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Sako-style extractor can just be seen


form the 260 Rem case along with a 142gr Sierra Matchking bullet and H4350 powder was the current recipe. Lapua’s own 139 Scenar bullet, with which I have been successful, had been less consistent in Dave’s barrel.


The day we tested coincided with the long awaited arrival of Lapua’s 260 Rem Lapua brass at Hannam’s Reloading and its use with identical loads was immediately pulling a slightly strung-out ¾ MOA group back into a circular sub ½ MOA blob. I had experimented with 243/260 brass versus true 260 brass, head to head and although the 243/260 worked well, I had never been happy with the ‘donut’ which forms in the 243 brass at the base of the neck and, when loaded to 2.810 inches COAL, was encircling the base of the longer 139 grain bullet and perhaps causing inconsistent starting pressures.


This seems to fit in with the fact that single-shot 260 Rem users were long-throating their barrels for extra powder capacity and therefore avoiding the donut touching the bullet’s base. Certainly, when seating each Scenar, I could feel the slight squeeze as it touched. As Valkyrie 0001 and my own rifle had shared the same chamber reamer, perhaps they shared some of the same tastes? Anyway, that is all beside the point now as the proper Lapua 260 Rem brass is here and appears to be well up to the Lapua standard.


30 Target Shooter


Quality brass availability is of course a primary concern for most ‘accuracy nuts`.


Valkyrie Rifles is both owned and run by someone who I have known for several years and referred to before as a perfectionist. Dave’s knowledge and involvement in current trends within the shooting world are gained from the first-hand experience of who shoots, what do they shoot and how he can beat them, rather than “How can I sell them a gun”. Dave’s shooting abilities are well known at Diggle, Mattersey and Bisley and are his best advertisement.


His current stock of equipment and chamber reamers and now his own Valkyrie action (made in Yorkshire) and his barrelling and duracoating facilities stand him in very good stead. After going into business on his own in January of this year (still based on South Yorkshire Shooting Supplies site), he is already comfortably busy and looks set to stay that way. I feel guilty of having nothing negative to say about the gun other than I am very jealous that I don’t own it myself! Dave should be very proud of No. 0001 but I’m sure he is looking forward now to No. 1000 and beyond.


Check out www.valkyrierifles.net The basic price of the action is £975 but the price may vary in accordance with specification.


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