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FTR Build Project by Robert Fortier PART 2

For those who have enjoyed following the work of Robert Fortier and his stock building, here are more pics as he completes the shaping and finishing of the stock. In the first installment, we stopped at the inletting stage.  Now the fun and messy stuff –  shaping and sanding. First step, put on the outline of the shape you want.. really it is a point of reference as you will modify the shape as you shape and sand for that perfect custom fit. Given that the stock is wood, any type of power sander can be used to quickly remove the bulk of the wood to closer to the pattern you want.  You will be making ALOT of dust so some way to contain and extract is a good idea.  I work outside and leave the sawdust on the lawn For me, this is the most fun part of making a stock.  Removing all the bulk material to reveal what you want underneath.  Let your artistic feelings go… as well as what feels comfy to you.  Odds are the stock that fits you will not look like a commercial stock.   I pay alot of attention in the grip and trigger area.  Good trigger control is critical to accurate fire. Also, in the comb and getting the perfect eye to scope alignment with a comfy cheek weld. Like shoes, one size does not fit all. NOTE:  the buttstock bottom has an angle to it.  This is ideal when using the MPOD so you can make your fine elevation adjustments by simply sliding the stock fore and aft in the rear... read more

Pierce Titanium Custom FTR Rifle

  I am thrilled to have received my new Pierce Custom Titanium Rem SA type receiver. This will go into my new FTR rifle for the 2015 Season.  As pictured – Long Tenon, Fluted Bolt, Timney Calvin Elite – Action is in the White.  I swapped out for a Jewell BR in the final set up.  Very impressed with the machining and tolerances of these Actions. I have seen them in action and they work very well. Can’t wait to get my rifle finished in the coming months. Weight of my receiver without base or lug as pictured… 23.5 ozs   Pierce alloy base is about 1 oz Rear Square Tang.  With this feature, you do not need to use a recoil lug in smaller chamberings.  I added a precision ground oversized lug as I will be putting alot of rds through this receiver of heavy recoiling 308…  Scalloped bottom reduces weight some more and adds more bearing surface in bedding.  Notice that notch in the front of the receiver.  I swap barrels alot and this allows me to us a lug with a pin.  Ensures the lug is properly indexed in my bedding … sure saves a huge headache and I don’t need to pin the receiver.  Not a fan of taking any metal out of receiver in a way that can weaken it.  And there is never a risk of a pin breaking off inside the receiver… that’s a headache you just don’t need. Fluted Bolt Body, Tactical Bolt knob, Cone Breech Beautiful machining and chambering by Terry at Black Art Rifle Company. Min spec chamber and will... read more

Wby Vanguard 6BR Tack Driver from Belgium

Phil from Belgium sent some nice pics and results of his new Wby Vanguard/MPOD 6BR.  The Wby Vanguard is not often discussed when building precision rifles but it does perform very well.           “Hi Jerry here are some photos of my rifle and some targets for your customer gallery. Description of my rifle: action—weatherby vanguard ( howa 1500) barrel—- lothar walther inox 6br1/8″ twist stock— staffordshire synthetic stock ( TAC5) bipod—- mystic precision I’ m very please of your bipod, rigid and light. Phil from Belgium.” Wish you all the best and continued success.  I hope this will increase interest in this strong and solid receiver.... read more

PGW 338 Lapua Timberwolf Excels with an MPOD

  Hello Jerry, Here are some more pics of the PGW .338 Timberwolf as well as my PGW .308 Coyote. Noticed something, the .308 Coyote is missing your MPOD. Let’s work on that…..haha The .338 Timberwolf is my very prized addition to my collection. It’s perfomance is outstanding for all distances. For ammo, I use my hand loads of 225g Nosler AccuBond bullets, Lapua Mag Brass, Match primers and Hodgdon1000 Powder. Although PGW recommends the use 250g. bullet, they are hard to get. In result, with .225g. I can achieve smaller then 1inch group at 300m. The rifle performs very well under all weather conditions. Easy to handle and fun to use. This combination with your MPOD provides enormous amount of stability and control while performing in adverse conditions. I think this is a winning combination of true balance between the rifle and the MPOD. I strongly recommend your MPOD for use with any rifle. It is light, strong and durable and well balanced. Hopefully in the near future my .308 Coyote will also have the use of your MPOD. Thank you for your support Enjoy the pics Sebastian B Those are some fine looking rifles.  I am very pleased that the MPOD is serving you well and obviously, shooting some very tight groups.  I hope you get the rail for your Coyote.  Now you put the MPOD on either rifle.   Continued success… Enjoy and Thanks for sharing.... read more

Tikka T3 Tac Rifle from the Neatherlands

Here is another really cool Tactical rifle based on the Tikka T3 Tac.  Some very interesting parts we don’t commonly see in the Canadian market.         Hi Jerry, The MPOD arrived on 26 december. I’ve been putting in some handy work to put some threaded sleeves in the forend and attach the rail with two metric allen screws. See the result in the attached pictures. My set up is as follows: Tikka T3 TAC in .308W (basically only the 24” barrel, short action and trigger assembly); Roedale Precision M18x1 threaded muzzle break; GRS laminated wood long range stock; Konuspro M30 8.5-32×52 scope And… a Mystic Precision MPOD I expect to enjoy shooting it again in January, and will let you know how it goes. If all’s well, I will put out a positive review on the “vuurwapens.net” forum in The Netherlands. Just one quick question that came to mind – the ski’s are smooth on the underside. I am shooting from a flat concrete floor. Would glueing on some rubber pads be advisable? [Told to put a piece of thick nap carpet under the feet and things will track superbly] Thanks again for the fast service!... read more

Promag Rem 700 SA Precision Stock

  One of the best featured stocks for the Rem 700 SA Right Hand.  Comes with superb ergonomics.  Fully adjustable LOP and Comb – settings stay put. We put a custom rifle together on this stock and very impressed with how it all fit and functions. The integral forend bipod is not adjustable and has limited use but makes a quick rest if needed.  We modified to fit a rail for the MPOD. Comes with a 10rds center feed detachable mag.   This great looking rifle was put together by Terry of Black Art Rifle Company.  The action was fully blueprinted.  Shilen SS Select Match barrel was expertly installed.  Muzzle brake blended to a seemless fit.  It shot very well, averaging in the 2’s and 3’s at 100yds. Contact... read more

Kepeller FTR/Trainer from Slovenia

How do you get more trigger time with your FTR rig without costing a fortune in ammo and bore wear? Well, Klemen P from Slovenia has a very interesting solution.  He is shooting a Kepeller Rifle with a rimfire and 308 barreled action.  These are near identical and mount to the same stock. The ergonomics are the same so form and position does not vary. Here is the rimfire version.  Note the tuner.  Love the all the adjustments possible with the Kepeller stock.  Looks like the typical excellent design and manf typical of quality European rifles. And here is the 308 FTR.  Klemen writes: Hi Jerrry, I went from international match already. It was held in Serbia, a big ammo & reloading components manufacturer “Prvi partizan” hosted “PPU 2014 CUP”. We shot at 300 & 500 meters (F-class open and F-TR). Bad weather, two days of rainy & windy conditions. I used the same rifle (only one – 308 WIN) & your bipod for all events (even open). I liked it a lot, no bounce, good tracking, light weight, rock solid, only adjusting took me a lot of time (height & canting adjustment). I won both 300m events, finished second in 500m TR (3 ponts behind winner) and third in 500m open (1 point behind). Results are not published yet, will send you link when they will be. A lot of guys looked what I use, so I did some marketing job for you. If you need test pilot for one free new generations bipod you are developing, please feel free to mail me :-). In 300m events I... read more

Choate Tactical Rem 700ACCSD by Frank D

Frank D of Petawawa picked up a Rem 700 ACCSD recently but wasn’t happy with the stock.  I suggested the Choate Tactical with a Tac Pro adjustable cheek to keep costs down without compromising performance.   Here is his finished rig taken at a recent match in Ont.  Rem 700 ACCSD in 308,   Vortex HST Viper 4-16X44 in MRAD.  Really nice pic by CGN handle, klink1983   200yds group with his bet 168gr Handloads. Frank notes ” I noticed a marked improvement from my first attempt shooting at 600yds.  The only thing this stock doesn’t do is eliminate hard cross winds” Enjoy the stock and learning to read those hard cross winds.... read more

Evan Z – New XLR Rem 700 Tackdriver

I’ve been fascinated by long range hunting from the onset of my hunting career, thanks to the writings of yourself, Ian McMurchy, and others- both on paper and online. I decided that if I wanted to start shooting and hunting at long distances, I’d need a purpose-built long range gun; and with my love of guns and gunsmithing, I decided to try building it myself.     I spent many hours gathering info online on all aspects of my project, from actions and chamberings to twist rates and headspacing, finally settling on the inexpensive and ubiquitous Remington 700 action with a heavy, 1-10″ twist McGowen barrel chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum. Because of its high ballistic coefficient and terminal performance, the bullet of choice would be the 210 grain Berger VLD Hunting. Choosing the stock would prove to be a much more difficult task, with the huge number of options available, but after much deliberation, I settled on an XLR Industries Evolution chassis for the excellent features, adjustability, and reasonable pricetag.     While waiting for my chassis and barrel to arrive, I set out on building my own barrel vise. Thanks to my father being a mechanic I had access to all the tools and metal I needed, and the barrel vise was done in no time. The barrel from Mystic Precision, and chassis from XLR arrived right on schedule. I stripped the old barrel (with no small amount of cussing) from the used M700 I purchased, and installed and headspaced my beautiful, new McGowen stainless short-chambered #8 contour barrel in short order. Then, I hand-lapped the action,... read more

Whiskey 3 Chassis SAKO 7STW Custom Build by Mark K

      This is a project we recently assembled for Mark K on his SAKO TRG-s.  Not very often we get to see a Superb Build on a SAKO and this one is a gem. Parts List: Sako TRG-s m995 Action, bolt and trigger. 7mm Kreiger SS #6 contour 1-9 barrel, chambered in 7mm Shooting Times Westerner JP Enterprises Bennie Cooley Muzzle Brake Whiskey 3 Chassis by Kinetic Research Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm TMR Reticle M1 turrets. Sako Optilock rings and Bases MPod bipod by Mystic Precision. AICS CIP Magazine. (Still waiting/looking for one)   Mark K  :  ” I just have wanted to build a custom rifle/long range setup for years. I have grown up and continue to shoot almost exclusively Sako rifles, and I have always been attracted to calibers that have good long range capabilities. I Currently have, 222 Remington(Not really a long range cartridge, but great accuracy), 260 Remington, 280 Remington, 7mm STW, and my newest 300 WSM So I knew my build would be based off a Sako. I just never could decide on what cartridge. Until last year when I bought a Sako 75 in 7mm STW and loved it. It has all kinds of power, and the capabilities of shooting way out there. So, that was it, I had my plan. Although, my plan was to use the Sako 75 as base for the custom. Then I bought the Sako TRG-s to use as a hunting rifle, but upon receiving it discovered someone had tampered with the head spacing. So it became the donor rifle. That lead me to contacting you... read more