Proof Research is expanding its lineup of carbon fiber lightweight precision bolt-action rifles to include the new Tundra. The Tundra is optimized for custom fit and comfort over raw weight savings, although it’s still a light and handy rifle built on Proof’s Defiance Ruckus action.
At as little as 7 pounds, 3 ounces, the Tundra is easy to pack in and out of the field and to carry for long hours in between. Even with an optic, a sling and a shooting stick or bipod, the Tundra won’t burden hunters, and at the same time, isn’t so light as to be uncomfortable when shooting. The adjustable stock makes it even more shooter-focused. Even in its heaviest configuration, the Tundra weighs less than 8.5 pounds.
Drawing from more practical-tactical rifle designs, the Tundra uses a carbon fiber Monte Carlo stock with an adjustable cheekpiece to fit the individual hunter and a generous palmswell pistol grip. Additionally the stock sports three sling studs, two for slings and a third for a bipod.
“The design of a Monte Carlo stock is timeless and a long running staple for hunting rifles. We took this timeless design to the next level by adding adjustability,” said Proof’s Kelly Streiff, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The last thing a hunter needs to worry about is the weight of their rifle system. There are many lightweight rifles out there, but many come sacrificing accuracy for weight. The Tundra embodies everything that we stand for, which is to develop a lightweight rifle that maintains and delivers extreme long-range accuracy.”
The Tundra feeds from BDL-pattern magazines for a flush fit with the bottom metal. Inside the Tundra uses an adjustable TriggerTech match trigger for precision shooting. Combined with the carbon fiber sleeved match-grade barrel, the Tundra has a sub-half MOA accuracy guarantee in all chamberings.
Proof Research offers the Tundra chambered for more than 10 cartridges ranging from 6mm Creedmoor all the way up to .338 Lapua Magnum, including cartridges that are popular with target and sport shooting and time-tested hunting cartridges alike. Standard barrel options are 24 inches long with a Sendero profile, threaded for 5/8-24 muzzle devices, but of course, Proof Research offers custom options as well.
A dedicated long-range rifle, the Tundra has a single-piece pinned 20 MOA rail for optics and a down-turned bolt that lands right above the trigger, which helps with fast follow-up shots if necessary. The bolt uses a modified ball knob that’s easy to manipulate without being bulky and large.
The Tundra is available with a wide range of stock patterns and finishes, with a Cerakote action in flat dark earth, olive drab, black, tungsten or sniper gray, and stocks available with a black, green or brown granite finish, black, blue or green jungle camo, grassland green and grassland tan and more, in order to fit in against just about every hunting backdrop around the world.
If there’s one catch about the Proof Research Tundra, it’s the sticker. With a base price of $6,999, these ultra-precision carbon fiber rifles don’t come cheap. These rifles push boundaries in more ways than one, although Proof does offer carbon fiber barrels separately for shooters looking to upgrade to some of the best.
For more information about the Tundra and the rest of the Proof Research lineup, check them out online.