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Old 05-26-2018, 9:37 PM
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Here is a vid in which someone shoots 3,080 yards (about 1.75 miles) accurately with a .375 chambered Desert Tech HTI rifle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL0MH32rB6o
Enjoy. I would love to own one of these someday.

The video title is "Desert Tech HTI Sniper Rifle 3080 Yard Shot with .375 Cheytac".
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I love mine. You either don’t mind the ergonomics or you hate it. But do try it out first before dropping that much money into it. If you live, or don’t mind driving to the Los Angeles area, shoot me a PM and I’ll let you try mine.
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Lynn, out of curiosity, how many of the Desert Techs on the line have aftermarket barrels? Given the cost of the rifle, then the cost of the barrel and machining, I'm guessing that the cost is fairly close to a custom-built rifle, no? Just weighing options here.

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I would say about half of them have aftermarket barrels. The factory ammo in 375 runs around $8 a round and 416 Barrett is around $10 a round. If you reload they shoot much more accurately from what I have seen.
BUT
That could also be that the guys who reload shoot more and have more experience.
On the rebarreling I think that most are buying the adaptor and a custom barrel and having someone like Randall install it rather than buying a factory replacement barrel.
The key to accuracy has always been the barrel first and reloading second.
The picture show a new Lilja barrel with the correct contour for a 38 inch long barrel.

The custom route is always the best route because you get everything you want in your rifle.
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How long can you wait is the Con of all custom builds.
A Stiller Tac 408 action in single shot or repeater runs $1200 the magazines are $275+ the bottom metal is $325 the trigger is $200 the stock or chassis is $350-2000+. Depending on what you get and then there is finding a gunsmith to do the work in a timely fashion. Barrels are getting better but if you have to order one figure $600 and 6 months wait.
On the good side you can buy all the individual pieces as funds come available to you and you can secure a place in line with your favourite gunsmith.
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I would say about half of them have aftermarket barrels. The factory ammo in 375 runs around $8 a round and 416 Barrett is around $10 a round. If you reload they shoot much more accurately from what I have seen.
BUT
That could also be that the guys who reload shoot more and have more experience.
On the rebarreling I think that most are buying the adaptor and a custom barrel and having someone like Randall install it rather than buying a factory replacement barrel.
The key to accuracy has always been the barrel first and reloading second.
The picture show a new Lilja barrel with the correct contour for a 38 inch long barrel.

The custom route is always the best route because you get everything you want in your rifle.
BUT
How long can you wait is the Con of all custom builds.
A Stiller Tac 408 action in single shot or repeater runs $1200 the magazines are $275+ the bottom metal is $325 the trigger is $200 the stock or chassis is $350-2000+. Depending on what you get and then there is finding a gunsmith to do the work in a timely fashion. Barrels are getting better but if you have to order one figure $600 and 6 months wait.
On the good side you can buy all the individual pieces as funds come available to you and you can secure a place in line with your favourite gunsmith.
Is this barrel one of the next projects Lynn? I'm only 1 rifle backlogged at the moment so if you got parts give me a call soon as I can get them built within a few weeks right now.

Op, I had a Gen1 SRS and it was indeed the most accurate factory rifle I had ever owned. Sold it as the ergonomics sucked for myself, but it sure was a shooter.
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Old 05-28-2018, 8:22 PM
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I still have another 338 Lapua Ackley Improved for you to do as well.
I have two more barrels the one in the picture above and one I got from Focus both for a 375/50 BMG but KingAir hasn't shipped the parts yet. He called today and said they would go out Tuesday.
Hopefully 4000 yards is in the near future?
The picture is both barrels side by side. The other picture is the 338 Norma Ackley Improved you built waiting for me to cut the trigger mortise and shoot it hopefully this Sunday. As you can tell I am not a photographer.
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I still have another 338 Lapua Ackley Improved for you to do as well.
I have two more barrels the one in the picture above and one I got from Focus both for a 375/50 BMG but KingAir hasn't shipped the parts yet. He called today and said they would go out Tuesday.
Hopefully 4000 yards is in the near future?
The picture is both barrels side by side. The other picture is the 338 Norma Ackley Improved you built waiting for me to cut the trigger mortise and shoot it hopefully this Sunday. As you can tell I am not a photographer.
That would be so cool to be able to shoot out to 4000 yards. Is there a range near you where people can shoot that far?
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Where we shoot now we only shoot at 2054 yards and 2586 yards so far. We have ranged 3100 3300 and 4700 yards but have not hung a gong.
At the SoCal matches they can go in 550 yard increments to 5000+ yards.
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Where we shoot now we only shoot at 2054 yards and 2586 yards so far. We have ranged 3100 3300 and 4700 yards but have not hung a gong.
At the SoCal matches they can go in 550 yard increments to 5000+ yards.
Must be a lot of fun shooting out that far.
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I love mine. You either donít mind the ergonomics or you hate it. But do try it out first before dropping that much money into it. If you live, or donít mind driving to the Los Angeles area, shoot me a PM and Iíll let you try mine.
Thanks for the offer; I just might take you up on it in the future. The main thing keeping me from getting one is just 1 minor detail (money); but maybe some day I will have been able to save up enough to get one.
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How do you think these compare with other accuracy makes such as Accuracy International, etc.?
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The poster that goes by JMP has both I think and shoots out to 2680 yards but he hasn't been posting lately for some reason?
Maybe you can look him up and send him a PM.
I have zero experience with the AI.
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How do you think these compare with other accuracy makes such as Accuracy International, etc.?
Calgun's member Mamba has both. I've already spun up a barrel for his AX that he likes and if I remember correctly he prefers the ergonomics over the Desert tech. Personally, I also prefer the ergonomics of the AI and as I've messed with both rifles. I would take the AI over the SRS. But then again, I can build a rifle with better accuracy and cheaper than both of them. I'm a non chassis guy myself. I had an SRS for a few years but got rid of it.
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Calgun's member Mamba has both. I've already spun up a barrel for his AX that he likes and if I remember correctly he prefers the ergonomics over the Desert tech. Personally, I also prefer the ergonomics of the AI and as I've messed with both rifles. I would take the AI over the SRS. But then again, I can build a rifle with better accuracy and cheaper than both of them. I'm a non chassis guy myself. I had an SRS for a few years but got rid of it.
Just considering them in regards to accuracy, how do you (or did Mamba) feel the two compare? I've heard that the SRS A1 and HTI are VERY accurate.
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Just considering them in regards to accuracy, how do you (or did Mamba) feel the two compare? I've heard that the SRS A1 and HTI are VERY accurate.
Precision (small groups) come from the quality of the barrel and the barrel fitting job.
No production rifles are as precise/accurate as hand-fitted custom built rifles.
You can put a high quality custom fitted barrel on any action and they will mostly shoot about the same as long as there are no obvious action or bedding flaws.
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Just considering them in regards to accuracy, how do you (or did Mamba) feel the two compare? I've heard that the SRS A1 and HTI are VERY accurate.
I currently have an AI and had a DTA in the past. Both are more than accurate enough for the types of rifle these are. You won't find one inherently more accurate than the other. Both should be capable of 1/2 MOA or better accuracy if the ammo is capable (and the shooter as well). My recommendation though is that you try the rifles before you decide. While there were qualities in the SRS that I really liked, for me, I still found that I prefer a traditional, non-bullpup bolt action.
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I currently have an AI and had a DTA in the past. Both are more than accurate enough for the types of rifle these are. You won't find one inherently more accurate than the other. Both should be capable of 1/2 MOA or better accuracy if the ammo is capable (and the shooter as well). My recommendation though is that you try the rifles before you decide. While there were qualities in the SRS that I really liked, for me, I still found that I prefer a traditional, non-bullpup bolt action.
Agreed; they are both nice & very accurate rifles. One day I hope to be fortunate enough to own either an SRS or the HTI, but that will take a lot of saving.
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There is a poster who goes by JMP who shoots one at the SoCal URSA 2000+ yard matches. I have seen him swap out barrels and hit the gong at 2680 yards 3-4 times in a row.
I think Randall AR15 barrels did the barrel work.
Maybe he will post how the factory barrel shot.
LynnJr, while I have seen many people post about their overwhelming success with DT Lothar Walther barrels, I had difficulty getting them to shoot accurately. For extended long range, I like to use the longest, pointiest, well-machined monolithic projectile that will not require too much torque to twist the projectile for stability. For small rifles, I prefer copper jacketed lead bullets as they are far far easier to shoot accurately. They are much more tolerant to varying bore conditions and rifling. 6mm-30cal is where I think the traditional copper jacketed lead bullets do exceedingly well. Where monolithic bullets take the greatest advantage is in the large caliber bullets as the intrinsic difference in the density of the metals allows for a much greater ballistic advantage and they can be machined to more precise engineered designs. However, with monolithic projectiles, I prefer a stainless steel barrel with the slowest twist possible that will work. For best results, you really want a very clean bore so they must be cleansed of all copper each time out as the bullets atomize onto the bore rather than engraving into the grooves. Since they are also harder, it is my belief that going for the super-heavy bullet in the fastest twist can be a very difficult (and possibly produce a sub-optimal result). I will be the first to admit that some of my opinions run contrary to those with financial interests and heavy marketing in the gun industry.

One of the large appeals of the HTI is that it is one of the very few rifle platforms readily available immediately with a CheyTac and a 50 BMG bolt. The problem with the HTIs is that I'd pass on the factory barrels. At the end of the day, the HTI platform is simply a fairly clever contraption that simply free floats a barreled action. I could not recommend the factory HTI barrels in good faith. They are too short, have woefully inadequate muzzle brakes, and not accurate for the application I was pursuing.

I actually like the bullpup design, which took getting used to. It has the advantage of carrying a really big, long, and heavy barrel, and it actually provides a good weight distribution with no forward lean. Then, it pushed the muzzle break out further, which makes the rifle much more comfortable to shoot. So, if you weigh it down with a big barrel, the recoil is actually fairly light for the weight of the gun (but you always need to deal with the concussion of a big muzzle brake).

But, in the end, it's mostly the same as all other big guns. There is a lot of work and time spent getting the aftermarket stuff. Getting the barrels, dies, etc. done like most rifles takes time and a lot of aftermarket support. Fortunately, they are mechanically quite easy to work on. So, most competent gunsmiths will have no issue being able to fit a barrel. Some of the DT specialist gunsmiths are REALLY EXPENSIVE. Honestly, I don't think they add much value. Getting the contour fit is probably the most challenging step for gunsmiths as it needs to be flush with the barrel extension.

As far as "factory" rifles go, I think it is a laughable comparison to compare a DT to that of the quality of an Accuracy International. However, Accuracy International doesn't make a CheyTac bolt (that I know of yet).

The only real weakness I have now is the trigger as there are no other better options. However, the trigger is not bad where it can be learned fairly easily.

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LynnJr, while I have seen many people post about their overwhelming success with DT Lothar Walther barrels, I had difficulty getting them to shoot accurately. For extended long range, I like to use the longest, pointiest, well-machined monolithic projectile that will not require too much torque to twist the projectile for stability. For small rifles, I prefer copper jacketed lead bullets as they are far far easier to shoot accurately. They are much more tolerant to varying bore conditions and rifling. 6mm-30cal is where I think the traditional copper jacketed lead bullets do exceedingly well. Where monolithic bullets take the greatest advantage is in the large caliber bullets as the intrinsic difference in the density of the metals allows for a much greater ballistic advantage and they can be machined to more precise engineered designs. However, with monolithic projectiles, I prefer a stainless steel barrel with the slowest twist possible that will work. For best results, you really want a very clean bore so they must be cleansed of all copper each time out as the bullets atomize onto the bore rather than engraving into the grooves. Since they are also harder, it is my belief that going for the super-heavy bullet in the fastest twist can be a very difficult (and possibly produce a sub-optimal result). I will be the first to admit that some of my opinions run contrary to those with financial interests and heavy marketing in the gun industry.

One of the large appeals of the HTI is that it is one of the very few rifle platforms readily available immediately with a CheyTac and a 50 BMG bolt. The problem with the HTIs is that I'd pass on the factory barrels. At the end of the day, the HTI platform is simply a fairly clever contraption that simply free floats a barreled action. I could not recommend the factory HTI barrels in good faith. They are too short, have woefully inadequate muzzle brakes, and not accurate for the application I was pursuing.

I actually like the bullpup design, which took getting used to. It has the advantage of carrying a really big, long, and heavy barrel, and it actually provides a good weight distribution with no forward lean. Then, it pushed the muzzle break out further, which makes the rifle much more comfortable to shoot. So, if you weigh it down with a big barrel, the recoil is actually fairly light for the weight of the gun (but you always need to deal with the concussion of a big muzzle brake).

But, in the end, it's mostly the same as all other big guns. There is a lot of work and time spent getting the aftermarket stuff. Getting the barrels, dies, etc. done like most rifles takes time and a lot of aftermarket support. Fortunately, they are mechanically quite easy to work on. So, most competent gunsmiths will have no issue being able to fit a barrel. Some of the DT specialist gunsmiths are REALLY EXPENSIVE. Honestly, I don't think they add much value. Getting the contour fit is probably the most challenging step for gunsmiths as it needs to be flush with the barrel extension.

As far as "factory" rifles go, I think it is a laughable comparison to compare a DT to that of the quality of an Accuracy International. However, Accuracy International doesn't make a CheyTac bolt (that I know of yet).

The only real weakness I have now is the trigger as there are no other better options. However, the trigger is not bad where it can be learned fairly easily.

Thanks for the feedback.
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