My friend was due a new meat getter. He was interested in a reliable, light weight, quick handling, weatherproof, accurate and flat shooting rifle.
Decision was made to have Roedale Precision in Germany build the rifle, he advised to go for a howa action and use a not too light weight fluted barrel. If weight is an issue "rather chop an inch or two off the barrel instead of going thinner" I think is what Pete mentioned. We chose to use a Lothar Walther fluted heavy magnum profile match barrel in 270WSM at 22" length. To shave a bit of weight off, the bolt was fluted and a two piece rail was mounted. In the meantime I was working on an ultra light but also ultra stong and very stiff stock. We experimented with new materials, for example we blended a lightweight carbon fiber bedding material that was based on the same resin as the stock was made of.
With all these small details we ended up with the stock weighing 812grams, that is duracoated, buttpad, studs fitted and bedded.
The bedding job.
After receiving the rifle my friend stuck on a 1.5-6x42 swaro and zeroed it. The rifle shot around half inch groups right away.
Until I came back from my christmas holidays the rifle had accounted for 5 deer including 2 longish range reds.
Last weekend we managed to go out together after some sika. I was looking forward to see the performance of this rifle. We stalked two does and a calf for a while and got within 150m. My friend was in a prone position to the right of me. The first doe was necked and went down, within seconds two and three went down with heart lung shots, the last one at lasered 250m. Great to witness good shooting from a very experienced stalker. Don't think we'll get a loan of that rifle though....
Thanks to Roedale for delivering the goods.