GUNS OF VORTEX – .408 CheyTac

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Meet the Noreen ULR. It’s a big gun… Scratch that… It’s a Really big gun. In fact – when the time came to bring this thing into the photo studio to get some beauty shots, we realized that we had almost forgotten the real name of the firearm because we normally find ourselves referring to it as “The Howitzer”, “That Massive Thing”, or “Black Stallion” among a whole host of other names that we probably shouldn’t mention here in order to keep the article “Family Friendly”.


First thing you might notice here is we aren’t running the base stock from the ULR on this behemoth. Rather – we’ve outfitted it with an XLR chassis for more adjustability, as well as providing shooter comfort and a full handguard. The Evolution BMG chassis from XLR also adds a few ounces, but, when your gun already starts out at 32 lbs with the skeletonized, stick-looking “Chassis” for lack of a better term, it really doesn’t make a huge difference.

One of the fun things we like to do with the ULR is simply compare it to other firearms we have around the office, just so we can truly appreciate how large it really is. Here, we have the bolt (Bottom Left in case that wasn’t already obvious) next to that of an AR-15, and a Ruger American Predator. The ULR is a single shot, bolt action, and requires the operator to remove the bolt entirely to load individual cartridges by hand into the chamber.


Keeping with the theme of comparing the URL to other small things around the office, here we have a classic “ULR vs Little Badger” match-up. The venerable single shot Little Badger from our friends at Chiappa is a small, .22lr which can be folded down and fit into one of those draw-string bags people carry their shoes in for discrete, easy carry. The ULR on the other hand… well, it folds, thanks to the XLR chassis system, but concealment isn’t exactly it’s forte.



Last but certainly not least – meet Steph! Steph is a key player on our marketing design and graphics team – and is all of about 5’2” tall – making her just barely taller than the ULR when standing on its buttstock. These comparisons are just too fun…


As mentioned above, when you’re looking for “Ultimate Concealment,” the single-shot telephone-pole-like ULR, may not fall into the practical dept. The folding XLR chassis does make it easier for transport. Works great for fitting the gun into your range bag. Not so much one of those drawstring bags we like to carry our Little Badger in…


Up top, we’ve got a timeless classic in the Razor HD Gen I 5-20×50. The scope that was so badass, we just couldn’t take it away – even with the addition of the Gen II Razor a couple years back. The 5-20×50 is a great scope for the ULR for several reasons.

1 – Optical quality is right up there at the top of our line, meaning ultra-long range targets can be seen more easily, and thus, shots can be made more precisely at distance.

2 – The 35mm tube on the Razor 5-20×50 gives us a ridiculous amount of internal adjustment. 125 MOA or 36 MRAD of total adjustment can get you out pretty dang far. Couple that with a canted base of some sort, and you’ve got an ultra-long-range shooter’s dream.

3 – Tall turrets with an internal mechanical zero stop mean adjustments can be made easily on the fly. And after a long day of dialing the heck out of that elevation turret, you can simply bump it right back down to the zero stop to start it all over again – ready for your next range day.



Keeping things relatively tame for the shooter up front is a massive brake that actually does a really good job at mitigating recoil. That, plus it probably has some help from the fact that this gun seems to weigh somewhere in the vicinity of 50 pounds. While it’s not pleasant to stand to the left or right of while shooting, it certainly is pleasant to be behind while sending .408 CheyTac-awesomeness downrange.


We hope you enjoyed this brief edition of “Guns of Vortex”. The gun world is an amazing place full of seemingly endless cool tools – all capable of performing different tasks in different ways. If you have any other types of firearms that you’d ever like to see us write up, please, feel free to let us know! Have a unique rifle yourself and looking to figure out what optic would go best up top? We’d love to help – that’s certainly one of our favorite parts about getting and learning about new and cool guns!






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