Etronx project results


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taliv
July 5, 2007, 10:10 PM
I tried something a little unconventional. I bought one of those electric Rem700 Etronx models (for $500), and sent it to Long Shot Rifles (http://longshotriflesllc.com/) (well, actually I went there in person and watched Chris make it) and had him put a Broughton barrel on it and chamber it in 6mmXC.

We were a bit concerned that the large electric primers wouldn't be up to benchrest accuracy standards, and maybe they're not, but they're close enough for me.

I'm still fire forming brass (using Tubb's recommended fire forming load for the 6mmXC with the bullets set exactly on the lands), and haven't worked up any loads yet, so the real potential has yet to be realized, but I wanted to go ahead and post some of the groups I've been getting.

Here's an example of a steel plate I shot today at about 450 yards (give or take 10 yrds). It's not the best group of the day, it's the only group. :) I shot twice, which are the lower two shots (a little hard to see) and put another half minute of elevation on it, then shot the top three shots. Wind was about 1 minute to the right (I had 1/2 left on the gun). The top three shots are just inside 1" center to center. The plate is 10" square.

By the way, I HIGHLY recommend Long Shot if you're looking to build a super-accurate rifle. I learned a ton, and the entire experience was outstanding.

The barrel is also impressive. It's a Broughton with the 5C canted lands in a palma profile. It stopped copper fouling in the first 5 shots (shoot/clean/shoot/clean/etc) and the 2nd pic below is shot numbers 6 through 10.


The one downside is that I'm stuck with the crappy stock, which isn't the best prone stock ever made, because it has the key/battery and other electronic pieces parts embedded. I'd really like to swap it out, because I built the rifle to shoot NRA Long Range HP, and it's killing my neck. but hey... I'll live. I'm considering finding someone to do fiberglass work and just build up the stock.

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Owen
July 5, 2007, 10:30 PM
Nice!

esheato
July 6, 2007, 03:48 AM
Nice group.

How difficult is it to find the electronic fired primers? Worth the cost?

Ed

taliv
July 6, 2007, 08:57 AM
http://www.midwayusa.com/esearch.exe/search?TabID=0&category_selector=all_products&search_keywords=etronx&Click+to+Begin+Search.x=0&Click+to+Begin+Search.y=0&Click+to+Begin+Search=Search_Button

not hard at all. Midway has them in stock. They are pretty pricey though, so I guess it depends on how much you shoot, because you can get a new etronx rifle (they're all essentially VSSF) for $400 less than the going rate for a standard 700 VSSF. If a thousand primers is a lifetime supply for you, then you're still almost $300 ahead by going with the etronx.

esheato
July 6, 2007, 09:02 AM
Whoa...those are expensive! $640 for 5k is a bit steep for my blood (compared to Fed GMM primers at $130/5k).

Ed

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