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One thing I will say (for those thinking of using a NightForce 7-35 x 56 scope) is that both the medium and large knobs will not clear the zoom adjustment screw on the NightForce when at full zoom. They told me it would clear, but they hadn't added the screw to the NightForce scope.
 

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Looks great! Over all length? What does it weigh?

Edit add: weight with bipod.
Weight is 14.4 lbs with bipod. That's with the RRS BTC-Pro clamp on Atlas bipod with spikes and Wiebad cheekpad. Whoops...add a bit for the bolt and bolt knob which I forgot to put in when I weighed it.
 
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I think that's where your barrel measured "short" from the 20" you ordered. The barrel length should go all the way to the breach. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Great looking build!

you are right. From muzzle to front of bolt face so putting a rod down the bore is the most accurate way to measure.
 
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One thing I will say (for those thinking of using a NightForce 7-35 x 56 scope) is that both the medium and large knobs will not clear the zoom adjustment screw on the NightForce when at full zoom. They told me it would clear, but they hadn't added the screw to the NightForce scope.
The new 360 will solve that issue ;)
 
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One thing I will say (for those thinking of using a NightForce 7-35 x 56 scope) is that both the medium and large knobs will not clear the zoom adjustment screw on the NightForce when at full zoom. They told me it would clear, but they hadn't added the screw to the NightForce scope.

Could always just get a switch view for it. You can adjust where the knob is.
 
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One thing I will say (for those thinking of using a NightForce 7-35 x 56 scope) is that both the medium and large knobs will not clear the zoom adjustment screw on the NightForce when at full zoom. They told me it would clear, but they hadn't added the screw to the NightForce scope.
+1 - I changed my order to the 360. Looking forward to it.
 
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I'll probably just have to remove the knob. It's not on by default, but makes for quick zoom.

Yup and you can still have that by putting on a switchview. I don’t like power rings where the lever is set at one spot because you get this situation.
 
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My Vudoo V22 arrived today. The quality is top notch!!! Very pleased! Once it stops snowing I'll take it to the range and put it through its paces (tomorrow or Friday). Really pleased with how the color came out!
Thank you for posting so many pictures. I too am waiting. So I didn’t realize that a person picks the color of a chassi. Is that custom?
 

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Found this picture on the VGW Facebook page. Anyone know what color cerakote the barrel is?
 

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    I was hesitant to post this, but feel it's appropriate in this thread as a way to say that you to VGW for unknowing making hard times a bit easier & knowingly supporting a great cause.

    Two weeks ago I made an emergency flight to Arkansas to be with my mom, my brother and his family and possibly speak to my dad in person for the last time. My dad died after a 2 week struggle to survive a series of heart attacks and surgery. Two days after and once the dust kinda settled my brother and I did the most logical thing we could think of, we went shooting. Shooting, more specifically precision shooting has always been a major part of our lives and our dad is the catalyst to all of that. My earliest memory has always been is my dad holding a 10/22 for me because I was too small so I could shoot it, that started it all...

    My brother was shooting his Gen1 V-22 MPA 20" Kukri and I was shooting my dad's Gen1 V-22 that I won a the 2018 Army Sniper Association's Intentional Sniper Comp banquet. The rifle was built for and donated to the ASA by VGW to be raffled off. I knew my dad would love that rifle as it was built on a M40A1 style and had the S arrows of the Association which also has deep roots in my family. We are honored to own the rifle and it will always be a representation of who my father was and what he loved. Now every time my brother and I shoot it we will be a little closer to our dad.

    This is a thank you to VGW from the Bell family. One shot one kill / Semper Fi

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    Found this picture on the VGW Facebook page. Anyone know what color cerakote the barrel is?
    That looks very close to a Sniper Gray. My BA on order is Sniper Grey. Should be any time now. Was waiting on an 20" Ace Barrel to come in.
     
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    This Vudoo keeps impressing me. It now has 355 rounds down the tube. Today I shot 100 rounds of SK Standard + at 50 yards. Top 2 rows are 5 shot groups. Bottom row is 10 shot groups. Other than 1 group this is Damn Good in my book. Why I didn’t buy a V22 Barreled Action when I bought the Bergara is beyond me. I can’t wait for the full Vudoo Build to ship out. Should be a couple of weeks away. 568C49A6-570C-4944-86BC-264B4B8173E9.jpeg78CF19C9-33D4-4802-939F-D92375DB9583.jpeg
     

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    My poor vudoo has been neglected for the last few weeks. Sitting against the wall, clean. Unfired. Waiting to be sold for a three 60 vudoo lol
     
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    My poor vudoo has been neglected for the last few weeks. Sitting against the wall, clean. Unfired. Waiting to be sold for a three 60 vudoo lol
    You selling yours right now or waiting for 360 to come in?
     

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    Shooting the rimfire match in Raton then gonna try and get on the preorder list at Altus for a 22” MTU 360. Mines already sold lmao
     
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    I have a 22" kukri unthreaded on order from Vudoo. Will be using my 90 degree 18" kukri at nationals. Can't wait for the 360.
    Was hoping to use my left hand 22" in Nebraska, but it hasn't come in yet and i don't think I'll have enough time to train on it...so back to right hand 20"MTU....
     

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    Hope to do this rifle justice. We have a Rain NRL22 Match tomorrow. It will be my first match with this rifle.
     
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    I picked up my full Vudoo V22 build this past Thursday from my FFL. The rifle looks absolutely amazing and the quality is impeccable, however, I'm having some major bolt cycling issues with it:

    The bolt doesn't feel very smooth in the action. Almost as though the paint inside the action is too thick. I have a Volquartsen Scorpion pistol that is very smooth, and I expected the same kind of smoothness. I tried some light oil, then a lot of oil, then tried removing most of the oil, tried a bit of grease, but still the same issue with the sticky feeling. Will this get smoother over time?

    Within the hour I took it to my local range to sight in the scope. I had to do a double-take when it put 10 bullets through a hole at 25 yards, and had no trouble hitting a bullseye at 200 yards. However, after about 100 rounds I started having feeding issues where the bullets would smash up inside and not enter the bore, bending the bullet in the casing, denting the bullet. I had to pull the magazine to get the bent bullet out. I put a few hundred rounds of Midas+ through it, and got the scope zeroed, but after awhile I'd have to eject the magazine each time and waste a bullet.

    I took it to the range again on Friday, and put another 400 rounds through it (mainly Midas+, SK Rifle, and tried some Wolf Match Extra and X-Act). I noticed right away that the Wolf and X-Act were sized differently. The primer rim was too wide in these rounds to fit the stock Vudoo mags. However, the X-Act seemed to be more accurate downrange. I ended up sticking with Midas+ and SK Rifle Match. When I got back home, I looked in the action and noticed metal shavings everywhere in there. An examination of the bullet casings showed that the casings themselves are being scraped somehow. This could have been the reason for the bolt action not being smooth. It's basically shaving metal off the bullets and casing! I cleaned it out, put a bit of oil on the bolt, and it seemed to cycle much more smoothly once I did that.

    Saturday I took it to my first ever PRS match. Throughout the match my rifle would constantly jam, I'd have to eject a bullet, or eject the entire magazine and fiddle with putting another one in. This cost me time, and I wasn't able to finish several of the stages because of this (aside from the fact that a poor functioning rifle messes with your head).

    I heard there are issues with Vudoo magazines and the MPA BA Comp chassis, but I'm not noticing the mags tilting at all. I watched this video and it looks like an adjustable mag release might solve the issue, but I question whether or not this is really the issue:


    The magazines seem like they are in the magwell very snug and tight with only a bit of side to side play, no forward backward play. And if there were consistent issues with the BA Comp chassis, why wouldn't Vudoo ship them with the extended mag release as standard? What I am noticing is the bolt seems sticky when cycling it right before the bullet jams. It's not perfectly smooth. I can feel the bolt dragging on something. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? I read that you can put some velcro on the mags to keep the mags from rotating, which I will try today and test it out again at the range. Any other things I can try to make this work? As is, I don't feel I can compete with this rifle (just way too many jams). Numerous people were also running Vudoos and they observed the same issues with my rifle. They tried it out, checking out the bolt, and offered some tips on the feeding issues, but advised sending the action back if these issues continue. I'm also wondering if I'm cycling the bolt incorrectly...not grabbing it at the correct position, not using enough force, or perhaps too much force.

    Any advice would be much appreciated! I really love this rifle and would like to solve this!
     

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    I got into trouble with mine yesterday by running the bolt wrong, at least in my rifle. If I put my thumb on the end of the bolt and don't go at warp speed it will feed fine. If I torque the bolt by grabbing it on the end at times it will not feed. If yours is a newer BA Comp it should have the adjustable mag well catch. I run mine in a Hybrid but have 2 BA Comp chassis on other rifles. In all 3 the catch needs to be adjusted for what mag I am using, that is plastic or metal. If I run it in between it gets iffy with either. If I run plastic mags or metal mags makes a difference. MPA sells plastic blocks that go into the magwell, my rifles runs better in MPA chassis with one or the other of the blocks. I would suggest ordering one of those kits and see if it locks things up tighter for you. Some experimentation may help resolve these issues.
     

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    I agree with the above regarding the mag catch - I don't think you can even buy a new MPA without the adjustable catch. If playing with the mag height doesn't solve the bolt and feeding issue (if the bolt cycles smoothly without a magazine, that may be a clue re your height adjustment), I'd contact Vudoo/MB. They will take care of you. (y)
     
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    I agree with the above regarding the mag catch - I don't think you can even buy a new MPA without the adjustable catch. If playing with the mag height doesn't solve the bolt and feeding issue, I'd contact Vudoo/MB (If the bolt cycles smoothly without a magazine, that may be a clue re your height adjustment). They will take care of you. (y)
    Just checked and you are correct. My mag catch is adjustable. I just adjusted it to less than a hair's breadth and I'm getting no play in the mag. I'll add some velcro to the mag as well and take it to the range today and test the bolt cycling. I'm sure Vudoo will take care of me. Not concerned that they won't. ;)
     

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    Just checked and you are correct. My mag catch is adjustable. I just adjusted it to less than a hair's breadth and I'm getting no play in the mag. I'll add some velcro to the mag as well and take it to the range today and test the bolt cycling. I'm sure Vudoo will take care of me. Not concerned that they won't. ;)
    I’m not sure if you’ve seen my email response from last night at 11:53p ET, but I mentioned that it’d be easier to talk through what you’re seeing on the phone (was going to cover the mag release). I was checking into a hotel as I replied, so couldn’t offer up any detail at the time. I’m flying today and available via telephone tomorrow.

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    I just tried a few things (before I discuss this with Mike tomorrow) to see if I could figure out what was happening. I adjusted the mag release catch, so now there is absolutely no play whatsoever. There used to be an audible CLICK when the mag was inserted. Now it's a dull latching sound. The magazine is in there firmly, with no movement forward to back. I tried velcro, but it's just too thick. It's possible I had a bit too much oil in there so I cleaned it all out, and added just a bit of oil at the wear spots that have appeared on my bolt, and tried cycling it a few dozen times. The bolt action seems a lot smoother now. I also tried changing how I hold the bolt when I cycle. I switched a Wallace Machine Works V2 knob (https://wallacemachineworks.com/shop/ols/products/vudoo-bolt-knob-v3), which seems to help with the cycling I use my thumb in the groove of the knob when pushing it forward, but put my finger closer to the bolt when returning. This seems to reduce much of the friction I was experiencing at the wear spots. But it did get me wondering if side to side movement could also be contributing to feeding issues. Could that have any effect on the bullet entering the chamber incorrectly?
     

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    MB will solve your issue so this post is pretty much meaningless except I'm bored on a Sunday morning drinking coffee.

    If the mag latch isn't set right and the rear of the mag is drooping, the rim isn't caught into the bolt and instead you're not pushing the bolt with it hitting the edge of the rim or pushing right into the case of the brass which will then cause it to pin and bend / jam the bullet as you are seeing.

    If the mag latch is right, I've seen shooters do this a lot in matches due to short stroking the bolt. Same concept, but basically they didn't pull the bolt far enough back during cycling and pushing forward doesn't fully catch the rim and seat it into the bolt face and again a similar jam because you now rammed the bullet and jammed it into the breach face.

    The last thing, in one of MB's videos talks about tightening the action screws with the mag seated to make sure the action is centered properly into the chassis. I've personally never had to do that, but I've seen that solve a few people's issues that were really struggling getting it right.

    If you don't cycle the bolt in a straight back/forth motion there is also binding on the bolt that can happen. It'll smooth out over time as you're basically polishing out the grooves on the channel that is meant to only go forward and backward. That just takes practice in terms of getting that cycling to go smoother. I clean/grease my bolt about every 600 rounds. People who are used to running 60 degree short throw/stroke CZ 457's or Tikka T1X's usually will have issues when they switch to a Vudoo until they get their bolt manipulation fundamentals solid.

    I'd choose a tighter tolerance, less play bolt, for the increased accuracy then to have something that has lighter tolerance but allow more torsional play (possibly smoother feeding like my Tikka)
     
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