I am looking at getting back into hunting after about a 15 year absence (life happens). I have previously hunted in Alaska, Yukon, US, and Africa. All of the game I have taken has been shot at less that 200 yeards, with the exception of a wildebeest at 400 yeards. However, I have always been interested in accurate rifles, as I believe they just give you more confidence in getting the job done.I am looking at the Gunwerks LR 1000 system in 7mmRM, shooting 168 grain VLD's. What appeals to me about their system is that it is a system. The turret is set for the load and it is a self contained package. I used to reload, but I have no desire to get into that again, and the fact that Gunwerks provides custom loaded ammo is appealing. I plan on doing a lot of practice shooting, I just do not want to get back into handloading (I'm too old and too busy for that). Several questions I have for forum members:
1. Can anyone relate their hands on experience with Gunwerks LR 1000.
2. I have always been a fan of large caliber rounds. Most of my game has been taken with a 340 Weatherby. Do you think the LR1000 in 7mm RM can take caribou, moose, and interior grizzly predictably and effectively with 168 grain VLD's.
3. For those who have their Huskemaw scope, what do you think?
I have also left a message for Shawn Carlock to call me to discuss the possibilities with him, and I plan on emailing Kirby Allen as well. I just do not know how they feel about doing load development and providing handloaded ammo for their clients. I guess I could give the specs to Superior Ammo and have them duplicate the rounds.
First, WELCOME to LRH!
I do know the Gunwerk's rifles are well made, but I have not shot one.
I would call them and ask for a list of customers who would be willing to take the time to visit with about the very gun you are looking at.
I have a Huskemaw scope and it is a easy system to use-I like it!
Very soon I will be putting it on a 338AX (One of of Kirby's wildcats).
I have never hunted dangerous game before, so I can't comment on that.
But, I would be very content with the 7mm RM for the other critters you mention.
As far as I know, they have used the very rifle you are considering for grizzly, but I would call them and ask that question to confirm.
TDD, They say: No more guessing holdovers or digging for drop charts, just range it and dial the customized yardage turret. Sounds simple but, I'm wondering what about shooting uphill or downhill? They also say: If the wind is up, rest assured the HO turret has the most advanced wind compensation technology on the market built right in. Doesn't mean much to me...Does that mean the scope reads the wind and tells you what to dial in or does it mean a nice smooth reliable turret. If it does read the wind and tells me what to dial in I'd like to know and maybe I'll get one of those scopes. It may be a system but, it sounds over simplified. Just my 2 cents. I agree with previous poster-find several hunters that have one and discuss with them. Best of luck in your quest.
Montana Rifleman: What are the options for custom ammo?
Many custom riflemakers will do initial load development for you. After that there are numerous custom ammo makers that can produce that load for you. You can google "custom ammuniton" and you will get a lot of hits. I believe there are also one or two members of this site that provide that serviec as well. You could also ask your smith who he would recommend.
The Gunwerks system looks like a good system, but I dont see it being any better than a custom rifle made to your specs and cartridge. If it is better system then a custom built gun with a NF scope and BDC turret I would like to know the details. The NF scope is hands down a better scope than the Huskemaw, and the rifles these guys (the smiths you mentioned) make are top end tack drivers. Custom rifle and NF scope would probably run you about $5000-$6000 depending on the bells and whistles you wanted. That leaves a good bit left over for custom ammo.