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All the small rifle primers I find in stock are either in Canada or on gunbroker for auction @10 times or more what the normal price should be.  Real shame things are heading the direction they are here.  

What kind of optics you going with?  Should be able to stretch on out a ways.

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On 1/12/2021 at 5:14 PM, wtnhunt said:

All the small rifle primers I find in stock are either in Canada or on gunbroker for auction @10 times or more what the normal price should be.  Real shame things are heading the direction they are here.  

What kind of optics you going with?  Should be able to stretch on out a ways.

Everything seems to be in stock here. Haven't really reloaded in 10 years or close to it. Primers seem to be around s $7/hundred, powder is $50-$60/pound. Bullets are all over the place. Most recent ones I bought were the 129gr Nosler ABLR for the .260.... think they were $80 or $90 per 100.

As for optics, I'm not really sure yet. Kind of have an "in" with a local Leupold rep. There is a new model coming this year I may get once he gets one for a sample. I just wish they had broader magnification without having to spend thousands on the VX5 and 6 line. We'll see what the new one is for magnification options. I'd really like to play with that CDS.

Open to others though... I like the Burris Veracity 5-25x50. Maybe a higher end Vortex. Maybe even a Bushnell with a 4.5-30x50.

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Burris are good value for their price point for sure.  Just function tested a new upper today with a wilson combat barrel.  Have a burris 5-25x50 signature hd on it.  Think I am gonna like the signature hd.

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On 1/16/2021 at 7:37 PM, wtnhunt said:

Burris are good value for their price point for sure.  Just function tested a new upper today with a wilson combat barrel.  Have a burris 5-25x50 signature hd on it.  Think I am gonna like the signature hd.

Good to hear! I'll probably settle on that or similar for now, even cheaper, then save for the Nightforce competition 15-55x52. Never thought I'd even contemplate spending over 3K on a scope.😬😳🤣

Rifle showed up today. Wasn't sure if I'd like the stock or not but its growing on me. May eventually get a darker sendero stock or a bell and Carleson like I had on the Weatherby. The black with grey webbing. The STW sure dwarfs the 260 and 308.😮😁

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15 hours ago, wtnhunt said:

About double the powder capacity?  Right now with components tough to find I am really liking the max loads around 42 gr imr 4350 in a couple of loads.

Yeah around there. Case holds 90.6gr of water. Max load according to the nosler manual for a 160gr accubond is 75gr of IMR 7828.

Last ones I whipped up in the .260 was 44gr of H4350.

Pretty sure I'm going with the Burris Veracity 5-25x50. FFP, MOA, ballistic reticle, has the MAD turrets and sunshade with it.

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You're about to fall in love.

The STW is a real HAMMER.  Shoots a 140 grainer to about the same trajectory that a .220 Swift shoots a 50 grainer..............til you get out around 500 yards.  Then the STW passes the little Swift right up.

Mine's in an accurized Model 70 Classic Stainless.  Weaver Grand Slam 6-20 on top.

I load my 140 grainers over a Layne Simpson charge of IMR-7828.  I won't tell you what that is because some manuals would consider it excessive.  But Layne invented the STW.  So I'm using HIS data.  I will tell you, my pet load runs a 140 grainer out the end at 3605 fps.

I would advise STRONGLY against using Reloader 22.  I have found it to be DANGEROUSLY temperature sensitive. 

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1 hour ago, wtnhunt said:

What kind of barrel life do you get out of a setup like this?

At the rate I shoot it...............about 5 lifetimes.

I would suspect 1500-2000 accurate rounds would be easily do-able.  If I'd ever manage to burn the throat out...........barrels aren't that expensive.  Screw another one on and good to go for another 5 lifetimes.  LOL !!!   It's like a lot of other things in life.  Ya gotta pay to play.   Sometimes the playing is SO WORTH the paying.  This is one of those times.

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