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My .17 Predator

by Dave Affleck

The Rifle – Action
My first decision on this custom rifle project was choosing an action to build around.  After debating the costs, advantages and disadvantages of picking up a Rem. 700 to use as a donor, ordering a new custom action, or simply using one of the rifles already in the safe as a donor, I finally decided to use my old stainless Model Seven .223 as a donor.  The rifle had served me exceedingly well, with many thousands of rounds down the pipe and an impressive take of varmints ranging from prairie dogs to coyotes under its belt.  But, ever since I had my first .17 Mach IV built, the poor .223 had sat unused.  I hate to see any rifle not get used, and the small stainless Model Seven action would both feed the .17P well and make a nice proportionate fit for the cartridge.  So, the Model Seven it was!


The donor action for this project, my well used old Model Seven .223.

The Rifle – Trigger
The factory trigger on my Model Seven had been reworked years ago by Neil Jones to a wonderfully crisp 28 oz.  It is no coincidence that all of my calling and “field” rifles have that same 28 oz. trigger pull.  That is quite a heavy pull by some standards, or quite light by others.  For me, it’s “just right” for a rifle of this type.  Plus, I find that having all my field use rifles having the same trigger pull helps me to maintain good shooting when switching from one rifle to the other.

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The Cartridge
Choosing an action
Choosing a stock
Choosing a barrel
The scope
The Riflesmith
Loading dies & forming cases
Load work
Results in the field
Final thoughts


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