p. 19 Mar-Apr Rifle Magazine 1999


    Rick Freudenberg agrees. A rifle maker in Everett, Washington, Rick builds both hunting rifles and long-range match rifles. He takes pains to "true up" actions and install barrels in perfect line with the receivers. His test ranges are where top-flight competitive shooters duke it out over ranges of 300 to 1,000 yards. A rifle accuracy is soon sifted out. Rick does a lot of his shooting with cartridges known more for their long-range accuracy than their killing-power: the 6mm BR, the 6.5-08 Improved, the 6.5-284. He uses long Kreiger barrels and loads his cartridges hot to flatten the bullet arcs.
    "A lot of shooters dismiss the short action cases as unsuitable for long shooting. I like them because they're so efficient, and they don't kick you hard. With the right bullets you can get terrific long-range groups." This week Rick told me of a short-action 700 Remington he's just built for the 6mm BR. "with 105-grain Berger bullets at 2,850 fps, I got a five-shot group measuring .276." A stiff charge of Reloder 22 launching a 142-grain Sierra bullet from a 6.5-08 Improved gives Rick 3,030 fps - almost as much speed as a 6.5-284. One of my favorite hunting rifles, a .30-338, came from the Freudenberg shop. I'm partial to rifles built by people who value accuracy above muzzle energy.