Kelbly's Black Bear Tactical

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That's alot of sexy right there!
@RobertB Appreciate it buddy! Now if only SOMEBODY could build a Manners Compact in LONG ACTION so my Atlas Tactical LA could fit.... *Cough* *Cough*... I wouldn't have to be shopping around for a lightweight stock on my new sheep rig build..... ? ??
 
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My 14yr old boy got it done all by himself this year while I was gone. He went out on his own, gutted, skinned, quarter and deboned by himself. And if you look close, yep that’s a Black Bear Tactical. @tmanners compact stock in Arctic camo, @Ian A. Kelbly Black Bear Tactical action. Kelbly’s and Manners are both excellent people to work with. If this was last stock and action I ever had, that would be fine with me.
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Congratulations! That is so cool to see the next generation getting it done! Thank you for choosing Kelbly's! We love seeing our products in use!
 

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For you guys with Manners stocks, what barrel lengths and contours are you using and how is the balance?

I would like to avoid an overly nose heavy gun but don't want to compromise rigidity with a lighter contour to do so.

I was thinking a heavy Palma around 26" for myself. 6.5mm for caliber.

Oh yeah, and at long last, I will be picking up the phone to call Kelblys at the end of the month!
 

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For you guys with Manners stocks, what barrel lengths and contours are you using and how is the balance?

I would like to avoid an overly nose heavy gun but don't want to compromise rigidity with a lighter contour to do so.

I was thinking a heavy Palma around 26" for myself. 6.5mm for caliber.

Oh yeah, and at long last, I will be picking up the phone to call Kelblys at the end of the month!
I have a 27" Marksman with a Hellfire Brake on my Manners PRS. It is balanced pretty well. A Heavy Palma should be just fine also. I do run an ATACR so I have that little extra weight in the middle.
 
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@Fishbaum The original rifle build I did to start this thread was an M24 contour. For a 308, it was a really nice balance. I spun another barrel in 6.5x47 with a marksman contour which was also really really nice for controllability.

My most recent barrel is heavy palma, which is pretty much my favorite marriage of both the marksman and M24.

In my opinion, as long as you stick with something Rem Varm contour or slightly larger, the balance will be really close to at, or just before the recoil lug.

After testing balance points a couple years ago, I found that most of my comp guns really shine with the pivot point being in that general area, and manuvering seemed to be easier from position to position.

For hunting guns, I try to stick the weight further back towards the buttstock. This is so when the rifle comes up to the shoulder for standing shots, the muzzle can be pointed quickly and track an animal. You'd be surprised at how much of a difference balance point of a rifle makes.

Just my opinion, but it's worked for me for quite a while.

Congrats on making the decision to grab a Black Bear ?! Just be ready to start culling those other rifles in the safe to make room for more Kelbly's!! ? ?
 
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Recently put this together. Bartlien barrel chambered in 6BRA by Jonathon Elrod. Action is butter smooth, XLR chassis fits perfect. Black Bear 6BRA.JPG

Been messing around with this LR stuff for several years. Dealt with many manufacturers. Kelbly's customer is service is at the top of the list!
 

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Great match this weekend. Was lucky to pull off a 2nd place. Was first rolling into the last stage up by 2 shots over dude that won. Went up and missed first 3 shots on a skylined targets. Darn it darn it lol. He cleaned the stage. Still happy. Elevation was flat right on and during sight in I thought I missed the target a couple times as my shot went inside my previous shot. This bad boy is flat shooting.


MAN this action is crazy smooth. Literally had to check a couple times to make sure a round fed into chamber. I have or have owned all actions except for an Impact, and this guy is noticeably by far the smoothest Ive ran.

The only down side is the flat base of the action I cant swap into other stocks BUT XLR makes a chassi that is inletted for it. I hope other companies start to do the same. Will be a big selling pt but I guess I cant complain my Kelblys bedded KTS stock had no problems with accuracy dept.

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- Blackbear Action
- Krieger barrel 26"
- VV N140 30.0 grains
- 105 bergers going 2800
- Kelbly KTS stock
- Burris XTR3 with race dial (very very useful)
- SCR2 retc

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It's done. It's finally done. 2 years in the making.

Manners PRS2 Elite Black & Blue
Bartlein 26" Marksman Contour
6.5x47
Hawkins bottom metal
Lil bastard gen 2 brake
Huber trigger
Razor gen 2 scope
Vortex precision rings
Harris bipod

Can't wait to get to the range!
Congratulations, look great! Let us know how it shoots.
 
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Brazo

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It's done. It's finally done. 2 years in the making.

Manners PRS2 Elite Black & Blue
Bartlein 26" Marksman Contour
6.5x47
Hawkins bottom metal
Lil bastard gen 2 brake
Huber trigger
Razor gen 2 scope
Vortex precision rings
Harris bipod

Can't wait to get to the range!
Sick build man, best of luck with it. How do you like that Marksman contour and balance with that setup? About to order one myself for a 223.
 
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Fishbaum

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Sick build man, best of luck with it. How do you like that Marksman contour and balance with that setup? About to order one myself for a 223.
Thank you! As it sits in the picture, it balances about 1" in front of the recoil lug. It feels really good. I think that will work favorably for stabilizing while shooting off barricades while also not being uncomfortable while shooting off hand.
 
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First range outing was yesterday and I am impressed. The pic attached shows rounds 3 - 20 out of the rifle. Top left group is the first 3 after adjusting the scope to be on paper. Keep in mind, the top groups had a freshly cleaned bore before starting. Also, was dealing with a 10mph headwind that was blowing the target around because the target was attached to netting. I moved the target to an area closer to the frame after the top left group was fired to prevent as much movement.

You can see a trend where the first shot after cleaning was separate from a much tighter cluster after. After the top 2 groups, I decided to stop cleaning as I did not see any excess copper or anything alarming on my cleaning patches. The bottom groups are what happened after I decided to stop cleaning. You can see how the groups really began to settle in. The bottom right group is among the best groups I have ever shot coming in at right around .3''. Had I not been so giddy watching this group happen in my scope, it probably would have been tighter. I consider this barrel broken in.

After this, I stopped shooting groups at 100 and started shooting steel at 568 yards repeatedly nailing a 3'' target. Had a blast. All shooting was done with Lapua factory 123gr 6.5x47 ammo which was superb and it should be for being $3 a round shipped.

Overall, I am in love and the build was definitely worth the wait. Thank you everyone at Kelbly's for delivering an amazing build.

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