Remington 700 - 6.5-270WSM Project

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Here is my first Wildcat build.

Rem700 action taken from a Rem700 SPS in 300 WSM, that I had purchased for a different project and then changed directions (ps. I still have the bbl if anyone wants one).

Gaillard 6.5mm 1:8 Twist Medium-Heavy BBL finished at 27.5 inches (Gaillard Barrels.)

Custom Wildcat reamer from Dave Kiff (Pacific Tool and Gauge )

Jewel BR trigger set to 3.5 lbs

Holland OEM (McMillan Stock), Holland Pillars as well as Holland Muzzle brake.

Final bedding with Devcon 10110 steel putty.

NightForce NXS 3-15 X 50mm scope on a 20 degree Picatiny rail.

First off I need to give credit where it is due, I have had many helpful conversations and emails with Joe Ponto (RPS International ) about precision rifles, and components. Joe is finishing my next rifle, the one that was spawned by this project.

Also thanks to Jeff Smith (Valley Guns , Valley Gunsmithing ) of Valley Guns for all his helpful hints and directions with the bedding process.

Most of all I need to recognize Francisco Abusaid of Omega Custom Guns (Omega Custom Guns ) . Francisco and I have been shooting IPSC together for several years and he is well respected in Toronto as an expert custom pistolsmith. After prodding from me he consented to make this his first custom precision rifle project. Francisco is a master machinist and intuitive gunsmith, despite this being his first rifle the results were outstanding.

My reason for the choice of 6.5x270 WSM as the caliber of choice was based on several things, (1) I had the action (2) Norma makes excellent brass for 270 WSM (the parent case), and Lee makes a 6.5 x 300 WSM die, for final forming after firing, I used Forster 300 WSM bump die with bushings for 6.5x284. (3) I went with the 270 WSM case because I want to be able to use this for varmints, and in Ontario we are limited to a max of 275 cal in much of the Province and I wanted the head stamp to be consistent with this.

I experimented with IMR 7828SSC, and H1000, I have settled on the H1000 as the IMR seemed a bit more temperature sensitive. For precision matches I am using Lapua 139gn Scenar's from Peter Dobson (Hirsch Precision ) . I have not decided on what to use for a hunting bullet. So far my results have been promising. Using Norma brass, Lapua bullets, and 61 gn of H1000 I am getting 3000fps and groups of 0.5 inches or less at 100 yards, 1.1-1.6 inches at 300 yards and in my only trip out to the 900 yard line at Mons I recorded a 48.7 out of a possible 50.

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Remington 700 300WSM SPS Parted

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Rem700 Action (300 WSM)

Gaillard bbl 6.5mm 1:8 twist

Holland Competition Recoil Lug

Holland (OEM - McMillan) Stock

Holland Muzzle Brake

Holland Pillars

Jewel Trigger (Not shown)

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Facing reciever

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Indexing and facing the Bolt

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Cutting the Bolt Recess

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Cutting the Tenon threads

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Cutting threads for muzzle brake

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Chamber, Custom wildcat reamer - Dave Kiff-Pacific Tool and Gauge

Bald Eagle reamer holder - Dave Kiff-Pacific Tool and Gauge

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Action Pillars - embedded in AcraGlas + stainless steel powder

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Preparing action and reciever for bedding

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Action bedding complete and cleaned up - Devcon 10110 Plastic steel

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Assembled rifle has great balance, can stand on its own!

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On the range, looking out to 300 yards, ready for testing

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Norma Brass 270WSM resized to 6.5mm

Lapua 139gn Scenar, OAL 3.015

H1000 61gn, mvel 3000fps

10 shot group at 100 yards - 0.5 inch

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5 shot group at 100 yards - 0.5 inch

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5 shot group at 100 yards - 0.4 inch

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4 shot group at 100 yards - .16 inch

Using fireformed Norma brass, Forster Bushing Bump Die, 139gn Lapua Scenar, 61gn H1000

Shot by a friend of mine (I no longer let him use my rife to show me up)

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5 shot group at 300 yards - 1.1 inch

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7 shot group at 300 yards - 1.6 inch - The wind had kicked up a bit for this one

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