The following statements are from customers who have voluntarily expressed their satisfaction with the standard and performance of our products. We do not need to beg for these; every maker of quality barrels will have a repertoire of statements endorsing their hard-won reputation. After all, what pride is attached to owning any product that treads the middle road?
Hello Grant and staff, Just a note to let you know that I have this custom build back from the gunsmith. I shot it for the first time on Monday and am very impressed with that barrel. It finished up at just under 23" after fitting. Chamber cut with PTG 22LR Match reamer and 11 degree target crown. The internal finish on that bore is as good as I've ever seen and it machined beautifully. Cleaning this one will be a breeze. It's a shooter too. I used 15 rounds to zero the scope (9x Leupold) at 50 meters in very ordinary conditions with SK Standard Plus. Next group was exactly .250". I spent the rest of the morning shooting it head to head with an Anschutz 1710/Weaver T36 which has been set up for casual bench work. The Annie was averaging .328" and the Cooper averaged .396" for 25 shots. Once I am finished ammo testing this Rife will be capable of some great accuracy so I'm pretty happy that this saga has finally turned out ok. Its been quite a journey inporting this Cooper Arms Custom Classic from the US and taking it to another level. Thanks once again True Flite for your timely and efficient assistance with this project. I am attaching a link which may interest you Grant. http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/woosup/Cooper%20Custom%20Build/story
Dear Steve, I recently had a new 24" True-Fite Match Grade stainless barrel in 260 Rem 1-9" twist fitted to my Tikka 595. The accuracy achieved with this barrel is quite outstanding for a hunting rifle in my opinion; the best groups achieved so far at 100 yards (edge-to-edge: deduct bullet diameter) : A 3-shot group measuring 7mm (one slightly elongated hole) . This handload was Remington case, Fed 210 primer, 40.50 grains VHT N540, Sierra 120Gr bullet seated 0.010" off the leade. A 5-shot group measuring 8.50mm achieved with Remington "Premier" factory ammunition (again, just one elongated hole) loaded with Nosler 120gr Ballistic Tip bullet.
Arguably True-Flite barrels are at least the equal of any top-end American manufactured barrels available on the market today and indeed some of those might struggle to compete. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending True-Flite barrels to anyone looking for superb accuracy at a reasonable price.
Marshall Freer, (260Rem)
Managing Director, HAMILLS CHRISTCHURCH. (True-Flite agent).
Steve, a note of thanks for my latest True-Flite barrel.
My last shoot shows the capability of your barrels; stage three of our Commonwealth Games trial: 75.15 at 900 yards and 75.12 at 1000 yards with a ten x V-bull finish at 1000 yards!
Steve, thanks again,
Brian Carter, (308 Win 1-13".)
(2006 New Zealand "Queens" National NRA Champion).
(Barrel installation by True-Flite)
2006 New Zealand National Champion Brian Carter during a tense moment
testing his unorthodox "Zen-Thigh" technique on his Te Puke home range.
NEWS UPDATE! Australian Bruce Scott wins 2006 Commonwealth
Games Individual GOLD and Teams SILVER with True-Flite....
Thank-you for making such reliable and consistent barrels.
I continued my good form with 100.18 at 600m in the Tasmanian Postal Match, again using one of your barrels; keep up the good work.
NEWS: Australian Palma Team chooses True-Flite for 2007 Championships!
2007 Palma results: Australia came a very creditable third place, only three points behind South Africa but fifty-seven points ahead of fourth-placed USA. Australia was the highest-scoring team on day two and Gillian Webb-Enslin set a Palma teams-event individual record score of 896.53 to win the Fulton Trophy and Gold Medal. For this awe-inspiring effort Gillian will receive a free Ultra-Match barrel of her choice.
True-Flite Rifle Barrels
Review by Nathan Foster
Early in 2008, I found myself with a few dollars spare to put towards an ongoing project, building two custom rifles, one for myself, the other for my wife Stephanie. At the time, my rifle featured a stainless steel Winchester Model 70 controlled feed action and a spectacular walnut stock created by Kevin Gaskill, the custom stock maker from Raglan. Stephanie’s rifle was similar, a left handed long action Montana M1999 stainless steel action (almost identical to the M70 but with a superior bottom metal design) and a sleek classic stock, again built by Kevin Gaskill.
Both rifles had initially been fitted with foreign barrels but the results were disappointing as a result of inconcentricities during the final chamber reaming. I had made a decision to rebarrel but could not justify the financial waste of an immediate swap. Time went by; a month turned in to a year or was it more? All I can say is the rifles sat and collected dust and it constantly annoyed me to be advertising my rifle accurising services with two in-accurate rifles in the lock up.
I had been aware of the excellent workmanship from True-Flite for a long time. The company had recently changed hands when I finally had the opportunity to rebarrel the rifles and I was keen to explore the New Zealand made barrels for myself.
I have worked in the Stainless steel engineering sector for many years now and in my experience, there are two basic types of engineer – sorry dear readers but this ain’t gonna be pretty. There are those that turn up to work to eat their lunch and believe that rough enough is good enough. Then there are the perfectionists. The perfectionists can be split into two personality types, the first type enjoy the challenge of striving for perfection, these people are hungry to learn and explore new methods, are willing to try and to fail in the search for success, they can take a joke and they can laugh at themselves. These are the kind of people that the world relies on for innovative designs, the execution of these innovative designs and are highly sought after by large forwards moving corporations.
Then there is the second type of perfectionist, the person who strives for perfection because if he or she doesn’t, the sky will fall down on their heads. It is the second kind of perfectionist that consumers need to steer well clear of because these people cannot admit to mistakes, cannot learn new methods, cannot adopt new ideas, are on the brink of a heart attack from age 30 and are generally miserable to work with. I have yet to meet one single person that does not make mistakes in their work, regardless of quality control protocols and I simply cannot tolerate people who lie to the contrary.
It did not take me very long to ascertain that Grant Lovelock of True-Flite fell into the first category of perfectionist. Grant was immediately warm both through emails and on the phone. We discussed the project and from the start, Grant informed me that he had newly acquired co-ownership of the company and that he was still learning the ropes. I put him right on the spot when I informed him that I had two poor shooting rifles that I hoped he could improve on. I then put even more pressure on the poor guy when I asked to do the bedding work myself. Having me do the bedding work was a high risk for Grant as he would have no control over the final outcome regarding accuracy. After a discussion to this end, we settled on a plan. My 7mm Remington Magnum would be rebarreled to 7mm Remington Ultra Magnum while Stephanie’s .280 Remington would be rebarreled to 7mm Remington Magnum which would require alteration of the M1999 bolt face, hopefully cleaning up any poor tolerances suspected within the action.
Turn around time for both jobs was extremely fast, Grant worked on my barrel while on a second lathe, technical guru Steve Mann worked on Steph’s barrel. Steve soon discovered that the bolt face of the M1999 was not square to the receiver, not a poor reflection of the Montana but a reminder that when buying an action in the semi rough, such things need to be checked over while building a custom rifle.
Once I had the barreled actions home, I set about blasting the barrels and doing the bedding, both jobs usually done by True-Flite. I’m glad I had a chance to blast the True-Flite barrels. On the True-Flite website it stated that their barrels were made from an incredibly tough 416R steel. What an understatement, I have blasted a good many barrels over the years using glass bead with 80psi at the gun but even with new bead, my blasting barely altered the polished finish of the barrel. I was absolutely gob smacked at the toughness of the two barrels. Standard glass bead left a smooth opaque finish while Garnet produced the more typical blasted look as found on Remington stainless rifles.
With great care, I bedded both rifles and it was soon time to take them out to the range. Then, out of the blue, a problem cropped up. The 7mm Remington magnum was so tight in its headspace that it was stiff when closing the bolt. I phoned Grant and this is where buying from A) perfectionist number one and B) your own country really counts. Grant asked to have the rifle sent back straight away. On inspection, it was found the head space gauge that came with the business was not up to the task at hand. A new headspace gauge was purchased immediately, the barrel re-reamed and within a few short days, the rifle was back and ready to go.
In the meantime I had been putting the RUM through its paces. I was over the moon, the first groups firing a 160 grain bullet at 3200fps went inside .75MOA and that’s how the rifle stayed as loads increased. The RUM was really new territory for everybody involved. The cartridge is fundamentally flawed in its design because the magazine lengths of all current magnum action rifles dictate a bullet jump of a quarter inch. Grant and I had also decided to trial his prototype canted land 4 groove barrel with 1:9” twist. As I am always researching ballistics, I was keen to find out whether the rumor of higher velocity and lower fouling with canted rifling were true. The result- an emphatic yes, fouling was vey low and the combination of a long throat and the canted lands allowed me to increase velocities considerably until accuracy fell off at 3480fps. I soon settled on a load consisting of a 160 grain bullet at 3275fps and within a short period of time, the RUM became a real favorite of both myself and hunting clients, regardless of its absurdly large case capacity.
With the return of the 7mm Rem mag, I settled down to build loads for Stephanie. This rifle grouped into .6” but something was amiss. The rifle would put two shots through one hole and third just a tad apart, opening the groups up to the .6” average. It took me a while to work out that the rifle was superior in quality to my reloading skills. This rifle had the potential to produce one hole groups of .3” but I had to lift my game- how embarrassing. This barrel also featured the canted land 1:9 rifling which resulted in high velocities with low pressure. After a bit more experimenting, the rifle was set to go, its hunting load consisting of a 140 grain bullet at 3260fps.
Bad luck (or was it bad management)
About six months or so passed and I was having the time of my life with the 7mm RUM. I used it for close range work, I used it for long range hunting, I took running shots with it and I even took it into waist high scrub while tracking an angry boar- and I nailed the sucker too! Everywhere I went, the RUM went with me and several hunting clients were taken with it too. The only time I didn’t feel so fond of it was when I had to go to town to buy more powder. Steph was also having a good time with her 7mm Rem mag, especially shooting at field targets as far as 550 yards. Then all of a sudden, every thing went pear shaped-literally.
I was out with a client on a spring hunt, the weather was a mix of cloud and rain. The client had no rifle with him while visiting NZ but as he liked to play with big toys, we took the RUM. I don’t know how it happened or who was holding the rifle but I can only assume a drop of moisture entered the muzzle of the RUM which I had neglected to tape up once the hunt was in its second day. Where my old Swede would have just blown a droplet of moisture out ahead of the bullet, the overbore RUM didn’t take kindly to the interference. Have you ever heard of a gain twist barrel? What about a gain caliber barrel!
I was absolutely devastated that my new toy was broken. Grant gave me a good deal of ribbing including comments regarding me as a regular source of income for True-Flite. Nevertheless, we also had a master plan which could now be fulfilled. After the original 7mm RUM chamber had been cut, Grant and I had sent our co-owned 7mm RUM reamer back to the States to have it reground with a shorter custom spec throat. The long term plan was to one day trial the shorter throated version. Grant also keeps a 7mm throating reamer which would give us the option of lengthening the throat if pressure problems occurred.
Perhaps out of sympathy, Grant rebarreled the RUM in record time. The new rifle proved even more accurate than the last, the load is the same 160 grain bullet at 3275fps however groups average around the .3” mark, exceptional for a sporting weight magnum. In the field and over a day bag, this is producing 2” groups at 450 yards and 3” groups at 600 yards, regardless of our Taranaki gusty winds. Having two reliable tack driving rigs has really been an absolute joy.
In conclusion to my dealings with True-Flite, both workmanship and communication was above all expectations. True-Flite had me excited from go to woe and the results were amazing. It has also been a major help to me personally with our company, to have people that I can brainstorm with and share information with. That’s a hard thing to come by these days. You will have noticed that I held nothing back in my review. It’s all very well to hear about immediate success stories where the consumer lives happily ever after but what I value is true integrity, especially in the search for the accurate rifle. I have said it before and I will say it again now, the act of pushing a tiny piece of alloy through a rifle barrel and expecting it to hit the same place every time at 100 yards is a truly remarkable feat of both human endeavor and modern engineering.
For those considering a change of barrel or the building of a full custom rifle, do it, you won’t be disappointed. True-Flite back their workmanship so whether you are a target shooter or hunter, you can be assured of optimum results.
Terminal Ballistics Research ltd.
Dear Grant and Trueflite Team
Just a note of thanks for the excellent service and results I have recently received from you.
The build was a 338 Lapua Mag on a Barnard action with a carbon fibre stock, a 30” Palma profile Trueflite barrel and a Trueflite Muzzle break
The stock came from the USA un- inletted with a barrel channel down the centre; I sent it to you with nothing more than a screw in the stock where I wanted the trigger and the action.
The inletting of the stock is first class; the most smallest of details were looked into, to keep me happy.
The end result of this personal touch is a rifle that shoots ¾ inch group at 300 yrds, please note this was still running it in too.
After I received the rifle I’ve encountered some issues with reloading for it, I’m pleased to report that that has been resolved, again with your help, not only from the Trueflite team but you also getting a second opinion from an outside source to backup your theory, in under 24 hrs.
I have nothing but praise for Trueflite for their workmanship, professionalism and service.
I look forward to dealing with you in the future.
Regards Andrew Fitzpatrick