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Ok, short review on the kraken....

Barrel changes: Not nearly as bad as I initially thought. Now that I'm proficient with the tools, I can swap calibers in right around 1 minute. That's about the same time as it takes with the axmc.

POI repeatably after barrel removal: The kraken has the axmc beat here. I shot a 5 shot group with each, removed the barrel and shot another 5 shot group three times with each. The kraken didn't move at all. My AXMC changed approx. .2mils the first switch, .3mils the second and was close to back to zero the last one.

Accuracy: Both barrels I tested were .308 shooting factory federal gmm. Both shot just under 1/2" at 100 yards.

My only complaint about the kraken.... The bolt is a touch sticky. My AXMC was like butter straight out of the box. I'm hoping the kraken will break in and smooth out some with more use. Barrels have to be special ordered to your serial number as well. It's not like AI where you can just call up a dealer and buy another barrel off the shelf. Other than that, I really like the rifle and will be keeping it a while!

Edit: I had a couple guys ask about the trigger and feeding.

The trigger is very nice! Adjustable from two stage to single stage as well. It came set up as a two stage at 2#. I adjusted the second stage to 1.5# and called it good.

The rifle feeds flawless.

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Todd
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Dumb question, probably should have asked before installing my Field tactical, last night I was installing the sling attachment and went through the instructions and realized I was to use Loctite, I didn’t use Loctite on one single bolt however, I torqued everything to exact spec . Are there certain bolts that must have Loctite?
 

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Dumb question, probably should have asked before installing my Field tactical, last night I was installing the sling attachment and went through the instructions and realized I was to use Loctite, I didn’t use Loctite on one single bolt however, I torqued everything to exact spec . Are there certain bolts that must have Loctite?
Just more of a good measure. I did thread locker on the bolts that hold the chassis together, but not rail/accessory stuff.
 
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Kraken .308 / .300 win mag combo. Even though I really wasn't excited about the tools required to perform barrel swaps, I went ahead and tried one. I'll report back with a review and comparison to the AXMC.
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MACTECH, that looks so good. Eye candy. I have been thinking either an AI or Cadex, and am tilted towards a CADEX CDX-40 Shadow in 375CT, but not sure if I am missing out on anything by not going with the upcoming AI ASR instead. I see a lot more AI AXMC for sale than CADEX rifles, and the CADEX rifles seem harder to get.

Any views/opinions?
 

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MACTECH, that looks so good. Eye candy. I have been thinking either an AI or Cadex, and am tilted towards a CADEX CDX-40 Shadow in 375CT, but not sure if I am missing out on anything by not going with the upcoming AI ASR instead. I see a lot more AI AXMC for sale than CADEX rifles, and the CADEX rifles seem harder to get.

Any views/opinions?
Thank you Frank. I have the CDX-40 as well in 375 cheytac. They are great rifles but only come in .375 or .408. If you're serious about getting into ELR but still thinking you want a switch barrel, I'm going to highly recommend the AXMC. You'll be able to shoot short action .308 Win. case head cartridges up to .338 Lapua case head cartridges. Then when you're ready for ELR, get a good Smith to turn you up a 33xc or 37xc barrel for the same rifle.

Have a great weekend!

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If and WHEN CADEX makes a smaller diameter forearm that lowers the Pic rail by 1/2" I might be interested.
Barrett gets it with their MRAD.
But CADEX STILL has not understood how badly their large forearm diameter screws up a decent cheek weld for prone position, adjustable comb notwithstanding.
 

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If and WHEN CADEX makes a smaller diameter forearm that lowers the Pic rail by 1/2" I might be interested.
Barrett gets it with their MRAD.
But CADEX STILL has not understood how badly their large forearm diameter screws up a decent cheek weld for prone position, adjustable comb notwithstanding.
I’m not following you... explain like I’m 5 y/o.
 

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They have a gap between the action and the rail as you can see in the picture. Unless you buy the comp chassis and drop your own action in.
Not sure what aftermarket action that is...

But a factory Cadex looks like this... and is super easy to get behind. Shot over a 100 rounds prone in the last day with it. I don't see an issue.
 

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Not sure what aftermarket action that is...

But a factory Cadex looks like this... and is super easy to get behind. Shot over a 100 rounds prone in the last day with it. I don't see an issue.
I didn’t say there was an issue. I just used a random internet picture to show the guy what the previous guy was talking about.
 

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They have a gap between the action and the rail as you can see in the picture. Unless you buy the comp chassis and drop your own action in.
I’m just not getting the cheek-weld issue with the adjustable cheek piece.
 

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If and WHEN CADEX makes a smaller diameter forearm that lowers the Pic rail by 1/2" I might be interested.
Barrett gets it with their MRAD.
But CADEX STILL has not understood how badly their large forearm diameter screws up a decent cheek weld for prone position, adjustable comb notwithstanding.
These guys at Cadex are actually a little ahead of the curve and you need to look closely to see how and where.

The height of the pic rail on a Cadex does not create a problem for cheek weld... It actually creates a benefit that you don't see yet.

Consider this....

The butt plate on a Cadex is higher relative to the bore. Or to put it another way... (from your perspective) is in correct relation to the higher pic rail...

By lowering the bore relative to the butt, it better controls the recoil and reduces muzzle jump.

My Cadex does not have a folder stock... my mistake... should have got the folding stock model, but its still ok.

The top of the butt plate is actually higher than the bore... or about even with the top of the action.

But since I do not have a folding stock, the high butt plate created a couple problems for me.

1) I needed to disassemble the butt to clean the barrel.
2) I could not bore sight the rifle by peeking though the barrel and comparing to the scope.

Guys without a folding stock normally bend the cleaning rod around the butt plate to clean the barrel... not what I think is a good way to go...

So my solution... I drilled a hole in my butt plate at the top of the vertical slot to allow bore sighting and access to the bore for a cleaning rod.

I did need to order a really long cleaning rod from Dewey though.

I then emailed a picture of this modification to Patrice at Cadex and he replied by telling me he likes the idea and would start putting a hole there in new rifles. So that was really cool.. a company who actually listens to user feedback.
 
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Changed my TRG-42 to a Dual-Strike chassis last week, can't say enough good things about the craftsmanship, quality and ergonomics, It's among the highest quality products I have ever seen or bought, my only complaint is about the assembly instructions that could be a little more specific and deep, after assembling the stock I couldn't be happier.
One thing I didn't take into consideration is the increase in length and weight , it completely change the rifle
 

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Swapped out my 3.6-18 for a 7-35, but I miscalculated just how much of a beast the scope is. So I milled in a relief for the bell. I’ll just need to take it to my cerakote guy to see if we can match the color, and try to get a replacement rail. I’m glad this happened though because I’d rather get the scope lower on the gun.


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Any of you guys know if cadex makes left hand actions? I have seen left hand chassis, but not a left hand action
 

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Any of you guys know if cadex makes left hand actions? I have seen left hand chassis, but not a left hand action
In no way does this answer your question but I am guessing by the asking that you are left handed. I’m currently shooting the Cadex Kraken in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Win Mag and .308 Winchester. Due to a condition with my right eye (dominant) I have been forced to shoot left handed using my weak eye (left) for about the last 2 years. Surprisingly, after some getting used to it I now find it preferable, at least on a bolt gun, to right eye/right hand. I may be missing the point entirely or don’t know what I don’t know. But I find it completely intuitive to cycle the action with my strong hand (right) while keeping my trigger hand (left) where it belongs. The Kraken came with two combs, one for righties and one for lefties. I switched to the left handed comb and I honestly believe if my right eye suddenly healed itself I would still shoot left handed. I’m not the world’s best shooter, but I’m a good shooter and this works perfectly for me.
 

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In no way does this answer your question but I am guessing by the asking that you are left handed. I’m currently shooting the Cadex Kraken in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Win Mag and .308 Winchester. Due to a condition with my right eye (dominant) I have been forced to shoot left handed using my weak eye (left) for about the last 2 years. Surprisingly, after some getting used to it I now find it preferable, at least on a bolt gun, to right eye/right hand. I may be missing the point entirely or don’t know what I don’t know. But I find it completely intuitive to cycle the action with my strong hand (right) while keeping my trigger hand (left) where it belongs. The Kraken came with two combs, one for righties and one for lefties. I switched to the left handed comb and I honestly believe if my right eye suddenly healed itself I would still shoot left handed. I’m not the world’s best shooter, but I’m a good shooter and this works perfectly for me.
You're right I'm left handed. I've been shooting right hand actions my whole life, still have never shot a left hand action. I've contemplated teaching myself to shoot right handed, even doing some dry fire drills right handed, but after 25 some odd years of shooting left handed, it just feels so foreign. I figure if I'm going to buy a custom action, why not buy one that I can cycle properly and be comfortable behind
 

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You're right I'm left handed. I've been shooting right hand actions my whole life, still have never shot a left hand action. I've contemplated teaching myself to shoot right handed, even doing some dry fire drills right handed, but after 25 some odd years of shooting left handed, it just feels so foreign. I figure if I'm going to buy a custom action, why not buy one that I can cycle properly and be comfortable behind

I’m left handed as well, and also have only shot right hand actions. I can shoot righty pretty easily as I learned both early. I’ve never shot a left handed action before.
 

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Oh yeah...it's a 6.5x47L stick.
 
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^^^ That barrel profile looks serious... What is the diameter at the muzzle?

I just paid a boat load of extra dough for a Bartlien 223 1:7 barrel with a Cadex profile, flutes and all to mount on a Defiance Deviant Tactical action that's going into a Cadex Lite Competition Chassis. Should be a sweet rig.

In practical terms I probably would have been content with a barrel profile something like this ^ above.

I'm going to give it a try for PRS to see how I can capitalize on the low recoil. I know guys don't think much of a 223 for PRS, but realistically I don't think it will cost me many points. Might help if I can spot the hits and misses if anything.
 

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Practical T.,
I like your solution for a cleaning rod hole in the butt pad. Ducedly clever and does not hurt a thing, just a bit of "custom lightening".

Boy I guess I hid a nerve when I noted my gripe about the Cadex forearm diameter. But Cadex does very high quality work, no one can doubt that. Still my own choice for a factory switch-barrel rifle is still Barrett's MRAD.

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Well Eric, you didn't hit a nerve with me, no hard feelings or anything with me anyway.

It was eluding toward the high scope in relation to the bore that I could not understand. I know a lot of guys out there go to great lengths to get the scope as low as possible to the bore and I could never understand the logic behind that whole way of thinking.

We have to adjust the scope for trajectory no matter how high or low the scope is and the low placement of the bore relative to the butt is beneficial to recoil management, I just thought it was a point that is worth pointing out.
 

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Can anyone verify if a 338 LM or 338 AI will feed from a Cadex 375/408 mag? If a member has a CT mag w a 338 LM cartridge please post a pic.
 

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Knowing that the Guardian action is an intermediate length, has anybody tried to run a 6br in it?
 

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I was out at the farm shooting my Cadex yesterday and noted another benefit to the higher than usual scope rail...

Since it raises the scope it lowers the barrel in relation to the scope and that allowed me to shorten the legs on my bipod more than I would on other rifles and get a lower position, with my head at a comfortable level.

Shorter bipod legs = more stable firing position.

Do you notice anything unusual about my setup here?
 

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What is up with the restraining strap, Last time i saw something like that it was to help a guy with a shoulder injury.
 

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What is up with the restraining strap, Last time i saw something like that it was to help a guy with a shoulder injury.
By strapping the rifle down, recoil is arrested fast enough so I can watch my bullets fly... I can spot the trace myself, so I can be my own spotter.

Coincidentally this started as a result of a shoulder injury… skiing accident. Even the recoil of an 9mm HK MP5 hurt at the time.

The rifle is chambered in 308 Winchester BTW.

I also have several bipods (that I made myself... not for sale BTW.) that do the same thing without the long strap, and they are legal for F Class.

Here's a link to a video that will explain the strap.

 
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Does anyone here have a Cadex Lite Comp for Surgeon 591 w AICS 3.055 nib they want to sell?
 

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I have a mtu contour in mine. It’s 1.25 for the first 3 inches. Fits no problem. I believe cadex says 1.25 is the max size.
My field strike has 1.25” diameter barrel all the way to the muzzle. There is just shy of 1/8” clearance at the top of the hand guard.