Shortly after I received my R15 in .30 Rem AR and began to see how efficient and easy to load this cartridge was, I started wanting one in a bolt gun, especially after I realized the round did live up to Remington’s ballistic claims. (Without the AR’s gas system, velocities should run around 100 fps faster.)
Problem was, no use putting a cartridge that duplicates the .300 Savage in an action that the .300 Savage will work in. The solution was a model 20 short from New Ultra Light Arms. This is the action that Melvin Forbes uses for the .223 Remington. Melvin said he could make it feed so I placed an order.
Yesterday, when I called my friend and fellow WV hillbilly Melvin Forbes to brag about my WV bear, (Melvin has taken a WV bear without the use of bait – which is illegal – or dogs.) he said the stock was being painted and the rifle would ship out soon.
I’m excited. I expect the rifle will weigh right at 4.75 pounds – about 5.5 pounds with a Leupold 1.5 – 5 VX III – and shoot just like all of the rifles Melvin builds. A full feature on this rifle will appear in an upcoming issue of RIFLE Magazine.
Hopefully it arrives in time for the Gunwriter Assistant to use on a wild hog hunt I’m setting up for this birthday.