This rifle has been a long time in the making.
I started putting cash in an envelope at the back of my ammo safe about 5 years ago to fund a new rifle.
A lot has happened over those years that took it's toll on the on that envelope!
I put a ring on my fiance, had a baby and bought a family car
It got to the point that I had to take the first step towards this project or risk it never happening.
I wanted something with a little more punch than my .243 and was capable of dropping larger deer at any sensible range here in the UK and abroad if I was lucky enough to head overseas in the future.
I spent many evening reading and researching calibers and in the end the RSAUM seemed to fit the bill. Unfortunately over here it not a common caliber and so no factory rifles or ammo. Even finding a smith 12 months ago with a reamer was hard work.
I decided to source and assemble the parts myself once I found a good gunsmith to chamber a barrel.
I found Mic at Dolphin Rifle who had an amazing rep and a ton of Kreiger barrels on the shelf with a saum reamer ready to roll.
After playing with a few custom actions that a mate had to hand I ordered a Borden Alpine Magnum bolt face from Precision Rifle Services the uk importer of Jims actions.
So to cut a long story short this has been a long 14 months to put my first custom together but I think it has been worth it. But I will only know for sure once I see how she shoots.
Sorry photos are so big. Not sure how to shrink!
Borden Alpine SA
Krieger 25” 1 in 9 twist, #6 contour .750 at muzzle. Chambered 7mm saum.
Mcmillan A3-5 Duracoat, 4 colour Flecktarn style with matt lacquer.( Not sure if I like the paint so may re do it myself)
CG Trigger - and Jewel (will try both and see which I prefer)
Rings,34mm Third Eye Tactical
20 MOA base - Third Eye Tactical
Surgeon bottom metal
AI .308 mag modified with the front plate removed and feed lips opened out. Done after photo.
Kahles 6x24- 56 Scope
Total weight as photoed below is 13.5LBS.
No time to get to the range yet but my plan is to find a load for the 168grn Bergers and 160grn Accubonds.
I have access to plenty of Norma 300 saum brass, H1000 and a tub of RL25.
Any feedback on loads etc appreciated.