An American(mostly) 300M rifle.

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  1. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Sling & Irons! Silver $$ Contributor

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    So, I began the project of building a 300M International competition gun, about a year ago, intending to compete at the 300M National's this year in Minnesota @ Minneapolis Rifle Club.

    Realistically, I didn't want to pay the pricetag demanded of the Bleikers, Grunig & Elmigers, Hammerli's, or Tanners that (infrequently) pop-up for sale from time to time.

    I had decided on .260 Remington as the caliber choice - beating out 6.5x47 Lapua simply due to the cost/availability of brass. I made my first batch of brass by necking down some Federal .308, and it worked great.

    I had an older Savage M12 stagger feed action, that was originally a BVSS in 22-250. I contacted James @ Northland Shooter Supply, and he walked me through the game plan & equipment I needed: A Shilen Select Match 26" barrel, an NSS Stainless recoil lug and nut, a set of Forster headspace gauges, and the NSS action wrench.

    A few months later, I replaced the original Accu-trigger, with a Rifle Basix SAV-II trigger, and immediately wondered why I waited so long to do that - it's perfect for my application. The safety DOES NOT work - but, I don't need it for my application.

    Another member here sold me a BVSS stock that has been re-worked by Alex Sitman of Masterclass Stocks, and it served as a placeholder, until I could find a maker who could nearly replicate my Feinwerkbau 2700 Alu stock in my smallbore match gun.

    After scouring this forum, and multiple internet searches, I happened upon PDC Custom, in Michigan. I spoke with Craig Kierstadt a few times, before finally deciding to pull the proverbial trigger on his chassis. He happened to have a few of the older stagger feed action spacing chassis' left, and he machined an Anschutz rail into the fore end for my hand stop & sling, powder coated it black, and sent it to me sans a grip & butt plate (I had ones I was planning on using already). There are a few minor issues with it - overall, i would rate this a 9.5 out of a possible 10. The price, and the features built into it, plus the ease of which everything fit together, far outweigh any minor issues, and two of the issues I had, are already corrected with three pieces of teflon tape. I will need to make a walnut cheek piece - a curved one isn't conducive to aperture iron sight shooting.

    Today, it was a beautiful 75ยบ F here in Northern Virginia, with frequent switching winds, occasionally fishtailing from 5 to 11 o'clock.

    Here are the particulars:

    Savage M12 stagger feed action, 4.27" spacing
    Shilen Select Match Barrel, 26", chambered in .260 Remington Match
    Rifle Basix SAV-II Trigger
    PDC Custom Chassis, with tool-less adjustments
    Walnut Target grip for AR-15, off of eBay
    a MEC Spy Long rear sight (German)
    a Centra front sight tunnel & adjustable aperture (German)
    a MEC handstop/sling swivel (German)
    a MEC Contact III Butt plate (German)
    a Bobsled SLED for single loading as required by competition
    a Medesha sight extension tube & collar
    a Champion's Choice front sight base,
    a Champion's Choice mirage band.

    The practice load:

    .260 Remington Hornady brass
    Hornady 123 ELD-M
    CCI - BR2 primer
    H4831-SC @ 42.0

    The results:

    25 shot initial prone test today shows promise. There are 5 sighter shots, and 20 record shots. One of the 9's @ 9 o'clock is my first sighter, the other one I own. The high 9 @ 12 o'clock is a cheek pressure issue. The 8 out @ 4 o'clock was a round that was difficult to chamber - I should've ejected it, and tried another round, but things were going so well - oh well. my initial scoring puts me somewhere in the vicinity of 193 - 7x. My match load should shoot mildly better, I'll know more with a little practice.

    The target used is the NRA C2, "300M International Rifle Target, reduced for 200 yards". The 10 ring is 2.40", the "inner 10" (X ring) is 1.24".

    -tc
     

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  2. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Sling & Irons! Silver $$ Contributor

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    One more shot of the action/chassis - it locks up really tightly, and you can tell Craig spent some time on the CNC work need to make this all fit:
     

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  3. hpshooter

    hpshooter Gold $$ Contributor

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    Great looking and shooting rig. Like your approach on assembling components that are affordable and effective to reach your goal.

    Hope you do well!
     
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  4. Mikey_P

    Mikey_P sling shooter Gold $$ Contributor

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    Nice build - well done. Great that you could put together a rig that's at least similar to your FWB smallbore rifle. Looks like it has great potential too, based on your testing. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    Mike
     
  5. theallcineyes

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    Excellent Setup :cool:, Good luck your future endeavors.
     
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    Sharp! Looks like things have really come together for you, a testament to your persistence and hard work. Well done!
     
  7. marty dabney

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    good looking setup. I am planning a 300M build this fall. i'm assuming you know about Denise Loring's 300M reduced prone match held at Fairfax a few times a year?
     
  8. kvd

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    Fine looking rifle and good shooting the first time out. Nice job.
     
  9. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Sling & Irons! Silver $$ Contributor

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    Marty - I do know about it; I'm a member there, Denise is a friend of mine, and I've shot the match several times over the last three years that it's been held. Seitzland Rifle Club in New Freedom, PA. also holds a match twice yearly. With those two matches, that gives you a couple of practice runs before the big match.

    Thanks for all the positive comments from everyone - the amount of knowledge gained here on this forum has made this all a reality, instead of just a passing thought.

    -tc
     
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  10. davek

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    Nice job. hope to see you at Fairfax in the fall , try some varget at 36.1 with the 123,s, and good luck at 300m. Davek.
     
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  11. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Sling & Irons! Silver $$ Contributor

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    Davek - my match load uses Varget @ 37.9, and a Nosler 123; it was a recommendation by a gentleman with a lot of experience in 300M shooting.
     
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  13. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Sling & Irons! Silver $$ Contributor

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    Thanks Paul! Photos sent - I'll try and get the other one you asked for today.

    -tc
     
  14. Pres100

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    Great looking and performing rifle. Your going to love MRC - lots of great shooters there too!
     
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