Well, finally got this one done. It's been a hassle between waiting on the barrel, waiting on the bolt etc. But so far it definately seems that it has been worth the wait. I've got 60 down the tube so far and the largest group I've shot was a little over 3/4 minute. Had some nice groups yesterday in the .2's and .3's. What I was really tickled with, is the first 6 shots (incuding 2 fowlers) went into a nice little .3 group. Anyway, I'm not the photographer that many of you are but heres a pic of the new toy.
Specs: Rem 700 action fully blueprinted with PTG bolt, shroud and firing pin assembly.
26" Krieger stainless #4 contour 8" twist with Artus break (no ports at 6:00), chambered with .290 neck.
H-S precision sporter in sand.
Factory Rem trigger set nice and crisp at just over 2lbs.
Leupold LRT 6.5-20X50 with varmint reticle.
Burris signiture rings and two piece bases.
Gunsmith: Bruce Artus