I love Rich's cartridges and have owned a couple now. I thought I'd document and share the build progress on this latest rifle. I send it off to the smith this next week to have my Brux barrel threaded, fluted, and chambered along with some metal work (removal of metal on the action similar to Barret Fieldcraft) to lighten up the PTG blueprinted M7 action. When that's complete, I will be finishing the Richards Microfit black walnut stock and sending the rifle off for nitriding after break in to finish it off. My smith said he should be able to remove over a pound from the barrel with flutes and shortening the shank by 1.25'' and cutting to an overall length of 24.5''! My goal is to have a rifle that's under 7.5lbs ready to hunt when it's finished. It will be topped with a Leupold FX2 6x36 and Talley LW rings to keep weight down. The rifle will be throated for the 140gr Cutting Edge 140gr MTH. I plan to cut the forend on my stock back about 3'' to help get the weight down and create a sleeker looking rifle. My goal is to finish it with a hybrid look of the Manners EH4/SL. I've got quite a bit of wood to remove before it's all said and done. What do you all think? Any ideas and comments welcome.