast was made, essentially indicating that their expansion data may be
    incorrect. Since then I have definitely confirm it's not correct.

    Although I have not purchased Cerrosafe from MidwayUSA, early on,
    as I was becoming familiar with the process and found that Brownells’
    expansion correction factors were not correct, I shared my frustrations
    and findings with a shooter very experienced with using Cerrosafe. He
    referred me to MidwayUSA’s instructions and data sheet on the product,
    which contained the accurate expansion factors listed below.

    Contraction & expansion factors versus time, measured in inches per
    square inch: (Note that the factors are referenced to the suggested 1 hr
    measurement point)
    • 2 minutes -.0004"
    • 6 minutes -.0007"
    • 30 minutes -.0009"
    • 1 hour .0000"
    • 2 hours +.0016"
    • 5 hours +.0018"
    • 7 hours +.0019"
    • 10 hours +.0019"
    • 24 hours +.0022"
    • 96 hours +.0025"
    • 200 hours +.0025"
    • 500 hours +.0025”

    So, other than to confirm that Cerrosafe does in fact initially contract
    then expand as it cools and ages over time, how useful are the actual
    factors. To start with, notice that the maximum shrinkage listed is at
    30 minutes, which is the ideal time to remove the cast from the
    chamber. Also note that the sign of the factor changes from negative
    to positive 1 hr after the cast is made (the point in time when the cast
    dimensions match the chamber dimensions). It may not be clear to
    you now, but the sign is important when the factor is used in a simple
    formula to adjust data taken from aged casts. Also note that at 96
    hours (4 days), Cerrosafe has reached its maximum expansion point
    and stabilized; years later it will measure the same as it did at the 96 hr
    point.

    Another key to using the data is noted in the table heading indicating
    that the contraction & expansion factors versus time are measured in
    inches per square inch. So now you’re probably scratching your head
    and thinking, what in the devil does that mean? It certainly wasn’t clear
    to me at first. What it actually means is, in order to use the correction
    factor, it must be subtracted from the square of the measurement,
    then take the square root of the result to obtain the corrected data.

    For example, the cast neck diameter from my Browning .40-65 BPCR
    chamber measured 0.4353” one hour after taking the cast. 24 hrs later
    the cast neck measured 0.4375”. So, 0.4375” squared equals
    0.19141”. Next, the appropriate factor (0.0022”) is subtracted from
    0.19141”, which equals 0.18921”. Now, taking the square root of
    0.18921” equals 0.4350”; a difference of only 0.0003” from the original
    1 hr measurement. Now that’s real close.

    Another example, the cast groove diameter from my Browning .45-70
    BPCR measured 0.4590” one hour after taking the cast. Well over 96
    hrs (actually 4 years) later the groove diameter from the cast measured
    0.4615”. So, 0.4615” squared – 0.0025” = 0.2105”. Now, taking the
    square root of 0.2105” = 0.4588”; only 0.0002” difference from the 1 hr
    measurement, which is better than my measuring ability.

    By the way, you might be thinking to yourself that the factors and math
    may work fine to convert aged measurements to the 1 hr data, but how
    can you be sure the 1 hr measurements accurately reflect the chamber
    and bore dimensions? I had the same concern and verified several
    chamber and bore dimensions using soft lead slugs. The Cerrosafe
    measurements, taken at approximately 1 hr after the casts were made,
    were “right on” within my measuring ability. I also used impact
    impressions (discussed below) to measure chamber lengths and
    compared the data to measurements taken from Cerrosafe casts.
    The data agreed in all cases.

    Advantages & Disadvantages

    So what are the advantages and disadvantages to using Cerrosafe?
    One advantage is the relative hardness of the cast. It’s not as easily
    damaged when taking measurements as is an impact impression. If the
    cast is sufficiently long to include a short section of the lands, it will
    provide dimensional data of the throat and bore, but the same benefit
    applies to the impact impression. Also, a Cerrosafe cast provides
    diameter data along the entire chamber, including the center and rear
    portion of the chamber; data which is not available from an impact
    impression. For most shooters this data is not particularly important so
    I don’t consider this much of an advantage, if any.

    Disadvantages include: handling concerns & hazards, dealing with
    expansion characteristics, having to partially or fully disassembling the
    action to pour and remove the cast, and not being able to directly
    measure case overall length (OAL). The latter two are the main
    reasons I prefer an impact impression."

    Source: http://www.texas-mac.com/Discussion_...mpression.html



    The chamber specs are somewhat similar to the PTG 338 LM Tactical Match


    Here is the PTG 338 Lapua Match for comparison purposes.
    A second copy of this image is available in the attached thumbnail images below.



    Blaser Manuals

    Blaser Tactical 2 Manual
    http://www.blaser-usa.com/uploads/me...E_EN_FR_01.pdf
    http://www.sigsauer.com/upFiles/CmsC...48REV00_LR.pdf

    Blaser R8
    http://www.blaser-usa.com/uploads/me...N_FR_ES_RU.pdf

    Other Blaser Rifle Manuals
    Blaser USA:*Downloads

    Parts Exploded Diagrams (Thanks to Ausfoxhunter and Corjack at BlaserBuds)

    R8
    http://www.excopesa.es/docs/despieces/Despiece_R8.pdf

    R93
    http://www.excopesa.es/docs/despieces/Despiece_R93.pdf

    LRS 2
    http://www.excopesa.es/docs/despiece...e_R93_LRS2.pdf

    Other
    Index of /docs/despieces







    Design Principles

    Blaser Straight Pull Bolt and Radial Locking System

    The technologically advanced Blaser Radial Locking System gives you five distinct benefits:
    1) The bolt locks directly into the barrel, not into a receiver, so you get a full-length barrel in a rifle that's 4" shorter overall,
    2) The frame receives minimum stress because the bolt locks directly into the barrel, making the Blaser lighter and easier to handle,
    3) Radial lockup means that stress is distributed through a full 360° of contact, for greater system strength and durability,
    4) Head space is precisely controlled because the bolt head locks directly into the barrel, and
    5) The bolt head is free-floating, so it self-trues into a concentric position in the bore, relieving stress and assuring a higher degree of accuracy.

    Blaser TAC-2 .338 LM Supreme SWS
    "When the bolt is closed, a 360-degree radial collet expands into the locking groove on the barrel. This enables the bolt to auto-center and self-headspace. As a result, the straight-pull action requires minimal movement and no rotating parts. This creates a truly precise shooting platform."
    Leroy Thompson

    The Tactical 2 is the most advanced version of the precision rifle developed by Blaser. Each design element was driven by the requirement to create the best shooting platform possible. Exceptional accuracy was one of the key principles during development, with effective engagement ranges of 1500 meters or more, depending on caliber and ammunition. Advanced engineering and uncompromising quality are evident in every facet of design. The Tactical 2 is a bolt action rifle featuring Blaser’s revolutionary straight-pull action. When the bolt is closed, the 360 degree radial collet expands into the locking groove in the barrel – the bolt head is auto-centering and self-headspacing. The straight pull action features no rotating parts and assures rapid reloading with minimum movement. Interchange calibers by replacing the barrel and bolt head, in under a minute, without special tools and no change in accuracy. Barrels are cold hammer forged, fluted and plasma-nitrided to
    provide maximum resistance against corrosion and abrasion. An M1913 Picatinny rail is fixed to the barrel, ensuring full compatibility with a wide range of optical sighting systems. The muzzle end is threaded for an optional muzzle brake. The receiver is machined from aircraft grade billet aluminum alloy and is the interface for the barrel, bolt assembly, trigger assembly and magazine. A recoil lug of hardened steel is integrated into the receiver. The entire unit is fixed to the stock, eliminating temperature induced distortion. The outer surface is hard anodized. The ergonomically correct stock is injection molded out of fiber reinforced polymers and is absolutely stable, even under extreme temperatures.
    SigArms


    Safety and Product Recalls

    Old R93 Recall (2002)
    Blaser R93 Safety Check regarding Steel Pins in the Trigger Assembly
    This is no longer a problem with newer rifles.
    Blaser Jagdwaffen

    What is the problem?
    Blaser cannot be sure that in some cases in the past, suppliers have delivered pins made of regular steel instead of the ordered rust and acid-resistant steel pins for the trigger units. If these pins corrode, the correct function of the trigger is no longer guaranteed. It may happen that the trigger, having been pulled, does not return to its starting position. When the rifle is cocked and insofar ready to fire, an involuntary discharge of the rifle may occur. To avoid this risk, every R93 trigger unit has to be checked.

    R93 Non Stainless Steel Pin Recall

    What is the Problem?
    The R93 trigger assembly uses stainless steel pins for corrosion resistance. We have learned that a small number of non-stainless steel pins were inadvertently used in some R93's. Note: the UIT, CISM, and LRS/LRS2 are not affected by this recall.

    What could happen?
    An accidental discharge from the off safe position may occur if an R93 with non-stainless steel pins is used and the pins have corroded due to moisture. In this situation, once the firing pin has been cocked (into the off-safe position), the rifle may discharge.

    The DEVA report on the Austrian accident has been posted at WAFFEN-online, go to "Diskussions-Forum", then "Jagd", thread "deva report zu r 93...".

    A Blaser R93 in .300 Win.Mag. burst on the shooting range, after several shots with reloads. Parts of the lock were propelled rearward, causing serious injury below the eye of the shooter.

    The reloaded ammo was tested at the Vienna proof house, and showed on average only a slight over-pressure (ca. 100 bar above the max. of 4300 bar, proof loads are 5590 bar).
    The case causing the accident showed primer perforation and complete head separation in (to my opinion) untypical fashion: ca. one half of the separation occured directly at the bottom (or the belt) of the case, this of course caused significant gas escape to the rear.
    The reloaded cases were not examined for any further flaws, like metal defects, or stretching due to improper headspace. It is also not mentioned, how often these cases were reloaded.

    The destroyed R93 had a lock guide or rail system ("Verschlussführung") made of plastic.
    DEVA attempted to simulate the accident with a similar rifle. The ammo used for this test was well inside max. pressure, but was prepared for case ruptures:
    - primer perforation: no effect
    - annealing: no effect
    - a ring cut above the case bottom: still no effect, as the remaining case wall above the bottom still sealed the gas
    - drilling a small hole in the case bottom, to direct gases backward: lock was instantly destroyed, lock parts were propelled backwards.

    Conclusion: in case of gas escape the R93 with plastic lock rails is unsafe. Owners of such rifles should have replaced these parts by aluminum parts.

    In a second test a R93 with such alu parts was used. Here the lock system held, no gas escape with cases prepared as above. Only when pressure was increased the almost 8000 bar, the barrel burst, leaving the lock intact.

    The DEVA report did not include any further speculations on the possibility of similar accidents with the alu lock rail system (this is obviously standard since several years).
    However it is stated that the R93 straight-pull lock has no back-up system to prevent bolt blow-back, in case of a gas escape or mechanical lock failure.

    HuntAmerica.com, Tue Sep 18 2001

    Accidents with Blaser rifles Model R93
    DeporTiro Online Magazine- The Guns Magazine on the Web - www.deportiro.com
    The accidents occurred only with the R93 rifle and were presumably due to faulty ammunition (reloads). This can happen with any rifle. No blow up accidents have been reported with the Blaser Tactical 2 or R8.
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Blaser R8 Configuration:

    I currently own a Blaser Tactical 2 rifle. I am in the process of buying a Blaser R8 Professional rifle with synthetic stock, configured similar to Warnock's rifle.

    Given the match barrel has a diameter of 22mm, a standard R8 Professional stock (uses standard 17mm barrel) or semi weight R8 Professional stock (uses semi weight 19mm barrel) needs to be sent back to Blaser USA to widen the barrel channel to accept a match barrel, free of charge. The match barrel will not fit in the standard and semi weight stocks without this modification by Blaser. A rep at Blaser USA reassured me that the procedure is routine and looks flawless.

    This will allow me to share 308 Winchester and 300 Winchester Magnum ammunition and reloading supplies between the two rifles (Blaser Tactical 2 and R8 rifles) which have the similar chamber and match barrel specifications.

    ziggy88
    James Warnock
    Berger 185 gr Juggernaut OTM Tactical
    45.3-47gr Power Pro 2000-MR
    2.268 with Hornady Bullet Comparator
    "I found loading the 185 OTM to Max mag length yielded the best accuracy."
    Primer Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass

    Triad Cheek Rest used in video above.
    http://www.triadtactical.com/Triad-l...tock-Pack.html

    Bradley Tactical Cheek Rest
    http://www.bradleycheekrest.com/Brad...AC-BLK-001.htm

    Bradley Cheek Rest Review (B24 and Bradley Adjustable)

    Accu-Riser Comb Raisers
    http://www.accu-riser.com/categories...-Comb-Raisers/

    Comb Raisers
    http://www.accu-riser.com/categories...-Comb-Raisers/



    Adjustable Comb
    http://www.eurooptic.com/r8-professi...able-comb.aspx

    Vektor Blaser R8 Bipod Mount
    http://www.vertebrae.no/index.php/en...ail?Itemid=173

    Mounting a Vektor bipod adapter on a R93 professional

    I am also considering the Limbsaver recoil pad. This is the R93 version. I am not sure if this will also work with the R8.
    http://www.limbsaver.com/store/produ...cat=266&page=1


    Mounting Limbsaver recoil pad on Blaser R93


    Blaser R8 combination trigger review by James Warnock


    Longrange blog 25: A better Blaser by Thomas Haugland
    Vektor Maskin Bolt Knob
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Improved-bol...item4167ed0f3e
    Other Vertebrae items are available at the link below.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/vertebrae_sh...p2047675.l2562


    Longrange blog 27: Vektor boltknob by Thomas Haugland
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Improved-bol...item4167ed0f3e

    THLR Rifle Haul Cover by Thomas Haugland

    Very light rifle cover
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/THLR-Rifle-H...item41757afb28

    Thomas Haugland THLR Ultralight Rear Bag (green with black straps, other colors available. Click on "see other items")
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/THLR-Ultrali...item3f22d8076d


    SFMB-762-M18x1
    Surefire Muzzle Brake / Suppressor Adapter
    http://www.surefire.com/sfmb-762-m18x1.html
    SureFire SFMB 762-5/8-24 brake/supressor mount
    SureFire SFMB 762-5/8-24 brake/supressor mount
    This .308 brake allows the use of the Surefire suppressor. This brake will work with .308 Winchester and 300 Winchester Magnum.

    Surefire Muzzle Brake Video


    How To Install a SureFire Flash Hider

    Versa-Pod® All-Steel 9-12"
    http://stores.versapod.com/-strse-10...del/Detail.bok
    http://stores.versapod.com/-strse-79...eel/Detail.bok


    Blaser Tactical Super Quick Release Steel Picatinny Adaptor for R93 R8 LRS 2 K95
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blaser-Tacti...item23279c5eed




    Great shooting James!


    R8 Barrel Options

    Blaser R8 Exploded Diagram
    http://www.excopesa.es/docs/despieces/Despiece_R8.pdf

    Alternative Rifle Stocks for Blaser Rifles
    http://grsriflestocks.com/

    How to remove action from an R93 stock.
    http://forums.accuratereloading.com/...3/m/3691084191
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    Quote Originally Posted by rxs0 View Post
    I currently own a Blaser Tactical 2 rifle. I am in the process of buying a Blaser R8 Professional rifle with synthetic stock, configured similar to Harnock's rifle.

    Given the match barrel has a diameter of 22mm, a standard or semi weight R8 Professional stock needs to be sent back to Blaser USA to widen the barrel channel to accept a match barrel, free of charge. The match barrel will not fit in the standard and semi weight stocks without this modification by Blaser. A rep at Blaser USA reassured me that the procedure is routine and looks flawless.

    This will allow me to share 308 Winchester and 300 Winchester Magnum ammunition and reloading supplies between the two rifles which have the same chamber and match barrel specifications.
    I have had the stock inlet to accept match grade barrels 22mm on my R8 Professional. My Blaser rep did it and it looks like it was done with skill. I have the kick-stop also. I plan on configuring the R8 to be more of a "precision" setup. I'm getting parts as I type this.

    Good luck. Let's keep in touch.

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Forum Reviews:

    This is the first group I ever fired from a scoped rifle. Five shots at 100yd with a new LRS2-308. The .45 cartridge is shown for size comparison.



    I had a few in my possession for about three years, in .308, .300, and .338. Long range rifle shooting is way out of my area of expertise, but I can tell you what little I know:
    The bolt is ridiculously fast once you learn to use it properly.
    The safety is goofy and takes a bit of getting used to.
    Accuracy is outstanding ... We did a test at Yuma Proving Ground, a professional shooter put 5 shots into a 4" circle at 1,000m in a 5-15 mph variable crosswind. There were many witnesses, most of them from the military sniper community. It was pretty impressive. Gun was a stock LRS-2 .338.
    There are a lot of bits and pieces that make snagging other pieces of kit, branches, etc. too easy. The gun would definitely benefit from a redesigned stock.
    You can change barrels or calibers very easily. I believe the current configuration stock allows you to have either .223, .308, .300 or .308, .300, .338 depending on which variant you choose. The optic is attached directly to the barrel and, in my experience, provides adequate repeatability that I could never tell that the barrel had been off the gun, even after multiple iterations.
    The muzzle brake is a farce on the .308, it's not needed and it just makes the gun bigger and louder. On the .338 it helps ... a number of folks I shot with agreed that the .338-with-brake felt almost identical to the .308-without-brake.
    Because of the design, you can switch the gun from being right-handed to left-handed in, literally, five seconds. This assumes you pay the exorbitant price for a second bolt, of course.
    A folding stock version was nearing the end of development as of the time I left SIG (Sep'07).
    The monopod in the butt eliminated the need for sandbags or other fine tuning aids ... a little twist of the leg and the run would rise or fall until you were perfectly on target.
    Magazine capacity wasn't particularly good compared to many competitors.
    There was a recall about two years ago, some foreign soldier picked his off-safe rifle up from the trigger guard and discovered (to his extreme dissatisfaction) that you could trip the trigger without touching the shoe. So SIG got all the rifles back and added a little plate to the top of the trigger guard preventing that in the future.
    The LRS-2 was disallowed in the FBI sniper rifle trials because it has an injection molded stock. Even though the rifle has survived many extremely grueling durability and stress tests, FBI rejected it because their spec said "no injection molded stocks."
    ToddG 5/10/2008
    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=4064





    "Ive had mine for a couple of years now in .338 lapua and never had a problem shooting shotgun clays at 500m. IMHO they are an excellent rifle with lots of potential. I have found the Hornady 250gr BTHP Match to be the most accurate factory load through my gun, however my hand loads are always around 1/2 MOA or better."
    WarMachine on snipershide





    "I own a Blaser LSR2 (Looks exactly like a Tactical II but slightly smaller frame). I also have .223, 22-250, 6.5x55 and .308 barrels for the LRS2 chassis and have run several thousand rounds through this "system" (its a system not a rifle). I also own an AI and other match/tactical rifles (GAP), Bighorn and will try to provide some comparison and contrast.

    The Good:
    1. Accuracy - The Blaser is with out a doubt the most accurate rifle(s) I own. All calibers shoot 1/4 MOA or better. It shoots all kinds of ammo consistently better than the other rifles that I own. In other words, I can get all of my other rifles to shoot great but they are more sensitive to the bullet/load combination than the Blaser.

    2. Cold bore shot - Some how the Blaser folks have figured out how get a single shot from a cold bore to go into the exact same place every time (this is also true of the light contour sporter barrels used for hunting). Critical where have you have only one shot to place. This is not true some of the other tactical/match guns I own.

    3. Take down - the rifle breaks down in 30 seconds and packs into a 30" soft case or an A4 hard case. Assembly takes about 30 - 60 seconds and ALWAYS returns to zero.

    4. Caliber change - you can run any of the Blaser R93 barrels in the chassis (the sporter barrels look a little silly) but of the fluted tactical barrels there are .222, .223, .22-250, 6mm BR, .243, 6.5x55, 6.5x284, .308 and .300 WM to choose from. (Note the Tactical II is a slightly larger frame and will accommodate only .223. .308 .300WM .338 LM Tactical II Barrels).

    5. Convertible - you can change from a left or right handed action which takes about 15 seconds to change. (Slide one out slide the opposite handed action in)

    6. Adjustable Stock - great feeling prone stock.

    7. Straight pull bolt. Manipulating the bolt is very fast and almost approaches the rate of accurate aimed fire you can get out of a semi-auto.

    8. Its a System not a Rifle - The Blaser is more of a "system" than a rifle and you can change L/R actions, boltheads and drop your tactical scope/barrel setups into a sporter stock for hunting. In the hunting configuration the rifle weighs about 8-9 lbs and is perfectly balanced. This system has a high "fiddle factor" for those of you that like to fool around with changing your guns.

    9. Decocker safety. You can keep a round in the chamber and there is no way to fire the gun with the safety on as it de-cocks the firing pin spring. This is useful when hunting/stalking as some professional hunters will not allow you to stalk with a round in the chamber. (Note: this does make taking the safety off (cocking the spring) rather stiff but not for the studly folks that visit SH.)

    The Bad:
    1. Cost - these Rifles are expensive ($4,000 for the gun?, $1,600 for a barrel? $380 for a scope mount? $200 for a mag?). However the price is not unlike what you see companies like Dessert Tactical charging for barrels or Sako charging for a mag or bi-pod. If you buy into Blaser, you buy in with the notion that you are going to get multiple calibers and sporter stocks to amortize the cost. (Note: because all of the Blaser parts are interchangeable there is a healthy used market for buying used bolts, barrels at substantial savings. I paid $2,200 for my rifle, $800 for the .223 and so on ...

    2. Magazines - As shown on the video there are issues with the magazines. Smaller calibers can and do have feeding problems.

    3. The stock - The gun is not as sturdy as a McMillan or AI setup and can feel flimsy compared to the others. That being said, I don't recommend it if you are going to jump from a helicopter or C-17 with it strapped to your back. Otherwise it will hold up to all of the paper punching, match shooting, hunting you would like to do with it, unless of course the tactical matches start including an airdrop as part of the course.

    4. Straight pull bolt - You can have missfires if you don't push the bolt forward and lock it with authority. There is a case where you can push the bolt lightly forward where it appears locked but is not locked. In this condition the gun will drop the firing pin when you pull the trigger and as the bolt is not locked, all you are rewarded with is a is a "Click". You then have to shove the bolt forward all the way and then pull the trigger a second time. This is really irritating but something that you only do 2 or 3 times. LoneWolfUSMC did a great job of cycling the bolt in the video so this did not show up. Had he just flicked it forward with a couple of fingers he might have stumbled onto this issue. Everyone soon learns to cycle the bolt with gusto.

    All this said, the Blaser LRS2 is the tactical gun that I shoot the most. It is the gun that my kids and guests want to shoot more than any other (using the .223 barrel of course). It is the goto gun when there is an offending prairie dog on the premises (My record hit on a prairie dog is 623 yards with the Blaser LRS and the .22-250 barrel). I put in the .223 barrel and practice shooting for F-Class at 200 yards using a 600 yard reduced target. Then I stick the 6.5x55 barrel in for the match. It is the most fun gun of them all to shoot ... "
    300ATT on snipershide




    "I was very glad to have found this discussion on the Blaser Tactical 2 in 338 Lapua.

    This rifle showed up just after the 2009 shot show. After playing with it at the show I made the [decision] to purchase one in 338 Lapua.

    My scope of choice was the NightForce 8 * 32 *56.

    While working up loads for the Rifle I discovered the 338 likes heavy Bullets at long Ranges. I am shooting the 300gr Sierra HPBT with nice results at 1000 yards.

    While I am not a fan of using a Bipod especially the S model at this range it does work but not consistently.

    100 yard groups are .40 MOA and they stay that way all the way out to 575. with the 250 Gr Bullet.

    Past this range I find I need the heavier 300 Gr Bullet to keep me within under 1 MOA grouping.

    The Barrel does tend to loosen up after 50 shots so make sure you keep the tightening tool around. After all it is designed for you to take it apart.

    The stock and all it's adjustment really does spoil you. But there is a negative in 338 lapua the gun is very light and recoil enough that you can't watch your bullet impact down range.

    Trigger pull according to the Lyman gauge is set for 2.2 lbs and it breaks very clean."

    Ian




    Sig Blaser Tactical 2
    "To all of you that replied thanks for the compliments! Yep, my Blaser gets a lot of discussion at the range. I can tell you that at 300 yds. shooting 300 grain bullets I've gotten 5\8" groups and consistently under 1" groups dependant on conditions. I'm still working with my reloads so all groups to date are with Black Hills and HSM factory ammo. Once I've gotten my loads perfected I'll update you. It's amazing how comfortable this Beast is to shoot though!" 11/23/2008

    11/25/2008
    NDMarksman on Sniper Central

    Blaser Tactical 2 Precision Rifle Review

    12/14/2010

    Today, I reviewed the Sig Sauer Blaser Tactical 2 precision rifle. The Tactical 2 is the most advanced version of the precision rifle developed by the German fire arms manufacturer designed specifically for the tactical community. The Tactical 2 rifle is a German take down sniper rifle used specifically by German and Dutch police forces as well as the Australian military and special police units. Over the past several years, it has increasingly grown in popularity with U.S. spec ops community.

    Each design element was driven by the requirement to create the best shooting platform possible. Exceptional accuracy was one of the key principles during development, with effective engagement ranges of 1500 meters or more, depending on the caliber and ammunition. These rifles are designed to fire small groups (sub 0.25 MOA) with factory match ammunition. Advanced engineering and uncompromising quality are evident in every facet of design. The Tactical 2 is a bolt action rifle featuring Blaser’s revolutionary straight-pull action. When the bolt is closed, the 360 degree radial collet expands into the locking groove in the barrel - the bolt head is auto-centering and self-headspacing. The straight pull action features no rotating parts and assures rapid reloading with minimum movement. These actions allow for faster follow-up shots compared to traditional turn bolt actions.

    Barrels are cold hammer forged, fluted and plasma-nitrided to provide maximum resistance against corrosion and abrasion. A Picatinny rail is affixed directly to the barrel, ensuring full compatibility with any optical sighting system. The design allows the barrel and optics to be removed as a fixed unit from the body of the rifle by simply unscrewing two hex bolts, accessed from under the body. Allowing the rifle to be taken down and carried in a compact fashion while keeping the optics and zero true to the barrel. The rifle can be disassembled or reassembled easily in less than 20 seconds.

    The Tactical 2 is available in .223 Remington, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum. It has a larger action and barrel to accommodate the use of the .338 Lapua Magnum chambering.

    The safety catch is mounted on the rear of the bolt and reveals a large red dot when pushed forward and up to the "fire" position. The magazines sit flush with the underside of the body when inserted. Calibers can be easily interchanged by replacing the barrel and bolt head, in under a minute, without any special tools and no change in accuracy. The rifle can easily be converted for left or right hand shooters.

    Specifications:

    Calibers: 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Win) 6 mm Norma BR .243 Win. 7.5x55 .300 Win Mag .338 Lapua Mag

    Operation: Straight pull bolt action

    Scope Mount: Picatinny rail

    Feed: 5 or 4 round detachable box magazine depending on caliber

    Weight: 11.88lbs (5.4 kg) w/o optics

    Barrel: Chrome-Molybdeum-Nickel-Steel, thermally distressed, fluted. 1:11 6 groves

    Barrel Length: 23.6" (600mm), 30" (762mm) with extension.

    Trigger: First and second stage adjustable for weight, take up, and over travel. Trigger blade can be moved horizontally. Single-stage set at 1500g at the factory. A two stage is available as an option.

    Stock: Fully adjustable cheek piece. Aluminum stock with skeleton architecture. Butt-stock and forend finished in a black synthetic coating for grip.

    Features: Bipod, Muzzle brake, Butt stock trail spade, Mirage band

    The rifle incorporates all of the necessary features, and includes some of the latest features which are nice to have like the adjustable stock and cheek rest. Other additions like the SAK muzzle-break (a must have if you don't intend to shoot suppressed or just want to intimidate others while shooting), and additional detachable magazines. All reports from the field indicate that this is a superb performing tactical rifle.

    Exceptionally accurate and precise, even at long range, the Blaster Tactical 2 rifle is a product of the great minds at both SIGARMS and Blaser. Fully equipped with a silent, ambidextrous safety, this SIG ARMS rifle is packed with cutting edge technology.

    I purchased my Tactical 2 last year chambered in .300 Win Mag and recently picked up a .338 Lapua barrel. I added a Night Force NXS 8-32x56 illuminated tactical scope with DNZ Freedom Reaper mounts and Butler Creek flip-up covers and a Killflash ARD. I had originally installed the SAK muzzle break, but later replaced it with a Gemteck Quickmount for my Quicksand Titanium suppressor. This is by far the most accurate rifle in my collection. I am easily capable of 1.25” groups at 500 yards and 2" at 800 yards. I recently had the opportunity to use it during a game of sniper golf. And I can honestly say that this is a very impressive weapon. I'm really looking forward to pushing it out past the 1k mark.

    http://www.tridentarms.us/Blaser_Tactical_2_Review.html

    Blaser R93, Z Germans have done it
    http://www.shootingworld.com/bbs/vie...php?f=2&t=4143

    Re: precision rifles... show em by paul1964
    precision rifles... show em


    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201...9-pii-k-rifle/

    "I shot a Blaser T2 a while back setup with a left bolt and since I'm a righty, I was able to cycle it effortlessly without changing my shooting grip. Nice."
    Dogtown


    http://ukvarminting.com/forums/topic...cal-2-308-win/


    Xterminator on Sniper's Hide

    TAC-2 Reports For Duty

    Although the Blaser TAC-2 is new to service with U.S. law enforcement agencies, it has already built a solid reputation with German SEKs (Spezialeinsatzkommandos). Snipers with these German S.W.A.T. teams have found the TAC-2 precise and highly ergonomic. Recently, the appreciation of the TAC-2 has begun to grow among U.S. LE agencies with one of its first adoptions by the New Jersey State Police TEAMS (Tactical, Emergency, and Mission Specialist).

    NJSP TRIO
    There are three full-time TEAMS within the New Jersey State Police:
    North (Troop A based in Passaic Country), Central (Troop B based in Mercer County) and South (Troop C based in Atlantic Country).

    The unit was originally created in 1978 and has an array of missions including S.W.A.T., rescues including those requiring advanced rappelling skills, underwater search and recovery and counter-terrorism operations. TEAMS is trained for assaults from helicopter, sea or land. During 2008, TEAMS carried out more than 100 dive missions, 350 high-risk search warrants, and 300 other tactical operations. TEAMS is commanded by a Lieutenant with each regional unit commanded by a Sergeant First Class.

    Prior to the adoption of the Blaser TAC-2, the primary issue weapon for the NJ State Police has been the Sig Sauer P228. Members of TEAMS, however, are armed with the .45 ACP Sig Sauer P220 loaded with 230-grain Speer Gold Dot JHP ammo. Their current sniping rifle is the Blaser TAC-2 in .308.

    NJ Rhyme & Reason: Optics used are a Leupold MK 4 LR/T 3.5-10x40mm with an illuminated reticle. Standard load is the Federal Match 168-grain BTHP. The rifle was ordered with the bipod and monopod and spare magazines have been ordered for the rifles. I understand that TEAMS has recently ordered rails for the TAC-2 so that night vision optics may be installed ahead of the Leupold scopes.

    Various factors influenced TEAMS to choose the Blaser TAC-2. The speed and smoothness of operation of the straight-pull bolt allows snipers to fire quick follow-up shots if needed. The detachable box magazine allows them quickly to switch the bolt for right- or left-handed shooters, so TEAMS can assign snipers regardless of their primary shooting hand.

    The ability to adjust the stock of the TAC-2 accommodates snipers of various sizes. All of these factors were important, but perhaps most important is that the TAC-2 proved to superbly accurate. From what my sources tell me, TEAMS snipers are extremely satisfied with the Blaser TAC-2s.

    by Leroy Thompson
    http://www.tactical-life.com/news/bl...orts-for-duty/

    Jerrrrstanley on Sniper's Hideout
    I have one in 308 that's a department owned gun. I love it. Its a very forgiving gun and if I can hold it together on that 5th round I can pull down .25" group at 100 with 168 grain FGMM.


    Federal Gold Match 168gr
    http://shooterone.com/page9.html

    Forums

    Blaser Buds
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/index.php

    BlaserPro.com
    http://www.blaserpro.com/forum/




    News

    Blaser USA facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/BlaserUSA

    Blaser Germany facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/BlaserHunting?filter=2

    Blaser Club facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blase...2607505?ref=hl



    The new folding stock model
    http://www.austriaarms.com/weapons_1...bgroup_id_1=34

    Blaser News
    http://www.blaser-usa.com/index.php?id=68&L=1

    Australian Snipers using Blaser LRS2/Tactical 2 rifles
    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2...ical-2-rifles/



    STAR Group snipers test [Blaser] sniper rifle
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/s...-1225917673679


    SIg Sauer Tac 2 at SHOT Show 2012
    Has anyone seen this rifle recently?

    How about this rifle?

    Blaser Tactical 2 with folding stock
    http://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=4685015
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Rifle Setup and Shooting Accessories


    Vektor Maskin Bipod mount. Fits Blaser R8 and R93
    Blaser Bipod mount for Blaser R8 for Sale! - EuroOptic.com
    Blaser Bipod mount for Blaser R93 for Sale! - EuroOptic.com

    Harris Bipod adapter HB6
    Harris Bipods Rota-Pod
    My adapter uses a 3mm hex nut.

    Harris Bipod Locking Lever
    Harris Bipods - "S" Lock for Swivel models
    Alpha-Bravo Bipod Lock Harris S Model Bipods Short Angled Zinc Handle
    KMW Pod-Loc for Bipods within AccurateShooter.com

    150-601 UIT (Anschutz) Rail Versa-Pod Bipod Adapter
    150-601 UIT (Anschutz) Rail Versa-Pod Bipod Adapter
    Versa-Pod Bipod Adapter UIT (Anschutz) Rail Black

    Atlas Bipod BT28 AFAR Kit
    The adapter may need to be modified to fit the Blaser Tactical 2 if your kit is the older version as described in the post below. The current version fits perfectly.
    BT28 AFAR Kit | Accu-Shot Product Catalog – Monopods – Bipods - Accessories
    Atlas BT28 AFAR Kit for sale! - EuroOptic.com

    Blaser LRS 2 Rear Rest
    Blaser LRS 2 Rear Rest for sale! (570) 368-3920 - EuroOptic.com

    LRA Bipod
    http://www.lraccuracy.com/
    Product Review: Long Range Accuracy Bipod
    http://www.eurooptic.com/longrange-accuracy.aspx

    LRAaccuracy Snipers Choice bipod II
    This bipod attaches via a 5 inch picatinny rail. For the Blaser Tactical 2, you can use (2) Atlas AFAR rails in a row or use a longer 5 to 6 inch picatinny rail.
    You can for example use the 6" Yankee Hill Picatinny Rail in combination with the Atlas AFAR Rail kit square rail nuts and screws to attach this larger rail to the Blaser Tactical 2 rail.
    http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts...012-50890.aspx
    http://www.accu-shot.com/catalog/pro...products_id=79

    SINCLAIR INTERNATIONAL - SINCLAIR TACTICAL BIPOD
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/shooting...prod35272.aspx
    Compatible with Harris Bipod Adapters

    Muzzle Brake
    M18x1mm Thread Pitch
    Sako TRG 22/42 Muzzle Brake S5740412 for sale! - EuroOptic.com

    Roedale Muzzle Brake M18x1
    Ceracoat Armour Black
    http://www.webshop.roedale.de/produc...roducts_id=315

    SFMB-762-M18x1
    Surefire Muzzle Brake / Suppressor Adapter
    http://www.surefire.com/sfmb-762-m18x1.html
    This .308 brake allows the use of the Surefire suppressor. This brake will work with .308 Winchester and 300 Winchester Magnum.

    Surefire Muzzle Brake Video


    How To Install a SureFire Flash Hider

    Surefire FA338SS Sound Suppressor .338 Lapua Magnum (Silencer)
    http://www.surefire.com/fa338ss.html

    Surefire SOCOM762-RC SOCOM Series Sound Suppressor .308 Winchester (Silencer)
    http://www.surefire.com/socom762-rc.html

    Need to rethread your barrel for a different muzzle thread pitch? Call Long Rifles Inc.
    http://www.longriflesinc.com

    Triad Tapered Rear Bag, AKA:Wedgie
    http://www.triadtactical.com/Triad-T...-Rear-Bag.html
    Rear Bag comparison
    Rear bags...is there such a thing as a perfect one?

    THLR Ultralight Rear Bag (green with black straps)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/THLR-Ultrali...item3f22d8076d

    Kestrel Wind Meters
    http://kestrelmeters.com/

    Magnetospeed Chronograph
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3806314.0

    Galati International Shooting Mats
    http://www.galatiinternational.com/c...ootingmat.html
    Elite Sniper Shooter Mat - Olive Drab - Galati Gear
    http://www.galatiinternational.com/product/SM5512O.html
    Sniper's hideout post on mats
    Shooting mat/case

    Tab Pollack Shooting Mat
    https://www.riflesonly.com/pro-shop/...oting-mat.html
    Shooting mat advice

    MidwayUSA Pro Series Competition Shooting Mat PVC Coated Polyester Olive Drab
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/276...ter-olive-drab
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3793155.0

    THLR Rifle Haul Cover
    Very light rifle bag used by Thomas Haugland
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/THLR-Rifle-H...item41757afb28

    Blaser Tactical 2 Custom Hard Case

    http://www.eurooptic.com/blaser-tact...-of-italy.aspx

    Sinclair O-Ring Bore Guide for Blaser Rifles
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/gun-clea...prod39514.aspx

    High end trigger for the R93 by Bix'n-Andy
    http://www.bixn-andy.at/index.php/we...ser-r93-m.html

    Target Camera Systems
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3824895.0

    DIY Big-Screen Target Cam System with High-Gain Antenna
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...-gain-antenna/

    Hawkeye Bore Scopes
    http://www.hawkeyeblue.com/Precision...ngCatalog.html

    Economy Digital Borescope $299
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Longer-3m-Di...p2054897.l4276

    Autel MV400 Borescope $161
    http://www.amazon.com/Autel-MV400-5-...productDetails



    Annyone have the Innovative Technologies Bore Scope?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...91#msg36290191

    http://www.autel.us/Products/mv400.htm

    Bore scope advise
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...10#msg36326710

    Spotting Scope Suggestions
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3828568.0


    Mounting Bixn Andy trigger in Blaser R93

    Custom Rifle Painting
    http://tacticaltshirts.com/home-camo...er-tactical-2/


    Cerakote Gun Painting and Finishing
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...art-to-finish/

    Duracoat or Cerakote?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3810904.0





    Scope Mounting and Setup:
    See Post #18
    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads





    Trigger Adjustment


    1. *Trigger Blade
    2. Trigger position
    The trigger blade *can be moved along the longitudinal axis to adapt to the hand of the shooter.
    • loosen lock screw (2).
    • shift trigger blade to the desired
    position.
    • tighten lock screw (2).

    3. Trigger pull
    The trigger pull weight can be adjusted with the trigger pull screw (3):
    • increase trigger pull weight
    turn the trigger pull screw (3) clockwise
    • decrease trigger pull weight
    turn the trigger pull screw (3) counterclockwise.

    4. Triggerstop
    The trigger stop can be adjusted with the trigger stop screw (4):
    • turn triggerstop screw (4) clockwise until trigger is past the release point.
    • put the safety in the “off safe“ position.
    • pull the trigger and turn triggerstop screw (4) counterclockwise until the sear releases the firing pin.
    • by counting to turn the triggerstop screw (4) counterclockwise the desired travel beyond the release point can be adjusted.





    Custom Services

    Custom Barrels by KDF

    No one makes custom barrels for the Blaser R93 rifles, but KDF has a barrel maker who will bore out the rifling in factory barrels and cut new rifling to produce larger calibers. We have made a .340 Wby from a .300 Wby, and we recently bored out a .338 to produce the .411 KDF Magnum mentioned above. The .411, developed by KDF in the 1980's, pushes a 300 grain bullet at 2,850 fps. That's 50 fps faster than a .416 shooting the same weight bullet, and it can be made on standard weight, semi-weight or safari barrels. Mr. Koehne's R93 .411 KDF magnum rifle weighs just over 6 1/2 lbs. (It is equipped with a KDF muzzle brake.)

    Services by KDF

    Stock Making
    General Gunsmithing
    Reblueing
    Stock Refinishing
    Accurizing
    Custom Gun Making

    Blaser Trophy Dealer
    Blaser Products:

    R93 Bolt Action Rifle
    K95 Single Shot Rifle
    S2 Side by Side
    F3 Over and Under

    KDF can customize your Blaser rifle in the following:

    Stock Refinishing
    Add Muzzle Brake
    Wood Bolt Knob
    Change Side Plates
    Custom Made Wood Stocks in Fine Woods that include Walnut, Maple, and Mesquite
    Contact us for your Blaser Products»
    KDF
    2485 N State Hwy 46, Seguin, TX 78155 *
    Phone (830) 379-8141*
    Toll Free (800) KDF-GUNS Fax (830) 379-8144
    http://www.kdfguns.com/products.htm

    Custom Wood Blaser Stocks
    http://www.devaultind.com/Blaser_Custom_Stocks.htm

    Custom Blaser Barrel Rechambering
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=34&t=8108
    http://youngs-gunsmithing.com/index.html

    Elmer A. Laitala

    [url]http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f19/custom-match-grade-barrels-blaser-mod-r8-93-rifles-135895/#post954891[url]

    [url]http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=9509[url]

    "ATTN: Owners of Blaser MOD R8 and 93 rifles.

    I am now offering custom match-grade stainless steel Broughton hand-lapped barrels in light, medium and heavy contours in chamberings that are not otherwise available.

    I have 18 years experience in chambering barrels for rimfire benchrest and 600 and 1000 yard benchrest.

    Contact me for information and pricing."

    Elmer A. Laitala
    320-272-4564
    elmer.light@gmail.com


    Manufacturers and Vendors:

    Blaser USA
    http://www.blaser-usa.com/index.php?L=1

    Blaser Germany
    http://www.blaser.de/index.php?id=23&L=1

    Right and Left hand bolts and bolt housings are available.
    Blaser Tactical 2 Rifle - Blaser Tac 2 for sale! - EuroOptic.com

    Vertebrae has many useful R93 and R8 accessories
    Blaser

    Sig Sauer Store
    Click on the accessories tab
    Tactical 2

    Eurooptic
    Blaser Rifles and Shotguns - EuroOptic.com
    Vektor Maskin Bipod mount for R8 and R93 are available at Eurooptic.

    Mad Dog Guns on GunBroker

    1 Shot Gear
    https://1shotgear.com/blaser-rifles

    Marco Polo Outfitters
    http://www.marcopolooutfitters.com/d...aser-r8-rifles





    Maintenance and Cleaning:

    NOTE:
    Always keep the barrel bedding clean. Excessive oil or grease between the barrel and receiver will impair the accuracy of the rifle.

    Tighten both barrel attachment screws hand-tight with the Allen key (SW 4) every 50 firings to maintain consistent barrel attachment screw tension. A loose barrel will impair the accuracy of the rifle.

    How much torque is needed to tighten barrel retention screws?
    "Tighten the barrel retention screws until you feel the wrench start to "twist or torque".
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=34&t=8020

    Maintain scope ring and mount screw tightness with torque wrench such as the Wheeler FAT wrench. A loose scope can obviously impair the accuracy of the rifle.

    Carbon Ring vs Tight Spot in Bore?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3826231.0

    Best way to get carbon out of the throat area??
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3825549.0

    Carbon ring?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3825268.0

    Which rifle bore cleaning solvent is best based on borescope inspection?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3818191.0

    Carbon Fouled barrel??
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3809632.0

    How to remove carbon from your bore?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3776070.0

    How to remove carbon from chamber/ throat area?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3777450.0

    Carbon Ring
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?82146-Carbon-Ring

    Using HBN (Hexagonal Boron Nitride) alcohol suspension for Barrel Preparation
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3842136.0
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Reloading

    "Handloading theories may number in the hundreds, but the basics are pretty simple: buy good tools and good components and load up the best ammo you can. I've found that paying attention to the neck area of the case pays the greatest dividends. I outside neck turn my cases to make them more uniform and size my brass without an expander. I full-length size all my cases. Even slow-fire loads should chamber easily; besides, with the chamber dimensions necessary for reliable function in a highpower rifle, full-length sizing lets the round better center itself. This is one reason you'll often get your best accuracy with new brass."
    G. David Tubb, Highpower Rifle

    Reloading Article Sources

    Several of these articles are from the Rifleman's Journal
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...les-index.html
    The Rifleman's Journal: Articles Index



    Reloading Articles and Forum Posts

    General Overview

    New Brass Preparation
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: New Brass Preparation

    Preparing Cases for Long-Range Accuracy
    Complete Precision Case Prep within AccurateShooter.com

    Preparing Brass for Match Shooting
    Preparing Brass for Match Shooting

    6mmBR Loading for Newbies
    6mmBR Loading for Newbies within AccurateShooter.com

    Case Preparation & Loading Procedure
    Case Prep and Reloading Procedures

    Hand Loading for Long Range 5: inspect & tips
    Hand Loading for Long Range 5: inspect & tips

    Some Finer Points on Handloading/Reloading
    Varmint Al's Handloading/Reloading Page

    Reloading for F-Class and T/R (Basic advice for first timers)
    [url]http://bcrc.iinet.net.au/reloading.html[url]

    Basics: A Few Reloading Hints and Tips Part 1
    Basics: A Few Reloading Hints and Tips - Part 1
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: A Few Reloading Hints and Tips Part 1

    Basics: A Few Reloading Hints and Tips Part 2
    A Few Reloading Hints and Tips Part 2
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: A Few Reloading Hints and Tips Part 2

    How to Load More Concentric Ammo
    How to Load More Concentric Ammo within AccurateShooter.com

    Reloading Advice from Sinclair Int’l
    Reloading Advice from Sinclair Int?l within AccurateShooter.com

    Accurate Shooter Tech Tips
    Tech tip rotating cartridge « Search Results « Daily Bulletin

    Preparing Cases for Long-Range Accuracy
    [url=http://www.6mmbr.com/JGcaseprep.html]One of the Many Great Articles from the Archives of Precision Shooting

    Well Guided Bullet Reloading
    http://www.thewellguidedbullet.com/p...Techniques.pdf



    Case Cleaning

    Wet Tumbling
    Cleaning Cases - Wet Tumbling w/Stainless Steel Media- MassReloading Article

    Wet Stainless Steel (SS) Tumbling Instructions
    1. For 2 lbs of brass, use 5 Lbs (2.27 kg) of SS media, 1 gallon (3.78 Liters) of cold water, 1 -2 Tbs (15-30 mL) of dish soap (Dawn, Ivory, or Joy), and 1/4 Tsp. (1.25 mL) of Lemishine.
    2. Tumble 3-4 hours with the Model B High Speed Thumler’s Tumbler.
    3. Separate brass and soak brass in a gallon of warm water.
    4. Wipe off excess water with paper towel from brass and air dry in plastic loading block.

    Stainless Tumbler Media and Neck Damage
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3793032.0

    Foam lined Thumbler to minimize neck damage



    Neck Turning and Neck Tension

    Tight Neck Case Preparation
    http://bossons.awardspace.info/Case%20Preparation.htm

    Outside Neck Turning
    http://www.reloadsa.co.za/Info/Events/OutsideNeck.asp

    Basics: Neck Tension
    Neck Tension, Bushing Dies and Other Reloading Mysteries
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: Neck Tension

    Neck Tension — Not Just Bushing Size
    Neck Tension ? Not Just Bushing Size within AccurateShooter.com

    The Complexities of Neck Tension — Why Bushing Size is Only One Factor to Consider
    The Complexities of Neck Tension ? Why Bushing Size is Only One Factor to Consider « Daily Bulletin

    TECH TIP–Neck Tension vs. Time
    TECH TIP?Neck Tension vs. Time « Daily Bulletin

    Neck Tension / How much do you like and why?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3748485.0

    Neck-Turning Basics
    Neck-Turning Basics within AccurateShooter.com

    Neck-Turning Tool Cutting Tips
    Neck-Turning Tool Cutting Tips within AccurateShooter.com

    Tool Tip: Optimize Your Cutter Angle for Improved Neck-Turning
    Tool Tip: Optimize Your Cutter Angle for Improved Neck-Turning « Daily Bulletin

    Expander Mandrels and Neck Tension
    Expander Mandrels and Neck Tension within AccurateShooter.com

    Neck-Expander Mandrels for More Uniform Neck Tension
    Neck-Expander Mandrels for More Uniform Neck Tension « Daily Bulletin

    Neck-Turning Tip: Match Your Cutter Angle to the Shoulder
    Neck-Turning Tip: Match Your Cutter Angle to the Shoulder « Daily Bulletin

    Purpose of Neck Turning
    purpose of neck turning

    Neck Tension Changes with Time
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3792938.0

    Consider using a feeler gauge to set/measure adjustments to the neck turning tool.


    "Of the four manufacturers you list here: PMA, Sinclair, 21st Century and K & M, K&M is the odd man out. K & M uses a .312" (5/16") shank while the other 3 use a .375" shank (major dia). PMA and 21st Century both offer the ability for their neck turners to accept the K&M mandrels though if you so choose.

    The specs on the minor diameter are different as well. The K & M spec on the minor diameter is .001" under bullet diameter for turning mandrels and bullet diameter for the expanding mandrel. The PMA and Sinclair mandrels share the spec of .002" under bullet diameter for the turning mandrels and .001" under for the expander mandrels. I'm not sure what the specs are for the 21st Century mandrels.
    You're gonna have to trust me on this one."
    Pat
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...65#msg36333165
    -PMA Tool

    "If you watch David Tubb's video on reloading, he says that turning necks is the single most important aspect of precision reloading with flash hole deburring a second. I agree. It's PITA but that's what it takes to get accurate hand loads."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...44#msg36412244
    Joe R



    Trimming

    Case trim to length specs
    .338 Lapua Magnum 2.714" (69 mm)
    .300 Winchester Magnum 2.610" (66.3 mm)
    .308 Winchester 2.008" (51 mm)

    Good Stuff: Giraud Case Trimmer
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...e-trimmer.html

    New Case Trimmer “How-To” Videos from L.E. Wilson
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...om-l-e-wilson/

    Quote from: ttfreestyle on 09:32 PM, 06/03/11
    i used the sinclair chamber length gage to find out the max length. (for trimming my brass) my 260 rem was 2.055 so at what length do i need to trim and how far under this do i need to trim?

    Here's a good guide:

    Chamber Length Safety Zone

    Q: How many thousandths shy of actual chamber length does one establish as a safety zone, before assigning a trim "from" length, once measurements have established a rifle's true chamber length?

    Mike Bryant

    A: I use .010" for each increment. For instance, if the chamber length is 1.570" from the base to the end of the neck on the chamber, then the maximum case length would be 1.560" with a trim length of 1.550". Don't let the cases get over 1.560" and you'll be in good shape.

    Jackie Schmidt

    A: I use a .010" window. 6mmPPC chambers have been shortened to 1.510". Since shooters fire cases to expand them, the cases come out close to 1.500". I trim them back to 1.490."

    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3766700.0

    Adjusting the cutting head on a Giraurd [Trimmer]
    Erik Cortina
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...41#msg36328341
    "Unplug the machine, loosen the cutter head, and lower the "shell holder" so that the case makes firm contact with cutter blade. The case neck will go into the "V" on the cutter blade and center the cutter properly. As you push down on the case, tighten the set screw. You should be good to go after that. It should take less than a minute."




    Chamfering

    Case Neck Chamfering Tools
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-...mfering-tools/
    http://www.21stcenturyshooting.com/C...Debur_Tool.php
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...ck-your-angle/



    Primer Pocket Uniforming

    "But, like most reloaders, I had to tinker with a good thing so I then used a K&M PPC flash-hole deburring tool to uniform the flash holes. That was a mistake I think. The tool reams the .059" diameter flash holes to about .067"-.069". Lapua uses a special precision process to form the flash holes, and the flash hole diameters are very consistent. I think it is very difficult to ream them and achieve a consistency level equal to the factory flash hole. Moreover, increasing the flash hole diameter seems to have increased ES and SD. From now on, I will leave the flash holes just the way they are."
    6mmbr
    http://www.6mmbr.com/gunweek036.html

    http://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/pr...tion-tool.html

    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3795888.0



    Flash Hole Cleaning & Uniforming

    Inspect Your Flash Holes on New Brass
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...-on-new-brass/

    Flash-Hole First Aid — Removing Flash Hole Obstructions
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...-obstructions/

    BR/PPC Flash-Hole Deburring Tips
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...eburring-tips/

    FLASH HOLE AND DECAPPING PIN SIZES AND TIPS
    http://ballistictools.com/articles/flashhole.php



    Full Length Sizing and Headspace

    "IMO, and based on my experience, the straightest brass comes from a properly dimensioned one piece die."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...19#msg36327319
    Boyd Allen

    "The ability (and tools required) to properly determine how far the shoulder is being pushed back when the case is resized is the first thing any handloader should have a handle on."
    Al Nyhus
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?87536-Head-Space



    Excerpt from The Rifleman's Journal, "Basics: Headspace -- Setting Proper Headpace on Resized Cases "
    by Germán A. Salazar

    Headspace is, in purely technical terms, the difference between the chamber's length measured from the bolt face to the middle of its shoulder versus the length of case's base to the middle of its shoulder.

    "Headspace" in the context of the rifle chambered for a rimless cartridge is actually the distance from the bolt face to the point in the chamber that is halfway up the shoulder. In the reloading context we often use the term to indicate how much clearance have we built into the brass case as compared to that distance. Simply stated, if the headspace measurement on a resized piece of brass is 0.002" less than the chamber headspace of the rifle in which it was fired, we often say the brass has 0.002" headspace. That's not a technically correct use of the term, but it will do for most reloading purposes.

    Resized brass headspace should be between 0.001" to 0.002" less than the headspace of the fired case [in bolt rifles].


    Excerpt from Accurate Shooter Article, "How to Load More Concentric Ammo"
    When setting up a Type-S sizing die, set the neck bushing into the die with the numbers facing down toward the body of the die. Tighten the de-capping assembly until it contacts the bushing and then back it off ¼ of a turn. This allows the bushing to free float in the die. You should be able to hear the bushing rattle if you shake the die. Having the bushing free floating self centers the neck, and again minimizes any run-out that can occur.

    If you prefer other brands of sizing dies there are a few tricks that people use to minimize run-out as well. Many reloaders claim that the use of an O-ring at the base of the de-capping assembly lock nut will float the assembly and help self center during sizing. Another trick that has been used is to remove the retaining pin on the shell holder slot on the press ram, and use an O-ring in its place to hold the shell holder in place. This allows the shell holder to self center during sizing as well.


    Full-Length Sizing Die Set-Up — Tip from Sinclair International
    How to Set Up Your Full Length Sizing Die
    by Ron Dague, Sinclair International Technician
    From Sinclair’s Reloading Press Blog
    Full-Length Sizing Die Set-Up ? Tip from Sinclair International « Daily Bulletin

    Full-Length Sizing Die Set-Up — Tip from Sinclair International
    How to Set Up Your Full Length Sizing Die
    by Ron Dague, Sinclair International Technician
    From Sinclair’s Reloading Press Blog

    At Sinclair International, we are often asked for a fool-proof method to set up a full-length sizing die, and begin reloading our fired cases. The method used by many target shooters today is to set up your full length die to closely match your rifle chamber and minimally full-length size your cases –as little as .001″ for bolt-action rifles. I prefer to use this method for all of my bolt-action cartridges.

    STEP ONE
    I like to de-prime five (5) cases (de-prime only, do not full length resize) and measure from the base of the case to the shoulder with our Sinclair Comparator Body (09-1000) and Bump Gage Insert(09-10200). We refer to this as our headspace measurement. Our Electronic Caliper (#MIC-14) works well and may be pre-set at .000” making this headspace measurement easy to capture. The Sinclair Comparator/Gauge Body and Bump Gage Inserts make this task fairly simple. L.E. Wilson Tools & Gages, Hornady Manufacturing, and RCBS all make similar units to achieve your headspace measurement.

    STEP TWO
    With your full-length die threaded into your reloading press, loosen the lock ring and run the press ram up toward the full length die with a shell holder in place (with no case). Then, screw the die toward the shell holder until it stops. Back the die out of the press and away from the shell holder one full turn and set the lock ring finger tight.

    STEP THREE
    Lubricate each of the cases with your favorite sizing lube (my favorite is Imperial Sizing Die Wax) and resize a case. Again, take a headspace measurement from base to shoulder. [When running the case up into the die, be sure the press ram moves the full limit of its upward travel.] If there’s no change in the measurement from the fired dimension, loosen the die lock ring and turn the full length sizing die downward 1/8 of a turn. [Editor's Note: You'll need to use smaller turn amounts as you get close to the desired amount of bump. We suggest moving just a few degrees of die rotation at a time once you've reached the point where the die hits the shoulder without moving it back.] Now repeat the sizing process with a second lubricated case and take the measurement again. Keep rotating the die downward gradually (in small increments) and repeat the case sizing process until you see approx-imately .001”-.002” reduction to your fired headspace measurement. We prefer a headspace reduction of approximately .001″ – .002″ for bolt action rifles and .003″ – .005″ for semi-auto rifles. You can adjust to your rifle as to what works best. Don’t forget to load 10 rounds or so and try them from the rifle’s magazine to make sure they function properly.


    Accurate Shooter, "Uniformity of Shoulder Setback"
    jelrod1
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3826233.0
    Dwell time is often used in metal forming machines at the end of stroke to give the metal time to completely conform to shape. How much it helps brass in a reloading die I don't know, but there are situations where it does. Just from my experience if I size 10 cases really fast then size 10 pausing a second or two, the ones that were paused will measure correctly and some of the others will measure like they weren't pushed back enough.


    Accurate Shooter, "Uniformity of Shoulder Setback"
    22BRGUY
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3826233.0
    I do not apply any lube to the shoulder area and do agree that the "dwell time" helps consistency. I do not have the body/FL die screwed tight down in the press but have small marks on the die set ring and then on the top of the press that I make with a felt tip marker. I hold onto the die with my fingers during the sizing process so it stays lined up with my marks. That way if a piece of brass comes out a little short of .002, I can adjust a little to add a thou. If it comes out with bump more that .002, I simply mark it and use it as a sighter this cycle. I use a Stony Point Head N Shoulders set to measure set back.


    Accurate Shooter, "Adjusting F/L Die for Headspace"
    steve4102
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3816212.0

    I use a Stoney Point gauge, but this is how an old timer I knew did it without a gauge.

    1. Put the Shell Holder in the press and raise the ram.

    2. Screw the Full Length(FL) Die into the press so it is about a "nickle's thickness" above the Shell Holder.

    3. Lube a "Fired" case (walls and inside the neck) and squash it.

    4. Remove the Lube and try closing the bolt on it in the chamber.

    5. If the bolt closes with no resistance, screw the FL Die into the press about 1/8-1/4 turn and repeat steps 3 & 4.

    6. As you feel the resistance begin, slow down how much you screw the FL Die into the press so you are at about 1/16 of a turn, or "Fine Tuning". At some point you will not be able to close the bolt and you are extremely close to having the FL Die in the proper position.

    NOTE: The reason for this is because the FL Die has begun Resizing the Case-walls down to the Pressure Ring. As it does so, the Case-body lengthens slightly which in turn moves the Case-shoulder slightly forward. Then as the "Fine Tuning" continues the Case-shoulder makes contact with the FL Die and is moved slightly reward(or slightly shortens the Case-head to Case-shoulder dimension).

    7. Stop when there is a slight bit of resistance when closing the bolt on the empty case. You now have a "slight crush fit" for the case in that specific chamber, or Zero Headspace.

    8. Once you get it where you want it, take some masking tape or a black marker and put a Witness Mark where the FL Die Lock Ring is positioned to hold the FL Die in this position. Loosen the FL Die and return the Lock Ring to align with the Witness Mark and sung up the Set-Screw.

    Screw the FL Die back into the press and try squashing another case. It should have the same resistance as the previous one. If not, you need to re-adjust the Lock Ring so it does. But you are extremely close to where you want it, so make very small changes at this point.


    Accurate Shooter, "Bumping Shoulder Back"
    ridgeway
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3812710.0
    One thing I do to ensure I'm bumping consistent is during my sizing process. When I run a case into the sizer die, I let the ram lock(Forster) in for 2-3 seconds. This will ensure the case makes full contact inside the die. [This is known as "Dwell Time"]


    Accurate Shooter, "F/L Sizing Die Setup?"
    Preacher
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3805122.0
    If your using a bolt gun, you can remove the firing pin assembly, and then when you chamber a round you'll be able to feel exactly how much pressure it will take to chamber the sized case.
    Keep screwing the die into the press, and trying it in the chamber until you can just barely feel the case in the chamber when you close the bolt. If the bolt falls all the way down you have pushed the shoulder in to much, and you'll need to back of the die a little until you can feel the case in the chamber..
    I like the bolt to fall part way down, and then use a tiny bit of pressure to finish closing it.
    Once the die is set you really don't need to change anything after that...


    Accurate Shooter, "Using an O-ring on your resizing die - what is your experience?"
    BoydAllen
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3797791.0
    Given the cost of the O ring, why not just give one a try? I think that you may not understand that just because lock rings can be tightened solidly against the press, that that may not be necessary or even desirable. After all, it is the threads that take the load of sizing, and the adjustment of the die within them that sets the shoulder bump. As long as the die does not rotate, the setting will remain constant. The O ring provides enough friction between the bottom of the lock ring, and the top of the press to keep the die from rotating even when the lock ring is only tightened enough to slightly compress the O ring. Tests have demonstrated that this sort of "float" can improve the straightness of sized cases, although there are larger issues that need to be addressed if this aspect of reloading is to be optimized. I have switched the lock ring that came with the FL die that I use for my 6PPC for one of the Lee units that has a built in O ring, and have seen a slight improvement in the concentricity of my sized cases, although they were pretty good to start with.


    Full Length Sizing for Bottle Neck Cartridges
    Resizing Bottleneck Rifle Cases - MassReloading

    Resizing - Case Dimension Changes
    by: Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: Resizing - Case Dimension Changes

    Reloading: Two-Step Sizing and Concentricity
    Two-Step Sizing and Case Neck Concentricity
    The Rifleman's Journal: Reloading: Two-Step Sizing and Concentricity

    O-Rings on Dies May Reduce Run-Out
    O-Rings on Dies May Reduce Run-Out within AccurateShooter.com

    FL Bushing Dies vs. Honed FL Dies
    FL Bushing Dies vs. Honed FL Dies within AccurateShooter.com

    Setting Proper Headpace on Resized Cases
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: Headspace


    Note the index marks on the die and press used to mark headspace adjustment. A #17 (7/8" x 1/16") O-ring is also in place between the press and die to allow partial "floating" of the die.



    Understanding Headspace
    Understanding Headspace

    Over-All Length (OAL) - explained in detail -
    http://www.larrywillis.com/OAL.html

    Lapping Reloading Dies
    Lapping Reloading Dies | Rick Averill?s Home Page

    Excellent post by Kevin Thomas of Lapua USA regarding headspace, case length, neck and full length sizing and reloading safety issues.
    .338 Lapua - Finding the F/L and Neck Sizing combo


    Blaser R93 misfire - Why neck sizing is not good for Blaser straight pull rifles by Roe Stalker



    "Apparently if one only neck sizes the brass one can face an issue of this “annoying click”. I am saying click as I am not sure it is a “real” misfire when the firing pin is not hitting the primer hard enough it is more to do with the action not fully closing.

    I made a few rounds using the brass fired in the Blaser, trimmed and neck sized. I wanted to check whether the issue people talked about was real or not. I quickly found out it was true. Half of the rounds would not fire first time in the rifle. Eventually I managed to get all of them to fire, but had to slam the bolt on the case hard couple of times. Not good if you have a medal buck standing in front of you…"
    Roe Stalker

    [Always full length resize brass cases to avoid misfires in Blaser rifles secondary to Neck Sizing Only. This tends to occur when neck sizing only, without bumping of the shoulder of the case. Neck sizing only can lead to overly long cartridge headspace which prevents full lock up of the action and results in firing pin malfunction. Correct Full length resizing results in more uniform and consistent brass.]
    rxs0

    Response to Roe Stalker's Video by Robert Stokes

    http://roestalker.co.uk/blaser-r93-a...k-sized-brass/

    "The reason the R93 doesn’t fire with a cartridge that is over maximum headspace is a safety feature of the design. It is interrupting the firing pin because the bolt is not fully in battery. This is a common event in many designs that block or restrict the firing pin if the action is not fully locked. The M16 and equivalent designs also do this. I see it happen every year as we prepare for the national matches and train new shooters. If they are used to reloading for a conventional bolt rifle and fail to move the shoulder back about .003 inches, you hear the dreaded click, a hand goes up, an alibi called and everyone waits while the issue is diagnosed. Happens every year and is an annoyance, but not nearly the annoyance it would be if the round was fired without the bolt fully closed. Same is true for the Blaser design, without this safety feature, there would be a catastrophic failure, if the round could fire without the bolt securely locked."
    Robert Stokes

    Blaser R8 Missfire
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...dspace+misfire

    DEALING WITH HEADSPACE BY TODD SPOTTI
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...with-headspace

    Reading Pressure Signs
    http://www.massreloading.com/reading...ure_signs.html

    Bushing Selection by Redding
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...hing-selection

    Concentricity and Bushing Dies by Redding
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...a-bushing-dies
    "Our tests showed that case neck concentricity is directly proportional to bushing size. In other words, as you size case necks with progressively smaller bushings, the concentricity gets progressively worse."
    "Other factors that can improve concentricity:
    1. Lube case necks, even with TiN coated bushings.
    2. Partial size case necks. Sizing 1/2 or 3/4 of the neck seems to be the most popular.
    3. Try flipping the bushing over. We like to install them with the letters down to start with.
    4. Trim cases mouths square so they will enter the bushing straight. Don't forget to chamfer the case mouth, inside and out. This is very important as it eases the entry of the case mouth into the bushing, and the bullet into the case mouth.
    5. Anneal case necks. Cases that have been fired many times work harden and this causes excessive spring-back of the case necks."

    CREATE A “CUSTOM DIE” WITH A SIMPLE SHELLHOLDER CHANGE!
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...lholder-change

    Concentricity Problems by Redding
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...icity-problems

    Cartridge Case Denting by Redding
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...e-case-denting
    "To check for excessive case sizing, compare the dimensions of a fired case and one that has been resized. The diameter of the fired case at any point should not be reduced more than 0.005". If you find that your cases are being sized more than this, an oversize chamber or undersize die may be the problem."

    Measuring Headspace
    http://www.rifleshootermag.com/2010/...eadspace_0612/

    How Headspace is Measured
    http://www.sportingshootermag.com.au...urate-shooting

    Excellent Discussion on Blaser Rifle Misfires, Headspace, and Full Length Resizing.
    http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...p/t-31197.html
    http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...ading-problem?

    Headspace Gauges and how to use them, Parts I & II
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=1...se-Them-Part-I
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=1...e-Them-Part-II

    "Headspace gauges are used to check one aspect of a firearm’s suitability for use. If the headspace is less than minimum, factory loaded cartridges may not fully chamber in the firearm, the action may not close fully, and it may not fire. If the gun does fire, you could have excess pressure problems, and in the case of semi-automatic arms, possible serious damage to the locking system. It’s possible, with autoloading guns, to have slam fires due to insufficient headspace. If headspace exceeds the maximum limit, excessive case stretching can occur, even to the point of a case rupture or head separation from the case body. Other problems associated with excessive headspace are: failure to fire, misfires, poor accuracy, and very short case life. The sudden “dumping” of powder gases into the action can wreck an action or stock, and in the case of many rifles, send powder gases back along a bolt body to blast the shooter’s face. For this reason, eye protection when shooting is a must!

    The most common usage of headspace gauges is with bottleneck cartridges in bolt action rifles. As with any job, check the chamber and magazine to be certain the rifle is not loaded. Remove the bolt from the action, and strip the bolt as far as practical. This means remove the firing pin assembly and, if possible, the extractor. If the bolt has a spring- loaded plunger in the bolt head as an ejector, remove the ejector. Clean the chamber, the bolt locking lug recesses in the action, the bolt face, locking lugs and the gauge. With some types of bolts, the extractor can’t be removed without damage to it or its retainer. For many years, Remington centerfire rifles have used a rivet to retain the extractor. Do not remove the extractor on Remington rifles.

    Open and close the stripped bolt on an empty chamber several times to get a feel for the amount of resistance the bolt has to closing. Slip the GO gauge into the chamber and with the pressure of only one finger, attempt to close the bolt. If you are working with a Remington rifle, or any rifle where the extractor cannot be readily removed, slip the rim of the gauge under the extractor on the bolt, and push the bolt and gauge forward to chamber the gauge. Attempt to close the bolt handle. IMPORTANT: If you feel any resistance to closing greater than you had with the chamber empty, stop right there. Don’t force the bolt closed. The bolt handle gives you a tremendous amount of leverage, so to avoid damage to the gauge or rifle, use only minimal pressure to close the bolt. If the bolt closes with no feel to the handle with a GO gauge in the chamber, open the bolt, remove the GO gauge, and replace it with a NO-GO gauge. Again, gently attempt to close the bolt. The bolt handle should stop or show resistance to closing at some point before it fully closes. DO NOT force the bolt handle closed. Even if the bolt handle closes 98% before you feel resistance, the headspace is normally considered to be within specs.

    If the bolt handle closes fully on the NO-GO gauge, repeat the test with a FIELD gauge. If the bolt does not close completely with this gauge, the headspace is on the long side, but the rifle can usually still be used with factory ammo, if the cases will not be reloaded and there are no other problems present. Never fire a gun that closes on a FIELD gauge. If it is fired, the chances are extremely high that you will get case ruptures."
    Brownells

    Measure Headspace for Accurate Shooting
    http://www.sportingshootermag.com.au...urate-shooting

    gotcha
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3827799.0
    One way to tell your cartridges are fully fire formed is increased resistance to bolt opening. This won't always be true for ALL the cartridges. Mark the cartridges that show resistance to opening and set your bump accordingly on those cartridges. Lock-in your die setting, the rest of the cartridges will soon catch up. Keep your press handle all the way down for a few extra seconds this will help the shoulder take a more uniform "set" to desired length. For me this works a little better than waiting for ALL the cartridges to exhibit the same amount of resistance to bolt opening.

    Full Length Sizing [for belted magnums]
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...-length-sizing

    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...540#post433540
    "One little point that goes back to the question, I believe that one should not gage bump from a once fired case, but from one that has been fired until a little tight, and that the primer should be removed as well. It takes a few shots for the head to shoulder measurement to reach maximum. I bump .001."
    Boyd Allen

    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...42#msg36238942
    "When we bump shoulders(usually in the range of .0005 to .002), the case body IS supported . The issue with sizing the case far enough down has a lot to do with the "coverage" of the chamber, vs. that of the functional part of the interior of the die. If there is a line at the bottom of the case that is just inside of the chamber that the die cannot reach, and the die is such a close match to the chamber that it barely reduces the diameter of the body of the case, there will be problems if hot loads are used. One of the things that can contribute to this is how dies are commonly chamfered at their bottom opening. Anything that is done here, beyond just breaking the corner, and smoothing it, reduces the die's coverage. The problem is that like all machined parts, there are tolerances for the depth that chambers are reamed to as well as the same thing for dies. For many, the easiest way to resolve these issues, which can work very well, is to simply remove some metal from the top of the shell holder. Just because you find this solution inelegant, is irrelevant, it has worked very well for a lot of benchrest shooters, to solve a problem with the least amount of effort, and no negative consequences. We can measure sized cases, and how they fit in their chambers, by a combination of comparing measurements before and after sizing, and the feel as they are chambered."
    Boyd Allen

    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...92#msg36131592
    "Never neck size only.
    The above advise works in his gun with his chamber at his pressure, you might experience totally different results.

    After first firing, load a fired piece of brass and see if there is resistance when closing the bolt. You will have to remove firing pin assembly or hold the trigger down while closing bolt slowly. If bolt falls all the way down with no resistance, F/L size but don't push shoulder back. Do this everytime you fire that brass until you get to where you need to bump shoulder back.
    When you get to that point, bump shoulder back so that you feel resistance on your bolt about 70% of the way down."
    Erik Cortina

    300 Win Mag Headspace?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3772282.0

    What is this? [Excellent Discussion of Case Separation due to Excessive Headspace]
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3830434.0
    What is this???

    Shoulder Won't Bump
    Shoulder won't bump

    "The Straightest brass that I have used comes from a one piece die that is properly dimensioned for my chamber and which produces correct neck tension without an expander."
    BoydAllen on Accurate Shooter

    "Shooting a cartridge fireformed to the chamber is essentially the same as shooting your own wildcat."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3817022.0
    Donald Newcomb

    "I see what you are asking, often times the FB [freebore] is long enough to put the boat tail junction above the neck shoulder junction. I have used bullets with not enough FB to get the boat tail junction above the neck shoulder junction. In that situation I only sized 3/4 of the neck as not to pinch at the bottom and it worked out."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...56#msg36319056
    Drop Port

    "First of all did you survey the "headspace of all the fired cases that you sized? Secondly, it has been my observation that cases to not reach their maximum "headspace" with only one firing. I suggest that you do another test with some new brass of the same type, and the same die. Number each case with a permanent marker, and make a chart, showing the unfired, and fired "headspace" of each case. If your cases got tighter after sighting the shoulder probably moved forward during sizing, because it was short of full chamber potential and then got squeezed by the die, but the die was not low enough to locate the shoulder during the process. Personally, I do not like headspace comparitors that have inserts cut to shoulder angles, much preferring something designed to make line contact around the shoulder, such as the Stoney Point, now Hornady design. If your shoulder was telescoped slightly by sizing that did not fully move it back and determine its angle, it may have ended up at a slightly different angle than the insert. What I like to do is to fire a single case, neck sizing only, with relatively hot loads, until its datum to head dimension ("headspace") does not increase. At that point, I record the datum to head dimension for that rifle, and set bump in reference to that dimension. Most of the time, when I have to work with once fired brass, I set the die so that the shoulders are where they came out of the chamber when fired, and since they will vary, I check several, try the longest in the rifle, and if it is not tight, use that dimension."
    BoydAllen on Accurate Shooter
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...75#msg36365175

    Priming

    Primers and Pressure
    http://www.jamescalhoon.com/primers_and_pressure.php

    Primer Pocket Depth and Diameter
    http://ballistictools.com/articles/p...d-diameter.php

    High-speed measurement of firearm primer blast waves
    http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1203/1203.2701.pdf


    Seating

    Excerpts from "Reloading Advice from Sinclair International"

    "What do you feel is the one-most crucial step in precision reloading?”

    Rod Green: “I feel that bullet seating is the most important step. If you had focused on making sure all prior steps (case prep, powder charge, etc.) of the process have been carefully taken to ensure uniformity, bullet seating is the last step, and can mean all the difference in the world in terms of consistency. Making sure that the bullet is seated to the same depth each time, and time is taken to ensure that true aligned seating can make the load.”

    Bob Blaine: “I agree with Rod. I strongly feel that consistent bullet seating depth is the most important step in creating the most accurate hand loads. I have seen the results in both my bench and long range rifles. Taking the time to ensure exactness in the seating process is by far, the number one most important step in my book.”

    AccurateShooter.com: Agreed. When loading match ammo, after bullet seating, we check every loaded round for base of case to ogive length. If it varies by more than 3 thousandths, that round is segregated or we attempt to re-seat the bullet. We measure base of case to bullet ogive with a comparator mounted on one jaw of our calipers. You may have to pre-sort your bullets to hold the case-base to ogive measurement (of loaded rounds) within .003″.


    Excerpts from Accurate Shooter Article, "How to Load More Concentric Ammo"

    One problem that the reloader faces with longer bullets is that they are so long that the standard seating stem is not machined deep enough to contact these bullets properly. The point of the bullet “bottoms out” in the stem and the result is off-center seating and/or rings and dents on the bullet nose. If you plan on using such bullets, you should purchase a “VLD” style seating stem, which is cut to accommodate the longer bullets. The use of this stem results in truer seating of the bullet without leaving a ring or marring the tip of the bullet.

    Finally another trick used by many in the seating process is to turn the case while the bullet is being seated. Some people claim this will keep things straight. What they do is raise the ram in increments while seating and rotate the case in the shellholder in increments of 90 degrees from the original starting while the bullet is being seated.

    Excerpt from Accurate Shooter Article, "Redding Offers Retro-Fit Micrometer Stems for Standard Seaters"
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...ndard-seaters/

    That’s right, Redding now offers micrometer seater assemblies made specifically for Berger VLD bullets. These Seating Micrometers allow you to convert a standard seater to a Micrometer seater optimized for VLDs. That’s great news for VLD fans. Eric Stecker of Berger Bullets tells us: “We have confirmed with Redding that each of the new micrometer plugs in the VLD group were designed based on Berger VLD bullets. We provided all of our VLD bullets to Redding, from which they took deliberate measurements and made these new plugs.”

    New VLD-specific Seater Stems Improve Bullet Seating Depth Consistency
    Stecker explains how the new VLD-specific seater assemblies produce better, more accurate ammo: “Many shooters have problems getting the VLD bullets to shoot because of the bullet seater die they are using. VLD bullet noses are so long and sharp that, in many dies, the bullet tip bottoms out in the bullet seater stem instead of touching on the side of the ogive like it should. Seating depth inconsistencies up to .025″ can occur if the seater stem bottoms out on the bullet tip. The worst part is that many shooters have no idea that this is the root cause of their poor performance. This new product can help turn a frustrating shooting experience into an enjoyable one.”

    Accurate Shooter, "seating bullet to ogive"
    mikecr
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3827495.0
    The common culprits of depth mis-seating:
    -bullet tip bottoming out in stem
    -stem datum too high on nose(wedging)
    -excess seating forces
    -slop in press

    Basics: Seating Depth
    Checking Seating Depth
    by: Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: Seating Depth

    Interesting discussion regarding "cold welding" of bullets in case necks
    Have you had any experience with "cold welding" of bullets in case necks?

    Reloading: Seating Die Runout
    Seating Die Induced Runout - A Comparison
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Reloading: Seating Die Runout

    Rifle Cartridge Overall Length
    MassReloading - Rifle Cartridge Overall Length

    Excerpt from Accurate Shooter Article, "Tech Tip: Try Rotating Cartridge During Bullet Seating Process — This Might Reduce Bullet Run-Out"

    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...&submit=Search
    Next time you’re loading ammo with a threaded (screw-in) seating die, try seating the bullet in two stages. Run the cartridge up in the seating die just enough to seat the bullet half way. Then lower the cartridge and rotate it 180° in the shell-holder. Now raise the cartridge up into the die again and finish seating the bullet.

    Seater Die Adjustments from Redding
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...t-bullet-depth

    Seating Depth Variation by Redding
    http://www.redding-reloading.com/com...epth-variation
    "Inadequate or excessive neck tension can also cause bullet seating depth variations. If you're using a bushing style sizing die, make sure you've selected the correct diameter bushing to size the case necks. Our current recommendation, is to select a bushing that is .001" smaller than the neck diameter of your loaded cartridges.*"

    Cartridge Overall Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base to Ogive (CTBO)

    Effects Of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) And Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 1
    http://www.bergerbullets.com/effects...e-cbto-part-1/

    The cartridge base to ogive (CTBO) measurement is a key parameter used to precisely seat bullets relative to the lands. Use the dummy round to find the CTBO when the bullet's ogive is touching the lands. You can the make bullet seating adjustments relative to the "touching the lands" CTBO starting measurement to find your optimal seating depth. See the following article by Brian Litz.
    rxs0

    Effects Of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) And Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 2

    http://www.bergerbullets.com/effects...e-cbto-part-2/

    "So now you know the dimension from your bolt face to where your bullet touches the rifling using your bullets and gauge. Now all you have to do is adjust your seating die so that it makes ammo that matches this dimension. At this dimension you are “touching the rifling”. It is from this starting point that you can tune your rifle very effectively. Whatever amount you make this dimension longer than this starting measurement is a jam. If the starting dimension was 2.110” and you change it to 2.120” you are using a .010” jam. If you change your dimension to 2.090” you are using a .020” jump (as an example).

    The key to this situation is that you find which CBTO shoots best in your rifle using your bullets and your gauge. It will take a bit of effort to get this sorted out especially if you haven’t done it before but I can assure you that once you know and control this dimension accurately you will be able to obtain better performance from your load in your rifle. It is important to remember that you can’t ignore COAL especially if you want to feed through a magazine. However, if you know your CBTO and then find out your COAL is 0.050″ too long to feed through a magazine then you are equipped to decide what to do next. If you must feed through the magazine then you will know for sure that you will have to add 0.050” more jump (make the CBTO 0.050” shorter) to get the cartridge into your magazine. This may or may not affect the rifles performance but at least you will have hard and reliable data from which to make decisions."
    Brian Litz

    Read the following article for Berger’s recommended process to optimize seating depth for precision.
    http://www.bergerbullets.com/getting...in-your-rifle/

    "Both Redding and RCBS sell replacement seater-stems for VLD type and long bullets.
    Also, myself I always polish the seater-stems on all my dies, which I find can greatly improve consistency."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...11#msg36325511
    Donovan Moran

    Some folk make a "custom" seat stem by putting hot glue in the stem, then seating a bullet...makes for a nice fit.
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...51#msg36325551
    snert

    "To hold the bullet concentrically, the Bullet Alignment Bore and the Seating Stem have been honed and ground to virtually the same diameter as a jacketed bullet."
    Redding Competition Seating Die. From Redding's website

    "Redding came out with a VLD seating stem specifically designed to prevent the Berger VLDs from bottoming out/ hitting the tips of the VLD bullets when being seated. I use the VLD stems exclusively now."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...72#msg36325872
    JEffVN

    Best bullet seating method?
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...seating-method
    If you want the best of both use a Wilson type inline seater and seat the bullets a little long and finish seating the bullet to your desired OAL with a Forster Ultra seater in a 7/8" press. The Wilson type inline die can't be beat as far as concentricy but doesn't seat to the same OAL as well as a Forester Ultra seater (in my experience) but using the Ultra seater as the last step you ensure that you get good concentricy with the Wilson seater by doing most of the job seating the bullet and the Ultra Seater will ensure the same OAL. This goes against my K.I.S.S. method of reloading match ammo but it works.
    Rodney

    Boyd Allen's Technique for adjusting and measuring seating depth in Wilson Type Seaters
    "It is a very simple design, without any sort of micrometer, and that is how I like it. I find that I like the directness of changing the total length of the stem and cap, as measured with my calipers. That is the dimension that I record in my load notes, as well as the approximate relation to the rifling."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...66#msg36350566
    Boyd Allen



    "The pro move is to get a 2nd or 3rd cap and stem if you plan on loading for more than one rifle or bullet, set the additional stems up for that and label them."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...49#msg36408649
    mshelton


    "To get a good sense of bullet seating pressure, Virgil seated bullets in a Wilson straight-line tool BY HAND — not arbor press. He estimated that the seating pressure on his hand was moderate — perhaps 15 pounds. If seating requires significantly more pressure, the operation damages the bullet’s fragile pressure ring, bulging your groups. If the seating pressure is too light, he said you’re assured a mediocre .250″ rifle."

    http://precisionrifleblog.com/2013/1...ifle-accuracy/

    Seating depth consistency
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3847297.0

    Powder Charging

    Digital Powder Dispensers Part One
    Digital Powder Dispensers Part One within AccurateShooter.com

    Digital Powder Dispensers Part Two
    Digital Powder Dispensers Part Two within AccurateShooter.com



    Measuring Tools, Concentricity Gauges, and Sorting Tools

    Excerpt from Accurate Shooter Article, "How to Load More Concentric Ammo"

    After the Rounds Are Loaded — Batch Sorting by Concentricity Levels
    No matter how meticulous you are, and no matter how good your components and tools are, run-out will still show up. Reloaders can drive themselves crazy trying to make each and every loaded round a true “0” in run-out. You will still see some minimal amount no matter what you do. Set yourself a standard of maximum allowable run-out for your loads. For instance for my Long Range 600- and 1000-yard F-Class loads I like to see .002” or less. I average .0015” and see a few in the range up to .004”. I spin each loaded round on my Sinclair Concentricity Gauge and sort them by run-out. Those that run over .002” I use for sighters or practice. Though achieving zero run-out (on every round) isn’t possible, minimizing run-out can definitely help your performance. Not only will your loads shoot better but you will have one less thing to worry about when you are lining up the sights on the target. — Pete Petros

    Measuring the Case
    by: Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: Measuring the Case

    Bearing Surface Comparator
    Bearing Surface Comparator within AccurateShooter.com
    Bullet Tipping - Accuracy One Shooting Supplies
    http://home.comcast.net/~jesse99/bsc.html

    Go/No-Go Gauge
    Go /No-go Gauge

    Effects Of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) And Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 1
    http://www.bergerbullets.com/effects...e-cbto-part-1/

    Effects Of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) And Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 2
    http://www.bergerbullets.com/effects...e-cbto-part-2/

    Tools for Measuring Case Necks
    Tools for Measuring Case Necks within AccurateShooter.com

    Reading a Standard Micrometer


    Gauging Success - Minimum Headspace and Maximum COL
    Gauging Success - Minimum Headspace and Maximum COL | World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools - BROWNELLS

    Sorting 223 Bullets using a Neal Jones 22 Rimfire Head Space Gauge
    Sorting 223 caliber bullets by surface bearing length





    Sorting Bullets, Brass, and Primers

    Base to ogive measurements, anomaly?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...07#msg36328007
    "When bullet makers change tooling, there are often differences in that measurement [base to ogive]. Most competition shooters order several thousands of the same lot number to keep them consistent."
    tenring




    Annealing

    The Art and Science of Annealing
    http://www.6mmbr.com/annealing.html

    Annealing Instructions
    http://www.bench-source.com/sitebuil...nealerrevb.pdf
    http://www.kenlightmfg.com/cartridgecaseannealer.htm
    http://www.annealingmachines.com/how-to-anneal.html

    The Science of Cartridge Annealing
    http://bisonballistics.com/articles/...rass-annealing

    Designing and Forming Custom Cartridges for Rifles and Handguns by Ken Howell
    http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Form...well+cartridge
    Excellent discussion on annealing

    Giraud or Bench Source?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3819532.0



    Bullet Tip Trimming and Pointing

    Whidden Pointing Die System
    http://www.6mmbr.com/bulletpointer.html

    Hoover Bullet Tipping Instructions
    http://www.bullettipping.com/product...tructions.html

    Hoover Bullet Trimming
    http://www.bullettipping.com/product...attrimmer.html

    Bullet Pointing
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3801387.0

    Meplat Uniforming for Terminal Ballistics
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3775909.0





    Bullet Coating:

    Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) Coating:

    Source for 0.5 micron and 70 nm (nanometer) Hexagonal Boron Nitride Powder in 1 pound containers. The 70 nm powder is their smallest particle size:

    http://lowerfriction.com/product-page.php?categoryID=2

    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...on-procedures/

    http://home.comcast.net/~jesse99/hex...e_coating.html





    Why should you use our Boron Nitride Bullet Coating Kit (David Tubb)?

    Boron Nitride coated bullets offer several distinct advantages over bare or moly coated bullets
    (from Tubb's site http://www.davidtubb.com/bn-boron-coating ):

    Tubb Precision Blended [Editor:likely a blend of 70 nm and 5 micron particles] Hexagonal Boron Nitride goes on clear and doesn't come off in your hands, and unlike Moly coating, does not need a wax coating to hold it in place;

    Unlike Moly, Boron Nitride has no humidity issues;

    Moly out-gasses at around 600 degrees, Boron Nitride out-gasses above 2500 degrees;

    Boron Nitride has a lower coefficient of friction than Moly, so it is slicker than Moly;

    But the biggest reason to use Boron Nitride on your bullets, the most important advantage Boron Nitride coated bullets have over bare and Moly coated bullets, is that the first shot from a cold, "dirty" barrel will go into the group (of all the subsequent shots). You can't say this about Moly coated bullets, and in David's experience, the first shots using Moly coatings usually go low, and bare bullets are unpredictable.

    Boron Nitride coating radically reduces the elevation effects of cold (or hot) bore first shot velocity variations that have plagued shooters in the past. This means that the High Power competitor using Boron Nitride coated bullets will not have to worry about elevation changes from the first through successive shots. It means that the hunter taking that all-important first shot of the day can be confident it will go where it is aimed. And the tactical shooter will know that critical first shot will leave the barrel in the same velocity range and go into the same group as his subsequent shots.

    As David says: "This is huge".



    By Tumbling/Vibratory bowl coating (from http://www.lowerfriction.com/howto.php )

    Take 5-6 small empty plastic bottles (empty aspirin bottles will do). Put few parts in the bottle and fill the bottle (up to 75%) with coating powder. Fill all bottles likewise.
    Put the bottles in vibratory bowl/tumbler with vibratory media.
    Vibrate/Tumble for 4-5 hours.
    Empty the bottles and wipe clean the parts with soft tissue/cloth.


    Articles on Bullet Coating

    MUST SHARE- Moly coating trick
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3798399.0

    Efficient Method for Bullet Coating with Moly, WS2, HBN
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...ullet-coating/

    Applying Boron Nitride (HBN) to Bullets
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...bn-to-bullets/

    Guide to bullet coating
    http://www.6mmbr.com/bulletcoating.html
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/techn...ullet-coating/

    Boron Nitride Bullet Lube Sources
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...-lube-sources/

    Boron Nitride Sources and Application Procedures
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...on-procedures/

    Safety Tip for Shooting Coated Bullets
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/...oated-bullets/

    Moly-Coating Process - Step by Step
    by Germán A. Salazar
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...g-salazar.html

    Moly Coating Process from Berger Bullets
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...;attach=866237

    Moly Source
    Molybdenum Disulfide Nanopowder, 90 nm
    http://lowerfriction.com/product-pag...categoryID=19#

    Norma on Moly Coating
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...ma-report.html

    David Tubb on Moly Coating
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...avid-tubb.html

    Berger on Moly Coating
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...r-bullets.html

    Applying boron nitride on bullets
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    GUIDE to Bullet Coating
    http://www.6mmbr.com/bulletcoating.html

    "Clean your barrel after every shooting session before you put it away. I don't care what you've heard, if you value your rifle.. clean it!
    Moly can and will trap moisture between itself and the barrel and an immediate slow corrosion will begin if there is moisture present."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...06#msg35831906
    zfk55


    By Tumbling/Vibratory bowl coatingThis method is ideal for bullets and other small parts.
    Speed and friction determine how effectively the material bonds to the part. The greater the speed and the pressure of application, the greater the bond.

    Correct Method is:
    Clean and degrease the part. Take 5-6 small empty plastic bottles (empty aspirin bottles will do). Put few parts in the bottle and fill the bottle (up to 75%) with WS2 powder and steel BBs. Fill all bottles likewise. Put the bottles in vibratory bowl/tumbler with sand, vibratory media or with the bottles wedged.. Vibrate/Tumble for 4-5 hours. Empty the bottles (you can reuse WS2) and wipe clean the parts with soft tissue/cloth.
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    Without medium in the vibrator the maximum impact is achieved.
    zfk55
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    After three hours, the Thumler's Tumbler is very hard on meplats.
    Look at the info for using the Frankfort Arsenal vibrator/tumbler with .177 steel BBs and plastic jars just up above this post. Its all there and works perfectly.
    zfk55
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693


    All of the benefits of moly: Reduced fouling, reduced barrel wear, reduced barrel heating -- in general the ability to shoot longer before accuracy degrades, and spend less time cleaning when you're done.
    Little of the drawbacks of moly: Supposedly doesn't really build up in the barrel, so you don't have to condition a barrel to just hBN bullets, and you can interchange shooting with uncoated bullets without thorough cleaning in between. Also since it's not a disulfide there's no risk of it forming acids that might attack the barrel if not thoroughly removed.
    dbooksta
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    Update... Loaded up a batch and went out to shoot.
    The accuracy node definitely moved up. I suppose due to the lower friction creating slightly different harmonics. The node velocity may be the same, didn't take the chrono to verify.
    Noticed that I did not see the bolt just start to get sticky until 26.5 gr (H4895) and this previously occurred at 26.1 gr.
    Barrel ran cooler.
    Boresnake with no brushes left the bore spotless.
    I like the stuff.
    kelbro
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    This is how I understand the process after a few PM's to zfk55.
    1. First start by washing new BB's in Dawn soap and dry over night.
    2. Fill jar (I use peanut butter jars also) 1/4 full w/ new BB's and add 1.5 grains hBN and tumble for 3 hours.
    3. Wash bullets in Dawn soap (I did this at the same time as the BB's) and dry over night
    4. Add 50-100 bullets to the BB's, jar should be about 1/2 full (I'm doing 6mm107SMK) and add .5 grains hBN for 50 and about .75 grains hBN for 100 and tumble for 3 hours
    5. Remove bullets from jars, separate from BB's and roll back and forth in a terry cloth towel.
    I'm using a Frankford tumbler with the jars tightly packed with foam and the bullet coating results look great. I haven't coated the barrel or loaded any bullets yet, winter doesn't want to leave MN yet and I got 100 rounds to fire from last year. Hope this helps.
    Scott
    sbrabec
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    19zip, I do a hBN and alcohol slurry. I mix it to the consistency of whole milk. I keep a small jar completely air tight and it lasts on the shelf without evaporation. I apply it with a slightly undersized mop like a .270 in the 30 caliber bore. I fire one round within an hour or so.
    You've about got it right, Scott. The projectile should not appear mottled, but a solid, darker color and they'll feel very slick when handling them. If your coated projectiles are leaving any trace of copper in the bore then there's a part of your process not working.
    Latigo
    zfk55
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...en#msg35831693

    Barrel PreTreat For HBN
    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...Treat-For-HBN&

    Quantifying Friction Effects of Molybdenum Disulfide, Tungsten Disulfide, Hexagonal Boron Nitride, and Lubalox as Bullet Coatings
    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a568594.pdf

    Trouble with hBN bullet coating
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3846489.0


    Troubleshooting

    Cures for Vertical Stringing
    Cures for Vertical Stringing within AccurateShooter.com

    Reading Pressure Signs
    MassReloading -



    Chamber, Cartridge, and Bullet Analysis







    Basics: The Leade Angle
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Basics: The Leade Angle

    An Introduction to Rifle Chambers
    http://bisonballistics.com/articles/...rifle-chambers

    An Introduction to Rifle Cases
    http://bisonballistics.com/articles/...to-rifle-cases



    Custom Resizing and Seating Dies

    Inline Seating Dies for Custom Chambers
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/techn...stom-chambers/


    Software

    Quickload Reloading Software
    Quickload Reloading Software within AccurateShooter.com


    General Reloading Videos on YouTube


    James Warnock posted this excellent video on reloading 308 rounds.
    "Reloading Virgin Lapua Brass (.308)"


    Thomas Haugland sierra645


    joediesel187




    Excellent Tutorial on Reloading and Rifle Tuning by Jack Neary


    Part 1


    Part 2


    Part 3


    Part 4


    Part 5


    Part 6
    Last edited by rxs0; 06-19-2014 at 08:59 PM.

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Recommended Reloading Tools

    Case Cleaning

    Thumler's Tumbler Model B High Speed 120V
    THUMLER'S TUMBLER MODEL "B" HIGH SPEED | Sinclair Intl
    Sinclair Product Report: Thumler?s Tumbler with Stainless Media « Daily Bulletin

    Stainless Steel Media
    STAINLESS STEEL MEDIA | Sinclair Intl

    STM
    http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com

    Bullseye Reloading
    http://www.bullseye-reloading.com/

    Harbor Freight Router Speed Control
    http://www.harborfreight.com/router-...rol-43060.html



    Neck Turning

    21st Century Shooting Expander Mandrels E30 (30 cal) and E33 (338) :
    These mandrills allow for uniform case neck internal diameter and ultimately uniform case neck tension and concentricity.
    Receive 10% facebook discount. Enter fbook10 at checkout!

    Neck-Turning Lathe from 21st Century
    Neck-Turning Lathe from 21st Century within AccurateShooter.com


    21st Century Shooting Cartidge Neck Turning Lathe

    21stcenturyshooting.com Neck Turning Lathe review
    21stcenturyshooting.com Neck Turning Lathe review - Bullets, Cartridges and Reloading - Pigeon Watch Forums

    Good Stuff: 21st Century Neck Turner by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Good Stuff: 21st Century Neck Turner





    Trimming

    Wilson Case Trimmer with Sinclair Micrometer Head and Base- SINCLAIR STAINLESS ULTIMATE TRIMMER & PLATFORM KIT
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod54116.aspx

    Giraud Power Case Trimmer
    Giraud Powered Case Trimmer - Product Review - MassReloading Article

    Giraud Power Case Trimmer
    Giraud Power Case Trimmer within AccurateShooter.com





    "+1 Giraud trimmers are not only faster but chamfer more uniformly than hand work. If you turn necks and use your Giraud before turning, because it indexes on the case shoulder, shoulder cuts are perfectly uniform on every case.

    Another useful item is a set of die shims that will allow .001" trim adjustments without changing the lock ring setting.

    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33197.aspx

    It is true that shims are not required, nor is the lock ring. Both make various tasks easier. When trimming brass with different shoulder positions than my match brass, like virgin cases prior to neck turning, shims allow setting trim length in .001" increments without changing my standard setting. Pretty straightforward and easy to use. To each his own."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...86#msg36327686
    Steve Blair

    "You could do the shims, but if you look at where the shell holders screw into you'll notice index marks, put a mark on your shell holder with a Sharpie, the distance between marks are about .010"
    brian427cobra






    Chamfering

    Case Mouth Deburring Chamfering Tool and Holder
    http://www.21stcenturyshooting.com/C...Debur_Tool.php

    K&M Controlled Depth Tapered Reamer, Large 6mm - .338
    https://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/c...e_6mm-338.html

    Giraud Power Case Trimmer
    Giraud Power Case Trimmer within AccurateShooter.com

    SINCLAIR CARBIDE VLD CASE MOUTH CHAMFERING TOOL
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod35016.aspx


    Primer Pocket Uniforming

    Sinclair Primer Pocket Uniformer Kit (Small and Large Primer)
    SINCLAIR UNIFORMER KIT WITH SCREWDRIVER ADAPTOR | Sinclair Intl

    Carbide Primer Pocket Uniformer with large screwdriver type handle specify large rifle,large pistol, PPC/Lapua or small rifle/pistol
    Carbide Primer Pocket Uniformer (cutter only) specify small or large rifle or PPC/Lapua
    Uniformer Power Adapter
    Whitetail-style Primer Pocket Uniformer with knurled finger grip and carbide cutter, specify LR, SR or Lapua/PPC
    http://www.shooters-supply.com/preci...cessories.html

    K&M Shooting Large and Small Rifle Primer Pocket Correction Tools
    http://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/pr...tion-tool.html
    http://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/pr...tion-tool.html



    Flash Hole Cleaning and Uniforming

    21st Century Shooting Flash Hole Deburring Tool - Bushing Style -
    FlashHole Deburring Tool
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    Presses (Conventional and Arbor Type)

    K&M Arbor Press with Force Measurement and Dial Indicator
    https://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/a...indicator.html


    21st Century Shooting Hydraulic Arbor Press


    Redding Big Boss II Press
    BIG BOSS II RELOADING PRESS | Sinclair Intl

    Redding T7 Turret Press
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod38307.aspx

    Forster Co-Ax® Press
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-...-co-ax®-press/


    Kelly Bachand's Review of Forster Coax Reloading Press

    Harrell's Tooling Turret Press By Henry Harrell
    http://harrellsprec.com/index.php/pr...-henry-harrell



    Full Length Resizing Dies and Bushings

    338 Lapua Magnum
    Redding Neck Bushings .364,.365 (most commonly used),.366 with Lapua Brass
    REDDING 76 STYLE TITANIUM NITRATE BUSHINGS - .306 TO .368 | Sinclair Intl

    Forster Full Length Sizing Die
    We (Forster) can custom hone the inside neck diameter of our Full Length Sizing Dies and Neck Sizing Dies. Custom honing is a diamond stoning process that enlarges the inside diameter of the die and will prevent over-sizing of the case neck due to thick neck.
    6mmBR.com Reviews of Reloading tools, Bipods Harris Pod-loc, Cleaning Supplies, Redding Wilson Dies, K&M Tools, Neck turning Tools, Shooting Accessories and supplies.

    For the .338 Lapua Magnum,
    I had Forster hone the full length sizing dies to .364, .365, and .366.
    Forster Bench Rest Full Length Sizer Die 338 Lapua Mag
    CUSTOM neck honing of Forster FULL LENGTH SIZING or NECK SIZING DIE
    Custom Machining Services | Custom Case Trimmer Pilots | Custom Case Trimmer Collets
    You can order the full length sizing die separate and send it in for custom honing for a small fee ($12 + S/H) or order the custom honed die direct from Forster.

    Redding Competition Seater Die 338 Lapua Magnum
    Redding Competition Seater Die 338 Lapua Mag

    Sinclair Full-Length Sizing Die Shims
    Sinclair Full-Length Sizing Die Shims « Daily Bulletin

    REDDING - REDDING COMPETITION SHELLHOLDER SETS
    REDDING COMPETITION SHELLHOLDER SETS | Sinclair Intl

    LEE DIE LOCKING RINGS with built in O-Ring
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod56273.aspx

    Redding Shellholder Sizes

    338 Lapua Magnum => Shellholder #35
    300 WInchester Magnum => Shellholder #6
    308 Winchester => Shellholder #1 & 2


    http://www.benchrest.com/hoodpress/hood_press.html


    http://www.pmatool.com/product_info....roducts_id=377

    Belted Magnum Collet Resizing Die
    http://www.surplusfirearm.com/2011/1...ng-die-review/
    http://www.larrywillis.com




    Priming

    21st Century Shooting Stainless Steel Benchrest Quality Primer Tool (Seater)
    S.S. Priming Tool
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    21st Century Stainless Primer Seating Tool
    21st Century Stainless Primer Seating Tool within AccurateShooter.com

    Sinclair Priming Tool
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod37732.aspx

    Forster Co-Ax Primer Seater


    RCBS AUTO PRIMING TOOL
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33573.aspx



    Powder Charging

    Speed Up Your RCBS ChargeMaster
    Speed Up Your RCBS ChargeMaster within AccurateShooter.com

    RCBS SCALE PAN/FUNNEL
    RCBS SCALE PAN/FUNNEL | Sinclair Intl





    Seating

    Redding Dies

    Redding Competition Seating Dies
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod39937.aspx

    Redding Competition Long VLD Seater Stems
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33937.aspx

    REDDING - REDDING COMPETITION STANDARD LENGTH VLD SEATER STEMS
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33936.aspx

    Redding Seater Die Blank Sliding Sleeve that can be reamed with Chambering Reamer
    Redding no longer sells these Sleeves. An alternative is to ream a sleeve from a smaller cartridge of the same die class.

    SINCLAIR INTERNATIONAL - Skip's die shim kit - (7/8-14)
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33197.aspx

    Wilson Dies

    WILSON STAINLESS SEATERS
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod42405.aspx

    L.E. WILSON, INC. - WILSON VLD BULLET SEATER STEMS
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod56223.aspx

    SINCLAIR INTERNATIONAL - Skip's Seater Die Shims
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33711.aspx

    Other Dies

    Whidden Gunworks Seater Die
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-...meter-seaters/
    229-686-1911
    info@whiddengunworks.net
    http://www.whiddengunworks.net/custom.html
    We can make customs dies for you to match your exact specifications for .20 cal and larger. We offer custom sizers, seaters, & sets. Simply provide your chamber reamer print or three pieces of fired brass and we can get your dies underway.

    Forster Ultra Micrometer Seater Die
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/770...8-lapua-magnum
    Parts
    http://www.forsterproducts.com/store...ater_die_parts


    Measuring Tools, Concentricity Gauges, and Sorting Tools

    21st Century Shooting Concentricity Gauge
    Concentricity Gauge
    21st Century?s Impressive New Concentricity Gauge « Daily Bulletin
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    New Wheel-Drive Concentricity Gauge from Accuracy One
    New Wheel-Drive Concentricity Gauge from Accuracy One « Daily Bulletin

    Hornady Comparator LNL Set
    HORNADY LNL COMPARATOR SET - 22 6MM 25 270 7MM 30 CAL | Sinclair Intl
    Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Reloading :: Metallic Reloading :: Tools & Gauges :: Lock-N-Load Gauges-Formerly Stoney Point :: Headspace Gauges :: Headspace Gauge Kits :: Lock-N-Load® Headspace Kit With Body 1 Each


    HORNADY LNL COMPARATOR SET - 22 6MM 25 270 7MM 30 CAL | Sinclair Intl

    SINCLAIR BUMP GAGE INSERT
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod35265.aspx
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod34014.aspx

    Digital Caliper
    You can get a much cheaper priced caliper at Harbor Freight with NRA magazine coupon.

    Mitutoyo 1 inch-electronic micrometer
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod38151.aspx

    Mitutoyo Wall Thickness Micrometer with 60 Degree Modification
    http://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/mi...ification.html

    Mitutoyo Wall Thickness Micrometer with 60 Degree Modification. Accurately measure case neck thickness to 0.0001" resolution (one ten thousand). This is a vital tool when turning necks or sorting brass. The 60 degree modification allows you to take measurements close to the shoulder.

    Wilson Case (Headspace) Gauge
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod33287.aspx

    Wilson Case Length Gauge
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod54484.aspx

    Hornady lock-n-load headspace gauge tool
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod35168.aspx

    SINCLAIR INSERT STYLE BULLET COMPARATOR
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod34014.aspx

    Sinclair Bullet Sorting Stand
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod38769.aspx

    Sinclair BULLET COMPARATOR
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod40165.aspx

    Accuracy One Bullet Comparator
    http://www.accuracyone.com/products/bullettipping/

    Bearing Surface Comparator
    Bearing Surface Comparator within AccurateShooter.com

    SINCLAIR INTERNATIONAL - Sinclair Chamber Length Gage
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod32925.aspx

    You can use this tool to measure your rifle's freebore length and assess for throat erosion over the service life of the rifle.

    Pacific Tool and Gauge Headspace Gauges
    Standard and custom orders can be made
    https://shop.pacifictoolandgauge.com...9fiic3lbduj4t4

    338 Lapua Case and Bullet Comparator
    http://www.giraudtool.com/338comp.htm

    Primer Pocket Go and No Go Gauges
    http://ballistictools.com/store/reloading-products


    Annealing


    Bench Source Annealing Machine
    http://www.bench-source.com/id81.html

    Bench Source Annealer Gas Hook Up Picture
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...15#msg36030415

    Giraud Vertical-Feed Bulk Annealer

    Innovative Vertical-Feed Annealing Machine from Giraud Tool « Daily Bulletin
    http://www.giraudtool.com/annealer1.htm

    Tempilaq Temperature Indicators, 650 F (neck and shoulder) and 350 or 400 F (lower half of case and body)
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-te...cators/=p6491o


    Bullet Tip Trimming and Pointing

    Hoover Bullet Tipping Die (Learn More at BulletTipping.com)
    Hoover Meplat Trimmer (Learn More at BulletTipping.com)
    Bullet Comparator
    Bullet Tipping - Accuracy One Shooting Supplies
    Precision Reloading Equipment
    Bullet Pointing Die

    Whidden Gunworks Sizing & Seating Dies
    Whidden Gunworks Sizing & Seating Dies within AccurateShooter.com

    Whidden Bullet Pointing Die
    Whidden Bullet Pointing Die within AccurateShooter.com


    Bullet Pointing Die System (Whidden)



    Die Wax & Lubricant

    IMPERIAL DIE WAX
    IMPERIAL DIE WAX | Sinclair Intl

    REDDING - IMPERIAL DRY LUBE
    IMPERIAL DRY NECK LUBE | Sinclair Intl

    Depriming Tools and Decapping Dies

    Harvey Depriming Tool
    http://www.harveydeprimer.com

    Redding Large Decapping Die
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod34062.aspx

    Sinclair Decapping Die
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod38775.aspx

    Wilson Decapping Punch and Base
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod56225.aspx
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/reloadin...prod32903.aspx


    Loading Blocks

    Poly Loading Block for 338 Lapua
    Cartridge: 338 Lapua, 378 Weatherby Magnum, 45-70 Government
    Rounds: 50-Round
    SINCLAIR POLY LOADING BLOCK - 50 ROUND | Sinclair Intl


    Test Tubes

    Carrying charges for range load workup
    TimP
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...97#msg36325797
    "I use BD Vacutainer vials bought them on Amazon. They cost under $30.00 per 100 and are glass with a rubber stopper. They will fit in a MTM H-50 ammo box."
    http://www.amazon.com/Vacutainer-B-D..._sim_sbs_hpc_1


    Press Mounting Systems

    http://inlinefabrication.com/collections/ultramounts


    Bullet Coating

    Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN)

    70 nm and 0.5 micron powder
    http://lowerfriction.com/product-page.php?categoryID=2

    Particle size not specified on website.
    http://www.panadyneabrasives.com/Hex...HBN-BC-1Lb.htm

    Particle size not specified on website.
    http://www.davidtubb.com/bn-boron-coating




    Books, Reloading and Shooting

    A very good reloading book, well worth the money is Glen Zediker's book
    "Hand Loading for Competition".
    Zediker Publishing



    Shooters’ Library — Best Books
    Shooters? Library ? Best Books within AccurateShooter.com





    Online Resources

    Great Resource for Reloading, Reloader's Nest (includes group size, col, and muzzle velocity)
    Reloader's Nest - a reloaders resource

    Precision Rifle Blog
    http://precisionrifleblog.com/category/berger/

    Accurate Shooter Bulletin
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com

    Accurate Shooter Forum
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com

    The Rifleman's Journal
    http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...les-index.html





    Reloading Supplies

    Sinclair International
    http://www.sinclairintl.com

    MidwayUSA
    http://www.midwayusa.com/category/reloading-supplies

    Graf & Sons
    http://www.grafs.com

    Powder Valley
    http://www.powdervalleyinc.com

    Midsouth Shooter's Supply
    https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com

    Widener's
    http://www.wideners.com

    Brownell's
    http://www.brownells.com/reloading/index.htm

    Natchez Shooter's Supply
    http://www.natchezss.com/category.cfm?category=22

    E. Arthur Brown
    http://www.eabco.com/mnu_reload.html

    Third Generation Shooting Supply
    http://store.thirdgenerationshootingsupply.com

    Bruno Shooters Supply
    http://www.brunoshooters.com/Merchan...Store_Code=BSS

    PMA Tool
    http://www.pmatool.com
    PMA Tool is now running a 10% OFF discount promotion for all AccurateShooter.com Readers and Forum Members. Use Discount Code “AccuratePMA” to save 10% OFF all PMA-Brand products on the PMA Tool website.

    21st Century Shooting
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    http://www.21stcenturyshooting.com/

    Promo Codes

    MidwayUSA
    Midway promo code

    21st Century Shooting
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    PMA Tool
    http://www.pmatool.com
    PMA Tool is now running a 10% OFF discount promotion for all AccurateShooter.com Readers and Forum Members. Use Discount Code “AccuratePMA” to save 10% OFF all PMA-Brand products on the PMA Tool website.*

    Other:

    Excellent List of Hunting Books
    http://roestalker.co.uk/bookstore/
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    Load Development

    "Most testing should be done at 300 yards. That's a fair test of performance because the distance is great enough to weed out a bad load, but not so great that conditions come too much into play."
    G. David Tubb, Highpower Rifle

    Dan Newberry's Optimal Charge Weight Load Development
    OCW Overview - Dan Newberry's OCW Load Development System
    Practical Riflery Forums... techniques and equipment of the practical rifleman... Forums
    http://www.twincityrodandgun.com/PDF...%20-%20OCW.pdf

    Long-Range Load Development
    Ladder Testing at 1000 yards
    Long-Range Load Development

    1000 Yard .308 Load Development
    by Germán A. Salazar
    The Rifleman's Journal: Cartridges: 1000 Yard .308 Load Development

    Load Development
    http://yarchive.net/gun/ammo/load_development.html


    Long-Range Shooting Load Development by AccurateShooter

    Creighton Audette's Ladder Test
    Scroll down to the middle of the posts
    http://precisionrifleblog.com/category/berger/


    Bullet Color Marking for Long-Range Shooting

    Load Development Analysis
    Long range load development at 100 yards.

    Cures for Vertical Stringing
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/shoot...cal-stringing/

    Load Tuning
    Load Tuning

    .338 calibre 300gn BERGER Hybrid Projectile - First test in Australia.
    http://www.austargets.com/hybrid.htm

    Berger Tips for Loading VLD Bullets
    http://www.eabco.com/Berger%20Bullet...%20Method.html

    Berger Hybrid Bullets -- What You Need to Know (Bryan Litz)


    Originally Posted by Berger Bullets
    Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from VLD bullets in Your Rifle

    Background

    VLD bullets are designed with a secant ogive. This ogive shape allows bullets to be more efficient in flight (retain more velocity = less drop and wind deflection). While this result is desirable for many rifle shooters the secant ogive on the VLD bullets produces another result in many rifle. It can be difficult to get the VLD to group well (poor accuracy).

    For years we encouraged shooters to use a base of cartridge to end of bearing surface OAL (I will use the term COAL to represent this dimension) which allows the VLD to touch the rifling or to be jammed in the rifling. This provided excellent results for many shooters but there were others who did not achieve top performance with the VLD jammed in their rifling. These shooters were left with the belief that the VLD bullets just won’t shoot in their rifle.

    Other groups of shooters were discouraged by our recommendation to touch the rifling. Some of these shooters knew that at some point during a target competition they will be asked to remove a live round. With the bullet jammed in the rifling there was a good chance the bullet will stick in the barrel which could result in an action full of powder. This is hard on a shooter during a match.

    Yet another group of shooters who were discouraged by our recommendation to touch the rifling are those who feed through magazines or have long throats. Magazine length rounds loaded with VLDs could not touch the lands in most rifles (this is the specific reason that for years we said VLD bullets do not work well in a magazine). When a rifle could be single fed but was chambered with a long throat a loaded round that was as long as possible still would not touch the rifling.

    Until recently, shooters who suffered from these realities were believed to be unable to achieve success with VLD bullets. Admittedly, we would receive the occasional report that a rifle shot very well when jumping the VLD bullets but we discounted these reports as anomalies. It was not until the VLD became very popular as a game hunting bullet that we were then able to learn the truth about getting the VLD bullets to shoot well in a large majority of rifles.

    After we proved that the Berger VLD bullets are consistently and exceptionally capable of putting game down quickly we started promoting the VLD to hunters. We were nervous at first as we believe the VLD needed to be in the rifling to shoot well and we also knew that most hunters use a magazine and SAMMI chambers. Our ears were wide open as the feedback was received. It was surprising to hear that most shooters described precision results by saying “this is the best my rifle has ever shot.”

    We scratched our heads about this for awhile until we started getting feedback from hunters who were competition shooters as well. Many were the same guys who were telling us for years that the VLDs shoot great when jumped. Since a much larger number of shooters were using the VLD bullets with a jump we started comparing all the feedback and have discovered the common characteristics in successful reports which gave us the information needed to get VLD working in your rifle. We were able to relay these characteristics to several shooters who were struggling with VLD bullets. Each shooter reported success after applying our recommendation.


    Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from VLD bullets in Your Rifle

    Solution

    The following has been verified by numerous shooters in many rifles using bullets of different calibers and weights. It is consistent for all VLD bullets. What has been discovered is that VLD bullets shoot best when loaded to a COAL that puts the bullet in a “sweet spot”. This sweet spot is a band .030 to .040 wide and is located {centered} anywhere between jamming the bullets into the lands and .150 jump off the lands.

    Note: When discussing jam and jump I am referring to the distance from the area of the bearing surface that engages the rifling and the rifling itself. There are many products that allow you to measure these critical dimensions. Some are better than others. I won’t be going into the methods of measuring jam and jump. If you are not familiar with this aspect of reloading it is critically important that you understand this concept before you attempt this test.

    Many reloaders feel (and I tend to agree) that meaningful COAL adjustments are .002 to .005. Every once in a while I might adjust the COAL by .010 but this seems like I am moving the bullet the length of a football field. The only way a shooter will be able to benefit from this situation is to let go of this opinion that more than .010 change is too much (me included).

    Trying to find the COAL that puts you in the sweet spot by moving .002 to .010 will take so long the barrel may be worn out by the time you sort it out if you don’t give up first. Since the sweet spot is .030 to .040 wide we recommend that you conduct the following test to find your rifles VLD sweet spot.

    Load 24 rounds at the following COAL if you are a target competition shooter who does not worry about jamming a bullet:

    .010 into (touching) the lands (jam) 6 rounds
    .040 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
    .080 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
    .120 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds

    Load 24 rounds at the following COAL if you are a hunter (pulling a bullet out of the case with your rifling while in the field can be a hunt ending event which must be avoided) or a competition shooter who worries about pulling a bullet during a match:

    .010 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
    .050 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
    .090 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
    .130 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds

    Shoot 2 (separate) 3 shot groups in fair conditions to see how they group. The remarkable reality of this test is that one of these 4 COALs will outperform the other three by a considerable margin. Once you know which one of these 4 COAL shoots best then you can tweak the COAL towards or away from the lands .002 or .005. Taking the time to set this test up will pay off when you find that your rifle is capable of shooting the VLD bullets very well (even at 100 yards).

    Regards,
    Eric Stecker
    Master Bulletsmith

    OCW OFFICIAL TEST TARGET
    http://practicalrifler.fr.yuku.com/t...T#.UrEHYH-9KSN
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Scope, General Information:

    Nightforce NP-R1 versus MOAR

    "The MOAR was meant to be an improved MOA reticle variant for field/tactical use. The NP-R1 has always been our number one selling reticle but there have been common complaints from guys that use them in the field/tactical role that it was toooo thin.
    It is a very fine reticle.

    We doubled the line thickness on the MOAR. We took it from .0625 MOA(1/16MOA) to .125(1/8MOA).

    We gave it 1MOA graduations on both the vertical and horizontal as well as added numbers for quick reference. We gave it a 2MOA crosshair inside of a 4MOA acquisition box to remove some clutter and aide in rapid target engagement. The hash marks on the horizontal also do not intersect as to provide a clean look.

    The NP-R1 was a total floating reticle. The MOAR ties to the edges of the FOV and thick arrow tipped shaded boxes help draw your eye to the center.

    The MOAR reticle is much more visible in shadows and low light conditions, as well as against darker colored targets.
    The entire smart portion illuminates.

    While we say we thickened it up, it is still very thin in comparison to other reticles available on the market, but thick enough to make a distinct difference."
    Nightforce recticles: MOAR vs. NPR1 - on a TRG42
    Nightforce Optics, Inc





    Scope Mounting and Setup:


    Set up Your Scope for Success - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast


    Rifle Sight-in Process - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast


    Scope Tracking - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast





    "How can I focus so the reticle is clear?
    One of the most misunderstood mechanical aspects of a riflescope is how to correctly use the eyepiece to focus the reticle. Here at Leupold, there are several kinds of eyepieces, but they all function similarly. All of them rotate—and in the process move in and out, changing the position of the eyepiece lenses in relation to the riflescope’s reticle. The reticle is the crosshair, or aiming point and the eyepiece’s primary role is to keep the reticle focused for the individual shooter’s eye.

    So, to focus the reticle, point the scope toward the sky or another distant, light colored background. (If the scope is mounted on a firearm, ensure that the firearm is empty and rendered safe before performing this operation.) If the reticle is not crisp when you first glance through it, glance away, and turn the ocular lens about ¼ to ½ of a turn in either direction and glance through it again. The reticle will appear to be either more or less focused at this point. If it appears more crisp, turn a quarter turn the same direction and glance through it again. If it is less crisp, rotate a full turn the opposite direction and check again. Repeat this process until the reticle is crisp and sharp. If the eyepiece has a locking mechanism, lock it in place at this setting.

    It is important to note that the reticle should not be focused while looking through the scope constantly. Your eye will compensate for the focus changes and focus will be very difficult to achieve. It is also important to note that the eyepiece focuses the reticle ONLY—not the target. Use the adjustable objective or side focus to remove parallax on the target (on higher magnification scopes). On lower magnification scopes, the parallax is factory set at 150 yards for most riflescopes, and shorter distances for other specialized products. (Rimfire scopes are set at 60 yards, for example.)

    By properly focusing the reticle, your scope will provide a crisp, clear aiming point, and a sharp sight picture that is ideal for accurately placing your shots on target."
    http://www.leupold.com/life/help-des...icle-is-clear/
    Leopold Scopes



    Parallax Adjustment

    Parallax Adjustment
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3847029.0

    The Blaser Tactical 2 rifle comes standard with a Picatinny rail measuring 12 MOA.
    The 40 MOA is optional.

    Blaser Tactical 2 Picatinny Rail 40 MOA - EuroOptic.com

    Consider the addition of a 45 MOA scope mount from Accuracy International.
    AI 34mm Picatinny Scope mount 45 MOA 5656 - EuroOptic.com

    Strosfann asks on 24hourcampfire.com How do you focus the reticle on a Leupold riflescope?
    http://www.leupold.com/life/help-des...ld-riflescope/

    Parallax in Rifle Scopes
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/optic...-rifle-scopes/

    Determining Scope Height Above Bore
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/optic...ht-above-bore/

    Simple 4-Shot Sight-In Method
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/optics/4shot-sightin/

    Leveling the Scope Reticle for Long Range Rifles
    http://www.longrangehunting.com/arti...lignment-1.php

    Perfect Every Time Scope Mounting
    http://www.longrangehunting.com/arti...mounting-1.php

    Reticle Perpendicularity
    http://www.longrangehunting.com/arti...dicularity.php

    Guide to Bore Sighting
    http://www.twincityrodandgun.com/PDF...resighting.pdf

    Guide to Scopes
    http://www.twincityrodandgun.com/PDF...detoScopes.pdf

    Scope and Spotting Scope Resolution and Magnification
    http://www.twincityrodandgun.com/PDF...peRes-Mag1.pdf

    What is best way to level scope to bore axis to avoid scope cant?
    What is best way to level scope to bore axis to avoid scope cant?

    Optically centering scope?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3765858.0

    How to Optically Check a Rifle Scope
    http://www.arcanamavens.com/LBSFiles...ScopeChecking/

    CATS Targets
    Calibration And Training Systemhttp://www.horusvision.com/cats.php

    Wheeler FAT torque wrench
    Wheeler Engineering FAT (Firearm Accurizing Torque) Torque Wrench

    Wheeler Engineering Level-Level-Level Scope Crosshair Leveling Tool
    Wheeler Engineering Level-Level-Level Scope Crosshair Leveling Tool

    How to properly level a scope?
    How to properly level a scope? -

    Cant Errors
    http://www.microlevel.biz/cant_errors.html

    Device used to align scope reticle: The Vertical Reticle Instrument
    Vertical Retical Instrument




    ZFIX Telescopic Sight Alignment Aid
    http://era-tac.de/en.html



    Segway Reticle Leveler

    http://straightshotllc.com
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008VVHQ3Y



    http://www.highpoweroptics.com/ringt...l-p-16566.html

    RETICLE-TRU ALIGNMENT DEVICE AND SCOPE-TRU™ ALIGNMENT BAR
    http://parabola-llc.com





    Scope Levels, Angle Degree Indicators, and Mounts/Rings:

    21st Century Shooting Scope Level
    http://www.21stcenturyshooting.com/Scope_Level.php

    Holland Scope Level
    Holland's Signature Series Scope Levels | Sinclair Intl

    Can you recommend a scope level?
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3825714.0

    Nightforce Angle Degree Indicator and Mounts
    Nightforce Angle Degree Indicator and Mounts | Sinclair Intl

    Badger Ordnance Scope Rings and Unimounts
    http://www.badgerordnance.com/produc...ngs/unimounts/

    Nightforce Ultralite Unimount
    http://nightforceoptics.com/accessor...lite-unimount/





    Shooting Technique:


    Longrange blog 49: Repeat the basics
    by Thomas Haugland


    Shooting Fundamentals - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast


    The Supported Prone Position


    The Prone Position


    Practical D.O.P.E. - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast


    Understanding Mils (Milliradians) - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast


    Understanding Minute of Angle (MOA) - Rifle Shooting Technique - NSSF Shooting Sportscast

    "To clarify on the shooting technique you asked about, I have a good amount of cheek pressure on the cheek piece in the video, but the thing to remember is that the cheek weld should be consistent every shot. Inconsistent pressure will create verticals. Same thing with the pressure against the butt pad."
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...pic=3815399.15
    Shiraz


    Recoil Management, *Bipods Don't Hop*

    Compute Sight Pictures
    http://shootersnotes.com/calculator/...ight-pictures/

    Long Range Shooting Simulation 3.0
    http://www.shooterready.com/lrs.html





    Bipod Technique

    Q: Whats the best technique for shooting a .308 from bipod? Does Free Recoil ever work?
    Froggy: Free recoil will not produce the desired result with a .308. I tried that more than a couple of times. No dice. My technique works for me. But I won’t argue with the way Tony Boyer shoots a 6PPC.
    And don’t even think of shooting free recoil off a bipod. It just doesn’t work because you don’t want those legs bouncing backwards out of control.
    When shooting with a bipod it is essential that the bipod be adjusted properly for elevation and cant. The bipod must be of good quality. I like Harris swivel bipods with notched legs. When the bipod is set up properly, and if you push slightly forward with the rifle to firm up the ‘pod’s legs, excellent results can be realized with lots of practice.

    http://www.6mmbr.com/TacticalFroggyA1.html

    Shooting From Bipod: Shooting Technique
    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/ind...opic=3818281.0

    l see bipod legs that have the cant locked down too tight. You should be able to move your rifle and adjust for cant with slight pressure, but when you remove your pressure, the gun should stay exactly where you left it for cant. Too many people apply pressure to adjust for level and then hold that pressure because the cant tension adjustment is too tight. This can cause you to completely miss the target at range. We want to be a Ransom Rest for the rifle system to perform off of. We want to remove ourselves from the shot as much as possible.

    While we are on the topic of bipods, let’s talk about loading bipods for shooting. l teach that to have the best chance of recreating consistency, load the bipods. Some go too far and even end up breaking them. If you are shooting at close range and want to load your bipod into straps on your shooting mat or a steady, rigid object in front of your rifle, this is fine, as it will allow for better recoil management and give you the ability to watch your own impact. Therefore, you’ll be able to adjust quickly in a second-shot correction method. Seeing your own bullet impact is a huge benefit.

    However, there are a lot of problems that can occur from this technique when you get out to range. Remember that consistency behind the gun is everything to consistent results. We can’t always have the same surface for our bipod legs and may not be able to get the same amount of loading. This may be manageable and not create problems in the short-distance shots. The benefit of extra recoil management may be worth the deviation you may see at short ranges. When we talk long range, the amount of pressure on the bipod legs from shot to shot can greatly increase your group size. Therefore, what l teach is to load the bipod legs with your shoulder to the point that the bipod legs start to roll forward. Then we hold the pressure we have and take the shot. This allows for the shot-to-shot consistency that is required for accuracy at long range.

    From Cause & Effect by Todd Hodnett, Sniper Magazine, 2014






    Books, Shooting Technique

    Down Range: A Sniper's Guide to Hitting Your Target
    by Christian W. Schoedlbauer
    http://www.amazon.com/Down-Range-Sni...7916388&sr=1-1
    Excellent Introduction to Long Range Shooting

    The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-S...Sniper+plaster
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    Holy smokes. I haven't been in this thread to a long while. It is turned into quite the library of load data. I will have to subscribe. Since it is still going, I have some new data to add. We ran into some Stan Chen Asym 175 308 ammo at Cabelas. The first 5 shots, 100 yards, 700ish feet MSL, 90 degrees. Wind Zero. Can cover with a dime. See attached pic.

    RSX0, you seem to be quite hooked in with Blaser. I am sending you a freind request so we can compare notes. I am also subscribing to this thread to stay on top of it.

    Here is a link to some of the pics we took with the Blaser Tactical 2 ASYM Ammo testing. I don't have short-code to link hosted pics...yet.

    Asym 308 175 Grain Ammo. 100 Yards. Sig Sauer / Blaser Tactical 2 Rifle | TacticalTshirts.com


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    You have the following link posted above:


    Atlas BT28 AFAR Kit for sale! - EuroOptic.com

    That is an adapter for the bottom on rail on the Tactical 2 to attach an Atlas bi-pod?

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Yes, this is the adapter for the Blaser Tactical 2 to attach the Atlas Bipod.

    TTR, I also have Steyr SSG 08 .338 Lapua Magnum, Steyr SSG 04 .300 Win Mag, and McMillan TAC-50 Rifles that I will work up loads for in the near future.

    Thanks for the post TTR. Keep them coming!

    Blaser owners, please share and post your best loads preferably with pics showing your best consistent groupings.

    Let me know if you want me to add any other info to this thread.

    Thanks,
    rxs0

    Update:
    The adapter may have to be modified to fit the Blaser Tactical 2 if the adapter is the older version as described in the post below. The most current version fits perfectly.
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    Do you have any advice or info to add about various Atlas bi-pods on the Tac-2?

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    TTR,

    I just checked the Atlas Bipod BT28 AFAR Kit on my Blaser Tactical 2. I was unable to get the 2 small square rail nuts to slide into the rail. They are too thick. The base thickness of the rail nut is .090" on my older version BT28 rail kit, which is too thick for the rail. The width of the square nuts are otherwise to spec. I will call Accu-Shot to see if the have any recommendations. One option is to grind down the rail nut with a Dremel device. Sorry for the error. Please stand by.





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    McMillan forend rail





    Ideally, both the Harris Bipod adapter No. 6 and small Atlas adapter can fit on the rail at the same time for more bipod mounting options.



    In the meantime, here is a very nice comparison between the Atlas and Harris Bipods.


    Film 5: Harris vs Atlas Bipod

    Atlas or Harris bipods... And why
    Atlas or Harris bipods... And why

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    Well....I went and ordered this today, so........dremmel it is! No worries. I am a self-rescue kind of guy. If it's just a matter of taking a few thousands off, no sweat. I even have a grinding wheel that might make it better. I appreciate the pics and the follow up.

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Modifying the Atlas Bipod AFAR BT28 Kit to fit the Blaser Tactical 2 Rail:

    I used a Dremel device with the following kit I bought at Lowes.
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_94743-353-68...535&Ntt=dremel



    This is the grinder stone I used, included in the kit above.



    Grind only the two sides of the rail nut farthest apart from each other. Grind the lip until the square rail nut fits the Blaser rail. This is approximately a little more than half of the original thickness of .090". This takes about 30 minutes to complete.



    Here is the square rail nut now fitting correctly into the rail. The other adapter is the Harris Bipod Adapter No. 6.



    Here is the BT28 adapter loosely in place. The BT28 kit is now good to go with the 2 included short bolts.



    I hope this helps. Sorry for the error.

    Depending on the age of the AFAR kit, you may need to also grind down the length of the bolts to fit correctly on the rail in other rifles. The 2 short bolts work perfectly in the Tactical 2. Older kits may have slightly different sized nuts and bolts. The kit comes with 2 pairs of screws, 2 long and 2 short (two each 10-32 x 1/2 and 10-32 x 3/8 flat head screws using 1/8" allen wrench). Otherwise, the modification is relatively simple and worth it to use the Atlas Bipod. Fortunately, this modification is not necessary with the new updated AFAR BT28 adapter.



    Good luck,
    rxs0

    Update:
    The current AFAR BT28 kit should now fit the Blaser Tactical 2 without modification. See post below.
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    Blaser LRS2 308
    47g Varget
    185g Berger Molly VLD
    Lapua brass
    cci BR4
    OAL 73.75mm Most accurate Load to date for my 308 LRs2

    Blaser LRS2 243 special order 1 in 8 twist match barrel
    Berger 105g VLD
    45.5g vit N160
    Lapua brass cci BR4
    oal 72.75mm

    Blaser LRS2 243 1 in 10 twist match barrel
    95g Berger VLD
    46.6g Vit n160
    Lapua brass
    cci br4
    oal 72.75mm Outstanding accuracy.

    Anyone able to share oal with berger 30 cal 185g Juggernault with Lapua brass for 308 Blaser LRS-Tac 2.

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    Thanks paul T,

    It's great to see that you are still going strong for so many years on this and other forums. I actually used some of your old post info on this thread.

    Thanks for the load info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxs0 View Post
    Thanks paul T,

    It's great to see that you are still going strong for so many years on this and other forums. I actually used some of your old post info on this thread.

    Thanks for the load info!

    rxs0
    Your welcome bud, Great to see so many Blaser shooters sharing info on this excellent thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul T View Post
    Blaser LRS2 308
    47g Varget
    185g Berger Molly VLD
    Lapua brass
    cci BR4
    OAL 73.75mm Most accurate Load to date for my 308 LRs2

    .
    Is the barrel twist 1/11 as on my Tac 2?

    What kind of groups are you getting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacticaltshirtsREP View Post
    Is the barrel twist 1/11 as on my Tac 2?

    What kind of groups are you getting?

    TTR
    My LRS2 308 barrel has 1 in 11 twist,
    47g varget Load was used with Molly 185g VLDs,
    shot at 66 degrees Fahrenheit,
    190ft above sea level.
    Hot load, would recommend working up from 45g etc.

    Group size was clover leave sized groups at 100y
    Performs very well out to 800y.

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    TTR,
    I just called Atlas/AccuShot and spoke Adam Knolla in their technical support department. He stated that the base "lip" of their updated Anschutz rail square nut now measures .052" thick, which will work with Blaser Tactical 2 without modification. I have one of their older out of spec models.



    Here are some measurements of the rail nut base "lip":
    .0635" Harris Bipod Adapter No. 6 (works great in the Tactical 2)
    .090" BT28 AFAR (my old kit, too thick, needs modification to fit)
    .052" BT28 AFAR (new kit, should work fine with the Tactical 2)

    Your new set should work without modification. Let me know how it works.

    I have attached the email from Adam at AccuShot. He has sent me a replacement pair of new square rail nuts that should work in the Blaser Tactical 2 without modification, free of charge.

    Great customer service from AccuShot!


    "Hello [rxs0], Adam from B&T Industries. I got your address over to shipping and they’re getting it packaged up as we speak. Should leave here today and arrive before the week’s out. Glad we could help you get your setup updated! Have a great day.

    Adam Knolla
    Mechanical Engineer
    B & T Industries L.L.C.
    P.O. Box 771071
    Wichita, KS 67277
    (316) 721-3222
    www.accu-shot.com"

    Good Luck,
    rxs0

    Update 9/19/2013:
    My two square rail nuts just came in from B&T Industries (Atlas/AccuShot). The base lip measures .054 to .055 with my calipers. They are good to go. The fit perfectly in the Tactical 2 rail. No modifications necessary. If you have the older version, I would recommend contacting B&T Industries (Atlas/AccuShot) for replacement rail nuts.
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    Thanks, RSX0. I'm impressed. Parts have not arrived yet, but I am looking forward to a loadable bi-pod for the Blaser.
    @paul T Thanks. What I was hoping for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxs0 View Post
    TTR,
    I just called Atlas/AccuShot and spoke Adam Knolla in their technical support department. He stated that the base "lip" of their updated Anschutz rail square nut now measures .052" thick, which will work with Blaser Tactical 2 without modification. I have one of their older out of spec models.
    That's great news. I just found this thread a couple days ago when I searched for "Blaser atlas bipod". I ordered the AFAR kit yesterday and should be here on Monday. I'll let you know if it has the new T nuts.

    In the meantime I modified a short Magpul rail section from their MOE handguard kit. I modified the oval nuts it comes with similar to how you did. It works ok but I don't like the idea of using the plastic rail section. No sign of it flexing or anything so far, but I will feel better with the metal rail in the AFAR kit.

    I like the Atlas bipod so much more than the Harris I had on it. I could never properly load the harris on a bench or concrete slab. It would just slide forward. This Atlas stays put.

    Thanks for the great thread. Happy to see some of my pics and video from elsewhere on the web made it in.

    P.S. those 150gr loads my daughter is shooting in the video at 500 meters were made for my SIG 716. I had a batch made with LC brass that I didn't bump the shoulder back far enough on and they kept getting jammed in my 716's chamber. The Blaser ate them fine but they were a tight fit. That's why you see her hitting the bolt handle like that to get it locked. Good shooting for a windy day, but she over corrected for the wind on that last shot.

    Here are some recent 175gr SMK 100 yard groups I shot while testing differnt seating depths from the Blaser from 2.800-2.284". They all did pretty well but 2.800-2.810" did about the best I think. That's good because I will still be able to use them in pretty much any mag fed 308 rifle. Powder was varget at 42.5gr. Brass was 2x fired PMC. Primers were CCI 200. The flyers are all my fault. I am a bit out of practice.


    Blaser 175gr loads by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser 175gr loads by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser 175gr loads by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser 175gr loads by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser 175gr loads by c.swimm, on Flickr

    I'll be looking to try Berger 185 OTM target bullets next with some Lapua brass and CCI benchrest primers. Not sure if I am going to stay with Varget on these or try IMR 8208XBR. I am really liking that 8208.
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    Thanks Chris for the great post.

    I look forward to seeing your results with the Berger 185 gr Juggernaut OTM Tactical and Power Pro 2000-MR load. Several other threads on the net are showing some really incredible accuracy and long range results with this combo. I am convinced that Power Pro-MR powder is going to give the .308 Winchester new life and extended range in long range shooting.

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    Has anyone tried reloads using Lapua palma brass with cci br primers with 175-185g weight berger bullets for their blaser rifles, would imagine said combo would yield longer brass life when running stout HIGH node charges for 800-1000y distances with the Berger 185g VLDs and Juggernaults, The 185g Hybrids didnt group as well as the other 185g weight bullets in my LRS2 which could be down to needing a True 11 twist or faster barrel twist due to its design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul T View Post
    Has anyone tried reloads using Lapua palma brass with cci br primers with 175-185g weight berger bullets for their blaser rifles, would imagine said combo would yield longer brass life when running stout HIGH node charges for 800-1000y distances with the Berger 185g VLDs and Juggernaults, The 185g Hybrids didnt group as well as the other 185g weight bullets in my LRS2 which could be down to needing a True 11 twist or faster barrel twist due to its design.
    Which powder were you using? Reloading specs?

    James Warnock has shot some very accurate loads with his R8 .308 Winchester rifle with 1 in 11 RH twist. The chambers between rifles are likely identical.

    Here is his load.
    Berger 185 gr Juggernaut OTM Tactical
    47gr Power Pro 2000-MR
    2.268 with Hornady Bullet Comparator
    Primer Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass

    Good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rxs0 View Post
    Which powder were you using? Reloading specs?

    James Warnock has shot some very accurate loads with his R8 .308 Winchester rifle with 1 in 11 RH twist. The chambers between rifles are likely identical.

    Here is his load.
    Berger 185 gr Juggernaut OTM Tactical
    47gr Power Pro 2000-MR
    2.268 with Hornady Bullet Comparator
    Primer Federal 210m
    Lapua Brass

    Good luck,
    rxs0


    Thanks RXS0, Going to try my 185g VLD load for the 185g Juggernaut 30418, Lapua neck sized brass
    47g Varget
    cci BR2
    OAL-base to bullet tip 2.905in

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    CSwimm, if you get the chance try some 175 smks with 41.5grs of H4895 behind it. I think you will find your groups tighten up just a little bit more (they have for me when compared to xbr 8208 anyways)

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    Just to add an update. My Rail kit showed up and dropped in the Blaser rail like a dream. Perfect fit from Atlas on these now.

    I hope to get my Blaser Tactical w/ Atlas out this week.

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    Thanks for the tip. I will see if I can find some. Midsouth Shooter's Supply right here in town. I'll have to see if they have it.
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    Good news on the new T nuts fitting the Blaser rail. Mine is supposed to arrive on Monday. I have the bi-pod attached now with the Magpul rail I mounted. Seems OK, but I would rather have the metal rail. I am taking it as is to the range on Sunday. I'll let you know how it does. The Atlas looks great on the Blaser, and so far playing around with it at the house, I am thinking I am really going to like it. I have a long range shoot next weekend and hope the Atlas bi-pod and Blaser will be a winning combination for the shoot.
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    Chris,
    Sounds exciting. What load do you plan on shooting at the competition? What distance? You'll have to let us know how it goes.

    Which other barrels do you have other than .308 Winchester?
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    It's more of a get together shoot than a competition. The place has steel targets out to 1100 yards on one range and 900 on another with some shorter ranges that will be more for the carbines. I will be shooting my 175gr SMK loads for now since that is the best I have for it. I took all my 168gr SMK loads and re-purposed them for use in my SIG 716 which will also be coming along.

    I only have the 308 barrel right now for the Blaser. I would like the .223 for it and maybe the .338 but the main range I shoot at doesn't allow .338 LM on it.
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    Well hot diggity! the mailman brought my AFAR kit today (Saturday) instead of Monday as the tracking estimated. Good thing too, because I was planning on getting together with a couple fellow long range shooters at our local range tomorrow. One of them was hoping to try out the Atlas bipod.

    First I had to take off the temporary Magpul MOE rail I had modified to fit.

    Here you can see the MOE rail on the forend. It is plastic and stands a little taller that the AFAR rail. The nuts I had to modify to fit also bent a bit from being tightened down. Probably wouldn't have held up good over time.


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr

    Here is the AFAR kit. All it took was a 1/8" allen wrnech (or bit in my case) to install it. They fit into the rail perfectly. It also came with 2 sets of screws. One longer pair than the other. I used the shorter set and it worked perfect.


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr

    Here is the AFAR rail on the fore end. It sits lower against the gun than the MOE rail did, and best of all it's metal.


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr

    Here it is with the Bipod installed.


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr

    And a quick photo shoot in the back yard with more natural surroundings.


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr


    Blaser Tactical 2 Atlas bipod by c.swimm, on Flickr
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    Pic of 100y 185g VLd load.
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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Quote Originally Posted by paul T View Post
    Pic of 100y 185g VLd load.
    Nice shooting Paul. Superb group.

    Have you had a chance to try out VV N150 and N550 with 185 gr Bergers? The Lapua reloading manual shows N550 as an accuracy load. Another member (Down South) who has a lot of experience with Power Pro 200-MR in competition is now favoring N150 with Berger 185 gr bullets. Although the load is slower, accuracy is reportedly excellent. The load is also easier on the brass. Thanks again for your post.

    The Lapua reloading data for the 185 gr Scenar is probably close to the Berger 185 gr bullet.
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    Wow that last post I made sure took forever to get approved. I took my Blaser to the range on Sunday and tried out the atlas bipod. It was very easy to load on the wooden shootin bench and prone on the concrete slab. It even made it easier to keep a proper follow through and to spot my own hits out to 700 yards.

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    Since this has turned into my default Blaser info thread, I am looking for some bi-pod advice on an R8. I am debating between the Vektor Maskin plug for the R8, or just bolting on a rail to the R8 and attaching an Atlas Bi-pod.

    Atlas says I need a BT15 rail (curved) and BT1517 screws.

    Does anyone have any opinions on Versapod over the Atlas?

    The appeal of the quick on/off of the Versa-Pod is nice, but I could just as easily get the QD option for the Atlas.

    So it comes down to which is "better"? In particular with loading? I heard that some think the Versa-Pod is a little loosey / goosey.

    And just for fun, here is a pic of the Tactical 2 we painted this week.

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    Blaser Tactical 2 (LRS 2, R93, R8) Loads

    Blaser R8 Bipod Options

    Atlas Bipod

    The "rubber" inlays in the Blaser R8 rifle may make placement of an Atlas Bipod adapter difficult, with a possible suboptimal cosmetic result. Take your time planning the installation. If you do go this route, please post your pictures on the installation.


    BT15
    http://www.accu-shot.com/catalog/pro...products_id=64


    BT1517
    http://www.accu-shot.com/catalog/pro...products_id=73

    Forum Posts describing the installation of the BT15/BT17 adapter

    http://ironrangerifleman.blogspot.co...ing-atlas.html

    How To Install BT17 Rail for Atlas Bipod in McM A5

    Similar setup in a Remington 700
    http://www.700rifle.com/forum/23-sps...ail-bipod.html

    Setup in McM A5
    How To Install BT17 Rail for Atlas Bipod in McM A5

    Weaver Picatinny Adapter



    http://www.weaveroptics.com/rings_ba...atinny_system/

    http://www.galatiinternational.com/product/COUPR.html

    Harris Bipod

    Another option is placement of a Harris bipod adapter which a Blaser USA gunsmith does, I believe, free of charge. You can of course install it yourself as well.


    The R8 is on the top (note the angled ridges at the bottom of the R8 stock interior). The R93 is on the bottom (flat bottom, no ridges).

    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=34&t=3607






    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=48&t=6275





    Versapod Bipod



    The Vektor Maskin Bipod mount for Blaser R8 is available at Eurooptics and Marco Polo Outfitters.
    http://www.eurooptic.com/bipod-mount...blaser-r8.aspx
    http://marcopolooutfitters.com/products/


    Mounting a Vektor bipod adapter on a R93 professional

    Versapod vs. Harris (Stability)
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=34&t=7948

    Bipod mounting for R8 professional
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=48&t=6275

    Thomas Haugland likes his Versapod. See his awesome videos on Youtube, sierra645.

    Longrange blog 49: Repeat the basics
    by Thomas Haugland

    David Tubb also promotes the Versapod for his rifles.


    The bipod will "tighten up" when you apply forward load on the bipod.

    R8 Harris Bipod Stud Installation
    http://www.blaserbuds.com/forum/view...hp?f=34&t=3607


    Fortmeier Bipod (as used on the Steyr SSG 08 Rifles)



    http://www.eurooptic.com/steyr-bipod...got-mount.aspx

    http://www.50bmg.de/Bipod/bipod.html

    Bipod's re-visited

    Bipod is compatible to:

    Any versapod spigot (Vektor Maskin Bipod mount for Blaser R8)
    Any adaptor with a versapod spigot.

    To AICS - AI stocks by way of an adaptor
    To TRG stocks by way of an adaptor
    To Picatinny rail foreends, by way of an adaptor



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    Quote Originally Posted by rxs0 View Post
    Nice shooting Paul. Superb group.

    Have you had a chance to try out VV N150 and N550 with 185 gr Bergers? The Lapua reloading manual shows N550 as an accuracy load. Another member (Down South) who has a lot of experience with Power Pro 200-MR in competition is now favoring N150 with Berger 185 gr bullets. Although the load is slower, accuracy is reportedly excellent. The load is also easier on the brass. Thanks again for your post.

    The Lapua reloading data for the 185 gr Scenar is probably close to the Berger 185 gr bullet.
    rxs0


    Hi RXS0,

    My N550 load with the Lapua 185g scenar silver jacket was 49g N550 which did yield good accuracy but doesnt seem as temp stable as the Varget load which i shoot at moment, N160 is Exellent with the 90 and 105g weight bullets with my blaser 243 barrels.

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