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Building a custom varmint rig??

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Unread 06-29-2004, 09:58 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

Chris, I have a 26" lilja barrel laying around in 7STW. It is SS fluted #6 contour.

What do you think of this with a McMillian Hunter Benchrest stock built on a 700 action?
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Unread 06-29-2004, 11:06 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

22 BR is my next one with a krieger or broughton barrel. Get the good stuff. I don't haver lots of cash so the rifles I have had built were built on rem and winM70 actions and they work fine, but if you have the money, get the best. A good pillar bedded or full length bedded stock with a floated barrel is an absolute must in my opinion, and unless you have a complete aversion to synthetic stocks, get the synthetic (McMillan, HS prec, etc).
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Unread 06-30-2004, 12:39 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

My personal preference is for Jewell Triggers, Leupold scopes, PacNor barrels, and HS Precision stocks. And a goooood gunsmith to put it all together.

I'd suggest you need 2 rigs, one firing a mild cartridge in the .17 Rem to .223 class for the first 250 yards and another, a big 6mm, for everything else.

I love .17 Remington but 4000 fps leads to a lot of fouling. .222 is probably perfect, .223 is cheap and available. My current rifle in that class is the .221. It's a 700 VSSF factory b/a dropped into an HS stock with a Jewell HVR and Leupold 4.5-14X. Mine works well out to 200, gets me by out to 250.

For the bigger stuff, I used .257 Roberts and .25-'06 quite a bit a decade or so ago. I've never messed with .243 or 6mm. A couple years ago a guy built me a 6x.284 on a short 700 action. Mine had a 14 twist, worked good for bullets up through the 75 grain VMAX which was the heaviest I tried. It generally lived on RL 19 and 70 grain B-Tips at about 3850. It was a light gun so recoil added up but it sure hammered 'em hard.

I go back and forth over the big .22s. Sometimes they seem like the answer to everything, sometimes they seem pointless.

I'm looking forward to the new .204 Ruger. Think it might add something useful for me.
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Unread 06-30-2004, 06:31 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

AKA, I'm getting the same impression.

Thats why I'm thinking of building with my 7STW lilja I have laying around.

If 6 & 6.5 will work then 7 should also.

Besides, i'll shoot this barrel to death then maybe try something else!

Any opinions on stock?

I was looking at the Mcmillian Hunter Benchrest.
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Unread 06-30-2004, 07:12 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

Shoot me an email at imthingtwo@yahoo.com and we see what we can come up with for you.

AKA Chuck.... I agree with you. I love the 17 but I disagree on the fouling. Seems to be an old wifes tale to me. I have several 17s and shot that many more doggin and ain't had a lick of trouble with fouling. Two weks ago I went doggin with CZ and my wife shot 300 rounds down a 17 Rem CZ 527 without any problems. Ran a brush down it and a few patches with Butch's at the end of the day and ran another 400 down it the next day!

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Unread 06-30-2004, 09:03 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

I would build a switch barrel with 2 bolts one in 308 bolt face and the other in 338 lapua and have a 22 BR shooting 55g Vmax bullets for out to 400 Yards 6.5/284 shooting 140g Amax bullets for shots out to 1200 Yards and a 338 Lapua shooting 300g SMK for those shots form 1200 yards to 3000 yards. I would build this on a Bat 8.5" action Bruce Bare stock good barrels 5.5x22 nightforce with an adjustable base and brakes on all the barrels
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