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  1. AZAV8ER

    Begara vs. Christensen

    I have a Bergara Premier HMR Pro 6.5C that out of the box shoots sub 1/2 MOA and mostly .4 groups. I also have a Seekins Havak Pro Hunter that is as accurate. I will keep the Bergara and sell you the Seekins for a reasonable price.
  2. AZAV8ER

    Recommend scopes

    Hi Crazy; I did something similar with a 6.5C with a goal a bit shorter than yours. My aim was max about 500 yards with a BRUX #4 barrel and Leupold VX6 HD scope, 9 pound 9 oz rifle, a nice balance between cary weight and a stable shooter. For my needs a NightForce is not what I would choose but for your goal of shooting farther I would recommend the NX8 4-32X50. It fits your weight requirements, comes in MOA and FF1 at a not to astronomic a price. My experience with the NX8 in competition has been awesome.
  3. AZAV8ER

    Different brass question

    20 years ago I settled on Winchester brass and got decent results. I would uniform the primer pockets and de burr the flash hole and got good enough results. Couple of years ago bought some new Win brass and was disappointed at the quality. Very beat up and some cases not usable. Now shooting a 6.5C and loading both my used Hornady brass, meh and new Lapua. Lapua brass is Sierra Hotel. Just bite the bullet and get Lapua, no need to weigh (cases in a box vary +/- .2 grains) no flash hole fixing or primer pocket work required. Yes I see enough difference in the Lapua brass shooting better than my weight sorted, flash hole-primer pocket fixed Hornady brass.
  4. AZAV8ER

    Leupold Problem..Maybe

    Of all the like options in the Leupold VX6 HD and Zeiss V4/V6 line the VX6 HD 3-18X44 is the lightest.
  5. AZAV8ER

    Leupold Problem..Maybe

    I have 3 VX3i LRP scopes. Two of them are on rifles that I used in PRS matches, one was dialed up and down for 910 rounds and the other dialed up and down for 1300 rounds. The third one on a NRL22 match rifle that also gets dialed up and down. Several Leupold scopes on Silhouette rifles that get dialed up and down every monthly match. The final dial up scope is a VX6 HD 3-18 scope that has been on a 270 hunting rifle and now on my silhouette/deer hunting rifle that has about 800 rounds down the tube. One of the most used is a fixed 6X on my 30-06 that has been well used and banged around some, this scope does not get dialed around much but has taken some hard knocks and still good. I also like them for their cost and weight. It is interesting to read on these posts the divergence in experience. One group states they have a number of Leupolds and no problem and the other is, I and my friends have had them all fail and do not trust them anymore. Strange the the stark difference. All my dial up scopes are on 6.5C or 270 Win and get mounted using a torque wrench. Lots of times the dissatisfied customers are using magnums. Makes me wonder ?????
  6. AZAV8ER

    Perfect Coues Rifle

    I have built two. First; Winchester 270, REM700 LA ADL, 24" Lilja #3 barrel, tuned up REM trigger, Brown Precision pounder kevlar stock, Talley Lightweight rings and a Swaro Z3 3-9X36. Built by High Tech Customs in Colorado. Very light and very accurate with Hornady 140 SST Superformance ammo. Figured the 270 was about the most ideal Coues cartridge, especially with a 140 gr SST bullet starting at 3100 + FPS. SST has worked at least a dozen times Fromm 330 yards to 60 yards. Second rifle 6.5C in a Defiance Deviant Hunter with a 24" Brux #4 barrel, Trigger Tech Special in a Grayboe Terrain stock. Grayboe BDL magazine, Vortex rings and Leupy VX-6 HD built by Phoenix Customs. Doubles as a Silhouette Rifle, no trouble knocking down Rams at 500 meters. The 6.5C weighs 9lb 9oz, makes for a solid shooter at longer ranges with less recoil than the 270, the Creed works fine for shots out to 500 which is about as far as I want to shoot at a buck. I like the traditional stock profile because it handles naturally like a shotgun shooting quail you jumped up, just like bucks do sometimes.
  7. AZAV8ER

    Getting into welding question

    My son is just finishing up his pipe fitters school/apprenticeship. Welding is a big part of it. He got is Med Gas Cert and struggling with the welding cert. Watching his progress I would recommend the Cochise College and Certified route.
  8. AZAV8ER

    Two Ruger Security Sixes SS .357

    Not a problem at all. I missed the post when it first came out. Nice pair of Ruger Security Six's.
  9. AZAV8ER

    Two Ruger Security Sixes SS .357

    Dang !!!!
  10. The Creedmoor is very different. The main reason why is accuracy from off the shelf rifles like the Seekins Havak and Bergara Premier line, rifles that shoot off the shelf Hornady ammo sub .4MOA. The secret sauce is Hornady built the Cartridge from the ground up to be accurate with the 140/147 grain ELD-Match bullet. The SAMMI specs call for a twist, chamber, throat and lead that fit those bullets like a glove and support it with decent ammo. Heck even their bargain bulk "American Gunner" ammo would shoot sub .5MOA at 100 yards. Yes its only so fast and the bore is only .264, but t's accurate as all heck and carries easily to 1000 yard hits on steel or paper. I know it's a "target round" but velocity that is still over 2000 fps at 400 yards and sufficient energy for deer hunting covers a lot of territory. It's not magic, just more accurate than any other off the shelf setup. I do not know off any factory match ammo 7-08, 243 or 260 that you can put in a $1000-$2000 dollar retail rifle and kick but with it.
  11. I had this dilemma when I won a new Winchester Model 70 Classic in 300 WinMag at an Elk Foundation dinner. After almost 200 rounds looking for accurate factory ammo I found the rifle was not as accurate as I would like and I had no interest in doing load development for a 300Magnum. I looked at ballistic tables and realized that a 30-06 gave me enough velocity and energy with a 180 gr bullet to take elk out to 500 yards. I sold the magnum and bought a nice shiny SS Win Classic in 30-06. I shot many a round getting loads using 165 and 180 grain bullets that shot sub MOA and pushed a 180 Sierra BT GK bullet at 2825 fps MV using less than max load out of a Speer Manual. In the years that followed I took Elk with the 165 gr and 180 gr bullets from 50 yards out to 350 yards. I agree with this advise. The learning with the 30-06 will be much nicer than with a Magnum. Besides with the Magnum by the time you get good and have loads developed you will have shot out a barrel and will need to re barrel and start load development all over again. Get 30-06 Lapua brass, a top line single stage press and quality bullets and have at it. When you get ammo that has max velocity deviation less than 28fps and SD under 12 and runout less than .004 and you can keep shots at 500 yards on a 6 inch steel then maybe think a bigger cartridge. Good shooting
  12. AZAV8ER

    RCBS Rock Chucker SOLD

  13. AZAV8ER

    RCBS Rock Chucker SOLD

  14. AZAV8ER

    RCBS Rock Chucker SOLD

    I cleared out some space, did not realize it could be an issue. Try to PM me again.
  15. AZAV8ER

    RCBS Rock Chucker SOLD

    No the lapua brash is not part of the deal. I can go check Brunos for you tomorrow if you like.