the Experts in Reloading


Sighting In on RCBS, the Experts in Reloading

SI29-08-3For 60 years the California company, making the green presses, has been the experts in hand loading for precision accuracy and for developing new wildcat rounds.  We’re taking you inside RCBS to see how they make the presses and precision dies, that have become the standard for reloaders.

We don’t have to tell you there’s a growing interest in reloading these days, caused by the rising prices and shortages of factory ammo.  Lots of shooters are getting interested in loading their own. 

We know that because we’re selling a lot of DVDS in our online store, the how-to-do-it DVD we made for RCBS. The DVD will show you how to be a hand-loader, but it won’t answer the question, how does RCBS do it? How do they make the machines and the dies that are the standard of the industry?

Those questions took us to Oroville, North of Sacramento, in California.  Oroville is the center of California’s lush growing fields, but Oroville is also the center of re-loading, with RCBS supplying the dies and tools for high accuracy shooting. 

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John Fixes a Remington 700 on a Budget

SI29-08-12Every once in a while, I come across a gun that somebody has given up on.  It most often comes with a story about how it won’t shoot straight.  That is the case with this Remington 700 long action.  It came to me through a friend of the owner, with the story that several people have tried to sight this rifle in, and all have had no luck.  So I looked the rifle over briefly, I put a bore sight in it, and I took it out to shoot it on paper and the story holds true.  This rifle will not shoot in the same place twice. 

SI29-08-13When I got back from the range, I put the bore sight back in it, and the scope is completely off the grid.  So, what would be causing these problems?  I think it is a combination of the factory stock and the base, rings and scope someone has mounted up.  This is a dove tail single piece base and these are low set rings.  This scope will only fit if it is pushed all the way to the back and that may have contributed to the problems this scope is experiencing internally.  Separate from the optic, the rifle will not shoot a group and that is due to the fact that the factory stock is not floating the barrel.  The stock touching the barrel is causing a harmonic disturbance.  This is the kind of problems people go to gunsmiths to correct. But I have some solutions to these problems, and I have selected products with a budget in mind. 



First is the new stock, it’s from Hogue. And it is their Over Molded rubberized material which is great to handle in any condition. 




SI29-08-15But more importantly is this aluminum pillar bedding system.  This stock will fully float our barrel and solve half of our accuracy problem.  Disassembly couldn’t be easier, and assembly is simple, just drop the barreled action into the new stock. 




With everything snugged-up, you can now see that this barrel is fully floated. 



SI29-08-17Now, let me show you the new optic. This is from Weaver, from their 40/44 line. It’s a three-to-ten by 44 variable power optic.  In addition to that, I have a set of Weaver bases and Weaver G5 steel rings.  The advantage here is that all of these parts work together and allow for the full adjustability of the optic once it’s mounted up.  Something that wasn’t allowed by the other combination.


The nice thing about these weaver bases is they allow the rings to sit a little closer together, and that will allow us to adjust the eye relief of the scope.  I’ll get these top caps in place real quick and take a peek at what I’ve got here.  And I am going to snug these down nice and even, and then use the factory supplied wrench to tighten them that final bit. You want to crank on it just until the wrench starts to bend.  All right, a quick adjustment with the bore sight, and we will be on paper when we get to the field.  Well, it looks like a brand new rifle. 



So, what did I spend to do all of this?  The Hogue stock is $110.  The 44/40 three to ten power from Weaver is $145, and the rings and bases are another $30.  So, just under $300 puts new life into the rifle that wouldn’t shoot straight.






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