New XP-100 7mm SAUM by Mac's Gun

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by Ernie, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    First, here is a pic of this beauty built by Mac's Gunworks: ( Shop: 307-685-3373 or Chuck's Cell: 307-689-2796) Home

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    Action has been trued, pinned lug, New bolt, Seekins picatinny 20 MOA Base, Modified (strengthened) H-S Stock, NF Rings, Leupold FFP Mark 6.5-20 with ART (Holland's) reticle, Holland Radial Quick Discharge brake. Barrel 1-9 twist Lawton, chambered in 7mmSAUM.
    Load is a 162 A-Max, H-1000, Fed Match primer @ 2759 fps from the muzzle.

    This is the beginning of a switch barrel/switch bolt rig that Chuck (Mac's Gunworks) is building. His shop is South of Gillette, WY.
    Chuck has done very nice work on this as you can tell by the pics and the shooting.
    This is the first of four barrels to be fitted:
    7mm SAUM (Lawton 1-9 twist)
    6.5 Leopard (WSM) (Benchmark 1-8 twist)
    6.5x47 Lapua (Shilen Select match 1-8 twist)
    6mm-284 (Broughton 5C 1-8 twist)

    First time it had field use was when I helped teach a couple of LR shooting schools for Darrell Holland (Holland's Gunsmithing & Shooters Supply) at the end of April through early May. I took my 7mm SAUM center-grip XP and my 7mm Rem Mag Improved MOA--Can't let the rifle guys have all the fun:D
    Worked long days, but it was very enjoyable.
    Darrell has opened the school to specialty pistol shooters when I am there, but we had none this year.
    When I had some free time when the students were on solo mode I was able to do some shooting between 400 to just under 900 yards.
    Good fortune was on my side, because I never missed steel one time. I wish I could say this is always the case, but it is not so. Most of the target were 10"x16", but there were two humanoid targets like the one pictured below.

    Also, about 20 rifle guys got introduced to specialty handguns at long range.
    None of this shooting was from the bench and there were no wind flags.
    One of the students from the second class watched me shoot beyond 800 yards in a 14mph wind on last day of class, told me that if he had read or heard someone talk about such a shot with a specialty handgun he would say that person is full of cow manure (I edited his actual words). I asked him what thought about it now, and he said with a smile, I witnessed it myself and I still can't believe it."

    Two one-shot attempts at 775 yards (one shot per person).
    This was Jody's first shot from a SP, although I had him dry-fire several times to get used to the trigger.
    He was one of the assistant instructors for the second class.

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    I kidded with Jody afterward, telling him "long-range handgunning so easy that even a rifleman can do it.":D
     
  2. zuba

    zuba Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! Is the school half the price if you bring half a gun? :)
     

  3. Ernie

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    I guess it depends on how good of a wheeler-dealer you are with Darrell:rolleyes:
    Would love to see you make it though.
     
  4. Mac

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    Thanks Ernie for the positive feed back and the support.
    GOD BLESS,
    Mac
     
  5. Ernie

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    Chuck,
    You are welcome!
    You build a great rig for sure and I have seen the rifles you build perform at the bench and in competition, and they shoot excellent as well.
     
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  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Ernie, is there any particular reason for using 4 different barrel makers ? I pass Lawton every day going to work and was going to stop in and talk to them about some barrels.
     
  7. Ernie

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    The Lawton I have had for awhile, and I won the Benchmark at a competition.
    The Shilen was chambered differently and fired about 30 times, but the "Smith" no one you have heard of (basically out of the biz now) made some mistakes in chambering, so I had Chuck cut the back of it off and chamber it for the 6.5x47L.
    The 6-284 barrel came off this XP, and will be slightly set-back as it still has good throat life.
     
  8. bfr4570

    bfr4570 Well-Known Member

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    I was going to ask the same question about the barrels. But I figured it would cost me money:D.

    Ernie been shooting the AX any? I need data.:rolleyes:

    Chuck that is a good looking build.
     
  9. Ernie

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    You could always have Kirby make you a switch barrel/switch bolt SP:)

    I have 300 grain Berger's coming.
    My first priority is to get the my SP's ready for the MOA LR handgun competition toward the end of June.
    I need to get a 6.5WSM ready in a BAT action, and a 6.5-284 for my MOA
    Once that is done, I will be working more with the 338 AX.
     
  10. japple

    japple Well-Known Member

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    Ernie,
    That is a sweet looking machine! they did a nice job with it! Not to get off subject, but since you mentioned it in your Original post. How was hollands shooting school??? Wondering if it is worth the money to go.
     
  11. Ernie

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    Thanks!

    I again helped with two four-day schools this year.
    I have been in correspondence with a handful of students from both classes and each has been overly impressed.

    Darrell could break-up the school and give less info per school with the intention of having students come two, three, four times , etc.

    I am not saying that is wrong by the way, but Darrell will give each student as much info as possible in four days, so that depending where the student is, he or she could come back again for another four day school next year (which some have told me they are), or of they so choose to the alumni 2 day.
    Or maybe the one class is all they need.

    I do know we are making some changes in curriculum next year, that IMO will make the school even better, and give the students even more focused range time.
    Now this is coming from one of the instructors, so there is room for prejudice.

    But one of the students in the second class has told me he intends to do a write-up here at LRH about the school from a first time student's perspective.

    If you want to hear from some of the students, I could ask their permission, and if given, I will give them your email address.

    Or, I could just give you the short answer to your question, "Yes!"
     
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  12. japple

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    Thanks ernie,

    I will look for the right up on here and if you want to shoot omeone my way that is fine too. I have a hard time dropping that much money on a class without getting some good info about it first.
     
  13. Ernie

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    I understand.
    If you would email me your name email address and phone #, I will get the ball rolling.

    ernieemily@yahoo.com
     
  14. bfr4570

    bfr4570 Well-Known Member

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    Switch barrel 338 AX and ?gun)