Just one week prior to the 2018 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) Magpul announced the release of their new Pro 700 Chassis for the Remington 700 rifle. The Pro 700 appears to have addressed all of my criticism of the Hunter 700, although that stock continues to be an excellent value for the entry level precision rifle shooter. The question is, how will the market accept the Pro 700 at this price point in a saturated chassis market.
The highlights include:
- Ambidextrous bedding block (left or right-handed actions)
- Push button folding stock (reversible for left or right folder)
- Tool-less Length of Pull, Buttpad Height/Tilt and Comb Height Adjustment
- Molded, Adjustable for Sweep and Trigger Pull Length
- Large Trigger Guard for Glove Use
- QD Sling Mounting Points
- M-Lok Accessory Slots
- AICS Compatible Magazine Well
- Low-Profile Magazine Release
- Ambidextrous Thumb Shelf
- Length – 32.7” – 34.6” (23.5” when folded)
- Weight – 5.4 lbs
Magpul has set the MSRP at $999.95 and estimated availability in April 2018. Hopefully, we will have more information after we get our hands on the Pro 700 at the SHOT Show.
Franklin Armory dropped a pre-SHOT Show bomb today in the form of a press release. The image in the press release appears to be an AR15 type short barreled rifle, but Franklin Armory claims that this new firearm does not require registration under the National Firearms Act. The firearm appears to have a conventional buttstock and a 11.5″ barrel.
There is not much information available yet, but based on the image and the legal definition of a short barreled rifle, it will be interesting to see how they managed to convince the ATF that this firearm doesn’t fall under the requirements for registration.
My speculation based on the “rifle” features that are visible in the photo, is that they are using a barrel that doesn’t qualify as “rifled”. How they intend to stabilize the projectile and if it will accept standard ammunition is a question that we will have to wait to answer.
You can be sure that we will stop by the Franklin Armory booth at the SHOT Show to bring you more information.
My favorite Harris Bipod is a BRM-S 6-9″ refitted with an Alamo Four Star DLOC clamp and SARG knob. The addition of the DLOC and SARG knob made the BRM-S better in every way. When I heard that ZRODelta (formerly Alamo Four Star) was releasing a new upgrade to the Harris bipod, they had my attention. Continue reading ZRODelta DLOC-SS Bipod Released
Ultimatum Precision has opened pre-orders on their new “Deadline” Action.
The Deadline is a Remington 700 footprint action, but this is not another 700 clone. The Deadline features a 60° bolt lift and three-lug floating bolt head. Assuming that Ultimatum has been able to keep the bolt lift weight light, this should be a very fast action. Continue reading Ultimatum Precision “Deadline” Action
Ruger has identified a problem with Ruger Precision Rifles with the aluminum bolt shroud. Some rifles may experience interference with the firing pin that can cause light strikes. In severe cases, it may cause failure to fire when the trigger is pulled, then cause the rifle to fire when the bolt is touched.
This is not a recall, but Ruger has setup a program where owners of affected rifles may apply for a free replacement bolt shroud. Ruger advises that if you have fired more than 100 rounds through your rifle without any light strikes or other issues, your rifle is “unlikely to be affected” and no further action is necessary.
Possibly affected serial number range is 1800-26274 to 1800-78345 OR 1801-00506 to 1801-30461
Full details on the issue are available in the Safety Bulletin PDF.
RCBS has announced the release of a new version of their flagship ChargeMaster. The “ChargeMaster Lite” is a one piece design, featuring a LCD touchscreen display. The hopper will hold nearly a pound of powder and dispense charges from 2-300 grains with a +/- 0.1 gran accuracy.
MSRP will be $299.99
Full Press Release Here.
Keystone Sporting Arms, LLC. just announced the new Crickett Precision Rifle on their Facebook page. There is not a lot of information out yet, but it appears the rifle will be available in January 2017 and retail for approximately $310. This small .22 bolt action should appeal to Accuracy International hands who want to outfit their little shooters in style. We hope to have some more information as the 2017 SHOT Show approaches.
CTK Precision has released several new accessories for the Ruger Precision Rifle. CTK’s new bolt knob is CNC machined from 6061 Aluminum and features a steel knob extension for strength. The Bolt Knob is Type III Hardcoat Anodized. The extension is parkerized an countered to blend into the factory bot stem. The unique design will definitely stand out on your rifle. ($46 MSRP)
If you are concerned about your buttstock rubbing against the chassis in the folded position, CTK offers their new Ruger Precision Rifle Stock Bumper. It quickly replaces the factor length of pull adjustment knob. ($19 MSRP)
CTK has also released an enlarged and ambidextrous magazine release extension. The Mag Release Extension quickly attaches to the factory magazine release. The mag release should make it easier to drop the magazine with your trigger finger, speeding reloads. ($37 MSRP)
More information and pricing is available on the CTK Precision website.
Proof Research has made it easier than ever to add their match winning barrels to your rifle. Owners of the Ruger Precision Rifle can order replacement Carbon Fiber or Stainless Steel barrels from Stockysstocks.com. The barrels will arrive pre-fit and ready to install without any machine work necessary. There is no need to send your rifle off for months while you wait to have a barrel fitted. Proof Research Carbon Fiber Barrels start at $940 and their Stainless Steel version start at $469.99. Stocky’s has them on sale currently for $846.99 and $439.99 respectively. Continue reading Proof Research Releases Pre-Fit Carbon Fiber Barrels for the Ruger Precision Rifle
Berger Bullets has just announced their new 130gr Hybrid 6.5mm bullet. With a G7 ballistic coefficient of .290 you may be wondering where this bullet fits in. The popular 140gr Match Target Hybrid drops a better .317 G7 BC. It just so happens that Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz, designed this bullet specifically for magazine fed applications. Platforms like the “large frame” ARs have slightly less magazine length than their bolt action brethren. This new 130gr AR Hybrid seeks to give you the best balance of BC while keeping as much of the bullet as possible out of the case. Less bullet in the case means more room for powder and higher possible velocities. How this works out in the real world will be interesting to see. Let’s just hope that Berger is able to keep up with demand. We would love to see how these new bullets run in our 6.5CM MATEN project.
For more info, check out the press release from Berger.