16-18 inch shorty rifles

sirhrmechanic

Command Sgt. Major
Belligerents
Feb 23, 2010
13,039
26,964
219
54
The Snobbiest Town in The Snobbiest State in the N
This is a little rifle I built on a Model 600 Remington. Super budget build... I think I spent $400 on the whole thing. .308. Great hunting accuracy. Weighs nothing. I looked at a Ruger Scout Rifle that a friend bought and said to myself... There is a better way for the price.

This actually came after a discussion here on SH about Scout-type rifles. They were all the rage c. 2012. For about... a month.


scout 3.jpg
Nice little brake. Adapted for this rifle, threaded and silver-soldered.


scout 2.jpg
I splurged for aluminum bottom metal for the 600... because the original nylon is just, well, nylon. This is a nice black anodized one that I got off eBay.

scout 1.jpg
The whole package. By far the smallest, lightest, handiest deer rifle I own... except maybe for a 94 Trapper. I ended up putting a Nikon scope on it. Nothing special. Not exactly pretty. And no TRG accuracy. But good for the woods here. It will hit minute of deer all day long!

Cheers,

Sirhr
 

Winny94

Sergeant
Belligerents
Nov 19, 2013
1,028
320
189
to those of you shooting 6.5CM, what bullet weight are you shooting? I just got word my barrel is shipping soon, which means ill have it for deer season. I have a couple boxes of 143gr ELD-X precision hunter, but im wondering how the performance is out of a 16"-17", or if i'd be better off with something in the 120-130gr range.
 

Twitchy

Private
Belligerents
Nov 22, 2007
174
33
34
St. Augustine, FL
to those of you shooting 6.5CM, what bullet weight are you shooting? I just got word my barrel is shipping soon, which means ill have it for deer season. I have a couple boxes of 143gr ELD-X precision hunter, but im wondering how the performance is out of a 16"-17", or if i'd be better off with something in the 120-130gr range.
I just started load testing with 123g SMKs after running a bunch of bullet/velocity combos through AB. Even with an 18", I'm still supersonic out to about 1000. The 142s will be within about 50 yards but will have slightly more drop (but less wind drift). It's all about what you're willing to compromise.
 

withoutwarning

Multicam all the things.
Banned !
Minuteman
Oct 3, 2018
97
43
24
What weight bullets and factory loads are you guys having luck with, with your 16inch .308s?
I’m looking to compile a list and grab 6-8 different loads when the new rifle arrives and choose the best as my go to for hunting/long range shots.
 

wpierce

Private
Belligerents
Mar 9, 2017
59
24
12
What weight bullets and factory loads are you guys having luck with, with your 16inch .308s?
I’m looking to compile a list and grab 6-8 different loads when the new rifle arrives and choose the best as my go to for hunting/long range shots.
Not a factory load, but my 16.5” 308 loves 178 eld-x bullets. Hornady Precision Hunter line of factory loadings includes that bullet: https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/rifle/308-win-178-gr-eld-x-precision-hunter#!/
 
  • Like
Reactions: withoutwarning

jab00

Private
Belligerents
Minuteman
Nov 1, 2017
268
56
34
Anyone know what stock (forend) wrap that is? I'm looking for something like this but my googlefu sucks.
It's an S.O. Tech skid plate. It came with the rifle when I bought it and I've been searching for another one ever since with zero luck.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Twitchy

JamieD

Wolf Precision, Inc.
Belligerents
Jul 17, 2007
933
53
34
Johnstown,pa
www.wolfprecision.net
Here's a 17.5" .308. Quite a hammer. Kreiger #5.5. Going to load up some 110 V-maxs for coyotes. Hope to finally nab one here in PA. It will have a smaller scope on it by then! Build using the patented rifle chamber cylinder.

JamieD
Wolf Precision, Inc.
www.wolfprecision.net
 

Attachments

Last edited:

Elite_KG

Sergeant
Belligerents
Oct 15, 2011
498
30
34
LA
17.5” LTU Contour Bartlein 5R 9.5 twist, trued 700 Action, bedded HS Precision stock
All 5shot groups on same day. Started with SMK 168 gr factory amd then shot my 168 Nosler Custom Competition handloads - 41gr varget (starting load), lapua bras and BR2 primers.

48FEEF0A-CE48-4592-99AD-F8EB446CD029.jpeg695A8ED2-3F7D-4AAB-B02B-3E03B00DAE0A.jpegA65AD401-2F36-4002-994B-EB2988A21811.jpeg
 

just browsing

Gunny Sergeant
Belligerents
Feb 18, 2017
605
376
69
Philadelphia, PA
Not mine, but in the process of building one. Figured these were relevant and could serve as some additional motivation for others.

The Carbon is an 18” 6.5 Creed, the Element is a 16” Blackout. Both are DMR built rifles.
 

Attachments

Nathanm40a1

Private
Belligerents
Oct 7, 2006
6
2
6
TX
For those of you shooting 16.5" 6.5 Creedmoore. What velocities are ya'll getting with factory ammo? I tend to favor the Hornady stuff and was wondering if I could expect 2500fps or better with a 16.5" barrel shooting their 140gr ELDM, or maybe even the 147gr ELDM?
 

Ledzep

Chancellor
Belligerents
Jun 9, 2009
1,824
615
219
Black Hills
In my 21" 6.5, the factory 147s we're at 2619. So I'd expect in the ballpark of 2500. Probably a little faster with 140s.
 

mason.ostrom

Private
Belligerents
Feb 16, 2017
91
18
22
E0634CCF-7E90-430D-B111-9B01954AF630.jpeg
This is my budget 17” 308. Rem 700 action x-caliber 308 win barrel, Bell and Carlson stock that I inlet for ptg m5 bottom metal, Leupold Mark 4 3.5-10x40, and silencerco Specwar 7.62. Shoots quite well with an old load I worked up for my 308 AR. One of these days I’ll get around to doing actual load development for this rifle. Super fun to shoot and easy to pack around.
 

Attachments

Bradu

Full Member
Belligerents
Aug 24, 2011
2,454
523
219
IL
That's a hog of a barrel in the AICS. Looks cool.
It's an Mtu contour, heavy little fucker for having a short barrel. It has a 26" barrel chambered in 260 that is the same contour that I swap out.
 

BLKWLFK9

im just gonna send it..
Online Training Access
Belligerents
Feb 13, 2017
1,035
910
119
That's sweet. What kind of accuracy and velocity are you getting out of it?
Just screwed the barrel on last night. shooting tomorrow but I should get 2700ish out of factory 147s and i plan on loading 135 JLKs. probably 2850ish or more with those
 

Movistar

Set in Stone
Belligerents
Feb 20, 2017
440
246
49
ID USA
Nice. That’s the shortest PRC I’ve seen. I’m excited to see your velocity numbers.
My 16.5 inch Proof Carbon 6.5CM is on it’s way back from Dave Tooley now so I’ll add pics when i get it back.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BLKWLFK9

Chesapeake

Private
Minuteman
Feb 25, 2018
58
19
12
I ordered direct from Proof. They said they would likely not respond quickly because of SHOT when I called them but they emailed me order info almost immediately. I don’t have the barrel yet so we will see how long that takes. Great people to deal with though.