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. 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

"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

"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