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Thread: Jager Sporting Arms 7mm Reming Magnum Build

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    Jager Sporting Arms 7mm Remington Magnum Build

    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.
    Last edited by 270Buck; 18-03-2015 at 15:12.

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    Nice write up. From experience of James's work, I would say it will get better after a few more rounds down the tube and you getting used to the rifle......happy days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropmdead View Post
    Nice write up. From experience of James's work, I would say it will get better after a few more rounds down the tube and you getting used to the rifle......happy days!
    I have already put 50 through it and counting. I am very happy with the results so far.

    The first 20 I did the customary 1 shot clean, 2 shots clean, 5 shots clean, 5 shots clean, 5 shots clean etc.

    I will now clean after each use as per my normal regime for my other rifles.

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    Nice one mate, let's see some pics!

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    The general consensus is that the barrels take a good few rounds to settle down, they certainly do shoot.
    Good grouping with load development.

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    Hi With reference to GMK forgetting to order, I also ordered a 7mm Rem Mag in Sako 85 stainless synthetic and was told 4 to 6 months wait so i paid my deposit and waited, after 4 months just out of curiosity i inquired as to whether we where any nearer to it showing up and after the shop Swillington shooting supplies who i know placed the order because i was there phoned to inquire they where told sorry not ordered you will have to wait another 4 to 6 months which was actually the full term so i ended up waiting 10 months and not once did GMK apologies to me or even consider any compensation for the extra wait but i was told not to hold my breath so like all good UK citizen's do i waited very patiently, and now finally i have it.

    Jez

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springerman View Post
    Hi With reference to GMK forgetting to order, I also ordered a 7mm Rem Mag in Sako 85 stainless synthetic and was told 4 to 6 months wait so i paid my deposit and waited, after 4 months just out of curiosity i inquired as to whether we where any nearer to it showing up and after the shop Swillington shooting supplies who i know placed the order because i was there phoned to inquire they where told sorry not ordered you will have to wait another 4 to 6 months which was actually the full term so i ended up waiting 10 months and not once did GMK apologies to me or even consider any compensation for the extra wait but i was told not to hold my breath so like all good UK citizen's do i waited very patiently, and now finally i have it.

    Jez
    Could of had one built for less and it would shoot a dream.

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    +1
    Quote Originally Posted by dropmdead View Post
    Nice write up. From experience of James's work, I would say it will get better after a few more rounds down the tube and you getting used to the rifle......happy days!

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    Keep shooting that load....it shows potential. Get the round count up, they seem to like over 100 rounds through them. It will eventually be one slightly untidy hole!

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    A photo of the rifle is needed!

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