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high end rifles

18 Aug 2015
@ 08:34 am (GMT)

Mario Ribicic

Hi gents,

I wonder if expensive German rifles have their fair share of
accuracy issues, metal/timber quality issues etc..

Also this might be a stupid question but, do take down rifles get bedded and are they less accurate then "normal rifles"?



18 Aug 2015
@ 08:53 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: high end rifles
Hi Mario, yes the high end German rifles have their fare share of issues. Some more than others. The trouble is, we have people trying to be innovative in ways that are not productive. I am reminded of the story of the Emperors new clothes in this regard. I see more and more moving parts, more complexities and more things to break or go wrong. To me, the pinnacle of engineering expertise is through simplistic physical form. This is a very difficult skill.

Take down rifles can be even more problematic because there is often no way they can be bedded.

Sadly, I have mentally renamed Titan to Tighten. This with regards to costs to the customer chasing problems- Tighten your arsehole because this is going to hurt.

The best take down I have seen so far is the DTR rifle. But this is more of a long range rifle with sporting variants still to come. Apart from this, I would prefer to do barrel changes on the likes of a slightly modified to suit M700 or even a tricked up Savage.

I have put my thoughts on this topic in the long range rifles book with themes (bore dimensions etc) continuing into the accurizing book.

19 Aug 2015
@ 07:56 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: high end rifles
just on a side note i see mauser are now making there 98 rifle again how much they have changed i don't know, i think they got a deal with rigby to supply them with actions but thats top end alright.

one rifle im really interested in looking at are zoli's they are italian but apparently brought the old husky tooling and is based on the husky 1800 rifle, the action is made out of full billet and the recoil is machined into the action.
unfortunately they tend to use monte carlo stocks.

got to admit when i see video's of the driven hunts from on that side of the world i think would a lee enfield not be a fine choice of rifle? maybe that's a kiwi way of thinking
19 Aug 2015
@ 09:32 am (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: high end rifles
My gunsmith mate builds #5 (I think) Enfield's with 308 barrels. You end up with a 10 shot rifle with a better projectiles selection.


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