Testing a New .25-06 Remington.
Legendary Arms Works has had its starts and stops, and now it’s making rifles again. Legendary Arms started as a combination of Mark Bansner’s Ultimate Rifles and his High Tech Specialties gunstocks. He partnered with David Dunn, who owned the rights to the Ed Brown-designed Model 704 action. Financial difficulties put a stop to the original Legendary Arms. The company has now been restructured and is back in business as Legendary Arms in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Mike Hudgins is the operations manager. “We’re starting small to get production going,” Hudgins said, “with a few gunsmiths, a logistics guy and me.”
Current bolt-action rifles include the Professional II and 704 Magpul. I’ve been shooting a Professional II .25-06 Remington. Its 704 action sets the rifle apart from other bolt actions.
The 704 action was designed by Ed Brown of Ed Brown Products, a company known for its excellent 1911 pistols. The controlled-round feed comes from the bottom third of the bolt face’s rim being milled flush with the bolt face so a cartridge rim slips under the extractor as the cartridge is stripped from the magazine. The extractor holds the cartridge as it enters and seats in the chamber, and when it is extracted and ejected after being fired. Cartridges dropped on top of the follower also smoothly feed right into the chamber.
The extractor is a spring-loaded pivoting hook positioned in front of the right locking lug. It grips about a quarter of the rim of a cartridge. The bolt face is slotted at the lower left for the ejector at the left rear of the bolt raceway to extend through and kick out a case or cartridge when the bolt is pulled all the way to the rear. A slow rearward pull on the bolt leaves a case loose on top of the follower. A hard tug on the bolt throws a case clear over the neighbor’s fence.
The bolt body is cut with spiral fluting, and the rear of the firing pin assembly protrudes from the back of the bolt to show that the pin is cocked. A three-position safety is located on the rear of the bolt. The safety swings back and forth slickly and silently. Bolt disassembly is easily accomplished by setting the safety in the middle position, pushing back a raised pin on the top of the bolt shroud, rotating the assembly about a half-counter clockwise turn and pulling it out of the bolt. No bolt take down is easier.
A Timney trigger is installed on the 704 action. Legendary Arms states that triggers are set at 3 pounds. The pull weight of the trigger was 3.25 pounds on the test rifle. The weight was the same every pull of the trigger, with no creep or over travel. Timney triggers are adjustable from 1.5 to 4.0 pounds. Rounding out the 704 receiver is an aluminum trigger guard and one-piece floorplate with a release lever (button) inside the bow. The magazine box holds cartridges with a length of up to nearly 3.5 inches.
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