May 19th, 2017

In Remembrance of Dick Grosbier, IBS Vice President

Obituary Richard Dick Grosbier 2017 White Horse

Obituary Richard Dick Grosbier 2017 White HorseWe are sad to announce that Richard (Dick) Grosbier, who served as IBS Vice President and webmaster, has passed away. He died unexpectedly at his home last Friday, May 12, while recovering from neck fusion surgery. He was 72. A memorial service was held on May 16th. We offer condolences to Carol, his wife of 38 years, and to his family members.

Dick Grosbier was one of the stalwarts of the International Benchrest Shooters (IBS) who gave countless hours to our sport. Jeff Stover, IBS President, notes: “Dick was serving as the 1st VP of IBS and was the Match Chairman. Dick worked tirelessly on behalf of our sport. Dick was very well known in benchrest, especially in the Score discipline. He has been the IBS webmaster from Day One. He was a central figure in the IBS and Benchrest as a whole.” Jeff adds that Dick’s passing leaves “a pronounced void in the world of Benchrest. He was a good man. We shall miss him.”

Many benchrest competitors have expressed their sadness at Dick’s passing:

“He was one of the most helpful and concerned people I have met in benchrest, an enthusiastic and helpful shooter with as big a heart as anyone I have ever met. I thoroughly enjoyed my numerous phone conversations with him over the years. He will be sadly missed by all his Maine friends.”– Greg P.

“Dick did a lot for the sport. It’s going to be hard to replace a man like him.” — Dick Wright

“We are truly diminished. He will be missed. My condolences to family and friends.” — James Mock

“I had met Dick several times as I traveled around in my shooting career. Dick gave freely of his talents and time to support the sport he dearly loved. Dick made a difference in the World. It’s a better place for him having been here.” — Al Nyhus

Honoring Dick Grosbier at the White Horse Range in West Virginia
The day after he died, Dick’s friends and fellow shooters honored him. On May 13th, at the 1000-yard match held at the White Horse Range in West Virginia, Stanley Taylor, David Matthew and the other competitors all took one shot at a special target placed at 1000 yards, which they all signed. The group then said a prayer and held a moment of silence for Dick. It was a thoughtful and fitting tribute to a fellow shooter. The match directors are planning a Memorial match for Grosbier later this year.

Obituary Richard Dick Grosbier 2017 White Horse

R.I.P. Richard Roland Grosbier
Dick Grosbier was a man of many talents and interests. Here is a quote from his Obituary in the Frederick (MD) News-Post:

After high school Dick joined the Air Force, from 1965-1967 serving as an Aircraft Electronics Navigational Equipment repairman. This training enabled him to begin his life’s work in the electronics field, first with Heathkit Electronics in Rockville, and later with Industrial Photo of Silver Spring.

Dick enjoyed many varied activities. He met [his wife] Carol at a sports car club, and they participated in many car rallies. He was very interested in computers[.] He was Vice-President of the International Benchrest Shooters and enjoyed benchrest target shooting at many rifle ranges up and down the east coast. He was also very involved in model railroading[.] Dick loved to travel and with his wife made several coast-to-coast trips across the U.S., visiting almost all the lower 48 states, and Hawaii.

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May 19th, 2017

Make Your Own Threaded Case for Measuring Length to Lands

Hornady Stony Point Tool OAL O.A.L. gauge bullet seating length ogive checker

In this video, Forum member Erik Cortina shows how to create a custom modified case for use with the Hornady Lock-N-Load Overall Length Gauge (formerly the Stoney Point Tool). While Hornady sells modified cases for many standard cartridges, if you shoot a wildcat such as the 6mm Dasher or .284 Shehane, you’ll need to create a custom modified case*. And even if you shoot a standard cartridge such as the .308 Winchester you can get more consistent measurements if you make a custom modified case from a piece of brass fired in your chamber.

The process is straight-forward. Take a piece of brass fired in your chamber and full-length size it (with about .002″ shoulder bump). Then you need to drill out the primer pocket. Erik uses a mini-lathe for the operation, but this general process can be done with a drill press or other tools. Erik shows how to do this with a 0.290″ HSS (High Speed Steel) drill bit on a mini-lathe. After drilling the hole comes the tricky part — you need to tap the case with the precise 5/16″ x 36 threads per inch (tpi) right-hand thread that matches the male thread on the O.A.L. Gauge. This 5/16″ x 36 tpi tap is pretty uncommon, but you can order it from Amazon.com if you can’t source it locally.

Hornady Stony Point Tool OAL O.A.L. gauge bullet seating length ogive checker

If you use a mini-lathe, Erik suggests loosening the tailstock slightly, so it can float while cutting the threads. Erik also says: “Make sure you get the tap on pretty tight — it’s going to want to spin.” Erik turns the case at about 100 rpm when tapping the threads. Once the case and tap are rigged, the actual tapping process (see video at 6:00) takes only a few seconds. While the mini-lathe makes the tapping process go more quickly, the threading can also be done with other systems.

TIP: Don’t just make one modified case, make three. That gives you one for your range kit, one for your home reloading bench, plus a spare (since you WILL eventually lose or misplace one).


Here’s the Stuff You Need

Hornady Stony Point Tool OAL O.A.L. gauge bullet seating length ogive checker

5/16″-36 TPI Threading Tap
The required thread is somewhat uncommon. You need a 5/16″ – 36 tpi Right Hand Thread Tap. If you can’t find it locally, Amazon.com carries the correct tap. Erik notes: “The 5/16-36 tpi tap is not a common size. I think Hornady did this on purpose to make it more difficult for the average guy to make his own modified cases.”

0.290″ Drill Bit
Erik uses an 0.290″ HSS “L” drill bit. (This “L” Letter Gauge code designates a 0.290″ diameter bit). A close metric equivalent would be 7.3 mm (0.286″). Erik says: “A 9/32″ drill will also work but it will be harder to run the tap in since the hole will be .281″ instead of .290″ with the Letter Gauge L bit.”

Tips for Using O.A.L. Gauge with Modified Case
We’ve noticed that many folks have trouble getting reliable, consistent results when they first start using the Hornady O.A.L. Gauge (formerly the Stoney Point Tool). We’ve found this is usually because they don’t seat the modified case properly and because they don’t use a gentle, consistent method of advancing the bullet until it just kisses the lands.

Here is our suggested procedure for use the O.A.L. Gauge. Following this method we can typically make three of four measurements (with the same bullet), all within .001″ to .0015″. (Yes, we always measure multiple times.)

1. Clean your chamber so there is no build-up of carbon, debris, or lube. Pay particular attention to the shoulder area.

2. Screw the modified case on to the O.A.L. Gauge. Make sure it is seated firmly (and doesn’t spin loose). Note, you may have to re-tighten the modified case after insertion in the chamber.

3. Place your selected bullet so that the ogive (max bullet diameter) is behind the case mouth. This prevents the bullet from “snagging” as you insert the tool in the action.

4. Insert the O.A.L. Gauge into your chamber smoothly. Push a little until you feel resistance. IMPORTANT — You need to ensure that the shoulder of the modified case is seated firmly against the front of your chamber. You may have to wiggle and twist the tool slightly. If you do not have the modified case seated all the way in, you will NOT get a valid measurement.

5. Advance the bullet slowly. (NOTE: This is the most important aspect for consistency!). Push the rod of the O.A.L. tool gently towards the chamber. DON’T shove it hard! Easy does it. Stop when you feel resistance.

6. IMPORTANT. After gently pushing on the rod, give the end of the rod a couple forward taps with your finger. If your bullet was slightly skewed, it may have stopped too far back. Adding a couple extra taps will fix that. If the bullet moves after the taps, then again push gently on the rod. NOT too much! You just want to push the bullet until it just “kisses” the lands and then stops. Do NOT jam the bullet into the rifling. If you do that you will never get consistent results from one measurement to the next.

* For a $15.00 fee, Hornady will make a custom modified case for you if you send two fired pieces of brass. Send two fired cases and $15.00 check to: Hornady Manufacturing, Attn: Modified Cases, 108 S. Apollo St., Alda, NE 68810. More Info HERE.

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May 19th, 2017

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