It has been some time since I have had any carbon fiber precision rifles in my possession. One of the constant “norms” in long range shooting is the heavy 14-23lb rifles fully kitted out with the latest and greatest action and chassis combos. This rifle on the other hand was destined for something a little more utilitarian. The initial build for this carbon fiber precision rifle was to compete in the NRL Hunter Series. Ideally you have the perfect balance of lightweight, and ballistic performance for these particular events. Another factor is the cartridge selection. You have to meet minimum power factor requirements for terminal ballistics for these events as it is simulating hunting scenarios. This rifle in particular will be used for hunting in the state of Washington so it needed a versatile cartridge. It is chambered in 6.5 PRC and pushes 143ELDX projectiles north of 3000FPS with ease. Now the question is…”Is this type of rifle setup a realistic hunting rifle?”
What makes a tool great? Generally when it just does its job and it does it well. I do not think that is what defines the tool though. Take a hammer for example. You have many things you can do with a hammer. But a hammer will never be a screwdriver. This may not make sense in regards to a rifle like this but let me venture off and try to explain… A rifle has many things it needs to do. Most folks look at a rifle and do not appreciate everything it takes to make it function let alone function well. Part of the function is not necessarily the mechanical function. It is the actual implementation of the tool. The actual hard use and abuse. We take for granted something as simple as extracting a case, or feeding rounds from a magazine. For me reliability is probably the number one thing. Although a reliable rifle that cannot hit “the broad side of a barn” is of no use to us here. It is the culmination of all the different things that the rifle needs to do. I think the market has a place for rifles like this and I like the envelope getting pushed in terms of materials and performance. I will always look at rifles as a tool. The question now is, “is this rifle a hammer when you need a screwdriver? Is this actually the proper tool for the job?” We will see! Hope you enjoyed this quick share about carbon fiber precision rifles. This was not intended to be a review on any particular component, but more of a holistic look at the tool.