For a couple years I've been mulling over a build kinda
mimicking (not duplicating) the military sniper platform. But they Changed it
midstream to the XM2010 platform. That new platform grew on me but I couldn't find a suitable "chassis"...'Til a few weeks back. It was then I discovered the XLR industries Evolution Chassis, BEHOLD:
Well the juices been flowing ever since. I won't bore you with all the thought
process for the choices I made for what I decided to put in that thing of beauty (looong story) I'll just give you what I ended up with.
Caliber 7mm Rem. Mag; flatter, farther shooting than .308 and less recoil than the 300 Win Mag the Army uses.
Donor Rifle Stevens 200: Been investigating Savage Stevens for builds for awhile and since the Evolution has already been inletted for Savage that seemed the most economical way to go.
The only thing left was to find out was is there a Magazine for the 7mm.
before I layed out any cash? Today I got my answere from Kyle at XLR.
Hello Tom, Yes, The 7mm Rem Mag will feed just fine from a 300 WM magazine.
Within an hour I recieved a call from a guy from the ******** that had a NIB Stevens 200 7mm for $300 that I had emailed about Sunday. He had brought the gun to work and asked if I wanted it. I had it home within two hours.
Some things are just meant to be.
Now, for the TFFers role. I need some help making my mind up on certain
build items, so here goes:
Barrel: Contour, Varmint or Bull?
Length, 26" or 24" ala military.
Muzzle, Would it be wise to have it threaded and capped for a brake
down the road?
Maker, Kinda down to Criterion or Shilen, trying to be economical
but this has got to be a shooter (whole point of build).
Action: Maybe you smiths can chime in here. I know Josh has experience
wih Savages. Is it worth lapping and squaring etc.?
Trigger: Probably just stick a Rifle Basix in.
OK guys and gals fire away, all opinions and suggestions appreciated.
Sorry to be so windy but I'm kinda stoked
Pix of the Caterpillar awaiting transformation up soon.
Hope to document entire process on this thread.