it's been a while since I posted some pics so I thought I would share some of the latest rifle I just had built by GA Precision this week (I got to drive to their shop in Kansas City and watched them make it) and what my primary match rifle looks like on its 3rd barrel...
260 rem set up for AIAW mags
Badger M2008 action
Bartlein barrel finished at 24"
Macmillan A5 stock
Bushnell HDMR with the Gap reticle 3-21x
This is an interesting picture... the face of the bolt after firing a single proof round at 60,000 PSI:
just some random comments on the differences:
obviously one gun is set up for lefty (me) and the other for righty.
Badger action has 60* bolt throw but seems harder to lift (of course, it's also brand new)
The badger action has 6 lugs and is a custom clone of the Accuracy International, where the bighorn is a custom clone of the remington 700 footprint with the savage 2 lug floating-bolt-head design.
Though I can't say from personal experience, the badger extractor/ejector is supposed to be much more reliable than other designs and i have had considerable grief in that dept.
I like the guard around the magwell on the surgeon DBM more than the flush fit of most DBM.
Big difference in the magazine height between AICS and AIAW mags.
I went with a 5" shorter barrel on the new one and switched to standard 260 instead of ackley improved. Will be interesting to see what velocity I get. I plan to shoot only factory ammo in the new gun. I'm not reloading for it.
the x-treme trigger is the best 2-stage you can get imho. love it.
The new gun is cerakoted in mil-spec OD green, though it looks almost sea-green in the pics. crappy iphone photos.
The thunderbeast titanium suppressors rock. definitely my favorite by a wide margin.
macmillan stocks are nice, but the new manners stocks are friggin awesome. definitely getting one of their folders next.
the bushnell scope is pretty cool. VERY short, which is great for using the clip on NV. It also has an impressive zoom range and the reticle is very nice. The scope is basically set up well for people who don't usually dial shots, and you have to pull the knobs up to turn them.
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February 10, 2012, 04:25 PM
impressive set up!
February 10, 2012, 04:27 PM
very nice, thanks for sharing
February 10, 2012, 04:41 PM
Sweet new rifle Tom, my 260 should be done in a few weeks I'm gonna give AW mags a run for a bit, there even shorter than my alpha mags. Also finally cracked and picked up a 30p-1 that can't come soon enough. Maybe it will be here in time to ring steel at ur new range ;)
February 10, 2012, 07:57 PM
Wow those look like a lot of fun. Love that photo of the bolt face...are you saying mine shouldn't look like that? ;)
So why only factory ammo in the new rifle?
February 10, 2012, 08:57 PM
My first Tactical Rifle build, in the classic .30-06 cartridge:
Winchester M70 Action
Krieger 26" Fluted SS MTU Contour
McMillan A2 pillar bedded stock
Williams one-piece steel bottom metal
Speed Lock firing pin and spring
Badger 20MOA base and tactical rings
Leupold 6.5-20x50 LR Mildot scope
Fed 210M primer
Sierra 190gr MatchKing bullet
That was is a Absolutely Beatuiful "98",along with the other Primo Rifle's.
February 11, 2012, 06:44 AM
My favorite to shoot is my M700 Police. As you might assume, at about 19 pounds, recoil is nearly none existent. I bought it for varmint hunting, and (hopefully) getting into 1000 yard steel shooting. Here are the basics:
geno, 19 lbs? wow! the 29" bbl match rifle with the S&B, with can and sling weighs 17.5 lbs.
chase, you will love the thunderbeast.
dentite, the new gun with 24" bbl was built to be a loaner of sorts, for when i take people (mostly new shooters) to the range (which is nearly every time i go). I got tired of loading 260AI for them to shoot and putting wear on my match bbl. So now they can shoot all they want, just have to bring/buy their own ammo. :)
esheato, i've won several matches with the 260AI. shoots great. the other rifle is brand new and unfired by me as i'm waiting for UPS to bring my ammo for it. So far, just a single proof round down the tube. it was a 1 hole group though!
The Wiry Irishman
February 11, 2012, 12:01 PM
Mid-build right now. Savage 110BA in .300 Win Mag, Rifle Basix SAV-1 trigger set to 16 oz, Atlas Bipod, Nightforce rings, cant indicator and tilt angle indicator, US Optics SN-3 1700.... still hasn't come in yet.
Yeah. The stock alone is a bit over 5.5 pounds. Given my fused neck, it is a dream to shoot.
February 11, 2012, 12:45 PM
Is it a bad thing that I am completely captivated by the Ruger? I would be tickled shatless to own any of the other guns, but that Ruger is just awesome.
Can I get some info on that gun 451? I've got a rifle in the cabinet that I swear is almost a twin. Mine is an 84 M77 in 308 with the factory 24" "heavy" barrel. It doesn't have a specific "varmint" or "target" marked on the barrel, but it is definitely more robust that your average sporter weight. It is a very nice polished blue with walnut stock also.
February 11, 2012, 01:10 PM
irish, that picture is a riot! you'll enjoy the USO. great scope
February 11, 2012, 08:28 PM
Can I get some info on that gun 451? I've got a rifle in the cabinet that I swear is almost a twin. Mine is an 84 M77 in 308 with the factory 24" "heavy" barrel. It doesn't have a specific "varmint" or "target" marked on the barrel, but it is definitely more robust that your average sporter weight.
It is a late 70's gun, I did add a Timney trigger. The barrel is the heavy Ruger barrel. Back in the day Ceiner wasn't always the ******* the feds turned him into, he cut and crowned the barrel then turned it down and made the shroud so without the can on it it look like a slightly short standard heavy barrel. I don't know anyone who does similar work today.
If you clicked on the video link you will hear just how quiet it is, I am shooting under a steel roof cover and my voice at normal speaking volume is still much loader.
February 11, 2012, 08:35 PM
My stock FN PBR, shoot ALOT better than I do.
February 11, 2012, 11:27 PM
Savage Mod 10 308
Accutrigger (not so factory anymore)
Choate Tactical Stock (epoxy Skim bedded)
Caldwell pivot bipod
EGW 20MOA Base (Epoxy Bedded)
Burris XTR 30mm Rings (Blue Locktite)
Millett 4-16x50 Buck Gold
dubbleA I'm diggin those bipods on your rifles, who made them and where dod you get them?
February 12, 2012, 12:14 PM
They look like Sinclair or similar F-Class bipods to me. Pricey.
February 12, 2012, 12:39 PM
I'm liking this thread. Lets keep this one going!
February 12, 2012, 03:04 PM
It's as close as I can gauge. I stepped on the bathroom scale without the rifle, then picked it up. As close as I could read the dial, it increased about 19 pounds. That weight reflects the bi-pod, sling, everything but ammo. Regardless the precise pounds weight, it's a nice, heavy rifle. With my fused neck, heavier is better. :)
February 12, 2012, 03:09 PM
Helo Taxi...Hows the ER Shaw bbl shoot and clean up?
February 13, 2012, 11:04 PM
The first 10 rounds after zeroing the scope were about 1MOA. That was with SSA 168gn SMKs IIRC. Most of my development loads have come in right around the 1 MOA mark for 5-shot groups. Clean-up, on the infrequent occasions that I run a patch down the barrel, has been really quick. Patch with Hoppe's Bore Gel, let it sit for a few minutes and 3-5 patches later they come out almost clean.
Also bear in mind that this is an off-the-shelf ER Shaw pre-fit from Midway that sells for $139. Additionally of the 3 Accutrigger rifles that I own, this one has by far the worst trigger. The trigger on my precision .243 (sorry no pics right now) is night and day better and it also has a Walmart package gun pedigree.
February 13, 2012, 11:17 PM
You said the one rifle is on its third barrel. What was the round life that you have experanced with those barrels?
February 13, 2012, 11:33 PM
accuracy dropped off pretty bad after 1500 rnds at 3047 fps on the first bbl, but i put about 1800 on it. second bbl got 2400 or 2500 rnds through it, but i reduced the powder and velocity to 2980ish (don't recall velocity exactly, but i'm counting rounds these days by stacking empty 100ct primer boxes on my desk... one stack for each bbl. heh. i don't keep data books anymore.) i'm at least 700 into the 3rd bbl and it's shooting really well right now. best of the 3 so far. interestingly, i special ordered the 260AI reamer with a specific neck size, and my smith said he chambered one other guy's gun with it, so this reamer is on it's 4th bbl.
February 13, 2012, 11:48 PM
These are some beautiful rifles......
Looking at those bipods (After looking at prices on Sinclair) made me realize.......
I need to make Bi-pods!
And I have the equipment and know how to boot! :D
Need a Custom Bi-pod?
February 14, 2012, 12:23 AM
I did it backwards....jumped right to the big gun.
HS Precision 338 LM left handed.
Next is a short action in 6.5 something or other.
February 14, 2012, 12:37 AM
My poor man's long range rifle. Savage LRP in .260 Rem, Warne 20 MOA base, Burris extreme tactical rings, and a Bushnell 3200 elite 10x40 mil/mil. I actually think it is a great rifle and a great deal.
February 14, 2012, 03:31 PM
My poor man's long range rifle.
I hear ya. Leaves me feeling like I pulled up beside a Ferrari in a 1986 Yugo. :D I think escheato is fixin' to shift the world's axis when he pulls the trigger on that bad-boy!
February 14, 2012, 04:28 PM
While I'm not into these type of rifles these are surely some superb examples of them!!
Nice job on these guys!
February 14, 2012, 05:01 PM
I hear ya. Leaves me feeling like I pulled up beside a Ferrari in a 1986 Yugo. I think escheato is fixin' to shift the world's axis when he pulls the trigger on that bad-boy!
I think my next one will be a custom .338 edge
Seriously though, it is the base for a high precision build that is not yet complete. Shilen barrel 18" threaded barrel w/ AAC flash suppressor, Wylde Chamber, fluted bolt, oversized bolt handle, B&C Medalist Stock, burnt bronze cerakote refinish, Vortex glass.
February 15, 2012, 08:24 AM
This is my hunting rifle. Built 15 years old now Ruger mkII 7mm rem mag krieger 27" barrel timney #7 profile, trigger 1 1/2lb, boyds jr stock bedded and aluminum stud supports. Good 2"400 yard rifle with some same lot number factory ammo. Half that with handloads. Never intended to leave this scope on just short of money when rifle was built . Still works great 15 years later. Simmons atec 3.8-14 scope from first year productions. Pod is for picture only.