Gary Eliseo

Gary Eliseo

Location:
P.O. Box 2308, Cottonwood, Arizona, United States
HQ Phone:
(928) 649-0742

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Looking over the range of suitable equipment, it did not take long to come across Gary Eliseo's Competition Machine tubegun chassis kit.
Gary Eliseo - CompetitionShootingStuff.com - RTS tubegun stock kit.

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Competition Machine, Inc. - Gary Eliseo's tube gun chassis.

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Attend a Highpower match on the West Coast and you're likely to see Gary Eliseo's handsome, high-tech kit rifles used by many of the top shooters.
After many long nights and much hard work, Gary has perfected a new repeater rifle for prone and across-the-course competition. From the ground up, it is built around the 6mm BR cartridge. Gary explains: "The 6BR is a proven winner. CLICK HERE to download another short video in which Gary explains the features of the R5. [youtube width="550 height="440]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw7nkHAGDL8[/youtube] Gary recently demonstrated his new R5 repeater for us, and explained the features of this impressive new rifle. It combines mag-fed cycling speed, superb accuracy, and excellent ergonomics in a kit that retails for just $875.00 (subject to change). Add barrel, Rem 700 short action, sights, and trigger, and you have a rig that can win matches for under $2000.00 complete. BIG Photo. Design Principles of the R5-Beyond the AR In creating the R5, Gary wanted to preserve the ergonomics and rapid-fire functionality of the AR15 (and its spacegun variants). However he wanted a gun that had superior accuracy and that could shoot the high-BC 6mm bullets. Gary felt the heavier 6mm bullets offered a definite performance edge over even the best 22-caliber projectiles, and he wanted to shoot the 6BR cartridge because of its great inherent accuracy. The challenge was to make the 6BR function in a bolt gun that had the feel and balance of an AR spacegun. And it also had to have a magazine that would work flawlessly in rapid fire. Gary explained: "I have a background in Service Rifle competition. We asked Gary why he chose the 6mm BR for his R5 rifle. First he noted: "There's not much point in engineering a new rifle to shoot the .223 Rem-you can shoot that from an AR15 platform, and I think some kind of 6mm is a much better choice for Highpower and XTC anyway. Gary explained: "I chose the 6BR cartridge for many reasons. Gary tells us his R5 "holds half-MOA with ease. He employs no exotic reloading methods, instead using a moderate load of Varget with Lapua brass right out of the box. For his Slow Fire, single-round loads, he seats his bullets long so they engage the lands. However, in order to ensure reliable magazine feeding, he loads his mag-fed rounds off the lands, keeping the C.O.A.L. under 2.385. [Editor's note, the 6BR Lapua 105-grain loaded ammo measures about 2.330 overall so it fits perfectly within Gary's recommended cartridge length guidelines.] Gary tells us: "I take full advantage of the beautiful Lapua brass-I take them right from the box, prime them with CCI BR4 primers, measure 29.5 to 30.0 grains of Varget (dependant upon which bullet I use) and top them off with a Sierra 107, Berger 105 VLD or a Berger 90 BT. Eliseo enjoys shooting the rifle in "mid range" events such as the 3×600 which is basically three, 600-yard slow prone matches. These are most helpful when standing, but Gary usually leaves them in place in all positions. A thumbwheel-type, vertically-adjustable cheekpiece is fitted to the main arm of the buttstock assembly. (See Large photo below). The cheekpiece can be raised and lowered for individual preference but Gary likes to keep it pretty low as that helps him stay "glued" to the stock during rapid-fire. Gary says that R5 recoils pretty much straight back with very little vertical pulse. For $875.00, Gary delivers the following components: Gary also sells CSS front sight columns. Assembly: The gun is designed for the do-it-yourselfer, and a full set of instructions is provided. You'll need a gunsmith to chamber the barrel and fit the barrel to the action, but everything else can be done with simple tools. The action does require some minor modification at the front of the action's magazine cut-out. To allow long-seated bullets, a small semi-circle, about .150 across, needs to be milled out for bullet tip clearance. (Click Here to view photo of milled area.) You CAN use the action without this modification, but if you do so, Gary advises you to keep your rounds near minimum length. Modifying the action is easily done with a Dremel-type tool and a .25 diameter rotary file. This minor modification is one of the reasons the rifle feeds so well. The magazine is placed as far forward as possible so that the bullet tip is actually started into the chamber when the feed lips of the magazine release the back of the cartridge, this also requires a maximum "slot length" for mag-loaded ammo of about 2.385. Design Dialog-Interview with Gary Eliseo Q: How did you get started in the Kit Gun business? ELISEO: I've always been a machinist, welder, and designer. ELISEO: All the owners so far have been very happy with the accuracy and reliability. ELISEO: I don't know about .223 only because most people who are shooting a .223 are shooting an AR or AR spacegun. Plus I think the 6mm is clearly superior for that game (Highpower XTC). However, I have had people ask about going to the next size cartridge-which is the 6XC or the new 6.5×47-something in that range and that may come. Q: Is the magazine well big enough for a larger round or would you have to re-design the lower? ELISEO: The entire lower unit would have to be changed and the magazines would have to be changed. ELISEO: I've heard that a lot of people get their Remington actions blue-printed. ELISEO: No, I have not. Although I can tell you that at today's match, the match winner was shooting an R5 with a trued action and I was shooting a non-trued action and he beat me by 2 Xs. ELISEO: No, that's a do-it-yourself operation. ELISEO: Absolutely. That's true. ELISEO: You know, like I said, the action on my gun is bone stock. ELISEO: Yes, there is a small modification we do. ELISEO: Yes, the cartridge is far enough forward that the bullet tip is started in the chamber when the back of the cartridge is released from the magazine, and that's why it feeds as well as it does. In the past people have tried to put the cartridge all the way in the back and feed it from the back of the magazine. ELISEO: The "classic" fix for weak ejection, which is common to these really short cartridges, is to go to the Sako extractor. ELISEO: Exactly, they are mirror image-right and left, so everything is provided in the same way. ELISEO: It's really straightforward. ELISEO: That's because it is. ELISEO: They sell that for $299.00. Q: And how much does the R5 kit cost? ELISEO: The R5 retails at $875.00 and includes two magazines and a SLED (Single-Round Loading Block). ELISEO: For the R5 repeater and the B1 prone gun, you can use basically the same sights. ELISEO: Yes, that's an optional extra. ELISEO: The front sight can be rotated, but mine doesn't have index marks so it's not really meant to be canted by itself. ELISEO: I think most of them like the value. ELISEO: You know it's ironic, this gun was never intended to be an F-Class gun, but John really likes it. ELISEO: Well, again, I haven't priced my kit based on what the market will bear. ELISEO: Yeah, simple is good. Q: Gary, you make different types of Gun Kits for different disciplines, but you do try to standardize the parts, is that correct? ELISEO: Yes, we have the B1 (Barnard) kit for long-range prone, and we're developing a new Anschutz system for rimfire. ELISEO: Yeah, I think I give you your money's worth. Q: How you do compare the R5 with some of the other tube-gun kits on the market? It seems like you include a lot of components with the R5 that cost extra with some other kits. ELISEO: Some of the other kits don't offer any buttstock with the kit. ELISEO: A new stock for the Anschutz model 54 is in the works. Many folks have expressed a great deal of interest in this. Tags: 6mmBR, Chassis, CSS, Gary Eliseo, High Power, R5, Repeater, Tube Gun, Tubegun, XTC

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