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It's been awhile since we discussed the idea of your SC-(Parker Hale) M-85 rifle. Have you given any more serious thought about it? I would be very interested in possibly funding the first one you build if indeed you decide to build it. Maybe I'm opening a wound here but it's a pretty cool looking one!

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Buck,

Yes, I have given it a lot of thought.... The one I'm thinking of would not be a true replica, but my own rifle that would share many traits with the PH85. While it would not be 100% identical, it would look similar and I would be able to build them for much less. Here is a quick summary:

Rem 700 Short action
McMillan McHale stock WITH front spigot and Versa-pod and adjustable spacer system
large bolt handle
10 round detachable box magazine
Cost for everything listed (including the bi-pod) : $1950

I'm not settled on the exact barrel contour. It would look a bit more authentic if we had a thinner barrel, perhaps a #5. But I'm still debating that. The rifle would also have all the other work I do to my rifles (accurizing, etc).

Now, if we wanted to do a 100% replica, the cost would probably be around $3400, perhaps a tad more. I have not looked into exact maching costs for the trigger guards, etc. This would be a difficult and long project to get it exactly right.

If you are serious about doing it, let me know, I'm ready to go.

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I recall some time ago you mentioning that you may use Montana Rifleman Barrels on your SC's. Do you use MR barrels? It's fine if you do, I have no problem with their barrels, I like them, but I was just curious. As for the contour, I'm thinkin the thin barrel may just be iffy. What contour is on your Bravo-51? I think that looks like a great combination with the McHale.

As for an exact replica, I don't know if all that extra stuff is going to make it (or me) any more accurate. And it really does add to the price so if I did want to do this, it would be the cheaper parts package.

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Yes, for now, I still use montana rifleman barrels. The contour on my bravo-51 is a #8. Very thick and heavy, but it does a certain look! I'd probably suggest a 24 or 25" #7 contour.

The funny thing with doing an exact replica is that it would not be any more accurate. All the additional costs would be mostly cosmetic in nature.

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Mel,

I am assuming that you are going to be using a versa-pod as the pricing on the parker hale is alot higher. Is this the plan?

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"Yes, for now, I still use Montana Rifleman barrels.'' hmmmmmm JeffVN smells a change afoot for the future. I'm not wanting to start trouble, just noesy about who is going to supply the barrels when you pull the plug on Montana Rifleman?

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We had also discussed the option of irons. Take a look at the rear sight on the cz550's . Standard v notch with flip ups for 200 and 300 yards. with a hooded front sight it would be a great setup and an improvement on the original.
 

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I am assuming that you are going to be using a versa-pod as the pricing on the parker hale is alot higher. Is this the plan?
Yes, that is the plan. PH bi-pods are about $200-$300.

hmmmmmm JeffVN smells a change afoot for the future. I'm not wanting to start trouble, just noesy about who is going to supply the barrels when you pull the plug on Montana Rifleman?
For the immediate future its MT Rifleman. But I always have my eyes open to other possibilities... not because I'm un happy, but because I'm always curious and looking for better things.

Anyone want to mention what they might think the best deal around on barrels?

We had also discussed the option of irons. Take a look at the rear sight on the cz550's . Standard v notch with flip ups for 200 and 300 yards. with a hooded front sight it would be a great setup and an improvement on the original.
Yes, Irons.... I am not sure yet if I want to go this route. The added complexity and cost for mounting the sites might not be worth it. But like usual, I'm open to suggestions.

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Hey, how are McHale stocked rifles for other shooting positions besides prone or bench? Are they awkward to shoot from standing or kneeling or is it not too bad? Also, is it possible to put a 10 round box mag on any of your SC rifles. I mean with the other McMillan stocks you offer?

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BuckSlayer said:
Hey, how are McHale stocked rifles for other shooting positions besides prone or bench? Are they awkward to shoot from standing or kneeling or is it not too bad? Also, is it possible to put a 10 round box mag on any of your SC rifles. I mean with the other McMillan stocks you offer?
No, the McHale is not awkward, but it is "substantial" in terms of size. There is no narrowing of the stock vertically or width. (which is one of the things I really like about it). It adds some weight and girth, but is not awkward in off hand positions.

I have though of possibly offering the 10 rounder on other models, but I am not sure if I want to yet.

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Yes, those are real parts. I've sent them an email a couple of times and never heard anything back. Of course, they only have a few parts, not enough to produce many rifles with :cry:

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Mel - shoot me a PM and we can discuss an idea I had (another one of my good ones I hope) for reducing the cost of your "custom" barrels for the SC line of rifles. :wink:

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