Saturday, July 01, 2017

Rained last night, humid today with a chance of more rain later;

guess what that makes this a good time for?

Tab clearing

What happens when the people in charge actually want to win: "We're not going to just push them to somewhere else, we're going to kill them."

Next time someone starts yelling about the awful & bloody Crusades, point this out.  Ought to piss them off mightily.

About damned time: a prosecutor going to jail for breaking the law and putting an innocent man in jail. Not for nearly long enough, but at least he's actually being punished for it.

Needs to happen a lot more often to crooked prosecutors and cops.

When you pass a law like this to protect colleges, it doesn't say good things about the college.

As Kevin once put it, 'an American who happened to be born somewhere else'.

No, "Shut up!" is not an argument; but it's different when THEY do it, don't y'know?

And now I have some brass to trim.  And so forth.

I mentioned once that in black-powder cartridges

you not only cannot have space between the top of the powder column and the base of the bullet, but that black burns more efficiently if it's somewhat compressed.  So the procedure for long-range shooters(in particular) is to measure the powder charge, drop it into the case using a drop tube, then to use a compression die* to compress it to whatever degree you're using, then seat the bullet.

That round with the dud primer?  Using that bullet set at that depth, takes a little over 2/10" compression of the powder.  Pulled the bullet and the over-powder wad, and barely a granule of powder came out; the charge might as well have been a single pellet.  Had to use a drill bit to dig it all out.  I'd say the process did a very good job of compression.

The primer had a very nice dent, can't really tell if the priming compound was missed on this one or somehow contaminated. 

*Basically a expander die with the expander plug replaced with one that's solid and just fits into the case mouth; allows you to set the depth and compress the powder to a very consistent amount.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday evening, a bit rainy,

stay in and work on your observations

"How dare you point out how violent our side is!

YOU'LL be to blame for future problems!"  Etc.

"Not only are you racists, but by stopping funding for sanctuary cities you'll cause terrorist attacks!"
You'd have a hard time making this crap up.

You know you didn't do anything wrong, but the campus police don't seem to be particularly interested in your protestations of innocence. It's clear from the start that the police don't seem interested in right or wrong, only in making sure you get punished. 

 Sounds terrifying, right? It's also far too likely to happen now that several campuses are adopting something called a "victim-centric" approach to investigating rape accusations.
Can you say 'lawsuits', children?  I knew you could.

Seriously, this is such bullshit I'm surprised their legal advisers haven't told them what'll happen.  This is going to cost them their ass.

History.  And geology.  Volcano in a cornfield, seen from Day 1.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Go Czechs!

Czech lawmakers have passed legislation in the lower parliament that would see the right to bear firearms enshrined in the country’s constitution in a move directed against tighter regulations from the European Union.
This pissing the EUnuchs off no end.  Worth it for that alone.

... the Czech legislation reads: “Citizens of the Czech Republic have the right to acquire, retain and bear arms and ammunition.” The amendment also notes that the right is there to ensure the safety of the country, similar to the provision of a “well-regulated militia” in the American amendment.
I dug around, can't find an English translation of the full text of the bill.  Soon, I hope.

Part of the range report Some velocity readings added

Starting off with an unusual thing: the third bad primer.  CCI Large Rifle Magnum in a black-powder load.  And that's third out of two boxes of 100(so far, still working on the second box).  Either I'm doing something that sometimes messes with them, or QC ain't what it used to be.

On to results.  I'll throw in two things: windy as the dickens the other day, and I wasn't shooting my best with irons; I may have to go to a bigger target and see if that helps.

Note: I was able to set up the Chrony, but I haven't averaged things out yet, I'll add that later.

In no particular order, tried a couple of loads using a 300-grain flat-nose bullet had from Midway on sale, to use for a light practice load.  Over 10.0 of Unique,
 I'm calling that vertical probably my fault.  Light recoil, but hit roughly the same POI as full-power loads at 100 yards.  Average velocity 1098fps.  Then, to see if it made any difference, same load with a pasteboard wad to keep the powder down near the flash hole
 Damn.  I call that a negative result.  Reason for trying this is some have reported better results using the wad.  Average velocity 1126

Speaking of, same bullet over 11.0 of Green Dot
 Fired six here, because I had three tightly grouped and two spread out(again, probably me), so I threw one more in, which landed in the tight group.  Average velocity 1240fps.

Heavier stuff
Black load, 68.0 2f (Graf & Sons) under the 500-grain Lee bullet.  I could've sworn I had a good hold, but still got this stringing
Average velocity 1107, low of 1097, high of 1113.  Very consistent velocity.

On a brighter note, I've mentioned before(I think) that the Lee 405-grain bullet doesn't have lube grooves deep or wide enough to work well with black powder, so decided to try it paper patched.  The first try was the last trip to this range, it was so-so but promising, so upped it from 68 to 69.0 grains, the bullet cast of pure lead, sized to .452", two-wrap onionskin patch, then wiped with lube and sized to .459
 Considering my shooting that day, that's not bad.  This bullet is short enough that with this charge there's very little compression.  Average 1126fps.  I'm going to try the full 70 grains next time and see if that bit extra compression evens the velocity out, it spread quite a bit more than the 500/68.0 load.

With smokeless using the 330-grain Lyman hollowpoint, my load for it is going to be this: 29.5 A5744, the bullet cast of pure or 30-1 and paper-patched with the same procedure as the 405 grain.
 Best group of the day.  I did shoot the same load using this bullet without the patch, just sized .459 and lubed; there's no picture because even for that day the group was bloody awful.  With the paper-patched, used just enough crimp to barely hold the bullet at the base of the first grease groove, the bare bullet had a heavier crimp.  Maybe need to try the bare bullet with the 'barely there' crimp and see what it does. 

Oddly, the bare-bullet group averaged 1596fps, but only got one reading for the paper-patched, 1461fps.  Apparently the position of the target put the bullet path right on the edge of the Chrony being able to detect it as the other four shots all had an error reading.  The one time previously I was able to chrony that load it was ~1530fps, so either an anomalous reading or something strange with that one.  I'll be trying it again, and will make a point of getting better velocity readings.

The rest of the shooting that day was zeroing the .338 Federal project rifle after installing the new risers and rings, and some 'just for fun' shooting.