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For the last year, I have been lucky enough to spend A LOT of time shooting a Remington 5R (.223), a couple of Accuracy Internationals (.308/.260) and my favorite – a custom Remington. (Click here and scroll down for details and a photo of the custom Remington.) I have loved every minute, and am hungry to learn more. I am crazy enough to think I am going to try some long range tactical matches with my friends who have been teaching me about this great sport. Now I find myself shopping less for heels and instead I have been trying to find the precision tactical rifle that calls my name. I thought it was going to be an Accuracy International with a .260 barrel, and we have found plenty for sale, used, with only a few rounds through the barrel. Still – I could not quite “bite the bullet” (pun intended) and make the purchase.
The Accuracy Internationals are amazing weapons, accurate, rugged, beautiful, everything a shooter could want. Still, because I am a girl (and I guess no matter how tough I am, I COULD be tougher) it is fairly heavy. The weight really will only matter in a competition when I am lugging it from stage to stage, and also some competitions require some stages to shoot from a position other than prone. So, we started talking about building a custom rifle where I could choose a stock with a more appropriate Length of Pull (LOP) and possibly knock some weight off with various choices. I have two friends that give me advice, they are Don and Bill. Bill did warn me that making the rifle too light could increase recoil – so we are trying to find a good balance.
I have already made a few decisions – and I will talk about some of them, a little at a time. I am going to do more research and call a couple of expert gunsmiths and ask a bunch of questions as well. Just the conversations with men so well known for building “art” in the form of precision tactical rifles will be worth talking about.
I would be interested in knowing if you have built a custom rifle – or any type of gun before. What lessons did you learn and was it worth it when you were finished?
I have a lot to learn on this topic – and maybe you do to. So, hope you’ll come along with me and we can learn together!