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A Good Old 30-06 Tactical Rifle Build

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dthunter, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Dthunter

    Dthunter Well-Known Member

    Hi guys! Its finally Done!

    This rifle started life as a Remington 700 SPS/SS/DM/ Camo, in 30-06 Sprg.

    The goals with this build was to make a switch barrel rifle capable of shooting all the factory offerings of the 30-06 case family. (25-06 Rem, 270Win, 280 Rem, 30-6, & 35 Whelen).

    After looking at various stock designs A-5's /Machined platforms (Tac21,Elisio, etc.), I was undecided what to go with.

    I eventually decided to go with the Choate "Custom Tactical stock". Fully adjustable, and very solid.

    I had to machine a section on the bottom of the magazine well to allow for the detachable magazine to function properly.

    I ordered the stock and two Shilen Match Select barrels:

    1.) .308, 1:10" twist, 30" long,#7 Heavy Taper. To be chambered in 30-06 Sprg.

    2.) .284, 1:8" twist, 30" Long, #7 Heavy Taper. To be chambered in 280 Remington.

    I got the action fully blue printed and Sleeved, and had the action and barrels flat matte finished.

    The action lug was replaced with a heavy gauge recoil lug and pinned to the action to facilitate removal of the barrels, and prevent the action lug from moving.

    The action and barrels were match marked so that I could adjust the barrels to proper head space by aligning the marks.

    *I plan on getting a full set of headspace gauges to monitor this from time to time.

    Now all that's left to order (other than the headspace gauges), is the barrel vise and action wrench.

    Here are a few profile pictures, and a set of targets from today. Load stats are on the picture (all safe in my gun). Hope you shooters like them!




    Sorry about all the Bench Clutter in the background!


    This is a 4 shot group at 1000 Yards with the 176 Grain Steel Tipped, Rebated Boat tail, Ultra Low Drag Chichaga Bullets.


    These are those Steel tipped Chinchaga bullets.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2013
  2. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    Very nice can I ask roughly price?
  3. Dthunter

    Dthunter Well-Known Member

    Barrels: $375.00 each
    stock: $500.00
    Action Blueprinting and barrel work: $800.00
    $1675.00 total
    Not including scope of course.
    My Mark4 Rings and 40MOA rail has not come in yet, so that will add a little more again!

    Now that the action is pinned and blueprinted, a new calibre/barrel will cost me $475.00.

    Not cheap for sure.

    My wife Is an angel for putting up with my obsessions! LOL!
  4. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Well-Known Member

    While I must say I would never build one as long range isn't my thing, that is a VERY impressive rifle. And I love the caliber choices. You should be proud.

    2 Questions:
    1. Factory trigger? Poundage?
    2. Any reason you didn't put a brake on it? Just curious...My thought is probably the weight of the gun is sufficient to tame recoil.
  5. Dthunter

    Dthunter Well-Known Member

    1.) yes, its a factory trigger still. The "Jewell" trigger (1-1.5Lb) will replace it as funds become available.
    It break around 3.5 pounds, but varies a bit. It keeps me very VERY focused, as I squeeeeeeze! LOL!

    2.) I planned on squeezing the maximum performance out of the 06, then down the road, cut the barrel down to 24", and then get a brake added.

    She shoots sweet! Its a great old cartridge!
    Thanks for the compliments!
  6. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine you having many problems with that rifle. Decent case/barrel pressures of the '06 will ensure many years of excellent range trips. The trigger change is gonna make a world of difference in accuracy as I'm sure you know. And it's just plain refreshing to see someone build a rifle like that in the classic '06. Seriously puts a smile on my face. Well done. My hats off to you.
  7. VVelox

    VVelox Well-Known Member

    Could you elaborate on the bullets there? Those don't appear to be surplus, but I think they would qualify as AP, meaning newly manufactured ones can't be sold to us civies.
  8. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member


    Nice stick in a great chambering! I built mine in .30-06 about 13 years ago and shot it in 1,000 yard competition for several years.


    Here is my load data for the readily available 190gr Sierra MatchKing bullet:

    Lapua or LC M72 Match brass
    Sierra 190SMK bullet
    Fed 210M primer
    60.7gr RL22 powder
    2900fps from my 26" Krieger barrel
    30.5MOA from a 100 yard zero to 1k

  9. yzguy87

    yzguy87 Well-Known Member

    Very nice Dthunter! I have always liked 30-06 tactical rifles!
  10. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    never heard of those bullets before. what are they? and what's the point of the steel tip?
  11. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    Impressive rife! I've been tempted to get something togther in the way of a long range centerfire rifle, but I really need to find a location with more than a 200 yd range to shoot it, first. ;)
  12. juk

    juk Well-Known Member

    We've got a 350 yard range here in Guntersville on HWY79S. If the guy will get off of his butt, we will have 600 yards to play with.

    That is a nice rifle. I, too, am curious about those projectiles.
  13. Dthunter

    Dthunter Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine makes these. His company name is: Chinchaga bullet co.

    The steel tip is swedged into place during he last ogive forming operation. The purpose of the steel tip is to produce a super small bullet tip/metplate. To increase the BC as much as possible while using a given bullet form factor/geometry.

    As to them being AP, I have no clue. The bullet construction is conventional, and designed for long range precision.

    He is centered in the Peace country in Alberta.
  14. Dthunter

    Dthunter Well-Known Member

    thanks for the encouragement Big Bore44!

    The old 30-06 is just an old design that happens to still work as well and better than it used to. With the quality and variety of powders available today, the sky is the limit!

    I love to shoot at extreme ranges, and want to get this '06 out to 1760 (1 mile).
    I have done this with three other calibers (.308Win, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag.).
    It would be so cool to achieve this mile marker with all the 30-06 case family of cartridges! 2506,270,280,3006,35Whelen.

    My friend at Chinchaga bullets can make high BC bullets in .257 (135gr.), & .270 (not sure what weight he has forming dies for).

    The hardest one to achieve his feat, by far, would be the 35Whelan! I would have to get nearly 50+ MOA bias on a scope rail and 100 MOA on the scope! It would be fun though!

    Only 3 more barrels to go! LOL!
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  15. Lj1941

    Lj1941 Well-Known Member

    I love it.I also like the choice of calibers.It will be interesting to see what the 35 Whelen will do at 1K yards.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  16. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Neat project and rifle. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    I'm also interested- but skeptical- in the .35 Whelen's long-range performance.

  17. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    It would be very ugly. No high BC bullets available (at least from Sierra), and not enough case capacity to attain a high enough velocity to remain supersonic at 1k. To say nothing of the lack of shoulder for the case.

  18. Buzznrose

    Buzznrose Well-Known Member

    All I can say is WOW! That is a beauty! Would be an awesome Western US rifle for plains and mountain hunting.

    Thanks for sharing!
  19. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    I suppose a sabot could be used in the Whelen, but AFAIK, saboted bullets are only really acxurate when scaled up to cannon size.
  20. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    Is that a Chicago or Illinois thing?

    Because there is no FEDERAL prohibition/ban/illegality of armor piercing ammo to be bought/sold at the civilian level. Federal law only restricts the manufacture and importation of AP ammunition. State laws obviously vary. Originally, federal law only applied to handgun ammo but in 1994 it was expanded to a very few rifle cartridges.
    Only manufacturers and importers of AP ammo are prohibited from selling or delivering this type of ammo.
    And of course, it looks like the OP might be in Canada.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013

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