Tag: BAT Machine

6GT Build Part 3: Barrel Break-In

I’ve always wanted a 6GT. Now that it’s complete, it’s time to send rounds down range! In this story, I’ll cover optics, break-in, and some first loads! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms). The content on this website (including videos, […]

Hands-On: Short Action Customs Barrel Vises

Changing barrels can be easy, or a bit tricky. Having the right tools helps, and that’s where the Short Action Customs barrel vises come in handy! Today we take a closer look at two vises from Short Action Customs, the modular vise and Bravo vise.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by […]

Modular Action Wrench from Short Action Customs

I very frequently use a variety of Short Action Customs (SAC) equipment in my gunsmithing shop and on the channel. I often use one action for multiple barrels, so a barrel vise and action wrench are everyday must-haves for me.  Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching […]

Complete Hand-Built Rifles by Bruce Thom (Bat Machine)

Can you imagine building a rifle from scratch (including the action) in High School shop class? That’s exactly what Bruce Thom of Bat Machine did when he was just 16 years old! In this story, we’ll look at some of his early rifle builds, and a recent one too! It was very inspiring to see […]

6GT Barrel Chambering, Polishing, Laser Engraving (In-Depth)

I’m building my first 6GT- and in this story we’ll cover the barrel work: muzzle threading, breech-end machining, chambering, and then barrel polishing and laser engraving! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms) The content on this website (including videos, articles, […]

Re-creating Berger’s AMAZING 77 OTM 223 Load

The 223 trainer build we completed here on Ultimate Reloader is a one hole shooter with the factory loads from Berger: The Berger Match Grade 77gr OTM Tactical loads that is! In this story we’ll try and duplicate this load from some reverse-engineering and with some shooting. This will be fun! Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC […]

22GT Ultra-Light Weight Build (Start to Finish)

Ever since I heard about the 22GT I thought to myself: I need to build one of these! And that’s exactly what I’m going to cover in this story- my ultra-light-weight 22GT build start to finish. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept […]

BAT Modular Bolt: Swap Bolt Faces in 60 Seconds

If you want to run multiple cartridges in your rifle- you’ll need multiple barrels and most likely you’ll also want multiple bolt face options. Bat Machine has come up with a great solution for the bolt face issue: their Modular Bolt System. In this story I’ll show you how it works, how it easy to […]

223 Trainer Build: My Most Accurate Rifle EVER?

Few things are as rewarding as shooting the rifle you just built on  your lathe. This satisfaction is compounded when your rifle’s performance exceeds your expectations! And that is what this story is about: my long-awaited 223 trainer build. For background, this rifle is based on the 6 Dasher PRS rifle I built here on […]

PRS Cartridges COMPARED! (What to shoot)

This article was written by Travis Fox Winter planning time is here and I need to choose a cartridge to shoot in PRS style matches! In this article we discuss the choices of rifle cartridges we have at Ultimate Reloader and which one to use in competition. I have competed in several PRS/NRL style matches […]

6.5x47mm BR Build Part 2: Custom Stock Work

In this story, I’ll pick up where we left off with barrel work. This time I’ll show barrel channel and receiver inletting, machining custom pillars, bedding, trigger guard installation, and profiling. Disclaimer Ultimate Reloader LLC / Making with Metal Disclaimer: (by reading this article and/or watching video content you accept these terms) The content on this […]

6.5x47mm BR Build Part 1: Chambering the Barrel

Here it is! My first all-out benchrest build! I’m excited to build this rifle which will serve as a test bed for the evaluation of different cartridges and components. In this multi-part series, I’ll walk through the end-to-end process of building this rifle including the barrel work (this post), stock inletting, stock bedding, and some […]

TESTED: Hornady 110gr A-Tip 6mm Bullets

One of my favorite things to do is testing components like bullets. In this story, we’ll take a hands-on look at Hornady’s new 110 grain A-Tip 6mm bullets. Both at the range, and in the “laboratory”. If you’re curious about these bullets, you’re in the right place! Please Welcome Travis Fox I recently enlisted the […]

BAT Rifle Actions: In-Depth Overview

If you are familiar with Bat Machine, you know they have a reputation for extreme accuracy. What you may not know is just how many different types of rifle actions they make, and how many configurations and options are available. In this video and article, I’m joined by Bruce Thom from Bat machine to cover […]

How It’s Made: Bat Custom Rifle Actions

Have you ever wondered how a custom rifle action is machined and assembled? I certainly have, and in this article (and video) I’ll take you on a tour of the shop at Bat Machine in Post Falls Idaho and in the process show you how they build world record setting rifle actions! About Bat Machine […]

BAT TR Action: Detailed Overview and Build Kick-Off

There are some times when it pays to spend more for top quality. If you’re building a precision rifle, the action is one of the most critical investments you’ll make. I’ve long been wanting to try out an action from BAT machine, and now is that time! In this article I’ll give an overview of […]

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