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Handloader

May-June 1989 Volume 24, Number 3

The Journal of Ammunition Reloading

Number 139

ISSN 0017-7393

FEATURES

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.32-20 Rifle (Pet Loads)

Another look at a very useful cartridge.

by Ken Waters by John J. Stransky by C.E. Harris

The 8x57R/360 Obsolete Old Favorite

New data for a veteran round.

Reloading for Semiauto Rifles

Choosing the proper components for reliability and accuracy.

The Ultimate 12-Gauge Magnum Re-Forming 7.62 NATO Cases GI brass - Jack of all calibers. The .416 Lives Again!

by Wallace Labisky Federal and Mossberg combine forces to create the new 3%-inch magnum. by Gil Sengel

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by George L. Hoffman Some loading data for the new .416 Remington Magnum.

An Australian Lnoks at the 5 . 6 ~ 5 7

Something new for hunters Down Under.

by Greg Matthews

DEPARTMENTS

by A1 Miller Reloader's Press New Army Sniper Rifle, RCBS Special Order Items, Why Disarm Americans? Reader Bylines Roll First, Then Pull; Thanks, Massad; 9.8~55; in Handloader; PPC Fan. Not by Neal Knox Capitol Watch US. Banana Republic. Benchtopics by Layne S i p s o n Precision Handloading - Part Two.

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On the cover. . .

Aiming for Answers 06 Ballistics from a .300 Weatherby, Loading the .40-82, Duplex Loading. Wildcat Cartridges by Ken Waters The .350 Maine Guide. by A1 Miller Cartridge Board The .356 Winchester. Book Reviews The Machinist's Second Bedside Reader, The Winchester Lever Legacy. Product & Service News B-Square Co., Birchwood Casey, Sinclair International, Bilsom International. ProducTests Shappy Cast Bullets, Herrett XPlOO Pistol Stock, Bench Buffer, Weaver's Model V3. Propellant Profiles by Wallace Labisky Winchester Ball 452AA.

COPYRIGHT WOLFE PUBLlSHING CO. 1989

For the really big jobs, .50 BMG reloading dies, the MAXI-MEASURE and the Rock Crusher are avaiIable from Old Western Scrounger, 12924 Hwy. A-12, Montague CA 96064. The crusher is designed for reloading the big .50 BMG or 23x115 Soviet. At 67 pounds, the press generates over 20,000 pounds pressure with normal body weight. The MAXI-MEASURE holds half a gallon o powder and is capable of tossing charges f as heavy as 700 grains with accuracy within .5 grain. The 1Zgaugeshotshell was added for comparison purposes. Photo by Gerry Hudson.

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AIMING FOR ANSWERS

06 Ballistics from a .300 Weatherby

I have a friend who has been shooting my favorite .30-06 load - 46.5 grains of H-4895 and the Hornady 165 BTSF? He ran into a deal on a .300 Weatherby that he just couldn't refuse. He wants to load the Weatherby down to .30-06 ballistics and recoil until he gets used to the rifle. I suggested the 150 Nosler and the 165s as the bullets. Your suggestions please.

with Remington's Premier target-load hull, the loss in average velocity between the first and tenth reloading amounted to only 12 f p s (a 10-round sample) and the average chamber pressure dropped only 380 Lead Units. (See Handloader No. 127.) The powder was 700-X. With Federal's Top Gun hull, the average velocity for the first reload was 1,189f p s (10 rounds) and 1,170 f p s for the tenth reload - a loss of only 19 f p s . The differencein average chamber pressure was 480 Lead Units. Red Dot powder was used for that test series. (See Handloader No. 136.) Assuming the crimp area of the hull is in good condition (no splits or burnthroughs), there appears to be no need to stew about velocity loss when combining target-weight shotloads with fastburning powders. With shotloads in exounces and slower-burning cess of 1% propellants, the picture may change. Wallace Labisky

FOR AN A S E TO your question, NWR please enclose $3 and a stamped, selfaddressed envelope. W require this e to partly defray the cost o researchf ing and answering by our staff the heavy volume o mail. Limit your inf quiry to one specific subject; general questions require a lengthy article, unanswerable in a letter. Address questions to Aiming for Answers, HandloadedRifle Magazines, 6471 Airpark Dr., Prescott, Arizona 86301.

R.C.M., Elkview WV

If your friend is looking for .30-06 velocity and reduced recoil (the recoil will still be somewhat more for the .300 Weatherby than in the .30-06) loads for the .300 Weatherby,I would not suggest using bullets of more than 150-grain weight. In fact, 125 to 130 grains might be evenbetter where recoil is concerned. For the 150-grainbullet, a charge of 66 to 68 grains will be about right with H-4895, and 68 to 70 grains with the 130-grain. There is the possibility, however, that accuracy with those reduced loads will not be too good in the .300 Weatherby. Juggling charges up or down a few grains may or may not improve it in that big case Bob Hagel

bullets could be sized down to .408 inch and used but I wouldn't recommend .41 Magnum jacketed bullets as .410 inch is too oversized. As your rifle's bore is "a little rough," I'd try using some of those alloy bullets sized .408 inch to see how it handles them. Your bore may prove to be too rough for them. If not, I'd order a mould made to cast 260-grain bullets of wheelweight metal to a n as-cast diameter of .409 inch for sizing down to .408 inch. Try writing Northeast Industrial, Ina, PO. Box 249, Canyon City OR 97820 or Old West Bullet Moulds, EO. Box 519, Flora Vista NM 97415. If it won't handle cast bullets with reasonable accuracy and without leading, you'll have to use jacketed bullets. Barnes Bullets (PO. Box 215, American Fork UT 84003) offers 250-grain roundnosed softpoint bullets of .4Winch diameter but for that tubular magazine rifle you should specify a flatnosed bullet. The best I ever had were made by Tony Sailer (106 N. Harding Street, Owen WI 54461) but he may not be producing them commercially. With cast bullets, I'd use a load of 35 grains of IMR-3031. With jacketed bullets I'd use that same load or 42 grains of H495. Velocities in either case will run somewhere between 1,400 and 1,500 fps. Ken Waters

Loading the .40-82

Reloaded Shotshells Cut Velocity? In loading for the 12 gauge, I use the hulls until I get a crack or pin hole on the case mouth. There may be as many as 15 loadings before that occurs. Many handloaders I shoot with say I lose 25 fps with each loading so as to lose 100 to 125 fps after just five loadings. I understand losing some velocity as the case mouth relaxes but aren't they overstating the problem? I hate to discard good hulls after five loadings if it is not necessary for reasonable uniformity.

I want to handload for a Model 86 Winchester in .40-82 caliber. I have a set of Redding dies but no brass, bullets or data. First, I would like the address of "The Old Western Scrounger" to try to find some brass. Can I use .41 magnum cast lead bullets swaged a shade smaller as my bore slugs approximately .407? Last, if you have any data to get me started, it would be greatly appreciated. The rifle is in really good shape except the bore is a little rough. D.O., Overland Park KS

The . W 2 Winchester case is based on the .45-90 Winchester necked down to .40 caliber. At one time it was necessary to use .45-70 brass (which is too short) and seat bullets out but nowadays new .45-90 (2.4-inch)basic brass is available from several sources. The Bertram Bullet Company (EO. Box 313, Seymour, Vidoria, Australia 3660)even offers new .4082 cases pocketed for Boxer primers. See their ad in Handloader No. 138 for prices which include shipping. The Old Western Scrounger's address is 12924 Highway A-12, Montague CA 96064. Correct bullet diameters for the .40-82 are: .406 inch for jacketed, and .408 inch for lead bullets. Alloy .41 Magnum

.257 Weatherby Cases from

.264 Brass?

I am using AA hulls, 17.5 grains of 700-X, WAA12F1 wad, Winchester 209 and one ounce of No. 8 or 9s.

M.G.H., Huntington Woods MI

You have been grossly misinformed.A velocity loss of 25 f p s each time a plastic hull is reloaded just doesn't happen. When 1 ran velocity/pressure tests

I would like to know if .264 Winchester Magnum brass could be used to form cases for the .257 Weatherby Magnum cartridge. If new .264 brass was run through a .257 full-length sizing die, which was properly adjusted to give correct headspace, could full-power hunting loads be used without first having to fireform the cases? Would the fact that .264 cases are shorter than

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.257 cases cause any problems? Would case necks have to be inside-reamed or outside-turned? Can you suggest some loads for 100 and 120-grain Nosler Solid Base bullets? The rifle is a Weatherby Lazermark Mark V chambered for the .257 Magnum.

M.J., Victoria TX

I do not suggest trying to form .257 Weatherby cases from .264 Winchester brass. To do that properly, you will need form dies because the shoulder will have to be changed completely and set back slightly on the .264 to form the .257 shoulder. If you attempt to do that in a full-length .257 Weatherby resizing die, you are almost sure to have problems and ruin some of the cases. In addition, the neck will be too short. While the shorter neck will work, it is not the best idea, especially for seating the lighter bullets. Everything considered, the best thing is to buy Weatherby cases. You would have to use a lot of cases to make up the difference in price between Winchester and Weatherby brass to offset the cost of the custom form dies. Bob Hagel

long-range shooting, he became suspicious of high velocity gain. That prompted him to take some of his loads to the Speer lab in Lewiston, Idaho, check charges and velocity of duplex loads against standard loads. He found that of the OKH cartridges tried at the time -the .285, .333 and .334 -the .285 was the only one to show a moderate velocity gain. To be exact, the figures given me by O'Neil show a gain of only 40 f p s with 160 and 180-grainbullets for the .285 OKH. Charlie freely admitted that duplex loading offered no advantage for most cartridges, but Elmer never did. I have never seen a copy of the Gibbs booklet, so have no idea what it contained. I can tell you, after shootinga lot of duplex loads in the .285 OKH, that modern powders will do a lot more for velocity than duplex loading ever did, and with a lot less time and effort. Bob Hagel

in the summer, it fluctuates between 77 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit. What effect will storage under these conditions have on my powders? Will any instability in the powder take place, or will any deterioration in quality result?

R.S., Alberta

As you apparently know, it is better to keep smokeless powder in a cool, dry place The temperature you mention is not so extreme as to cause very rapid deterioration but it will likely hasten it somewhat.

My suggestion is to check the powder periodically in two ways: As long as there is an ether-like odor, there is no problem whatever. Second, when powder starts to deteriorate to the point where there will be enough change to affect load performance, a rust-colored dust will rise when it is poured from the canister into the measure or other container. It will also be visible if the powder is poured onto a piece of white paper and allowed to run off into another container. When that happens, dispose of it. Spherical powders will last longer under adverse conditions than extruded forms. BobHagel

Powder Storage

I recently moved from a house to a fourth floor apartment. Consequently, I can no longer store my smokeless powders in the basement where it's cool. In the winter, the temperature stays about 73 degrees Fahrenheit but

Duplex Loading

In Handloader No. 137, the Rocky Gibbs article mentioned his handbook "Front Ignition Loading Bchnique." I understand that Elmer Keith also did some frontal ignition experimenting. Is there a source for any printed information on the subject? Do you have any suggestions for someone interested in the subject? B.V.H., Estes Park CO

Actually, the term "front loading technique" is a little misleading as far as the OKH duplex loading technique is concerned. The flash tube that was threaded into the flash hole of the case, extended 1.4 inches in the body of a .30-06-length case, to ignite the powder charge about two-thirds of the distance between the web and base of neck. The purpose was to ignite the charge at that point so that the powder would burn more uniformly and completely. In theory, the more complete consumption of the charge created a longer, more even pressure curve for higher velocity at various pressure levels. OKH duplex loading was the brainchild of Charlie O'Neil. Elmer Keith did a lot of experimental shooting while the system was being developed. Neither O'Neil nor Keith had a chronograph at the time so there was no ballistic data to back up Keith's claim for greatly increased velocity over standard loading technique. After O'Neil moved from Minnesota to Montana, where he could do a lot of

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Greg M a t t h e w s

0 NON-EUROPEAN handloaders, metric cartridges are a continuing mystery. Most shooters have encountered rifles chambered for the military metrics, the 6 . 5 ~ 5 5 ~ 7 and7 ~5 the like. Sporting rifles, especially those in modern metric calibers, are comparatively rare outside Europe, yet many of them can be very practical.

Over the past 10 years or so I have been working with t h e 5 . 6 ~ 5 0 Magnum and 56x57. The 56x50 is nothing more than the .222 Remington Magnum lengthened three millimeters. In terms of case capacity, it is about equal to the .22 PPC. Unfortunately, its greater length precludes its use in a number of smaller actions made for .222 and .223-sized cartridges. Today, most European gunmakers chamber this peppy little round. Custom rifles are also relatively easy to build. A standard .222 Magnum reamer run in .118inch deeper will cut a 5.6x50chamber perfectly.Rechambering existing .222 or .223 barrels is not quite so simple as the new chamber is likely to be scarred by a distinct step left by the shoulder of the original case. Apart from the possible need to lengthen the magazine a little, the project is reasonably straightforward. Kimber underscored the value of the 5 . 6 ~ 5 0Magnum with its recent introduction in the Model 84B. Custom rifle builders who choose the

The excellent two-stage match trigger on Greg's rifle is angled slightly to the right for shooter comfort. Note the extended front rings of the EAW swing mounts which allow the bulky 8x56 Zeiss scope to be positioned closer to the shooter's eye.

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5 . 6 ~ 5 7will find different problems await them. Back in the early 1970s when I built my first 56x57, components were almost nonexistent. Before building my own rifle, I learned much from the mistakes of others. A friend had a worn Winchester Model 70 in .243 rebarreled to .22-250. Model 70A rifles had different magazines for the .243 and .22-250, so the newly rebarreled rifle often failed to feed correctly. The obvious cure was an appropriate magazine box, spring and follower; however, the owner chose to rechamber to a cartridge similar in shape to the .243. None of us had any experience with the 56x57 but the long case appeared to be an ideal cure. After buying a new Clymer reamer, the Model 70 was soon ready for test firing. An order to Australia's only importer of RWS products resulted in just two boxes of 56x57 ammo. The old red

boxes each held 10 rounds of 74-grain KS (Cone Point) ammunition. As that was probably the only ammunition available in the entire country, we bravely tackled the next problem: accuracy. The barrel, with its 14-inch twist, had been taken from a Remington 700 action formerly used in a benchrest rifle. From it, the 74-grain KS projectiles usually entered a target sideways. Drastic remedial action was obviously necessary so a new barrel was ordered from Harry McGowen. The fastest twist available was one turn in 12 inches. In due course it was fitted to the Model 70 and the last few precious factory rounds tested. As luck would have it, the early style conepoint projectiles would stabilize. Now it was time for reloading. No dies were available, so .243 dies specially fitted with a .22-caliber expander ball were substituted. Why use .243 dies for a .22

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Down Under, Krico Model 640 varmint rifles in 5.6x57mm are only available on special order.

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5.6~57

caliber cartridge? For the answer, you must understand a little more about the cartridge itself. When the 5.6~57 designed in the was early sixties, it was developed with a number of possible roles in mind. In normal Teutonic fashion, both rimmed and rimless cases were specified. The rimmed cases for single shots and "tilting weapons," plus rimless cases for bolt actions. A noticeable feature of all 5.6 cases is its unusually heavy brass. Loaded ammunition measures .279 inch across the neck, making it larger than .243, 6mm Remington or .240 Weatherby factory rounds. The larger neck diameter permitted use of an auxiliary chamber so smaller cartridges could be used for practice. In time, the reamer was reshaped with a tight .254-inchneck and sharper 30-degree shoulder angle. After the barrel was set back and chambered with the 5 . 6 ~ 5 7 Improved reamer, life should have been much easier for the rifle's owner. After neck turning and fireforming a batch of cases, the need for a full-length die set became apparent. Not surprisingly, a custom die set from Huntington Die Specialties left their new owner financially battered and bruised. To add further insult, the cost of air mail, customs duty and sales tax almost doubled the original price of the dies. The result was a cartridge very similar in shape and performance to the .224 Clark so ballistically, a t least, the effort was not wasted. With tooling now available, a few more rifles for the Improved version were built. After that, the idea languished for some years until a new RWS and Krico agent was appointed. Suddenly all those hard-to-get metric calibers were available along with the rifles to use them. Actually Krico had been available in Australia in reasonable quantities for many years, but it was not until the new agent, Dieter Schuster, began distribution that the "non-American" calibers began to appear. The sales

In the US., loaded ammunition, as well as reloading components for the 5.6~57, are available from The Old Western Scrounger, in Montague, California.

wars which have resulted from a stagnant firearms market produced new models from all large manufacturers desperate to retain their share of the market. Many European arms makers were just as strapped for cash as their U.S. counterparts so new and improved models were seen a s the most sensible marketing ploy. For shooters, the result has been an improvement in overall competition and quality. The current Krico action has been largely unchanged for many years, simply because it is essentially a very modern and practical unit. Krico builds two different actions for centerfire cartridges: The longer action is made for .30-06 and short magnum cartridges between 6 . 5 ~ 5 5 9.3~64. and Its shorter counterpart, the Model 600, is used for chamberings from .17 Remington to .308 Winchester. For most models there is a left-handed option and the availability of Standard, Deluxe and Custom actions and stocks. Separate actions in single shot or repeater modes can be supplied on special order.

To help overcome the shortage of genuine 5.6 cases, some .257 Roberts cases were necked to .22 caliber and fireformed. They did not have the same thickness a s the original cases, so Australian dies used for neck sizing .22-250cases were substituted. The difference between the thin, re-formed cases and the much larger chamber resulted in metal fatigue and short case life. With no immediate hope of further 5.6 factory ammo arriving in the country, the most logical course was to have the reamer reground for the more common .257 brass.

A spoon bolt handle and barrel band sling swivel distinguishes the Krico Model 600 Deluxe from the less expensive versions.

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The test rifle I used was the Model 600D fitted with an 8x Zeiss scope in EAW swing mounts. At first glance, the Model 600 action would appear to be a combination of Remington and Mauser design features. The receiver is cylindrical with a separate recoil lug. Its Mauser ancestry is reflected in the enlarged receiver ring. The larger diameter ring increases strength where it is needed around the locking lugs and barrel threads without adding excess weight to the remainder of the action. Those who buy an action to build a custom rifle will find it is necessary to cut metric barrel threads 19.7mm long, 25mm in diameter and at a pitch of 1.25mm. The receiver even has a touch of Mannlicher with its high-sided, rear receiver walls machined just wide enough to permit access by the bolt handle. The bolt then locks into a recess to provide a safety lug. The bolt is easily dismantled by hand into three separate parts. Its handle is long enough to ensure sufficient leverage. Most handles are the conventional swept-back, ball-type, however a spoon handle is manufactured for Deluxe models. Naturally, they are instantly interchangeable thanks to the unusual design. The striker mechanism is retained and actuated by the root of the bolt handle. Its shroud is a two-part arrangement: One section is made from steel while the rear part is of industrial

nylon moulded to match the receiver's contour. Krico's firing pin is a little smaller in diameter than its American counterparts. The smaller firing pin reduces the likelihood of softer RWS primers flowing back into the orifice. I've used many RWS Small Rifle primers in various Remington 700s only to find they crater at lower pressures than most US.primers. On the other hand, their slightly larger diameter means they still seat tightly long after tired cases allow US.primers to fall out during loading. Model 600 bolt faces in .222 or .308 head sizes are recessed and feature the usual plunger ejector and claw extractor. Bolt bodies are jeweled on all models except the least expensive "A" grade. The trigger guard assembly is also two-piece with a heavy alloy guard plus a stamped magazine release. While it may not be one of Pete Grisel's beautifully crafted steel floorplates, the Krico arrangement is quite functional and not unappealing aesthetically.

Magazines are specifically made for each caliber and marked accordingly. Most are three or four-shot, depending on calibers, with larger-capacity magazines available on special order. Naturally, the magazine of the Model 600 was marked "5.6~57" and, as with all magazines, is ribbed internally to prevent damage to bullet tips. A number of trigger options are illustrated in Krico's catalog. The Australian agent bypassed the single adjustable, double-set and single-set types and, instead, ordered only the two-stage match trigger. It works like the old Enfield and Mauser triggers with a degree of free travel before slight pressure must be exerted to fire the rifle. The second pressure is extremely light and crisp, yet the sear can't be overridden by fast closing of the bolt thanks to the degree of safety afforded by the first stage. In comparison to many standard factory triggers, Krico's two-stage match is a very significant improvement.

Two different barrel contours are of-

Allred bullets are supplied in many different shapes and core designs. They are available in small lots for testing, too.

5.6x57mm RWS Performance with the 74-grain RWS KS Cone Point bullet' 23.5-inch barrel; maximum chamber pressure 54.100 psi

Ballistic Data

range

velocity

ups1

(yards1

energy W/bl

time ot flight

(seconds)

muzzle 50 100 150 200 300

range (yerdS1

3,410 3,230 3,050 2,870 2,700 2,390

1,910 1,715 1,530 1,350 1,195 940

scope slghted at

0 .045 ,093 ,143 ,197 .315

Trajectories (in inches, above or below line of sight)

50 100 150 200 300

m - .5

- yards

200

150

300

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Fast company: (0 .22-250, (2) .220 Swift, (3) 5.6~57, (4) 5.6x57R (rimmed), (5)5.6~57 Improved (based on the 6mm Remington case).

0 -1.2 -6.9

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All data supplied by RWS.

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fered in Model 600 rifles. The shortbarreled, full-stocked carbine is seldom seen outside Europe. Most rifles are fitted with the standard, lightweight 23.6-inch tube, with or without sights, according to grade. I believe the similar Model 640 varmint rifle is available in 5 . 6 ~ 5 7 dealers are required to buy but a quantity lot before a run of heavier barrel blanks will be produced. Krico barrel blanks are hammerforged. All share a n excellent internal finish due to the honing operation. Barrels are usually polished to a six-microinch finish before hammering so the final result is supersmooth bore. The Krico chamber was refreshingly tight. Not all European manufacturers have been so diligent in producing lowtolerance chambers, however this chamber revealed no significant expansion of fired cases at neck or base. During the range tests, bullets could be seated by hand into the still snugfitting necks. Bores in 5.6mm are actually standard .224-inch diameter with six-groove, 10-inchtwist rifling to stabilize the long, 74-grain factory projectiles. Several stock shapes are advertised. The base grade Model 600A and the slightly more upmarket Model 600D share the same stock. The real differences between the two models are found in the plainer wood and a lack of bolt jeweling, recoil pad and open sights on the "A" model. Both have high-comb butts and schnabel forends. Even t h e hand-cut checkering is identical. The full-stocked Model 620 is similar except for the extended forend and steel forend cap. The 56x57 is a special chambering in Model 600 and 620 Deluxe models as well. Both have single-set triggers and spoon bolt handles. The stock of the Model 600 Deluxe has a rosewood forend tip plus a barrel band sling swivel. Wood quality is usually excellent, even on the mid-range "D" grade rifles. All are oil-finished. That is often a minus as it tends to hide the grain of the walnut, although it does allow easy removal of small scratches. Among Krico accessories are fixed and EAW swing mounts. Both are made with a choice of ring sizes and extended bases for European scopes with 56mm objective lenses. EAW mounts are designed to permit removal and replacement of the scope without loss

Loads for the 5.6x57mm RWS

Krico M600 rifle with 23.6-inch barrel

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IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 AR-2213 IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 AR-2213 IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 AR-2213 IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 AR-2213 IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 AR-2213 IMR-4895 AR-2208 IMR-4350 AR-2209 IMR-4831 AR-2213

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of zero. Bases include additional adjustment screws so correct tension can be maintained, even after years of wear. Windage adjustment screws are much less noticeable than their equivalents on U.S. mounts but perform the same function. Most Australian shooters do not use the scope detachment facility so the expensive precision-made mounts are largely a waste of money for the average shooter. Sighting equipment for the 5.6 was a n 8x56 Zeiss with a sniper (duplex) reticle. Zeiss scopes have a well-earned reputation for optical clarity and mechanical reliability and it is not unusual for scope and mounts or even just the scope to be more costly than the rifle. The one point against the Zeiss is its bulk. The 56mm objective lens overhangs the stock quite noticeably. Perhaps a more compact 6x42 Zeiss would have been more appropriate. Ammunition for t h e 5.6 also presented some unexpected problems. Currently, RWS produces loaded ammunition in 74-grain KS and 74-grain VM (Vollmantle or full jacket) styles only. The latest bullet is somewhat different from the early types. The old projectiles were Tombac-jacketed with a large, open point and angular boat-tail. Bases were stamped with the RWS mark for identification. In recent years, the construction of the 74-grainers has been changed. The mild steel Tombac jacket has been replaced by a triple-cannelured copper jacket. Apparently, the new jacket changed the weight distribution between jacket and core so the latest KS semi-spitzer has a slightly protruding softpoint. Both bullets are designed for controlled expansion. There is a popular belief that both the 5 . 6 ~ 5 0 Magnum and 5 . 6 ~ 5 7 were designed specificallyfor shooting small European roe deer. German engineers calculated the amount of energy needed to knock down an animal at a specified distance and produced bullets and cartridges to meet those requirements. Many thousands of deer are taken in Europe each year, yet acid rain and other unwanted incursions of man threaten game numbers far more than controlled hunting. Long and comparatively hard KS projectiles may suit European conditions, however faster opening bullets are needed for thin-skinned Australian game. Most .22-caliber bullets used by professional shooters are 55-grain softpoints, so potential buyers usually

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question the suitability of light projectiles in 10-inch twist barrels. To the uninitiated it niay appear light bullets would be overstabilized in a fast-twist barrel. While the effects of using long, heavy bullets in a slow-twist barrel are well-known, the same is not true when the situation is reversed. Having used a number of 10-inch twist barrels in 223, 2 2 PPC, 2 2 BR and of course, 56x57, the most noticeable result is a loss of accuracy when using the least expensive bullets. Perhaps that is a result of tiny flaws within a projectile becoming more influential as its rate of spin is increased. That may also explain why benchresters use barrels with 14-inch twists in 6mm PPC. Similarly, Australian 7.62mm target shooters prefer 14-inch twists for t h e locally produced 144-grain service ammunition. In both cases the twist rate is barely sufficient to stabilize the most commonly used bullets, yet result in the most consistent accuracy. Handloaders of the 5.6 will find some of the new .22 target bullets ideal for their rifles. The 68-grain Hornadys and 69-grain Sierras have softer jackets than the RWS bullets as well as high ballistic coefficients of .330 and .314, respectively. 'Factory 60-grainers provide a good compromise between velocity and bullet weight. For light game I use 52 and 55-grain match hollowpoints.

other end of the scale are the 90-grain heavyweights made for medium game hunting. The simplest jacket style is the SD (Standard) which has a single core and jacket. Next is the DJ or Dual Jacket with a half jacket inside a full-length outer jacket. In the DC (Dual Core) type, an inner jacket is inverted to surround a lower lead core. An upper lead core is then inserted above the inner jacket before the seven-caliberogive tip is formed. TJ (triple-jacketed) projectiles are made with short .17 and 20-caliber inner jackets and a longer outer jacket. The most complicated .22 is the TC (triple-jacketed, dual-core) with two inverted inner jackets and upper and lower cores. Tip styles are a little more conventional. The OT (open-tip) is a normal hollowpoint. Similarly, softpoint Allreds are designated LT for lead-tip. The last tip shape is the SF (small-flat), similar to current RWS 74-grain .22 bullets. Not all combinations of jacket and tip are made in every weight. Triple jackets and bullets with flat tips are restricted to 55 grains or less. Heavier versions from 65 to 90 grains, are unlikely to be driven at disintegrating speeds so they are made with a maximum of one extra jacket only. On request, any lot may be cannelured or core-bonded as an optional extra. Thus far, the only factory cases made for the 56x57 and 5.6x57R have been produced by RWS. For easy identification, RWS supplies loaded ammunition and empty brass in different boxes. The ammo comes in white, red and black cartons of 20 pieces with some relevant technical information printed on the box. A similar number of empty cases are packed in equally distinctive green and white boxes. From past experience, most handloaders would assume both lots of cases would be the same, however innocent assumptions are often a shooter's downfall.

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My Oehler Model 33 Chronotach has a habit of dispelling such myths. Factory 74-grain KS semi-spitzers registered only 3,180 fps. It was obviously time for some judicious reloading. Dies in 5 . 6 ~ 5 7are not as common as those for its smaller brother the 5 . 6 ~ 5 0Magnum. On request, most die manufacturers will supply them but usually at slightly higher prices than standard die sets. Shellholders for .30-06 cases will accommodate the rimless version and Large Rifle primers are required. I used RWS No. 5341 primers and an assortment of Australian and U.S. powders. Factory ammo is loaded with RWS Rottweil R905 powder, a slow burner similar to IMR-4350 or Mulwex (MULWala Explosives Factory) AR-2209. For starting loads, I used data for the .220 Swift as case capacities are similar - another incorrect assumption! After a day of frustration a t Brisbane's Belmont range, the loads made little sense. It was only when I checked capacities of some of the cases that I realized the factory had quietly changed the internal dimensions of the brass. Early rimless Boxer-primed cases weighed 260 grains whereas new cases, supplied as empty brass, weighed only 220 grains. Even the new brass is still much thicker than Winchester .220 Swift brass which weighed only 161 grains. The difference is so noticeable, it is possible to distinguish the different 5.6 cases by holding one in each hand. Internally, the water capacity has been raised from 49 to 54 grains, so now the 5.6 holds about one grain more than the Swift. The extra thick brass also makes pressure evaluation difficult. Obviously a case with a head thickness two or three times greater than ordinary brass will not give the same pressure indications. I was forced to rely on primer condition when working up loads. Even t h a t indicator was somewhat disguised by the smaller firing pin hole, softer RWS primers and the easy bolt lift due to the very smooth chamber. All cases were then segregated into "old heavy" and "new light" types. As loads for the old cases are available from Hornady's Handbook Number Three, all loads appearing in this article were obtained using the largercapacity 220-grain cases. These loads may prove dangerous in older hulls so

be sure to weigh all cases before loading. Loads from existing manuals may be used with safety in the new cases but velocities are likely to be somewhat lower than stated in most publications. Terry Allred's triple-jacketed, opentip 50-grainer was designed especially for one of his coyote-huntingcustomers in Texas. Fired from the 5.6, the 50-grain Allred registered 3,700 fps using powders other than IMR-4831 and AR-2208. The IMR powder was simply too bulky for the case so only about 3,600 fps was indicated. In contrast, the fine-grained IMR-4895 equivalent, AR-2208, pushed the tough 50-grainer over 3,900 fps. Although it would be reasonable to expect even higher velocities, the fast-twist barrel appears to slow projectiles by 100 to 200 fps. 'kipan bullets, made in a small factory about 100 miles north of Brisbane, Queensland, are produced for the local pro-shooter market. Taipan (named after a deadly snake) manufactures .22-caliber hollowpoints in 50, 55 and 60-grainweights. The 55-grain Taipans were a little slower than the 50-grain Allreds but the relationship remained the same with 41 grains of AR-2208 giving them a reading of 3,875 fps. As before, a compressed load of IMR-4831 was the slowest with 48 grains chronographing a relatively mediocre 3,652 fps. Accuracy of the Illipans contrasted sharply with that of the Allred projectiles. While the Allreds made a number of sub-MOA groups, some Taipan groups opened up to 1.5 inches and more. After a little attention to the bedding to prevent the normally free-floating stock from bearing on one side of the barrel, I loaded some 60-grain Sierra hollowpoints. Best accuracy, about .8 inch, came from either 44 grains of AR-2209 or 45 grains of MR-3450. Next came the beautifully streamlined 69-grain Sierra. It was capable of 3,400 fps when driven by 44 grains of IMR-4831. Most groups with those target bullets were excellent, suggesting that bullet weight, case capacity and barrel twist represented an ideal combination for top accuracy. Another good performer was the 70-grain Allred double-jacketed leadtip. They were not in very plentiful supply so only three-shot groups were fired. Some groups were less than .5 inch. RWS 74-grain KS semi-spitzers were not as impressive, with one to twoinch groups from various powder combinations. With a little coaxing, I was

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able to equal the 3,400-fps factory velocity using 44 grains of IMR-4831. Considering the high pressure and low velocity of the RWS factory loads, handloading is surely the way to go.

Two more Allred projectiles remained to be tested: the 81.5-grain singlejacketed open-tip and 90-grain singlejacketed lead-tip. The long 81.5-grain Allreds would not stabilize in the 10-inch twist barrel. The targets bore evidence of bullets tipping even at 100 yards. Velocities were still satisfactory. Forty-three grains of AR-2213 or IMR-4831 were able to drive the heavy projectiles over 3,200 fps. Similar results were recorded using t h e 90-grain Allred. A top load of 42 grains of AR-2213 sped those bullets along just over 3,100 fps while the same charge of IMR-4831 reached 3,150 fps. Used in barrels with eight or nine-inch twists, those two bullets should perform as well on medium game as 6mm bullets of the same weight. The overall accuracy potential would seem to reinforce the theory that the factory bullet weight is correct for the rifling twist. Put more simply, the 5.6~57 shoots best with bullets around 70 grains, however the RWS 74-grain KS does not perform sufficiently well to demonstrate the rifle's potential. Recently, custom rifles chambered for the 5.6~57 have been built by Brisbane gunsmith Allan Swan. With ammunition, dies, bullets and barrels no longer in short supply, the 5.6 has attracted a growing number of supporters seeking double-duty varmint and medium game rifles. The 69-grain Sierras have been used on the local pig population with considerable success, yet they are still soft enough to be adequate kangaroo bullets. Alternatively, controlled expansion KS semi-spitzers are used on medium game with 55 or 60grain hollowpoints loaded for smaller pests. The real problem for potential buyers is a lack of factory rifles. European manufacturers, including Heym, Mauser and Steyr Mannlicher make rifles in 5.6~57. Heym and other smaller gun makers produce single shots and combinations for t h e 5.6x57R. Most importers seem reluctant to carry stocks of hard-to-sell metric calibers so the 5 . 6 ~ 5 7is likely to remain on the "special order only" list. For prospective buyers, that may mean a considerable delay in delivery. Fanciers of rifles in unusual calibers have learned to be patient as this route is seldom quick, cheap or easy. Such is life for those who stray from welltrodden paths. 0

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