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#1 novaman64

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:09 AM

Well, finally got around to shipping my remmy 700 sps varmint in 243 off to the smith... He called me and gave me an update, and also sent me some pics...Stuff being done... Action trued and bolt lapped, Wyatts extended mag box fitted, custom muzzle brake made (my design), installing a 6.5mm Benchmark barrel (1:8" twist, 26", Lilja #5 taper, 3 groove, SS flutted), chambered in 260 rem, designed to shoot Berger 140 VLD's... Supposed to chamber and throw the barrel on Monday, so hopefully ill have my rifle back by the end of next week... So excited... Oh ya, I splurged and bought a stock too, its going in a McMillan HTG...This is going to be a hunting rifle and also a range toy, thats the reason I sort of compromised on the barrel taper.... This is also the first custom I have ever had done.. I feel like a kid again a few days before xmas...Here the action after its been milled out for the bigger box, notice the length difference of the mag boxes, that will allow me to run a OAL of 2.99...Posted ImageNew magbox installed...Posted ImageFront of the action all trued up...Posted ImageLugs lapped...Posted ImageMy custom brake... 90 port in back with rear ward angled 110 ports on the front 2 ports the 3 ports on top are 110 rear ward angledPosted ImageAnd, the Benchmark barrel.Posted ImageThe McMillan HTG (243 in it before it got shipped off)Posted ImageAnd a comparison... old 243 bullet (100 grn sof point) vs the new 260 (Berger 140 VLD, OAL=2.952")Posted Image

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:12 AM

Looks sweet novaman64. I like that cartridge a lot, should shoot very well with those bullets. How long have you been designing this rifle?

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:45 AM

Kickin the around the idea for a while.. Last year towards the end of dear season I ordered, the barrel... And its been sitting collecting dust (in process of buying a house so ive been saving my pennies).. Well I got nice bonus from work so decided it was time to finally pull the trigger and just do it...

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:45 AM

so far so good. who is doing the work for you? when you get ready to load, try 46gr H4831sc for best accuracy. if you use rem brass you may go 47gr. it will be compressed but less than most guys, due to your longer oal. lots of guys at sacramento valley are shooting this, including myself, at 46gr with nosler brass and 139 scenars for match shooting.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 12:06 PM

I will have to pick some up. I have some RL17 and H4350 that I was gonna try... I am also gonna need to get my hands on a chrony as I wanna see the speed I cam getting once I get close to finding a load...I am having a benchrest guy build it, Eric Wallace, of Nawakwa Accuracy out of MI build it. He has done some impressive stuff including his own version of a 338 lapua improved...

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 12:32 PM

Looks nice. :roflmao3[1]:

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:14 PM

Man...your in trouble now. You will never buy a factory rifle again. Ask me how I know!!Take care,StanPS...keep us posted.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:26 PM

Yep!
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:15 PM

let me know when you get it. I have the chrony setup - we can meet at Sac Valley one day and check your loads, etc.

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:24 AM

Thanks, hopefully ill get it back next week, if not early the following week.. I am gonna load up a bunch of rounds starting with H4350 @40.0 grains and go up in .5 increments, then do the same with RL17 till i show pressure signs... Then I guess ill play with seating depth depending if I can get them to group. Still new to this whole reloading thing...

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:25 PM

lol I built the same gun on a rem 788 action and i have that same exact barrel except mines cryo treated there are picks of the before and after shots on here somewhere I did the work myself.I didnt use a muzzle break it doesnt really need it with this cartridge.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:26 AM

The idea behind the brake wasnt for recoil, but I want to be able to stop on own shots...

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 03:16 PM

good idea I can do that with a couple of my rifles but there the heavier ones.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 06:51 AM

Ya, I am trying to build this to be lite... within reason...

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 09:40 AM

:) :lol: :) :lol: :) I want one too..... :014:If there is such a thing as firearms porn....those pics are it. Best of luck with that super rig. Some things are well worth waiting for.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 01:46 PM

Just got these from him... Hes gonan throw it in his stock tomorrow (I jsut sent him a barreled action) and test fire then its gonna be packaged and shipped back to me! Today feels like xmas, just started escrow on a house and my rifle is done!Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:10 PM

SO really how much better is a custom gun over factory. Is this going to be just a bench rifle?

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:29 PM

I am not sure how much better, should know in the next few weeks though... The main reason I wanted to build this is I couldnt find a rifle that I liked in the caiber I wanted.. I didnt want a mountain rifle, but i didnt want some 20 lb bench rifle either... I wanted smack dab in the middle, so I ordered a barrel with a profile i wanted for the weight I wanted (aiming for 7 lbs w/o scope)...Its not just going to be a bench rifle, majority of the time it will be hunting (deer, pig, bear)...

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 07:15 AM

Its all done. Just got it in the stock and fitted the stock (had to make the bigger mag box fit, and the bolt handle was hitting the stock a little. Still not bedded, but wanna go break the barrel in and see how she does...Posted ImageSorry for the crappy pics. Me and the misses just split up, and well needless to say I dont have any furniture, boat, livestock trailer, or digi camera anymore... So this was done with the cell phone...

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 12:25 PM

if I was you I'd finish bedding it before firing a shot. You have a hand-lapped barrel there so break in isn't much...don't "jump the gun"...

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:29 AM

Went down to the bay to my parents place this weekend. Used my dads lathe and machined some pillars. Gonna try and bed it at some point this week. Buying a house is stressful and time consuming. My bank wants a ton of stuff done before we can close. Escrow is stressful!

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:15 PM

Well sorry for all the delays in getting this info up. I have been beyond crazy with life rt now. Not to mention deer season has started. Anyways. Been playing with H4350 and RL17, and I think I found a winner. Let me start off by saying Eric can build a tack driver. Through all my load development I dont think I have had a group over 3/4 MOA, but I think I finally found my honey load... 44.0 grains of RL17, under the Berger 140VLD, sitting .005 off the lands. A pic of the group is attached, fired the first 2, which were touching, clicked over 1/2 MOA to the right more on the scope and then fired another 3. First shot was the high one all the way left, which was a fouling and cold boar shot, the next was directly under it. Let cool for about 2 minutes before I fired the last 3, which were all shot within about a 1 minute period.Posted ImageHopefully I can get a chance to get out and at least try for a buck, only had one trip up which was a bust, but have a huge work project due soon, and theres only 2 more weeks of dear season.

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 05:49 AM

very nice sps man all you need now is a little paint work and it will a yotes worst nightmare.. be glad to help ya with that paint if needed my man, none the less nice lookin rig ya got

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 07:31 PM

Came out good.My 243 likes R15

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 10:05 PM

:pirashoot: :carnage: Real nice. Love the looks of the barrel. Those coyotes don't have a chance.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:18 AM

If you take shipping times out of the equation I wanna say it was around a week..I would have him build or modify any gun I needed worked on in a heart beat. Great work, great customer service, nice guy! Definitely would recommend him.




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