.20-250 an extreme predator rifle
by Dave Affleck
Rifle – Choosing an Action
My choice of action to use for this project was an easy one. I had acquired
a brand new Nesika Model T repeater about a year earlier that was just
sitting in the safe waiting to be used. Indeed, having a nice custom action
in hand to build on was a large part of my motivation to get this project
going in the first place. This Nesika T has a Remington tang, is setup for
using a Remington safety, has a Rem. 700 magazine cutout, a long “tactical”
style handle and oversize knob on the fluted bolt, a thick recoil lug double
pinned in place, and is setup to use Remington trigger pins. I ordered a
set of stainless finish Remington 700 BLD bottom metal, magazine box,
follower and spring to go with this action.
Rifle – Trigger
The trigger was another fairly easy decision. While I did have a couple of
Remington 700 factory triggers on the shelf that could have been used, it
didn’t seem right to use anything less than the best in the superb Nesika
receiver, so I ordered up a Jewel HVR with Remington style top safety. When
it arrived I fitted it to the action and adjusted it to my preferred pull
for a field rifle of 28 oz.
Rifle – Stock
As I’ve talked about in other articles, I’ve settled onto a basic setup that
I like to use on all my hunting rifles. These rifles all have the same
stocks, use the same barrel contour, use the same trigger setting and most
have the same scopes.
I’ve just found that by
having these rifles all setup very close to the same, it’s much easier for
me to go from one rifle to the other and not have to get “reacquainted” with
the fit and feel. The result, for me, has been better shooting in the field
with a variety of calibers. The stocks on all these rifles are the
Remington Classic pattern.
So, the stock was
another no-brainer decision. I called McMillan and ordered a Rem. Classic
pattern, inletted for my Nesika T, BDL bottom metal, Lilja #4 barrel contour
combination. I made this one of their “bowling ball” marbled color stocks.
For the color marbling, I wanted to try and come up with a color combination
that would make a good camo match for my typical coyote hunting habitat. I
specified 50% tan, 35% green and 15% black. I had no idea how it was really
going to look when finished, but it turned out great. The stock actually
did turn out to be a pretty good camo pattern for the sage brush and grassy
areas I usually hunt.
Why is flat trajectory so important?
action, trigger and stock
Loading dies & forming cases
Bullet performance issues
Rocky Mountain Varmint Hunter