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MONTANA RIFLE CO. DGR

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)
VEL. @ 10'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

HORNADY DGS
400-GR. DGX

2430 AVG.
14 SD

5,244

1.33

2.98

2.24

FUSION SAFARI
400-GR. FUSION

2301 AVG.
17 SD

4,702

1.15

2.70

1.71

NOSLER
400-GR. SOLID

2382 AVG.
13 SD

5,039

1.42

3.62

2.48

.416 RIGBY
CARTRIDGE

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

REPEATING RIFLE

2.12

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR FIVE ROUNDS FROM A 24" BARREL OVER AN OEHLER
33 CHRONOGRAPH AT 10 FT. ACCURACY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FIRED FROM
A LEADSLED SOLO AT 100 YDS. TEMPERATURE: 59º F HUMIDITY: 40%. ABBREVIATIONS: DGS
.
(DANGEROUS GAME SERIES), DGX (DANGEROUS GAME EXPANDING), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

The Montana Rifle Co. DGR has numerous features that will endear it to
those heading out for species capable of hunting the hunter. Such features
include: a five-round-capacity magazine, Marble's iron sights, Mauser-style
claw extractor and Winchester Model 70-style safety (bottom, r.).

extra strength to the stock and help
keep the wood from splitting. The
rifle possesses a certain intangible,
which can only be described as
"character" that many mass-produced rifles seem to lack.
There are many details on the
gun that were not overlooked by
the maker and should be noted.
The hinged floor plate is intelligently designed and executed, the
detent is easy to get to and opening is effortless-when you want it
to open-but engagement is positive and the magazine stays closed
when it needs to. The trigger guard
is plenty large for a gloved finger
to easily fit if one is hunting in
colder climates. The bolt release
is beautifully machined and very
positive, an important and often
overlooked feature on such a rifle.
The safety is a Model 70-style
three-position unit. In the fullrearward position it locks the bolt
down and renders the gun safe, in
the middle position the bolt can be
manipulated to cycle ammunition
through or unload a chambered
cartridge, and the full-forward
position is fire. Spring tension on
the safety is sufficiently heavy to
ensure it will not inadvertently
move from one position to another.
The rifle comes up quickly and

MANUFACTURER: MONTANA RIFLE CO.
(DEPT. AR), 3172 MT HWY 35,
KALISPELL, MT 59901;
(406) 756-4867;
WWW.MONTANARIFLECO.COM
CALIBER: .338 LAPUA MAG.,
.378 WBY. MAG., .416 RIGBY (TESTED),
.460 WBY. MAG., AND .505 GIBBS
ACTION TYPE: BOLT-ACTION, CENTER-FIRE

comfortably and is easy to keep
on target, even when firing shots in
rapid succession. The stock dimensions are very agreeable and fit an
average-size shooter well. All of the
cartridges in the DGR series create
significant recoil, and the Pachmayr
Decelerator recoil pad is a welcome addition, and looks great.
The fore-end of the stock tapers
down significantly ahead of the
magazine to a contour that is large
but comfortable. Its free-floated
barrel is something that might be
more common on a gun designed
for repetitive shooting, but on this
rifle it shows a lot of forethought on
the part of Montana Rifle Co. as the
company took into consideration
that the stock could swell or contract in different climates causing a
potentially dangerous shift in zero.
Accuracy at the range with the
.416 Rigby-chambered DGR was
more than acceptable. Ammunition
from three different manufacturers was tested. The most accurate
load was Federal's 400-gr. Fusion
Safari, which delivered an average
1.71" for five consecutive, five-shot
groups at 100 yds. In a world of
numerous sub-m.o.a. rifles this may
seem a little large, but when you
consider all of the factors that make
this an excellent dangerous game

RECEIVER: SATIN-FINISH STAINLESS STEEL
BARREL: 24", SATIN-FINISH STAINLESS STEEL
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE, 1:14" RH TWIST
MAGAZINE: FIVE-ROUND HINGED FLOOR PLATE
SIGHTS: MARBLE'S ADJUSTABLE IRON SIGHTS;
DRILLED AND TAPPED FOR SCOPE BASES

TRIGGER: SINGLE STAGE; 3-LB., 12-OZ. PULL
STOCK: OIL-FINISH AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT:
LENGTH OF PULL, 133⁄4"; DROP AT COMB,
15⁄8"; DROP AT HEEL, 15⁄8"
OVERALL LENGTH: 453⁄4"
WEIGHT: 10 LBS., 13 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2,299, BLUED;
$2,399, STAINLESS (TESTED)

rifle, they are not features that
make it a rifle designed for precision accuracy. Dangerous game
is often shot at short to moderate
range-almost always less than
100 yds.-and the accuracy the
gun exhibited was exceptional
considering factors such as a lowpower scope and heavy recoil.
Montana Rifle Co. put together an
excellent dangerous game rifle for
a respectable price, as it has many
features that can only be found on
expensive custom rifles. All the
important details that could wreak
havoc on a costly hunt were considered when designing the rifle. As
such, it should definitely be on the
short list for anyone in the market for
a dangerous game rifle.

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