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#1 Dhob

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Posted April 01 2017 - 05:33 PM

I did a complete build thread with many pics as I was doing it on a Savage Forum. It really came along exactly as I wanted. Just as I had pictured beforehand. Started with a Savage model 10 Accutrigger. Stripped to bare action and replaced the stock barrel with a Shilen 26" varmint contour in 260 Remington. Wrapped it in an MDT TAC21 chassis. The stock is a Firebird Precision Tac-12 bench rest, in billet aluminum. Scope is an SWFA SS 16x42 held by an American Defense Recon-1 scope mount.

Fun build, and I love everything about this rifle! Looking into getting it on one of the 1000yd ranges in west Pa. Or might just have to wait until I visit my friend where I used to live in Tucson Az. That's when my back yard was basically a LONG range. Miss those days!

Anyway, here it is. Let me know what you think. When i finished this, every gun I own, I BUILT!

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#2 TheKnot

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Posted April 01 2017 - 10:08 PM

That is one nice build 



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Posted April 01 2017 - 10:20 PM

Look sweet. 260 Remington that seem to be becomeing a popular round lately. Seen a few rifle chamber in it.

Best of luck with it.



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Posted April 02 2017 - 12:12 AM

Very nice!



#5 Phoenix69

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Posted April 02 2017 - 05:17 AM

Nice

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Posted April 02 2017 - 10:01 AM

I have the same scope and absolutely love it.
It was the scope that showed me you get what you pay for in optics.
Nice build

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Posted April 02 2017 - 02:32 PM

I have the same scope and absolutely love it.
It was the scope that showed me you get what you pay for in optics.
Nice build



Considering it's features, clarity and brightness, let alone toughness, you would be hard pressed to find a better dollar for dollar option, even up to $500. For $300 it's difficult to do better. I am looking at the Athlon scopes right now, the Midas BTR 4.5-27x50. It MAY be a better option dollar for dollar at just under $600. But won't know until I take the plunge. Next time I have $600 I don't need, LOL!

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Posted April 02 2017 - 09:45 PM

If your looking into long range precision shooting.  Talk to Pual at campsite he runs a training company along with this guy Jackson called Ghost took there 101 class last summer and was well worth the money for two days. 



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Posted April 02 2017 - 09:49 PM

That range in west PA is probably mifflin sportsman club made a trip out there last month great club if you have any questions pm me.

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Posted April 02 2017 - 10:05 PM

That Midas scope your talking about stay away from your better buying a fixed power swfa scope for 300 the build quality is far superior and meet us mill specs there also have a us navy contract and have used the 10x version on 50bmg many time works just fine for that application.  A variable power scope that goes from 4.5-27x should be in the $2000 plus price not sub $600 thats not coming from a scope stub I love me a deal.  I would look into I.O.R Valdada U.S optics SmitBender NightForce or higher end Vortex if your looking at ultra long range scopes for 1760 yard Plus shooting.  My dad uses a U.S optics 10x first focal mil mil scope and shoots out to 1000 plus yards with a 20inch 308 and has no problem.  It's all about optical clarity and tracking at the end of the day not how much magnification you r running.  I was a Valdada first focal 3.5-18x and use it between 12x-16x and have no desire for more unless pushing 338lapua 7mm-300wm to the limits.



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Posted April 02 2017 - 10:07 PM

if your going cheap go SWFA or Vortex PST in first focal matching MIL/MIL or MOA/MOA



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Posted April 03 2017 - 10:42 AM

if your going cheap go SWFA or Vortex PST in first focal matching MIL/MIL or MOA/MOA

 

I guess cheap is relative.   $800 for a vortex pst high variable power scope isn't really "cheap".   



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Posted April 04 2017 - 01:01 PM

I agree with you. $800 us A LOT of money to me. But in the optics world, $800 is nothing! There are many professionals who say that anything under $1000 is all the same! To a point, they are correct. What sets truly top end scopes apart is the use of ED glass. No, not "HD"! HD, or "High Definition", is a marketing ploy. ED stands for Extra Low Dispersion, and is the reason for top dollar scopes. All scopes that do not use ED glass rely on glass coatings for better light transmission & clarity. Because of this, two scopes using standard glass, one costing $500 & the other $1000, are actually going to be very similar in clarity and light transmission. I can not afford a scope with ED glass, but I also do not agree that a clear 10x is all you need to engage targets at a "Kajillian" yards away. My eye(because I only have one) is not all that good. I can engage targets further with a 20x than a 10x, even if the 20x is not as clear. Again, I'm not talking about ED glass, as it's out of my price range. The other thing is, I don't have to be able to read the brand logo on a target's shirt, to be able to hit the shape! My top pic in a scope in my price range(well, almost) is actually the SWFA 5-20x50 HD. It's a pretty clear scope, with the features and reticle I want. Sure, a $3000 scope sure is nice to look through. But it's not going to give you magic skills, and I would just NEVER spend that much on a scope!

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Posted April 04 2017 - 01:33 PM

$800 isn't that bad for a scope. I think I paid $650 for my Nikon . No bipod though?



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Posted April 04 2017 - 01:57 PM

I agree with you. $800 us A LOT of money to me. But in the optics world, $800 is nothing! There are many professionals who say that anything under $1000 is all the same! To a point, they are correct. What sets truly top end scopes apart is the use of ED glass. No, not "HD"! HD, or "High Definition", is a marketing ploy. ED stands for Extra Low Dispersion, and is the reason for top dollar scopes. All scopes that do not use ED glass rely on glass coatings for better light transmission & clarity. Because of this, two scopes using standard glass, one costing $500 & the other $1000, are actually going to be very similar in clarity and light transmission. I can not afford a scope with ED glass, but I also do not agree that a clear 10x is all you need to engage targets at a "Kajillian" yards away. My eye(because I only have one) is not all that good. I can engage targets further with a 20x than a 10x, even if the 20x is not as clear. Again, I'm not talking about ED glass, as it's out of my price range. The other thing is, I don't have to be able to read the brand logo on a target's shirt, to be able to hit the shape! My top pic in a scope in my price range(well, almost) is actually the SWFA 5-20x50 HD. It's a pretty clear scope, with the features and reticle I want. Sure, a $3000 scope sure is nice to look through. But it's not going to give you magic skills, and I would just NEVER spend that much on a scope!

 

If I were a marine corp sniper being sent to some sh!thole in Afghanistan to provide overwatch or to take out some Taliban leaders, money should be no object since that glass is life and death.   For most of us, however, we stuck shooting on long island most of the time where the longest we can shoot is 200 or maybe 300 yards if we're lucky.   If you're a hunter, you'll probably do well with a good quality 3-9x40 scope (and you can find plenty of good ones under $300), since you are not going to get many clean shots at whitetail in upstate NY that are over 75 yards anyway.  With those unfortunately limitations, is there a need for high end, high mag glass???   Don't get me wrong, if a guy has the money to burn, go for it! 


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Posted April 04 2017 - 03:15 PM

I looked up mine, $360 It's an ole Buckmaster 3-18 x40 - works fine for our ranges here on LI.

 

But man would I love a rifle like the OP has for something really far away. I love sniping, just hitting that target so far away is an awesome feeling.



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Posted April 04 2017 - 03:39 PM

I looked up mine, $360 It's an ole Buckmaster 3-18 x40 - works fine for our ranges here on LI.
 
But man would I love a rifle like the OP has for something really far away. I love sniping, just hitting that target so far away is an awesome feeling.



Vycor, you would be surprised at the cost of this rifle. I am an incredibly wary, & frugal shopper. I also have deliberate patience. Because I build my own firearms, I can take my time acquiring the parts needed. It cost me approx. $1400 for everything. Again, that's A LOT of money to me. But when saved for, and parts ordered over a period of time, it's much easier to absorb.

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Posted December 28 2019 - 03:26 PM

If I were a marine corp sniper being sent to some sh!thole in Afghanistan to provide overwatch or to take out some Taliban leaders, money should be no object since that glass is life and death. For most of us, however, we stuck shooting on long island most of the time where the longest we can shoot is 200 or maybe 300 yards if we're lucky. If you're a hunter, you'll probably do well with a good quality 3-9x40 scope (and you can find plenty of good ones under $300), since you are not going to get many clean shots at whitetail in upstate NY that are over 75 yards anyway. With those unfortunately limitations, is there a need for high end, high mag glass??? Don't get me wrong, if a guy has the money to burn, go for it!


Exactly. I actually purchased a $1700 scope with LOW glass from Japan to see what I was missing. I compared it to an Athlon Midas TAC and an Athlon Ares BTR. Yes, the $1700 scope was a bit clearer, but not by a wide margin. I returned it and bought a Chinese Vector Optics scope, which uses Schott glass from Germany. It cost me $360, and has better glass than the Sightmark Pinnacle.
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Posted June 20 2020 - 10:12 PM

Hello all. I’ve been gone for some time, but decided to check back in. I actually modified my bench gun a bit. I ended up selling the SWFA and getting the Athlon Midas BTR 4.4-27x50, addenda sunshade & flip up caps. I found this for an incredible deal in 2018...$349 shipped, Brand New! I could not pass on that. And I’m so happy I got it. This scope is really, really nice. I absolutely love it. I believe dollar for dollar, this was very hard to beat. I redid the Accutrigger, made it a full custom trigger job. I machined a brand new adjustable buttstock stock, using only the buffer tube & down leg from the original. I fit a new PTG bolt head, and made my own Bolt Lift Kit, using a Titanium, Tungsten Carbide & a Silicone Nitride 4mm bearing ball.
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And a closeup showing my custom machine work of the stock.
I had to shorten the tube and machine this new shouldered attachment point.
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Here is the rough cutout if the carrier plate. Machined from 1/4” 2024-T3 billet. And also the adjustable down leg shoulder surface. It is slotted in order to can’t for adjustment. This was 1/2” 6061-T6 billet.
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And the final buttstock. The cheek rest is molded Kydex on aluminum spacers.
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Doing the Accutrigger modification consisted of stoning the trigger & sear contact surfaces to perfect parallel alignment and brilliant polish. Adding .015” brass shims to retention pin to take up side to side slack & installing a completely custom spring and overtravel stop. This is my own design.
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Posted June 22 2020 - 07:45 AM

Unless you are content with a 12 lb rifle with a bull barrel, I don't see how it pays to invest in all this accurizing, when a $300 Thompson Compass gives 1 MOA out of the box.

 

The variation you get with warm/cold and fouled/clean barrel is way more than what you can gain with accurizing.

 

Very, very burdensome to get to one-shot-one-kill at 1,000 yds.  There's a reason the Army is paying $18K for the MRAD sniper rifle.






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