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#4423117 - 09/17/10 06:16 PM EL Diablo
SU35 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 08/13/02
Posts: 11895
Ever find a particular bullet and then decide to build a rifle around it?

Well, that's just what I did.

I was looking for a dedicated "Long Range Hunting Rifle" that would shoot
Berger 180 VLD's at 3,000 mv.

I wanted a rifle that weighed 11 lbs or less as well.

Cartridge: 7mm Rem Magnum

Rifle: Rem 700 SS

Barrel: Brux SS 27" #6 Bull Sporter, 1/8.6 twist, interrupted flutted,

Rifle barrel and action was coated with Gun-Kote
after Salt Bath Nitride treatment.

Stock: McMillan A3 65% Red 35% Black

Rifle weighs 10 lbs 8 oz scoped up with Leupold QR low rings and mounts.
Scope is a Leupold 6.5-20x 40 LR.

Using lows and the x40 scope makes for an ideal cheek-weld for me.

I looked hard for the kind of Smith I want to build this for me and after judging the field I came up with Travis at R Bros.

First and formost, Travis is a shooter. He shoots competition in tactical matches and he wins those matches. Travis is also a long range hunter, he knows just what it takes to build the kind of accurate rifle that shooters like myself are looking for.
I found that Travis is also a perfectionist. The rifle won't leave the shop till it shoots, at very least, to his standard of .5 at 100 yds. I think most of his rifles shoot less than that.

Travis has built many 7mm Rem Mags and his chamber reamer is set up for the 180 Berger, it also works for other bullet brands quite well.
I plan on trying out 168 Bergers, 162 Amax's and 160 AB's

Travis used a load of Retumbo to get 3,050 mv and
an initial .3 for this rifle. That's a pretty good start.

I'm not normally given to naming my rifles but I could not resist with this one.

El Diablo grin










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#4423119 - 09/17/10 06:18 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: SU35]
Cinch Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 1041
Loc: Wyoming
+1 for Travis! He sure builds some nice rifles and is one hell of a standup guy. Very nice, loooking forward to seeing some pictures in the field.

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#4423196 - 09/17/10 06:44 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: Cinch]
ironeagle_84 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 08/30/08
Posts: 10408
Loc: grants pass, oregon
nice stick!
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#4423265 - 09/17/10 07:01 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: SU35]
Ringman Offline
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Registered: 11/03/03
Posts: 15472
Loc: G P,OR
SU35,

Do we know each other? I think I need to shoot that rifle.
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#4423301 - 09/17/10 07:12 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: Ringman]
ReaperCrew Offline
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Registered: 05/07/10
Posts: 272
Loc: WV
The "interrupted flutes" look sweet
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#4425491 - 09/18/10 04:22 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: SU35]
Dakotakid Offline
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Registered: 08/09/06
Posts: 642
Loc: So. Cal
Are ya runnin Wincester primers with the Retumbo vs 215 M? Great looking rig.

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#4425511 - 09/18/10 04:28 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: Dakotakid]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 8135
Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
That's nice!
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#4426456 - 09/18/10 09:57 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: MontanaMarine]
EddyBo Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 10/28/07
Posts: 4210
Loc: SW MS
Very nice. I love red and black mcSwirleys.

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#4428575 - 09/19/10 04:50 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: EddyBo]
SU35 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 08/13/02
Posts: 11895
Had my first "accuracy" range session today with El Diablo, this was after a sight in yesterday.
I used 8 shots to get on target burning 68.0 grains of Retumbo sending a 180 Berger. (MV of 2,850)

All loads were win brass and win mag primers.

Today's results shooting 3 shot groups.

Group on the far right was my first "official" group.
Load was Ramshot Magnum 71.5 grains for an average of 3,000 mv. It's right on the red line and I may back off .5 grain.

2nd group in the middle were 168 Bergers and 70 grains of Retumbo. I pulled the 2nd shot for the top hole.

3rd group far left were 180 Bergers and 69.5 grains of Retumbo. ES was less than 15 fps at a bit over 3,000 mv.

Had a 10 to 15 mph crosswind I was shooting into.






Promising start and I'm glad I found another powder, RS Magnum, to complement Retumbo for both accuracy and speed.

Next up for tomorrow will be RL 25.

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#4428596 - 09/19/10 04:54 PM Re: EL Diablo [Re: SU35]
rost495 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 35275
Loc: La Grange, TX
Get it wound up... then come to TX and whack an El Diablo with it at long range... blue bull/nilgai are fairly tough critters.
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