I wanted a 7mm Rem Mag. Finding one off the shelf that was either in stock or suiting my requirements was not an easy task. Sako and Tikka the lead time is 6 months plus! A mate was let down by GMK, he had ordered a 375 H&H Sako 85 and patiently waited 6 months for it to be delivered to his RFD. When he chased them up he was told he would need to wait a further 6 months!! Sod that he thought and bought a mint 2nd hand one. Blaser and Sauer was also an option, but way more expensive and not really what I wanted.
I contacted a few people about 2nd hand 7mm Rem Mags they had for sale, but I really wanted something that was new and that I knew 100% the history of the barrel. Some suggestions were made that I contact James at Jager Sporting Arms. I looked up some reviews and they all were very positive.
Fortunately James had a Remington 700 magnum action. I am quite a fan of the Remington actions due to the many many aftermarket parts available. A very reasonable deal was worked out for the work to be done. I supplied the stock for the build. James did everything else. I paid my deposit for the barrel, which was a Bergara barrel, I also heard good reports of Bergara. I was told the time I would expect to wait would be approximately 6 months. As James needed to get the reamer he was in the lap of the gods as to when the reamer would be delivered.
I got the call from James to tell me it had been proofed and what colour would I like it cerakoted. Like a kid waiting for Christmas, the day could not come around quick enough!! The day we agreed I was flying back to Heathrow from Chicago and was taking the rest of the day off work due to losing a nights sleep!! So I made my way round the M25 to pick the rifle up. It looked amazing and if it shot as well as it looked I would be a happy man.
The next day I was able to make some test loads. I am using N-165 and 160 grain Nosler Accubonds. I did 6 different loads. The best load was 61 grains of N-165. The bullet is seated 20 thou off the lands. The 3 shot group measured just less than Ĺ inch. A sub 0.5 MOA rifle!!
I will get some photos of the actual rifle with the scope mounted, I would do it right now but it is currently sat on my cleaning station with forrest foam doing its magic.
I would definitely recommend Jamesís work to anyone considering a custom rifle, re-barreling or any other rifle smithing work.
I will also be getting some of my rather tired rifles and shotguns cerakoted when the time allows!!
Well done James, keep up the good work.