Mr. Echols’ Legend, Explained (Part II)
Continued from Part I There are, altogether, probably 100 separate steps that go into a Legend from start to finish,...
There are, altogether, probably 100 separate steps that go into a Legend from start to finish, and I can’t possibly cover them in the piddling space allowed me here. But here are the basics:
1. The trigger is adjusted and re-pinned to eliminate slop
2. The action is trued up
3. The feed ramp and rails are modified to fit the cartridge
4. The ejection port is lengthened to 3.600
5. A spring-steel extractor replaces the factory extractor
6. The factory magazine box is replaced by a heat-treated stainless-steel box that allows four magnum cartridges in the magazine well without the use of a “dropped” magazine
7. The factory follower is replaced by a stainless-steel one of Echols’ design which has “Hold Four Cartridges” engraved on it in case you have a lot of money but are still fairly simple.
8. Echols builds his own scope mounts, and re-drills and taps the factory base holes for 8/40 screws.
9. The completed rifle is tested for function, and handloads are worked up for it. Then it goes out the door.
When you buy a custom rifle, you are buying a piece of engineering, and you can judge that by asking what is the rifle’s job, and how successfully does it do that job? In the case of a heavy rifle like this, it is to put as many heavy bullets as possible in a reasonably close group on a large target at close range in the minimum amount of time with complete reliability.
At 100 yards, the Legend groups averaged 1.3 inches. That includes Hornady factory soft-points and solids and handloads using Barnes hollow-points and solids. That kind of accuracy in a rifle like this is, pardon the expression, overkill.
(To be continued).