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Test Driving The Defensive Edge LRMK 338 EDGE + P

 
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:37 AM
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Test Driving The Defensive Edge LRMK 338 EDGE + P

Yesterday I was treated to a visit from Shawn Carlock as he passed through my neck of the woods. Well, not really..... nobody just passes through here as it is clear out in the foot hills of the Big Belts. But never the less I am glad he found me. He was packing his newest creation the LRMK chambered it the amazing 338 EDGE + P. This puppy sends the 300 Bergers at 3135 fps and it does it well. So we jumped in Shawns truck and headed out to a spot where I go to stretch em out. First wild Montana rock of choice was conventienty located at 2550 yards. The wind was pretty fearce but Shawn said " What the heck" With just a couple wind corrections we were on the rock with a final wind dope of 10 1/2 moa Left for the 7:00 ten MPH plus wind. I was pretty amazed when I landed 2 hits within 1/2 moa of each other in these conditions. The LRMK 338 EDGE + P balances on the bipod like a champ and the rear of the stock is open and allows your left hand to grip the lower part of the stock through the opening while squeezing the rear bag. I noticed it was a vary solid and stable feel even when on uneven ground and shooting up at a pretty large angle. Keeping a solid point of aim at this distance requires concentration but is pretty easy with this rifle. At the first brake of the trigger I realized that there was considerable more horse power than the 338 LM I shoot all the time. Recoil was not bad at all, but the push on the shoulder lets you know you just sent 300 grains of Berger lead with athority. Getting back on to spot the hits was pretty easy considering I had never fired a rife like this before and each dust ball off the target give a feeling of accomplishment along with
amazement.

Next stop as the sun was setting was a lighted rock with a black spot for point of aim. But we were entirely too close... So we got in the truck and watching the odometer Shawn says another 2 tenth of a mile should do it... We pulled over and set up for a nice little poke at 1886 yards!! Perfect!! Shawn set up behind me with the spotter on the rock. Watching the wind he instructed me to " Hold left side" I did and replied "On it" Then I got the call we all love to hear "SEND IT" I setteled back in and waited for the Berger to arrive. As it impacted the rock. With the evening sun behind us you could see 3 or 4 chunks of rock between tennis ball and grape fruit size fly out into the air from over 100 feet above ground. Holy crap !!! At over a mile!!! Thats some thumping power... I also noticed upon impact some birds that had settled in for the evening roost decided to leave the county.

I was able to place two consecutive shots again into 1/2 moa on this rock. Needless to say I was beginning to bond well with the LRMK, but an offer for Shawn to just leave it with me for a few months or years was constructivly denied.

Back at the house as we ate some very poor "heat me and Eat me" pizza and got ready for bed. I quized Shawn about the LRMK to a point of complete exhaustion. Then we retired for the evening. My sleep was limited as I thought about this new rifle design and how well I shot it. But in the morning as Shawn prepaired to leave for home I got a felling of ease when I told Shawn to "Put me on the list for a LRKM"

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Old 05-24-2012, 11:19 AM
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re: Test Driving The Defensive Edge LRMK 338 EDGE + P

Jeff, could you give us an idea of the handling characteristics that differ from your 338 Lapua and the LRKM, I'm really surprised that Shawn got out of their with it
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:34 AM
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Jeff, could you give us an idea of the handling characteristics that differ from your 338 Lapua and the LRKM, I'm really surprised that Shawn got out of their with it
Rhian, it has a different feel as it is a lot less bulky. When you grab it and pick it up it feels ligher than it really is due to the more equal balance of the rig. When you stick it in th aback pack it almost disappears with only a short piece of stock sticking out. That is a huge improvement over my 338 that towers above my head while in the pack.

While shooting my LM in the A-5 stock I always feel the downward recoil on to the rear bag. This is why I have been stressing the importance of a solid bag to keep the rifle from dropping the rear durring recoil and resulting in elevated hits. With the LRKM I didn't notice the downward recoil in the bag , but more so a rearward in line recoil. These are first impressions and I would need more trigger time in many different shooting angles to confirm. But for sure the fact that hits were landing at the same elevation repeatably , means the rifle butt was staying put. I assume this is related to the fact the action is so far rearward and the rifle is much shorter.

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Old 05-24-2012, 01:11 PM
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Yea Shawn called me and asked if he could come down and do some shooting with the LRKM but I told him I was busy. NOT!!! Jeff you know your cool when Carlock shows up to let you shoot his latest creation. Amazing rifle and amazing shooting on your part as well!
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Wow, this LRMK is starting to grow on me. I could be wrong here but I think Shawn is onto something that is very special (Sure he already knows that). At 3135fps, I do not think there is anything in its class. I know there are a handful of 338's that will beat the speed of the LRMK but at what cost? No fireforming that I am aware of, no super custom dies, better barrel life than the super 338's and in a lighter package.

The rifle design sure is not conventional and is taking me a little time to get used to it. Looks like a rifle the "Terminator" would use. That is not a bad thing though.

One other thing that I am very interested in is the powder that Shawn is using in the "P" version. I know this is a close guarded secret at this time but I just wonder what this powder would do in my 338LAI? I know he has a special throat design but do not think the LRMK would get these velocities with the standard powders the 338's like.

All in all, the LRMK is #1 in my books and Shawn continues to stretch the envelope. Congrats Shawn, you knocked this one out of the park!

Ray
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I have to be honest, when Shawn first introduced the LRKM I really didn't see the big deal. I thought it was kinda cool looking but didn't think it was anything I'd ever be interested in.

That is until I got to play with one.

This past winter I was at Shawn's picking up a project he did for me and Bob let me play around with one of the LRKM's. I didn't get to shoot it like Broz but I was able to shoulder it and get behind it on a bench top in their shop.

Within just a matter of seconds my whole attitude toward Shawn's LRKM changed. I went from I don't see what the big deal is to Mmmmm this is nice and the more I played with it the more I got what the big deal is. For me, everything about it felt natural. Again, I didn't get to shoot it but it felt like something you could shoot all day with minimal effort from just about any position. I thought the way it's balanced out it didn't feel like it would require me to do much more than pull the trigger. Like Broz said, it felt much lighter than I was expecting

I ran into Shawn at Bloomsday a couple weeks ago and I told him I owed him an apology. He wasn't sure why until I told him about how I didn't really think the LRKM was anything special UNTIL his dad let me fumble around with it at the shop. He kinda laughed a little then got a grin on his face and said, ok, so how about now, what do you think now? I told him Ohhhh yeah I totally get what's so special about it now!! He said, YEP, it seems to have that effect on people.
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re: Test Driving The Defensive Edge LRMK 338 EDGE + P

I shoot a 338-416 impr and only get 3100fps so am very interested in the results that shawn is getting with is 338 P+, his new projest makes the mouth water and the Bank a little worried.
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