Many of you probably remember be spouting about a 338 Allen Magnum that I have been designing and planning to build. Basically it is very similiar to what BD408 has designed with his 338 Sniper Tac but just different enough to have its own identity. Performance wise they are on the same page.
My 338 Allen Mag test rifle was designed for nothing but pure extreme range shooting. As such, the predicted final weight of the rifle will be 55 to 60 lbs. I have labeled this project with the nickname "Black Sunshine" as I am planning on coating the entire rifle Black when finished to match the stock.
The heart of this project is the final componant that needed to arrive in shop, the BAT 10", 2" diameter receiver. Here it is show next to a Rem 700 LA receiver for size comparision. Weighing in at 6 1/4 lbs, it is not an ultralight receiver by any means.
The barrel on this rifle is a Lilja 1.750" straight cylinder with a 40" finish length in 338 bore with a 1-10" twist. After talking with BD408 I was a bit concerned about using this twist at the velocity potential I will have with this barrel length but I do feel better know because the Wildcat bullets will be built with a tapered jacket that is much heavier in the bullet body then the SMK so it should easily handle this twist rate. We will see.
The stock I decided to use is a McMillan 50LBR stock weighted to 23 lbs in 75% Black and 25% Red color scheme. Give her a little bit of a mean look [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!!
So basically now I have all the componants to build the first 338 AM test rifle and see if it will hit the performance goals we have set for it. We are looking to break 3400 fps pretty handily with the 300 gr ULD RBBT and push 3200 fps with the huge 350 gr ULD RBBT.
I was a bit concerned about the receiver handling this huge barrel but I was assured the big BAT receiver would do it. I will still bed the first 10" of barrel to insure there is not flexing and go from there after testing the rifle.
More to come hopefully soon but customers rifles are first in line at the moment to be worked on. For now I just sit and look at the parts!!!