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Grace Engineering Acquires Montana Rifle Company

Precision Manufacturer set to Introduce two new models in 2024

Grace Engineering Acquires Montana Rifle Company

Grace Engineering, the sister company of G5 Outdoors and Prime Archery, announces its entrance into the firearms market by acquiring Montana Rifle Company (MRC). Known for precision manufacturing, Grace Engineering is a 3rd generation precision machining manufacturer with over 50 years of industry-leading experience.  They have long provided components to many leading firearms companies, and the acquisition of Montana Rifle Company will now allow them to apply their expertise to the entire firearm construction.  Honoring the American hunting tradition, all Montana rifles are designed, manufactured, and assembled at the Grace Engineering headquarters in Memphis, Michigan.  

"We have been producing precision parts for the firearms industry for a number of years," stated Grace Engineering President Matt Grace.  "When the opportunity to acquire Montana Rifle Company was presented to us, we knew it would be a good fit.  Montana Rifle's much sought-after action design and highly accurate barrels have been well known among avid rifle hunters.  We are excited to continue the MRC legacy and take it to new heights.  We have relocated many key pieces of equipment from the original Montana Rifle, such as barrel making.  In addition, we have invested heavily into new state-of-the-art machining centers to make a world-class rifle." 

Applying their expertise in design and engineering, Grace Engineering enhanced the performance, quality, reliability, and accuracy of the original Montana Rifle by integrating a fully machined receiver that is made from a single 416 stainless steel billet.  This MRC 2022 receiver is a continuation of the original MRC 1999 receiver and is one of only a few manufactured in this manner.  This allows for tighter tolerances and greater control over the finished product compared to receivers built from castings.  

Each Montana Rifle also features a breakthrough development in rifle feeding, which marks a monumental shift for rifle hunters.  Many avid rifle hunters know that controlled round feed rifles are the gold standard for reliability.  The one drawback against them was the inability to single load these rifles, as you can with push feed rifles.  Montana Rifle’s Adaptive Controlled Round Feed is unique to the market in its design, allowing for loading from a magazine as a controlled round feed traditionally does.  Plus, you can single load a cartridge directly into the chamber.  Now, you don't have to make a choice between a Push Feed or a Controlled Round Feed.  Adaptive Controlled Round Feed actions gives you the best of both worlds.  Making Montana rifle the "Fastest, most reliable feeding rifle on the market."

In addition, these premium hunting rifles are constructed with hand-lapped, button pulled ultra-accurate barrels – something Montana Rifle Company has always been known for.  All 24" threaded barrels are built in-house using the same equipment and methods as the original Montana Rifle Company. 

Additional MRC features:

  • A Mauser-style claw extractor made from tool steel for consistent round ejection and a smooth feed for the cartridge. 
  • 3-Position Safety.  With safety in mind, the rifles utilize a 3-position safety – the gold standard of modern sporting rifles.
  • Patent-pending licensed M-Lok interface with traditional sling stud and QD socket.  Made from high-thickness anodized aircraft aluminum, this rail is perfect for easy integration of M-Lok style bipods, tripods, and other attachments.
  • Threaded Muzzle Brake – Every factory rifle comes with a standard threaded muzzle brake and includes a thread protector.
  • Nitrided ChroMoly Bolt – Stronger than standard stainless steel, chromoly provides a high strength-to-weight ratio.  The slick nitrided surface also delivers a smoother cycle compared to stainless steel.
  • Adjustable Trigger.  Inspired by the Pre-64 Model 70 trigger geometry, the MRC trigger is simple to adjust and operate.  It features precision wire EDM cut from tool steel and is coated in Titanium Nitride for enhanced operation and wear resistance.  The performance trigger is set at 3 lbs. with the ability to adjust down to 2 lbs. 
  • Premium Stocks – Montana Rifle Co. is working with premium stock manufacturers, McMillan for its carbon stocks and Minelli for its wood stocks for superior performance in the field and an elegant look in any collection.
  • Guaranteed ½" MOA Accuracy.  All Model 2022 rifles are guaranteed to hold ½" MOA from a cold barrel when using premium ammunition. 
  • 100% American Made.  Proudly made in Memphis, MI, using world-class manufacturing processes.

Availability

The MRC Model 2022 is currently available in two models.  The premium walnut stock Junction and the ultra-rugged Highline.  Both are now available in 6.5 Creedmoor and.308 Win, with .300 Win Mag, 6.5MM PRC, 7MM PRC, and .375 H&H Mag being introduced later this year.

6.5 Creedmoor Junction Specs:

Weight:  7.5 lbs.
Overall Length: 45.25"
Twist Rate: 1:8
Barrel Length: 24"
Mag Capacity:  5

6.5 Creedmoor Highline Specs:

Weight:  6.8 lbs.
Overall Length:  45.25"
Twist Rate:  1:8
Barrel Length:  24"
Mag Capacity:  5

About Montana Rifle Company: 

Montana Rifle Company is the premium manufacturer of American-made hunting rifles backed by over 50 years and three generations of machining and hunting industry expertise.  Montana Rifles are built from the action out.  All critical parts are blueprinted, made in-house, and built to meet Grandpa's standards and your toughest adventures - to be handed down for generations.  


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