Because the rifle shot so outstandingly well, I contacted rifle maker Richard McKinney of the Schuetzen Gun Company in Drake, Colorado, and asked him to build one for me. Richard is well known for building stunning Sharps rifles for a world-wide clientele, and as you can see in the following photo, he does not have a problem with focus, follow through or attention to detail.
.338 Norma built by rifle maker Richard McKinney
A US Army Veteran, former member of the AMU, and long range shooter, Richard was the right rifle maker for me, with a combination of experience and practice that I find unbeatable. The only other riflemaker that is of the same stature, who has built firearms for me, (in my opinion), is Jim Hoge of Canoga Park, California.
Although I did order and still have on order a barrel from Mike Rock of Rock Creek Barrels, Richard and I went down the mountain, locally, to Mark Chanlynn of Rocky Mountain Rifle Works. Mr. Chanlynn apprenticed under Barrett "Boots" Obermeyer of Obermeyer Rifled Barrels and has been manufacturing single point cut rifle barrels and building rifles too for over forty years. The one that he made for me has a 1:9.1 “left hand” twist in a heavy Palma contour.
The action as well as the bottom metal with a five round detachable magazine is from Badger Ordnance. It is their brand new M2008 long action.
Badger Ordnance M2008 Long Action
The Badger Ordnance Receiver is, as you can see, a double lug design with a cullet similar to the Mauser 98 action, and has an enclosed firing pin. The bolt lift is 60 degrees and is very quick, precise and smooth in its operation. On top is a Picatinny Specified rail with 20 minutes of angle built into it. I Love this action. Mating up to it is a Jewel trigger, set at 2.5 lbs. Although it is a little light for field use, it’s clean, crisp, and release is phenomenal.
The stock we chose was built by Tom Manners, of Manners Stocks. It is a Tactical build of fiberglass and Kevlar, is very strong and utilizes Terry Cross’s hardware for the cheek piece.
On top of the rail sits a Nightforce 5.5 – 22 X 50 NXS for the long range shooting this cartridge was designed to do and a Sniper Tools Design Company Angle Cosine Indicator. So how does it shoot?