Many precision rifle competitors have built “trainer” rifles, usually chambered for a less expensive or more easily obtainable cartridge, to hone their positional and fundamental shooting skills. This allows them to keep the round count down on their actual match gun and prolong the life of a good barrel. With the SwitchLug, a second rifle is no longer necessary. You can simply have a second barrel chambered in your desired training cartridge and shoot it while prepping for matches (you’ll probably need a spare bolt and mag for .223 Remington of course). But instead of having to learn two separate rifles, you can now train with your actual match gun which means you get better behind the actual stock/chassis and optic that you will be running on game day.
Additionally, having a spare barrel available as your current tube runs out of life is made easier. Just have your spare barrel built, break it in and confirm your load and zero, then keep it on hand for a quick swap out if needed. No barrel vises or action wrenches are required, and complete disassembly of the rifle is not required. The action and SwitchLug remain installed in the rifle’s stock or chassis during barrel changes. The only tool required is an inch-pound torque wrench, to loosen and re-torque the lug clamp screw.
Hunters benefit from the SwitchLug system as well. One rifle can be configured for multiple requirements; for example a flat shooting .28 Nosler can be built for a plains game hunt, but with a simple barrel swap can be turned into a .375 H&H for dangerous game use. Or, your lightweight 7mm08 deer stalking rifle can have a spare 22LRV barrel for long distance coyote hunting in the off season. As in the case of the competitor’s training rifle, the hunter can now gain confidence and ability by using the same rifle throughout different seasons, rather than having to learn a second rifle.