[SHOT 2016] Steel Core Designs Cyclone Long Range Rifle

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Steel Core Designs has a great looking long range rifle they have on display this year at SHOT. The Cyclone is geared to the tactical/military shooter with innovative features that will help a shooter hit what they are aiming for. The designer of the rifle Stephen ran me through some of them and blew my mind in the process. I am not a long range shooter in even the most remote way ad didn’t even consider things like the torque produced by a bullet being fired down the rifling throwing a shot off just a touch. Stephen decided to combat this challenge with a rotating bipod that is fixed to the end of the hand guard around the barrel in order to allow the rifle to move in line with the bore. The barrels used are London proofed Lothar barrels that enjoy a very solid reputation in the community.

Stephen also used a 4 lug rotating bolt for strength and reliability in the most extreme conditions. He stated it had been tested at -40 degrees as all the way up to 130 degrees with no failures to feed or extract. The rifle remained accurate as well through the torture testing. Stephen also designed the rifle to accept common AICS magazines in order to allow users a wide variety of choices. Avalible in .50 BMG, .338 Lapua, and .308 Stephen feels so confident in his rifles that he gives each rifle sold a 1/2 MOA guarantee with good match ammo. Pretty bold, but I believe the rifle can do it. With MSRP at a very competitive (for the high end precision rifle market) $5750 It could be a solid contender if you are looking for a factory built precision rifle.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Desert Tech also offers a 1/2 MOA guarantee. And their rifles are multi-caliber. And they’re cheaper. How are these guys planning to defend charging the price of a used car for their rifles when there are other companies with more innovative designs for less.

  • micmac80

    Looks like RPA action in a new chassis so the chassis is the new part here.

  • ConservativeSurge

    What about the other rifle?

    • Patrick R.

      Oh crap. I fell asleep while writing this one, woke up and hit post without proofing. Let me fix that.

  • Jsim

    How come so many companies are skipping over 30-06

  • David Whittle

    Not really surprising it’s not far from RPA as SteelCore guys were at RPA in 2009 – But the mechanisms and other areas are a great improvement on the RPA models.