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  1. BurnOut

    PSA - Fit between Ruger American Ranch and Boyd's Pro Varmint stock

    Long story short, I have a Ruger American Ranch (chambered in 45 Raptor...-ish) that I dropped into a Boyd's Pro Varmint stock. In a lot of ways, the fit is great... the barrel channel is correctly shaped (if somewhat odd looking with the wide fore end of the Pro Varmint and the relatively...
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    Projectile diameter vs nominal bore diameter... how tight is too tight?

    In my 450 Bushmaster/45 Raptor bolt gun saga, I have decided that there aren't enough .452 (450 BM/45R) diameter rifle projectiles to make me happy, so I'm playing with swaging down some copper jacketed .458 projectiles; specifically, some 325 gr Hornady FTXs. After swaging them down in two...
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    Lead bullets through sealed can

    So, we all know that it's a bad idea to run lead bullets through a sealed can, but what if they're gas checked? In case you're unfamiliar, gas checks are these little copper caps that go on the ass end of cast lead bullets, and are there to allow for higher pressures to be run without resulting...
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    Help validate my logic/math (please)

    Short story long, I am in the final planning stages of getting a bolt gun currently chambered in 450 Bushmaster re-chambered to 45 Raptor. The cartridge diagrams are below. The 'smith that I contacted about re-chambering said that he'd do it, but that expanding the base of the 45 Raptor case...
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    Modification of sizing die

    In a fit of brilliance/moment of stupidity I have decided that I want to re-chamber a Ruger American Ranch rifle in .450 Bushmaster to 45 Raptor. Since it has been brought to my attention that the 450 BM case has a bit of taper to it that is not shared by the Raptor, I'm thinking that in regard...
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    PSA - 2.5-10x56 AccuPower $389 at Dvor

    I'm generally not a fan of SFP optics, but it's something I can live with in certain cases. A sub-$400 optic out of Japan with illumination and a 56mm objective is one of those cases. My intended use case is on an upcoming bolt gun build in 45 Raptor (think 460 S&W Mag with a rebated rim). My...
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    Bad idea? Reaming 450 Bushmaster barrel to 45 Raptor.

    My latest brainfart is that it sure would be fun to take one of those Ruger American Ranch rifles chambered in 450 Bushmaster and run a 45 Raptor reamer into the breach. So far as I can tell, they're both straight wall cases intended to run .452" diameter projectiles, and offer a standard/.473...
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    MDRX/MDRX SE

    Looking at the announcement for these variants of the MDR, I have to admit (as a '19 MDR owner) to being envious of the higher durability polymer; I haven't had any issues, but more stronger is more better. Regarding the trigger, I have the JARD sear assembly in mine so the upgraded trigger...
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    Brief 5D Tactical 80% lower jig review

    I'm not sure if this is the right sub-forum to post this, but here goes, anyhow... Some time back, I purchased the 5D Tactical jig and a couple of their 80% AR15 lowers. I have been sitting on it for some time, trying to get the machinist at work to do whatever sorcery needed to be done to get...
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    Let's talk adjustable gas blocks...

    ...so, I am going to preface this by saying that I am first and foremost, an utter amateur in the world of semi-automatic firearms. As such, I may communicate thoughts or concepts that are ridiculously simple or even completely wrong; and for those of you who have more knowledge/experience than...
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    Converting a "standard" bolt knob to ARC action compatibility

    So, this certainly isn't anything that people couldn't figure out for themselves, but since I took the time to do it, I figured that I'd post up about the tooling/process to convert "standard" (5/16-24 threaded) bolt knobs to be compatible with the ARC bolt knob attachment method. NOTE - ensure...
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    MDR in 5.56

    It seems that there are relatively few MDRs chambered in 5.56 (either natively or via conversion kit) in the wild, and I wanted to reach out to the Hide to see if anyone here has any hands-on experience with them. I've had my 7.62-chambered MDR for awhile now, and am pretty happy with it; and I...
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    5/16-24 to ARC bolt knob conversion service

    Before I spend the money on the tooling, is there anyone out there converting "regular" bolt knobs to work on the ARC actions? If I can spend a few bucks per knob to have someone else do it, it's worth the avoided headaches of purchasing the drill bit(s)/reamer(s)/tap/10-32 screws and doing it...
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    JARD trigger for the MDR

    Upon reading in a recent thread that JARD has made an MDR sear assembly and that the folks at DT had played with it and feel that it's a nice piece, I decided to try one out. IMO, THIS is the trigger that I was expecting (well, hoping for) when reading the initial literature on the MDR a few...
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    PSA: MPX K + BFSIII + TiRant 9 = :-D

    Just sayin'. Should be a great way to burn lots of boxes of 147 gr subsonic 9mm.
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    NOTE to trigger manufacturers

    Henceforth, the shoe of the Timney 517 shall be your blueprint for products offering an option for a flat trigger face. You'll note that it is wide, ribbed for our pleasure, and features no #&$%ing nubbin at the bottom of the shoe. Nubbins are uncomfortable and unnecessary. Stop it. Even Timney...
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    Bets on MDR functionality on first range trip?

    I recently picked up a factory new MDR (equipped with the 2019 gas valve), and tomorrow will be its maiden voyage to the range. At this point, the only prep work that I have done to the rifle is to clean the bore, install a SiCo ASR brake, and bolt on an optic (3-15 XTR II in an Aadmount). Ammo...
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    Setting headspace; how tight is too tight?

    I'm pretty sure I know the answer here (as long as the bolt rotates open/closed smoothly on the GO gauge, you're in good shape), but want to be certain. Long story short, yesterday I installed a barrel using a Bugnut, and set the headspace such that the GO gauge fits well and bolt handle feel is...
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    Barrett Fieldcraft info/thoughts

    So, after becoming aware of the Barrett Fieldcraft rifles awhile back in a discussion here on the Hide, I started looking into them and decided that I wanted one. As it happened, I had some other guns for which I had no real use, and traded them off for a Fieldcraft chambered in 7mm-08. Mine is...
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    Opening up a Tikka bolt face

    I'm in the planning stage of a build, and I'll need to get a Tikka T3 bolt face opened up from ~.473 to ~.535 (converting from 30-06 to 270 WSM). I already have had one shop refuse the work, so I'm looking for a shop that'll do it and wondering about what I should expect to pay. I figure that...