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1. Is it better to leave a few rounds out of magazines to save the spring?
Shawn- It is perfectly harmless to load magazine to its full capacity. Springs wear form cycling , not from being under tension. Most of the time the problem in feeding is from faulty feed lips and not the spring.
Howard- That started with the USGI 20 round mags which could have their spring installed backwards and would still function with 18 rounds, but would jam with 20. Nowdays I would not buy or use mags that were not 100% reliable when loaded to capacity.
2. What slings do you recommend?
Howard- First I would suggest reading Vickers article on slings. It can be found here. Shawn and I recommend for the AR15 slings like the Vickers sling, Viking Tactics sling, and similar 2 points.
3. How do you tighten the screws on a pre 64 Model 70 Winchester?
You tighten the front and rear screws the same as you would any other wood-stocked bolt action. but, the middle screw that holds the floor plate on is just barely tightened finger tight, just enough to let the floor plate close. if you tighten it much more it causes problems for the rifle.
4. how do you use a weapon flash light
Howard- Tactics and placement of a weapon light could be an article in it self. However first a safety and employment. I was working on a write up about it, however I found that Mas Ayoob beat me to it and did a better job. I highly recommend looking at his article on the use of weapon lights that can be found here.
5. What is the best aimpoint for general use?
Howard- The answer depends on if you are running the aimpoint co-witness with iron sights, or without iron sights in the view of the window. If you are not co-witness with iron sights, I would highly recommend the Aimpoint T1 or H1 for its compact size and light weight. However if you are co-witnessessing with iron sights, a larger window is usually preferred. If you have the money, I would recommend the Aimpoint Comp M4, however the Aimpoint PRO offers similar excellent features at an economical price. The Aimpoint PRO is probably the best value for the person with a limited budget.