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I just finished a new rifle build and wanted to share. I had a Brown "Pound'r" Kevlar stock for Rem 700 SA sitting in my closet for the past 10 years or so just begging to cradle some cool metal, so I finally gave in to temptation. 

The goal for this project was to assemble the lightest hunting rifle I possibly could without sacrificing precision. So, with that in mind, the components are as follows:

Pierce titanium short action.
Broughton 5C 8-twist barrel chambered 6.5 Creedmoor, 22", fluted, Chambered so I can kiss lands with 120 gr Amax at 2.82" COAL. Contour is a custom order, something around a "2.5". 
Brown "Pound'r" Kevlar stock, weighing around 16 oz
PT&G aluminum bottom metal
Late 1980's/early 90's vintage Zeiss Diavari-C 3-9X36 scope
Talley LW mounts
Timney "Calvin Elite" trigger, set at 2 lbs
Remington mag box, spring, & follower
The lightest Pachmayr pad I could find

Custom touches:
I skeletonized the root of the bolt handle with slot/holes. Doesn't reduce much weight, but looks cool.
I primed, textured, and painted the stock with Durakote in 4 colors, using the "sponge camo" technique, then clearcoated with matte Durakote.
Barrel finished with salt-bath black nitride (trade names "Tenifer," "Melonite," "QPQ," etc.).
Remaining black parts finished with KG Gun Kote.
The receiver was treated with titanium carbonitride PVD coating, which makes the surface extremely hard and imparts a bluish-gray color to the titanium.
The bolt shroud, bottom metal, and barrel flutes finished with Blue Titanium Cerakote.
Laser engraved caliber designation.
Action bedded with Pro Bed 2000 epoxy

I don't have 6.5 Creed dies yet, so I just bought some Hornady factory loads with 120 Amax for the first 2 range sessions. On the first range session, groups were disappointing at .75 - 1 MOA. I discovered the mag box was applying too much pressure between the bottom of the receiver and bottom metal. I filed some material off the bottom of the mag box to relieve the binding, and groups shrank to .4 - .6 MOA. She shows potential, so I'm looking forward to working up some loads. Not bad for such a light rifle shooting the first ammo tried, without even tweaking any handloads yet.

I haven't weighed it yet, but based on comparison to other light rifles I have, it will probably weigh about 5 lbs all up.

Why? Why the hell not?

And, because I have a sickness.

Anyway, here she is:



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Ok, I tried to upload photos, but the server is very slow for some reason and it wouldn't allow me to do so. Will try again later.
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That's sweet. 

"I have an illness". Laugh
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NICE addition to the family, Ted ! Love that paint job.
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Sounds and looks like a very good rifle.  Should be fun to explore.  
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Very nice Ted.  Let us know how it goes when you start tweaking your loads.
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Looks fine! Good Camo for a ragweed field. I can't fathom having the time for all your projects. It is an inspiration.
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This rifle shows much thought and effort.

Edited by Stevey Ducks - December/02/2015 at 23:14
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Very nice Ted!! Looking forward to a range report.
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That's real pretty Ted, what's her name.
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Nice Ted. Excellent
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Very Nice Job Ted, Great CaliberHowdy
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That is very cool Ted....
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Very interesting.  How fast does that light barrel heat up?  Although if you aren't doing long strings it won't really matter.
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Real purty
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Nice!
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Very slick.
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that stock is wildCool
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I'm just glad that Ted finally has a practical bolt action rifle he can use for huntingDevil
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Looks nice Ted! Any particular reason you angled for the 120gr vs. 140gr? Like the camo pattern too. At first glance it made me go hmm, but I think it was the color of the bench that caused that reaction. When looking at the camo against the turf, I like it!
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Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

Looks nice Ted! Any particular reason you angled for the 120gr vs. 140gr?


Hornady discontinued the 140s. Plus, would have to seat bullets too deep to function in mag box length.
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Ted, just saw this thread, Outstanding!!!  Excellent
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

Looks nice Ted! Any particular reason you angled for the 120gr vs. 140gr?


Hornady discontinued the 140s. Plus, would have to seat bullets too deep to function in mag box length.


Fight the seating issue with a few of my Rugers too.

Didn't want to try the 140gr ELD's or you are sticking with "Don't fix what isn't broke" in the A-Max's?
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