Shilen drop in from midway

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  1. Andy grubb

    Andy grubb Active Member

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    Creating this for anyone who is considering one of these. I recently built a Savage using a drop in shilen match barrel from midway. I built mine in 260 rem. 26 inch varmit contour. Dropped this into a choate stock. Factory recoil lug. Set headspace finger tight against go guage. Barrel nut torqued to 40 ft lbl. I did not bed the stock on this one. Using 2 loads and at the first day at the range after a short break in this rig was shooting in the .2s with 2 loads.
    1: 142 matchking 48 grs 4831sc .002 off lands fed 210 gm primer. No pressure signs 2980 over magnetospeed.
    2: 140 eldm 46 grs 4831sc .015 off lands fed 210 gm primer. No pressure signs 2930 over magnetospeed.
    Both loads using neck turned new nosler brass. barrel had almost no copper build up after firing 50 rds on this day. Cleaned very easy and bore appears very smooth. I do not have a bore scope so no close up but has had pretty much zero copper fouling every time I hit the range and has performed sub 1/2 moa to 300. Haven't got a chance to go farther with it yet.
     
  2. Sevy

    Sevy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the review and info. I have been kicking around a similar setup with that barrel and can't decide what to do. This may help me make a future decision.
     
  3. martinakl

    martinakl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Thanks. Very timely for me. I'm in the process of putting together my first savage. I've been looking at the Shilen drop-ins at midway.
     
  4. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Get your prefits from Northland. He sells the Shilen Select Match for $10 cheaper that the regular Shilen Match barrels from Midway.
     
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  5. Andy grubb

    Andy grubb Active Member

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    I agree that Northland is a better price than midway. I didn't discover that until I already purchased my barrel. Does anyone know if they carry in stock or will you have to wait for machining? I will be buying from Northland on my next build
     
  6. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    Stole the words right out of my mouth.
     
  7. Timnterra

    Timnterra Well-Known Member

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    Nicely done, that is some impressive velocity out of a standard 260.
     
  8. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    He does stock some of the most common calibers, chambers, and contours.

    He'll also order in anything you want if you'd wait for the machining.
     
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