Russo Bubinga creation in Alaska

Discussion in 'Gun Photos' started by Gene Jr., Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    Here are a few pictures from my recent trip to AK. I took my newly minted Joel Russo creation on a ten day backpack hunt. Not everyones idea of a sheep rifle! Only three shots taken in AK were on the range in Fairbanks but I had 100% confidence if the right opportunity would have come up. Saw plenty of game, just not the right one to end a fantastic hunt on.

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    Some very lucky bulls. I had a tag burning a hole in my pocket but wasn't going to end my buddy's sheep hunt for less than a book 'bou.
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    And yes, she shoots as well/better than she looks! With MINIMAL load development it's shooting under .5moa and better when I do my part.

    Russo stock,Stiller action, Benchmark barrel, vias brake, rem trigger/bottom metal, 8-32x NF w/ UL NF rings and ACI/level combo. Smithed by Bruce Baer in his 308 Baer chambering shooting a 180gr Accubond at 3350fps.

    Gene Jr.
     

  2. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    Sweet. Glad it was a good safe trip for you. Better luck next time.
     

  3. Rocky Mountain

    Rocky Mountain Well-Known Member

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    Thats one very sexy rifle :D
     
  4. GNERGY

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    WOW nice looking rifle, and some great pics with all the different scenery in the backround.
    Tarey
     
  5. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    Glad to see that I'm not the only one that carries a 12lb+ rifle on Sheep hunts..

    Sounds like you guys had a good hunt, and those were some lucky Caribou.
    Always great memories for sure in AK; the place never disappoints.

    It was a pleasure working with you on this build. My apologies for running you down to the wire, but I work well under pressure.:rolleyes:
     
  6. Boss Hoss

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    Joel----very nice work!! I am in the process of buiulding one with a Macassar stock lol...
     
  7. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    Joel,

    As we discussed, when the rifle turns out EXACTLY the way I wanted (well better than I ever expected!) a few tense moments in the schedule are already forgotten :D ***NOTE to others: Joel moved heaven & earth to make sure this build came together and was ready for my trip. The schedule issues were not his fault but he pulled it off anyway.

    It's easy to let 'em walk when you KNOW you could tag 'em if you wanted to. If I could have put the tops from that one bull on the other one with the large frame it would have been "game over!"

    Thanks again Joel!

    Gene Jr.
     
  8. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    Few more pics I found...


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    Gene Jr.
     
  9. ROBSTER

    ROBSTER Well-Known Member

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    beautiful looking gun you have there.
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  10. camp10

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    That is a great looking gun. Care to mention how much it weighs with bipod & scope?
     
  11. Gene Jr.

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    I've not weighed it on anything but a bathroom scale but it is in the #14 range. This particular piece of wood is heavier than even most Bubinga. I do plan on fluting the barrel yet.

    Gene
     
  12. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    Gene, is that the Copper River in last pic?
    Nice Shooter.
     
  13. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    T-3, not the Copper, although I enjoyed some fresh "Copper River Reds" when I was in AK.:D This was a little farther north in the Brooks Range.

    Gene