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  1. With my modest means, I'm considering a fixed 16x or 20x SWFA MRAD scope with TPS rings and base. Good enough. I don't like messing with magnification settings. SWFA's are pretty easy to learn how to use. I believe in the K.I.S.S. principle. The gentleman who let me fire his GA precision M-40A3 clone had a 16x scope (or it was set to 16x) and it really helped with getting a tight group. However, I took a long time to get my natural point of aim set first before firing. I honestly was pleasantly surprised to get a clover-leafed group because I am not a competition shooter.
  2. Thank you Mr. "Patriot!" I don't need this rifle. It's just that the M-40s with the McMillan stocks are so cool. I like the A-4 stock. It's a classic. I'm simply trying to learn how to build a custom rifle and eventually have fun at the range. For this much money though, I want to make sure I order proper parts. I have a Timney 510 trigger, a Badger recoil lug, a clone of the Badger M5 bottom metal (for AICS mags. later), and a Remington 700 SA receiver that I'll get trued. Just need to get a barrel and the stock, cerakote the metal parts, and glass bed the stock. Oh...gotta get a scope too. As far as the barrel twist rate goes, I figured the Marine Corps knew what they doing. I've heard a rumor the Marines know a little bit about shooting rifles.
  3. I don't know if anyone is still viewing this post, but I wanted to share how it finally occurred to me to call Sierra Bullets since I'll be standardizing on Federal GMM ammo with 168gr. SMK bullets. The guy said 1:12 twist is excellent for their 168 gr. & 175 gr. SMK bullets. He also said that, generally speaking, a rifle gets made with a faster 1:10 twist rate in anticipation of heavier 180 - 200 gr. bullets getting used. A slower 1:12 rate is just fine for the Sierra Match King 168 gr. bullet. So ... I'll get a barrel made chambered for .308 Winchester with a 1:12 twist rate.
  4. I have yet to look-up "SVD" in Wikipedia.
  5. Howdy: I know nothing about the Russian SVD rifle. I've noticed Kalashnikov is marketing modern versions of it, but .... assuming it's a sniper rifle, I don't know how it compares to Western sniper rifles. If it uses the same 7.62x39 cartridge as the AK-47, I don't see how they can get a whole lot more accuracy with it even with a longer barrel. I'd think a different cartridge with a better B.C. would be better. Anyway ... I do think it's a really cool looking rifle, but does it shoot well? Just wondering. I thought I'd defer to the experts here on this forum.
  6. Well ... I'm on the fence again because the guy who wrote this article built an M-40A3 replica using a Shilen barrel with a 1:10 twist. He got really good groups with it at 100 yds. However, I'm wanting something that's capable of 1,000 yds. whenever I find a big enough range. I don't doubt a .308 cartridge can go that far, it's my own skill that needs to be developed. Anyway ... enjoy this article guys: https://rifleshooter.com/2016/01/building-a-usmc-m40a3-cloning-the-marine-corps-sniper-rifle-from-1999-2009/
  7. So ... it's ok if your shots don't go through the same hole after spending $$$$$ on a custom build including trueing the bolt, bedding, and pillars? Whew! I'm glad to hear that. I'll take my therapist's phone number off of speed dial.
  8. I suppose I'll go with 1:12 since that's what the Corps apparently uses (or used). Like I said above, I noticed both C&H and GA Precision use Schneider barrels with 1:12 twist. To be specific, these are M-40A3 replicas I'm referring to. A gentleman had a GA Precision M-40A3 at my range a couple of summers ago. He graciously let me fire a three shot group. It was first time I'd ever clover-leafed. Of course, it helped having a 16x scope too. As I recall, heavier bullets need a slower twist.
  9. Thanks guys. You've all been a big help. I basically just need to get a barrel and the stock. Then I'm off to my gunsmith to have the action trued.
  10. I'm trying to make a rifle that's capable of 1,000 yd. shots. That's beyond my capability at the moment only because I don't know where a 1,000 yd. range exists. I want it to definitely be good for 500 - 700 yards. Will get a 20 moa scope base. Probably a fixed SWFA 16x scope.
  11. Hi Guys: I'm going to be getting a heavy barrel made chambered for .308 Winchester for a custom build using a McMillan A-4 stock. I'll be firing Federal GMM 168 gr. SMKs through it. I've always assumed a 1:10 twist rate is needed. However, I've noticed both C&H and GA Precision make M-40 clones with barrels that have a 1:12 twist rate. My question is why the difference? Am I correct in thinking that a 1:12 twist rate is better for heavier bullets? Would 1:12 be better for 168 gr. SMK bullets? I will not be firing any bullets lighter than 168 gr. in this barrel. I just don't want to spend $$$ on a barrel and have an incorrect twist rate for my ammo. Thanks guys. :-)
  12. I'd like to add that the left has stoked A LOT of ethnocentrism. Best example is the whole immigration issue. I don't know how to explain it, but all these issues we're discussing here are going to blow-up in the lefts' face one of these days. We're the ones who'll have to clean it all up.
  13. Just my two cents worth: "Bvamp" mentions P.C. Well ... my theory is our society ... or the West in general .... is paying for the nutty ideas of the political left AND the emasculation of our society in which males are so often held in contempt now. It's like a form of racism is being aimed at guys for imaginary reasons which somehow become dogma anyway. As I recall, much of this began to gain steam during the first Clinton term with the imposition and mainstreaming of P.C. which itself is rooted in communistic ideology. The left always tries to give something a nicer name. Add to this how American churches (whether liberal or conservative) tend to have feminine cultures (even if there is a male pastor) that cater to women, and the left's appeal to maternal instinct, and it's a recipe for problems. I'd like to share how I am tired of "Progressive Auto Insurance " commercials that feature beta-male guys, and moments like how one of the last Star Wars movies featured Laura Dern as some "I know better than you" character. The last Star Wars films are the result of beta-males and women being in charge. Sad ... really sad what they did. I am not an Alpha-male/Special Operations kind of guy. However, I (and thousands of other men) am tired of society-wide themes of contempt, criticism, invalidation, marginalization, and suspicion of men - especially white men. I am convinced we are seeing the liberal left do to our society what my emotionally abusive mother did to me. The only difference is scale. A demand for power rooted in insecurity is at issue. Basically, the left is projecting its collective insecurity onto society. Men are the target and being forced to pay for the left's self-loathing. As for this forum's audience, I am deeply concerned by the thought that today's society could not win W.W.II like the Greatest Generation did. We had a more masculine/traditional society then. It wasn't perfect, but it had the foundation that was needed to win a two-front war. This trend of praising & uplifting all things feminine, producing beta-males, and stigmatizing all things masculine must stop. The political left is much like a woman, and its chronic, narcissistic need for affirmation is costing our country dearly. Basically, President Trump is hated by the left because he is masculine and isn't going to tolerate the left's crap. He's a "bump" in the road of emasculating our country. I am not against women achieving things and having power like Margaret Thatcher because she was cognitively masculine. I am against women achieving things and having power like Billary or A.O.C. because are they narcissistic and project their issues onto the rest of the whole country. It boils down to those in society who are "feminine" against those who are "masculine." I'm afraid (and I admit this is a fear of mine) that things will reach a point where eventually those on the conservative right are going to have to "bitch slap" the left one day in order to restore normalcy. How that will happen is up to speculation. I've noticed a tendency in the left/women to let power go to their heads. Enough is enough. Meanwhile ... more and more guys are getting robbed of any affirmation they deserve & need as males because of the left's twisting of society and marginalization of men. We must start producing real men again (not just sources of paychecks) or else society will fall. And that is the plan: bring down the west by emasculating society. So ... I blame the political left's paradigms and programs for a lot of these shootings because of what they're doing to boys & men in our society. It's like a dysfunctional family where mommy demands power no matter how much it hurts her son because her antics squelches his growth. The democrats keep demanding more & more power. Something's gotta give. Unfortunately, it did break this weekend in the minds of two guys. I'm not excusing their actions, but the liberal left needs to take a collective look in the mirror. I hope this makes sense.
  14. Hi guys: My Rem 700 short-action receiver has arrived. I've heard a lot about blueprinting and trueing a receiver. Based on comments here and reading I've done, I get the impression that blueprinting and trueing the bolt & receiver are two different operations. Am I correct in thinking truing is more important than blueprinting? Trueing the bolt and receiver is where some accuracy is ensured because this is where you're squaring things? I just want to make sure. I admit I want to save some money. Blueprinting sounds more cosmetic and redundant - not necessary. Trueing must be done since this is a stock Remington receiver. Should a gunsmith have my receiver with him when I get a barrel contoured & chambered to ensure the barrel and receiver are squared to each other too, or can they just be screwed together later? Thanks guys. I really want to do things properly to ensure a good shooting rifle. All I know to do after this is to get a gunstock, have it inletted, and then glass bed the action. Pillars will come with my bottom metal (a Badger M5 style clone).
  15. Hello Folks: In a previous post, I announced I am getting components to build a bolt-action .308 rifle using McMillan's A-4 gunstock. My question is once I get all the parts, what operations need to be done by a gunsmith to ensure fit and accuracy? I know one needs to test the chamber with go/no-go gauges. I've heard of trueing/blueprinting a receiver. Are these synonymous terms or are they different operations? Is it really necessary? I intend to do a glass bedding job to. What exactly gets bedded? Just the receiver? I assume with a free-floating barrel you don't glass bed the barrel. I've also heard of pillaring. What does that involve? My bottom metal will come with two pillars and screws for fitting it under the receiver. Is that what folks are referring to when they "pillar" a rifle? Should both glass bedding and pillaring be done to enhance accuracy? Anything else? I just don't want to leave out anything and have my gunsmith assume I didn't want something done because I didn't know to request it, and go to the range and have disappointing accuracy after spending lots of $$$ on a rifle build. Thanks guys.