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match ... the minimal case expansion affords greater case life and less opportunity for any case movement to adversely affect the straight entry of the bullet into the rifling."

Rooney did not want to go into details of how chambers are cut, but says, "we are not aware of any other builder of tactical type rifles using the procedures we adhere to ... [possibly] because the old school methods are so time consuming!"

A good trigger pull, of course, is necessary for the shooter to make best use of the rifle's accuracy potential. These rifles are built for real-world use, not competition under ideal conditions. "We really like the Rifle Basix unit, although Jewel makes a lovely trigger. We focus on crispness of pull. When dealing with law enforcement agencies we would never place them in the position of liability concerns from a super light trigger," Rooney comments.

"Safe sear engagement is critical ... in a high stress situation it could be easy to strike the butt [e.g. while exiting a vehicle] hard enough to cause an accidental discharge with a trigger adjusted to too light a pull. Safe sear engagement and a crisp pull is our focus."

For duty rifles Rooney likes to adjust the pull in the range of 2-1/2 to 3 pounds. The trigger on the test rifle broke at 2 pounds, 14 ounces, clean, crisp and consistent.

McMillan synthetic stocks are outstanding in quality, widely chosen by military, police and competitive shooters (not to mention discriminating hunters) for the toughest conditions. The barreled action is bedded by hand in the McMillan stock.

Rooney says, "Marine-Tex is a great bedding compound. Proper bedding assists with precision rifle

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