First Custom Build Complete

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by scoutm, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    It has been a very long process but I'm very pleased that it's completed and I get to go shoot it for the first time this weekend.

    I began the process in November 2011 and took delivery of the rifle Sept. 19, 2012. During that almost year timeframe I debated calibers, cartridges, triggers, stocks, barrel makers and on an on. I orders compents and waited for delivery. I researched builders and interviewed a couple. I kept a journal of every phone call, email and decision thinking that it might be fun to post it once completed but in the end its over 10 pages long - never expected that.

    Now that my buddies elk hunt is over I finally get to go shoot it.

    My goal was to build a solid western game rifle primarily for Coues Whitetail and Antelope and should the draw gods be kind to me a sheep hunt someday. Here are the details:

    .264 Win Mag
    Rem 700 action
    Timney Trigger set to 2.5lbs
    Lilja barrel -#4 contour flutted, 3 groove 8" twist, cut to 25"
    McMillian Remington Mountain Rifle stock with edge technology
    Harrel tactical muzzle break (for my young son)
    Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 w/target turrets
    Cerakote finish - Desert sand Barrel and Desert Sand and Black Webbing done by Eddie at Fosnaugh Customs

    Gunsmithing done by Mike Bryant at Bryant Customs in Wheeler TX.

    I own a couple of "premium" factory rifle and I can tell you there is absolutely no comparison the fit and finishes on this rifle are amazing. If it shoots half as good as it looks and feels I will be thrilled.

    Here's the before and after pics. I'll post up my shooting results once I've done some breakin and load development. Thanks for all the many researched threads...they were a tremendous help.
     

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  2. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    That is one sweet looking rifle. If I ever get around to building another gun it will be very similar to that.

    Chris
     

  3. NMcCullough

    NMcCullough Well-Known Member

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    Nice rifle! Good choice of caliber. Do you know what it weighs in at?
     
  4. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    Weight came in at 6lbs 13oz w/o scope, 8lbs 4oz with scope...should prove to be a great mountian rifle.
     
  5. Catwhacker

    Catwhacker Well-Known Member

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    Have you had a chance to shoot it yet? Wheeler is relatively close to where I live. I've seen a few ads for Mike & have wondered what kind of work he did
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Have you shot it yet? What bullet do you plan to use?
     
  7. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    This fall has been pretty crazy. I have shot it but only one session. I'm about halfway through the recommended barrel break-in process. So far I'm very happy with it. The trigger is fantasitic. Its the best I've ever shot and the velocities are better than what I was expecting. Not really shooting for groups at this point.

    I'm shooting the 130 grain scirocco II bullets. They seem to leave a good amount of copper fouling so I may be reconsidering that choice. I'll finish out the box I have and decide.

    To this point I'm still very pleased. I'm leaving on a deer hunt this wednesday so after that my full attention will be on finishing the barrel break-in and load development.

    I will post up my results.

    thanks for the interest.
     
  8. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Great I cant wait to hear about it
     
  9. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    Mike is the smith recommended to me by Greg Richards when he retired. Mike Bryant is a top rifle builder for sure.
     
  10. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    +1 He was a pleasure to work with. Very detailed focused and always willing to discuss options with me. Highly recommend him.
     
  11. scoutm

    scoutm Well-Known Member

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    So, I'm finally done with the barrel break-in. It took more rounds than expected but it's done and it's showing good potential. The last 4 break-in rounds measured .723" @ 100. I'm still getting a fair amount of copper fouling but it cleans up quickly now. I'll finish the box of sirocco II bullets but will most likely try the new LR Accubonds once they hit the stores.

    I'm prepping my cases now and will be loading up a couple strings to do some ladder testing.

    Each time I take the rifle out I get more impressed.
     

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