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  1. So I ditched Retumbo in favor of Reloader 33. It's not that Retumbo is bad, its just dirty. Reloader 33 is clean burning double base powder designed for large capacity big bore cartridges like the RUM's and the Lapua's. It has a slower burning rate when compared with Retumbo therefore load density is much higher also. I was surprised that a cartridge burning 138 to 139 grains of powder can be this consistent. It's unbelievable what I was seeing on the Labradar screen. Twice I noticed two consecutive shot with exact same velocity printed on the screen. I thought the chronograph failed to record the shot. Single digit SD and ES is in the realm of the benchrest cartridges like the PPC's and BR's not on a big bores cartridge burning hundreds of grains of powder. Pretty amazing considering that I did not do my usual case prep. But as the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. We'll see how these load perform at extreme ranges. I also need to test the accuracy and repeatability of the Ivey Adjustable Scope Mount. This thing weigh probably over a pound. Really robust and tight. I watch the adjustment on my collimator and it's repeatable and very precise with no noticeable shift on the dial.
  2. I will finalized the load here this week. Too bad, I can't make it to Southwest ULR this weekend... wife's birthday. Next month for sure. At least I have more time to practice. It this rifle shoot as well as my 338 Lapua Ackley, I will be competitive.
  3. LOL, Actually it's lighter than most rifle built on this caliber... It weigh around 28.5 lbs.
  4. Thanks John. So far I only fired a total of 13 rounds and the rifle was already showing what it can do. One more range session to finalized the load and then off to the races. There's not a lot of reloading data for this cartridge so I was a bit cautious. I've heard people recommending 135 grain of Retumbo as a starting load. Others said start at 132 grain. I decided to load 5 round each starting at 133, 134, 135 and 136. The velocity on the first round I fired with 133 grains of Retumbo was 3194 fps. That's what shows on the Labradar. The brass has slight ejector mark. I fired the next two and the velocity went down at 3170 and 3157 respectively. All showed slight ejector marks. The 3 shot group was over an inch. I'm not looking for groups... more like watching velocities. I let the rifle cool down and look for my cleaning rod to clean the rifle and I left the darn thing at home. So i fired the last two and went home. The two shot group was about quarter of an inch. I pulled the rest of the bullet and reduced all to 132.5 gains. I also loaded 5 each with Reloader 33. This powder is much slower than Retumbo so started at 135, 136.5 and 138. Now Reloader 33 was showing promise. The first round I fired with 135 grain read 2950... a bit slow than I wanted, so I fired the next load at 136.5 and see what kind of velocity I will be getting with a grain and half more powder. Well, It's still slow to my liking. I believe I only reads 3025 fps. So off to the next one at 138 and the velocity went up to 3077 fps. What amazing was, the 3 shot clustered around 3/4 of an inch. I think I will stick with this powder. I only fired a total of 13 rounds so far. I'll ditch the Retumbo in favor of Reloader 33. I'll fine tune this load and test it at long distance.
  5. 375 Cheytac Rifle Spec: Stiller 408 Cheytac Action34" - 7 Twist K&P BarrelXLR Evolution stock with Extreme BMG Butt Stock and Mercury Recoil Reduction barPiercision 5 Port Magnum Muzzle BrakeJewel TriggerFortmeier BipodIOR Spyder 9-36X44Tactical Scope FFP with Tactical MP-8 Dot ReticleIOR 6 Screws King Kong SHD Tactical RingIvey Adjustable Scope Mount with 60 mils adjustment Load: 353 grain Lehigh Match Solid at 3150 fps. Riflesmith: Vestal Rifle
  6. She will be cranking some heavy hitters soon. The LED light is nice addition.
  7. This is the by far the best reloading tool in my bench. The precision and machining of this press is impressive. Its worth every Euros.
  8. I don't want to take chances man. I will be moving out of state anyway in a year or two. Better be safe.
  9. Went to my favorite spot south of Vegas strip to shoot the 50 for the first time. I just bore sighted the rifle using the Leupold Zero Point but really have no idea where my zero was gonna be. Anyway got to my favorite shooting spot and someone was there before us and left a piece of steel target at exactly 380 yards. It only took me 3 shot to hit it. The ballistic of the 660 grain Federal Golden Eagle state that I need 3 MOA for a 380 yards shot. I dialed my scope accordingly and the first shot was high. I centered the target on the 2nd shot and I was low. For the 3rd shot, I dialed 1 MOA and I hit the target. Not bad considering that the rifle was never zeroed. Anyway I only fired a total of 6 rounds since it was getting late in the afternoon. I need to shoot a match ammo to really see how this rifle will performed at extended ranges. Here's the video of the shoot.
  10. Scour Ebay or use scope racks from your local pawnshop for some use Leupold, Redfield or even an older Bushnell or Japanese made Tasco. They're much better scopes than those Chicom crap that floods the internet. I found this old Leupold VX-III Gold Ring for the price of a cheap Philippine made Vortex. Mounted it on my 17 HMR.
  11. John, That's one thing I admire about the German. When they make something you can bet that it will be well made, well thought out and a superior product. I was also looking at Elite Iron Revolution bipod but the Fortmeier just look much nicer.
  12. I ordered this bipod from Germany last Christmas and it finally got here yesterday. The bipod is sturdy, well made and well thought out. The machining is superb and the anodizing is superior when compared with my Phoenix and Atlas. Can't wait to field test it with my 375 Cheytac.
  13. Holy cow 136 grains of Retumbo. This is just a starting load.
  14. LOL, It's both weight and effective muzzle brake. My 50 BMG weigh over 30Lbs. My 338 Lapua at 16.5 lbs, This new 375 Cheytac I'm building would probably in the neighborhood of 28 lbs.
  15. I have everything. Just waiting for the rifle. The 375 Cheytac (To the left of 50 BMG) loaded with 353 grain Lehigh Solid Match. I can push this baby at 3200 fps and will remain supersonic to 2,750 yards depending on the elevation.
  16. I'll do my best John. Not sure how much more life left on my barrel. I'm shooting this rifle since 2009. I'm hoping my 375 Cheytac gets here on time so that I can send my 338 to be fitted with new barrel.
  17. Ballistic Computer are pretty good plotting bullet trajectory these days as long as you inputed all data correctly. The wind is another matter. I struggled connecting at 2,160 yards when the wind start blowing between 15 to 20 miles an hour. At that wind speed the bullet is being blown 20 ft away from the target.
  18. Southwest ULR Match Traveling in from San Francisco to San Diego, Arizona and Nevada, 14 Shooters lined up with large caliber rifles with hopes of hitting targets 1 – 1.5 miles away. The weather forecast predicted an improving shooting condition, so the directors elected to start shortly after sun up; many of the shooters took advantage of this by way of a nice warm hotel bed the night before. However if there is one thing we know the weather forecast in the desert of the Southwest is not easy to predict. Instead of an improving condition we had the opposite. A true marksman is un-effected by conditions and we proved that Sunday morning! Vince Teach, our reigning Top Gun from last month, was first to connect at the 2615 yard target. Followed by two shooters making their freshman appearance with Southwest ULR, Amy Morgan connecting with her 4th shot at 2615 and Rommel Jimenea connected 3 times at 2615, giving him a healthy point’s lead. As the stages progressed more shooter were able to get on target and start chipping away at Rommel’s lead. John Harms recorded a hit at 1860. Gina Rossi had a pair of hits at 2160 and 4 hits at 1860 including a first round impact. Robert Propios, hit 3 times in a row at 1860, racking up bonus points. Eddie Vargas hit twice at 1860, welcome to the Mile Club Eddie! Scott Austin scored 4 hits at 2160, and 4 Hits at 1860. Tu Nguyen, the runner up, eclipsed Scott’s slim lead on the last stage by way of 2 hits at 2160 and then very impressive 7 hits at 1860, 70% is the highest distance hit ratio recorded so far at Southwest ULR, way to go Tu! But the Match was decided before Tu even pulled the trigger on his last stage. Randy Allen totally dominated, consistently connecting at each distance, once at 2615, 5 times at 2160 and 3 times at 1860. This is Randy’s second Top Gun title and as we close out 2018 Randy’s two-time Top Gun performance makes him the guy we all chase. Soon Randy will be changing from his tried and true 338 Lapua Magnum Desert Tech SRS to the new all new 37XC. Randy and Tu were both awarded $150 of Cutting Edge Bullets for their top finishes. Southwest ULR would like to thank Cutting Edge Bullets for their support! The Radelow Blades Spring Series starts next match!
  19. Yes, It's a mile and a half. Dialing for the shot, my Ballistic Program gave me a firing solution of 35.4 Mil (121.70 MOA). 1.9 Mil for Wind 5 MPH full value Environmental Conditions were as follows: (All these data from Kestrel had to be inputed to my ballistic computer program). Coordinates: 34 degrees.43 minutes North, 116 Degrees 9 minutes West (Ludlow, CA) Azimuth of Fire: 65 degrees North East (This is for Coriolis) Altitude: 1,404 ft. above sea level Relative Humidity: 48 percent Temperature: 54 degrees Barometric Pressure: 28.90 in/hg Think about this folks, At 2,615 yards the bullet will drop about 270 ft. With muzzle velocity of around 2,885 fps, the remaining velocity of the 300 grain Berger when it crossed the 2,615 yards will be around 980 fps. The remaining bullet energy is around 650 ft/lb (enough to kill human or deer). It takes 5 seconds for the bullet to arrive at the target. As a matter of fact, If you watch the video at the 7:35 segment, you can see me fire the rifle and it would take about 6 seconds for the RO to report impact.
  20. Went to shoot Ultra Long Range Match near Barstow Sunday with a dozen other guys form Arizona, Nevada and Northern California. This is a monthly shoot sponsored by some local gunshop and few company in the industry like Vortex, Cutting Edge Bullet and Snipertac to name a few. Three 40"X 40" target were placed at varying distances starting from 1,860 yards, 2,162 yards and the farthest being 2,610 yards. LED Light equipped with sensor placed behind the target will flash when the target is hit. This group are a dedicated bunch with the best equipment and rifle money can buy. I never seen so many Desert Tech Rifle in my life. Few Guys were shooting 416 Barrett and 375 Cheytac. One Gentleman from Nevada was shooting Accuracy International with Schmidt & Bender PM II. We decided to shoot the farthest target first. You are given 1 sighter shot followed by 2 - 5 shot string for score. I took the lead after the first round, registering 3 hits at 2,610 yards. Two other shooter recorded the other 3. None of the 416 and 375 ever hit the target. The wind, although mild at 6 MPH were tricky, shifting left right, right left. By the time we shoot the next target at 2,162, the wind was now blowing between 15-20 Miles an hour. The mirages emanating from the heated desert sand made the matter even more worst. I'm compensating 5 mils for wind and still wasn't enough. I was pretty much throwing Hail Mary's at the target. I did manage to hit the target only once. Shooting the last target at 1860 was easy picking for the 416 and 375. I manage to hit the target 4 times. I placed 4th overall against a dozen other guys which was a surprised since I haven't shoot the rifle since January when I competed at World Shoot in Nevada. Hitting the mile and a half target was even surprising since the 300 grain Berger was already at subsonic speed. Overall this will be a good tune up for next year series. I'm hoping I can get my 375 ready because a Vortex Razor Gen II and a Custom Knife will be awarded to the winner of the spring classic. Here are the pictures from the match. The 2,610 yards target in this picture shows 6 hits, all by 300 Lead core bullet from 338 Lapua. 3 of these hit were from my rifle and the other 3 were from two other shooters. Judging from the impact, hit no 4, 5 and 6 has more splatter while hit no. 1, 2, and 3 has very little splatter. My 338 Ackley has more velocity and energy than the standard Lapua. Therefor I conclude that hit 4, 5, and 6 were probably from my rifle. If that's the case that is one hell of a three shot group.
  21. Kind of weird the way KP made this barrel. I decided for a 34" finished length and the barrel came like that. That part has to be cut and threaded for muzzle brake so it doesn't really matter. I was there for a week at the beginning of the month. You should call me next time you're in the area. I'm there at least once a month, mostly on weekend.
  22. You are right. The rifle is still to be chambered. The barrel is 1.45" and tapered to 1.25" to match the muzzle brake.
  23. Finally I got everything but the scope.
  24. To me the perfect magnification for an all around scope is 3 X 10 Leupold Golden Ring or the discontinued LRS. With that magnification, you can pretty much hunt anything with it.
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