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The Budget Long Range Hunting Rifle: PT 5 Reloading Dies, Brass & Brass Preparation.


Welcome to Part 5 of the Series. To check out the rest of the series please visit:

Whilst waiting for my rifle I took the opportunity to prepare all of my brass so I can get straight into loading once I have my rifle.

To do the brass prep I had to select what dies I would use, I decided I would start off with a Full Length Sizing Die Set and consider a neck sizing die later on down the track when I needed it. Continue reading The Budget Long Range Hunting Rifle: PT 5 Reloading Dies, Brass & Brass Preparation.

A Years Worth of Rifle Reviews.

Well we reviewed some pretty great rifles in 2013 here’s the list of the rifles we reviewed.

It is just amazing how much good stuff there is on the market at the moment, every gun I tested did not disappoint, whilst every gun had its quirks or things I didn’t particularly like for they definitely were good guns for their respective budgets.

Anyway Enjoy!


The Howa 1500 Hogue in 223Rem Review.


Savage Mark II BTVS 22lr Rifle Review.


Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker in 25-06Rem Review

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Sako 85 Varmint Stainless in 223 Rem Review.


Colt M2012 CLR 308Win Video Review.


The Budget Long Range Hunting Rifle. PT 4: Mounts.

EGW RailNow that I had selected the scope I would be using it was time to sort out the mounting

Starting with the mounts, I decided I needed a 20MOA rail which limited my options for the Tikka which were basically meant I had to settle for a 0MOA rail from Tikka, Evolution Gun Works 20MOA Rail or getting a gunsmith to fit a blank Nightforce Rail to the Tikka which would be costly .

I ended up going with the very well respected Evolution Gun Works 20MOA Rail as this would fit the bill perfectly and come in under $100. I would have preferred a steel rail but a quick email to EGW and they replied saying that as long as I use the correct torque settings I would be fine using steel rings. That was that problem solved.

Rings are a much easier proposition as there are literally thousands of options for Weaver/Picatinny rail rings. I wanted to get quality rings without breaking the bank, I have no need for quick detachable or tactical rings so I have decided on the great value Leupold PRW 30mm Rings for around the $100 mark. I am hoping to get away with medium height rings but may have to go for high rings depending on whether or not I get enough clearance with the mediums and the 50mm objective of the Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm Scope that I have selected. leupoldPRW



The Budget Long Range Hunting Rifle. PT 3: The Scope.

Once I had selected the rifle and cartridge, I had to select a suitable optic to sit atop of the rifle. The budget for the optics would be approximately $800-1200. They needed to be suitable for long range shooting so with that in mind the first few scopes that came to mind but most were over budget were as follows: Continue reading The Budget Long Range Hunting Rifle. PT 3: The Scope.