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Conversation with Richard Franklin about the 300 Varminter..

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Unread 04-26-2008, 07:28 PM
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The rifle will be used for coyote hunting. I am sure I could have gone with something different for varminting, however, I already have a .22 cal and 6mm Cal varmint rifle. I wanted something that would shoot the lighter .30 cal bullets and this combo seemed to be perfect for my needs.

As I mentioned, on one of my many posts, the majority of my varminting will be done from 400 to 600 yards. So, this combo will work very well. I agree with GG, this would not be a rifle you would want to use for a high volume varmint rifle. Also, I agree again and I have stated on my many posts, this combo would not do well at long ranges in a high wind environment. Like I said, I will not be using this rifle for high volume varminting. I will be using my 223 for the high volume stuff. Also, I don't mind turning brass and doing case prep, so if I decide to shoot the rifle at the higher velocities and only get 3 to 4 firings that's cool with me. More than likely, if I do shoot this rifle at the higher velocties, I will throw the brass away after the third firing. However, my goal is to find an accurate and fast load. I am looking at running the 110grn V-Max at around 3900fps, at this speed, I should be able to get more brass life. However, I will try the hotter loads and see how they work.

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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:03 PM
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Wildcat, i hope the gun lives up to your expectations and you have fun with it. i'd bet at some point almost everyone on this site that has built a few guns had that "need for speed" somewhere along the line. you're just scratching an itch so to speak. be safe and have fun with it. just do us a favor and don't list the specs any more! LOL
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:58 PM
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Dave, that sounds fair enough. I have been very excited about this build, and I will admit I posted TOO many times. I didn't think anyone would care, however, I wont do that again. I have and have had many rifles built around fast twist barrels and VLD bullets. I wanted a .30 cal that would shoot the 110grn V-Max accurately and at high speeds and the 300 Varminter was just the rig.

The reason I wanted to shoot the lighter bullets out of a .30 cal was because my friends and varmint hunting buddies use a 30-06 and 308 with the 110grn V-Max for varmint hunting. Their set ups provided awesome red mist shows and accuracy out at the longer ranges. My buddy with the 30-06 pushes the 110grn V-Max at 3300fps and my buddy with the 308 pushes it at around 3000fps. They have been trying to get me to build a .30cal to shoot the 110grn V-Max. I was originally going to go with a 300RUM, however, I felt that it would have too much recoil. Than I thought about the 300 WM. I was going to have one built and that's when I heard about the 300 Varminter and it's success. It was exactly what I was looking for. Anyhow, it should be real fun.

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Unread 04-26-2008, 10:25 PM
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WC, but please do post a pic of the first yote you do zap with the 110 VMax.
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Unread 04-26-2008, 10:32 PM
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I will definitely post those pics for sure. I will also post pics of rifle and groups too.

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Unread 04-27-2008, 03:51 AM
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Thanks for posting the follow-up information on your communications with Richard. Reminds me of Paul Harvey's "the rest of the story".

Enjoy your rifle Wildcat. Hope it's a tack driver.
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Unread 08-26-2008, 11:21 PM
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Re: Conversation with Richard Franklin about the 300 Varminter..

To all those People Critical of Richard Franklin & the "300 Varminter",

I believe I was partly responsible for the term "300 Varminter" but I really can't see what all the fuss is about?:confused: Even more so when this site is called "Long Range Hunting". I mean you guys advocate shooting deer at up to 700 yards with a cartridge called a 338 Edge & a 300gr SMK and you want to say who in their right minds shoots varmints with a 300 Magnum. Plus you usually need a muzzle brake! I mean "real" hunters don't use muzzle brakes do they?

Hey guys a look in the mirror is in order here!!! I have only just joined this forum & I think it has lots of interesting things to offer but we must not fall into this " holier than thou attitude". Aren't they called the gun control lobby. Wanting to save us from our dangerous toys!

I've never met Richard Franklin as I live in Sydney, Australia and he lives in the USA but I've bought a couple of his videos and exchanged various emails with him. (It is in one of those emails that I referred to his rig as the 300 Varminter). He comes across as a most honest, helpful and obviously talented gunsmith you could come across.

He gets a kick out of long range varminting so who cares if he uses a 300WSM as his cartridge or a 30/378 for that matter. His BAT actioned rifle weighs 25lbs so that takes care of the recoil (no muzzle brake ) and his barrel is a 1:15 twist specifically for the light 110-125gn .308 bullets. Sounds to me like the kind of specialised toy you guys play with. Heck Iwould have thought he was crazy too, except that I found people doing the same thing with a 30MC (sort of like a 30 GIBBS) & 125gr Speer TNT's right here (our rabbits have been known to charge). Once I shot a 30MC I found it infectious & I now own a rifle in 30MC. It is just a blast in more ways than one.

As to the safety aspect. A Fool is a Fool is a Fool. There are plenty of handloading manuals out there. Plenty of warnings that handloading is an inherently dangerous activity. I don't want any more restrictions than are already upon us.

Hey, if I did live in the USA I'd definitely order one of his custom rifles but it'd be based on the 300 RUM that you guys love so much and I'd call it the "300 Ultra Varminter". Any objections?

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