Need help remembering
A few of us were chatting the other day about some of the "big" calibre rifles used at the Fly and who was using them. I think Barry Tucker and\or Vince had one of the bigger ones. I recall a 300 Pig (or similar) which was huge a number of years ago.
Seems now a 300WSM is about the biggest on the line, but I could be way off the mark so please chime in and remind me of some of those BIG guns in the past or better still now.
Great guns unless your sitting next to one!
I found some info on the "Yogi" which is exactly what you said - a modified 338 Lapua Mag. Looks like the shoulder pushed forward to allow more powder charge.
I recall someone shooting it years ago at Batemans Bay, but damed if I can remember who.
I was not able to find anything on the "PIG" but it was one hell of a bang as well.
There are certainly some big cases out there that have been historically used in various events, most are wildcats originating from existing brass that is fire formed and necked up or down to match a custom reamer.
I believe the 30 Boo Boo was developed by Dave Tooley in the USA to take advantage of the great quality RWS 8x68 brass that was available.
The Yogi and equivalents (.338 lapua variants) are now not allowed to be shot at most ranges.
All other modified cases are simply done for accuracy, and best not to focus (or talk online) about case capacity and Bang etc..... as they are just target rounds searching for accuracy and do not necessarily have more energy than any other standard 30 cal round if you get my point !
Les has a couple of nice (accurate) Heavy Gun calibres worth a look when you next see him.
Great topic to discuss in person over an ale at the next event though.
Certainly a blast from the past, must have been over 10 years ago as I remember my boys were only little kids. I started reading about some of the wildcats out there and its a deep rabit hole to go down and a mountain to read, just incredible.
With the 30 year anniverssary comming up next year I would also love to hear about the early calibres that were used back then, I believe there were Roo shooters, Police snipers and long range benchrest shooters in attendance.
Some other old timers remember when there 22-250 was competitive some 20 years ago.
6mmGT was designed for the PRS guys in the USA. Is between the Dasher and 6x47Lap in case size. Its made to provide reliable mag feeding without modifying AI pattern mags that many use in PRS.
Its not as efficient as the BRA, Dasher, etc from what I've seen. Runs same speeds as Dasher using more powder.
If I'm gonna build a Heavy Gun, Id look at a 7mm08AI. I used to run one for F-Open before SAUMs were what was needed to do well. 160gr class bullets at 2820 range and is quite accurate. Got the high BC of the 7mm bullet with the recoil of a 308 or less.
Over the years there has been many shooters who have built big calibers in the pursuit of bucking the wind novelty or just because they can. Heavy Gun class is just that Heavy but in recent times many shooters are firing the small calibers in the hope of second chance of a win. Some of the big name cases have been.
Hi DAVE ,
Yes your correct, I shoot a 300 WSM and a 300Win Mag , I like the calibers and the recoil is no problem with HG ,
I don’t mind the recoil on the LG as I have been shooting shotgun for decades!
You should have a shot with my WSM DAVE ,,,, see what you think ???
Those calibres are way to big for me. John Harris is lending Kathy and I a 6mmBR for the Nationals next month in Canberra. Hopefully the wind is kind to us and I look forward to catching up with you, "Mr Fly" and all the gang again.