A month or so ago I posted some pics of a rifle that was similar to what my Raptor Stalker rifles would look like. Well, now, I have a full concept rifle to take some pics of to show you guys.
This rifle is conceptually what Raptor Stalker looks like. This rifle has an adjustable Cheek piece which would not be a standard feature on the Raptor Stalker but this is why I like using the McMillan HTG or Manner MCS-T stocks, they offer the ability to still use a quality integral adjustable cheek piece if the customer wants that option.
Parts list is as followes which will be pretty standard for the Raptor Stalker rifles:
-Chambered in 7mm Allen Magnum
-20 moa stainless steel, full length rail base, triple pinned, six 8-40 mounting screw.
-Heat treated heavy recoil lug
-Lilja Stalker contour barrel, 27" finish length, fluted barrel, 1-9, 4 groove
-APS small Painkiller muzzle brake
-Bead Blast Matte finish on barreled receiver
-McMillan HTG painted black stock
-!" decelerator recoil pad
-Integral Adjustable Cheek Piece
-Custom pillar bedding
-HS Precision Detachable Magazine system
-Jewell trigger set at 1.5 lbs
This rifle really showed the refined nature of the Stalker version of the Raptor compared to the LRSS version which is by design. The specific design goal is to offer a rifle that will compete head to head with a conventional rifle that weighs around 15-16 lbs. In comparision, the Raptor Stalker tips the scales at just over 8 lbs with this adjustable CP stock. Without the Adj. CP option, you will get slightly under 8 lbs.
In the soon to come full feature lightweight model, the stock will be a carbon fiber shell model in either HTG or T which will drop another 1/2 lb off the rifles total weight. Another weight reduction feature to come is the "Hunter" version of the Raptor receiver. This receiver will have two new features that will help drop weight.
1. The ejection port is much larger on the "Hunter" model which will save several ounces from the weight of the standard Raptor.
2. This larger ejection port also allows the use of much lighter internal magazine boxes designed for chamberings such as the RUMs, Edge and Ultra Maxx class chamberings. The light internal mag box combined with the light alloy BDL style floorplates or even ADL style systems will drop weight even more.
Combining all these features will produce a rifle in the low 7 lb range. This with a FULL SIZE receiver, FULL SIZE sporter weight stock and FULL SIZE barrel in the 25 to 27" finish length ranges. Now this is bare rifle weight, no optics, no rings, no bipod. Just complete rifle and rail base installed.
The rifle in the above picture is for a customer that had a project get seriously held up. It was supposed to be based on another receiver but the manufacturer had some serious problems getting the componants to us so I asked him if he would consider going with the Raptor upgrade and a Stalker rifle. He agreed which was good for me as I was able to get his rifle out FINALLY!!!
I have not been able to test this rifle yet, waiting for the bedding to fully cure but should have bullets in the air early next week.
Anyway, wanted to get these pictures posted for you guys.
Anyone looking for the ultimate packing rifle that will offer legit+1/2 mile reach yet still allow an in shape hunter to pack the rifle the better part of a day in the field, well, this is my personal idea of exactly that rifle, the APS Raptor Stalker.
Again, the Stalker is available in the following chamberings:
Single shot or Detachable Mag Box:
257 STW, 270 ALLEN MAGNUM, 7mm STW, 7mm DAKOTA, 7mm RUM, 7mm ALLEN MAGNUM, 300 DAKOTA, 300 RUM, 300 ALLEN XPRESS, 300 RAPTOR, 338 RUM, 338 EDGE, 338 ULTRA MAXX, 338 ALLEN XPRESS, 338 RAPTOR, 338 KUBLA KAHN, 375 RUM, 375 ALLEN XPRESS, 375 RAPTOR
Repeater with internal Mag box:
257 STW, 270 ALLEN MAGNUM, 7mm STW, 7mm DAKOTA, 7mm RUM, 300 DAKOTA, 300 RUM, 338 RUM, 338 EDGE, 338 ULTRA MAXX, 375 RUM
Other conventional belted magnums will be optional as well but the Raptor rifles, LRSS and Stalker are designed for the biggest and baddest of the high performance chamberings so that is what it will be focused around.
Obviously, any McMillan stock will be available in gel coat finish as well so you can choose your color finish. Any carbon fiber shell stock will have to be in a painted finish.
Let me know what you guys think!!