Pics. My new LR rifle build

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by sierra22, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. sierra22

    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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    Presently building a hunting rifle fully capable of longrange. The goal of this project was

    Lightweight
    Inexpensive

    So picked up a secondhand Sako Forester, smacked on a aluminum picatinny rail and Hitech stock. Weight is about 3.5 kgs (7lbs) with scope and moderator, it groups rougly 15cm@600m or 6"@660yds and have so far cost the same as a standard Rem700.


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    Finished the rifle with Duracoat. If the surface is prepared properly you'll have a very durable finish.
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    Used orange for safetyfeatures. Will remove orange from scopemount.
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    Chose 10 MOA (actually it's 12 MOA) angle to get most out of my hunting scopes and enough out of my LR scopes...
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    Very easy to see when this rifle is cocked...
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  2. sierra22

    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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    The trigger and safety was flagged with green more as a practical joke on my behalf :D
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    Again the orange details...
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    Have used it in the field already. Seen 100-200 deer so far, but was too busy filming to shoot them.
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    First kill was a fox. Absolutely in love with my moderator - reduces recoil to nothing and game close by isn't spooked.
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    There's a video of the build here:
    VIDEOBLOG HERE

    Look for english titles to get the texted versions...
    Hope you enjoy, have been reading the forum a long time, about time to contribute a little...
     
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  3. sierra22

    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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    Looked over the rifle tonight, it's still ok with Duracote (I only clean the barrel these days) but it is slipping where I didn't do proper surface preparation. This was expected.

    Does anyone have experience with Cerakote?

    Put the rifle on the scales, have failed slightly in my 3,5kg statement but can't really see how I could have built it much different either. Wasn't willing to use a very short or pencil thuin barrel. Would've had to pick up a slimmer Kimber for less weight I think.

    It's almost a system rifle (not a true system rifle, but poor mans version) and depending on the configuration/barrel it weighs:

    Assassin 4,352 kg. This is the use-all-opportunities configuration with a 4-16x50 PMII and moderator.
    Stalker 3,919 kg. As seen in the hunting blog. This is mostly for recreational hunting with a Zeiss 2,5-10x42 and moderator.
    Alpine 3,469 kg. Only configuration that makes the weight limit; with Swaro 3-9x36.

    System components weigh:
    Rifle 3,005 kg
    PMII 1,066 kg
    Zeiss 0,633 kg
    Swaro 0,464 kg
    Moderator 0,28 kg
    The Sako Forester action weighs 1,050 kg.

    Will post pics later....
     
  4. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, the orange sure stands out. Not sure, did you mention the calibre?

    Cheers!
     
  5. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    That's a cool stick. What's the caliber? What load are you shooting in it?
     
  6. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    Cool rig, useful safety feature painting the action orange to know when is cocked.
     
  7. paal_erik_norway

    paal_erik_norway Active Member

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    The rifle is cal.243

    Load:
    Brass: Lapua.
    Powder: Vihtavuori N-160.
    Bullet: Hornady V-max 87grs.

    Don't remember fps.
     
  8. sierra22

    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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    It's 950 m/sec. Had a tiny suprise last night cleaning the barrel.

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    The barrel is only 18,5" long. Didn't really pay attention as we were building it.
    Short barrel shooting an inferior Bc 0,4 bullet but still first-shot hits at the 0.2-0.4 MIL sized targets I've shot out to ranges of 750 meters (825 plus yards).

    All in all I value my hearing a lot more than the marginal increase in killing window a longer barrel will give me, so next barrel will be at similar lenght.
     
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    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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  10. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Nice rig, good clean details in the pics, very different with the orange and green. Very informative, thanks for the info and sharing. Congratulations:)
     
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  11. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand. A longer barrel will put the muzzle FARTHER from your ears!

    Thanks for an outstanding film and rifle discussion. As always, I wish we could use moderators anywhere in the USA, and without all the red tape.
     
  12. sierra22

    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks for that. I was a bit unclear in my post...

    I use my rifles with moderators and to keep overall rifla lenght down I chop the barrel. Even though my moderator is telescopic, it adds 4-5" lenght. With a short barrel lenght and balance will still be the same as a 22-24" sporter rifle.
     
  13. Bull45cal.

    Bull45cal. Well-Known Member

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    Sierra22,

    Be proud, be very proud! You've done a great job. I'm glad to hear that you are getting such good accuracy with the short barrel. I might opt for the shorter barrel myself. I wish we could use moderators when hunting here. They are so much more pleasant to shoot with. Keep up the good work, and share more video of your hunts.
     
  14. sierra22

    sierra22 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that! :)

    Will be visiting the gunsmith again next week so I guess another short film or two will appear. It'll be mostly about fitting picatinny rails and painting with duracoat.