Having a Rifle Made!

Discussion in 'Montana Hunting Lounge' started by fishingjoe, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    I finally decided to "pull the trigger" and have a rifle made. I'm right handed but have shot all my weapons left handed, due to left eye dominance. It has worked out but now I want one last rifle (maybe not the last) which I can hunt all big game with around here and is left handed. My decision was the Nosler 26. Like any rifle, some pros and cons. It burns barrels and powder like crazy but man, it is fast and fires a slippery bullet! I'll let you guys know how it turns out.

    Joe
     
  2. Very nice indeed, i never knew they built rifles until now.
    If it's anything like the ammo is should be perfect.

    I am off to the gun shop next week, i have a selection to try, but Blaser R8 is top of the list.

    Cheers

    Richard
     
  3. jbm

    jbm New Member

    if you are a long range hunter then yes a 26 nosler sounds good. if you keep your hunting shots at 600 yrds and less then you will see little pros of the 26 over many other calibers that will take any game animal in north america and do it with less powder less felt recoil and much cheaper to load for . the high BC bullets will do very little for [ shooting flat ] in that 600 yrd and under range.
     
  4. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    NICE
    I'm looking at a 6.5 /300 Weatherby mag
    We can be at the barrel shop together!!!!
     
  5. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    It actually carries more energy than my 180 gr. 300 WSM past 500 yards and is a much, much flatter shooting bullet. My understanding is they can be a little finicky to reload. The kick should be less than what the 300 dishes out as well. That 6.5 Weatherby is pretty similar I think. I certainly appreciate the comments. If I don't say anything after I get it, it probably means I wasted a lot of money! I'll have to look up a Blaser R8, I'm not familiar with that one.

    Joe
     
  6. jbm

    jbm New Member

    all those numbers always look good on paper . not sure how much energy is needed in the real world to take elk. i have taken a few with only 80-85 gr bullets and i am sure they have way less energy then all the self appointed elk experts will tell you is needed. shooting flat also sounds good but the fact is it is much better to know where your bullet is going to hit at a given range then how flat it shoots . i have shot many heads of game in the 500-600 yrd range with a 6.5 bullet in 130-140gr
    and can not even tell you what the energy of my loads have at that range but i can tell you where they hit .
    a good bullet for the job at the range you plan to use them is key not how much energy a book says it will have .

    what barrel and rate of twist you planning on ? what action you building on or are you planning on buying a nosler rifle already built in 26 nosler ?
    custom chamber set up to your specs ?

    my 6.5 was build 10-12 yrs ago using a rem action and a #2 shilen barrel with a 8 twist custom chamber with a .295 neck and my loaded brass has a .292 neck so this gives me 1 1/2 thousands clearance and using redding bushing dies i can control neck tension and brass last for yrs . i am only bushing the 140gr to 2950 fps
    and never ever thinking this was not FLAT enough
     
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  7. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    I just looked at the Baser R8 Professional. I think a 300 Win Mag is in your future! Nice looking rifle.
     
  8. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    Your arguments are certainly valid. I am starting from scratch and building the rifle I want, and I am choosing a similar caliber and bullet that you also like to shoot for good reasons. I have no left handed rifles in my gun safe. Why not build the one I like with the best performance?
     
  9. jbm

    jbm New Member

    similar in i have a 6.5 but using a tad less powder and way less felt recoil. it has taken a few yrs but i have learned that a big bang using a lb of powder and huge recoil does not kill elk any better then dead . dead is dead and i like hunting these days with a caliber that does the job and does not kill me doing it
     
  10. Ha, i have used a 300 win mag, and i like it, but my friend couldn't get the brass in the UK to reload his so sold it
     
  11. Great, i will ditch the 30-06 and bring my .243
     
  12. jbm

    jbm New Member

    you have seen first hand now richard and i bet you are every bit as good with that 6mm and you are with that 06
    but if you do get that new rifle i bet you bring that to see it take an elk :}
    my guide friend in romania also likes a 6.5 on all the reds roes and even brown bear there but his 6.5 is not some lazer
    its the good old 6.5x55 that has taken anything on this 3rd rock from the sun
     
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  13. Of course you are correct JBM.
     
  14. jbm

    jbm New Member

    sighted in for 240 yrds i hope lol
     
  15. Of course!
     
  16. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    So it begins...270 Win, Rem 700 ADL, LH.

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  17. jbm

    jbm New Member

    they list the 26 nosler will work in a standard 06 length action but with some of the heavier and longer 6.5 bullets we have for hunting and target shooting will they really still fit the magazine when seated out ? this got me thinking so i did a little measuring .

    26 nosler
    case 2.620'
    140 gr AMAX [ target bullet ] is my 6.5 seat out light kiss on lands 1.090
    not knowing what your chamber will have for a throat i will just add these 2 for a total over all length of your 26 at 3.710"
    my 06 length magazine will take loaded rounds with a total length of 3.680"

    so it will be close but if you are having a custom chamber cut you can match your chamber to a dummy rounds loaded with your bullet you plan to use
    if your gunsmith cuts your chamber to SAAMI specs and you end up needing to seat your bullets deeper to fit your magazine this could
    leave them with a pretty big jump to the lands .
     
  18. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    The only thing I'm keeping on this rifle is the action. So yes, I will have a "custom" chamber. It was cheaper to buy a new rifle than to search for a more expensive left handed new or used action. Anyone need a spare, never fired barrel? How about a left handed stock?
     
  19. jbm

    jbm New Member

    yes i understand you are having a barrel put on and it will be chambered in 26 nosler but that in its self does mean it will have a custom chamber.
    a stock chamber will be cut to SAAMI spec a custom chamber can be cut with a tighter neck or longer or shorter throat . this is what a custom chamber is
    it sounds like you are having a SAAMI spec standard chamber cut in yours not a custom chamber
    in most cases a custom chamber will be cut to match your dummy rounds and specs in the neck and throat area which can aid in getting even better group size from your rifle.
    are you having the action blue printed ?
    saco extractor ?
    bolt face ?
    are you hand loading for this or just shooting what they sell off the shelf ?
     
  20. fishingjoe

    fishingjoe New Member

    As far as custom chambering, I don't know. Blue printed? Yes. Sako extractor? Yes. Bolt face? Not sure what you're asking here. Hand loads? Yes. I most likely will fit it with a Brux barrel. The gunsmith (John McLaughlin) has made a few of these and has been getting 2.5 inch groups at 600 yds. I would have preferred a BDL model but I couldn't find a reasonable one. Any feedback on Nightforce scopes, besides the high price? What about rebuilding the bolt handle? I don't really like how Rems have it so close to the scope in the open position. I guess I can get used to it.
     

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