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Old 01-21-2010, 07:46 PM
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I believe it was on 6mmBR but maybe Benchrest.com a month or so back where somebody had a picture of a custom 78 that was a true one holer! My out of the box 78 in 25-06 is about 3/4 moa and I bought one for my hunting partner that is probably 1/2 moa. If you can find the owner of the rifle I saw online he could point you in the right direction as he had pictures of his groups that would shame most bolt guns. I remember he said Kreiger set up the tooling for his octagon barrel and would never do it again as it was so expensive so maybe a call to Kreiger would get you started. I cannot remember who his gunsmith was. Good luck with your project. My 78 is my hunting rifle of choice and the only time it ever failed me was when I fell and got snow in the action and the hammer froze! I thought I was going to have to build a fire to thaw it enough to fire but working it for about two minutes got it where it would work most of the time. 15 minutes later I killed the biggest mulie I have ever taken. I was sure glad that the gun fired when I pulled the trigger! Tom
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:52 PM
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I just went to 6mmbr.com and went to the forums and searched "B-78" and right off the bat it gave me the forum topic to find the information about the rifle. It is a work of art two years in the making! Tom
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:58 PM
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I believe it was on 6mmBR but maybe Benchrest.com a month or so back where somebody had a picture of a custom 78 that was a true one holer! My out of the box 78 in 25-06 is about 3/4 moa and I bought one for my hunting partner that is probably 1/2 moa. If you can find the owner of the rifle I saw online he could point you in the right direction as he had pictures of his groups that would shame most bolt guns. I remember he said Kreiger set up the tooling for his octagon barrel and would never do it again as it was so expensive so maybe a call to Kreiger would get you started. I cannot remember who his gunsmith was. Good luck with your project. My 78 is my hunting rifle of choice and the only time it ever failed me was when I fell and got snow in the action and the hammer froze! I thought I was going to have to build a fire to thaw it enough to fire but working it for about two minutes got it where it would work most of the time. 15 minutes later I killed the biggest mulie I have ever taken. I was sure glad that the gun fired when I pulled the trigger! Tom
Thanks Tom, I'll check out a couple of those sites and see what I can come up with. Sounds like you like yours pretty well. .....Rich
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:57 PM
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People bad mouth the trigger on B-78's and mine has some creep but I have never felt the need to pack any other rifle for deer, antelope or hogs. I bought an adapter to allow me to use a Harris Bipod with the rifle and I probably carry that rifle on 85% of my hunts. I have never had an animal get away and have only had to reach into my pocket once when I missed on the first shot. I learned real fast and went from the kneeling position to the sitting position after that miss and dropped the buck with the second shot. Since I added the bipod, it is back to 100%. Mentally I think I take my time more with that rifle and make the first shot my last. I had several 1885 Brownings but they were heavier and in magnum calibers so I never liked them as much. I always drooled over the Lo-walls but never found a good enough deal on one to buy one and now they want a fortune for one. Tom
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People bad mouth the trigger on B-78's and mine has some creep but I have never felt the need to pack any other rifle for deer, antelope or hogs. I bought an adapter to allow me to use a Harris Bipod with the rifle and I probably carry that rifle on 85% of my hunts. I have never had an animal get away and have only had to reach into my pocket once when I missed on the first shot. I learned real fast and went from the kneeling position to the sitting position after that miss and dropped the buck with the second shot. Since I added the bipod, it is back to 100%. Mentally I think I take my time more with that rifle and make the first shot my last. I had several 1885 Brownings but they were heavier and in magnum calibers so I never liked them as much. I always drooled over the Lo-walls but never found a good enough deal on one to buy one and now they want a fortune for one. Tom
I picked this one up because a buddy of mine had an '06 years ago that would shoot 1/2 moa all day long. They are spendy, but a really nice quality rifle. I'm putting a 28" Bartlein 5r gainer on mine. It's a custom cut modified Palma in 300 Sherman which is my own design. The guys at Bartlein are really good to work with. I make my own bullets and have a nice 190 gr. rebated vld with a brass ballistic tip which has a .747 B.C. I can't wait to get it all together and go on a spring bear hunt ....Rich
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