well all, i've finally received my custom bolt rifle build from BENCHMARK BARRELS. i had a remington 700 adl built in july of 1978, that i bought from a friends dad. it was in like new condition, and shot very,very, little, under 1 box of shells. i got it and right away started testing it, after about 5 shots or so it would start throwing bullets. investigating , chatter was found in the barrel. so now the story begins. i sent the barreled action to jr in the nw, a fellow member here, who works for BENCHMARK BARRELS, for a build. i wanted something "different" than the normal -06,270, etc., so i told them i wanted a 280 ackley improved. the receiver was blueprinted, an oversized lug pinned on, and a 26" lilja number 4 contour fluted stainless steel 3 groove barrel was installed. i got it yesterday...... WOW! it is nice, to say the least. the fit is excellent, the fluted barrel is lined up perfectly so the o/s of the barrel diameter is even with the sides of the foreend of a stock, the bolt is trued, and the barrel seems to be set REAL close to the bolt face like i asked. on the left side, the caliber is acid etched, and custom made for me is farther forward, on the right side is benchmark barrels, done really nice in the satin perfect finished stainless barrel. now for the nit picking, the thing was test fired with a 280 remington round and the fireformed a.i. brass was used to make a stoney point oal casing. jerry, you really should clean the barrel before firing as the lube is really thick and may have some effect on smoothing out. also there is some copper evident after using barnes cr10 copper solution. it is plainly visible to the naked at the muzzle as scattered spots. i would think for a lapped barrel, copper wouldn't be seen after just one round. i will lap it myself with isso paste, and shoot and clean for several round to see just how well it smooths out. the mad machinist has a hawkeye bore scope and we'll check her out with it. other than that, i HIGHLY recommend these guys for customer service, craftsmanship, quality of materials, and just flat out building a georgous rifle. BENCHMARK BARRELS CREW...... thank you very, very, much... you guys so far get an A+...... now for the shooting part soon to come. gonna run 63.5 grains off vv n165 behind a 140 gr. barnes tipped tsx. should give me about 3200 fps out of the 26" tube. then i'll try some berger 140 gr. vld's. now all, some of you know me and most don't. those that do, know i can shoot, and am picky about what i own. i am very satisfied with the quality of work and very highly recommend these guys. i paid a good penny for this build, nothing was given for free advertising, and i will be honest and not pull punches, just give an honest review of what i paid for and how it shoots. so now all of you that aren't satisfied with your gun, contact them and they'll make you happy again, thanks BENCHMARK BARRELS CREW, ya did good................ and pics soon..