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  1. Nobody said anything about a .338 Lapua build until you brought it up. You don't build a rifle (or usually anything else) to save money. You build a rifle to get the rifle you want. If an accurized ought six is what floats his boat, then so be it. I would take the same action and have a .35 Whelen built on it, because that's MY idea of a great custom rifle. The fact that I could BUY a factory built Remmy in Whelen is largely irrelevant... Besides getting exactly the barrel quality and contour desired, the twist can be specified, so the resulting rifle will be optimized for the actual intended bullet weight, not whatever compromise twist rate the factory would have chosen. Muzzle threading can also be specified, whereas often a factory barrel won't have sufficient meat for threads. And even though Remington barrels and assembly have generally resulted in accurate rifles over the years, no production rifle built to a price point is ever going to be able to equal one that is the result of a good gunsmith's personal attention, using a barrel from Hart, Shilen, etc. Also lately Remington has not always been doing so good as they used to quality wise. Having a custom rifle built on an older action may actually be less of a crapshoot than buying a new factory Remington in the desired caliber. Edit to add: Be careful who you take it to.
  2. Maybe build it in something cool like .35 Whelen or .338-06.
  3. About time. It's been a pretty good week at SCOTUS so far. http://www.wtae.com/article/supreme-court-justice-kennedy-announces-retirement/21968669
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    Kennedy Retirement

    I read she died like a year ago, but her interns have been carting her around ala Weekend At Bernie's...
  5. I don't know if I would blame Facebook for having killed forums, but fuck them anyway.
  6. On my Model 7 300 Blackout build, I first tried PTG bottom metal for AICS magazines, and I could not get it to feed at all. But that issue may have been specific to the Blackout round. I ended up with the factory Remington parts, which at least worked. If you are going for aftermarket bottom metal for detachable magazines, your stock will most likely have to be custom inletted to fit it. Get a decent trigger if you don't already have one. I used a Timney which I have been happy with. Also, have your muzzle threaded 5/8-24 in case you decide to get a can later. That is the most common thread size for a .30 caliber can.
  7. Gift certificate to Cabela's or archery shop local to her?
  8. Usually people put the maglite body on the other end....
  9. Saw this and thought of you.
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    Vid for GunFun

    Another video showing how it is supposed to work. The owner/captain of this vessel is a good friend of mine: Asked him once about knowing where to find fish... He said, "You can follow the crowd, but the crowd is wrong. And even if the crowd is right, then you have to share with the crowd." Seemed to have applicability beyond fishing.
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    Vid for GunFun

    Yeah a lot of people don't realize how much power a seiner has, or how fast they can move when the skipper wants to. I have heard of at least one that was powered by a gas turbine.
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    Vid for GunFun

    I went to high school with the guy whose boat got rammed: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2018/05/22/rammed-or-shooting-the-gap-salmon-seiners-clash-in-prince-william-sound-criminal-case/
  13. Brown bear meat is not considered edible up here and you are not required to salvage it by the game regs. Black bear meat you are, and some people seem to actually enjoy eating it.
  14. I glass/pillar bedded my wood stocked Remington Model 7 years ago. It is, as Evl stated, a messy pain in the ass. It also solved the problems I was having with that rifle, so in the end it was well worth doing. The factory wood stock was warped and pressing on the barrel, throwing my point of impact off by well over a foot at 100 yards, which caused me to have to crank in a bunch of adjustment at my scope and irons. After the bedding, I was able to take all of that adjustment out because it shoots basically to boresight now. Interestingly, grouping size was not changed either way. Essentially what I did was follow the instructions in the Acraglas Gel kit, plus I added a couple of pieces of steel tube to serve as pillars for the action screws. You can either glass bed, pillar bed, or both at the same time. I did both at the same time. You end up hogging out stock material around the barrel, action, and recoil lug, and also drilling out the action screw holes oversize to accept whatever you are using for pillars, and then there is some prep work to the action as well. I put a layer of electrical tape over the forward face of the recoil lug to create some clearance for removal and installation, and also around the barrel to create clearance for free float. EVERYTHING metal and that you will want to be able to remove needs to be generously coated in release compound, and everywhere on the stock that you don't want bedding compound will need to be taped off carefully. Then the compound can be applied per the instructions, and the whole thing assembled. Once it has cured, hopefully you'll be able to separate the action from the stock if you have done it correctly. My stock chipped slightly where the action stuck around the safety cutout but it was pretty minor so I applied some finish oil over the damaged spot and left it alone. It's a hunting rifle and subject to getting stock scratches anyway. Again, you can do either or both, but if you have a wood stock, the advantage of a full length bedding job including the channel will be to stabilize the stock so that it can't shift and impact your accuracy. The main function of the pillars is to allow the action screws to develop and retain their full torque repeatably, which can have an effect on accuracy and zero retention. But as I said, it's a pain in the ass. I built another Model 7 from a bare action last year, and that time around I just bought a composite stock with a built in aluminum bedding block. It's way more easier and works well, although in theory the glass bedding with pillars can be better since it is a custom fit to your rifle, and the fit of the aluminum bedding block is subject to manufacturing tolerances. Squeaky, what action are you using?
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    F#$^%$#! Yeti !

    GOA doesn't do shit other than take your money and attack the NRA.
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    F#$^%$#! Yeti !

    The NRA needs to stay the hell out of court cases, because for the most part they fuck things up like they tried unsuccessfully to do with Heller. They are simply not any good at that aspect of the fight. On the other hand, SAF needs to stay the hell out of lobbying elected officials because THEY are no good at THAT. Or has everybody forgotten already about SAF/Alan Gottleib's attempted sell-out post Sandy Hook? The bottom line is that the NRA tries to do the best they can with what they have to work with. Their strength is not that they can buy legislators, because they simply don't have the budget for it. The best they can do is give some aid to politicians who have demonstrated views consistent with the NRA's agenda, which can approach in effectiveness spending enough on legislators to ensure they stay bought, but it's an imperfect solution, since the funds simply aren't there to compete with our enemies on a dollar for dollar basis. The NRA's best weapon for keeping pols in line has always been the wrath of its members.... At times when the group's leadership has perceived that the membership is energized and involved, they've done a decent job of holding the line and refusing to compromise. At other times when the rank and file has seemed to be apathetic or uninvolved, then that is when the NRA has been more inclined to cut deals. This is one reason why the NRA is no good at court battles; judges don't have to fear getting voted out of office, so NRA's usual skill set is no good there compared to groups like SAF. The NRA is an organization of gun owners, not a hired lobbying group that you send a few bucks to and have them fight your battles for you. We get out of it exactly what we put into it. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to blame them for seeking to cut deals, you'd be better off directing your ire at your fellow gun owners who can't be bothered to get involved in the fight. Even just having a basic annual membership is huge... Imagine if all or most gun owners were NRA members instead of just a small percentage. With a membership in the high tens of millions, we could run the tables politically.
  17. Nothing much wrong with the Turks that wouldn't be solved by kicking them out of Constantinople, and pushing them back into central Asia where they belong.
  18. You can thank the letter-writing assholes at Gemtech for that one.
  19. I guess if you are willing to put an $800 can on the end of a barrel threaded that way, have at it.
  20. I'm not sure what his exact procedure is, but my gunsmith did it with my .308 and it hasn't caused any problems with either of the cans I have used on that rifle.
  21. Not necessarily. Since that looks like a regular square back AK receiver, it's possible to put it in a 4 jaw chuck and indicate to true without pulling the barrel. My .308 Saiga was done this way. He threads a lot of barrels and has a good reputation in the local machine gun club.
  22. The stock I bought from them for my SBRed Ranch Hand was.... adequate. The matching handguard just plain didn't fit, so I have a slight color mismatch with the factory one now. I could understand fitting being required for an unfinished part, but not one sold as being finished. Also, it was made wrongly enough that attempts at fitting were not likely to be successful anyway.
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    F#@$% Bank of America

    So far as I know, Wells Fargo is still standing firm and resisting calls to boycott the NRA and gun industry. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/9/wells-fargo-resists-push-cut-ties-nra-gun-makers/ “In fact, as I have publicly stated, I do not believe that the American public wants banks to decide which legal products consumers can and cannot buy.” -Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan
  24. The attribute of an anti-bear gun that is maybe as important as the projectile it launches and how many of them, is that it be sufficiently convenient to carry that you will have it on you when you need it. This is where my guide gun beats nearly every other long gun, plus it throws a 350-400+ grain projectile at a respectable clip, with 4 relatively fast follow up shots in the magazine. It weighs all of about 7 pounds so one has less excuse for setting it down. I bought a back scabbard for it so I can carry it around camp while keeping my hands free for other tasks. That's a little slower to deploy but still infinitely better than leaning up against the cabin when a bear walks into the yard. Gunfun's post above is spot-on... Killing a bear and stopping it from killing or maiming you are often not the same thing. You need something that will reliably break bones and take out a bear's nervous system. A .50 BMG is not too much gun where brown bears are concerned, it's just too much gun to carry around just in case.
  25. There was a guy here a few years ago who was charged by a bear while carrying a 5.45 AK... He killed the bear with around a dozen shots, but that's not the same as stopping it. It broke off its attack and traveled about another 100 yards before it expired. It had lots of time left in which to kill the guy had it been so inclined.