Well, Dan Glover of Dan's Custom Guns has built me several spectacular rifles in recent years. Most have been heavy tactical rifles in Mcmillan A-5 stocks. All have been sub half MOA rifles. This spring I asked Dan for something a lot different. I wanted a light weight carry rifle for tree stand hunting. The components are:
Stiller TAC 300 Action
Broughton 5C #4 fluted 26 inch
High Tech stock pillar bedded and dipped in skull camo
Custom Leupold Scope w/ extra low rings
SSG bolt knob
6.5 - 284 Caliber
Dan completed the gun in his usual 4 - 5 month time frame. Normally I count on a completed rifle two weeks after the components are received by Dan. Due to a busy year for me thanks to Hurricane Irene, I was unable to find time to break this rifle in and develop a load. Realizing the deer season was fast running out, I sent the gun back to Dan and he did the barrel break in and load development for me. Now comes the good part. This morning I confirmed the 250 yd zero with two shots less than one inch apart. I plugged in the velocity Dan recorded for the 140 Bergers into my Ballistic FTE phone app and my third shot hit dead center 1 inch high at 785 yds. My next two shots were at 1000 yds and were 2.75 inches apart and are shown in the bottom pic. I was amazed to say the least to get this kind of performance from a light weight carry rifle that I fully intended to be my tree stand gun! Not too shabby for the only 5 shots I have fired from this gun. Great gun and awesome service from Dan! Dan is a sponsor on this site and goes by DCGS.
Thanks Jett. I was surprised at the shots you sent me. I can't take all the credit. The shooter had a lot to do with it. We have talked before on how much harder it is to shoot a light weight sporter gun that accurate. It just seems harder to keep everthing perfectly still. As I was doing barrel break in I told you that if I did my part it was pretty much one hole groups at a 100yds. It's just hard to do my part every time. Good luck hunting. Next pic needs to be of you, the gun, and a big buck. Enjoy Dan
I had just been on Dan's site when I found a Google link to this post. Fine looking rifle and some incredible shooting...and in a LIGHTER weight sporter. I realize every rifle and chamber is unique, but would you be willing to share your load? ! have a similar project in mind.
Thanks for a good post in which you surely showcased the work of an LRH sponsor and a great smith to boot.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin
The load was 49.5 gr. of H4350 with a 140 gr. Berger .002 off the lands using Fed 210 primers. Make sure to start well below this and watch for pressure signs. Velocity was 2850 with single digit spread.