Chistensen Arms Long Range Mesa break in and testing

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  1. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

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    My son recently purchased this gun in 300 Win Mag. I put the bases on it and scoped it for him. We recently tested the gun with some factory shells as we were going through the break in process recommended by the manufacturer. I went with all steel bases and rings and a Leupold scope. My observations:

    • The porting surprised me at how much it tamed the recoil of the 300 Mag. Of course, the gun is heavy, which also helps. Due to these two factors, I couldn't tell that the gun kicked any worse than my light Tikka 308 when shooting from the bench with sandbags. It was a pleasant surprise.
    • Everything functioned well. The bolt throw is nice and I love the Tactical spiderweb stock. I also love the finish.
    • Even though they make their own actions, a standard Rem 700 base fits the gun.
    • Tried 3 factory shells. Two did awesome and the third was just so so. Shown below are the results with each ammo after break in:
      • Hornady Superformance 180 SST. Last two groups fired under 1/2 inch @ 100 yds.
      • Barnes Vortex 180 grain. Last two groups just barely over 1/2 inch @ 100 yds. I decided to leave the gun sighted in for this load since I have several on hand.
      • Nosler 180. Groups just a tad over an inch.
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    Christensen makes some guns with carbon wrapped barrel that are much more expensive than this one. However, it's hard to imagine them shooting much better. This guns shoots factory loads so well I doubt son will want me to fool with reloading for it. But, I can whip him up a load if he wants one.

    Hope you enjoy!
     
  2. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    I don't like those types of pistol grips, but otherwise a nice looking rifle. A shooter for sure !
     
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  3. Hoosierhunting

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    Even though they’re not exactly in the same price class I’d be really interested to hear how it compares to your T3.


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  4. Native Hunter

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    I shoot handloads in the T3 and it drives tacks with those. I didn’t do extensive testing with factory loads in the T3 but I think the new gun would be just a tad ahead of the T3 with factory Ammo.

    Both guns shoot plenty tight enough. The T3 is like a feather compared to the new gun. But the extra weight on the new gun is a plus in terms of reducing recoil.
     
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  5. dogghr

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    You lost me at heavy, and likewise not a pistol grip type. Love the black/grey finish on barrel. Always a single shot or bolt action fan, like that. Does it have a magazine release at base of stock? 3 or 4 cartridge hold? Like the porting, does it make it louder to shooter??
    Why is the bolt fluted but not the barrel? I'm assuming by the bench you guys are lefties? Sux a little with bolt action. My good friend is a lefty but right eye dominant....well that because he only has one eye!!:cool:
    Like the stock finish, different. Your son has good taste. Thanks for showing.
     
  6. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Dogghr, it has a hinged floor plate (like a 700 BDL) and holds 4 rounds. The weight without a scope is 9.9 lbs and the barrel is a 416 Stainless with what they call a "Palma" contour. They make their own barrels, actions and stocks. The trigger is match grade and perfect for me.

    My son is a leftie. I'm not a leftie except that I shoot left handed. Not sure how that happened since I do eveything else right handed. I like to tell people I'm shooting left handed to not make them look bad......;):)

    I can't say why the bolt is fluted and not the barrel. I've noticed that a lot of the custom guns that Hill Country produces have a fluted bolt and not the barrel. The only reasons I can think of to flute a bolt would be weight or looks - neither of which are important to me.

    PS: That bench is made for both right and left handed shooters. You can't see the right side, because my dad laid a piece of cardboard down on the bench because it was wet. You have a sharp eye to notice that!
     
  7. swat1018

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    Bet that baby will ring your ears! I have a love affair with custom bolt guns, although I'm kinda partial to the .308.
     

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