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Magpul Hunter 700 Stock | Tactical Rifle Build

With Features of his SWAT and Hunting .308s in mind, a Shooter Creates ‘a Quality Rifle made Specifically for my needs.’

Story and photos by Nick Perna

I own a couple of excellent precision long-distance tactical rifles. One is a Ruger Ranch rifle, topped with a Vortex 3×12 scope. It’s a nice, fairly compact gun, good for packing out in the bush. The other gun is my old SWAT rifle, a Remington 700. Both are .308 caliber. My old sniper rifle is a beast, to say the least. It has a 26-inch bull barrel. For optics, it sports an old-school Leupold 3×12, a reliable, no-frills affair. Both have bipods. They are both excellent rifles. Each one has accounted for multiple wild pigs and other game. Both have a few drawbacks, though. For the Ruger, the stock is a little short for my taste. The only case of “scope eye” I have ever suffered is from that gun. For the unacquainted, scope eye – also known as scope bite – is when the eyepiece of the optic collides with the shooter’s forehead when fired, causing bruising, bleeding and embarrassment. It happened to me when I initially purchased the gun and was zeroing the scope. It’s now my wife’s hunting rifle.
As for my old sniper gun, it’s a little on the heavy side. The bull barrel, carbon fiber stock, optic, bipod and night vision mount add up to some weight. It really becomes apparent on long stalks, when carrying it can get a little fatiguing, which is not something you want to be concerned with when you have to take an important shot.

SO, I DECIDED to build a gun that incorporated the best features of both guns. I opted to base it off of the Remington 700 platform. I did this for a few reasons. First and foremost, my familiarity with it. Second, it’s a proven system with a long, successful track record. Third, there are a lot of easily obtainable aftermarket options available for it. Most importantly, though, I knew where to get a good deal on one – I picked a used one up at a local gun store for less than $400. On the upside, it came with a solid scope mount, which saved me the trouble of having to shell out another 200 bucks to get a good one. On the downside, it had an internal magazine. To load it, you have to pull the bolt back and drop the rounds in the mag. Not a huge deal, but not what I want in a tactical gun. But what do you expect for only 400 bucks?
I opted to stay with .308 for economic reasons as well. I have plenty of bullets in that caliber on hand. There are a lot of great precision rifle calibers on the market today, but the ammo is expensive. Another reason for sticking with the old 7.62mm is that this rifle is primarily going to be used in California as a hunting rifle.

Here in California, you can’t use ammunition with lead in the projectile. You also can’t have ammo delivered to you without going through a licensed firearms dealer or gun store. This means hunting ammo is hard to come by and I already have a limited amount of copper-slug .308 ammo socked away. Plus, being a former law enforcement sniper, I’m familiar with the ballistic abilities of the round.

THE ORIGINAL STOCK it came with was adequate, but I wanted something more specifically tailored to my needs. No need to look any further than Magpul. Magpul is to gun geeks what Lego is to kids. Magpul provides plug and-play add-ons and accessories for most modern firearms. The Magpul Hunter 700 stock is a great product for anyone looking to accessorize their bolt gun. It’s made from reinforced polymers with aluminum bedding for the portions that attach to the rifle’s action. There are multiple M-Lok slots to mount a bipod, sling, lights and so on. There are also predrilled holes for using traditional sling mounts. The stock has a rubber recoil butt pad, a spacer system where spacers can be added or taken away to change the length of the stock, and an adjustable cheek riser. I picked one up for around $250.

Keeping with the Lego theme, I also purchased a Magpul bolt action magazine well and five-round magazine. This fit nicely into the Hunter stock and allowed me to upgrade from the internal mag to an external one. Installing the mag well and stock was super simple. Once I separated the old stock from the action, I removed the internal mag housing. I then placed the Magpul mag well in the Magpul stock. The last step was to reattach them to the rifle’s receiver via two bolts. The product costs about $110. I chose not to Loctite them, instead opting to ensure they were hand-tight, and marking the screws with a Sharpie to make sure they don’t drift over time. I did this just in case I need to separate the stock from the action for whatever reason. This proved to be a good call when I tried to mount the Magpul bipod mount onto the M-Lok slot. I couldn’t get the bolts to line up properly in the slot, so I ended up having to take the stock off the action to facilitate this. There’s probably an easier way to do this, but YouTube didn’t provide one.

FOR THE OPTIC, I went with a lesser-known brand, Huskemaw Optics of Wyoming. Huskemaw makes excellent scopes. Their primary clients are hunters. This is one well-built scope! It is built to survive the rigors of backwoods hunting. It has a second focal plane reticle sandwiched in between two layers of glass for added protection. You can order a bullet drop compensator, or BDC, based on the specific ammunition you are using. Adjustments are in ⅓ minute of angle. This means that at 100 yards, if you click the windage or elevation once, it will move the point of impact roughly ⅓ inch. Most hunting and tactical scopes use ¼ MOA. I’m not sure why Huskemaw opted to do this, but it doesn’t take away from the overall functionality of this excellent scope. After adding a Harris bipod, I called it complete. I was fortunate enough to have already had the scope and bipod, so that kept the overall cost of this build well under $1,000. After completing assembly, I ran the gun through its paces. After a few quick adjustments, I shot the three-round group shown above at 100 yards. Not bad. There is nothing better than building something exactly how you want it. This was a fun project that resulted in a quality rifle made specifically for my needs. 

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Manage your Hunting Property

It’s terrifying to some, a destructive force that ravages the countryside. However, fire is the best
tool for managing your hunting property when adequately managed.

Using fire to manage land is a technique dating back to when Native Americans freely roamed
our lands. It’s believed that they noticed how the bison and other wildlife grazed heavily on the
fresh sprouts after a burn had occurred due to lightning strikes or it being intentionally set by the

The Benefits of Fire

For thousands of years, fire was the primary way to promote new growth, return nutrients to the
soil, and ensure only the most desirable plants were growing. However, in the last century,
we’ve become scared of fire and rarely use controlled burns to manage our properties.

So we have turned to things like clearing thickets for food plots, spraying, putting out mineral
blocks, and installing corn feeders in the states that allow it. Costing us thousands of dollars a
year, not to mention all the blood, sweat, and tears we pour into hours of working the land.

I’m proposing you save a lot of that money to spend on new camo, 30-30 ammo, or a new deer
stand and use prescribed burning to help keep the wildlife on your land fat and happy.

Below, I’ve gathered some pros of using fire to manage your land.

● Burning is FREE (unless you hire someone to do it)
● Deer, turkey, and many other wild animals thrive after a controlled burn
● Fire allows natural food sources to sprout up, even in places they haven’t been for
● Fire helps some native species sprout and survive
● Fire hurts or kills undesirable species
● Fire is great for pastures and forests
● Prescribed burns reduce the risk of wildfires
● Fire helps restore nutrients to the soil
● Fire improves water quality by allowing more water to gather in the creeks for fish and
other animals to drink instead of being absorbed by shrubs and other non-desirable
● Fire helps control the spread of insects such as ticks and some tree diseases

As you can tell, burning has many positives; however, I must also share some of the downsides
of prescribed burning
with you.

The Drawbacks of Fire

While the benefits of using prescribed burns to manage a property far outweigh the drawbacks,
you should still be aware of the cons.

One of the most significant downsides you’ll have to deal with is complaints from your neighbors
about air quality on the day you burn and a few days after. I recommend informing them that
you plan to burn before you begin so some neighbors will understand, but others will complain
no matter what you do.

The most significant danger is that the fire gets out of control because you haven’t burned the
debris before, turning it into a raging inferno. That’s why you should always let your local fire
department know you plan to burn, and you should create fire breaks throughout your property
to burn in smaller chunks and keep things contained.

Though fire can save you a lot of money, planning and executing a burn will take a lot of time.
You’ll likely need some help from friends and family on the day of the burn.

Unlike spraying and planting food plots, seeing the results from burning could take a year or
two. So you’re playing the long game when using prescribed burns to manage your property,
but in the end, it’s well worth it.

● Complaints from neighbors about air quality and danger
● Prescribed burns can get out of control and cause a wildfire when done incorrectly or
● Creating a prescribed burning plan and implementing the plan is time-consuming
● Sometimes, it takes a few years to see the positive impact of fire
● Fire needs to be used year after year on pastures and every few years in forests
● The time of year you burn will affect the quality of the burn

Now that you know the drawbacks and benefits of prescribed burns, let’s move on to how to use
fire to improve your land for wildlife.

How to Manage Your Land With Fire

So you’re convinced that using fire is the best way to manage your hunting property but have no
idea where to begin?

Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! I’ve been burning our property since middle school, and I took
several classes on it in college.

While fire must be respected, it doesn’t have to be a terrifying monster. Let’s break burning your
land down into several simple steps.

  1. Determine Your Goals – The first thing you should do is determine what you wish to accomplish by burning. Do you want to thin out an area to make it easier to hunt, manage some invasive species, or help the native plants produce more food for the animals to eat?
    • Your goals will determine what time of year you should burn, how often you should burn, and how much of your property you should burn. Your entire property doesn’t need to be burned every year. It’s best to have a mix of clearings and thickets.
  2. Create a Prescribed Burning Plan – Once you have set your goals, it’s time to devise a prescribed burning plan. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, “Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.”
  3. Make the Fire Breaks Now that you have a plan, it’s time to create the fire lines around the area you plan to burn. I always make a fire break along the edge of our property, 10-20 wide, depending on how much fuel (dead leaves, grass, and trees) is on the ground. I’ll follow that up by creating smaller breaks throughout the property to slow down the fire or stop it from reaching the parts of the land I don’t want to be burned. Though it’s not my favorite method, you can create a fire break by discing the ground. However, I usually cut the grass very short and blow all the clippings toward the area that’s getting burned.
  4. Check the Weather – As the time to burn nears, watch the weather closely. It’s impossible to burn in wet conditions, but you also don’t want to burn during the dry season; otherwise, you risk a greater chance of the fire getting out of control. Wind direction and speed are also essential to pay attention to the days before, during, and after the burn.
  5. Burn – Now, the fun part, at least for me. Let the fire department know you’ll be burning that day, and start by lighting the downwind side of your property first. I prefer using a drip torch to light the fire, but I’ve drug old rags soaked in diesel in a pinch. Always have help, water, or a way to put out the fire on hand.
  6. Watch the New Life Flourish – A few days after you burn, you will see new sprouts of grass, trees, and other plants that deer, turkeys, and countless other animals will consume. Many of these plants are very nutritious for animals, and you’ll notice that they’ll quickly find and graze on these new plants.
  7. Hunt – It’s now time to reap the benefits of your labors. By burning your property, you’ll not only see more deer and turkeys, which means you’ll get to be more picky with the ones you harvest, but you’ll also create a habitat in which they can thrive because they’re getting the nutrients, shelter, and water they need.

Parting Shots

Growing up, I was always mesmerized by fire. I loved helping with the burning season on our
small farm and the surrounding farms. However, it wasn’t until college, while obtaining my
wildlife management degree, that I learned how beneficial fire was to wildlife.

Now that you know the incredible benefits of using fire to manage your property, it’s time to
draw up a prescribed burning plan and get to burning!

About the Author
Chris Dwulet is an avid competitive shooter and handloader. He’s also a principle writer for and runs their Ammunition Guides Podcast on YouTube

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Challenging Judicial Overreach: Conservatives Sound Alarm Over Ruling Granting Gun Rights to Illegal Immigrants


A recent federal court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois, granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, has sparked outrage among conservatives and raised serious concerns about the safety of law enforcement officers. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores has far-reaching implications that could undermine federal firearms regulations and jeopardize public safety.

Unpacking the Ruling: Conservative Critique

The ruling, which found that a federal prohibition on illegal immigrants owning firearms is unconstitutional as applied to defendant Heriberto Carbajal-Flores, has drawn sharp criticism from conservatives. Scott Sweetow, a former senior official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), described the decision as “hugely problematic” for law enforcement and highlighted its potential to create chaos in the enforcement of federal firearms laws.

Dividing Opinions: Controversy Surrounding Second Amendment Rights

The case has divided gun rights activists and ignited debate over the boundaries of firearms regulations in light of the landmark 2022 Supreme Court decision in Bruen. While Judge Coleman acknowledged the federal ban on illegal immigrants as “facially constitutional,” she argued that there is no historical tradition of firearm regulation justifying the government’s deprivation of Second Amendment rights from noncitizens with no history of violent crime.

Conservative Concerns: Upholding the Rule of Law

Conservatives view Coleman’s ruling as deeply flawed and illogical, particularly in its potential to prioritize the rights of illegal immigrants over law-abiding citizens. Sweetow highlighted the absurdity of a legal immigrant being denied the right to carry a firearm while an illegal immigrant involved in reckless gun use is granted that privilege. This decision undermines the rule of law and poses a significant challenge to law enforcement agencies tasked with enforcing firearms regulations.

Undermining Federal Regulations: Practical Implications

The practical implications of Coleman’s decision are dire, according to Sweetow. By granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, the ruling effectively undermines decades of federal firearms regulations, including the 1968 Gun Control Act and subsequent amendments. Law enforcement agencies now face uncertainty in enforcing laws that may be deemed invalid, leading to potential chaos and compromising public safety.

Call for Action: Appealing the Decision

Conservatives argue that Coleman’s ruling must be appealed to prevent further erosion of federal firearms regulations and ensure the safety of communities. Without a successful appeal, prosecuting criminals for firearm possession will become increasingly challenging, casting doubt on the validity of existing laws and creating confusion among law enforcement officials.

Conservatives stand firm in their commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the safety of American citizens and law enforcement officers. The decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores represents a dangerous overreach by the judiciary and threatens to undermine the integrity of federal firearms regulations. It is imperative that this ruling be challenged and overturned to prevent further chaos and uphold the principles of justice and public safety.

What do you think of the federal court’s ruling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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