Well, I got a message tonight to go on stand by to head up to Canada whenever I get the word. The plan is to go up for the last two weeks of November but if a big buck is patterned, I will be heading up as soon as I get a phone call to come up and try to hammer him.
Only problem, I just finished the rifle I hope to use for this hunt today!!!
The rifle is chambered for my 7mm Allen Mag with a 1-7 twist 3 groove Lilja #7 contour barrel. Fluted with Dans heavy 50 BMG style flutes. A Holland Comp recoil lug and QD muzzle brake are also fitted.
The receiver is a Rem 700, fully accurized of course and converted to single shot with a weldsmith bottom insert fitted.
The stock is a factory Rem Sendero Laminate stock which I pillar bedded and then filled the mag well with a 50-50 mixture of marine tex and #9 lead shot. Not only does this greatly stiffen up the stock for improved consistancy but it also adds a bit of weight to the stock to shift the balance of the rifle back slightly with the long medium weight barrel.
Trigger is a 1.5-3 lb Rifles Basix trigger set at 1.5 lbs even.
The top metal on the receiver is a Nightforce 20 MOA rail base, Badger Ord Max-50 rings and an Xotic USS 4-16x 56mm in the saddles. The scope and rings were borrowed from my 50 BMG so that is the reason for the Max-50 rings. Far more heavy duty then needed here but they were ready to roll so I used them.
Finished weight of the rifle as pictured is right at 14 lbs. Tommorow I will spend the day doing the barrel break in around customers rifle projects and then hopefully on Friday I will get the 105.0 gr WC872/200 gr ULD RBBT load tuned and ready to roll.
This load is a relatively mild load as it has been averaging right at 3200 fps in the new Lilja barrels so we will see how it performs. Hopefully I have a few days to get ready before I get the call. If not the 257 AM will take a ride up north!!!
I will keep you posted as to the results of the shooting and the hunt.