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Old 03-18-2013, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have begun to put parts together for a Custom Long Range Hunting Rifle. With the long lead times on parts hopefully I can have this thing finished by the time Rifle Season starts. The cartridge will be a Wildcat of my own design. It will be dubbed a .30x68 Thor. Parent case will be the 8x68s, necked down to .30. Body taper will be changed from .023? taper per inch to .007? and the shoulder angle from 14 to 40 degrees. Basically a longer necked beltless .300 Winchester Magnum. The specs on the rifle are as follows:
BAT Machine HRPIC (.515? Bolt face)
Jewell trigger
Krieger 1 in 11? Twist #9 Heavy Target with 6-1/4? flutes finished at 26?
McMillan Winchester Marksman. Med. Blue to Dark Blue to Black butt in a flame pattern.
Topped with a Nightforce 5.5-22x56mm NXS




The color scheme of the stock will be like this one.

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That looks pretty dang sweet right there, keep us posted as it progresses.
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That should be a pretty nice toy for 1000. What kind of velocity and barrel life are you expecting? I wouldn't mind a build in that if the performance outweighs the brass work and cost.
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T-Bone,
Velocity should be just over the .300 Winchester. It will have a longer neck than the .300 Win and a sharper shoulder angle. Those two points will give it a slightly longer barrel life. Not much though. It will probably have an accurate barrel life for between 1,200 ? 1,500 rounds in a Benchrest Rifle.
I have the 11? twist Krieger ordered for the hunting rifle. I also have a 12? twist Broughton in a ?PA? taper that came in last week. I am going to chamber it with the .30x68 Thor reamer and use that barrel on my Light Gun to shoot 187 gr. BIB FB.
As for making the brass, it will not be that difficult to make the brass, just a little time consuming. The price on the brass is not too bad. Norma headstamped (rumored to actually made by RWS) is $1.45 each and the RWS is $1.85 each.
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I don't think I would mind having one for a strictly range rifle to mess with
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Should be a winner, I like that case a lot, and your parts list is top notch. I cannot leave the 30/338LM Improved alone right now, dang thing is too easy to load for and fun to shoot. 230 bergers are working pretty well. I shot a 20 round group at 100 yards with 10 loads differing .3grs of powder, the group was a .780. Never seen another chambering that would do that over that large of a powder difference.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That sounds really interesting. especially the longer neck/ steeper shoulder.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am doing ablog on gun building some of yall might get a better understanding of what is involved.

http://www.mississippioutdoorforums....build-preface/
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Eddybo,
The link is not working for me.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I guess you have to be a member of that forum to see it. I tried to log in from my office computer without logging in and it did not work for me either.
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