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  1. Red Rabbit

    Favorite Bullet for Coues?

    I have used older 130 .277 ballistic tips in a 270Win. Once had a 3" entrance hole on the shoulder, which I thought may have been due to "splashback" This may have been before the jackets were beefed up a little by Nosler. Other bullets that have been launched at Coues include 140 Partitions and 150 Ballistic Tips in a 7 Rem Mag. 140 Sierra BTSP in a 280Rem. Aside from the 130 BT from the 270, I have not had any excessive or too little damage and all Coues died in short order. Only lost deer was with a 6.5mm 130 Scirocco which I admittedly hit the deer too far back (operator mental error). Seems I have no favorite bullet as each deer season with a tag seems to have a different bullet loaded or a different cartridge. Bullets have been chosen based on a mix of construction, BC and accuracy in the rifle.
  2. Red Rabbit

    Sierra Gamechanger Bullets

    There have been some posts on other hunting forums about the Gamechangers
  3. What is your favorite bullet to use for Coues deer? Partition, Accubond, LRAB, TTSX, LRX, VLD, ELD-M, ELD-X, Scirocco, e-tip, BT, SP, BTHP, SST, core lokt? Did you arrive at your decision based on cartridge velocity, distance of shots, past performance good or bad (detailed elaboration is good to hear), accuracy, recommended by a stranger?
  4. Red Rabbit

    Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm B&C

    SPF
  5. Red Rabbit

    Quick morning hunt

    Nice symmetry. Congrats to your dad.
  6. Red Rabbit

    Velbon Ultra Luxi tripod and head

    Sold
  7. Red Rabbit

    Tripod for my 8 year old

    I have a small tripod in the classifieds.
  8. Red Rabbit

    Leica LRF 1200 Range Finder

    $200 shipped
  9. Red Rabbit

    Beginner

    RCBS Rockchucker press. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/513567/rcbs-rock-chucker-supreme-single-stage-press RCBS scale. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/232621/rcbs-m500-mechanical-powder-scale Lee Powder Dippers. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/943305/lee-improved-powder-measure-kit Forster Case Trimmer. The RCBS trimmer works too. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/614276/forster-original-case-trimmer-kit Satern aluminum anti-static funnels, caliber specific. they fit the necks well and powder does not cling to the funnel. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/294705/satern-powder-funnel-264-caliber-65mm-aluminum-and-brass Priming tool. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/582486/frankford-arsenal-platinum-series-perfect-seat-hand-priming-tool Reloading Trays. I like the base specific ones rather than universal as they hold the case better. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1019379134/national-metallic-reloading-tray-50-round Shell Holders. https://www.midwayusa.com/s?targetLocation=%2F_%2FN-19786%2B4294967253%3FNp%3D2%26Nr%3DAND%28p_visible%3A1%2Ccustomertypeid%3A1%29%26Nrpp%3D24%26Ns%3Dp_metric_sales_velocity%7C1%26Ntpc%3D1%26Ntpr%3D1&userItemsPerPage=48&persistedItemsPerPage=0 Case OAL Gauge. Very useful to set bullet depth a certain distance off the lands. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/570611/hornady-lock-n-load-overall-length-gauge-bolt-action Comparator set to use with OAL gauge and caliper. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/231904/hornady-lock-n-load-bullet-comparator-basic-set-with-6-inserts OAL case dummies. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1012753414/hornady-lock-n-load-overall-length-gauge-modified-case Digital Caliper. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/297498/national-metallic-digital-caliper-6-stainless-steel Primer Pocket cleaner. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/467111/lee-primer-pocket-cleaner For dies, I like Forster micrometer seating dies and Redding. There are many options and brand to choose from. Above is what I use. Others may have less or more essential tools and preferences. Most of the powder and bullet companies provide reloading data online. One can also spend more and get power trimmers, RCBS or Frankford power case prep center, and RCBS Chargemasters, case neck turners, concentricity gauges, flash hole uniformers, high quality Lapua Norma brass. As 10Turkeys said, a lot depends on how much you shoot, spare time to reload and range time to test loads, $ to invest. Factory ammo is much better than 30 years ago and sometimes a good factory load is not worth trying best by handloading, unless you like just trying different bullets for S&G like I do.
  10. Red Rabbit

    Leica LRF 1200 Range Finder

    Thanks Stallone. I have not had any problem with this RF. When doing research before I purchased it, the Leica had the lowest dispersion of the beam. I currently have the Leica 1600B
  11. Red Rabbit

    Blacks Creek Alaskan Pack

    $100
  12. Red Rabbit

    Leica LRF 1200 Range Finder

    Leica LRF 1200 Range Finder Non-scan version. Switch inside battery compartment for yards or meters. Battery not included. No longer under 2-year warranty. Camo padded case is worn on bottom corners. $200 shipped conus
  13. Red Rabbit

    Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm B&C

    There are two triangles on the power ring to generally match 3 groups of cartridges. https://cdnp.leupold.com/products/productDownloads/ballistic-aiming-system-manual.pdf?mtime=20170626163401
  14. Red Rabbit

    Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm B&C

    Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm Boone & Crockett reticle 1" tube matte finish white numbers on dials seen easily slight ring marks, no scratches on glass $450 shipped
  15. Red Rabbit

    Tamron Lenses for Sale

    70-300 is SOLD. Others are still available.
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