Who put that together? Sub .25” groups with factory ammo, from a ”fairly new shooter” on a field bench table. Things are going well with this rifle. You should be thrilled. Obviously you are a good shot as well. No reason to second guess this build.
I only feel qualified to comment on one part of your build and that's the optic. I've been running the exact same Leupold on my 6.5x06 for a number of years now and I absolutely love it. I now have three VX-6HDs (one 3-18x and two 4-24x). I use my 6.5x06 almost exclusively for hunting (Tx whitetail and pigs) up to 300 yds and really like the custom dials you can get with these optics. That's my two cents worth...I recently just got my first custom rifle built around December of last year. I wanted to get some opinions on what everyone things or possibly would have done different. Looking at building another one later on this year, hopefully a little less weight as this one didn’t quite meet my target.
300 Win Mag
Defiance Deviant Hunter (LA)
Proof Research Barrel (26”)
McMillan Game Hunter Stock
Jewel Trigger (1.5lbs)
OEM Remington Bottom Metal
Leupold Mk. 4 Rings (Aluminum)
Leupold VX6HD 3-18x50 (Illuminated Firedot)
Weighs about 9.5lbs.
Gun has probably 60 rounds through it, as I have not had much time to take it out, and haven’t had the chance to shoot beyond 200 yards yet either.
Also, what’s your guys’ opinion about not having MOA marks on a Hunting Rifle? Questioned whether I should’ve went with the “TMOA” reticle instead.
And I live in VA, typically hunt whitetail and black bear, but built this to be able to do all, although turnedout a tad bit to front heavy for freehand shooting. What’s your limit for freehand as far as weight goes?
I will attach pictures of the rifle and a 100 yard grouping on 200gr Barnes Vortx Ammuntion.
Also note that I am a fairly new shooter.