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Custom Handi Rifle With Mauser Part...

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I have been workin on this one since December. Plenty of winter snow storms this year to keep focused. I started with a Walnut blank I saved from an old barn that was being torn down. I bought and traded for the reciever and barrel in 35 Remington. I then set to work. This is what I have so far. This is posted on another forum, but decided to share since I used a 1908 Brazilian mauser bayonet lug base in the custom stock.

 

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Eventually I am going to strip the reciever and refinish either with a cold blue or duracoat. This is one of the 2014 deer rifles I am building this year for some November - December mayhem. The other is a Savage Axis getting a 35 Remingon ER Shaw barrel.

 

After that I am going back to a mauser platform. Either a 35 Whelen build or a true rimmed wildcat built out on a siamese mauser 30-30 or 303 Brit necked up to 35 or even a 44 cal.

 

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That looks really nice.

 

My apologies to Dr Hess but that is an understatement. The talent and skills I see here are remarkable to say the least. Really makes me envious. I couldn't even imagine such a project. Seeing it done from a piece of wood from an old barn is simply incredible. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished project. It is definitely going to be a family heirloom admired for many generations in the future.

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Appreciate the replies. I have started shaping the forend in earnest now. It has been full length and pillar bedded. I hope to have this one done sometime in April. I have really thinned the stock since that last picture. I just don't want a clubby looking stock when I am done. I honestly hope I have not taken too much meat off. My inspiration for it's lines is the Heny lever action forearms coming off the end of the reciever then as it thins a dash of M-S Stutzen thrown in as it tapers to the mauser end cap. I made that up... We will see how it turns out.

 

The 17 hornet would be pretty cool in a handi. I have a varmint handi in .223 rem with a aftermarket GSI stock and bipod. I have it set up as a table/bench gun. It does well, but popping it open every time to load a round gets tedious in a target rich prarie dog town... I would like to get a 223 varmint rig in a bolt action on day or even try another run at the AR's.

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I just finished a Varminter type AR. I've test fired it, but haven't put optics on it yet. I went with a Lilja 24" bull barrel in 223 Wylde chamber, free float tube, MOA PRS stock.

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I just finished a Varminter type AR. I've test fired it, but haven't put optics on it yet. I went with a Lilja 24" bull barrel in 223 Wylde chamber, free float tube, MOA PRS stock.

 

Hey Doc how about some pictures??

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Here it is:

 

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The scope is a cheap 6X J&G NC Star I had laying around. I have a 3-9x40 mil dot on back order from Sportsman's Guide. One of these days, I'll buy a really nice scope and stop buying cheap crap, but right now, I have trouble justifying 1 or 2 large for optics to shoot 50 yards in the back yard. The bipod is one of those Chinese ones you and I bought some time ago, Az, along with the other scopes. Bipod (sling) to 1913 mount is from that purchase as well. Weighs 10 lbs without the scope. That stock is really nice, too. Magpul trigger guard, BCM bolt/carrier, BCM Gunfighter charging handle. DPMS free float forearm. "Black Warrior" pistol grip that I've had for about 30 years, fits my hand. JP Precision trigger I got from a friend. Troy gas block and 1913 rail under the tube. Bought the stripped upper and lower at a local gun store for Christmas and I've been piecing the rest together since.

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Good job Doc, how does she shoot with the heavy barrel?? I was going to piece one together for my son but found a deal on a low-end S&W. The S&W does not have a forward assist or chamber cover but shoots on par with my early 70's Colt SP-1. I'm still not sold on the gas piston AR's. I'm in the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" camp.

 

I just can't get into the expensive scope market. Guess I'm to rough handling on top of being a cheapskate. I found expensive scopes break as easy as cheapies. I do have a fondness of the 1970's USA made Weavers with metal tubes. They are as tough as nails. As long as I can get sufficient eye relief. I find the cheapies once sighted in, stay put. Getting sighted in though can be a challenge. I put a bargain Bushnell 3-9 on a Browning BAR about 20 years ago. As of last November it is still shooting where I set it, 2 inches high at 100 yards. I do have to keep the Bushy's power low. Crank it up I risk getting a shiner as eye relief shrinks to less than 2 inches.

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8uck5snort, I can see from a bench or prone reloading is a pain. I have a contender and that is bad enough with a 14" barrel. Still I do like single shots.

 

Nice AR's guys. You can't hunt in PA. with semi-autos so I never got into them. I would like one though.

 

I am in the cheap scope camp to. Recoil .30-06 or heavier, I do like a better scope on.

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I still haven't sighted it in or seen how tight it shoots, but from a recoil standpoint, it shoots very nice. Recoil is practically non-existent. About like a light weight 22LR, it seems, anyway.

 

I thought I was the only one that like cheap scopes. Really, though, that $63 Hammers from Sportsman's Guide is really nice. I would rather it had the parallax adjustment on the side instead of the front, and it doesn't have any lights for the cross hairs, but I have never had a use for those anyway. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong.

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Latest update pics on project. Rough shapeing and fitting is pretty much done. Now for the final detail shaping and fitting. Snug up all the wood to metal fit with bedding and start the rebuild and refinishing work on the reciever. Another month hopefully and I will be working up loads for this rifle. 35 +p and hope to hit at least 2300 fps with 180 gr and 2100 fps with 200 gr hornady with moa accuracy or better. First day of spring and finally all the snow melted. Now we need some of that 65+ degree sunshine.

 

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You did a really good job on that build. I see you made it to the .35 build before I did, you don't mess around Sir.

 

Watch then end of that barrel being even with the forend, if I'm looking at it correctly. I've seen wooden stocks like that splintered due to the muzzle blast. May not do a thing to the metal end though.

 

Brenden

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Watch then end of that barrel being even with the forend, if I'm looking at it correctly. I've seen wooden stocks like that splintered due to the muzzle blast. May not do a thing to the metal end though.

 

I never even thought of that. Now I am worried :(...

 

Well, If it cracks then I guess I can always repair it and move it back a tad. Man, I spent a lot of time to get it perfectly flush... Oh, well. Humility is Experiences teacher. I will temper my expectations accordingly. :)

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Here is some more progress. I have started the final stock finishing and metal work. Another couple of weeks we should have warmer weather too and I can do some load developement. Break out my chrony. :) I sure hope she shoots.

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Have you shot it yet? I'm anxious to hear velocity/accuracy reports of this deer slayer. You should do well in that action.

 

Brenden

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Other than proof firing the action after doing the barrel fitting I have not started the load development. Stock is done. I am going to strip action next and reblue. I hope to have some chrony and accuracy data sometime in May.

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Did a little shooting Sunday with my chrony. Hornady 200 gr FTX factory loads.

22 inch barrel. Rated at 2225 fps. My chrony at 10 ft from muzzle read in order.

 

1.2299

2.2316

3.2336

4.2309

5.2296

 

Had one 3 shot group @60 yards under .650 inches. Overall group was a tad over 2 inches.

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You are moving right along then. I had thought maybe it would boost velocity in the sealed breech a tad more, but I know the .35 was never ment to be a speed deamon.

 

Glad it shoots well. Makes me realize I need to build my .35!

 

Brenden

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Actually I was surprised at the velocity increases even with my cheapo chrony and a swag +/- 5% margin of error. I would have been happy with 2100 fps using the factory loads. Instead I am up 200 fps over what I was expecting. Based on some of the ballistics charts I have seen this makes this a 200 yard cartridge when sighted 2.5 inches high at 100 yards and easily a 250 yard cartridge when sighted in at 150 yards at 3 inches with the factory Hornady. I will hold judgment on that until I actually see what really happens at 200 yards, but it is encouraging. Now as far as the accuracy we will see. So far it is minute of Deer off the bench at 60 yards. I plan on using Hornady 180 gr SSP for hunting this year. If Varget can get me similar velocities as the Hornady powder then I should see 2400 or better based on this initial sample. I am actually nipping on the heels of the 35 whelen. Now I know it will never be a whelen, but it fills the gap between the 357 maxi and 358 win/35 whelen very nicely. So far I am pleased. I have saved a bunch of milk jugs and plan on doing some expansion testing this summer between the 357 maxi, 35 Remington, and 35 Whelen using same bullet at typical East of the Mississippi hunting ranges of under 100 yards.

 

The Savage Axis bolt gun I will be building out will have a 24 inch barrel. That my equal a tad more velocity depending on powder selection.

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This rifle turned out to be lethal on whitetails this November: Took a buck and doe within 15 minutes of each other on opening morning. Ended up a dose of BLC2 and a Hornady 180 gr ssp was the most accurate combo. I actuall missed the buck on my first shot at about 30 yards. <_< He just stood there and let me load another. Second shot took him clean through the heart. I shot the doe right after taking the bucks picture. she was standing in the field watching me! :rolleyes: Well tried to load some pictures as proof, but it keeps saying (Error 500) when I try and upload...

 

 

 

 

 

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