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rifles is perhaps the cartridge’s reputation for feeding difficulties in magazine rifles, thanks to the short, fat case. Whilst a few single-shot factory varmint rifles are available from manufacturers other than Savage, this is a fairly recent and still very limited development. The attitudes of some worthies in our gun trade haven’t caught up yet with US developments as Stuart Anselm found when he set up Osprey Rifles and had great difficulty in persuading the then UK Savage importer to accept orders for any single- shot model, target or varmint, the importer adamant that there was no demand for them. However, there now appears to be a substantial market for precision long-range fox rifles as well as modern optically sighted target rifles.


It was long believed that you couldn’t make any factory rifle with an internal magazine feed the cartridge, but that no longer applies to the Remington 700 and its clones from Stiller etc. A gunsmith who knows his stuff will build you a reliable 6BR repeater on these actions, David Wylde of Valkyrie Rifles having gained a reputation here for achieving this. The Accuracy International detachable 10-round box magazine feeds the cartridge very well for those who want this feature on tactical type rifles but note that others, including the H-S Precision design won’t.


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However, as Dave reminded me, there is more to getting the 100% reliability that tactical and McQueen shooters need than just supporting and guiding the cartridge on its short journey from magazine to chamber– that’s only half the job, equally reliable ejection of fired cases is also needed. Dave strongly recommends having the Remy 700 bolt machined to accept a Sako extractor mounted high on the bolt-face side, otherwise the short cases tend to hit the left receiver wall / scope rail, bounce around and become trapped inside the receiver.


In the USA, Gary Eliseo (Competition Shooting Stuff) has adopted an interesting clean sheet of paper approach with the Tactical/Service Rifle version of his tubegun stock for Remington 700/Borden actions - the R5 model, which comes with two examples of an unusual aluminium alloy five-round magazine design that provides low friction, absolutely flawless feed by supporting the entire case body while the bullets poke out of a slot in its front face. (http:// www.accurateshooter.com/guns-of-week/ gunweek074)


Small Matters Before getting onto loading tools and techniques, let’s look at some pertinent issues arising out of


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