Truck Gun Makeover!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Chase Curtis, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Chase Curtis

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    Some of you may remember this rifle... It was chambered in 6.5x300 RUM. Well, time passed and so did the powder and case life that that thing ate up... Although it did shoot a nice buck this year! SO after season I got to thinking about a rechamber... but to what caliber? I new I wanted to reduce case capacity but still keep with a hot 6.5 as well as have something different.. I had the itch.. Decided on the 257 mag case but with an improved shoulder. Ordered a reamer and let it roll... I know what your thinking.. you had so many options why the 6.5x257 imp. I had the itch for something different and I knew it would work! gun) 6.5x257 wby imp. next to a 6.5x47 [​IMG]

    Shipped the complete rifle with new barrel and reamer up to Russo. While it was at the Dr's office Joel cleaned up some of the scratches i put on it through the season as well as added some grip stippling! (see below) WELL, after a quick turn around the rifle got here yesterday.. went out and shot it this morning... I broker in the barrel cleaning and firing as I found my max. backed it down and shot this at 100yds with a 142 smk going 3200fps. [​IMG]

    That should do! for fire forming...:D So like always.. move it right out to 300 yards.. (keep in mind that there has only been about 8 firings through this thing at this point) 300 yard target: [​IMG]

    Load development done! its amazing how it all comes together sometimes.. another kicker is the case is pretty efficient with an ES of 12.

    The Stippling that Joel added to his already perfect work...
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    Love it when a plan comes together!!! gun)gun)
     

  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I'm digging the caliber. That rifle is insanely nice looking! That stock is beautiful, is it a custom?
     

  3. Chase Curtis

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    Yes, Joel Russo made it. He is the stock whisperer
     
  4. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, but one question.... Why in the world is that your "truck gun"?!?!? That rifle should have a safe all to its own so it doesnt get dinged or scratched! I LOVE the stock, i hope to own one of Joel's stocks some day... pieces of art. gun)
     
  5. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, Joel's stippling spurred a 45 min google image search on stippling for me. I love that rifle, what the wood?
     
  6. Chase Curtis

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    Funny you mention the "truck gun" thing.. that kinda became a running joke almost a catch phrase between Joel and I on this particular build. Really long story short.. I kept saying I was just going to keep that as a truck gun to ride around with and shoot it out the window.. that later became.. oh well "its just a truck gun" :cool:

    Just tell Joel when you call to order your stock one day.. "I just want a truck gun"
     
  7. Chase Curtis

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    Yeah the stippling is a very cool thing! that is Black walnut wood.
     
  8. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful,shoots great and I love the cartridge too.
     
  9. calib

    calib Well-Known Member

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    looks good both the rifle and the group. i am looking at doing a 260ai later this fall and hope i get similar results. cant wait to hear more about the gun in the future.
     
  10. matt_3479

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    What a gorgeous gun!! Joel's work is a real piece of art! I only wish to own one of his stocks!
     
  11. mtnwrunner

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    Man, oh man, oh man-----that is one purty rifle. Amazing wood.

    Randy
     
  12. Joel Russo

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    Looks like the Truck Gun has some potential. A little more tinkering and you should be able to shrink those groups a bit. Glad you liked the stippling.
     
  13. Chase Curtis

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    Yep... Ill keep tinkering with it... I'm just glad it shoots as well as it does already... Ill add some powder to get rid of that verticle. Must be the bedding.
     
  14. Joel Russo

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    Send it back and I'll re-bed it. :D