Recent content by 2428 miles

  1. Open Powder Lifespan

    Hi All, Thanks everyone for you thoughts and suggestions. The problem was indeed that I had the Chrono too close to the end of the mod, so the muzzle blast was interfering with the reading. I can't believe my stupidity, but you live and learn! No harm done and a simple fix! Thanks again for...
  2. Open Powder Lifespan

    Thanks all! Range was 100y. The Chrono is a Caldwell. No issues with it until now... as far as I'm aware. One error I definitely made was not having the Chrono in excess of 5ft from the barrel... Thanks, Miles
  3. Open Powder Lifespan

    It's been stored in a cool dry cabinet. Smells normal... if a little stronger perhaps I understand that un-opened bottles/canisters can last for decades but this has been open for 9 years... so not insignificant. The Chrono was jumping from c. 1,300fps to c.2,800fps in a string of shots...
  4. Open Powder Lifespan

    Evening all, Any guidance on the lifespan of an open bottle of powder? I recently had some very erratic Chrono results from a batch of Vhit N150 that I first opened in 2011... I'm wondering if the powder is past it's best or the problem lies elsewhere. Thanks in advance, Miles
  5. Scope covers for a Zeiss V8 2.3-20X56

    Hi Cawdor, Yes please, that would be great. I assume it was an Objective lens cap you used to fit the eye piece lens? I'm a bit confused that they only seem to make just the one eyepiece lens cap... Cheers for your help. Miles
  6. Scope covers for a Zeiss V8 2.3-20X56

    Hi, I am also looking for an eyepiece cover for the Zeiss V8 2.8-20x56. Its measuring 47mm with calipers. It would seem that the Vortex Defender Eyepiece won't fit this scope... however their objective cover #40 (45-48mm) might fit. Glendine - I wondered how you got on and what you chose in the...
  7. 178 ELD-X Reload Swiss .30-06

    Hi, I ended up going with the RS60 in the end. My Tikka .30-06 seems to like the 178 ELDX and with the RS60 it's putting a nice tight group down at just shy of 3,000fps. I developed this load mostly for Stags on the open hill but I have shot a couple of roe buck with it lately and it's performed...
  8. reticle alignment

    Aye Ken, I did ....and back in 2007 too! Funny how this thread has popped up again... but all the methods still pertinent today as it was then. Wondering whilst Wandering pays dividends! Thanks all!
  9. Reload Swiss powder choice for 6.5x47Lapua

    Thanks all very much! Rifle gets on well with RL15 shooting 120 and 130 grain pills. Fancied a bit more mv if pushing the 140+ and a 20inch barrel. RS60 is looking good!
  10. Reload Swiss powder choice for 6.5x47Lapua

    Hi all, Any recommendations for reload swiss powders for 143grain ELD-X in 6.5x47Lapua? 20 inch 1:8 twist barrel... All thoughts and advice greatfully recieved. Cheers, Miles
  11. 178 ELD-X Reload Swiss .30-06

    Thanks fella's! Yep, the RS62 is looking like the favourite. It might suit my 6.5x47 too....
  12. 178 ELD-X Reload Swiss .30-06

    Hi all, I'm looking to work up a new load for my .30-06 using Reload Swiss powder. The projectile is the Hornady 178 grain ELD-X Anyone have any advice and experience re which powder from their range to go with? It seems RS60, RS62, RS70 & RS80 are all potential contenders. Thanks in...
  13. Load Development Process

    So... the attached is essentially a ladder test shot at 100m. .30-06 180 grain Hornady SST VHIT N160 in 1 grain increments All seated at 15thou off the lands. The pencil dots are the very centre of each shot. Am i looking at a massive node here?
  14. Load Development Process

    No problem! Its been a great thread. Educational, practical, friendly, lots of sharing of techniques, views and opinions and not a snide comment or squabble to be seen. A testiment to the SD members. Thanks all for your contributions. Miles
  15. Load Development Process

    Thank you all for your input. I have been reading all your posts with intrest and many interesting points raised. I will upload some of my groups for analysis when i have a moment. My next question is: What does a string of shots indicate? a.) Vertical b.) Horizontal Thanks and happy...