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 on: Today at 09:24:04 AM 
Started by tweets - Last post by Greg
This thread is a goldmine of information. I've thought of building a repro Ross sniper rifle as well, but the cost of the W and S scope is a bit prohibitive. I did manage to pick up a scope case a while back and I thought I would share some pics. It looks the same as the one in the picture of the Western Scots. The serial number for the rifle is 1913 which strikes me as strange. It seems to be too early for a MK III but I could be wrong.

 on: July 10, 2017, 01:31:18 PM 
Started by Marc_Stokeld - Last post by Ken T
I just got in a box of .375 Ruger brass and formed one case to see how it would work.I don't have .348 Winchester dies so I used an 8X68S die with the expander removed to take the neck down then ran the case thru the Ross dies and trimmed.I used the expander for a .284 bullet and made a dummy round.The round chambered and extracted well in the rifle I tried it in.I need to dig out my other Ross and check the round in it and then get to work.

 on: June 16, 2017, 08:29:09 AM 
Started by RangeRover - Last post by admin
I seem to recall 6.5 x 54R or 6.35 x 54R (perhaps the same thing)?  Somewhere, I have an article on these.  I've never paid much attention to something like this given my focus has always been rifles as shipped, from the Ross factory.  But, it is an interesting application of the Ross and neat that the Ross action was chosen for a competitive purpose such as this.  The fact that it performed well in this application is satisfying.


 on: June 14, 2017, 11:28:14 PM 
Started by RangeRover - Last post by 280_Ross
The large bolt knob is something I've often though the M1910 action would benefit from.  Nice to see they kept the original triggers!
What calibre were these rifles in, does anyone know?

 on: June 05, 2017, 08:10:40 AM 
Started by RangeRover - Last post by RangeRover
Making my way through several boxes of vintage shooting/guns magazines, I came across the April 1957 issue of 'Guns' magazine. This issue features an article entitled "Why America LOST the OLYMPICS". (capitalization is the magazine's). The article is a good overview of the shooting events at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne (, though a great deal of the article is focused on lamenting the fact that the U.S. team did not do well - 'They got soundly licked - and the Russkies chortled.'

The interesting part of the article for me, though are the images (scans provided below) of the custom Ross rifles used successfully by the Russian team in the Running Deer competition at those Olympics.

 on: May 28, 2017, 10:18:23 PM 
Started by tweets - Last post by 280_Ross
Here's a photo of snipers from the 67th Battalion CEF "Western Scots".  There is one Canadian Warner & Swasey scope case visible and maybe a strap on one or two others.  

The absence of other scopes suggests this was 1915 or 16 I believe.

 on: May 28, 2017, 09:53:49 PM 
Started by divealta - Last post by 280_Ross
Good for you for making the effort! 

 on: May 18, 2017, 11:05:23 AM 
Started by divealta - Last post by divealta
Hi All,

Good news!

Finally set up a manufacturer to produce the 1905 MKII 3 Star bayonet bands!

I have spent countless hours drawing up and 3d printing the MKII 3 star. Locating a manufacturer that won't break the bank on the dies. These will have the deep drawn bodies and milled lowers like the originals.

For those interested please PM for details.

 on: May 17, 2017, 03:22:14 PM 
Started by Marc_Stokeld - Last post by pitted bore
Thank you for an informative post.  It's too bad that the thread linked in my January post above was lost in the forum crash.

Are you using 375 Ruger brass (Hornady #8673, for example) or the 375 Ruger Basic Brass (Hornady #8674)?


 on: May 14, 2017, 08:49:13 AM 
Started by Marc_Stokeld - Last post by duckcreekdick
Fellow .280 Ross reloaders:
     Here is my formula for forming .280 Ross cases from .375 Ruger cases using Imperial Sizing Wax.

1. Use a .348 Winchester FL die w/o the stem to size the neck down to the shoulder of the .375 Ruger case.
2. Use a .280 Ross FL die w/o the stem, backed off 1/16" from the shellholder and resize.
3. Resize again, as above, but with the shellholder contacting the bottom of the die.
4. Trim to 2.600 and deburr.
5. Resize again with the expander stem in the FL die and check to see if the cases chamber in your rifle.
     Following this procedure I lost only one case out of the 50.  I annealed the case necks and shoulders afterwards.  Fired cases look wonderful and do not show that ugly bulge you get forward of the belt by using .300 H&H or .375 H&H brass.
     I have tried several powders and bullet makes and weights in my rifle but have settled on the following load.  55 gr. of IMR 4350, Federal 210 primer and a Hornady 175 gr. spire point, seated to 3.500" COL.  Velocity averages out to 2557fps with groups running about 1" at 65yds.  My rifle has a 6X Weaver and a somewhat frosty bore but still shoots quite well.  I plan to take it deer hunting this coming Fall.

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