Picked up my first of two rifles I have ordered from James at the weekend and it is spot on.
I had a rough idea what I was after and the more important part a budget! People on here recommended I spoke to James after I put up my request for a good reliable gun smith and could do it within my budget. Allot of people thought the budget was far too low but James was confident and he delivered! The gun came in on budget and his advice was invaluable, along with everyone who recommended him, so thank you for that.
So the rifles, this is the first of 2 he is building me, the second is nearly finished but I needed the 223 quicker than the 7mm-08 so I picked it up early. I kept the specs pretty similar between the 2 so that I can switch between them with very little learning.
Both are set in AICS chassis, Bergara button barrels in Varmint profile (possibly heavier) with rifle basix triggers. Each with a different colour treatment of Cerakote.
Zero'd the rifle in at the weekend which took 8 shots to get it spot on at 100 yards, should have been less but that was my fault.
I then proceeded to fire 3 shots to check the grouping. I hadn't had the time to do any loads up yet for it, so I used some factory Hornady ammo I had lying around with 40gr heads, a bit light but I thought it would be fine to zero with. I hadn't sorted my bipod mount out yet either so ended up just shooting it off the bonnet of the truck on a bag I had in the back. Considering all of that and the barrel not even settled in yet I am very happy with the results!
A big thanks to James for an awesome rifle and the great price, can't wait to pick up it's big brother.
I haven't had a chance to take any decent pictures that do the gun justice really but these give you an idea.