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Old March 7th, 2017, 07:42 PM   #1
 
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My budget long range rifle

Ruger American PRedator in .308, with a Primary Arms 4-14x44mm scope, SWFA 30mm rings, a Tacfire muzzle brake, a Caldwell 3"-9" bipod, and my "personalized original stock. I cut the stock because it was slightly warped along the barrel channel and it was touching the barrel.

After removing the stock and looking it over I decided I would cut it similar to how the Blackhawk Axiom stock is made. I cut the lips of the barrel channel off and filed/sand it down smooth. The barrel is truly free floated now. I scuffed the stock up, applied some gray primer, and then gave it two coats of DupliColor OEM "Trunk" paint in a gray and black splatter finish.

The paint turned out far better than my expectations, and the stock performs extremely well. I was able to produce sub-MOA groups with 168 and 178 grain ammo @ 100 yards on a very blustery day (wind was gusting up to 25 mph).


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Forgot to add total cost, since it's a "budget" rifle. The whole shebang ran me $657 for everything, including the primer and paint for the stock.
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Congrats on the new rifle.

Let us know how she shoots.
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Sounds like quite the setup! Post some pics when you can!
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Sounds good, say hi to all the other nubees and you will be able to post pics @ 10.
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I have a similar setup with the 6.5 creedmoor. It is really amazing how accurate these rifle are when you clean up the stock. I did not go as far as making it like the Axiom stock though.

Did you fill the fore end of the stock (the honeycomb slots) with some sort of epoxy to make it more rigid? That, in combination with a part of an arrow shaft, cut my shot grouping in half.
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good job.
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Congrats on the new rifle.

Let us know how she shoots.

I've already had her out to the 100 yard range nearby. It was quite windy, with a steady cross wind at @ 5-10 mph and gusts upwards of 15-20 mph. I was shooting off of a bipod and no rear support, and once sighted in it produced groups between 1 1/2 MOA and just under MOA with 168 and 178 grain Hornady Match. As a matter of fact, it got so windy my target sheets blew off the backstop! I lost my second sheet to the wind but I was able to catch my first sheet with one of the sub-MOA groups (3 shots). I'll post that pic up when I can.
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I have a similar setup with the 6.5 creedmoor. It is really amazing how accurate these rifle are when you clean up the stock. I did not go as far as making it like the Axiom stock though.

Did you fill the fore end of the stock (the honeycomb slots) with some sort of epoxy to make it more rigid? That, in combination with a part of an arrow shaft, cut my shot grouping in half.
I was considering doing just that, but I haven't filled in the honeycomb because after cutting it it feels more than adequately stiff. On the bipod there is hardly any flex, even with me putting a full load on it.

I can't say how much cutting the stock down like I did helped the grouping, as I did that before even taking my first shot with it. But, I am absolutely happy with the groups I'm getting as of my last range trip.
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sounds good
I have the same scope on one of my AR's. I like it a lot.
I also have the .308 predator, but it has a Vortex 4-16 diamondback hp. also a budget optic around the same price as the Primary Arms

please post more updates as you go longer range!
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Welcome to the Forum and congrats on the build! Cant wait to see it




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Before cutting the stock and painting it;




After;



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My last 5 round group @ 100 yards. The flier in the upper left is all me. I knew it as soon as I pulled the trigger.

5 shots (for reference, I was using the 3" Shoot-N-See target stickers)



Same group with the flier removed. I believe this is a better representation of what the rifle can do. Repeated the sub-MOA group from my 3-shot groups. I just have to learn to shoot better. She seems to like the heavier stuff. 168 grain was producing 1 1/2 to 2 MOA groups, consistently. When I went to 178's she really tightened up. Next I'll try some 175's and 180's and see what she does with those.

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That's sooo sexy...As soon as mine gets here the Dremel and hot-knife will be warmed up!! Are/were there any hollow spots to fill in or deal with? If so how did you deal with it? I currently have a tech request in to the factory to see if I can thread the barrel on my compact .308...
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To the OP hey nice job there looks like the RAR is a very accurate rifle!!!
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