As two videos embedded below show, Legendary Arms Works M704 rifles feature the most innovative controlled-round-feed bolt-action since the M98 Mauser. The excellent M704 bolt is the heart of LAW Professional II rifles. Wilson Arms match-grade barrels, Timney triggers, handlaid fiberglass stocks, and aluminum bedding blocks aid precision and durability, too.
If you think a new rifle company calling itself Legendary is overly ambitious, you’re not alone. But such is marketing hype these days. I didn’t choose the name and neither did Todd Librandi, the man currently ramrodding production.
LAW started about four years ago, licensed to build Ed Brown’s unique Model 704 bolt-action. Early LAW rifles showed excellent design and workmanship, but a too-tight pricing structure reportedly compromised economic viability. Some refinements in manufacturing suggest the new Professional II will live up to the early hype of this brand. A higher MSRP reflects that.
Testing a New Legend
I recently borrowed a Professional II test model in an unusual chambering — 6.5 PRC. The larger head diameter of this cartridge forced gun builder Mike Hudgins to enlarge the bolt face ring and leading edge of the extractor. I suspect he may have had to lengthen the magazine well slightly, too, but factory loaded Hornady ammo, three rounds down, is fitting and functioning smoothly. Mike appears to have done everything right.
The action is smooth, the rifle nicely balanced, the Timney trigger crisp and consistent, and early 3-shot groups are coming in at an honest MOA average. My best went .825″. My worst spread 1.5″. This may be due in part to the heavy hunting reticle on the Sig Sauer Sierra3BDX 4.5-14×44 scope. My full-length-resized handloads topped with Nosler’s excellent 142-grain AccuBond Long Range bullets matched groups I punched with Hornady factory 147-grain ELD-Match loads. I suspect minimal case resizing and powder/primer/seating depth tweaking will result in 3/4 to 1/2 MOA groups.
Below is a video of the Professional II followed by one I did in 2015 of the original Professional. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t kick either out of the truck for eating crackers, but I’m liking the slightly smoother action of the Professional II — and extra reach of that PRC cartridge.
By the way, LAW rifles come with Weaver style bases, but I have a thing about Talley One-Piece rings. They are too clean, too easy to mount, too rugged, and too light (just 3-ounces for the set) to resist!
Legendary Arms Works M704 Professional II
Legendary Arms Works Original
Spomer tests and reviews rifles regularly for Sporting Classics and American Hunter magazines.