"Custom Gunmakers" p.106 - No. 96 - Shooter's Bible 2005 Edition - Stoeger Publishing Company
Hunting is still a passion for Rick Freudenberg. Big antlers adorn the walls of his well-equipped machine shop but once there you’ll find that Rick is focused on building rifles. Is match and hunting rifles are as accurate as he can make them, which means he prefers synthetic stocks. Rick also offers wood stocks but says that , properly fitted, a walnut-stocked rifle won’t shoot as well as a synthetic.
Rick prefers Winchester 70 actions, pre-64s first and current Classics next. He’s also built rifles on the Remington 700 action. He favors a three-groove Lilja barrel with a 1-11 twist for the 30-06, and commonly gets it to deliver sub-half-minute groups with Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets.
Rick’s latest project is a lightweight hunting rifle with a #4 fluted barrel 23 ½ inches long. He trims a Remington 700 receiver and flutes the bolt, outfitting it with a Sako-type extractor. The S&K rings and bases add only another onunce and with a 3-9x36 Swarovski scope, the rifle tips the scales at just 6 ¼ pounds.
Jim Spradlin, in Colorado, finishes metal parts for Rick using a Teflon-like material that comes in 11 colors and protect the metal as no bluing can.
Rick Freudenberg builds accurate hunting rifles because he assembles and uses super-accurate match rifles, shooting at ranges to 1000 yards. He’ll chamber to just about any cartridge but prefers those “with legs” –like the 6.5/284 and the .300 Winchester. Many elk hunters have ordered a Freudenberg rifle in .330 Dakota. Rick’s personal .300 Dakota will launch 180-grain Sciroccos at 3360 fps from its 26-inch barrel. A rifle of this tupe, including a pre-64 M70 action, starts at about $3500.