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NickMace

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  1. Yes, thanks for the info on the belvilles. What I often wonder about is what state of compression (if that's the right expression) they are in at the recommended torque. If they are fully compressed then presumably they are effectively operating in the same way as a solid spacer. If they aren't fully compressed, how accurate is the torque you're applying? Putting it another way, if I torque to, say, 4NM, would the effect (I suppose by this I mean the extent to which the action is pulled down onto the stock) be the same with and without the washers?

     

    Anyway, it seems to work OK so perhaps I should stop wondering...


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    I know of at least one person who wasnt using the "in equipment" and was dropped from the squad.

    I wouldn't want to be involved with a squad where those two things were linked...

     

     

    A friend was on the 2007 GB U25 squad. From memory squad members were encouraged to have a certain degree on uniformity, particularly barrel length so that sight adjustment was uniform and coaches didn't have to take individal variation into account. I gather than the US team even specify not just a standard barrel length, but even a particular rearsight.

     

     

    It's right that a well organised team wouldn't look favourably on sights that didn't give 4 clicks to the minute (whether because of the sight base or the design of sight). In practice that isn't really an issue in the UK because 30" barrles are very standard (though a few longer ones are appearing) and modern(ish) rear sights are all quarter minute clicks.

     

    I've never heard of anyone not being allowed on a team because they had a particular make of rifle action. Ultimately it's all about scores (or, for team shooting, vertical groups) and if your kit doesn't allow you to produce the goods then that would hinder your chances. However, if you can shoot good groups then nobody would care what you do it with as long as it's mechanically reliable.

     

    Here are my tips on fullbore rifles:

     

    • The make of action isn't really important for accuracy. Any of the actions mentioned in this thread will do the job and the comments about ease of operation and availability of parts are worth considering.
    • The barrel is critical to accuracy. This is a problem when buying second hand because you may not know if the rifle shoots well and, if it does, how long it will continue to do that. Hopefully the seller's scores might give you an idea of whether it's any good but somehow you need to try it out, or get someone you trust to try it out for you. The only consolation I can offer here is that even if you buy a new barrel at great expense you still don't know if it will be any good!
    • The stock and the bedding of the action is also important but a good visual check can help with those.
    • Don't necessarily be seduced by very fancy adjustable stocks. If you look at the GB team, they will almost all use simple wooden stocks probably with an adjustable (up and down) buttplate and, perhaps, an adjustable cheek piece. Firing points are never the same and you can never adjust a stock so that it will feel the same every time. Getting used to the variation in position is a valuable skill for fullbore shooting.

  3. I think it's better that Anschutz don't include the sights. Of course it depends on whether you feel you should be getting sights included for the same price (we'd all take that), but assuming that you'd just pay more for a rifle with sights, then I'd rather have the option of buying the sights separately. I wanted a Centra rear sight so it suited me. Otherwise I'd have had to sell the Anschutz sight, but if all rifles are sold with sights who wouold I have sold it to....?!

     

    I guess the best option would be the possibility of getting a discount on the sights if you buy a rifle and the sights together.


  4. I just shopped around on-line for a Bratton Sound locker. It was delivered (they are very heavy) and was much cheaper than buying from the NSRA. Go to the NSRA/other shop to have a look at them and to decide which model you want but I'd then recommend searching for it on-line.

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