Latest Update (01/18/06)
Well, I conducted the survey, which the results can be seen here,
and now I feel it is time to act on the results of the survey. So what I have decided to do is
build a prototype rifle, and if the prototype is successful, then I might be interested in
producing the rifles to sale. Why am I doing this? To be honest, I'm doing it for fun.
I do NOT expect to make much money, the mark up will be low to try and keep them affordable
and hit the gap I am trying to fill. If I cannot obtain the performance and cost I am
striving for, then I will not continue beyond the prototype rifle, and hey, I've had fun
building a rifle, gained some experience, and have added ANOTHER rifle to the collection.
I'll be keeping this page up to date on the status of the project, so stay tuned....
In my survey, I asked 3 yes/no questions about various rifle designs to see what type of
interest was there for my 3 designs. The middle of the road rifle design at $1550 generated
the most interest. But there were some other surprising results in the other questions I
asked that will cause me to alter a few things on the orginal design.
Action: Without a doubt, the action will be a Remington 700 BDL action. While there never was a
question wether it would be remington, there was a question wether I would make it a
ADL vs. a BDL action. The ADL's are a lot cheaper, but there is no hinged floor plate,
and I feel there is enough benefits to the hinged floorplate to warrent spending the
extra money. The action will be squared, and the bolt will be lapped. The trigger will
be standard remington, adjusted to 3 lbs (A waver will need to be signed by purchasers).
Caliber: I think I am going to start with the standard .308. The reason is so I
can benchmark the rifles performance based off of the standard in tactical shooting ammo. The
Federal Gold Medal Match .308 (I'll use the 175gr). This will be the benchmark rifle, and
if I get the performance I need (.5 MOA) with this factory ammo, then I'll be good. The survey
showed a surprising interest in the .30-06 (and in the 7mm Rem Mag, but I knew there
was interest in 7mm). Of my "alternate" calibers in the survey, the .30-06 lead in the
amount of interest. If the rifles make it to production, I plan to build rifles in the two
standard calibers (.308 and .300 Win Mag) and the 4 alternate calibers I listed (.243,
6.5x55 Swedish, .30-06, and 7mm Rem Mag). I personally like the 6.5x55 Swedish enough to
produce it, even though there is very little interest. There is Federal Gold Medal Match
rounds loaded in .300, 6.5x55, and .30-06, so if I get a weird itch, I might make the
prototype in one of those calibers.... we'll have to see. UPDATE
The prototype will be .300 Winchester Magnum.
Barrel: The barrel will be a light target contour (#6) 26" long. I orginally had plans
for a 24" barrel, as this is my preferred length, but the survey results show a stronger
interest in 26" length. The #6 target contour is .750" at the muzzle, which is about where
I want to be. I also thought of a #7, but I don't see enough benefits to warrent the extra
1 lb of weight. I'll probably offer a #8 as an option. The barrels will be Chrome Moly, and
made by a local company which does OUTSTANDING work. There didn't seem to be enough interest
in Stainless Steel barrels to warrent the extra cost. I would like to use HS Precision
barrels, but there would be no way to hit the target price range using an HS, they are
great barrels, but spendy also.
Stock: A McMillan Winchester Marksman stock was my choice for this rifle. There was a
reason why this contour of stock was so popular with the pre-64 winchesters. Its a great
stock, and very comfortable, as it was designed specifically for high power competition
shooting. The stock will be available in any of the standard camoflage patterns from McMillan,
and will have texturing on the pistol grip and forend. It'll have a recoil pad, two swivel
studs, and the mounting post for the versa-pod bi-pod (which will be included with the rifle
if they make it to production). The prototype will have the desert camo. The action will be
glass bedded in the stock. Pictures below:
This is the McMillan Winchester Marksman Stock
This is the camoflage finish of the prototype rifle
Here is the McMillan Versa-pod that will be standard equipment with this rifle
Project Status: The limitations for the life of the project
is going to be funding, as I'm not as rich as I would like. So if any of you charitable
types out there are willing to donate funds to a worthy cause... feel free to
click on the donation box below.
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