Building a new rig...

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by JCM, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. JCM

    JCM Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    I am building a new longrange hunting gun, what do you guys think of it or what else could be done?

    6.5x55 Ackley Improved
    Barnard model S action
    Timney trigger
    Barnard 25 MOA bases
    Krieger #7 ss bbl
    Vais brake
    Mcmillan Hunter BR stock
    Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x50
    Scope level
    Nightforce rings
    Harris Bipod

    What does this setup sound like?
  2. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
    what twist, length, muzzle diameter barrel?

    8 twist will allow up to the Sierra 142 and Clinch River 147s.

    why the 2.5 inch hunter stock?

    Why the Barnard S action, not normally known as a hunting action. Stiller Predator, Lawton 7500 might be better choices.

    The 6.5x55 AI is a great round.


  3. SES50

    SES50 Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    You may want to look into a different brake. I have a Vias on a 300WM and it helps with felt recoil but that rifle jumps all over and makes one hell of a dust cloud when shooting prone. I would look into a brake that reduces felt recoil and also helps muzzle rise. I have not shot one yet but I am putting a defensive edge on my new 300WM and 338 Lapua.
  4. JCM

    JCM Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    The twist will be 1-8 to suit the Berger 140gr
    26 inch bbl with .750 muzzle
    I chose that stock as it will also be shot off bags
    and I have easy access to Barnard actions

    What type of bedding have you guys found to work best?
  5. FergusBailey

    FergusBailey Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    I understand the reason for the Barnard and think it will work fine. The vais break would not be my first choice, but will work.

    Out of the items you listed, the only one I think is really a bad choice is the stock. I tried a hunter BR stock early in my custom rifle building and hated it. It is the worst of both worlds. Didn’t feel good in the field as the 2.25" stock is cumbersome, but didn’t ride my front bag as well as I'd hoped.

    Get a tactical stock or something with a little beaver-tail. It will ride the bags well enough and feel much better in the field.
  6. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Unless you plan on missing with your first shot, I would ditch the brake. You will have enough rifle wieght that recoil shooting prone will be minimal. The only reason for the brake would be for the possibility of spotting your shots.