So, I have been talking sh!t about this masterpiece for months, and it's finally been completely built ( action wise ) and sent off to Lone Wolf Rifle Stocks
for some custom fit fiberglass.
This rifle was designed to be my ultimate field piece. I hold no illusions about my ability to stretch my skills to place guaranteed "killing" rounds into a human target at 1,000 yards or more. I haven't had that training.... yet.
But, I wanted a weapon that could
achieve more than I could as the shooter. This would give me nothing but room to improve, and it would drive me, personally, to want to learn reloading, to want to learn windage, learn true long range shooting skills.
As such, and I recommend this to everyone ever considering a rifle build, I made an appointment to take my riflesmith to lunch and discuss what I wanted to do. I wasn't working with Brett at the time, but he had built my .308 Winchester Rig, along with two other work overs, and we had become friends.
He was a good consultant when I was overseas. I had never been living in a third world country before... LOL Brett took the time to teach me about off shore banking and other "intricacies" of living outside the protected US of A. Basically, we had a bond and I trusted his opinions. He knew what my skillset was, had seen me shoot, and knew what I was capable of, and not capable of. The benefits of having a really good 'smith.
We decided on an RPA action first. I am not going to lie and try to tell you that I knew "EXACTLY"
what I wanted. I didn't. I had the names of more than 10 custom rifle action makers ranging from the big guys on the block ( McMillan & Hart ) to little known companies ( RPA & BAT ).
For those that don't know, RPA is a Single Shot action that is BIG in the Benchrest Circuit. We have a World Record Holder who shoots Benchrest and has set ( 2 ) World Records with the 6.5 x 284mm cartridge. I was hoping to piggy back his reloading numbers and score myself some impressive groups. LOL
Not only did I not settle on the cartridge, I went with another action all together. How about that?
After too much back and forth to even talk about, we settled first on the 7mm Remington Magnum cartridge and then the Lawton Machine Rifle Action.
I am not a big fan of the Remington Rifle Actions, from the factory. The design itself is sound, but the factory action is not the best product that can be turned out. One of the problems I have is with the recoil lug not being an integral part of the rifle action. Lawton has solved this menacing trend with a very easy fix.
While not ideal, this fix allows a direct, drop in replacement to any existing stock with a 700 Action. Lawton includes a driven pin that goes through the recoil lug and into the action body itself. Under stress from the fired round, this keeps the recoil lug aligned exactly where it is supposed to be.
The chamber has been custom cut for the 7mm Remington Magnum Accuracy Load - but we will see what it likes best.
The barrel is a Krieger 1:9 twist, 26 inch length. The muzzle break will be custom designed, by both of us, to be more of a tank style break and not vent down and out, thereby eliminating any dust signature.
After the good folks at Lone Wolf complete the custom fiberglass fit for my rifle, we will custom build the muzzle break, sandblast & blue all available parts. The end result will be a deep blue custom hue to come close to matching the black stock from Lone Wolf.
More pictures when it comes back....