My 7 Dakota Rebarrel Done By Nathan Dagley - Straight Shot Gunsmithing

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Len Backus, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Nate, you were great to work with on my tight schedule. Thanks! Straight Shot Gunsmithing The workmanship and fit is top notch. Your ability to oh-so-casually make a generic picatinny scope base fit the shape of action was impressive.

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    These were groups from the very first shots out of the rifle. I was moving up in 1/2 grain increments. And I haven't played with seating depth yet. Prone with bipod and a too-soft rear bag that needs to be either replaced or filled tighter. I can already tell it's going to be a shooter. gun)

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    The barrel is from Tracey Bartlein at Bartlein barrels Now, with only a few dozen more rounds down the tube it cleans very easily.

    The brake is from Holland Guns Darrel, I have never found it so easy to spot my shots at such close ranges. Fantastic brake. Thanks so much.

    The stock is a McMillan Hunter and the action is one of my favorites, a Tikka Model 658. I shot my first sort-of-long-range deer with this action years ago.

    The scope is my brand new Nightforce. 5.5 to 22 X 56, Zero Stop, NPR-1 reticle. Don't have to say much about quality here when you know you're preaching to the choir. :)

    I also have a Kenton Industries Tuned Trajectory Compensator turret cap. This is my second one and I am a believer. Mark, you deserve your success.
     
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  2. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Very nice Len, looks like a good one!

    Cheers.
     

  3. Buffalobob

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    At least this time you show a minor amount of imagination when you chose stock color.

    I have been thinking about a 7 Dakota for a certain young lady if she wishes to hunt with me next year again.
     
  4. Ernie

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    Len,
    Well I guess we have not fully pulled you over to the dark side yet (specialty pistols):D

    Beautiful looking rig-Enjoy it!

    Is that brake Holland's new Radial one?

    Never have tried a Bartlein barrel yet.

    You think this rig is enough for LR coyotes in WY?;)
     
  5. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Ernie, yes, a radial brake. It weighs about 6 ounces.

    The coyotes are in for big trouble now.
     
  6. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

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    Great looking rifle Len, good luck on those yotes!

    Brian
     
  7. RockZ

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    Very nice rifle and looks like a shooter!
    What bullets are you shooting and what velocity are you getting with the 7mm Dakota?
     
  8. Len Backus

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    I didn't chrono it but from past experience I would say this load is at 3100. It is a Cauterucio 176 grain VLD. I have used them for about 5 years.
     
  9. arthurj

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    Len, what does that rifle weigh? What contour is that Bartlein?
    Thank you
     
  10. ICANHITHIMMAN

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    Len

    I love that stock it real looks great with the stainless BBL. How did Nate like working on the Tika action. That man does great work I would love to see some more pic's of Nates work. I am soooooooo jelous of you
     
  11. Len Backus

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    7mm .277 x .284, 4 groove, 1-8.7499 twist, S.S.
    Bartlein #8 profile