Accuracy is a Borden hallmark, as you’d expect from a benchrest shooter who set some 10 world records. Borden rifles have been used by others to set more than 100 records. Precision tolerances, high-quality barrels, stocks, pillar bedding, and “blueprinted” action all go into a Borden. But there’s an additional ingredient: Borden Bumps. As I understand it, these are a slight widening of the bolt body (0.02″) behind the recoil lugs and at the rear of the bolt body where it can touch the rear receiver ring. These bumps permit a “sloppy” bolt tolerance for slick travel along the raceway, yet align and snug it up precisely when the bolt is turned into battery. This is useful in a field rifle that could pick up dust, mud, and debris to hinder bolt cycling.
Is Borden’s “One Gun To Rule Them All” Too Long?
I mention in the video the 26-inch barrel as being less than ideal for woods hunting. And it is. But I do the bulk of my hunting in fairly open country, so I’m willing to make this compromise. If I did more thick cover still-hunting, I’d opt for a 24″ barrel or even 22″, although that starts cutting into 7mm muzzle velocity enough to suggest a 280 Remington or even 7mm-08 Rem. as the better cartridge choice.
Borden’s 7mm Rem. Mag. is One Gun To Rule Them All — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com