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scoutm

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It has been a very long process but I'm very pleased that it's completed and I get to go shoot it for the first time this weekend.

I began the process in November 2011 and took delivery of the rifle Sept. 19, 2012. During that almost year timeframe I debated calibers, cartridges, triggers, stocks, barrel makers and on an on. I orders compents and waited for delivery. I researched builders and interviewed a couple. I kept a journal of every phone call, email and decision thinking that it might be fun to post it once completed but in the end its over 10 pages long - never expected that.

Now that my buddies elk hunt is over I finally get to go shoot it.

My goal was to build a solid western game rifle primarily for Coues Whitetail and Antelope and should the draw gods be kind to me a sheep hunt someday. Here are the details:

.264 Win Mag
Rem 700 action
Timney Trigger set to 2.5lbs
Lilja barrel -#4 contour flutted, 3 groove 8" twist, cut to 25"
McMillian Remington Mountain Rifle stock with edge technology
Harrel tactical muzzle break (for my young son)
Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 w/target turrets
Cerakote finish - Desert sand Barrel and Desert Sand and Black Webbing done by Eddie at Fosnaugh Customs

Gunsmithing done by Mike Bryant at Bryant Customs in Wheeler TX.

I own a couple of "premium" factory rifle and I can tell you there is absolutely no comparison the fit and finishes on this rifle are amazing. If it shoots half as good as it looks and feels I will be thrilled.

Here's the before and after pics. I'll post up my shooting results once I've done some breakin and load development. Thanks for all the many researched threads...they were a tremendous help.
 

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This fall has been pretty crazy. I have shot it but only one session. I'm about halfway through the recommended barrel break-in process. So far I'm very happy with it. The trigger is fantasitic. Its the best I've ever shot and the velocities are better than what I was expecting. Not really shooting for groups at this point.

I'm shooting the 130 grain scirocco II bullets. They seem to leave a good amount of copper fouling so I may be reconsidering that choice. I'll finish out the box I have and decide.

To this point I'm still very pleased. I'm leaving on a deer hunt this wednesday so after that my full attention will be on finishing the barrel break-in and load development.

I will post up my results.

thanks for the interest.
 

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Mike is the smith recommended to me by Greg Richards when he retired. Mike Bryant is a top rifle builder for sure.
 

scoutm

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Mike is the smith recommended to me by Greg Richards when he retired. Mike Bryant is a top rifle builder for sure.

+1 He was a pleasure to work with. Very detailed focused and always willing to discuss options with me. Highly recommend him.
 

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Great I cant wait to hear about it

So, I'm finally done with the barrel break-in. It took more rounds than expected but it's done and it's showing good potential. The last 4 break-in rounds measured .723" @ 100. I'm still getting a fair amount of copper fouling but it cleans up quickly now. I'll finish the box of sirocco II bullets but will most likely try the new LR Accubonds once they hit the stores.

I'm prepping my cases now and will be loading up a couple strings to do some ladder testing.

Each time I take the rifle out I get more impressed.
 

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