F-Class Rifle Build — Please Help!

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  1. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    I’m new. Really new to F-Class Open. I’m asking for your help.

    I want to build the following:

    .284, Cerus stock, BAT Action, Brux barrel, Jewel trigger.

    What I need help with; which BAT action, M or 3LL? What length barrel? What twist? Barrel taper and or fluting?

    I’m certain these questions are rudimentary... I really appreciate your help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. B Nettesheim

    B Nettesheim Silver $$ Contributor

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    Bat M
    30”-32”
    8.5 or 9 twist
    Personally I would skip the fluting
    You can taper it if you want otherwise 1.250 straight would work fine
    Good luck we look forward to helping you out
     
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  3. Damfino

    Damfino Gold $$ Contributor

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    Good advice/suggestions.
     
  4. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    Thanks a ton... I really appreciate the advice!
     
  5. Medic505

    Medic505 Dean Wheeler Gold $$ Contributor

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    You've got 22 pounds to play with in Open Class. Plus a 75 pound rest to lug around...
     
  6. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    I have another question... stainless steel or chromoly? Thanks
     
  7. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    That’s how I hope to get my exercise... LOL! Thanks!
     
  8. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    In all seriousness; that’s why I ask about barrel length as I’m concerned about making weight.
     
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  9. Ned Ludd

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    In .284 Win, many F-Open shooters are using a 32" (finished length) barrel in 1.25" straight contour. Going with a 32" barrel will allow you to hit the 2800 - 2820 fps range with 180 Hybrids at a little lower pressure than a 30" barrel, which will be easier on brass. You shouldn't have issues making weight with those components. However, work with your chosen gunsmith; make sure he/she knows the weight limit and that you need to end up slightly under (i.e. at least a couple ounces headroom). That may also require you to obtain weights for other components yourself, primarily the scope/rings you intend to use, or any other attachments such as a bubble level, so that your smith can add them to the total weight.
     
  10. mgunderson

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    My sling, jacket, and iron sights are easier to transport than a 75 lb front rest. Just a subtle suggestion. ;););)

    And the target rings are bigger too!
     
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  11. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    Outstanding detail Mr Ludd. Thanks for the information and for taking the time!
     
  12. jeguia

    jeguia Silver $$ Contributor

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    That’s funny... problem is my old eyes can’t handle that type of shooting any longer.
     
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  13. Zilla

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    I use a BAT B and a BAT MB with 32" 1.25 straight barrel.
     
  14. vahena

    vahena Bob Schultz Gold $$ Contributor

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    A 32" barrel with a 1.25" straight may be alittle front heaver in a cerus stock. You need to balance the rifle out, my suggestion is to get a Speedy G. taper on the barrel and forget the fluting, barrels are a throw away item. A Bat action or Borden are good choices and you only need a Bat M for F- class. I have 2- 284 shehane's with the Cerus stocks and speedy contours with tuners and Rad 2 recoil butts and the tracking is spot on when you push the rifle forward, that is what you should be looking at..
    I am not an expert by any means, JMHO Good luck.
     
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  15. Forum Boss

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    I would agree with doing a barrel taper. I have no scientific proof, but I think the taper may affect the harmonics in a positive way. I say this only because I could never get a straight-contour barrel to shoot as well as one that is 0.90- 1.00 at the muzzle. YMMV. Your other component choices are very good but also consider a Borden action. I personally like the .284 improveds, but major F-Open titles have been won with the straight .284 Win.
     
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  16. jamesh

    jamesh Gold $$ Contributor

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    This has been my thought too on the tapered barrels. However some people like David Gosnell can make the straight cylinder barrels shoot rather well.
     
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  17. mgunderson

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    My eyes don't handle the irons well either, but my back would not like the front rest. A no win situation!
     
  18. Medic505

    Medic505 Dean Wheeler Gold $$ Contributor

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    My bipod weighs 1.18 pounds. Total package 17.85. Easy peasy...
     
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    Yea but your sling will cut off circulation and cause much damage to your arm.
     
  20. BP1

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    Is that 85oz or 8.5?:D
     

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