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Old 04-21-2014, 02:29 AM
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Re: Allen builds-- Anyone order one recently?

Thanks for the feedback guys. My check is going out this week for a 338 AM only if I can get a few questions answered.

For those who have them... What is you barrel length and do you wish you went longer? Can you reach 3500 with a 34" tube and the 300g SMK?

How is the availability of the formed brass for Kirby? I have heard Chey Tac is going out of business and Worry about availability of brass. I have not asked Kirby many questions as I know he is busy, and he actually replied to the first email I sent him last week within 72 hours. He still seems to be running a first class operation but didn't answer all my question on brass as I had about 10 questions and he gave me a Very detailed reply on the rifle I am getting, but didn't comment on the brass.

Before I send Kirby a second email, as I know he is Very busy, I would appreciate feedback from anyone who knows the following.

--How obtainable is the 338 AM brass?

--I suppose the 375 CT brass has to be necked, trimmed, then fire formed unless it is obtained from Kirby--are there any other sources of brass or am I wrong with respect to Kirby being The only supplier of 338 AM brass? This is a Major concern as I want my barrel to be shot out from hunting, not fire forming.

--I read a post from Kirby back in 2013 stating that he had a "lightweight" version of the 408 based action (Stiller repeater, or possibly the BAT single shot?) in development. Does anyone know if this materialized?

If anyone can answer my above questions I would Sincerely appreciate it, especially FiftyDriver

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Old 04-21-2014, 06:06 AM
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Re: Allen builds-- Anyone order one recently?

I am using a 34" barrel and pushing as hard as I care to the 300 OTM 3450 fps.

Brass-Bertram 375 CT fire formed by Kirby. I got 200 brass, as brass life, from what he's seeing, should coincide with barrel life.

I did find someone with the old Jamison "338 Allen" head stamp that I bought, but now Bertram 375 cheytac is going to be the go-to to be fire formed. And interesting question may be if the 338 snipetac brass would fit and could be fired.

Have not heard anything on a Allen Mag receiver.
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Re: Allen builds-- Anyone order one recently?

I am Very interested to hear from those who have recently taken delivery of a rifle.

What is the Actual turn around time. This long turn around time speaks for his Excellent work, however Im Not willing to wait 2 years for a rifle.
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Re: Allen builds-- Anyone order one recently?

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I am Very interested to hear from those who have recently taken delivery of a rifle.

What is the Actual turn around time. This long turn around time speaks for his Excellent work, however Im Not willing to wait 2 years for a rifle.
A deposit was sent in December of 2011. A stock problem was encountered during the spring of 2013. Still no word from Kirby as of today on the status of the 338 AM.

Things can happen. Kirby conducts an accuracy potential test before a rifle ships. It is possible you could miss several hunting seasons before an accuracy tested rifle is approved for shipment. Case in point with my rifle heading toward that direction so plan accordingly.
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Re: Allen builds-- Anyone order one recently?

2011? Holy Cow! I think Im going to look for another builder. I'm considering a 375 built BT desert tactical as they have rifles ready to ship. I do wish they would chamber in 338 Chey tac. Any opinions on other gunsmiths who do 338 Chey tacs would be appreciated.
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Re: Allen builds-- Anyone order one recently?

I think Nathan Dagley at Straight Shot Gunsmithing has built a few before, i think his complete build times are around a year the last ive heard.
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2011? Holy Cow! I think Im going to look for another builder. I'm considering a 375 built BT desert tactical as they have rifles ready to ship. I do wish they would chamber in 338 Chey tac. Any opinions on other gunsmiths who do 338 Chey tacs would be appreciated.
You can always contact Kirby and ask him what his anticipated build time is for your needs. His times on returns may be related to availability of parts along with no problems encountered during the build. However as mentioned, have another plan in the event the completion times change.
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