Well after a couple of years talking about it I finially managed to get everything for the most part together for my new 25-06 A.I. Funds have been snug around here to say the least, so it took most of last year to save up for this that and the other. Even after getting the action, barrel, trigger, and recoil lug I still needed a set of mounts and rings and a stock. Well I managed to pick up the base and rings for about half price so that helped, but the stock was something that was going to have to wait it seemed. I picked a local smith that I had heard some very good things about and is also a BR shooter. Figured since he was close and known in the area to do fine work might as well try him out. Called Broughton up and ordered the barrel in their 5C 4.1 Magnum Sporter with a 1-9 twist, for a finished length of 28" and while talking with the rep mentioned the smith's name and was somewhat enlightened that he knew a lot about him and I was assured that he would do a first class job. I spoke to the smith around the first part of Dec. and he said to drop things off anytime, but that he would not be building anything until after the first. So just before New Years I dropped everything off at his shop and the wait began. Since there was no waiting on orders and such he managed to get things done up from drop off to pick up in about a month. Figureing that there were half a dozen rifles in ahead of me that wasn't bad. Here's the lowdown on the finished work, Broughton 5C 4.1 Magnum Sporter 28" Rem 700 action - accurized Jewel trigger set to a very crisp 2# Holland Recoil Lug Callahan Speedlock Aluminum Firing Pin Assembly Burris Signature Rings and base Weaver Tactical 4.5 x 14 So after the month or so wait I had Tim swing by and pick the thing up last week. I was really itching to just bust a cap if for no other reason to see how well the cases formed. So I loaded up 40 rounds of new Win 30-06 brass which was neck sized down to allow for a crush fit, 51grs of H-4831, and some 120gr Hornady FBHP's. Figured they would work fine for forming and barrel break in. So now cam the delimma what to use for a stock, I had already envisioned just holding the barreled action and tripping the trigger but decided to do it more correctly. So I got out the calipers and did a little comparrison on three rifles that I thought had promise for a donor stock, at least for the time being. After the dust settled, I had pulled the A.M. from the H.S. Precision and found that everything was almost an exact fit. The barrel contour is a bit shorter on the new rig than on the A.M. but after measureing the other deminsion on the receiver and recoil lug it seemed it would drop right in. Well for those who know how well Kirby beds the lug area and action "drop right in" is a pretty loose term. Anyway I carefully slipped it in until it was down all the way and then the moment of truth, and both screws started with no effort other than a slight twist with the end of a finger. So for now it might not be the most cosher thing on the block but it fits and even with the smaller taper on this barrel the stock fit looks very decent. It has plenty of air space around the tube for cooling and the action is firmly supported even with out the screws being tight. I had wanted to do some shooting this past weekend but we had just purchased some property the week before and last week had a report of some uninvited guest stopping by for a look see. After getting up there we figure it was a survey crew who were working on the place next to us. They didn't bother anything, but since we had no fence up we had to build the entrance and put up a gate and fence just to keep looky loo's out and not have to worry to much about showing up to find a dump site. So hopefully this weekend I will make it out to the range and at least drop the hammer on a few more cases and get the barrel worked in. All I had time for last weekend was to shoot two rounds before the weather hit. I had the barrel made with the 9 twist to satisfy my own mind that I could shoot any bullet within reason I wanted to. I figured that the smallest I would use would be the 110gr AB anyway so that left everything from there up to the 142gr Wildcats should I want to go there. I have a few on hand and will at least run enough through to get a top end load and accuracy check with them. Other than that it will more than likly be 115's, 120.s and 125gr bullets. Just have to see which one runs the best for me. I also still plan on having Joel build me a stock foespecially for it once I get some funds set aside. However with the notes we dolling out on several items now I just might end up yanking one of my Sendero's out and bedding it to fit. I will definatley report back on it as time allows.