New member, new project.

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by joepa2k3, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. joepa2k3

    joepa2k3 Member

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    I've been lurking for quite some time, but figured since I bought the first part of my build today, I might as well sign up.

    I've been hunting for 16 years, shooting longer than that. I'm mainly a bowhunter, but found great enjoyment in shooting deer at long range with a friend before he passed away at too young of an age. He used a completely custom 6mm bench rifle which I took multiple deer with when I was younger.

    I've lost interest in shooting whitetail with a sporter rifle after taking bucks pretty consistently with a bow over the last 7 years or so. The challenge just isnt there for me, which I why I want to get back into long range.

    With that said, I've decided to build a gun based off of a Stevens 200 action in 7mm-08. Not the most common caliber, but my dad reloads this caliber and I've shot it for years in my sporter. Ballistics with a 162 amax appear more than adequate to take whitetail out to 700 yards or so. I considered a big magnum, but cost, barrel life, and overall shootability (recoil) turned me away from it.

    I picked up a NIB Stevens 200 in .243 today for $285 OTD. Plans are a Shilen barrel and Boyds thumbhole stock, as well as an upgraded trigger. Going to span this build out over the winter/spring with hopes to be shooting it by early summer.

    I'll start a build thread once I begin acquiring more parts.
     
  2. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to LRH and good luck on your build.
     
  3. old seadog

    old seadog Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum and keep us updated on your build.
     
  4. joepa2k3

    joepa2k3 Member

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    Will do.

    I am really excited to get into/back into the sport.

    Hoping to order barrel/stock/trigger in january and start the build.
     
  5. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Welcome, I'm in blair county!
     
  6. Garyshome

    Garyshome Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Range!