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    Lee, like you I never saw an R&M in the flesh. But, it wasn't an action, but a sleeve with integral scope rings to use with a Remington action. My first benchrest rifle was built on a 700 action that I had sent to Hart Rifle Barrels. They trued it, bushed the bolt face and installed a M-16 extractor, installed their full length sleeve, chambered a barrel for the .22 PPC .246" neck and sent a McMillan LV stock blank to me for the grand total of $400. I'm not sure what scope I had on it at the time, probably a Weaver T-16 or a Redfield 20X that I had before I started shooting benchrest. It didn't take long before the rifle was sporting one of the first models of the Leopold 36X that added $205 to the cost of the rifle. That was about the same time as you could buy a 100 bullets for $9. I shot GTB bullets made by Bob Cauterucio, Watson bullets made by Ed Watson and Berger's, of course made by Walt. Of course, at the time, I didn't know any of those guys. I shot my first nationals in 1983 with this rifle and because of it being a .22 only shot the LV and HV classes. I have some of the old books with history a long time before Precision Shooting came into existence. The Wolfe reprint of "Ultimate in Rifle Precision" by Townsend Whelen as some of the originals from a long time ago. The copyright date on Whelen's book is 1958 (about the time Larry Baggett started shooting benchrest (just kidding Larry)). Below is a photo out of the book showing a B&A die set up in a press. Looks almost identical to my Rorschach die set up.

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    Good to know Mike. I wasn't aware the R&M was a sleeve.

    Speaking of early BR, here's a 1st Edition "The Ultimate In Rifle Precision" from 1951 (these were produced as annuals between 1949 and 1954). The Sportman's Press, Washington DC, published them and Townsend Whelen did much of the editing.

    Col. Whelen presented it to H.L. Culver in '51 and Homer gave it to my dad shortly before his death. Culver hand signed the cover but unfortunately Whelen didn't autograph it.





    Culver did have some of his friends sign it - RK Nelson, Al Marciante, Warren Page, Harvey Donaldson, GR Douglas, Ronald Batterson, Gene Hudgins, and Phil Teachout to name a few.

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    Here's a photo of two of the original books that I have. Neither one of them are signed or have the history that yours have in the signatures. The Wolfe version that I have in the house is a reprint of the book on the left. It was copyrighted in 1958. The book on the right, the smaller book was copyrighted in June 1949. Note that at the bottom of the cover it states that it's "The 1949 Yearbook of the Benchrest Shooter's Association. A long time before there was a NBRSA or IBS.

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    R&M Sleeve

    I believe Bill Brawand has one., or used to several years ago.

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    L.E. "Sam" Wilson. In celebration of his 90th birthday Precision Shooting had him set for the April 1985 cover. Unfortunately he passed right before the issue came out.



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    They may be past their competitive prime but I have a thing for old Unertls. Here's one of their ads from the early 1970s:



    We have this model on a few classic varmint rifles (.219 Wasp, .22 Marciante Blue Streak, and so forth).

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    Some more from Ann Brummel...

    I received this a while ago and almost forgot about it!

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    Thanks Ann, did not have John Giles or Mike Gibbons

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    More from Ann Brummel

    Here's the files....
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    More - Ann Brummel

    Have to write something or it won't work...!
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    Red face good memories

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    Have to write something or it won't work...!
    Thank you for publishing rankings postal match ..... good memories from Italy .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario f View Post
    Thank you for publishing rankings postal match ..... good memories from Italy .....
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    Unertl

    I had a couple of Unertl scopes and they worked pretty good. I was trying to sell my last Remington 22-250 (pretty fancy rifle with a Unertl scope) and had the rifle propped on a door facing, talking and looking thorugh the scope. I spotted a blackbird in the top of a tree way, way far away. Stepped in the apartment, dug a round out of an end table drawer, chambered it and killed that darn blackbird. The guys watching couldn't see the blackbird until he fell but thats all the guy with the money needed to see. Sure, it was a lucky shot but it couldn't have happened at a better time. My neighbor and I laughed about that for years.

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    Ed Shilen at the 1982 Super Shoot



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    Apparently Sako had plans of producing long PPC brass back in 1986 (1.750" & 2.000"). I'm not aware of these coming to fruition but it's neat history:



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