This weekend me,goodgrouper,7RHB and my friend Capt.Morgan went on the first big rock chuck hunt of the year. Capt.Morgan is a Long Range rookie that just had his first custom gun built, he bought a Rem700 action on the internet and had speedy sleeve it and build it for him. Speedy did some excellent metal work on this rifle but left out a few details that boggle the mind,there was no weight added to the stock so with a 30" 1.250 barrel it was the most out of balance rifle I have ever seen. the biggest problem with the gun was the trigger pull it varied from 3 pounds one pull to 8 pounds the next. I noticed the cocking piece on the bolt was all ground up so I took the firing pin assy. out and discovered the previous owner had put in a new firing pin and used a long action spring in a short action bolt causing it to completely compress while cocking. after replacing the firing pin,spring and trigger it was light years better. then I had to cut off the butt pad and add 5 ponnds of lead to balance it out. barrel break-in was done but we only had time to do 12 shots of load developement, so I just loaded up 30 of the load that shot best and made up a make-shift drop chart.
We headed north to the tater state and set up all the gear in one of our favorite chuck spots,we wanted to get Capt.Morgan into the 500yard club with his new gun so we spotted him a few chucks to shoot at while trying to fine tune his drop-chart. 7RHB said THERE IS A COYOTE goodgrouper ranged him at 742yds I clicked in the scope and Capt.Morgan pulled the trigger BOOM all four of us were grinning from ear to ear he had hit the coyote DEAD center
he had shot him in the cliffs of the snake river gorge so we had to bring the coyote up top for a pic with the gun
I cant think of a better way to break in a new rifle.