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GunsDaily Precision Bolt Gun Build

Featuring a HOWA 6.5 Creedmoor Barreled Action!

Week One

So when we planned out this build our goal was to pull off a rifle that can shoot sub MOA groups but that won't cost you an arm and a leg like so many other bolt guns. Our second goal was to keep things as simple as possible, we wanted people to be able to build this gun out of their garage or even on their kitchen table without the need for any crazy tools. To accomplish this we chose our parts carefully and this is what we came up with.

We started with a Howa 1500 barrelled action chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 24 in barrel. For our chassis we choose the X-Ray by Kinetic Research Group with a Harris Model BRM Bipod. Optic wise for filming we were using a Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 but on the final setup we will be using the Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25x50, unfortunately at the time of the build the optic was not yet available for purchase.

So as you can see, super simple parts list and assembly will be even easier! Keep an eye out for future updates as we will keep you guys in the loop on how this build goes.

Week Two

Now to the Fun stuff! Assembling this rifle is super straightforward and took me all of 10 minutes. First, I removed the old trigger guard on the Howa 1500 Barreled Action. Once done, I was able to slide the Action into our new chassis system. That was simply two hex screws I had to tighten down. From there it was easy to attach our bipod and muzzle break.

Halfway through I came to the realization that this is easier than building an AR from the ground up, and I wondered why I waited so long to get into precision shooting. If it’s something you're on the fence about take the leap, it can be a lot simpler than you may expect.

Next week I’ll be attaching our optic and leveling it out! Stay tuned and once again huge thanks to Brownells for making this possible

Week Three

We are finally getting to the point where this build is beginning to look like a proper precision rifle. Today we installed the optic mounts and optic. As mentioned previously we are using optic mounts and optic from Vortex Optics. For the video we used the Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56. The rifle we are giving away in the sweepstakes will feature the new Vortex PST gen II.

To ensure that the optic is level, which is critical on a Precision rifle, we used the optic leveling kit and torque wrench provided by Brownells.com overall, this process was extremely simple and straightforward. I have tried to install optics without a leveling kit and just eyeballing it. Never again. It simplify the process, and now I know for those thousand yard + shots I won't have to worry about if my optic level being off is going to change my point of impact.

Week Four

And there she is ladies and gentlemen, a completed precision bolt gun that you can do yourself without any major tooling or knowledge. I am 100% an amature when it comes to the world of precision rifles and shooting and the experience of assembling and taking this rifle out to distance was an eye opener. I am hooked, and loved every minute of the this opportunity.

I by no means was able to properly portray the capabilities of this rifle, my mentor in this venture though was able to keep consistent sub MOA groups and completely make me look like a noob haha. Which I am, and I am completely fine with that because we all need to start somewhere. I will most definitely continue messing around with Precision shooting and maybe even take a stab at some competitions once I gain some confidence in my abilities.

I hope I was able to interest some of you in the world of precision rifles and maybe even convince some of you to take a stab at it. I would like to thank Brownells for making this experience possible!

About The Author

Hey everyone, just a quick introduction about Gunsdaily, myself and this project. I'm Ben from Gunsdaily, we operate a decently large Instagram page with just over 1.7 million followers among other things including photo, video, product reviews and more

I've been involved in the firearms community for over 4 years now and loved every second of it. I'm no operator, instructor, or in this case - no expert at long range shooting, many of the reasons why I'm excited to be working with Brownells on this project! I'm just a normal dude who has built a few AR's in his time and wanted to try something new.

You see, on my to-do list was to put together my own bolt gun, specifically something chambered in the increasingly popular 6.5 Creedmoor. Now anyone who knows anything about bolt guns knows that to really "build" one of these precision rifles from the ground up is quite an undertaking. I wanted something I could do in my garage with pretty standard tools. Basically stuff I could find relatively inexpensively at Brownells.com. With the help from the Team at Brownells & a friend who is well versed in the arts of long range shooting, I was able to assemble, mount an optic, sight in & put consistent groups on paper.

We took the time to film and document this process for all of you guys so you can see how relatively easy someone who has no experience with precision shooting can get involved. Oh, we also took it one step further, to Brownells recommendation we built a second twin bolt gun that we gave away to one lucky winner as part of this build series!