Competition Shooting Set Up by U.S. Army Veteran William Thornton 

In competition shooting, the set up of a rifle and its accessories can make a significant impact on the shooter's performance. Every detail, from the rifle's weight, to the type of scope, to the trigger pull weight, can affect the shooter's ability to perform at their best.

A rifle that is properly set up with the shooter's preferences and shooting style in mind can make all the difference in competition shooting. This is because competition shooting requires extreme precision and accuracy, and any deviation from the ideal set up can result in missed shots and lost points.  Therefore, it's crucial for competition shooters to invest in high-quality rifles and accessories, and to spend time fine-tuning the set up of their equipment to ensure that they are performing at their best.

 In this article, we'll take a closer look at  the custom build coming from our friend of U.S. Army Veteran William Thornton. Let's explore some of its main features.


  • WOOX Furiosa Chassis for Rem700 SA DBM (walnut version)
  • Defiance Machine Rukus Custom Action (416R stainless steel, interchangeable bolt heads, proprietary floating bolt head design)
  • Proof Research Comp barrel
  • Area419 Hellfire Muzzle Brake
  •  Trigger Tech R700 trigger 
  • Vortex Optics Viper PST
  • MDT mag & external weight kit system

Build and pictures provided by William Thornton 

meet U.S. Army Veteran William Thornton 

Freelance photographer and U.S. Army Veteran William Thornton is based in Texas, where there's plenty of space to put rounds downrange.

William and his company, 3187 Media, produce a unique and gritty view from the firing line while also competing in long range competition. 

why custom actions are often based on rem700 footprint?

Custom actions are often based on the Remington 700 footprint for a few key reasons.

First, the Remington 700 is a widely used and well-known bolt-action rifle that has been around for decades, and has proven to be a reliable and accurate platform. As a result, many gunsmiths and custom rifle builders are familiar with the Remington 700's design and dimensions, which makes it easier to use as a starting point for custom actions.

Second, the Remington 700 has a large and well-established aftermarket parts industry, which means that there are a wide range of aftermarket triggers, stocks, barrels, and other parts that are designed to fit the Remington 700. By using the Remington 700 footprint, custom action builders can take advantage of this vast array of aftermarket parts, which can make it easier and less expensive to customize and build a high-quality rifle.

Finally, the Remington 700 has a proven track record in competition shooting and hunting, which means that many shooters are already familiar with the platform and may prefer to use a custom action that is based on the Remington 700 footprint. This familiarity can make it easier for the shooter to adjust to a custom rifle that is built on a Remington 700 footprint, since they are already accustomed to the Remington 700's handling and shooting characteristics.