Kelly First I am flattered that you would consider me to test your newest rifle. Also, I should have mentioned that I have the ability to shoot at distances from 100 yds to at least 2k. The targets and gongs are set up at 600 and 1k because that is what I shoot in competition and we like to shoot steel at that range for fun and practice for feral hogs! Currently, have all of the equipment to do everything mentioned above except what would be needed to BP the action and that is not an issue with the barrel staying on.And a am completely ok with that type of examination. I will say I don't want you taking the barrel off to look at the threads and how they lock up. Just check all the other things you mentioned and take for granted that the work you can't see is as good as the work you can see.
Also, as anyone who has ever shot much from a bench, there is a lot more to actually getting a 1/2" group than just having a rifle that will do it. Especially when we are talking about traditional hunting rifles. Our LRH which is built on an A-3 stock would be much easier to produce a 1/2 group than our Outdoorsman even though they are equally as accurate. The LRH is a straight stock with a 1.950 wide forend with parallel vertical sides and 1.350 wide flat on the bottom. The butt stock is straight with no cast off or cant which makes it ride the rear bag better. The Outdoorsman in the same caliber uses a stock adapted from the Sako 75 Hunter, which has about a 1" forend with traditional rounded side and virtually no flat on the bottom. The butt stock has both cast off and cant which makes mounting it and getting behind the scope extremely easy, but when using a rear bag it causes the butt to move to the right and twist some which makes the barrel rise to the left. As a result, making sure the rifle and the rear bag is in exactly the same position is even more critical than with a regular benchrest friendly stock. It commonly attributes to vertical stringing if you aren't diligent about making sure they are in the correct position each shot.
One last thing. We do most of our accuracy testing with our hunting rifles with a cold bore. You rarely if ever get a chance to fire a few shots to warm the barrel up before you shoot at an animal. We shoot one round and a follow up shot from a cold bore to make sure we know exactly where those first two shots are going. It doesn't mean we aren't confident that our rifles will shoot good 5 shot groups, we do that as well.
Now if I haven't lost you, Boss, are you capable of and would you be willing to conduct the sort of test you mentioned above. I think it is pretty clear that if LTLR is willing we will get him to do a test on one rifle, but I would actually like to test both the LRH and the Outdoorsman so if you agree I will send you a rifle as well. You pick which one and what caliber. I'll include the ammo.
Thats great to hear I have checked out the page. I Think its great you guys comming here and doing this asking for input. It speeks alot to the community we have assembled here.ICANHITHIMMAN
If you look at our website you'll see that the EOL rifles are spec'd differently than our standard hunting rifles. Take the .300 for instance. Our Outdoorsman has a 28" 1-12 twist whereas the EOL Outdoorsman has a 26" 1-10 twist. Our rifles were designed and built to get the maximum performance out of the biggest range of hunting bullets, 150 to 180 gr hunting bullets. The 1-12 makes sense. The EOL is designed specifically to shoot 210 Bergers. Not only does this require the 1-10 but we designed the chamber reamer so that we could maintain an OAL that will allow us to eject a loaded round, and still seat the bullets touching the lands. As for the barrel length, when you add about 1.5" of muzzle break to the end of the barrel you end up with almost 30", Bob Beck of EOL felt like the decrease in velocity of about 100 fps was worth a 2" shorter barrel. Easier to handle.
Even though we are a manufacturing company with 17 employees (in the rifle company, we have 50 in the stock company), we still build every rifle one at a time, and have the flexibility to make decisions based on what makes a better rifle rather than what makes more money.