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    West Texas Rail Gun

    Mr. Lambert,
    I do believe you lean toward something in the .224 cal class?? I like the 22 PPC and have picked up a few items. They don't come too cheap so this old soul will have to go slow. The Clausing is a great machine and we are lucky to have such. Skip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip 1032ax View Post
    Mr. Lambert,
    I do believe you lean toward something in the .224 cal class?? I like the 22 PPC and have picked up a few items. They don't come too cheap so this old soul will have to go slow. The Clausing is a great machine and we are lucky to have such. Skip
    Skip, I'm still a 6ppc and 30BR guy. I do have a 220 Beggs that I've never fired.

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    Sharing Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Skip 1032ax View Post
    Thanks guys, this is good stuff. I was afraid this set up might be a little light. My shooting bench is light, but I can tie it down to the ground with an anchor (as used to tie down aircraft) screwed into the ground and a strap ran around the rail base and bench top. This took the shake out of the bench. A bit of weight as suggested and stopped boards should get it steady. I also get too rough it seems when reloading. I hope to get to Midland and Seymore one of these days, thanks. Skip

    Skip...When I read your description of your shooting bench, to be honest, it gives me the "shakes". I haven't seen it, but I don't know if I would trust ii to do any serious load development with a Rail Gun. Since we're sharing ideas, I did a forum search and found a link that might interest you. http://benchrest.com/articles/benches.pdf. Ive' never built a shooting bench, but I know some locals who swear its a lot easier than building a Rail Gun from scratch.


    Glenn

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    Glen,
    You were right, the bench I have to set the rail gun on is far from steady. Those of us who shoot here in our small community use portable benches of every description. WE don't have a public range and use various areas by consent or lease. This means a complete set-up is necessary each shoot. Thanks for the bench info it is really neat. Skip

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    Benches

    Skip,in the Military,we called it "Field-Expedient". Means.....figure out a way to make it work. Hope you're having much fun with your new Rail Gun.


    Glenn

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    West Texas Rail Gun

    Glenn,
    We could sure use some warm weather. Morning is cold and day fair, The upper half of Texas as you know goes warm and cold every day. I am enjoying a round of diabetic problems but sure want to get out for a few rounds with the rail and new handloads. What are the best loads you guys using the 6 mm Rem B, R. getting. I have an old Hodgdon #26 manual that I have been using. I feel there have been changes in the load and bullets since the Hodgdon manual. Competition doesn't stand still. Skip

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    6mmBR

    Quote Originally Posted by Skip 1032ax View Post
    Glenn,
    We could sure use some warm weather. Morning is cold and day fair, The upper half of Texas as you know goes warm and cold every day. I am enjoying a round of diabetic problems but sure want to get out for a few rounds with the rail and new handloads. What are the best loads you guys using the 6 mm Rem B, R. getting. I have an old Hodgdon #26 manual that I have been using. I feel there have been changes in the load and bullets since the Hodgdon manual. Competition doesn't stand still. Skip
    Hi Skip,Check your mail. Crappy weather here also, wishing you a speedy recovery from that little set back. The link has some info on
    The 6MMBR.

    Glenn

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    Glenn
    You lost me on the mail note?? I can't find any reference on this program where to go for your information. I am afraid I could use your help again. Skip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip 1032ax View Post
    Glenn
    You lost me on the mail note?? I can't find any reference on this program where to go for your information. I am afraid I could use your help again. Skip
    Glenn, Finally found the Mail icon but nothing had come yet.. Computers!!! Skip

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    Computers

    Quote Originally Posted by Skip 1032ax View Post
    Glenn, Finally found the Mail icon but nothing had come yet.. Computers!!! Skip

    Computers !!!, understood. Double click on this link. https://www.6mmbr.com/6mmbr.html.

    Glenn
    Last edited by Chism G; 03-03-2022 at 08:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chism G View Post
    Computers !!!, understood. Double click on this link. https://www.6mmbr.com/6mmbr.html.

    Glenn
    Glenn, Thanks ever so much. This data is great. All I need now is some Varget and a few others to make things work. Where is all the handloading components going?? All I can get is backorder, out, No backorder and nothing etc. We gotta have powder and primers to make things work?? Thanks again for the help. Best ever. Skip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip 1032ax View Post
    Glenn, Thanks ever so much. This data is great. All I need now is some Varget and a few others to make things work. Where is all the handloading components going?? All I can get is backorder, out, No backorder and nothing etc. We gotta have powder and primers to make things work?? Thanks again for the help. Best ever. Skip
    Skip, they're 8.4 million new gun owners in 2020 and 5.4 million new ones in 2021. That is close to 14 million new owners.If each new person bought only 1 box of 20 rounds (rifle) or 50rds (pistol), it would be an additional 280 million rounds (rifle) or 700 million rounds (pistol). That is just the new guys. Now add us old guys and you see the amount of supplies used.

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    Supply and Demand

    Hey Skip....Yes,”Economics 101”, “Supply and Demand”. Politically driven by the 2008 Election. A widespread Fear of Gun confiscation. 14 years ago. A fear that continues today. In 2008, I remember driving 171 miles, to a, small Town, Walmart Store and waiting in line, for the doors to open. You had to get there real early. The ammo on the shelves ran out, before the first ten hoarders left the counter. “The early bird got the worm”. I got there early enough to score a good supply of 22 Rim fire ammo.

    Not much has changed since 2008. Every time there is a mass shooting, there is a renewed fear of Gun confiscation. I see where Powder Valley is rationing the amount of some supplies, to prevent hoarding.

    I have a 6BR hunting Rifle, 1-8 twist. Ran out of Varget, but IMR 4895 works just fine for my purposes. I suspect that the situation, brewing in Ukraine, will somehow add to the negative impact on the availability of shooting components. You got plenty primers?

    Glenn
    Last edited by Chism G; 03-03-2022 at 09:07 PM.

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    Glenn,
    You hit the nail on the head. Before the last round of world problems I was an active dealer/mfg and FFL holder, as many of you probably are or were. As a mfg the supplies began to dry up until there was nothing but backorders. My major distributors went bankrupt, sold out, and etc. I know many are just getting by trying to stay in business. Power to them. It takes deep pockets to stay the course. When the customer base dries up you have to make some changes. I plan to take the rail out to the range, fire ONE shot on the benchrest target, have a quite moment with the rail, it must understand that its job is to put all the shots in One hole. Best ever, Skip

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    Glenn

    Quote Originally Posted by Chism G View Post
    Hey Skip....Yes,”Economics 101”, “Supply and Demand”. Politically driven by the 2008 Election. A widespread Fear of Gun confiscation. 14 years ago. A fear that continues today. In 2008, I remember driving 171 miles, to a, small Town, Walmart Store and waiting in line, for the doors to open. You had to get there real early. The ammo on the shelves ran out, before the first ten hoarders left the counter. “The early bird got the worm”. I got there early enough to score a good supply of 22 Rim fire ammo.

    Not much has changed since 2008. Every time there is a mass shooting, there is a renewed fear of Gun confiscation. I see where Powder Valley is rationing the amount of some supplies, to prevent hoarding.

    I have a 6BR hunting Rifle, 1-8 twist. Ran out of Varget, but IMR 4895 works just fine for my purposes. I suspect that the situation, brewing in Ukraine, will somehow add to the negative impact on the availability of shooting components. You got plenty primers?

    Glenn
    My line to people who come in the store asking for ammo or reloading components is exactly the same thing even though we are in Canada. The issue started about 14 years ago with an election in the US. People say what did that have to do with it then I explain it to them. The sad part is we have powder made in our own country but it cannot be sold to us. It is shipped to the US and then we have to buy it back. Makes a lot of sense does it not? We know for a fact that US based companies fill US orders before Canadian. Be nice if the powder that is manufactured up here was that way. We ha e a shot shell manufacturer 35 miles down the highway and he is even struggling to get the powder he used to from these Canadian manufacturers. It goes south first. Just my rant on powder.

    With the current state in the world, and fuel prices in Canada, things are not going to get better if ever. I worry about the world that my daughter is going to have to live in. Curious what fuel is stateside. In Vancouver it has hit 2.00 per liter. 4.54 liters in our gallon. Do the math......over 9.00 per gallon and we have TONS of oil up here. AUGHHHHHHH

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