My Curtis Vector Build

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This project began in my mind over a year ago, I decided I wanted to build a dream rifle. HA! As many of you know that's almost guaranteed to be a lie to yourself, I am already itching for the next. However, getting this one in my hands finally has eased that lust because man do I love it. I realized early on there were more than a few avenues I might eventually want to take and decided to pause on my Curtis Axiom plans and wait on the Curtis Vector. My hopes are to have a complete system in which I can swap barrels and bolts and retain the same base rifle. I am also interested in the possibility of multiple stocks but that is on the back burner.

Long story short here is the (current) final product, I plant to start with factory match ammo and then explore reloading for it as I go.

Curtis Custom Vector
Proof research 24" Sendero chambered in 6.5 PRC
Manners MCS-TA elite carbon fill in Scorched Earth camo
Mesa Precision bottom metal w/ Accurate WSM mag
Triggertech Special
Zeiss v4 (for now at least)
Seekins .82 low rings

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Cool concept design rifle....really like the camo'd carbon stock and wrapped barrel...great looking....
Great ideas.........
 

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For those interested here is a 300 wsm accurate mag loaded with factory 147 prc5E538CD0-C1BC-4C5A-BA05-0D6C4974BEAD.jpeg 886B9C14-CB67-40EE-A749-24D68D6157D6.jpeg 35132FD6-B0A8-4049-9594-379036DFBF94.jpeg
I can actually fit 4 in there... we will see if it minds the tight fit for feeding, I don’t really care but wouldn’t turn away an extra round.
 

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659B0E8F-AF93-44D6-A40A-394FC1467C28.jpeg Zeroed the zeiss at the local indoor range. My first time here and it is terribly convenient to my house but man I am not used to shooting beside other people... especially other people with braked SBRs!!

So, first group
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Second
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Third
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I’m pretty happy so far, less than 2 boxes in of factory hornady match. I’m expecting this to continue to shrink as I get used to this setup and as this barrel gets worn in. If I can get down under .5 with factory ammo while building up a pile of brass for handloading I’ll be pretty happy I think!

I always chuckle when people say what their rifle shoots “if I do my job” but I have to say it this time, that AR had my flinchy as can be!

And yeah, it’s 3 shot groups take a deep breath and get over it.
 

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Installed my Griffin paladin 2 port brake. Not a ton of extra material since the proof sendero is pretty thick, not flush but looks good. Testing out the looks of the Form 1 supressor. Looks good, balance is nice but unfortunately can see it in the scope at 4 power. Almost like a lower 1/3 co witness. Just a glare at 5x and gone at 6x. Didn’t consider this, might need to move up to .87” rings... bummer. Maybe getting the can coated will make it less distracting. If I can get used to 6x on the low end then I can convince myself to just get an AMG ;)
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Suppressor is finished. Massive shoutout to Nick @ Ecco Machine. I got in over my head and wasn’t happy/confident with my ability and performance when drilling my cap/baffles. He rebuilt my can in under a week. 10 inch titanium tube with griffin mount. Fully welded stainless 11 baffle core. Weighs 20.6 oz with the paladin 2 port brake.

Also decided to splurge and upgrade from my bookbag with a coat in it to some dog gone good shooting bags. Talk about quality.

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Plan is to stretch its legs for the first time this weekend if the weather holds.
 

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Full disassembly and weight breakdown!

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Proof Sendero 24” .264 4 groove in 6.5 PRC w/ paladin 2 port brake(2.5oz) - 3lbs 0.5 ounces

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Mesa M5 DBM and hardware - 4.1 ounces

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Manners elite fill mcs-TA 2 flush cups 3 sling swivels - 2 lbs 13.9 ounces

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Curtis Custom Vector, TriggerTech special, Zeiss V4(21.5ounces) Seekins rings(4.0ounces)- 3lbs 0.7 ounces

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CC short action magnum bolt- 14 ounces


Vector action ~22.5 ounces
(This depends slightly on trigger weight, my only estimate)
Vector bolt -14 ounces
TT special -0.7 ounces (estimate)
Barrel -46 ounces
Paladin 2 port brake -2.5 ounces
M5dbm -4.1 ounces
Zeiss v4 -21.5 ounces
Seeking rings -4.0 ounces
Mcs-TA -45.9 ounces

Well... that was fun rifle legos. I know building this I constantly wondered what things weighed what so hopefully this helps someone out.
 

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Nice rig! I am headed down the same road with a TL3 and a switchlug. I think the Vector looks better but swappable bolt face has me on a TL3 still. Good luck and I am excited to see how well it tunes.
 

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Nice rig! I am headed down the same road with a TL3 and a switchlug. I think the Vector looks better but swappable bolt face has me on a TL3 still. Good luck and I am excited to see how well it tunes.
Thanks!

I had been planning on a Bighorn before deciding on the Curtis, those are great looking actions as well. The swappable faces is really convenient. Luckily while it is more expensive you can buy separate bolts for the Curtis actions. I was able to pick up a standard bolt a while ago and hope to eventually add a .223 bolt to this kit as well. It would be nice to have a trainer barrel that wasn’t a burner.
 

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