Originally Posted by 4track:
Originally Posted by lew1zy:
...The fact that it can accept four different magazine styles (and double column, double feed, too) is icing on an already enticing cake...
I had read that, too, and wondered how they managed to engineer that type of compatibility.
My AI AX is backwards compatible with any past AI mag, either double or single stack.
I didn't read which AI mag the RPR is compatible with as only the single stack AICS mag was pictured in the video, but I think the double stack AX mags allow the longest loading of a round. I can load my 260 Rems quiet long, which really allow me to take advantage of the cartridge. If you are stuck with an SR25 type mag you are better off with the 6.5 CM.
The RPR looks like the AIAX MC and a DPMS met in a truckstop and fornicated. It looks like it may have a 3 lug bold/60 deg throw like my AI. (in fact it looks like it borrowed a lot from the AI) I didn't read if it is switch barrel capable, but if not that will be a big gig given up to Savage for the lower end guns. You see a good number of Savage rifles in local comps from guys starting out. Coming from the factory with a threaded barrel. While that may seem nice, most precision rifle guys want the barrel threaded by a gunsmith who verifies the threads are concentric to the bore before shooting with a can.
It looks like you should have no problem working the bolt without having to move your head or losing your cheekweld like I can with the AI, so that is a plus.
We'll just have to see how it shakes out. If you are going with a dedicated caliber (if it is not a SB gun) then I don't know. Lots of guys start out with 308 Win in PRS type matches, then after a few matches realize how much running a 6mm or 6.5mm helps boost you up in match rankings, then switch to another caliber over .308. I have a 16" 308 barrel for my AI as well as a 26" 260 Rem. The 260 is like shooting a 300 Win Mag w/o the recoil. Having run the shorter barrel 308 in matches for a while, then giving the 260 Rem a go, it was like cheating, especially past 700 yards.
That said, the 308 will make you a better shooter. I love the fact that guys like Joe Harris of the Mammoth Sniper Challenge try to limit calibers in their matches to mil/le calibers. Takes the equipment advantage away somewhat.
Reading on, I guess it is a switch barrel gun.
As for weight, I'll bet with a Proof Research carbon fiber barrel it would be a light package.