I bought one of these things after reading about them over on snipershide.  I was a little reluctant to get it, since it seemed to be too inexpensive.  But I got it, and I'm pretty pleased. 

First off, the why. I have had a semi-custom Rem 700 (trued action, premium barrel install, larger lug, aftermarket trigger by Southern Precision Rifles many years back) in a McRees chassis for many years. It has served well, and did what I wanted at the time - got me into a detachable mag system without the bedding headaches of the previous McMillan I had, and offered the ability to expand and adjust as needed. It was better than most of the options at the time (I always disliked the AICS - it doesn't fit me well).

The problems were: over time, things loosen up; it's a pain in the ass to adjust with all the screws; and the square, clunky, cold aluminum ergos left a lot to be desired. I never wrapped my thumb around the pistol grip since the safety was on the right side anyway, to the pistol grip didn't suit me well.  Touching the stock in cold weather was unpleasant, and it got really hot in the summer. I kinda yearned for better ergos with a more traditional look, but still adjustability and detachable mags.  Oh yeah - not breaking the bank would be awesome. 

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Well, I saw the above after looking around at crap on snipershide.  That place is the equivalent of my wife watching HGTV - it just makes me want to spend money.  But they have some good reviews of stuff, and I learn stuff.  The Bravo chassis really looked good. To my eye, it has a very TRG-22 look about it.  Since I'm poor and will never be able to afford a TRG-22, I thought this would be the next best thing. I was a little wary because of the price, and I did have a large recoil lug (which you just order the chassis as an option for that).  

I got the thing in Sako green, because that's what the TRG is.  Word.  I bolted it on, made some adjustments, and went to the range.  Shot great.  Much better ergos, and the rifle lost a lot of weight in the transition. The big, squishy butt pad keeps it comfy. I used AICS 5 and 10 round mags, and magpul 5 and 10 round mags. Oddly, it felt like it fed more smoothly from the magpul mags.  Over the next few weeks I shot maybe 200 rounds with the rifle in the new dress. I have no complaints other than I had to order a flush cup for the front for my sling.  

KRG has a spigot addition that you can add a night vision mount on if you wish (I don't since I don't do that stuff anymore - no need to spend the money).  It also pushes your bipod out several more inches and puts it closer to the barrel. Since I'm running an 18" gun, that would have put the bipod legs real close to or past the barrel. I run a 9-13 Harris (I sold my Atlas bipod after several years - just didn't care for it). 

There is no folder option for those that want or need it with the Bravo. I'm sure that would drive the cost up significantly.  The stock itself is two-parts. The trigger guard and back are one half, and forward of the trigger is the second half.  You can order an enclosed forend if you like. The basic one has mlok holes on the front on the sides and bottom.  I used one for the QD cup.  The forend back to the pistol grip is a piece of machined aluminum.  I'm pretty sure it would accept a straight taper barrel if you want to carry around a telephone pole.  There are all manner of doo-dads you can add if you wish. I did add the extended mag release. On the mag release, the mag doesn't drop free easily. I think there is an O-ring in there to hold it in place so you have to deliberately pull it out after you release, and give it a little shove to push it in. It's not hard to do.  And if you  have dropped a mag on accident (I have on barricades), you'll likely appreciate that feature. Over time, it will likely wear out though.  

The stock feels solid, and the plastic doesn't feel uber cheap.  Everything seems to be where it should be.  I'm digging the stock, but have only shot it prone and a little from the bench.  No barricades and slung positions yet. Today was supposed to be a sniper training day, but it got delayed due to illness.  

My rifle and scope were all camo'd up, but I took everything apart and went back to black. I stripped off all the camo paint, then rattle canned all the dings and gouges (apparently I haven't been very careful with this rifle over the years).  It sorta makes it look like the TRG.  I have several brakes at home - I might throw one back on it just to see if it makes it shoot any softer since it did lose a little weight.  

I would post pics, but I can't.  If you're looking for a more traditional look and feel with a lot of the same benefits of the more "modern" chassis', this is worth a look.  

 

 

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Joined: 12-2005          Location: Central OK

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That is cute. And a nice price. I missed it during my stock changeover (ended up with XLR Element, folder, and am delighted).

Want photos of your setup! 

What bipod you running? To me, spigot always means actual rod as I run a Parker Hale knockoff, weirdly, and am going to be drilling a hole in the front of my forearm (as I did on my old HS Precision, but more firmly as: all metal now) and mounting an aluminum spigot from Vertabrae.

Anyway, back to you: how do these styles of spigots work? Just forward and higher or do they rotate in some way also? 

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Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

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SHOOBE01, that is what I ended up with on the bipod mount. I allows you to directly mount the Harris swivel bipod to the spigot mount, so no way it can come unscrewed.

Now - after about 8 months of using it, I still like it. I struggled with the initial setup a little. There are two plastic skins attached to an aluminum backbone. The trigger guard is bolted inside of the backbone, and is adjustable. I didn't get that, and had issues with mag fit. Once I figured that out (read the instructions - they might have info in those strange scribbles on the paper), I have had no issue. I've dropped the rifle several times on accident and haven't damaged the stock. Shot from lots of barricaded, inside vehicles, on tripods - just kind of the whole gamut. I've broken nothing and I have found no instance where I didn't prefer it to the old chassis. 

I don't have a pic available, but it's pretty basic. Rem 700 action (imagine all of them), 18" bbl what I'd call a heavy varmint contour threaded and capped (can still in ATF jail), Nightforce NXS 3.5-15x50 HS turrets (mil), Seekins rings and bases, Harris 9-13 leg notch swivel bipod. All metal is flat black, stock is Sako green. The pic above is very close, just in green instead of tan. 

I'm honestly kicking around another for my backup bolt gun - it's a Remington with that funky triangle barrel, but it shoots pretty good. I bought if off a friend who was going out of marriage just because it was cheap.  I just impulse bought a Bushnell 4.5-18 FFP mil/mil scope because it was on sale. Yeah - I'm stupid sometimes. My other options is buying a Tikka T3x to put under the scope. We'll see. 

 

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Joined: 12-2005          Location: Central OK

Dear diary,

I bought a Tikka CTR .308 because I lack impulse control and I’m Finn curious. I liked the Bravo enough to get one for the Tikka. I’m seriously digging the Bravo on the Tikka. 

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Joined: 12-2005          Location: Central OK

SPDSNYPR posted:

Dear diary,

I bought a Tikka CTR .308 because I lack impulse control and I’m Finn curious. I liked the Bravo enough to get one for the Tikka. I’m seriously digging the Bravo on the Tikka. 

That right there...probably one of the best-bank-for-your-buck setups in the game right now. 

CTR + Bravo = winning = money left over for glass that doesn't suck

 

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