Yep, 6:15 pm here so 9:15 there. He was going to start working on the bolt and wanted to finalize the work order just to make sure there will be no changes. I promised him I wouldn't be "that customer", to which we had a good laugh.
So here is what it will be:
700 action (didn't have the dough for a benchrest action), single-point re-machined and the bolt
Double bushed bolt body
Bush firing pin hole & turn pin
Double pin recoil lug
Open lug for larger tenon
Chamber: .300 Ultra using a finish reamer, 0.338" neck and throated for the dummy shells I sent him. I used Berger 210 VLD to mag length with just a little left for room, but checked using 180 grainers that they'd still be able to reach same OAL. Important as when I'm loaded they'll be just touching the lands.
Thread & Crown
Satin bead finish barrel & lug
GTR lite steel firing pin & spring
GTR S.S. recoil lug, .250
Kreiger No. 17 contour: 1.250" for five inches then taper to 0.900 at 31" OA. It will be finished at 30" exactly from the face of the receiver.
Jewell trigger set at 1 pound exactly zero creep, zero over-travel.
Pillar bedded into my Remmie laminated stock. He pulled the barrel out of the tube to check the fit to the stock while we were on the phone, it will be kind of thin in the forend, but I am just looking for a platform right now.
The cylindrical part of the barrel will be very welcome as I will mount a strain-gage first thing for my Pressure Trace. I have some .300 RUM brass that I'll get rid of since I want to start from scratch with brass just for this rifle. Nosler has an excellent rep for weight consistency, but some have reported pressure and think the brass may be soft. I think I'll try 100 Rem brass and a box of 50 Nosler to compare side-by-side. Weight sorting brass is not high on my fun list. But I intend to have at least 100 cases primed and ready to load once the rifle gets here, which should be late August assuming everything goes well. And it should as I sent all the parts to him so nothing to go missing.
The really expensive part will be the Nightforce scope. Looking at 5.5-22 but undecided as to reticle. I would very much like the ranging reticle because it wouldn't take as much time and hassle as using a rangefinder, which I can use if I DO have the time.
To say I am excited is an understatement.