I have been getting alot of demand for a Raptor rifle with an even lighter finish weight then my Raptor Stalker.
The Raptor Stalker will have a bare rifle weight in the 10-11 lb range depending on parts used. Some options will increase the weight a bit over this but as its designed it will finish out in this weight range.
The Raptor Hunter concept it to bring bare rifle weight down to the 7-8 lb range. This by the way is exactly what a synthetic Rem 700 BDL comes in at. But, the Raptor Hunter offers the following features:
-APS Raptor Hunter receiver with 0.300" thick heat treated recoil lug
-Lightened 20 moa FL SS rail base
-Rail base pinned to receiver
-Lilja or Hart 26" SS, #4 contour barrel with 1/4" flutes
-Small Painkiller muzzle brake
-McMillan BDL sporter stock, gel coat (8 lb) or Carbon fiber (7 1/4 lb)
-1" decelerator recoil pad
-APS pillar bedding
-Jewell trigger with top safety
-Several floorplate and magazine box options available
Here are some pics of the first prototype out. The stock on this rifle uses the HTG stock but with light fill material. This rifle weighs exactly 8.0 lbs bare rifle weight and would be the heaviest Raptor Hunter with the Gel Coat marble finish and HS Detachable magazine box system.
I did the first range test with this rifle yesterday which is chambered in my 300 Allen Xpress. Loaded with a full charge of Reumbo under the 200 gr Accubond produced 3330 fps with very comfortable pressure. Figuring that a solid 100-125 fps more then the best 300 RUM loads with same bullet and same barrel length.
At 1052 yards which was the test range, this rifle shot two, three shot groups that were both well under 1 moa. In fact one was under 3/4 moa and the other just barely over 3/4 moa in size.
Now this rifle platform is designed for use out to around 800 yards, possibly 1/2 mile and under. Its first range accuracy test proved its FULLY up to this range easily and in good conditions, and depending on the chambering option, probably a bit more. Every shot fired during the shooting session would have EASILY landed well inside the vital zone of any whitetail in the country, even at 1052 yards.
The Raptor receiver used in the Hunter is the same as used in the Stalker which has a much larger ejection port window which does a couple things. First it drops total receiver weight. It also allows the possibility to top feed an internal magazine box which are lighter then pretty much all DM systems.
Also the rail base is machined to match the larger ejection port which also reduces total weight.
A Raptor Hunter that chambered in say a 300 RUM or 338 Edge could easily be made with a wyatts 3.820" internal magazine box, alloy BDL floorplate, McMillan BDL EDGE carbon fiber shelled stock with light fill material and it would easily trim the rifle down to an even 7 lbs or even slightly less. That is still using the full length 26" fluted #4 contour SS barrel so you do not have to give up barrel length, or barrel rigidity with an ultralightweight barrel contour that just tend to get whippy with the larger chamberings.
The Raptor Hunter will be available in the following chamberings:
-Most belted magnums
-7mm Allen Magnum
-300 Allen Xpress
-338 Allen Xpress
Rifle price is similiar to the Raptor Stalker depending on options.
So, now, the Raptor has come full circle with its big game hunting rifle family with the 14-15 lb Raptor LRSS, 10-11 lb Raptor Stalker and now the 7-8 lb Raptor Hunter.