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Thread: Pimped my Rifle!

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    Pimped my Rifle!

    Following the recent thread regarding custom build versus off the shelf, hereís an example of what can be done at relatively minimal cost.
    A couple of years ago, I bought a Sako 75 in 30.06 which had blued action, a walnut stock and a Reflex T8, topped with a Hungarian S & B 8x56 scope in Optilock mounts, and a Harris bipod. Cost me a very reasonable sum of £750! Although it was a good accurate rifle, I never really used it too much as I preferred my 25.06, so it had sat doing very little. I was also not too confident as the mod had been left on which caused some fairly bad corrosion to the threading. So, I decided it was time for a change! First to go was the stock which was sold recently on here for £75. This was replaced with a Macmillan which I got for an unbelievable £50! The new barrel was then sourced, a Lilja 24Ē low profile 7mm stainless version (£380). The moderator went back to Jackson Rifles where they did a 40% RRP part exchange which gave me £93 towards the cost of a ASE Utra SL5 .30cal leaving me £174 to pay. I sold the scope to a mate for £350.
    So, stock £75 + Mod Trade-in £93 + Scope £350 = £518
    £750 original cost - £518 =£232 effectively spent on remains!
    The rest was in the hands of the riflesmith!
    Total cost works out at only just over £1000 (not including the scope fitted!)
    Here is the finished article:

    A semi-custom Sako 75 actioned .280 Remington Ackley Improved! 24Ē Lilja Barrel, Ase Utra SL5 .30 moderator, Macmillan stock pillar bedded, all with a 4 colour Cerakote finish. Topped with a Swarovski 3-12 x 50 Illuminated 4N in Optiloks and a Harris 9-13 SL Bipod. Pimped!

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    I took it out this morning to fire-form some standard .280 Rem brass into .280 Ackley Improved and thought I might as well work up a load whilst I was there. I loaded 10 at the start load of 52 grains of IMR 4350 and a 140 Barnes TSX head (5 for a run-in and check zero + 5 for a group). I then did two more batches at 53 & 54 grains which was pretty much a compressed load in the standard case!
    Hereís the results:
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    The 54 grainers went pretty much through a ragged hole which is not bad for a new barrel and a start load on a blustery day! Once Iíve fire formed the brass, I can go up to about 55.4 grains which may bring it in tighter and I have done all these at 50í off the lands so far. I need to shoot a few deer with it first though to make sure Iím happy with the chosen bullets. The 54 grain load is good enough for now to hunt with. I haven't chrono'd it, but load data suggests that they should be going at just under 3000 fps! Once Iíve done that and fire formed some more brass, I will have another play! Itís got the makings of an absolute Ďtack driverí though!
    Very pleased with it!
    MS

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    Well done to the "Gun Plumber"! You won't regret the Barnes!

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    Very Nice. Who done the work MS

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouch valley View Post
    Very Nice. Who done the work MS
    None other than our very own SD regular - James of 'Jager SA' fame! He really is a perfectionist in his work and even delivered it to my house on completion!
    A top job as you can see. Thanks James!

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    Nice bit of kit Mick!!

    Now need the 75 stainless action to do the same

    Cheers
    iain
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means youíve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Quote Originally Posted by I. Farticus View Post
    Nice bit of kit Mick!!

    Now need the 75 stainless action to do the same

    Cheers
    iain
    Does it need to be stainless?
    I ended up with a blued action, black stock, stainless barrel, Satin mod and blued rings/bases - but with a coating of cerakote, you'd never know!
    MS

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    Yup - want to keep it that way allied with the stainless barrel.

    Cerakote not for me - appreciate it for what it is/does and the looks, but not what I'm looking for

    No, I'm not calling your baby ugly
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means youíve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Nice work. It's satisfying to turn an idea into a finished product. Especially one which is unique and personal to you.

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    Nice stick, good write up think you were lucky with the Macmillan for £50
    Makes a new sako look very expensive....... Looks like its gonna be a hammer have fun,

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    you might find it works well with 162 amax as well....if the twist is fast enough the 180 bergers will let you stretch out a bit

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