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    Posted: November/10/2017 at 13:57

I wanted to start a rifle build but after a while of trying to figure it out,looking and looking at stuff, I have never pulled the trigger or started anything. But a month ago, I caught this rifle on Gunbroker already put together and had to have it. Plus it ended up being a great deal.  

6.5x55 caliber ,Remington 700 .30-06 style action, Timney trigger set at 2.75lbs, 22" #5 Hart or Lilja barrel(according to the previous owner), McMillan stock glass/pillar bedded. It is cerakoted in desert tan. I was having a time with the Talley rings digging into the scope finish so I opted for Luepolds.

I sent my bolt off to Kampfeld to have it fluted, face opened, and campfire knob installed. He cerakoted it too and my rings and bases. Karl does great work(just like everyone says) and fast, I had all of this back in SC within a week of shipping it to him. Can't say enough, awesome service!!

What do you guys think?


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That's super nice! Love it. 

I've been wanting to do the same to my Rem bolt. 

Talley rings "digging into scope finish"?? Shocked
HUH??? I'm assuming you tightened them to the correct torque specs?  
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

That's super nice! Love it. 

I've been wanting to do the same to my Rem bolt. 

Talley rings "digging into scope finish"?? Shocked
HUH??? I'm assuming you tightened them to the correct torque specs?  

More likely the bases are not entirely properly lined-up.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

That's super nice! Love it. 

I've been wanting to do the same to my Rem bolt. 

Talley rings "digging into scope finish"?? Shocked
HUH??? I'm assuming you tightened them to the correct torque specs?  

More likely the bases are not entirely properly lined-up.

ILya

Well, yeah. 


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The 6.5x55 is a great caliber.  Most of the factory ammo for it is underpowered since it designed for actions whose steel was not as tough as modern steel. Lots of great new powders available for reloading, though. I am currently playing with the new Enduron powders. Check the rifling twist. It's probably a 1:8. The gun looks great!Yippee
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Nice rifle! I agree; Karl does great work at reasonable prices and fast turnaround. He’s also a nice guy. I’ve had him do a lot of work for me and wouldn’t hesitate to send him more work in the future.
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Very nice, would have kept the Talley’s but that just me.
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Thanks guys!

Rifledude, I used Karl based on your post a while back on your .30-06 with the Stiller action. That's really what made me want to start trying to put a rifle together. I think I am going to send the barreled action back to him and have the barrel spiral fluted.

On the Talley's, I think the previous owner had lapped them. I'm not sure if it was what was causing me trouble or not, but the Luepolds are working for now at least.

I love the 6.5x55 and I wish I reloaded or knew how to. I also have a Tikka T3 6.5x55 with a BC Medalist stock and Schmidt Bender 3-12x42 L7 scope. I love that gun, shoots crazy good. I have been shooting Nosler Trophy Grade 140 Accubonds 2650 fps and this year some new Swift High Grade ammo in 130 grain Scirrocco II's at 2709 fps. And I just ordered some Hendershot custom ammo in 120 grain ballistic tips, should be around 2800-2850 according to them.

Shot these this morning with the 140 Accubonds.






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Does bring home the bacon. Cool
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 Sent my rifle back to Karl and had the barrel fluted and everything re-cerakoted. Man that guy does good work !! Big smile

Also had him add a campfire knob on my .223

And I picked up another Schmidt and Bender. I really liked the Swarovski PV but I prefer the S&B and the illumination is a lot better on the S&B. I did like how you could remove the reostat on the Swaro but it didn't look good installed and it was too bright on the lowest setting to me.

 

 

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That's a looker! I picked up a 270 WSM off gunbroker with those style scope mounts a while back. It's a shooter now that I tightened the windage screws on the rear base. Fella probably thought the barrel was shot out, but it was just those screws had vibrated loose. 
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Very nice, CBM!
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Is that a Mcmillian classic stock?Love the colors in the stock.
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