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Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« on: December 21, 2017, 12:53:39 AM »
I got bit by the AR build bug, I have a couple in the works now, 1 is a Gas Piston 7.5" side charging pistol and the other is going to be a 16" fighting gun
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 06:53:17 AM »
Working up a load for a suppressed 22-250.  Wayyyy to many coyotes in the Methow.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 07:35:24 AM »
Working on getting together good yote hunting gear. Just picked up a Rock River predator pursuit 20" ar15,  next is a ecaller and a couple hand calls. Then put some time in the woods down around the oly area for a some dogs this winter, or at least till bear season.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2017, 07:45:07 AM »
I started reloading for the first time in years.   It felt good.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2017, 07:54:57 AM »
I have been bit by the Backcountry bug. Now I find myself looking for all the light weight yet quality gear. This year I scrounged up enough gear from buddies to go on the high hunt. I would like to go in about 20lbs lighter on the pack this year. Been learning lots and I'm super excited for next year.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2017, 11:13:00 AM »
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 11:29:04 AM »
I went from having zero Remington 700's to 3 in the course of less than a year. Now I've been hitting the googler trying to come up with some ideas to do something fun with one of them. Currently it's a VTR in .308

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 11:36:58 AM »
Just bought another CZ 527 Varmint but this time in 17 Rem so I'll be playing with that. 

Have a 20-250 build that is going together to shoot the 55gr Bergers but it won't be done till shortly after the first of the year.

I'm picking up my 6.5-284 from Defensive Edge tomorrow that I had Shawn do his +P throat design on so I'll be playing with that soon and seeing what kind of increased fps I can get out of it and still make it shoot 1/2 MOA or better.  A legitimate 3200fps w/140's out of a 26in barrel, without redlining it, would be pretty cool.

I have a Rem 700 SA and LA, both already blueprinted, ready to go into builds but I'm a bit indecisive at the moment and I don't really have anything that is pulling me one way or the other.  With the SA I'm kinda maybe thinking a lighter weight build with a Hardy CF wrapped barrel in 6.5 something or other.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2017, 11:52:19 AM »
trying to come up with some ideas to do something fun with one of them.

I kinda have the same problem myself.  If you were to ask my wife, she'd say the problem was, oh wait, I never ask her anyway so who cares what she says.  :chuckle:

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2017, 12:23:31 PM »
Juat ordered a bunch of parts for my new rifle build.  Goal for this gun is an accurate,  easy to handle trainer that my kids can also handle and shoot.  After much internal struggle I settled on the .243 mainly because I already have good brass, dies, and lots of lead for it already.  Mike at Hells Canyon Armory is slapping it together for me.  Tikka action, one of his amazing carbon barrels, McMillan Gamescout stock.  Somewhat undecided on finished barrel length.  Would be a great rifle for a suppressor especially since the kiddos are gonna be cutting their teeth on it.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2017, 12:32:27 PM »
Would be a great rifle for a suppressor

I'm of the opinion they, ALL, are great rifles for a suppressor.  :tup:

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2017, 12:53:18 PM »
Would be a great rifle for a suppressor

I'm of the opinion they, ALL, are great rifles for a suppressor.  :tup:
  valid point :chuckle:  problem is my brain and my wallet have vastly different opinions on that :'(
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2017, 01:49:56 PM »
I started reloading for the first time in years.   It felt good.

Reloading is like therapy, first thing Iím going to do is get a kinda truck gun /brush gun. Right now all I have are long range setups that are a pain to tote around in the blacktail  woods and bear woods. Then Iím going to start buying parts for a new build for backpacking, maybe it will be put together next year maybe not.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2017, 01:54:48 PM »
Tweaking 338 lapua loads, want to get consistant 1Ē groups at 300. 

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2017, 04:01:20 PM »
I just finished assembling a Savage 12 in 223 varmint contour riding in a MDT chassis system. I'll post up some pics once I get it out to the range for some load work.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2017, 04:07:17 PM »
I just started cleaning up my reloading bench after 10 or so years of neglect. Going to start loading again, I have missed it. I also am trying out something new for next season.  I had never used a bipod but I just put one on my .243.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2017, 04:16:53 PM »
I've been having a mental debate about some firearm project or reloading more, but have decided to spend more time with the longbow this year. No category for that in the poll.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2017, 04:19:00 PM »
Juat ordered a bunch of parts for my new rifle build.  Goal for this gun is an accurate,  easy to handle trainer that my kids can also handle and shoot.  After much internal struggle I settled on the .243 mainly because I already have good brass, dies, and lots of lead for it already.  Mike at Hells Canyon Armory is slapping it together for me.  Tikka action, one of his amazing carbon barrels, McMillan Gamescout stock.  Somewhat undecided on finished barrel length.  Would be a great rifle for a suppressor especially since the kiddos are gonna be cutting their teeth on it.

Karl - what twist did you go with? It's been bothering me that I don't have a 6mm in the safe right now and I'm debating on a 243 vs 6x47 vs 6CM in a fast twist for my next project.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2017, 04:32:59 PM »
Kicking around the idea of picking up a Proof Research AR10 carbon fiber 6.5 Creedmoor barrel and if I do.

20", 22" or 24"?? :beatdeadhorse:
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2017, 04:34:32 PM »
Grabbed two of the Savage 12FV's during the Cabela's sale.  Been researching optics and stock/bottom metal options. 

Current funds have been going towards gathering reloading equipment here and there so I can play with load develpoment for them.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2017, 04:38:32 PM »
Changing my Remington 700 in 338 Win. Mag. from ADL style to BDL. I've got a laminated wood stock with aluminum bedding block, BDL style trigger guard/floor plate, and other necessary parts to do the conversion. Just gotta find time now to get it done. Probably won't be until after duck season is over.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2017, 04:44:50 PM »
Got all my parts sent off to https://www.wheeleraccuracy.com/ a few weeks back for the Defiance ultralight action I bought from Alex gonna build a some what light weight 6.5 creed hoping it would weigh under ten pounds scoped. lugging around 15 pound rifles is starting to weigh me down. I took a pretty bad fall coming up a ridge in some snow during the late season low crawling up on an injured foot then having to use the rifle as a crutch the rest of the way back to the truck was not fun. Should be  8 - 10 weeks for it to be done.

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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2017, 04:58:50 PM »
Juat ordered a bunch of parts for my new rifle build.  Goal for this gun is an accurate,  easy to handle trainer that my kids can also handle and shoot.  After much internal struggle I settled on the .243 mainly because I already have good brass, dies, and lots of lead for it already.  Mike at Hells Canyon Armory is slapping it together for me.  Tikka action, one of his amazing carbon barrels, McMillan Gamescout stock.  Somewhat undecided on finished barrel length.  Would be a great rifle for a suppressor especially since the kiddos are gonna be cutting their teeth on it.

Karl - what twist did you go with? It's been bothering me that I don't have a 6mm in the safe right now and I'm debating on a 243 vs 6x47 vs 6CM in a fast twist for my next project.
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If it wasn't for the massive amounts of quality components I have for the .243 I would have probably gone 6 CM
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2017, 05:09:06 PM »
Been doing some load development with my 284 Shehane that's been giving me some problems I had to send it to Jim Borden @ https://bordenrifles.com/ turns out he had to make me a new cocking piece to time my Timney 2 stage trigger to the action. then I switched brass from Norma 284 win to Lapua 6.5-284 necked up then turned the necks to give me 4.5 thousands clearance. fire formed 50 pieces then went out to do a ladder test @ 500 yards.

Loaded up the middle of # 4,5 and 6  with 52.2 grains of RL26 and a 180 Berger 10 thou off the lands and shot it out to 600 yards at Tacoma sportsman's club Christmas shoot it did good. now I need to do a seating depth test . I think this group would be much tighter if it was shot on a more stable bench they have to much movement to them.
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Re: Whats everyone tinkering with these days?
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2017, 05:39:58 PM »
After swearing off ARs after getting out of the military... Carpsniper caught me hook line and sinker with a beautiful 6.5grendal. Now I'm just trying to find a way to apologise to the wife  :chuckle:
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