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Unread 06-10-2012, 08:08 AM
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As I sit here and suck down my morning coffee I think back into the last few weeks and all the long range shooting I have done. In this pretty shot time I have been lucky enough to put my hands on, cradle, shoot, and watch 3 rifles being shot at long range. The 3 builders of these rifles are present on this site, Shawn Carlock, Kirby Allen and Kevin Cram. The rifles I shot differed in caliber from a 30-338 LM , to a 338 EDGE + P to a 375 Allen Magnum. I got to drive each of them past 1000 yards, 1 to 1013, one to 1800 and another to 2550 yards. I just have to say boys and girls, we have some fine smiths here among us. There is a reason we have to wait for their products but the wait is worth it if you are looking for a rifle that stands above the normal trend of long range rigs. These boys know what they are doing and do it well. We are lucky to have them here and I am getting ready to order a rifle from one of them. It will be from Shawn because he has exaclty what I want. But I don't think you could go wrong with any of these guys.

Congrats boys on your Long Range rifles. They flat azz do it, and do it right.

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Unread 06-10-2012, 09:39 AM
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when i started reading here years ago i stayed mainly because of Kirby and Shawn. It's nice to have guys on here that love this sport, and are dedicated to always raising the bar.

there is so much quality info on here, good stuff!
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Unread 06-10-2012, 10:56 AM
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I can speak personally of Kirby. He is an incredible smith, and a very nice guy. Had the pleasure of shooting with him and his rifles several years ago. He is the reason that I got interested in long range hunting. The other guys seam like they are as stand up as Kirby. It is nice to hear from them when they take the time.

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Unread 06-10-2012, 04:22 PM
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Those are very kind words and I am sure I can speak for the other boys in saying all of us are truely honored when you guys call us up and put the faith in us to build you a rifle of your dreams. I also know all of us put everything we have into each rifle.

This simply takes time and that wait can be extremely frustrating for customers and us as builders as well. I know personally, I get very stressed about making my customers wait as long as they have to but simply will not rush any project as you all deserve all the attention to detail as possible.

I do not know Kevin as personally as I know Shawn but having shot and hunted with Shawn, I can tell you for a fact, we are all just fun lovin gun nuts that love to be outdoors with friends and family and also hunting nuts as well. Does not matter that we build the rifles and you guys shoot them, we are all the same and just love our sport in the end.

I really need to get my rear down to one of your shoots one of these days, sounds like it would be alot of fun.

Again, thanks for the kind words.
Kirby Allen(50)

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Home of the Allen Magnum, Allen Xpress and Allen Tactical Wildcats and the Painkiller Muzzle brakes.

Farther, Faster and Flatter then ever before.

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Unread 06-10-2012, 05:59 PM
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Broz - you are absolutely right. Although I do not know Shawn or Kirby, their reputations are stellar.

I do know Kevin Cram and have had him build two rifles for me. Both of them are absolutely outstanding!

My 260 by MCR

My 300RUM by MCR

Kevin can even work some small miracles with mostly stock rifles. Nephew's rifle is a great example:

Nephew's Transformed Rifle!
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Unread 06-10-2012, 08:27 PM
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Broz, this is kinda deja vu ish that you bring up those three names. Kevin just finished a 6-06AI for my dad. Shawn did one for me this past winter and Kirby is doing a 300AX that should be done anytime now.

All three are excellent and I'm sure, between my dad and myself, we will be using all three for years to come.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 10:00 PM
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I agree with your assessment. Though there are other good, even great, rifle smiths on the forum

I shoot only APS rigs as I'm limited in life expectancy and dollars. Getting a little long in the tooth, so to speak.

Kevin (MCR) has done some specialty work for me on the pullet repointing project. The tools work flawlessly.

Another up and comer is Grit (Lorenzo Young of Santaquin UT. -Deadly Precision something). He rebarrelled my 270 AM and did outstanding work. We'll be hearing a lot from him in the future.

BTW, here's the weather I ran into returning to ID yesterday. 20 miles north of the Idaho border on the Montana side of the mountains. What's with that...!!!!????
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