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I have been watching most of the websites and other outlets; I didn’t see much of interest emerge from SHOT Show.

I realize I’m a little more of a traditionalist, but just not much in the way of bolt action sporter rifles.

I did see Colt released the Python with a 6” and 4.25” barrel in a blued finish - that does have my interest.

Did anyone else see anything of interest I may have missed?

There is a hint of fall in the air here in Wyoming and it appears like this is the last day with a high temperature in the 80s.  We will be in the low-mid 70s over the next two weeks down low, so that translates to mid-60s up in the mountains.  This is perfect early fall conditions and just in time for the pre-rut. 

I'm heading out next week for 12 days of archery hunting.  I love being afield this time of year as the aspen trees start to turn, spending some time around the campfire, and chasing elk in the woods.

I have a 7mm PRC being built on a Defiance Rebel action that I posted a while ago.  Then...the other day...I found another one of my unfinished projects.  I have had this FN Mauser 98 action for around 25 years and have had various improvements made.  Ed Lapour (gunsmith/metalsmith) installed the 3-position safety, custom bolt handle, and blind rear action tang.  It also has Blackburn bottom metal and a Timney trigger.

Whereas I am using a composite McMillan stock with the Defiance action, only a high grade English walnut stock will do to accompany this classic FN Mauser action.  This is a .30-06 length action with a magnum bolt face, so I think this will become a .338 Winchester Magnum.  Once this project is complete, I'll post the final result.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Upcoming 7mm PRC...
« on: May 28, 2023, 08:11:35 AM »
I ordered these components nearly 10 years ago and came across them last week.  At the time (2014) I was going to neck down the 375 Ruger to .30 cal; that has since become the 300 PRC.

I have a custom Defiance Rebel action, McMillan Sporter stock, and Sunny Hill bottom metal.  So...since this is obviously uncompleted, I'm going to shift directions and have this finished as a 7 PRC.  Honestly, I wasn't really looking to build a new rifle, but these components are screaming out to be a finished rifle and I hate a stranded investment. 

I have a few 7mm rifles (280 AI, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Weatherby Mag, and 28 Nosler), but this 7 PRC is supposed to be the "best" new 7mm out there, so I gotta try it.

I'm thinking about having a 25" barrel installed...just for something different.  Since this was completed unplanned (and frankly...unnecessary), I may as well tinker a bit.  I'll post photos of the finished product, which will be around early fall.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New action?
« on: May 27, 2023, 07:18:44 AM »
I assume you all saw this. Looks like something interesting coming from Weatherby on May 31st.

There is a pretty good article in the most recent edition of Rifleshooter Magazine.  Craig Boddington writes about the best bullet diameter for big game in North America.  He looked at .257 - .308, which is probably a fair range to look at.

Long story short, he concludes cartridges using heavy bullets in the .277-.284 range may be the "sweet spot".  I suppose I can't disagree with that conclusion...seems about right I suppose.  I like cartridges/calibers across the spectrum, but that range is probably my favorite "all-around".

Of course, this is always a hotly debated topic.  Any thoughts?

I was looking for a new rifle/caliber to tinker around with this year.  I wanted to try the 7 PRC, but it was just a little too new; rifle and ammunition choices are limited this year.  I might acquire that caliber next year.

With that in mind, the Thompson Long Range Weatherby Mark V caught my eye.  I have some rifles with scopes having ballistic-tuned turrets, but I always liked the simplicity and utility of a ballistic reticle, which is what Thompson Long Range outfits their rifle with - a Leupold VX5HD 3-15x44mm scope and custom reticle for the 180 grain Nosler Accubond. 

I have a 300 RUM and a 338 RUM, but this will be my first 30-378 and it certainly looks impressive.  The rifle feels great and just slightly muzzle heavy, but I kind of like that with a bigger caliber rifle. 

Our local outdoor range doesn't open until May 1st, so I'll have to wait a while to sight it in and break in the barrel.  I'll let everyone know how it performs at the range! 

Thompson Long Range offers a 1-day course in long-range shooting and I think I'll drive down and attend that this summer. I need to start praying for a successful elk tag drawing!!

Well...we have another 7mm cartridge in the mix.  I assume everyone has read all of the articles over the past few months.  Some of the gun writers are claiming this is the best 7mm going.  Obviously, this cartridge is geared towards shooting heavier bullets for caliber...just like about every new cartridge these days.

So what are your thoughts?  Are you trading off your current 7mm magnum to acquire a 7PRC?  At this point, doesn't look like ammunition is widely available, so not much point in the near future...

From my standpoint - I don't know.  I don't think it will kill any better/faster than a 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm Weatherby Magnum, 28 Nosler, or any other "hot" 7mm magnum.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Stock inlays...yes or nah?
« on: February 12, 2023, 12:42:59 PM »
One of the things I remember the most about the classic "Weatherby style" were the stock inlays.  Some of them were a bit gaudy for my style, but I have seen some of them executed where they do seem to contribute to the looks of the rifle. 

I attached a photo of a Crown Custom, which is a fairly extreme example, but I think the stock inlays are tastefully done.  I think I would lean more towards ebony and/or rosewood, but that is just my style. 

So...what does everyone think?  Inlays or no?

I've been noticing this custom rifle maker getting a lot of press lately.  Several articles in Rifle Magazine, Rifleshooter, etc., so I decided to check out their website.

They certainly aren't cheap, but it does seem like they make a well-built custom rifle.  I initially wasn't a fan of their stock design...but it is growing on me.  They do seem to be using some innovative machining techniques that may indeed enhance accuracy.  Some of their stock painting schemes are not my thing, but some of them look pretty good.

Has anyone researched this company and its products?  Any opinions? 

Well...unless I missed something, I didn't see much in the way of exciting new products from the SHOT show.  I used to look forward to new rifles from Winchester, Ruger, Remington (Remarms now), and others. I didn't see much in the way of exciting new products. Weatherby tends to release new stuff throughout the year, so that is a little different.

I can see that my tastes are becoming a thing of the past...which is ok...I accept that.  Very few wood stocked rifles or even "traditional" composite stock rifles.  Most of them are these "Modern Hunting Rifles" utilize some kind of aluminum chassis-type stocks.  I can see the utility, but I don't personally like the looks.

The 7 PRC is kind of interesting...but I haven't decided if I need one or not.  I have a 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Weatherby Mag, and a 28 Nosler with a 1-8" twist, so I can shoot heavy bullets like the 7 PRC if I want to...faster actually with the 28 Nosler.

Anyone see something that I missed?  Did you see any interesting, new firearms or other products?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 7mm PRC - Your thoughts?
« on: December 31, 2022, 05:26:37 PM »
Now that there have been several articles written about the 7mm PRC, I wondered what everyone's thoughts are on this cartridge?

Kinda interesting.  I have a 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Weatherby Mag, 280 Ackley, and a 28 Nosler, so I've got this caliber pretty well covered.  That said, I can see the appeal of the 7mm PRC from a case design standpoint.  I need to research the powder capacities of this case versus all of the other 7mm magnums out of curiosity. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / A Weatherby Super .30 Cal?
« on: November 24, 2022, 07:03:23 AM »
I have been thinking about/mulling over the possible purchase of a Weatherby Mark V 30-378. I have a 300 Weatherby Magnum and a 300 RUM, but both of those have wood stocks. I have also looked at a Lazzeroni 7.82 Warbird, but I think Lazzeroni may not be around for many more years. 

I realize that a "Super .30 Magnum" is not a need, but I'm thinking about a 30-378 with a composite stock.  I've been looking at an Accumark, Weathermark, and even the TLR (Thompson Long Range) package.  The TLR is kind of interesting, they mount a Leupold VH5HD 3-15x44mm scope with a reticle that has ballistically matched marks for the caliber out to 1000 yards.  I'm not a 1000 yard shooter, but I occasionally shoot out to 500-600 yards. 

For those of you that own a 30-378, can you give me your impressions on the caliber and your particular rifle?  Do you like it?  I will be utilizing a muzzle brake and corresponding hearing protection with this rifle.  I'm pretty tolerant to recoil...but not immune to the effects!  ;)

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Whew! Nearly made a mistake!
« on: October 15, 2022, 10:15:08 AM »
I was looking around on Gunbroker and found an affordable Sako M995 chambered in a Lazzeroni 7.21 Firebird (flash from the past).

I started pondering the idea of rebarreling/rechambering to a 7.82 Warbird. Then…I looked at the price of Lazzeroni ammunition and brass! I quickly deleted that rifle from my Watchlist!

Wow! Ammunition is expensive and Weatherby ammunition is more so, but Lazzeroni is out of this planet!!! I thought $100/box was terrible, but some of that stuff is nearly $200/box and remarkably…the brass isn’t much cheaper.

Na…I’ll drop that idea. I think John Lazzeroni must be trying to get out of the firearm industry. I can live without the extra velocity for those prices.

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