So with 20 hours of driving ahead of us, what do you think we talk about?….GUNS! (and a little bit of hunting)
We started discussing the “what if you could only have one rifle” topic. And the next thing you know, we are designing the ultimate, perfect rifle…….
We decided on a few criteria…..
Availability of aftermarket accessories
Switch Barrel capable
A few phone calls and we found a pair of used Remington 700Ti rifles up at Kittery Trading Post in Maine. When we returned from Alabama we packed up a few “horse trading” rifles and headed for Maine.
With the rifles in hand (they were both 270 Winchester, not a bad cartridge for one of the switch barrels), we had previously decided on a cartridge. Since we are both Ackley nuts, the 257 Roberts Ackley got the green light. An order was sent off for a reamer, brass and dies.
A couple of barrel blanks were ordered from Pac Nor, 3 groove in #3 Contour. Now a #3 contour is a pretty heavy barrel if you are looking for light weight, but with the Kevlar stock and the Ti action, I wasÂ sure we would still come in under 7 pounds when it was all said and done. And the heavier barrel would be better in the varmint fields if longer range shooting was called for. Kreiger and PacNor have been my barrels of choice lately. They just plain ship great product, no reason to go anywhere else.
The rifle will have two aftermarket barrels and the factory takeoff. The aftermarket barrels will be in 257 Roberts Ackley and 35 Whelen. The factory take off as mentioned previously is the 270 Winchester.
In my estimation, a rifle lives and dies by its trigger. For this project I chose a Kipplinger “Single Set” trigger. With the trigger in the normal mode the let off is 2.5 pounds, in the “set” mode it a featherweight 6 oz. With a bipod or off a shooting rest, that 6 oz let off is beautiful.
Kipplinger set trigger available through Brownell’s Gunsmithing Supplies
The rings are the lightest and most sturdy available. S&K Kontoured rings and mounts. Beautifully made with no projections to snag and rock solid without damaging the scope tube. An added feature is both the front and rear ring at windage adjustable. Nice!
S&K Kontoured Rings and Bases available through Brownell’s
I’ve named it the “VAC Rifle”
But now with the addition of the 35 Whelen barrel, maybe it should be called the