Specialty Pistols
Apache Machine 6.5 Creedmoor

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February 10, 2018, 11:11 AM
Apache Machine 6.5 Creedmoor
This is the new 6.5 Creedmoor that Steve finished in the Fall. This gun will shoot! Steve did a lot of extra work on this one for me. After working with the stock to make it fit the XP with bolt release etc, he relieved the block a little more and bedded it as only he can. The result is an absolutely seamless fit to the receiver. I don't know if the pics will shot it but I tried to get a few of receiver/stock fit. Fluted Krieger with perfectly blended brake just like the 284 Win. HS Precision painted the stock in a 3 color desert. Badger base with 4th hole added to topstrap and Leupold 1” MK4 rings. Everything turned out better than I could have asked for. Steve's attention to detail and machining tolerances are absolutely amazing. I have yet to own an Apache creation that actually takes work to "find a load", they shoot everything great! Hope you enjoy the pics.

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February 10, 2018, 11:58 AM
OMG! I'm in lust with that rig. bowdown
Almost the same stock paint scheme as mine but more green. Fantastic.
Is that the "Tom Craft Contour Barrel" configuration? Now you have done it.
I have the stock, scope, almost the action and all I need is a barrel. I don't have a break on my 284, or 7BR but I think I might go for one on this build.
I was not to keen on the straight bolt handle but after getting an HS Precision and shooting it and seeing a couple of yours, I might have to go that route.
It might be ready by Antelope season this fall. HAH
Do you have a place to stretch out the rigs you have as far as shooting?
I did have a 500 yd range in Northern OK but lost it. Working on another.
I come to Central KS all of the time to turkey and deer hunt and work on building Traditional bows with a friend near Great Bend. We should get some guys together and burn some powder. It would be a hoot to have a bunch of Apache Machine rigs on a table or blanket to take some photos of.

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February 10, 2018, 12:16 PM
At the local range I only have 300 everyday but once a week they open up the 500. I shoot at another range near wichita that we have 1000 and near Salina we shoot to 2200-3000 yards. Plates set on that range out to 1400 every hundred yards. So it would be easy to stretch a handgun out on that range Wink

Yep, same Craft contour on this one. I really like the PTG bolts. I think my 376 Steyr has a straight bolt handle that Steve put on a standard bolt, much like my HS pistol. I just opted for new bolts with these and liked the spiral look to them. Gives it a nice finishing touch aesthetically to my eyes.

It would be fun to get together at some point. I think my last count was 12 or 14 Apache creations in the stash. I’ll have to check again as my memory sucks most days. I have quite a few rifles from Steve. They are truly works of art and shoot incredibly well. It makes it fun to break away and shoot when you have time. No stress!

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February 10, 2018, 05:17 PM
Leupold Man
Wow that is exactly what I want! Congrats!!!!!

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February 10, 2018, 05:18 PM
I bet if you call steve, he could fix you up
February 10, 2018, 05:29 PM
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February 11, 2018, 07:46 AM
Every one of Steve's creations is a work of art - and they SHOOT !
February 11, 2018, 11:57 AM
Nice rig
When you shoot off a bipod like that, does it lift off the ground after each shot?
How hard to readjust for each shot?

February 11, 2018, 07:02 PM
They move a little bit but seeing that you have to reload it between shots, I don’t see that movement as much of a hassle personally.
February 12, 2018, 10:34 PM
mark hampton
Absolutely beautiful!!!
February 13, 2018, 12:10 AM
Your XP is the one that pushed me to have the paint scheme this one has. I loved the pictures of yours so I had to have the same pint. Thank you for the inspiration buddy! Wink
February 14, 2018, 03:49 PM
Pretty, pretty work! Making me want to table the next long gun project for a "shawty"!
February 20, 2018, 03:04 PM
Wow. That is absolutely beautiful. Man, Steve sure does an awesome job.


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February 21, 2018, 06:31 PM
Pa. Mike
Nice XP ! Looks flawless. What finish was used on the metal?
February 22, 2018, 01:16 AM
Sweet looking rig! Nice quality of work Steve!
February 22, 2018, 06:57 AM
That rig looks perfect!Curious how long it takes to get one done from Steve.I guess it is certainly worth the wait.

March 01, 2018, 12:00 AM
I'm not sure on the time for delivery, you'd have to call and ask Steve honestly. A lot of the wait depends on backlog of course but also on the parts that you choose and availability. Steve builds amazing XPs and rifles. I have been lucky to own about 14 or so of Steve's builds and I can tell you that the attention to detail and accuracy of each one can not be rivaled. I have guns from all the major builders in rifles and his are my show pieces when it comes to putting groups on paper and meat in the freezer! I haven't had another builder deliver a gun since I started using Apache Machine builds honestly. You will love what is delivered if you place the order, that I can guarantee!
March 01, 2018, 08:03 PM
Zeus if you don't mind me asking,I live south of Salina and was wondering where there is a range you can shoot that far?Thanks
March 01, 2018, 09:04 PM
Private land called Spearpoint Ranch.
February 19, 2019, 09:01 PM
Very nice Setup! Great work as always Steve.
February 20, 2019, 12:23 AM
Very Nice XP!

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February 20, 2019, 08:04 AM
Jay HHI6818
Awesome looking XP!
February 20, 2019, 02:30 PM
Very beautiful XP and excellent work!!


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February 20, 2019, 08:48 PM
Don't own an XP but yours is sure eye catching!
February 21, 2019, 11:26 AM
Big D
That’s an incredible pistol.
March 28, 2019, 02:14 PM
That’s sweet!
April 14, 2019, 10:05 PM
Several years ago, Steve built me a 6.5x47 Lapua on a XP action. I rarely get to shoot it, not because I don't want to, but because I set it up for a 500m match and only shoot it once a year. Last year, I got 35x40 from 200-500 meters in a silhouette match, where you have 2.5 min to shoot 5 shots. Great gun, Steve works wonders. Have never heard anything bad about his work.