Salmon River Solutions (SRS) is a new company that makes some awesome parts for light-weight rifles. In this story I’ll cover machining and installation for a Ti Pro titanium muzzle brake, and a SRS 4″ light-weight ARCA rail on my custom 6.5 PRC rifle. Let’s go!
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About Salmon River Solutions (SRS)
SRS is a new company focused on light-weight top-shelf shooting parts and accessories. From their Facebook Page:
At Salmon River Solutions we design, prototype, and manufacture titanium muzzle brakes, and rails for rifle stocks such as Arca, picatinny, and outdoorsmans.
The Rifle: Full Custom Light-Weight 6.5 PRC
The rifle I chose to upgrade for this story is my full custom 6.5 PRC light-weight hunting rifle!
From the build story part 1:
This build utilizes top-shelf components that will optimize both weight (this rifle is for packing in steep terrain) and also longevity and strength. Here’s a list of all of the components for the core build:
- Action: Pierce Engineering Titanium Remington 700 Footprint
- Barrel: Benchmark/Hell’s Canyon light weight carbon wrapped barrel
- Stock: Benchmark Carbon Fiber
- Trigger: TriggerTech Special
- Bottom Metal: Redsnake Tactical
- Magazines: Accurate Mag
- Scope: Leupold Mark 5 HD
Here’s the rifle as initially built:
Lathe and Mill
Here’s a quick overview of the machine shop equipment I used for these upgrades:
For the stock work in this story, I’m using a Precision Matthews PM-949TV milling machine which is exceptional for this kind of work!
And here’s my new lathe, which is absolutely amazing- the Precision Matthews TL-1660 ultra-precision lathe:
This lathe is also equipped with the True Bore Alignment System complete with 6-Jaw chuck, which is great for holding onto muzzle brakes with wrench flats!
Upgrade 1: 4″ Ultra-Light Weight ARCA Rail
I decided I needed an ARCA rail on this rifle after converting most of my bipods over to ARCA, and then getting a QDT ARCA tripod from Two Vets. While SRS has a ton of rail options, I opted for the SRS 4″ ARCA Rail so that I could optimize positioning options for both bipods and the tripod.
I started by milling down the front portion of the carbon fiber stock so that the ARCA rail would mount parallel with the bore axis:
Note: the SRS 4″ ARCA rail is profiled on the bottom to mount directly to the curved portion of sporting stock forends. It will also work on flat surfaces like what I milled out here, or a chassis with flat bottom, etc.
Now I was ready to install the ARCA rail which fit perfectly:
Upgrade 2: Ti Pro 2 Titanium Muzzle Brake
From the Unknown Munitions Product Page:
I did a bit of math to figure out how much material would be needed to properly clock the brake, and proceeded to take multiple cuts to “work up” to the perfect crush/torque. Here I am setting the DRO zero before a cut:
After getting just the right cut on the back of the brake, I cut down the diameter of the end and cut a taper to form an elegant transition between the muzzle shank/shoulder and the brake:
Both of these upgrades turned out just how I had hoped, and now I can’t wait to go out and shoot this new-and-improved ultra-light-weight 6.5 PRC! If you need parts like these, SRS is a great option.
Get the Gear
You can find these parts and many other great products at salmonriversolutions.com:
If you have other SRS product you want to see, please drop a comment!
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