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Unread 06-15-2014, 10:29 AM
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7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

I can't stand it anymore........I gotta try it. I keep reading about pre-chambered and drop in barrels and I intend to find out just what a person can expect from a basically "bolt together" project.

I "accidentally" purchased a like new Stevens 200 .270 the other day for $239.00. When my wife isn't looking I'm going to order a varmint weight barrel from 4D chambered in 7mm Dakota $360.00. Going to get a magnum bolt head from PTG (maybe a fluted bolt as well). I am going to form my brass from 300 ultra mag, mostly because I have a bunch of them, so basically it will be a 7mm Dakota with a rebated rim. Will add some nice bottom metal and bolt it all into a good quality (likely laminated) stock. 20 moa one piece base and likely a Vortex scope should finish it off. Haven't researched what trigger I want to use yet.

Not really trying to build a bargain basement rifle here but I think the whole project should come in at a very reasonable price. Be nice if it shoots well too

Any input from you gurus out there will be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: 7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

    Maybe I can give a little encouragement to your project. I purchased a cheap plastic stock Savage .223 26" heavy barrel for testing. After about 2,000 rounds I certainly knew what it liked and took it squeek shooting. (The throat eroded .021" during the test.)

    My adult daughter wanted to go deer hunting so I ordered a very light 22" take off barrel from the 'net for $75. She never went hunting so I took it and killed a couple deer with 60 grain Nolsers. Both exited.

    I decided to convert it to a .257 Weatherby so ordered a .25-06 barrel from Midway for $130. The bolt face was replaced with a magnum. After deciding on a load I fired one shot from a cold barrel every morning for six days. The group measured 1 1/16". I took it hunting and killed a couple deer with Barnes TTSX 100 bullets.

    I wasn't try to cut corners, just playing and having fun.
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    Re: 7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

    Look into the rifle basix trigger. Haven't used one yet, but the go to for Stevens/savage builds.
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    Unread 06-17-2014, 08:23 AM
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    Re: 7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

    I have 1 in the 7 millimeter 300 win mag that I put together and have shot 1 minute 1 mile
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    Re: 7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

    Rolling your own and having it work is OMG fun and satisfying.

    I wish you much fun and joy with your project.
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    Re: 7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

    Quote:
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    Rolling your own and having it work is OMG fun and satisfying.

    I wish you much fun and joy with your project.
    Thanks! I always have several projects on the go but with the exception of a couple barrels I set back and re-chambered (back when I had access to a lathe) I have always had someone else install my barrels. I am really looking forward to this project as I have always wanted to check out the 7mm Dakota. Fortunately I decided a couple months ago I was going to build a rifle with that chambering and had ordered dies. The dies came in the same day I bought the rifle. Maybe it's a sign
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    Unread 06-20-2014, 06:22 PM
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    Re: 7mm Dakota Kit Rifle

    I built on the model 10 action, ended up with an adjustable McMillan A5, went with the sharpshooter supply comp trigger. I got to try the rifle basix and the target accutrigger on the line after an fclass match, the ss comp trigger was the way to go, loved it.

    Had a rock creek in 260 on mine.

    she was sold a while back, it was an 18" barreled 308 with a badger fte sitting in a choate tactical stock before I decided to really go all out, I wish I would have left it alone.
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