The Raptor Stalker was designed for the sole purpose of offering a more portable rifle to compliment the Raptor LRSS which is an amazingly powerful, precision weapon system but it is not the best choice for a packing rifle. The Raptor Stalker is designed to fill this slot. The Stalker can be chambered and used for light big game to dangerous African big game hunting and everything in between. Its also designed to be used offhand or for deliberate rest supported shooting at long range. Anything from the muzzle out to 800 yards and even farther are easily within the capabilities of the Raptor Stalker rifles.
As with all the APS projects, the Raptor Stalker has to be accurate and powerful. To begin with the Stalker is designed around the same APS Raptor receiver. To accomplish the weight reduction needed the Raptor receiver for the Stalker rifles is made with a much larger ejection port. This drops over 1/4 lb off the weight of the Raptor receiver without effecting the receivers strength to any real degree.
Another feature that keeps the Stalker weight down to a manageable level is a new barrel contour. Using a similiar design as the Raptor LRSS, the barrel contour for the Stalker has a longer then normal barrel shank. The main differences between the two is the Stalker shank is trimmed down to 1.250" diameter and the shank is not fluted like the much larger LRSS barrel shank.
The Stalkers barrel shank is roughly 5" in length, dramatically longer then a conventional sporter type barrel shank. Beyond the shank, the Stalker barrel tapers down in a conventional #5 contour with heavy flutes. This custom barrel design produces the stiffness and rigidity of a much heavier barrel while keeping weight down as much as possible.
As with the receiver and barrels, the Stalker rifles use refined stocks as well to limit rifle weight. There are three stocks generally used on the Raptor Stalker rifles. These are the McMillan BDL and HTG sporter stock and the Manner MCS-T and MCS-GAT stocks. All of these stocks offer plenty of strength yet keep rifle weight down as much as possible.
Design and Performance Goals
The purpose of the Stalker is to provide a precision long range big game rifle that is easy to shoot and easy to pack. A Raptor Stalker, ready to hunt, will come in at 12 to 13 lbs depending on optical package used. This included the weight of a harris bipod. This is not an ultralight system but its plenty light for a healthy mature male to pack in most hunting situations.
The Stalker is fully capable of 800 yard reach with just enough weight to make this type of shooting possible. The Stalker offers a fine balance of shootability, portability and of corse plenty of power, ballistic and terminal.
-Raptor receiver w/ "Hunter" ejection port
-Lightweight 2 piece base
-Competition recoil lug
-Lilja Stalker barrel contour, 24" to 28" finish length
-Small Painkiller muzzle brake
-Bead Blast Matte finish on metal surfaces(cerakote finish optional)
-McMillan BDL or HTG, Manners MCS-T or GAT stock choices
-Adjustable Cheek Piece available on Manner MCS-T or McMillan HTG)
-HS Precision DM system (Optional Seekins or internal Remington BDL style magazine box with Rem BDL floorplate)
-Finish weight: 10-12 lbs including optics and bipod
APS Wildcat Chambering Options:
257 Allen Magnum
6.5mm Allen Magnum
270 Allen Magnum
7mm Allen Magnum
300 Allen Xpress
338 Ultra Maxx
338 Allen Xpress
375 Allen Xpress
Conventional Chambering Options:
264 Win Mag
7mm Rem Mag
7mm Dakota Magnum
7mm Ultra Magnum
300 Win Mag
300 Ultra Magnum
338 Ultra Magnum
375 Ultra Magnum
Raptor Stalker in 7mm Allen Magnum
Raptor Stalker single shot in 338 Allen Xpress with Vortex PST scope and McMillan A-3 stock with adjustable cheek piece. This is a type of Hybrid Stalker as this stock is larger in dimension then would be standard on this design platform but it does show the versatility of the Raptor Stalke platform.
Raptor Stalker in 338 Allen Xpress with Seekins 3.990" Detachable Magazine System. The Stalker custom barrel contour is clearly shown in this picture.
Raptor Stalker in 7mm Allen Magnum with McMillan HTG with adjustable cheek piece. This rifle shows the very trip and slim lines of the Raptor Stalker as compared to the Raptor LRSS design. Portable Power to the extreme.
Another view of a classic Raptor Stalker rifle. This rifle tips the scales at 11 pounds ready to hunt with. Plenty light for any healthy mature hunter yet still offers enough weight to allow precision shot placement out to ranges as far as 1/2 mile from the hunter. The Stalker is just at home for close range conventional hunting situations as well, a true all around rifle design.