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Boy, Eddie Harren really helped me out big time. Ordered a Wilson barrel from Ragged Hole 3 weeks ago Monday, had it that Friday, dropped it off to Eddie last Sunday. He rented the reamer and had it ready in a week. Picked it up tonight. Turned out great. Absolutely perfect balance. It will make a nice little deer getter for my granddaughter Lillie. And she'll have it for Christmas!

The rifle started as a Model Seven laminate 223. New in box, unfired. I had it built into a 17-204 long neck that have me fits. Couldn't keep the bullets together with the junk Shilen barrel. We rechambered it to 17 Rem to slow it down and see if the bullets would hold together, but they didn't, and Shilen inspected it and said it was in spec.:confused: I unscrewed the barrel and it is now a 'mater stake or pry bar. :rolleyes:

Lillie is almost 8 and at legal hunting age, but just isn't quite mature enough to kill a deer, and she has not fired anything more than a 22 shooting CBs. I had this rifle built, figured next year we can practice all summer with reduced loads and then come hunting season, I'll slip in the full power loads and she will be none the wiser.

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Remington Model Seven J-lock action that has been trued
Timney trigger that I just tweaked to about 3 lbs with no creep
Wilson barrel SS Match #2 contour finished at 21"
Rem synthetic stock
Leupold based and rings

The rifle is chambered in 7 TCU, an old IMSHA silhouette cartridge. I have 200 pieces of factory Federal Nickel brass head stamped 17-223 International Handgun (IHMSA) I stumbled across awhile back. You can use 223 opened up but it comes up short. I plan on using 120 Ballistic tips or 130 Sierra single shot pistol bullets for deer and assorted 115-120 gr bullets for plinking.

Mom got her a Leupold 2-7x33 scope for the top of it. I just might load up a few and mount the scope tomorrow and break in the barrel. If I have time, I might just try to fill a doe tag in a few weeks, if I can get a load worked up, just to see how it performs.:) I have a 10"Contender barrel, dies and brass and always thought this would be a great PA whitetail gun. Most shots are 50 yards or less.

Looks good as is, but I think Lillie would like a pink gun. I think I'll order some pink krylon paint and black webbing paint and give it a makeover. I have a factory walnut stock JC in CA donated, but it's an inch longer and I can't bear to cut it off. I'll let her beat up the plastic stock for a few years, then swap it out for the walnut when she gets bigger and it fits, and more protective of her rifle.




 

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I think you thought things out just right for Lillie, Charlie. Just don't get confused and carry that rifle for bear. You'd run into one of those 800 pounders for sure. :eek:

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I believe the world would be a better place if more youngsters had grandfathers like you Charlie.

Years ago, I had a T/C Contender in 7TCU. I always thought it would be fun to have a rifle chambered for it but just never did it. Let us know how it shoots.
 

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That's a sweet little rifle and a good thing you've done for your granddaughter. I have a couple of thoughts about it. It's always seemed odd to me that lots of folks will buy or build a smaller chambered rifle for a wife or a child but insist on shooting something large like, say, a 30-06 or 7 Rem Mag themselves. Over the past twenty five years I've killed a lot of deer using cartridges ranging from 7 Mag to 223AI. The last 30 or so deer were killed with a 5.6x50 AI which is a little less than a 22-250 and my longest shot (270 yards) was with a 223 AI. My point is, a small chambered rifle will kill just as effectively as a large one. It all depends on shot placement. It seems to me that lots of folks would be far better off if they used a rifle that they could handle without flinching. A 223 is much easier to practice with and much cheaper. Your 7 TCU is an excellent choice IMO and would serve a lot of nimrods much better than the shoulder bruising loads they currently use.

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No doubt Rick. The nimrods that come thru the shop are proof. The last few weeks we've had several guns come back we've sold that "won't group ". Boss takes them and shoots just fine. You should see the look on their face when he shows them the target.:rolleyes:

I agree, the 223 and such would do fine for most, but you get the guy that goes out once a year, doesn't practice, and read Outdoor Life the past 20 years and thinks he "needs" the ole 30-06. Can't tell them any different.

I think the TCU will do great. Would have maybe done a 25 or 6.5 TCU had I not already had dies and brass for the 7.
 

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Charlie, I've got a 6x223 and love it.
It so fun to shoot and I've killed a deer or 3 with it.
And a few turkeys.


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Here she is with a scope on her. Leupy 2-7.



i cleaned it after he test fired and had 3 shells loaded with H322 and nosler 120 BTips. Took it out back at 50 yards to get it on paper. Wow, this thing is QUIET and zero recoil. I don't think I'm going to have to mess with reduced loads. Going to load the same load and get the scope zeroed and break it in. Here are the first three shots at 50 yards. It is very windy today and I wanted to see how it grouped. I'd say it shows promise!!! May load a few and try at 100. Nothing else to do until 4pm


 

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Very nice. I have a 223AI, 6-223AI, 25-45, and a 25/223 I'd use any of them on close range deer. The 6.8spc is a wonderful little cartridge also.
 

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Who did you get to do the good shootin'? :D

I'd say that certainly has potential.
 

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What a neat settup
A few years ago I would have questioned the 7tcu round but like Mr Fox the last few critters have been taken with smaller rounds, namely the Grendel and Sweede
 

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Charlie U definitely made a good choice in action and caliber- I have a TCU 14" and have killed several White Tail they are very accurate and DRT
I have a total of 3 Model Sevens a 243-6 Dasher and 250 AI

Jim
 
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