The activity for the last couple of days have been interesting.

Arriving home Tuesday night after Susan recovered me from a local McDonald’s after my failure to complete a bicycle ride from the terminal, to the apartment I was greeted by three slobbering dogs, and a dining room table of stuff.

 As I sat on the couch admiring the ammunition that was part of the pile I could feel the pain in my shoulder  already. But that is a later discussion. 

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Norma USA 180 grain Oryx 300 RUM

 Also the scope mount and snap caps were waiting for my attention.

 The next day after taking care of a few things I started with mounting the Wyatt’s DETMAG bottom metal, and five round magazine. I was pleasantly surprised when the parts matched up without any problems. The original stock that this magazine system was mounted on required several hours of fitting before it would work right.  

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Before the mounting of the new bottom metal.
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After the mounting of the new bottom metal.

I tested the functionality with the snap caps and it seemed to be working well, so I started on mounting the Weaver 20 MOA scope base. 

 I cleaned the screw holes, then mounted the mount. First I applied a small drop of gun tight to the new screws then torqued them to 50 inch pounds of pressure. This is where I may have some trouble in the future as the two center screws were wanting to round out. Because of this I did not torque them to the full 50 inch pounds. At some later date the offending screws will be replaced.

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 The next step was to mount the scope. 

 This was a pretty easy task because the Weaver base mount is a rail type that has become a common design feature on all types of firearms in this day and age. We are the better for it also. The scope is already mounted in a detachable mount that is designed for use on AR15 rifles using the same rail mount system.

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 This presents a couple of problems, the most notable is the height of the mount. This causes a poor cheek weld or maybe I should say chin weld. This will be rectified with a more traditional set of mounts in the near future.  

   The scope is a SWFA SS 10x that I have been using for about 18 months. It has a Mil-Quad  (Mil-Dot) reticle and the adjustment knobs are calibrated in 1/10 Mil increments.

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 The cost of this scope at this time depending on the model is anywhere between $300.00 and $400.00 dollars. The fact that it is a fixed 10 power allows the manufacturer to put more resources into the ruggedness and quality of the adjustment knobs, and internal parts making it possible for a new shooter to get into a scope capable of fast adjustments and corrections without having to get a bank loan.

 A U.S. Optics fixed 10x will start at around the $1,200.00 mark.

 I used a set of levels specifically designed for the task of squaring the scope reticle with the center of the bore, then tighten the mounting screws to 20 inch pounds.

 

 All of this took about two hours, having some experience doing these task before allowed me to quickly move through the needed steps, but the most important tool is just that, tools, having the correct tools, and a little bit of experience using them make the job at hand more enjoyable.

 More to come soon. 

 

 

 

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Hurry Up And Wait.

 One of the frustrating things about being an over the road truck driver is a good portion of my life will be spent away from home.  And since Susan refuses to get a couple of extra jobs I guess this will be my fate for a long time. 

  Because of this many times my projects have to sit, and even get shelved.  Because of this one policy I have adopted is not to start a new project until the current one is complete.  

I have received the ammunition that was ordered a couple of weeks ago,  and when it looked like I would be home for Memorial Day weekend I ordered the scope mount, and some snap caps for dry fire practice. 

On my way to Jacksonville to drop my dirty tank the load information for my next load came over the computer, and it was leaving the next day.  So much for the holiday weekend.  For the record I could of gone home that night, and left the next morning, but that just makes me even more grumpy.

I can’t complain to much, other than almost being assaulted at the Petro parking lot in Shreveport, La. the weekend was very productive.

 With the ammo, and mount waiting on the dining room table all that is needed is the mounting levels that will allow the scope/mount/rifle to all be plum with each other. 

 I have used a regular carpenters bubble level for this with ok results.  But considering the regularity of my scope swapping it will be better to have dedicated equipment for this task. 

 I should be mounting, and sighting in the scope the weekend of June 11th. Until then hurry up and wait.

First Impressions, Living Next To The Amish, And Buying Ammunition.

 After having several weeks to play with my gun, (get your mind out of the gutter you pervert, I’m talking about the Remington), I have come to a few conclusions.

 First I have not had a chance to fire it yet for a couple of reasons mostly do to time, and money. Later about that.

 The model 700 has been in continuous production since 1962 with probably well over a billion pages of information about it generated, and I am adding a couple more tonight.   

 The Long Range is a model designed to meet a price point that is at least a couple of hundred dollars below the Police, and Sendero model’s, but above the SPS models. With the higher grade aluminum bedded stock, and heavy barrel the cost savings are found in the finish, the bottom metal, and the internal box magazine.

The magazine is a simple stamped metal box with some material removed. It is press fitted into the bottom of the action. I have had other 700’s that had a small screw securing the magazine to the bottom of the receiver, as well as having the magazine press fitted. This was regardless of the cost of the rifle at the time of manufacture, though I am certain the reasoning had to do with both time, and cost.

 

 The finish is a matt blueing that has an almost parkerized feel to it which gives it a flat appearance. This includes the full length of the bolt. Many of the higher priced models will come with a jeweled bolt body.

 The flat finish reduces the likelihood of a shooter spooking a live target in the event of a hunting, or tactical situation. The rough finish will also lend itself to being refinish more easily as has become commonplace in the last decade or two.

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 The most obvious place of cost cutting is in the bottom metal, which is anything but metal. The plastic bottom ”metal” is at least a couple of grades above a Pringles can lid. This is not saying much, and after all the more important parts of this project is finished the trigger guard will be addressed. With this said the trigger guard, and floor plate work well, and should last a lifetime. The floor plate is hinged, and will drop open allowing the magazine to be unloaded without having to operate the bolt.

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 The only   modification so far is the addition of a Harris bipod. One a rifle like this one it is almost unthinkable not to have one mounted. 

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After several hundred bolt cycling, and numerous dry firing the bolt cycling has smoothed out. As has the trigger. Just to be honest the trigger was pretty decent out of the box. The trigger is an X-Mark. It should be one that was manufactured after the recalled ones were.

 Should it fall into the recalled group I will simply remove it, throw it away, then replace it with one of the many aftermarket models that will most likely be superior in most aspects.  

 One nice thing about living next to the Amish, (many people don’t understand the size of the Orange Park, Florida Amish community), is the ability to buy the old clothes that their children have outgrown. This has allowed me to save hundreds of dollars on clothing for my kids. This in turns allows me to invest in much more important things such as lottery tickets. 

If you have not priced 300 RUM ammunition you won’t realize that you need a couple of winning lotto tickets to be able to afford to shoot this pig. 

Earlier this afternoon while driving through North Carolina, I ordered two 20 round boxes of 180 grain bullets. Fortunately they were on sale so before the shipping cost was added the per round cost was only $2.69. When it was all said and done the bill totaled $122.00. I will explain to Susan that the sales girl put a spell on me making me spend so much more than I had planned. 

I’m not worried it is not like these first few rounds will be used for anything as mundane as breaking in the barrel, or sighting in the scope…………..er well actually that is exactly what they will be used for. 

It’s late, and I have to start work early tomorrow, so I will ramble on about this stuff later.

PETRO TRAVEL CENTER, CARNESVILLE, GA. 05/20/2016

 

 

 

The Wait Is Over………….Sort Of.

 

The 300 RUM arrived at my dealer yesterday, and with a little bit of juggling, and justifying that the kid’s don’t need fed everyday this month I was able to pay it off, and bring home  the latest project.

The 1st photo is the original configuration, the second is with the rifle mounted in a Bobby Hart Long Range Target/Tactical stock that I purchased for a 7mm R. M. build that did not pan out to my satisfaction.

Here is a short video that I threw together.

Even though there should be no problem running the RUM in the B.H. setup I am going to stick with the Bell & Carlson factory stock for now. This is a configuration I became aware of in the mid nineties, and always wanted but just never had the cash, at the same time as one was on the shelf.

The next few parts of of this build will be as follows:

  1. Scope Base
  2. Scope Rings
  3. Scope
  4. 100 Case’s
  5. Reloading Dies
  6. I’ll think of something

The ammo situation with the 300 RUM is a lot like .41 Remington Magnum whereas finding factory loads at the local gun store can be a little daunting. Currently online I have only been able to find about a half dozen loads, and all are over $65.00 for 20.

I enjoy the weird stares of the counter clerks as they slowly explain to you that the box of 300 Winchester Magnum that they are handing you is what you need. Pretty much the same as when they explain to you that it is not called a .41 Magnum, but a .44 Magnum.

The RUM will be around for a long time just like the .41, but for a cost effective, and constant supply of ammunition will require reloading. This is a situation that I am more then happy to deal with as I am an experienced reloader, and it is a part of this sport I really enjoy.

When I come back off the road in the first part of June the scope base should be waiting for me, as well as the dies, and brass.

Once the base is mounted I will be using a SWFA SS 10x scope until I decide what will be the permanent scope for this rig. This will be a decision made mostly on the available funds at the time.

More to come.

 

 

Rollis’ 300 Remington Ultra Mag

 Rollis’ 300 Remington Ultra Mag is going to be a log of my purchase, and use of my newest rifle project.

  At the time of this writing the rifle is in lay away at a local shop. The final payment should be made at the end of May when I come home for time off as an over the road truck driver. 

 As the title suggest the rifle is going to be a Model 700 manufactured by Big Green, and is known as the Long Range. 

 The Long Range model has a Bell and Carlson M40 tactical stock which is aluminum bedded. The action is mated to a heavy contour barrel that in theory should help with producing more consistent harmonics. In this game of precision shooting consistency is a very important factor in achieving the desired effect. 

 The choice of caliber is many fold, the biggest being able to push 168, and 175 grain bullets well above the speed of sound without having to get into crazy levels of presser. And finding ammunition for the RUM is doable, where as the monster Weatherby cartridges can be about as easy as finding a unicorn.

 Also it is just fun knowing you have big power at your fingertips.  

 I don’t have any photo’s of the RUM yet, so here is a photo of my current long range, tactical, extreme super ninja assault rifle.

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 The rifle pictured above is a Remington 700 VLS in .308 with a Bobby Hart Laminated stock. It has served well, and should continue to do so for a long time. But with this rifle pretty much set up the it will be for the foreseeable future the time to start a new project is at hand, and will be documented in this Blog.

More to come soon.