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Thread: RPA Woodland Stalker

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    RPA Woodland Stalker

    Hello All,

    Wondering if anyone has come accross one yet? I know there was a thread some time back about the rifle, but It doesnt seem to have anything new. Has anyone got one/fired one? I had a play with one at the Newark fair, but as yet havent heard of one being used in anger.

    Have they cleared up whether its deer legal yet? I asked the chap at the show and he said "erm, well we need to fully test it" .

    For thoose who havent the foggiest what Im on about heres a link

    http://www.rpainternational.co.uk/wo...lker_rifle.asp

    Sam
    Last edited by Sam; 14-06-2010 at 12:08. Reason: Linky Link
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

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    I don't care how great it shoots: Overpriced and overweight, for the money you can get yourself a custom made rifle to your own specs...

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    It is on my shortlist in my quest for a rifle that handles ok when moderated. Expensive, but then so is a Blaser R8, another compact rifle. The weight on the other hand.....

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    I agree that 8.8lb makes her quite a heffalump.

    IMHO I would get someone to make me a custom gun in whatever calibre I wanted (though it probably would be a .308 with that short a barrel), mainly becuase I dislike thumbhole stocks...


    Sam
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

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    I hope there alright ,I have one cominng in july i will let you know how it goes.As for being deer legal were you talking about the .243 or .308? As most good stalkers know the 243 even when deer legal is only just enough gun
    CHEERS SEAN

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    Sam

    Have to agree with Mat. For the kind of money they are asking for one (are they not over 3,000?), you are not that far from getting yourself a seriously good completely custom built rifle if you go to the right place.

    I wont comment on whether they are worth it, or if they are any good or not as I have never even held one let alone shot one. Each to their own though as it would be a boring world if everyone had the same opinion as me! All I would base my comments on is this; for all those claimed to be superbly accurate sporting rifles out there, I have yet to see any of them used up against custom built rifles used in any of the target disciplines. I know that target shooting is a million miles away from stalking but are we not ultimately looking for the most accurate rifle we can lay our hands on? I know I am. Hence I shoot with custom built rifles. In fact one is up for sale just now in the classifieds...... if you care to take a look!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    I hope there alright ,I have one cominng in july i will let you know how it goes.As for being deer legal were you talking about the .243 or .308? As most good stalkers know the 243 even when deer legal is only just enough gun
    CHEERS SEAN
    Sean

    If you are thinking of ever bringing it north of the boarder you might find that even the 308 model will be very close to being illegal for our deer, without careful reloading.

    A factory 308 150gn load normally are around 2850fps velocity from a 24” barrel, as a rough guide knock 50fps off for each inch of barrel and you are left with only 2450fps, which is the minimum legal velocity up here even for roe.

    Of cause that is just theory, if it was me I would run one over a chrony to be sure.

    As for the weight, 8.8lbs hell I have a 22” barrel rifle that weighs just 5.5lbs bare, from a special order factory rifle not a custom job. I always like RPAs as well.

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat View Post
    I don't care how great it shoots: Overpriced and overweight, for the money you can get yourself a custom made rifle to your own specs...
    Mat - I agree 100% and would have taken twice as many words to say it. Thanks. JCS

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    I plan on using 123gr sako ammo or load barnes 130gr so i should hopefully make fps needed in scotland.RPA say they got 2650fps with 150gr ammo.when i do come to scotland i pack the old .270 sako which ticks all the boxes.As for custom rifles i have several built by some of the best gunsmiths in the uk and usa,Callum ferguson,neil mckilop,Kelblys and dave tooley.Why have a RPA? because it was everything i wanted and if it shoots well why have someonelse build it? The trouble with custom rifles is that anyboby that can work a lathe thinks he can build a rifle.I will keep informed on how it goes, if doesn't go to plan it will be in the classified ads buy august
    ATB SEAN

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    I plan on using 123gr sako ammo or load barnes 130gr so i should hopefully make fps needed in scotland.RPA say they got 2650fps with 150gr ammo.when i do come to scotland i pack the old .270 sako which ticks all the boxes.
    The use of 123/130gn bullets would be in line with what I was thinking; the 2650fps sound good velocity from a 16” barrel, theory and practice do not always coincide.

    Can’t fault the 270 for when the going gets tough and you have to reach out.

    ATB

    Tahr

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