I decided to cut the barrel back on my 24″ 308 Winchester to 22″ inches and install a brake.  Unlike most of the other brake and chamber work shown on this site, the majority of this installation will occur between centers, rather then through the …

Vais Muzzle Brake Installation

April 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Vais muzzle brakes provide shooters excellent recoil reduction in a low profile package.  I’ve had them on a number of hunting rifles over the years.  In this article, I’ll be installing a stainless steel Vais varmint brake on a Remington 700 chambered in 22-250 with …

  Sean Little, Vapor Trail Tactical Five years ago, I hopped into a truck with a few buddies and drove four-hours to shoot a combination carbine and precision rifle match.  Around 90 shooters showed up.  When it was over, I produced mixed results.  I placed …

How to flute a rifle barrel

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The controversy of fluted barrels Fluting a rifle barrel is somewhat controversial.  Shooters, barrel makers and gunsmiths all seem to have different views on what fluting accomplishes, how well it works, whether or not it is detrimental to accuracy and if it is even necessary. …

A shortened stock is one of the more common firearm modifications encountered.  Often a shooter will need a shorter length-of-pull because he or she has a smaller frame, is younger, or wants a faster handling firearm.  In some applications, such as law enforcement, where officers …

Parker Otto (P.O.) Ackley was a well known author and gunsmith who improved standard metallic cartridges by decreasing the body taper and increasing the shoulder angle.  These changes provided increased case capacity and increased ballistic performance.  Ackley Improved cartridges could be chambered in a rifle …

Porting a shotgun barrel with a milling machine

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Porting a shotgun barrel can help reduce felt recoil and muzzle rise for the shooter.  Previously, I showed how a shotgun barrel can be ported with a simple fixture and a hand drill, see:  Porting a shotgun barrel with a drill.  This method worked well, …

Porting a shotgun barrel with a drill

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Porting a shotgun helps decrease muzzle rise and felt recoil.  I decided to port the 18.5″ barrel on my 870 Remington shotgun.  This is a quick and easy project that requires minimum tooling. I ordered the following items from Brownells: Barrel porting fixture (952-100-001) Do-Drill …

How to bed a rifle scope base

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

An important part of building an accurate rifle is eliminating stress in the various components.  On the Remington 700, once piece scope bases can often require bedding in order to get the most out of your rifle and optic. To complete this project, I ordered …

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