Good week, a bit of rifle porn....

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Fiftydriver, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

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    Had a good week in the shop. Here are some rigs just for your viewing pleasure!!!

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    This one is a 338 Allen Xpress on my Xtreme Heavy Sporter designs with the following specs:

    BAT HRPIC receiver
    Lilja 26" 1-10 twist fluted barrel
    APS Slim PK muzzle brake
    Jewell trigger
    Seekins DM system
    McMillan A-5 tactical stock
    Leuy PRW rings
    Mk4 4.5-15x50 TMR

    We were shooting this rifle with the 300 gr SMK and 100 gr Retumbo with an average velocity of 2900 fps. Not to bad from a short 26" barrel length. We were making gravel on 1/2 moa sized target rocks with boring consistancy. A real fun rifle to shoot. Very low recoil for this power range and great consistancy.

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    This ones a bit different. One of my Xtreme XPs chambered in 6.5mm WSM. The customer had a supply of 95 gr Ballistic tips he wanted to use for an up coming predator hunt so I developed a load which get us 3300 fps with Retumbo. We have not range tested this one yet, the customer is coming up next week for some longer range shooting. Recoil is about like a 221 Fireball but with no muzzle jump at all. The PK muzzle brake works great on rifles and works even better on the big handguns.

    This one has a trued XP receiver, Lilja 15" fluted barrel, Small 3 port PK brake and McMillan stock and topped with Burris Signature rings and Burris 3-12 Ballistic Plex scope.

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    This one was one of my favorite of the week. An Xtreme Heavy Sporter in 270 AM.

    Borden Timberline Magnum Single shot receiver
    Lilja #8, 30" 1-8 twist barrel with heavy fluted
    Slim PK muzzle brake
    I believe Russo laminated stock(customer supplied)
    Jewell trigger

    I tested this rifle with fireforming loads using WC872, necked down virgin 7mm RUM brass and the 169.5 gr ULD RBBT. Consistancy always puts a smile on my face to see how this chambering shoots with fireforming loads. Velocity was around 3050 fps which makes it plenty potent for field use. Recoil, well, this is no recoil, about like a 22-250 in a sporter weight rifle.

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    This one was probably my favorite lightweight big game rifle of the week. Its one of my Xtreme Sporters in 338 Lapua.

    Nesika Bay Model M Hunter
    #5, 25" Hart, fluted barrel, 1-10 twist
    Small 3 port PK brake
    Jewell trigger
    HS Precision DM system
    McMillan Edge BDL stock

    We tested with the 300 gr SMK in this lighter rifle(7 1/4 lb rifle weight) and while there was some recoil, I could easily spot my own shots at ranges past 400 yards. You do not expect a rifle of this weight to shoot as well as a 12 lb rifle but it was not far behind. Easy to shoot, very easy to pack and lots of power at long range.

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    Last one is a local customer and friend who had me put together a 338 Edge on a Rem 700 he already owned. Nice rig, #5 fluted Lilja, Small 3 port PK brake. We took it out and did some work on his drop chart using the Zeiss Rapid Z-1000 reticle. I was pretty impressed with this reticle. Just wish they offered it in a more affordable FFP model.

    Zeroed at 250 yards on the main crosshair he had plenty of reach to go out to 1100 yards. On the last drop test, he put two rounds under 4" on the rock to the left of him in the picture. This was at just a hair over 1100 yards. Pretty good for a stock weight Rem 700 LSS.

    He did encounter a problem with the Burris base and rings so the scope now wears a NF 20 moa tactical rail with Leuy PRW rings so that problem should be gone for good.

    Was a good week, onto next week!!!! Just figured you guys might want to see some different rigs.
     
  2. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Kirby,

    Sweet rigs! They are indeed quite the teasers :D ... thanks for sharing.
     

  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Kirby, now I feel dirty. :D I am now in lust once again!!!

    Tank
     
  4. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    Must say your favorite is mine as well-----if it was 28 inches and no brake I would be sneaking in the back of the shop to "borrow" it for a few years LOL!!!!!!!!!

    Nice Job!!!!

    We probably need to discuss a rifle as I have been looking at your work for quite some time and like it very much. On my rifles, I have one Smith for the wood Mauser types and one for SS and competition. Not real particular about chambering but like to stick with Lapua or Norma brass to start the project with.

    The only hole I have is in 27 and 25 and would like to build a long-range med wt (5.5-6 taper w/flutes) Krieger with a Stiller action unless you have another preference. This would be twisted for the lighter bullets as it will be a screamer with no brake, center feed, detachable mag, Jewell----stock HS.

    Ever done one of these? No problem getting Dave to build a reamer as the cartridge needs to be speced out but between your knowledge and the Ken Howell book at home; there most likely is something out there already. Also, will need to build the dies from the reamers.
     
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  5. SkyScrapin

    SkyScrapin Active Member

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    Great looking rifle porn. Keep 'em coming.
     
  6. ss7mm

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    As usual Kirby.......great looking guns.:)
     
  7. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Sharp looking rifles for sure!
    But, as you would guess, I sure like the looks of the XP-100:D
    I like the term: "Xtreme XP"lightbulb
     
  8. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    No wonder you made a brief appearance at the gun show while wearing your "formal" LRH T-shirt. You had quite a few of them boogers to mail out. Nice work my friend. As always, they sure are purty!! I'm sure they all shoot just as well as they look!!!

    Jim
     
  9. Joel Russo

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    Looks like you've been busy Kirby, nice work.
     
  10. cinch

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    Yep, those are some nice looking rigs, my friend! Man, I thought for sure you'd have a picture of something with a desert camo A-5 and a .375 hole in the barrel...hee, hee, hee
     
  11. trueblue

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    Kirby,
    Beautiful rifles. It has been awhile, I wonder if you could post an update of your calibers and parent cases, along with the bullet weight and expected velocities. I did a search, but could not find the imformation. I am sure alot of newer guys would be interested as well.
     
  12. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    Great work you are doing!!!
    Really nice looking rigs you just showed there. And with the accuracy described they will sure be great shooters.
    Thanks for posting.
     
  13. Topshot

    Topshot Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the photo's. Very nice work.
    Is that a matte finish or polished finish on the metal parts?
    I noticed that there is no paint on any of the metal parts, is this going out of fashion?
    I like the look of your rifles as they are.
    What is you views on painting rifles?
     
  14. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    I just feel bad for the deer and elk. lightbulb