American Rifleman - December 2013 - (Page 82)

DOPE BAG MONTANA RIFLE CO. DGR O f the single-purpose sporting arm designs, the dangerous game rifle (DGR) is perhaps the most important to get right; should the firearm fail to operate flawlessly and place bullets on-target, the hunter and those accompanying him are subject to injury or death by the animal being pursued. Montana Rifle Co. clearly understands that concept, and builds its aptly named DGR to excel in the field under the most arduous and strenuous situations. The DGR's action is built on the company's "Professional Hunter Action," which could be described as an enlarged pre-'64 Model 70. It cycles smoothly and feeds flawlessly and its large, Mauser-style claw extractor removes cases positively. During the function tests it launched them at least 15 ft. from the shooter into a tight cluster. The magazine holds five cartridges with one in the chamber for a six-round capacity. The rifle is chambered only for cartridges used to hunt large and dangerous game, including: 82 D ECEMBER 2013 AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG .338 Lapua Mag., .378 Wby. Mag., .416 Rigby, .460 Wby. Mag., and .505 Gibbs. The rifle's 4-lb. trigger pull is ideal for a DGR. The 24" barrel is a mediumheavy contour that tapers toward the muzzle, and the factory iron sights are Marble's with a gold bead on front and a large grooved leaf rear for rapid acquisition. They are easy to see in low light as well as being very tough and functional. A recessed crown provides extra protection for the muzzle. The barrel has six-groove, 1:14" twist rifling that has a mirror finish and a nicely finished chamber, which is indicated by good-looking, easily extracted spent cartridge cases. The American black walnut stock does not have a lot of figure, but for heavy-recoiling cartridges such as the .416 Rigby, straight grain is preferred-it is much stronger and will hold up better through years of shooting. Exceptional checkering and expertly cut lines give the shooter a positive grip and add to the overall aesthetics of the gun. Something that jumps out is the uniform finish on the stock. The grain of the wood is completely filled, and the checkering is sharp and even with no overruns or incomplete lines. Metal parts are also nicely finished, and the test rifle has an attractive and glare-free satin surface that is the perfect combination of elegant and functional. The inletting is clean and expertly executed; it is very apparent that these guns are built by skilled craftsmen and not machines. The glass-bedding in the recoil lug and tang areas is barely visible without the stock being removed, and is necessary in a rifle chambered for heavy-recoiling cartridges. Two steel cross pins give The Montana DGR's American black walnut stock is glass-bedded to not only improve shot-to-shot consistency, and thus accuracy, but to strengthen it as well. http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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