My first custom rifle build

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by sheepaholic, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. sheepaholic

    sheepaholic Well-Known Member

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    So I am getting a rifle built these are the components
    what do u guys think

    Caliber
    26 nosler

    Action
    Defiance rebel
    Sheep port & sheep rear bridge
    250 recoil lug
    Xtra deep fluted bolt
    Skeletonized bolt handle


    Trigger
    timney or jewel I'm thinking set at 2.5 lbs


    Stock
    McMillan lightweight hunters edge


    Barrel
    Benchmark #4 sporter 26" fluted

    hoping to to keep it under 7.5 lbs with a scope not sure what scope yet a Swarovski or huskemaw I know the swaro will be clearer but I like the turret system of the husky
     
  2. deadlift

    deadlift Official LRH Sponsor

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    Look at the Leupold MK4 with the TMR and M1 turrets as well. Its a dam fine scope and will be in the same price range.
    Chris
    Benchmark Barrels
     

  3. sheepaholic

    sheepaholic Well-Known Member

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    Hey Chris
    What do you think that #4 barrel 26" long and fluted will weight once it's finished ready to go on the gun?
    Just over 3lbs?
     
  4. deadlift

    deadlift Official LRH Sponsor

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    Yeah you will be just over 3lbs, are you going to put a break on?
    Chris
    Benchmark
     
  5. sheepaholic

    sheepaholic Well-Known Member

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    Nope no break
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Your build sounds pretty nice. Here's my take....

    Trigger - get a Jewell and don't look back. 2lbs is nice but rest assured, with practice you will be able to handle a lower setting. As for the Timney, ALWAYS skip them. Two of my friends had them and both of the triggers failed. One of them even failed after being sent back to Timney for repair.

    Caliber - 26nosler - have you given consideration to the many other 6.5mm options? Generally speaking, when choosing a cartridge, I look at what Lapua makes and choose one of them.
     
  7. Mateo

    Mateo Well-Known Member

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    The 26 nosler is quite the cartridge. I would suggest looking into the 6.5 SS.
    It's built off of the short action and actually fits in the mag box with bullets seated at the lands. A lot of 'short action' magnums become single feed when bullets are seated long. The short action will save you weight and give you a stiffer action.
     
  8. Jackmonkey

    Jackmonkey Well-Known Member

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    The problem with this cartridge and any other based off of a SAUM is the lack of brass. I've been looking for 7mm SAUM brass for 6 months to justify a 6.5 SAUM build and have had zero luck finding it. I have occasionally found 300 SAUM Norma brass but the jerks selling it are asking $3/piece! I did find 5 boxes of 300 SAUM ammo at almost $60 box. Again, $3/piece.
    Unless SAUM brass becomes easier to find, I'll stick to a cartridge based off of available brass. No sense having a purdy rifle that you can't shoot.
     
  9. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    I went 6.5 Sherman. Not hard to find 270 brass.
     
  10. HoytFlinger

    HoytFlinger Well-Known Member

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    Sportsmans Warehouse has had 26 Nosler brass on the shelf for a while in my neck of the woods. Will likely still be there for a while as nobody has been buying it.
     
  11. HoytFlinger

    HoytFlinger Well-Known Member

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    Should be a hammer. Keep an eye on the throat though. Probably going to be a burner.
     
  12. Mateo

    Mateo Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough. In Canada saum brass is fairly easy to find. Remington brass is easiest and nosler brass is around too. Norma saum brass is just impossible though. It's a valid point. As a hunting round, the 26 nosler is a great choice.