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Old 07-08-2011, 06:34 PM
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My first semi-custom build!!

Hello all, new member here. I've read on this site for quite some time, and have always been intrigued by really accurate rifles and shooting small groups...so i finally decided to build(so to speak) my first custom. I am using a used Tikka M695 as the base. I bought it off my brother in law for $250. It is currently in a .270 but i currently have a Remington 700 .270 that shoots > 1/2" with hand loads, so i decided to save money and to get a newer rifle, i'd go to .25-06. I've just sent the action off to Randy's custom rifles in Wyoming for a new shilen match 26" stainless barrel #4 contour. I'll have it fluted, the bolt fluted, and then ceracoated. the bolt will stay stainless. I've got a McMillan sako hunter on the way(4 months from now). and a Vortex Viper HS 4-16 to top off the Picatinny base. I'm hoping this will be a go to antelope and varmint gun. What do you guys think? would you do anything differently? Thanks for the input, and i'm happy to finally be a member.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:26 PM
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Re: My first semi-custom build!!

Sounds like you have a good plan. Randy Selby built the gun I have a 7mm Wapiti Express and I really like it. See My new gun under Long Range Shooting and Hunting forum dated 5-31-11. My New Gun
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:36 AM
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Re: My first semi-custom build!!

Sounds like a nice rifle, should be perfect for antelope
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:46 AM
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Re: My first semi-custom build!!

Sounds like a nice rifle, should be perfect for antelope
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:33 PM
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Re: My first semi-custom build!!

Thank you guys for the encouragement. I'll post pictures of the finished product. now if i could just find a metal bottom metal for the tikka, i'd have it completed. I'm thinking i could wait a bit on this, but i may have to have someone custom make one for me. That is the only part of this gun that kinda bugs me. I don't want a 10 rd clip or anything, but a metal trigger guard would be nice. anyone know where i might find one?
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:42 PM
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Re: My first semi-custom build!!

Sounds like a nice rifle. My only suggestion would be on caliber. 25-06 is nice, but compare the BCs of the .25 bullets vs. 6.5mm or 7mm bullets. A 6.5x284 shooting 140VLD at 3000fps is awesome. 7mm SAUM shooting 168VLD at 2900....awesome. Both are fast, flat and will kill deer at 1000yards and if you can see a groundhog, you can shoot it. Also, by chambering for a short-action cartridge in your long-action, you will be able to put a long throat in your chamber so you can use every bit of cartridge capacity AND still get your loaded rounds into the magazine.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:15 PM
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Re: My first semi-custom build!!

I'm really interested in the 6.5x284, however, for my first build the point of sticking with the 25-06 is to stay in the 30-06 family, so the bolt didn't have to change. also, as of now, i don't have the capacity to handload(i have the equipment but it's a 1000 miles away and have no place to mount securely in an apartment) so 25-06 will be easier to shoot. Depending on how this build goes, i may build a remington based(cheaper build due to cheaper aftermarket supplies) 6.5x284 for true long range. I've never shot past 300 yards, so this will be my first longer range set up. my training wheels if you will. I think i can learn alot from the 25-06 and apply that later to another higher power round. That was my thought process anyways. Plus my wife will shoot this gun too(told her i was building it for her too....which made it easier for her to swallow). I also thought that it'd be a good cartridge for western Nebraska.
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