I did not plan a long range build...it just happened.

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  1. Wreck-n-Crew

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    Well its all about the wait on the weather to cooperate and some final accuracy tests on 3 loads i developed in 308 with 168gr hornady ELD match and 175gr SMK using 3 different powders. Two of them have the most promise for extending the legs a little.

    Just today i just finished the build that started life as a Savage 12FV. First to go was the stock that I Swapped for a stealth chassis and added 2 MDT AICS pattern mags.

    From there i changed out the but stock with one i found online. A no name but a solid stock. Had to swap the tube too as the original was too big.

    Finally the new glass arrived in the form of a Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50. I also swapped the 2 piece base for a 20 MOA 1 piece From EGW. Rolled my rings over and mounted it. I threw on a pair of Butler Creek scope caps to keep the lenses clean.

    I am expecting one more addition still on order, a bubble level.

    I also got a new die in to get the runout...out! Its a Forster bench rest 308 die.

    Up until this point i have not turned necks but i have been annealing regularly. So yesterday i turned some of my peterson brass down. Doing a little measuring i was surprises at the thickness of the neck.

    Still waiting on delivery of my Sinclair concentricity gage to finish my setup along with a new Single stage press that needed replacing.

    The loading plan is to use the lee collet neck sizing die and check concentricity. Followed by a body die to bump the shoulder back and recheck concentricity ( not sure this is necessary) then follow up with my Forster Bench Rest Seating die. Check concentricity again.

    The reason i am going with the Lee collet die is many people are reporting great concentricity results using it. As far as the Forster goes, well results speak for themselves.

    Im on my own now. No longer doing my precision loading with a friend who had the things i didn't. Since it has been a few years since he moved i figured its time i upped my game and got my own stuff to get back into shrinking these groups.

    So far with this gun, no neck turning, no forster die, no concentricity gage and a cheap knock off scope on the factory stock i have managed some pretty great groups. Smallest group was. .360". Mostly .6"-.8" groups with developed loads.

    One thing i did not count on was the mounts being a little higher than the med 1" diameter rings on the old 2 piece weaver mounts that hovered just above the barrel about .4" when the scope was mounted. But the 30mm rings on the 20 MOA base sits higher. So new rings coming. :)

     
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    Nice rig!
     
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    Thanks. Hope it serves me well.
     
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    I can't wait to see the groups. Nice stock!
     
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    looks good, i got to high of ring on my remington to, not so high it's uncomfortable but a good 3/8 under the bell. but now i can use the scope on my ar's to do load testing, what powder did you use for the 168s and 175s.
     
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    Very nice! Glad to see where the Vortex landed. Looking forward to your range report.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Thanks. Me too. I am eager to see it ring some steel.
     
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    Nice rifle!! Love my Savages!
     
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    As an after thought to how it became what it was so quickly , well i blame numeric. Chassis was $301 delivered. Then i got even luckier with the scope. Even the butt stock. Most decent butt stocks start at $125 for the Luth-MBA 3. Goes up from there. Nailed this one for $72 delivered. Scope $399+ tax ( $427 tmd ) . Then there was the rifle with a rebate $325.

    If it were not for the breaks in prices i would be posting this in october or november.
     
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    Thanks. They have a great action too. The floating bolt head ( cant remember what its called as it doesn't quite float) is awesome.
     
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