Precision Rifles & Precision Rifle Chassis Systems
When Magpul announced the Remington 700 Hunter Stock I remember thinking to myself that it wouldn’t be long until we see a precision rifle chassis from them. I also remember thinking that a well designed priced right precision rifle chassis from Magpul could dominate the low to mid range rifle chassis market. Well I’m here to report the good news that Magpul has officially announced the “Magpul Pro 700” rifle chassis. Unfortunately though I’m more than a little surprised by the $1000 MSRP. That is three times the cost of the hunter stock and in my opinion about 1/3 higher than it should be because at that price shooters are at the price of a complete Savage Stealth or Ruger Precision Rifle. Those are great tack driver chassis based rifles for the cost of the Magpul Pro 700 chassis. Insult to injury the lack of an ARCA plate is a deal breaker for precision rifle crowd. Now with that said I’m a big believer in actually trying hardware first hand instead of relying on critical negative reviews of a product very few have seen or touched. Additionally Magpul still has time to address any perceived shortcomings pointed out by the community.
The Ruger Precision Rifle is one of the most innovative and exciting precision-rifle platforms on the market, and the addition of a PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel can enhance the platform and bring its performance to the next level. The carbon fiber barrel from PROOF Research features an internal barrel constructed with 416R stainless-steel that features match-grade qualities. The company then surrounds the barrel with its patented carbon-fiber-based matrix, which provides a number of incredible features. The barrels are 64 percent lighter than standard options. Accuracy is guaranteed with match-grade components. Barrel life is improved through enhanced heat dissipation. Barrel harmonics are improved, as well as reduced POI shift during fire. The PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel for the Ruger Precision Rifle also features a threaded muzzle with 5/8×24 TPI thread pitch, making it easy to add a number of aftermarket accessories to the gun’s muzzle.
The Cadex Falcon Bipod has been designed to provide the ultimate stability. It features multiple take down feet that adapt to any terrains. Can be installed on any Cadex rifles or chassis, or any rifles featuring a bipod rail.
The MDT LSS-XL GEN2 chassis system has been redesigned to improve the feel and function of you bolt-action rifle. Reduced weight, superior ergonomics and consistent accuracy set this generation of MDT chassis apart. Increase accuracy and ergonomics of your rifle with the Modular Driven Technologies LSS XL Gen2 chassis system. The LSS-XL Gen2 is a longer and more feature-rich version of the original MDT LSS chassis system. The LSS-XL Gen2 has been updated with a bold, modern new look inspired by the popularity of the MDT ESS chassis line, while maintaining and improving upon the overall aesthetic of an MDT chassis. The LSS-XL Gen2 allows you to convert your bolt action rifle to a highly versatile rifle allowing you to adjust the ergonomics with the use of AR-15 buttstocks and grips, and at the same time converting it to an external box magazine fed rifle.
The Brownells bolt action chassis system is designed to accept carbine AR-15 buttstocks and pistol grips (purchased separately), offering the option to customize from the wide variety of Accessories available on the market. The Brownells MDT LSS chassis uses external box style magazines in .223 and .308 caliber for Short Action and .300WM or .338LM magazines for Long Action rifles, M-LOK accessories on the forend. Note: Long action magazines come in 3 different lengths: 3.715″, 3.775″ an 3.850″. this chassis use 3.715 length magazines.
The low-profile, Vortex Flare Illuminated Bubble Level improves accuracy by helping you eliminate rifle cant before each shot. Designed for long range tactical shooters, the Vortex Flare Illuminated Bubble Level attaches to any Picatinny rail for precise alignment and can be mounted or removed with or without a scope on your rifle. Ambidextrous design, Uses one LR621 Battery, Recessed push-button control. The Vortex Flare Illuminated Bubble Level eve works in the dark, with push button LED illumination and three different brightness levels so you can adjust the intensity.
The Accurate-Mag Sport-Tact Remington 700 Chassis is a complete stock system, ready for installation. Existing barreled action can be removed from current stocks, and simply bolted into the Sport-Tact Chassis. Included on the chassis is an adjustable stock, which has a variable LOP, from 13 to 15.75″. The cheek-piece can also be adjusted fore & aft, as well as up & down. Front handguard includes side and bottom picatinny rails, while providing plenty of room to free-float a barrel. Chassis is machined from aluminum, allowing for rigid mounting of your action. AR-15 style pistol grip is included. Short Action Chassis includes 5rd 308 magazine. Accepts Accurate-Mag double stack detachable magazines or AICS magazines.
This unique chassis system provides a super precision platform for the Remington 700 , Savage and Howa Short or Long Actions. Whether you’re increasing the accuracy capabilities of your stock Remington 700, Savage or Howa Action due to the V-Bedding System as well as adding tactical features to your rifle, or building a super precision rifle for long range competitions, the MPA BA Chassis will provide a world class chassis and bedding system sure to exceed your expectations.
The Surgeon Rifles SRL was designed for elite law-enforcement and military users around the world. Featuring the new 591MR short action, the SRL is built in the Remington Accessory Chassis System (RACS™) This modular chassis allows for endless adjustment and customization with auxiliary rail sections and a fully adjustable folding buttstock.
The Winchester XPC Rifle is a welcome addition to ever growing list of factory equipped chassis based bolt action rifles. On paper and in pictures the XPC seems to be well thought out and designed. The Winchester XPC Chassis rifle features a Magpul Generation III PRS stock, 20MOA picatinney rail, threaded barrel muzzle, aluminum chassis and utilizes Magpul AICS magazines, It will be interesting to see if the XPC can make a showing against the monstrously successful and out of stock Ruger Precison Rifle.
Savage Model 10 APO Ashbury Precision Ordnance – Savage Arms has teamed with Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) to bring precision shooters the Savage Model 10 APO Chassis Bolt Action Rifle, effectively expanding their line of long-range chassis rifles for recreational shooting, hunting and tactical competition. These rifles feature a Model 10 factory-blueprinted barreled action mated to the new APO SABER MRCS-AR modular-rifle chassis with a Magpul CTR shoulder stock that features a folding double-locking hinge. Octagonal aluminum handguard with M-LOK attachment system. Adjustable Magpul MOE pistol grip and six-position mil-spec AR-style retractable stock offer a secure yet comfortable grip. Comes equipped with Cabela’s exclusive Red target AccuTrigger. 5R rifling. Includes one Magpul PMAG® AICS five-round detachable magazine.
The Remington Model 700 Magpul 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle is a bold move from Remington in a few ways. The first being the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge caliber. Many felt that Remington would never offer 6.5CM because it is too similar to .260 Remington. Fortunately that theory was incorrect. Remington wisely sees the writing on the wall and recognizes that 6.5 Creedmoor is not a passing fad and is poised to be a game changer in long range accuracy and power. Remington also recognizes there’s money to be made in a modern Remington Model 700 Rifle.
The next bold move is the offering of a factory rifle that features the Magpul Hunter modular chassis. First off traditional hunters may not recognize or be familiar with Magpul but AR-15, AR-10 and 308 AR shooters are. Magpul is a staple brand offering some of the best magazines and stocks in the business. Magpul is a breath of fresh air to the bolt action rifle. The Magpul hunter stock is like a bolt action rifle version of the Magpul PRS AR stock. This is a good thing and it’s a big step away from standard Bell & Carlson synthetic rifle stocks offered by Remington for decades.
The adoption of the Magpul stock brings with it the ability for a Remington 700 factory rifle to use Accuracy International “AICS” type magazines. These are the standard among most sniper rifles and rifle chassis. Magpul AICS magazines are very inexpensive.
Building the lightest and strongest rifle possible
In March, KUIU founder Jason Hairston visited the Remington Custom Shop in Sturgis, South Dakota, where we presented him with a number of options for each component that will comprise the Ultimate Sheep Rifle. We discussed the pros and cons of each with regards to Hairston’s wants and needs for the gun. After hours of deliberation, here’s where we landed.
Remington Ultimate Sheep Rifle Action – Remington 700 Titanium; 8 oz.
Hairston opted for a titanium Model 700 action in 6.5 Creedmoor (more on the caliber choice in a future post). Remington’s custom titanium actions are so precisely machined, to such tight tolerances, that secondary blueprinting—a step required of nearly any factory action—is not necessary. The bolt will feature an M-16 extractor and dual ejectors, as well as a Badger Ordnance Mini Knob.
Today we are on the precipice of great changes to the bolt action rifle.. Almost weekly some rifle chassis manufacturer or traditional firearm manufacturer announces a new rifle chassis system or a complete rifle built upon a chassis. The chassis eliminates the wood stock formerly used in bolt action rifles. The chassis in many ways are making bolt action rifles more AR-15 or AR-10 like. In fact many rifle chassis utilize AR stocks, pistol grips, scope mounts and any other picatinney rail mounted hardware you can imagine.
The changes do not end theres. Taking a play from Savage some clever folks are adapting Savage drop-in barrels to Remington 700 receivers. This method is called “Remage”. There are currently 3rd party Remington 700 action clones designed for Savage barrels. Not to be beaten at it’s own game several of Remington sniper rifles such as the PSR, MSR and CSR feature quick change barrels that look similar to that of an AR-15. It’s a matter of time before a modular quick change barrel system like that makes it to consumer rifles. We are seeing bolts that feature the best locking methods of all firearms combined in to bolts. These new rifle chassis are also in some cases allowing users to choose the type of magazine whether AR-15, AR 308 or AICS.
The future is also here with ammunition. Despite an emotional debate of purists in love with the .308 Winchester and it’s long proven history 6.5 Creedmoor is poised to be the long range accuracy cartridge king. If the military adopts 6.5 Creedmoor and brings the ammo cost down that will be a game changing moment for shooters and snipers alike.
The purpose of this site is to keep up with these changes for a future, current and historical perspective.