July 31st, 2008

GA Precision to Build Tactical Rifle with Phoenix Actions

Glen Harrison, creator of the original Nesika actions, has been designing and building precision bolt actions for over 15 years. Glen’s products are known for high-quality machining, precision tolerances, and superior accuracy. Glen’s Nesika Bay operation was sold to Dakota Arms, but Dakota tried to grow too big, too fast, and has experienced some difficulties.

Glen has started a new company, appropriately called Phoenix Machine Technologies. Phoenix is currently up and running, building a variety of actions. Some of the first Phoenix actions will be the new Templar design. The Templar features a Rem 700 footprint, Picatinny rail, precision-ground recoil lug, and oversize bolt knob. The Phoenix Templars will be used in the new Crusader Tactical Rifle built by G.A. Precision, of Kansas City, MO.

George Gardner, owner of G.A. Precision, is pleased that Glen is back in the action-building business. He reports the new Phoenix actions are top-quality: “At G.A. Precision, we use only top notch, field-tested, durable parts and accessories. We are proud to be offering the Templar Action, built by Glen Harrison at Phoenix Machine Technologies.”

For more info about Phoenix Machine Technologies, LLC, call (406) 756-2727, write to 36 Jellison Lane, Suite B, Columbia Falls, MT 59912, or email Lisa [at] boltactions.net .

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July 31st, 2008

BoreScope Story Shows Different Types of Fouling

Hawkeye borescopeA quality borescope is a pricey tool, but once you have the opportunity to use one, it is hard to imagine how you ever did without it. Rifle Shooter magazine has an excellent article about using a Gradient Lens Corp. HawkEye BoreScope.

In this feature, What the Eye Can See, writer Terry Wieland explains how to inspect for defects in new barrels, how to recognize different kinds of fouling (in both barrels and brass), and how to spot throat erosion in its early stages. The current generation of HawkEyes can be attached to a still or video camera to record digital images of your bore. The most interesting part of the article is on the second page. There, author Wieland provides photos of various types of internal flaws that can appear in barrels. This will help you spot pitting, excessive land wear, rust damage, and damage from corrosive primers.

RifleShooter Magazine Borescope story

Wieland also explains that BoreScopes aren’t just for barrels: “The borescope has other uses as well. It can be used to examine the interior of a cartridge case to look for the beginnings of a case separation or to examine the interior of a loading die that is giving you trouble. When you consider the number of tubular objects that play such an important role in rifle shooting, it is a wonder we were ever able to function without such a method of studying bores.”

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