Magpul Core - Shooting the 2016 Vegas Precision Rifle Challenge with the Magpul Hunter 700

By Caylen Wojcik
Magpul Core - Shooting the 2016 Vegas Precision Rifle Challenge with the Magpul Hunter 700

 

 

 

When I was able to get a match slot for the 2016 Vegas Precision Rifle Challenge I quickly realized that it marked the debut of the Magpul Hunter 700 stock within the Precision Rifle Series competition. 

 

 

 

 

The thing that makes Hunter 700 stock accurate and repeatable enough to consider for competition shooting is the design of the bedding block.  Not only does the bedding block provide full contact with the action, it also remains completely mated to the polymer body of the stock.  With any bedding block system, this is obviously a big concern. No matter how well the block holds the action, if the block itself moves within the body of the stock repeatability will be non-existent.  I saw this first hand as I tested some of my custom barreled actions against the Hunter 700.  Some of those rifles were bedded into traditional rifle stocks, and other set into chassis systems.  I took each rifle in its original configuration and shot a test target with the rifle in a rest to eliminate any human error I could.  Once the control groups were shot, I then took each action and installed it into a Hunter 700 stock.  I then shot groups to compare against the control groups.  There was no perceptible change or degradation in accuracy from the control groups to those shot from the Hunter 700 stock.  In seeing these results, I felt comfortable setting up my competition rifle in a Hunter 700.

 

 

 

 

For anyone who’s ever shot a PRS match, you know that the time limits are tight, and the targets are small.  You’ll very rarely be shooting out of the perfect world prone, and when you do, it’s not going to be comfy and you’re not going to be able to take your time.  Your rifle needs to have a balance of comfort and function, which will allow you to move very quickly and efficiently in and out of various shooting positions.  The quicker I can get into a stable position the longer I have to settle my sight picture and make a wind call.  Having an adjustable length of pull and comb height is an absolute necessity.  The ability to customize your setup with sling mounting points is also hugely beneficial so that you can cater the application to the situation and get as stable as possible.  The Hunter 700 does all this, and it’s lightweight and very well balanced.  The setup you see in the photo weighs in at 14.2 lbs.  That’s with a Mausingfield M5 short action, a 26” Proof Research stainless steel medium palma contour 6mm barrel, a Thunderbeast Ultra 7 suppressor and a Kahles 624i riflescope.  Even with the 26” barrel and suppressor hanging off the muzzle the rifle is nicely balanced.  I personally like the feel of a more traditional rifle stock and the Hunter 700 fits the bill.

 

 

 

 

Now, looking at the performance of the rifle in a shooting match can be somewhat subjective; can the driver run the rifle to it’s potential?  It boils down to confidence, as 80% of precision shooting lies in one’s mind.  For me, I have to have the absolute trust that my rifle and scope will place bullets precisely where I want them at extreme distances, if I do my part.  It also needs to be as forgiving as possible because going against some of the best shooters in the nation mistakes are incredibly costly.  As an example, one stage at the Vegas Precision Rifle Challenge was called “Take a Poke” and it entailed 4 targets in linear array, one at each of the following ranges: 1100, 1200, 1300, and 1400 yards.  In a time limit of 2 minutes the shooter was to engage each target with 3 rounds each.  Hits counted as a point, misses were zeros.  I was able to squeeze out 10/12 hits on that particular stage, and ironically my misses were both at the 1100…. The rifle felt strong and solid, and I had the confidence in my system that allowed me to focus all my efforts on the fundamentals, and my wind calls.  No second-guessing why I missed.  I missed because I pressed the trigger when I shouldn’t have, plain and simple.  Move to the next target, lather, rinse and repeat.

   

 

 

 

 

Now, it could be said that I have a biased opinion about the Hunter 700 stock, as I was involved in the design and testing process.  Maybe there’s just a little bias in there, but I can honestly say from a truly objective standpoint that the accuracy and repeatability we were able to achieve with the Hunter 700 stock was impressive.  I knew immediately when I got the first prototype in my hands that this product would effectively, and permanently change the rifle stock market.  One thing to mention; we didn’t claim that this stock would be competitive within the high-end custom class of rifle stock, or chassis system with regards to accuracy and features.  It just, well, kinda ended up that way....

 

 

 

 

I’m incredibly excited to continue to compete in the 2016 season with the Hunter 700.  Hopefully people looking to get into the sport seeing the stock in competitive use will inspire them to dive in a little sooner now that there’s a significant cost savings in a major component of a rifle build without any sacrifice in performance or features.  The sport of long range precision shooting is incredibly fun, and rewarding.  In order to be consistent in this game the utmost level of concentration is required, as well as complete faith in your equipment.  Once you trust your equipment, you can focus your attention on applying your skills, and having plenty of fun making steel sing. 

 

Magpul Hunter 700 - Remington Model 700 Short Action

 

Magpul Hunter 700 - Remington Model 700 Long Action

 

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