One Happy customer!!
I fianally have my custom 300 RUM complete! I have also had a chance to shoot it some.
The rifle was built by Homer Strickland of Accuracy Arms in Anchorage as money permited.
After a brief break in period and a cleaning, the rifle's very first group measured .232"! The second group was .234"!! These were during load development and were of differant charge weights. So far I have 13 targets of 3 shot groups of various loads, different bullets, and charges shot over the course of 3 differant days. The average group size so far for the development is 0.5965"!! These are even unfire-formed cases. I am super extatic to say the least. There has been only one group to hit the 1" mark.
The only thing I am slightly dissapointed about is I seem to only get 3230 FPS safley from a 178 AMAX. Can anyone offer any insight?? Powder used so far has been RETUMBO and H-50 BMG. 102.0 H-50 BMG offers 3230 FPS and I am not comfortable going any hotter. 95.0 of RETUMBO sticks the cases at 3400 FPS.
The rifle was built on the Rem 700 ss action with a Lilja 27.25" #7 straight taper 12 twist, McMillan HTG stock in forest cammo, steel bedded with a custom desighned brake (kicks 1/2 as much as my 308! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img].)
[ 07-12-2004: Message edited by: meichele ]
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.