I hope the MRAD wins the ARMY's second Precision Rifle Solicitation. The Canadian Cadex designed Remington Defense winner for the 1st solicitation has a MUCH too large of diameter fore arm. This forces the Pic. rail over the action to be too high and forces the cheek rest to be too high. The MRAD has no such problem.
Aside from the Remington Defense rifle giving the shooter cheek fitment problems it places the center of the scope much too high above the center of the bore so that any slight cant has a worse affect on a horizontal miss.
I know you asked this a while back, I've been gone for a bit and just saw it. Bore Tech made these a while back specifically to fit the MRAD. I don't know if they still do/have them or not but this one works great and fits perfect. Sorry about the shitty photography.
does anybody know the manufacturer of the mrad barrels? Are they cold forged? or lapped? How is the quality compared to other precision rifles?
Is it possible to let manufacture a custom barrel, with a caliber what is not offered by barrett?
I purchased an MRAD a few months ago after parting with a 98b. Since there isn't much info regarding loads in this unit, (I have the fluted 24" 338LM barrel) I will share my experiences.
The 98B shot factory ammo ok, but responded beyond expectations with handloads. It settled on 300g Lap over Lap brass, 90g of H1000, set to the lands, OAL of 3.755. .3 moa was the norm, mostly holding all the way to 1000yrds, if wind was cooperating. Excellent.
I decided on the MRAD due to the folding stock and switch barrel design. It's not quite as comfortable to shoot as the 98b, but has a few attributes I prefer.
I have found the gun also likes the same load, except I had to change the OAL to 3.700, and it shoots .3 moa as well (to 300 yards anyway, I have yet to make it to 1000, corn not out yet).
I have the unit topped with a NightForce NSX. AAC Titan QD suppressor.
These guns shoot!
I believe the desert tech is 3 bolts, torqued less then the mrads 2. Asside from just lostening them and pulling the barrel out, they both are just as simple. I'm unsure of whether you swap complete bolts with a desert tech or wheter a bolt face is swapped. Either way, it's certainly not hard with an mrad.
After putting 65 rounds (.260) through this, from 100-1000 yards, it is an easy system to be confident with. The trigger has a little creep before hitting a wall and then breaking, almost like a two stage, even a 1lb 8oz. I am not sure if I would adjust it much lower.
In case someone else is using the factory .260 barrel- Labradar put the Prime 130gr .260 at 2836 fps (70F, sun) and 2831 fps (35-40F, overcast) in the 24" factory .260 barrel. AB data was as almost dead-on using kestrel atmospheric data, the Norma golden target 130gr bullet Litz BC (.295 G7), and those average velocities.
I picked up this torque wrench to fill the gap between a 65 in/lb wheeler and an automotive 3/8" drive wrench; it is available new on ebay for less:
They’re based in Modena (ITALY) not far from Ferrari HQ. I am dropping them an email to know who is their rep in the US, and will share that with you. IMO the F-class bipod ( if you are interested in that gay-type of shooting ) and the press are really top notch. But I love the tac bipod as well.