March 7th, 2019

Hands On with SilencerCo Suppressors — Range Time in WA

SilencerCo Suppressor Hybrid 300 Omega Osprey moderator sound

Our friend Gavin Gear of UlimateReloader.com recently visited a SilencerCo dealer in the state of Washington, The Range LLC in Yakima, WA. Gavin was able to test a number of suppressors (aka “moderators” or “silencers”) for both rifle and pistols. Gavin recently released a lengthy article covering his experiences. If you are in the market for a suppressor, we highly recommend you read Gavin’s SilencerCo Products Overview on UltimateReloader.com.

Gavin was able to test three SilencerCo suppressors: the Omega 300, the Hybrid, and the Osprey 45. In addition Gavin was able to handle the Maxim 9, an integrally suppressed 9mm handgun.

SilencerCo Suppressor Hybrid 300 Omega Osprey moderator sound

Gavin reports the Omega 300, which is rated up to .300 Winchester Magnum, is a very popular “can”. According to Gavin, the Omega 300 has become the best-selling rifle suppressor in history for important reasons. First, it has an integral muzzle brake. Second, it can work for multiple calibers, from .223 up to .308. Third, “It is very tough — .300 Win Mag rated, and full-auto rated”.

SilencerCo Suppressor Hybrid 300 Omega Osprey moderator sound
SilencerCo lineup, from left: Omega 300, Hybrid, Osprey 45

Gavin says the Hybrid Suppressor is an interesting concept: “One suppressor that you can configure for multiple calibers, both rifle and pistol. This includes the ability to change out the threaded mount on the muzzle end, and you can also swap out end caps that will optimize sound suppression for different calibers. The Hybrid… is full-auto rated, and can handle rifle cartridges up to and including .338 Lapua Magnum! But this suppressor can also be used for pistol applications…from 9mm up to 44 ACP.”

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March 7th, 2019

Switch Your Bolt Side and Shoot Better from Prone and Bench

left port McMillan Rifle

Most bolt-action rifle shooters work the bolt with their trigger-pulling hand. This is because most rifles sold to right-handed shooters come with right-side bolts, while “lefty” rifles come with left-side bolts. This “standard” configuration requires the shooter to take his dominant, trigger-pulling hand off the stock to cycle the bolt, then re-position his hand on the stock, and “re-claim” the trigger. Often the shooter must lift or move his head to work the bolt, and that also requires him to re-establish his cheek weld after each and every shot. Not good.

This really doesn’t make much sense for precision shooting with fore-end support*. There is a better way. If you leave your trigger hand in position and work the bolt (and feed rounds) with the opposite hand, then you don’t need to shift grip and head position with each shot. All this requires is a weakside-placed bolt, i.e. a left bolt for a right-handed shooter or a right bolt for a left-handed shooter. The video below shows a “Lefty” working a right bolt. Note how efficient this is:

As our friend Boyd Allen explains: “If you think about it, if you are going to work with a factory action where your options are left bolt and left port or right bolt and right port, and you are building a rifle that will only be shot from a rest, using the left/left for a RH shooter or using a right/right for a LH shooter works better than the conventional configuration”.

Shoot Like a Champ and Work the Bolt with Your Weakside Hand
Derek Rodgers, the current F-TR World Champion, the reigning King of 2 Miles, and the only person to have won BOTH F-Open and F-TR U.S. National Championships, runs this kind of “opposite” bolt set-up. Yep, Derek shoots right-handed with a left bolt. Though Derek is a right-hander, he shoots with a Left Bolt/Left Port (LBLP) action. He pulls the trigger with his right index finger, while working the left-side bolt with his left (weakside) hand. This allows him to stay in position, and maintain his cheekweld. He places his right hand on the grip, while manipulating the bolt (and feeding rounds) with his non-trigger-pulling hand.

Current King of 2 Miles (and F-TR World Champion) Derek Rodgers
left port McMillan Rifle Derek Rodgers

This is the rifle with which Derek won the 2013 F-TR National Championship.
left port McMillan Rifle Derek Rodgers

*For true standing, off-hand shooting (whether in competition or on a hunt), a conventional strongside bolt placement makes sense, since the non-dominant arm must support the front of the rifle all the time. When shooting from bipod or rest, it’s a different story.

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March 7th, 2019

MDT ORYX Chassis — Quality for under $400

2019 ORYX chassis PRS tactical MDT 6.5 Guys chassis system rifles

Looking for an ergonomic and affordable chassis system for your next tactical or hunting rifle? Consider the new ORYX chassis. It’s available now starting with a $399.00 MSRP. That’s less than half the price of many popular chassis systems. The fully adjustable ORYX modular aluminum chassis system has versions to fit Remington 700, Savage, Howa, Ruger American, and Tikka T3 actions.

Legacy Sports International is now shipping the new ORYX Bolt Action Chassis Rifle Stocks by MDT. The solid aluminum chassis can replace your standard rifle stock, providing a more versatile, modern, and ergonomic shooting experience.

2019 ORYX chassis PRS tactical MDT 6.5 Guys chassis system rifles

ORYX stocks are offered for Howa’s Mini Action, Short Action, and Long Action. In addition, ORYX Chassis systems are available for Remington 700 Short Action, Ruger American Short Action, Savage 110 Short Action, and Tikka T3 Short Action models. This affordable, aluminum chassis is compatible with AICS mags. LOP adjusts from 13.25 to 15 inches, and there is an adjustable cheek riser. The ORYX chassis features a contoured fore-end grip and overmolded pistol grip designed to fit hands of all sizes. ORYX chassis MSRP is $399.00 from Legacy Sports International.

2019 ORYX chassis PRS tactical MDT 6.5 Guys chassis system rifles

The ORYZ is “Drop in Ready” — simply remove your action from your original manufacturer stock, drop it into the ORYX chassis system, and you are in business in less than 10 minutes. There are three color panel options available to go with the black aluminum chassis frame; OD Green, Flat Dark Earth, and Gray. The MDT ORYX Chassis is offered for all these action types:

Howa Mini Action
Howa 1500 Short Action and Long Action
Remington 700 Short Action
Ruger American Short Action
Savage Model 10 Short Action
Tikka T3 Short Action

6.5 Guys Review Howa Rifle with ORYX Chassis

At SHOT Show 2019, the 6.5 Guys visited the Legacy Int’l booth. There they checked out Howa’s new tactical rig with MDT ORYX chassis and Howa 1500 barreled action. The 6.5 Guys were able to shoot this rig during media day and were quite impressed.

Complete M1500 Rifle with ORYX Chassis for $1059.00 MSRP
Legacy also offers the Howa M1500 ORYX rifle model, starting at $1059.00 MSRP. The M1500 ORYX comes in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, .300 BLK, .223 Rem, 7.62×39, and 6.5 Grendel. Howa also offers a long-action model in .300 Win Mag. Color options are: OD Green, Flat Dark Earth and Gray. You can also purchase a version with Nikko Stirling 30mm 4-16x44mm scope.

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