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Note: The WP Blog is not coming along the way I want ... don't
bother with it. I may remove it soon.
Dillon XL650 Powder Funnel
S&W Victory Barrel Survey 20201116 - after trying to remove excessive leading.
After extensive cleaning using several abrasive cleaners including J-M Bore cleaner.
20201008 S&W Victory Factory Barrel Survey Videos and Stills
20201014 S&W Victory Factory Barrel Survey Videos and Stills
20201116 S&W Victory Factory Barrel Survey Videos and Stills
20201119 Volquartsen Carbon Barrel Survey (this is what a barrel should look like!)
Nick in a rifling groove which has caused a lot of leading at this location.
There are several of these present.
The Volquartsen barrel is 'obviously' a much better example of high quality machining which also implies QA is working. Just looking down the barrel is like looking into a mirror, where every feature is bright and sharp, there a zero machining marks in the grooves or on the lands, the chamber appears to have a uniform forcing cone and it's mirror smooth. Initial zero on this barrel with a red dot sight at 20 yards put 15 consecutive shots into 1/2" dead center of the aiming point. The barrel appears to like CCI #0953 40g Copper RN 1200fps, which of course CCI has discontinued for 2021
Here are the initial barrel surveys of the Volquartsen barrel. They were taken after about 300 rounds. Now I wish I had taken an initial survey before shooting it! The survey images are mostly out of focus - which is my fault not the Teslong camera. I didn't get the mirror set far enough away from the lens and didn't realize it at the time because of the small display size & my bi-focals ... Like I said, my fault not the camera's.
Smith & Wesson Custom Shop is responsible for the version of the Victory I purchased. In the case of the Victory the Custom Shop simply adds aftermarket parts to a frame. All of the aftermarket parts and my frame trigger etc. are what you would expect from the custom shop. Its that factory barrel that bothers me, and to tell the truth, it is possible the pistol left the Custom Shop with the carbon barrel I later purchased.
20201016 - Volquartsen Carbon Barrel Survey
20201119 - Volquartsen Carbon Barrel Survey
After a light cleaning - Wow! I like this barrel. It shoots very accurately and stays clean (no leading).
For what it's worth, my club has racks of 6 ea. 6" falling plates at 25 and 50 yards on one pistol range, and shooting the Victory with the Volquartsen barrel, I've been able to get consistent 0.4 second splits on the 25 yard plates, but usually a miss on #4 regardless which direction I'm running the rack. Gerry M. was right - "This gun wants to play!"
Rifle Fundamentals Checklist
Discussion of Wx, Temp, Pressure and Altitude as it relates to Density Altitude and to Ballistics.
Relative Importance of Sources of Dispersion; Pointing Error, Velocity Variation, Wind, Distance, Marksmanship, etc. etc.
Scope Mounting For Long Range Shooting:
- Lamp/Flashlight method of truing the reticle to the fall of gravity.
Discussion of the effects of:
- Rifle Level, Scope Canted
- Rifle Canted, Scope Level
- Rifle and Scope Canted with a correctly installed scope
Notes on Ballistics Apps
Exterior Ballistics - Wind Effects
Snell's Notebook - Is Currently Under Sporadic, Yet Continuous, Development
Started May, 2015.
Combined most outstanding items into the notebook and re-indexed
Updated: 05MAR2018 - Added comments in 'Introduction to Reloading'
Updated: 08MAR2018 - Added section and comments 'Reloading Measurements'
Updated: 08MAR2018 - Added section 'Reloading For Accuracy'
Updated: 09MAR2018 - Added lots of tools and tips for reloading, worked on cleanup
Updated: 23MAR2018 - Added Marksmanship, cleaned up index, reorganized
Updated: 30APR2018 - Reconfigured Site Security. Notebook is now in its own public directory
Updated: 18MAY2018 - Additional Security Reconfguration
Updated: 07JUL2018 - Added section "Additional Stuff You Need" with bench and target stand
Updated: 29JUL2018 - Added section "Eye Dominance" and "Dominant Eye Finger Drill" under FUNDAMENTALS OF MARKSMANSHIP in the notebook – Not to be confused with “RIFLE FUNDAMENTALS CHECKLIST” which is linked near the top of this page.
Updated:11FEB2019 - Cleaned landing page and moved info to subordinate pages.
Updated: 10SEPT2019 - Started a checklist for Rifle Fundamentals of Marksmanship