May 25th, 2007

Texas Long-Range Rifle Championship

On May 26th and 27th, the Texas State Rifle Association’s (TSRA) Long Range State Championship will be held at the Ft. Wolters Shooting Sports Club in Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Call Dick Curry at (817) 475-3189 or email curr320[at]aol.com for more information. This match will be for Palma Class, F-Class Open, F-Class T/R, and on Sunday afternoon there will be an Any Sights/Any Rifle competition. Past U.S. F-Class Champion Jeff Cochran (photo below) and many other top shooters will be at this match. The course of fire consists of NRA targets at 800, 900, and 1000 yards. Click HERE for an article describing the basics of long-range matches of this type and the different rifle classifications.

Jeff Cochran F-Class

Texas State Rifle Association TSRA

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May 25th, 2007

Expander Tool for New Brass

Lapua brass is so good that you’ll be tempted to just load and shoot, if you have a “no-turn” chamber. However, some minimal case prep will ensure more uniform neck tension. This will produce better accuracy, more consistent bullet seating, and lower Extreme Spread and Standard Deviation (ES/SD). Lapua brass, particularly 6BR, 6.5×47, .243 Win and .308 Win comes from the factory with tighter-than-optimal necks. Before you seat bullets, at a minimum, you should inside chamfer the case mouths, after running an expander mandrel down the necks. The expander mandrels from both Sinclair and K&M will both leave the necks with enough neck tension (more than .001″) that you can then seat bullets without another operation. Put a bit of lube on the mandrel before running it down the necks–but remove any lube that gets inside the necks before seating bullets.

Both Sinclair and K&M Tools make a die body specifically to hold expander mandrels. The Sinclair version, item NT-EXP, is shown below. This $17.90 unit fits caliber-specific expander mandrels ($7.95) which measure approximately .001″ less than bullet diameter for each caliber. Once you run the Sinclair expander mandrel down the necks of Lapua brass, after you account for brass spring-back, you’ll have about .002″ neck tension. This will make the process of seating bullets go much more smoothly, and you will also iron out any dents in the case mouths. Once the case mouths are all expanded, and uniformly round, then do your inside neck chamfering/deburring. The same expander mandrels can be used to “neck-up” smaller diameter brass, or prepare brass for neck-turning. Note: an alternative to this procedure is to full-length size every case with an expander ball in place, prior to loading. That works too, but many reloaders may prefer to simply expand the necks, when using Lapua brass.

Sinclair Expander Tool Mandrel

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May 25th, 2007

Super Shoot Daily Results

Kelbly’s Firearms Industry Super Shoot (FISS), one of the most important Benchrest matches in the world, is running this week in North Lawrence, OH. Here are preliminary “Top 10″ results. Scheduled matches are: LV 100 Wednesday, HV 100 Thursday, HV 200 Friday, and LV 200 Saturday. On Wednesday there were excellent conditions. It was hot (90° F), but there were mild winds, mostly left to right. On Thursday conditions were similar but “but the Agg’s were smaller and more 0’s shot. Wind picked up around 1 and didnt let up” according to JDS, posting on Benchrest.com.

Day 1 — Light Varmint 100 yards
1. GARY CONAWAY .1888
2. Lowell Hottenstein .1932
3. JEFF SUMMERS .2018
4. LARRY COSTA .2116
5. JAMES MOCK .2128
6. JIM CARMICHEL .2144
7. DARREL LOCKER .2150
8. MICHELLE SUTTON .2264
9. ALLIE EUBER .2266
10. GARY SINCLAIR .2278
Small Group by Ron Hoehn, .091
Day 2 — Heavy Varmint 100 yards
1. BILL GAMMON .1594
2. JIM CARMICHEL .1764
3. LEE EUBER .1894
4. KENT HARSHMAN .1906
5. JOE KRUPA .1920
6. LARRY COSTA .2062
7. HARLEY BAKER .2112
8T. MIKE RATIGAN .2162
8T. JASON GARRETT .2162
10T. STEVE ROBBINS .2212
10T. JEFF STOVER .2212
Small Group by Lee Euber, .072
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