Gunfight Friday: Project Rifles

Project guns are always fun to look at, and today’s gunfight is between two standbys that have been extensively reworked. … Continued

Project guns are always fun to look at, and today’s gunfight is between two standbys that have been extensively reworked. The raw material in each is solid: a Remington Model 700 and a Winchester Model 70. Both rifles are set up for Western hunting—one is a .30-06, the other a .300 Jarrett. The ’06 should, after 110 years, require no introduction. The .300 Jarrett is the creation of South Carolina gunsmith Kenny Jarrett, of beanfield-rifle fame. It’s made from a blown-out 8mm Remington Magnum case and is a fire-breather on the order of the .300 Weatherby Magnum. The Model 700 is a Gunfight Friday repeat, but it fit the bill for this match-up perfectly, so I had to include it.

Tyler’s Model 700

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“It has accounted for two coyotes, a bobcat, an elk, three mule deer, and two whitetail does—absolutely flattening everything I’ve ever shot with it.” Reader Submitted

This is my Remington 700 chambered in .300 Jarrett. It has a 1- in 10-inch twist Shilen select match barrel, a McMillan hunter stock, and other metal parts all by Badger Ordnance. The stock has a Decelerator recoil pad. The scope is a Nightforce 3-15x50mm with the mil-r reticle. It was built completely by me in my garage, as my Marine Corps salary permitted. It has accounted for two coyotes, a bobcat, an elk, three mule deer, and two whitetail does—absolutely flattening everything I’ve ever shot with it.

Eric’s Model 70

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“I like to call it my David Petzal Special, because his literary guidance helped me with the project.” Reader Submitted

_This is my Winchester Model 70 .30-06. It was my first and is still my only centerfire rifle. It was produced more than 20 years ago and left the factory as a sporter-style rifle with a straight-grained walnut stock and the short-lived detachable box magazine. After 20 years in the woods and mountains, and many days in adverse weather, it needed a few upgrades. I installed a Timney trigger, had the barrel re-crowned and shortened to 22 inches. I also replaced the walnut stock with a glass and pillar-bedded McMillan HTG fiberglass stock. I had it Cerakoted and finished it off with a Murray Custom Leather sling. I like to call it my David Petzal Special, because his literary guidance helped me with the project. Even though it looks totally different than it once did, I still know that is the same rifle I used to shoot my first buck and my first bull. _

There are your choices: two no-nonsense rifles that are up for almost any hunt in North America. Please keep the gun photos coming to FSgunnuts@gmail.com

Which gun do you prefer?

Tyler’s Model 700

Eric’s Model 70

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