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About andyf

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  1. andyf

    Reloading Shotshell

    Yes: You have make your own shot or get it elsewhere for next to nothing otherwise it's a non starter. I bought a Lee Loader in America about 17 years ago, only because I reload 3x centrefire cartridges and thought i'd give it a go simply for the hell of it. I recently got some #4 lead shot for a good price, I personally only load 'fresh' cases not reloading fired ones, but whatever I have 700+ felt wad 32gr #4's ready for decoying this harvest season. I use a 1970's vintage fixed choke Winchester OU skeet gun, Imp Cyl both barrels for Pigeons, and whilst I normally use 32gr #5, #4 home loads will do just fine. As a hint to those who are new to decoying or shooting, I also set the decoy pattern 35 yards from the hide using my laser rangefinder, this ensure the birds dropping in will be at the optimum range for my (less than excellent) shotguning skills. AndyF
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    Summer foxing

    What damage are Foxes doing on GOLF course??? Apart from keeping down the Rabbits that F***k up the greens then??
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    The last eley hawk 36g #3.

    Again Whatever: Not being critical, not judging anyone else, you should and must do your own thing. In this time frame I don't shoot anything living, Fox comes in about July when this years are hunting for themselves & therefore impinging on 'my territory' then they are 22.250 fodder. But please don't get on one, your way is YOUR WAY mine is a bit different, but at the end of the day we are both at it! Best of luck!! AndyF
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    The last eley hawk 36g #3.

    Whatever! For myself; I never shoot Fox when there's cubs in the ground, not getting sentimental for sure. But that's me. Do what you want but I sleep easy.
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    Well I like them.

    Try CCI Velocitor (if you've not already), best HV round out there IMO. AndyF
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    CZ 527

    Whatever, the best solution is that the object bell is almost touching the barrel. I had a 223 CZ527 and I got some set back low 30mm Sports-Match mounts that were excellent. AndyF
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    Winchester sub's .22

    Well: I've tried most brands over the years (37) in 5 different rifles. Anyway in 2018, Win subs previously my choice, new stuff is degraded?? RWS are still OK The best (i.e. most accurate) are GECO 42gr solids, why?? Not good for live quarry & ricochet for England (Oh dear). So at this time I have some old Win Subs in reserve. AndyF
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    home loading q,s

    Hi! Yes reloading is a good way to go, but don't come into it expecting 'cheap' ammo, but DO expect excellent ammo! It's also a 'hobby' in it's own right, like fly tying (another of my side lines), you can brew-up your own version(s) of standard mass produced 'fodder'. No commercial ammo is particularly well made, yes the expensive types are made to a better standard, and use 'premium' components, particularly bullets, but at the end of the day it's thrown out of a clunky 'sausage machine' designed to be profitable, nothing wrong with that, and the 'best' branded ammo is pretty good (I.M O.) Reloading is best practiced by someone who is reasonably 'competent', by that I mean you are a decent DIY person, you don't call the AA when you get a puncture, or your job is in a practical skilled occupation i.e. engineer, electrician etc. Buy the best Dies, Bullets & Powder. Cases, Loading Presses, Powder scales and minor tools can be the 'cheaper' brands as they are virtually the same as the premium ones they just don't last as long in prime functionality. So go for it, I started with a 'LEE ANNIVERSERY' kit and one set of .223 dies, 30 years ago, I still use many bits of it, although I've added loads of other stuff since. AndyF
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    A mod for the .243

    Hi: I've also got a Wildcat on my .270, but a Hardy Gen2 on my 22.250, the Hardy is really very good it has open spiral ports at the front, it's lightweight and slim, the only downside I can see is that you cant strip it down, that said the .270 is a real thumper, the 22.250 is a mild cracker by comparison. The Hardy cost around £210 I think? AF
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    Chokes & 'BIG' shot. How about this then, I used to belong to a beagle fox pack (gone now F#### the greens & Tony Blair) anyway I reloaded my own AAA & SSG, in my (still got it) Berretta A303, I found by decent testing that the tighter the choke the WIDER the 'pattern' got?? Best was the cylinder bore, those SSG would smash through thick brush and take down a 50 yard Charlie, well you only needed to catch him with one. Did I say 'pattern' more like footprint. Hee Hee. AndyF
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    Swapping 243 for 270

    I shoot a .270 and a 7x57, as said previously you won't get a runner from a .270 (I haven't anyway & I've shot my fair share). Although the 130gr is the 'usual' load mine works much better with home load Sierra 150gr soft points, heart/lungers go right through but create a veritable mishmash in the bullet path. By the way my .270 is Browning A Bolt Medalion left hand blue not stainless (spazzy-me), had it from new, Leupold Premier Scope, Wildcat Predator 8, can't miss out to 200. AF
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    Deer rifle recommends

    Ok ; a 22.250 is fine, I've got one and although its not deer legal here, if I could I'd use it for Roe with fast expanders. But it's not so instead I go for 'bigger is better' I use either a 7x57 or .270Win, I've shot lots and NEVER had a runner so I guess that covers it? AndyF
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    .22 Long accuracy

    Unusual best in my Sako Finnfire Varmint 16"bbl, GECO solid 42gr, target ammo but oh dear 5 shot single hole groups at 50 yds, bipod plus bench though! Not suggesting hunting with these. I do and they're ok, but their worst sin is they ricochet VERY BADLY. Other than that I use Winchester Subs, RWS Subs and Eley Subs. On the HV front I have yet to better the Velocitor they are in the same zone as the GECO, but potentially annoy the 'neighbours' so don't get used very often. AF
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    What am i doing wrong

    Ok get some spray lube and fire it right up inside the sizing die, also all of the cases. The first one is always a bit 'tight' but this coats the die etc and the rest should be ok
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    22-250 vs. 223

    I have had both, currently I have a Ruger #1 in 22.250. For the actual shooting aspect, the rifle is the most important. I reload and the 22.250 case is bigger, more robust and uses Large Rifle Primers, the .223 uses Small Rifle Primers, I also have 2 larger calibre stalking rifles, which (of course) use LR Primers as well, so purely on this basis the 22.250 is the choice for me. On a practical level for foxing I have used both sorts extensively, and to be honest they are both the 'same' at least on my patch? The only variance with mine was that the 223 performed best with 55gr Nosler Varmint, the 22.250 does best with 55gr Hollow Point Sierra's but that's the rifle again.