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Old 08-02-2009, 10:07 AM
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2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

I am looking to build 1 last custom hunting rifle. I have played around with a couple set-ups and not sure which one to go with. I want to post both of them and see what you boys think of each - good or bad. Keep in mind, I like big cailbers and do not want a light weight rifle, looking for something in the 8-9# range

Possible 1:

*300WSM
*Surgeon WSM action w/ tactical bolt knob on bolt
*Broughton/Bartlein/Lilja barrel = 24" long, 1-11 twist, #4 contour
*Vais muzzle brake contoured to match barrel
*McMillan Rem Hunter stock = standard fill,Woodland camo, pillar/skim bedded
*Jewell HVR trigger tuned to 2.5#
*Badger lightweight bottom metal/triggerguard
*CeraKote all metal in black matte
*Badger 30 MM rings


Possible 2:

*300 Ultra Mag
*Borden Timberline mag action w/ tactical bolt knob, pinned Holland recoil lug
*Broughton/Bartlein/Lilja barrel = 25" long, 1-10 twist,#4 countour
*Vais muzzle brake contoured to match barrel
*Jewell HVR trigger tuned to 2.5#
*McMillan Rem Hunter stock = standard fill, 50% olive,25% tan,25% gray, pillar/skim bedded
*Badger lightweight bottom metal/triggerguard
*Cerakote all metal in matte sniper gray
*Badger 0 MOA base and Badger 30 MM rings

Scope will be a S&B 3-12X42 Klassik.

Gimme thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks,

Jeff
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:24 AM
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Re: 2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

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I am looking to build 1 last custom hunting rifle. I have played around with a couple set-ups and not sure which one to go with. I want to post both of them and see what you boys think of each - good or bad. Keep in mind, I like big cailbers and do not want a light weight rifle, looking for something in the 8-9# range

Possible 1:

*300WSM
*Surgeon WSM action w/ tactical bolt knob on bolt
*Broughton/Bartlein/Lilja barrel = 24" long, 1-11 twist, #4 contour
*Vais muzzle brake contoured to match barrel
*McMillan Rem Hunter stock = standard fill,Woodland camo, pillar/skim bedded
*Jewell HVR trigger tuned to 2.5#
*Badger lightweight bottom metal/triggerguard
*CeraKote all metal in black matte
*Badger 30 MM rings


Possible 2:

*300 Ultra Mag
*Borden Timberline mag action w/ tactical bolt knob, pinned Holland recoil lug
*Broughton/Bartlein/Lilja barrel = 25" long, 1-10 twist,#4 countour
*Vais muzzle brake contoured to match barrel
*Jewell HVR trigger tuned to 2.5#
*McMillan Rem Hunter stock = standard fill, 50% olive,25% tan,25% gray, pillar/skim bedded
*Badger lightweight bottom metal/triggerguard
*Cerakote all metal in matte sniper gray
*Badger 0 MOA base and Badger 30 MM rings

Scope will be a S&B 3-12X42 Klassik.

Gimme thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks,

Jeff
Heck, 8-9# IS lightweight!

Build BOTH! They both look like great builds!!

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Old 08-02-2009, 10:35 AM
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Re: 2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

I to am thinking of a build similar to the 300 wsm - possibly in 7wsm. Which calibers do yo have on either. Side of the 300's? What's your end use going to be?
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:45 AM
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Re: 2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

MN hunter,

I would use this rifle for longer range hunting - not 500-700 yds, but in the 300 to 400 yd range ( my personal limit ). I want to build my go to rifle for outfitted hunts.

Thanks for the replies!!

Jeff
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:07 AM
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Re: 2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

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MN hunter,

I would use this rifle for longer range hunting - not 500-700 yds, but in the 300 to 400 yd range ( my personal limit ). I want to build my go to rifle for outfitted hunts.

Thanks for the replies!!

Jeff
If you are staying in the 400yd range, then the 300WSM is a great caliber. It will have better barrel life and much less recoil for a sub 9lb rifle. It's capable of shots much longer than 400yds on deer sized game too!

The 300Rum is a serious step up in reach and recoil.

AJ
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Last edited by AJ Peacock; 08-02-2009 at 03:49 PM. Reason: clarification
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:27 PM
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Re: 2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

I would not recommend the muzzle brake on the 300 WSM. I have this gun already and it is not needed (700, PTG bolt, extended Wyatts box, 26" #4 Lilja with Baer butternut thumbhole. 3-9 Kayles w/TDS and weight is 8 lbs.)

Not needed and the VAIS has holes all the way around which will kick up dirt if you shoot from the prone. Look at the Holland QD or the Radial. instead. IMO they are much better for a hunting gun, cheaper and better recoild reduction than the Vais's I have had.
BH
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:50 PM
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Re: 2 possible hunting rifle builds - which one?

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I would not recommend the muzzle brake on the 300 WSM. I have this gun already and it is not needed (700, PTG bolt, extended Wyatts box, 26" #4 Lilja with Baer butternut thumbhole. 3-9 Kayles w/TDS and weight is 8 lbs.)

Not needed and the VAIS has holes all the way around which will kick up dirt if you shoot from the prone. Look at the Holland QD or the Radial. instead. IMO they are much better for a hunting gun, cheaper and better recoild reduction than the Vais's I have had.
BH

I agree, no brake needed on the wsm.

AJ
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