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Old 03-12-2010, 01:12 AM
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predator rifle

I have a 3.2-17x USO scope in my safe that needs a home. I think a .243 will put this scope to good use. Being a military guy I can get discounts from a few different sources so I was going to slowly gather the components over the next year.

I was thinking Stiller Predator action $725 , timney trigger $100, badger bottom metal $335.

Not sure about the stock but I want this to be a walking predator rifle. Can anyone recommend a stock and where to get it at the best price?

I figured when it comes time for a barrel I will have to send the action to a gunsmith to get it done right but are there any barrel makers that give military discounts better than a gunsmith can get? At any rate gunsmith choice of manufacturer of course but I was thinking varmint countour, fluted, 20", muzzle brake. I plan on shooting berger bullets so I will go with thier recommended twist. I have not decided on bullet weight yet but will 20" get me adequate powder burn on a standard .243 charge?
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:56 AM
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Re: predator rifle

A 20" barrel will give acceptable velocity and is handy, but would be more of a match with a trim rifle as well.

The build you are planning is on the heavy end, especially with the USO, so adding a few inches of barrel would not add much weight or take much away from the overall feel of the build.

So it depends on range...longer range...longer barrel.

22" works well for a 243 but is still a little short to wring out all the round can do.

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Old 03-14-2010, 01:52 PM
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Re: predator rifle

I was looking at a hunting rifle with a stiller predator action for sale on another website and the seller states the action has been trued and blueprinted? I assume buying one of these actions it should not need any additional attention.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:25 PM
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Re: predator rifle

IMHO I would consider a 24" barrel. Only your smith can tell ya whether or not the action would need additional work. Thank you for your service. What branch of service are you in?
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:24 PM
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Re: predator rifle

I have been in the Army 17years now, another 6 and I can throw in the towel.

It is a shame if a custom action would need additional work to tighten the tolerances. I saw on another website that once a year surgeon does a group purchase that brings thier RSR round actions to $688 an thier bottom metal for $340. Maybe I will wait for that to come around and by the stock, barrel, and trigger first.

I have been looking at the mcmillan edge stock to keep the weight reasonable but I am not sure if the barrel channel will be wide enough for a varmint contour barrel. I will have to do some calling around next week.

I want the recoil to be minimal so I can reasonably cycle the bolt quick enough and get a second shot. If I go with a 25" medium varmint barrel with brake what weight bullet will allow a quick follow up shot?

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Old 03-15-2010, 12:03 AM
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Re: predator rifle

Look at the 243 AI. It is extremely accurate and a good bit faster. One of the best AI cartridges for improving. It is one of my favorites.
Predictions are difficult, especially when they involve the future
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:49 PM
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Re: predator rifle

in alaska i would go with regular .243. i have killed over 250 coyotes. the greatest portion with a .243. i would use a 70 grain balistic tip or an 85 sierra bthp. all the .243 hunting bullets are deadly on coyotes and the 55 grain would kick the least.
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