I finally got my first custom rifle back from the Gunsmiths last night. And while it is not a true "long range rifle" I did design it to stretch out the limits of the caliber.
I had it built on a Remington 700 Short action, with a .17 caliber, 27" 9 twist Lilja Heavy Varmint taper fluted barrel.
The stock is a McMillen, with a custom Desert tan camo finish.
Burris Signature Zee rings hold the Leupold Vari-X II 3-9 scope in place.
I picked up a can of H414 off of the bench last night and looked it up in the book. It called for 25-27 grains so I loaded up 10
rounds with 26 grains to begin breaking in the barrel and sighting in the scope. Everyone has heard I'm sure, how badly these
things react to wind. I took the first five shots getting the scope set, then these next five as a group. The wind was blowing
20-25 MPH this morning, nearly 90 degrees to the range. As you can see, most of my spread is
My hopes are to eventually shoot the 30 grain bullets and the longer barrel with faster than normal twist will help me to extend
my coyote range, with this rifle, out to 500 yards.
Many thanks go to John Geiges, of Geiges Custom Rifles in Yonges Island, SC for the great work of art he created for me.