Detachable magazine systems have been steadily gaining popularity for use in precision, tactical and competition bolt action rifles. Until a few years ago, the choices of systems were limited. Now, shooters have a wide range of bottom metal to select from. One of our favorites in the Surgeon detachable magazine system. Using the proven Accuracy International AICS magazine, the Surgeon system includes two precut aluminum pillars that ensure proper spacing of the bottom metal which in turn provides reliable operation and feeding.
Surgeon provides an inletting diagram with their system, however, we have found that sending the stock out to be inletted, provides superior results for everyone except the most experienced machinists. Our McMillian stock shown here was inletted by McMillian for a nominal fee and relatively short turn around time.
During installation we will be skim bedding the stock, bedding the recoil lug and gluing the pillars in place. We do not make a barrel bed, or bed the chamber end of the barrel. We have found that leaving clearance on this area provides a stress free installation and promotes accuracy.
Brownells provided the following for use in this project:
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The rifle is now ready to be reassembled and taken to the range.
This is our second post on barreling a Winchester Model 70. In our first, Rebarreling a Winchester Model 70, we created a “REMchester” rifle by cutting the tenon off a factory Remington 700 varmint contour […]