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“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

 

2017:

Sammi Cavill with a nice Montana mule deer buck shot with her Lilja barreled 7mm-08.

 

Dan Lilja filled a one week notice cancellation hunt with friends on Kodiak Island for Sitka Blacktails.  He shot two with his trusty 7mm-08 and had a great time with a couple of fishing buddies and two new friends on a boat hunt. In the first picture he’s packing out a buck on his 61st birthday.

Bob Cassell with a very nice 3×4 Sitka Blacktail from Kodiak Isalnd in November of 2017.  Bob shot this buck with his Lilja barreled 6.5-284.

Miguel Sharif with his first big game animal, an Alberta whitetail doe he shot at 265 yards with his Lilja barreled 7mm-08.  His dad Alex at his side with a big proud smile.

Makenna Smith’s first deer – a nice whitetail buck she shot with her brother’s Lilja barreled 25-06 at 300 yards.

Ian Smith with his 2017 bull he that shot with his Lilja barreled 25-06. Ian is a high school senior going into the Army following graduation.

Tate and Sammi Cavill got it done last weekend, both shooting their bulls with Tate’s Lilja barreled 7 Mag.

Adam and Kayla Lilja with Kayla’s big cow elk she shot at 260 yards with one well-placed shot with a 7mm-08.  The fog rolled in about 10 minutes after she shot.

Sally Lilja with her 2017 cow elk she snuck up on in the timber. One shot at 100 yards from her 7mm-08. As of this year she’s killed five elk with five shots all with her favorite 7mm-08.

Dan Lilja with a 2017 raghorn bull elk he spotted at daylight going into the timber on a very rainy and windy morning.  He shot it at 235 yards with the 7mm-08.

Dan Lilja with a 2017 20″ 5×5 whitetail buck he shot at 200 yards with the 7mm-08.

Carson Lilja with a nice Montana 2017 antelope buck.  Carson shot this buck with his 6.5-06 at 575 yards!

Devon Hawley shot this nice Montana antelope buck with his Lilja barreled 6.5 OHC.

Eneida Sharif with her meaty 2017 Alberta spike bull elk that she shot with her Lilja barreled 7mm-08 at 200 yards!

Richard McDonald with his 2017 Alaska moose killed with his Lilja barreled 338/378!

Steve Hallenbach with his 2017 Alaska Dall ram!

Bob Cassell with his 2017 Alaska Dall ram.  Bob shot this ram with a new .300 Win Mag he chambered himself using a Lilja barrel.  A one shot kill at 517 yards!

Bob also shot this 2017 Alaska moose with the same .300 Win Mag that he killed the ram with above.

Dan Lilja with his dandy 2017 Yukon Dall Sheep. He shot it at just over  300 yards with his 7mm-08.  This ram was officially scored at 164 5/8. To see more about this hunt Click Here.
Lilja employee Mitch Thompson with a dandy last day Montana Spring Black Bear, shot with his Lilja barreled 300 win mag on a Defiance Deviant action. It was a late night pack out for some of the Lilja guys last night.

2016 Season:

Cynthia Cassell with a fine December 2016 Arizona desert bighorn ram that she shot with a Lilja barreled 6.5-284.  Her husband Bob shown with her.

 

Matt Cockrell with a big Montana Wolf shot in December of 2016. Nice job Matt!!
Carson Lilja with his 2016 Montana Bull, shot with his Lilja Barreled 300 Win Mag at 420 yards.
Carson Lilja with his 2016 Montana Bull, shot with his Lilja Barreled 300 Win Mag at 420 yards.
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Richard Kinzie with his 2016 Montana bull shot with his Lilja barreled 300 Win Mag at 435 Yards.
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Sammi Kinzie with her 2016 Montana Bull, shot with a Lilja barreled 338/378 at 620 yards.

 

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Tommy Jaeger with his 2016 Montana Bull Elk, shot at 1022 yards with his Lilja Barreled 338 Ultra Mag.
Sally Lilja with her big Cow Elk, shot with her trusty 7mm-08.
Sally Lilja with her big Cow Elk, shot with her trusty 7mm-08.

Dan Lilja with a 2016 Montana whitetail buck he shot with a 7mm-08.

Carson Lilja with his 2016 Fall Black Bear, shot with his Lilja barreled 300 Win Mag.
Carson Lilja with his 2016 Fall Black Bear, shot with his Lilja barreled 300 Win Mag.
Dick Williams with his 2016 Caribou.
Dick Williams with his 2016 Caribou.
Alex Sharif with his 2016 Alberta Elk, scoring 397.
Alex Sharif with his 2016 Alberta Elk, scoring 397.
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Alex Sharif with his 2016 Alberta Mule deer, shot with his Lilja Barreled 280 Rem at 462 Yards.
Alex Sharif's Wife Eneida with there two sons Migual and Sergio, and her 2016 Antelope shot with her Lilja barreled 260.
Alex Sharif’s Wife Eneida with their two sons Migual and Sergio, and her 2016 Antelope shot with her Lilja barreled 260.
Bob Cassell 2016 Sheep
Bob Cassell with his 13-year old Snow Sheep, shot in August of 2016 in Russia. Shot with his Lilja Barreled 7 Mag, at a very steep 350 yards.
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Steve Hallenbach with his 2016 Grizzly, shot with his Lilja Barreled 416 RUM.
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Gunsmith Steve Hallenbach’s brother Gary Hallenbach with his Grizzly, shot with his Lilja Barreled 340 WBY.
Richard McDonald's son Trenis, with his 2016 Montana spring bear, shot with a 270 Weatherby at 542 yards.
Richard McDonald’s son Trenis, with his 2016 Montana spring bear, shot with a .270 Weatherby at 542 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Ovitt with his 2016 Spring bear shot with his Lilja barreled 270. Ryan laps for us in the Summer.
Ryan Ovitt with his 2016 Spring bear shot with his Lilja barreled .270. Ryan laps for us in the Summer.
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Tanner Ovitt with his 2016 Spring bear.
Kassidy Kinzie and her uncle Cory Ovitt with her 2016 Montana Mountain Lion. Nice work from the Kinzie girls!
Kassidy Kinzie and her uncle Cory Ovitt with her 2016 Montana Mountain Lion. Nice work from the Kinzie girls!
Sammi Kinzie with her big Tom Lion shot in December of 2015.
Sammi Kinzie with her big 150 pound Mountain Lion shot in December of 2015.

2015

Ben Myers 2016 Alaskan Moose
Ben Myers with his giant Alaskan Moose.
Ben Myers 2016 Dall Sheep
Ben Myers with his Dall Sheep shot in 2015.
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Dick Williams with his beautiful Colorado mule deer shot on the Wounded Warrior hunt last fall with his Lilja barreled .280 Ackley Improved.
Adam Thomson with his Northern Alberta Whitetail buck shot with a Lilja Barreled 280 AI.
Adam Thomson with his Northern Alberta Whitetail buck shot with a Lilja Barreled 280 AI.
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Dan Lilja with a 5×5 Montana whitetail buck he shot in 2015. The rifle is a Lilja barreled .308 Winchester built by Montana Rifle Company.
Mike Johnson sent in a picture of his customer, shot with his Lilja Barreled 6.5 Creedmoor
Mike Johnson sent in a picture of his customers Montana Mule Deer, shot with his Lilja Barreled 6.5 Creedmoor
Customer Matthew Hopf with his Arizona Couis deer, shot with his Lilja barreled 30-378 at 860 yards.
Customer Matthew Hopf with his Arizona Coues deer, shot with his Lilja barreled 30-378 at 860 yards.

 

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Sammi Kinzie with her 2015 Montana Bull elk Shot with her Lilja Barreled 270. Sammi’s dad does all of our fluting, and laps for us.

 

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Garret Horton with his 2015 Montana Elk. Garrett’s dad contours all of the barrels, and Garrett has done some lapping for us.

 

Garret Horton with his 2015 Montana Mule deer. Garrett's dad turns all of the barrels, and Garrett has done some lapping for us.
Garret Horton with his 2015 Montana Mule deer. Garrett’s dad contours all of the barrels, and Garrett has done some lapping for us.

 

2015 WY Rocky Mtn Bighorn Al Burke
“Chris Meyer of Alliance Custom Armory put together my 7mm LRM using your #5 contour 27” fluted barrel. The combination shoots the 180gr. Berger VLDs very well and allowed me to take this WY Bighorn ram at 454 yards.”

 

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Gunsmith Jeremy Laier with his 2015 fall black bear.
Sally Lilja with her 2015 Whitetail shot with her 7mm-08
Sally Lilja with her 2015 Whitetail shot with her 7mm-08
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Sally Lilja with her 2015 Cow Elk shot with her 7mm-08

 

Adam Lilja with his 2015 Whitetail, shot with his 300 win mag.
Adam Lilja with his 2015 Whitetail, shot with his 300 win mag.
Tate Cavill with his 2015 Montana Bull shot with his Lilja Barreled 7 Mag,
Tate Cavill with his 2015 Montana Bull shot with his Lilja Barreled 7 Mag,
Tate Cavill with his 2015 Montana Mule deer, Shot with his Lilja Barreled 7 Mag.
Tate Cavill with his 2015 Montana Mule deer, Shot with his Lilja Barreled 7 Mag.

 

Tanner 2015 Archery Bull
Tanner Ovitt with his 2015 Montana Archery Bull.
Brady 2015 Ewe
Brady Ovitt with his Ewe shot with a Lilja Barreled 7 Mag. Brady’s dad drill’s all of our barrels, and Brady has done some lapping for us.
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Chuck with a Wyoming Antelope shot at 1000 yards with a 7 LRM.
Carson's cousin Kody McDonald with his 2015 Montana Archery Bull.
Carson’s cousin Kody McDonald with his 2015 Montana Archery Bull.
Kc McDonald with his first bull shot in South West Montana
Kc McDonald with his first bull shot in South West Montana
Carson's cousin KC McDonald with his 2015 fall black bear, shot with a Lilja barreled 338 Ultra Mag at 525 yards.
Carson’s cousin KC McDonald with his 2015 fall black bear, shot with a Lilja barreled 338 Ultra Mag at 525 yards.
Gunsmith and Customer Steve Hallenbech helped his friend get his first ram, shot with a Lilja Barreled 7mm Mag in the Western Wrangells. Nice Shooting!
Gunsmith and Customer Steve Hallenbech helped his friend get his first ram, shot with a Lilja Barreled 7mm Mag in Alaska. Nice Shooting!
Customer and Gunsmith Steve Hallenbech with his two Alaskan Wolves shot with his Lilja Barreled 27 O'Connor (Cartridge he designed.) What a great hunt! Nice shooting Steve!
Customer and Gunsmith Steve Hallenbech with his two Alaskan Wolves shot with his Lilja Barreled 27 O’Connor (Cartridge he designed.) What a great hunt! Nice shooting Steve!
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Steve Hallenbech with his 2015 Alaskan Moose, taken with a Lilja barreled 375 RUM.
Customer and Gunsmith Steve Hallenbech with his 2015 Double Broomed Dall Sheep shot in the Western Wrangell's, shot with a Lilja Barreled 27 O'Connor, and cartridge he designed.
Customer and Gunsmith Steve Hallenbech with his 2015 Double Broomed Dall Sheep shot with a Lilja Barreled 27 O’Connor, a cartridge he designed.
Bob Cassell with another giant Yukon moose shot with his Lilja barreled 6.5-284
Bob Cassell with another dandy Fall 2015 Alaskan moose shot with his Lilja barreled 6.5-284 that he gunsmithed.

Dan's 2015 Turkey

A Fall 2015 Montana Tom turkey shot by Dan Lilja with an XP100 he barreled years ago in 6×47. Dan also swaged the 6mm 68 gr. bullet used to shoot the turkey and made the stock for this handgun.

2014 Season:

 

Our customer and friend Alex Sharif sent pictures of big game animals he’s shot in recent years using Lilja barrels – Click Here

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Cory’s son Tanner shot this big tom cat in December of 2014. They chased it over dry ground for a couple of hours before it treed. Cory said it had just killed a deer before they cut its track. They got it out whole and weighed it at an even 150 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richard’s daughter Sammie found a big female mountain lion in late December 2014.
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Chuck Lester of Alaska shot this big 2014 bull with his Lilja barreled .375 H&H Mag.
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Marv Rehbein was the winner of the 2014 Montana Super Tag for goat and shot this nice 9″ billy with his Lilja barreled 30-338 Lapua.
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Shannon shot this nice 2014 Montana whitetail buck with her Lilja barreled 6.5 Creedmoor.

 

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Kenneth works in our shop and shot this whitetail buck with his Lilja barreled 30-06.
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Mitch works in the shop too when he isn’t going to college. He was home for Thanksgiving 2014 and worked a few days. Asked if he had a picture of his cow elk he said no but he had the head in his truck. So we took a picture… Mitch shot this elk with his Lilja barreled 30-06.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian shot his first deer this 2014 season hunting with Dan. Ian's mom works in our office and Dan was happy to take the 14 year old out and help him hunt his first big game animal. And he did a great job. The buck made us wait about 15 minutes before he offered a good clear shot at under 100 yards while we waited behind a big rock.
Ian shot his first deer this 2014 season hunting with Dan. Ian’s mom works in our office and Dan was happy to take the 14 year old out and help him hunt his first big game animal. And he did a great job. The buck made us wait about 15 minutes before he offered a good clear shot at under 100 yards while we waited behind a big rock.
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Ryan and Doug from Montana with a couple of Montana bulls they shot on a sub-zero trip in November 2014 to southwest Montana. Ryan sweeps the floors in the shop before school and his dad Cory works in the shop gundrilling and Doug did quite a few years ago. Ryan used his Lilja barreled 270 Win and Doug a .308 Win.

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Bob Cassell of Alaska with his heavy, double-broomed 2014 Dall ram and a very nice 5-point Alberta whitetail buck. Bob used a Lilja barreled 7mm Rem Mag.

 

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Dan with a 2014 Montana bighorn ram he shot with a Lilja barreled 7mm-08 at 300 yards and about 10 miles from home. To read more about this hunt – Click Here.

 

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And Dan with a wide mule deer buck shot with a Lilja barreled 340 Weatherby mag at 175 yards. He’d like to call this a 30″ buck but it is about 1/4″ too short to reach that benchmark.
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Adam Lilja with a good size 2014 Montana whitetail buck shot with his Lilja barreled 6.5 Grendel AR.
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And Dan with a whitetail doe shot at 60 yards with a M19 S&W .357 mag.

 

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Crystal with her 2014 tall Montana mule deer shot with her Lilja barreled .270 and guided by husband Rich below. She snuck up on it and shot it in its bed at 210 yards.

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Carson Lilja with his 2014 Montana 5-point bull shot with his Lilja barreled .300 Win Mag at 150 yards and a whitetail buck shot with the same rifle but at 375 yards.

 

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Sally Lilja with her 2014 Montana cow elk. She shot this big cow with her Lilja barreled 7mm-08 at about 200 yards in the fog. She also shot a whitetail buck with the same rifle at close to 300 yards.

 

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Richard McDonald with his 2014 Alaska moose and dandy Montana elk both shot with his Lilja barreled .338/378

 

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Tate Cavill with a nice Montana Rocky Mountain goat, a big Montana mule deer and elk he shot with his Lilja barreled 7mm Remington Mag. Tate had a great 2014 season!

 

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Carson Lilja with a Montana mountain lion he shot with a .223 in January of 2014

2013 Season:

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Bob Cassell from Alaska had a tremendous 2013 hunting season, capping it off with this 391 Wyoming elk! This 7×7 bull has 53″ and 54″ main beams. Bob was on a late season December hunt and when the temperature dropped below zero the big bulls started showing up. Bob used his Lilja barreled 7mm Rem Mag again to shoot this elk at about 500 yards.
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Dan spent a lot of time with Tanner during the 2013 season to get this cow elk. Tanner is the 13 year old son of Cory who is in charge of gundrilling and rifling in the shop. Tanner drew a cow tag and Dan volunteered to help him get it while Cory hunted with his other son. We had our chances but young hunters often need more time than the elk will provide. But we finally connected. Tanner’s smile says it all. Helping Adam below and Tanner get their elk was more fun for Dan than shooting one himself. And Tanner used his dad’s .300 Win Mag with Lilja barrel to shoot this nice big cow.

 

 

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Adam Lilja shot this nice 2013 Montana 5-point bull with Dan at his side on a crisp 8º November morning. We went out early and spotted the bull and some cows at daylight working their way back into the timber, feeding as they went. Our cover ended at 211 yards and one shot from Adam with the family-loaner Lilja barreled 7mm-08, with Nightforce 2.5×10 scope with FC2 reticle, and the elk was down. We like the 7mm-08 with 150 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips for deer, elk and antelope. Adam does CNC programming in the shop and is setting up a new screw machine for us now.
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Gabe with a beautiful Idaho California bighorn that he shot with his Lilja barreled 280AI – 337yds right through the heart.
Travis Lilja with his 2013 Whitetail.
Travis Lilja with his 2013 Whitetail.
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Carson Lilja shot this nice November 2013 Montana 5×5 whitetail buck with his Lilja barreled .300 Win Mag at about 300 yards. He spotted it bedded down and shot it a little later when it stood up.
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Dick Williams of Montana shot this big 2013 Idaho Hells Canyon mule deer at 512 yards with his Lilja barreled .300 Win Mag.
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Jared Sine shot this 2013 Montana 4-point mule deer buck at 8 yards with his Lilja barreled 30-06. Jared laps barrels for us. He and his hunting partner spotted this buck a long way down a ridge. But then the fog rolled in, but the buck worked his way up the ridge and broke out of the fog just below them.
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Dan’s nephew Richard McDonald shot this big 2013 6×7 bull in his favorite hole using a Lilja barreled 338-378.
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Family friends of the Lilja’s; Shianne and brother Johnny found this 2013 Montana bull with Shianne shooting it with her Lilja barreled .270 Winchester.
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Dan with his 2013 gray-faced 5×7 Montana whitetail buck shot with his Lilja barreled .340 Weatherby Mag. and 250 gr. Sierra Game Kings. The scope is a Nightforce 2.5x10x32 with NP1 reticle.
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October 2013, construction is being completed on a new storage building. We’re making room in the main shop for some new equipment. Steel storage and bar prep prior to gundrilling will be moved to the new building making room in the main shop for new machines.

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Bob Cassell sent a couple of pictures from 2013 hunts. The big mule deer was from Utah and the moose from Alaska. Bob shot both with his Lilja barreled 7mm Remington mag. When I asked him how wide the moose was he said he wasn’t sure, his tape measure in camp only went to 60″ and he hadn’t measured it at home yet. Both are very nice trophies.

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Rich Kinzie from our shop shot this very nice 6-point Montana bull with his bow in September of 2013. Rich runs a cnc mill and does our fluting and AR milling.