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Almost four years ago a friend asked me if I woud make him a 30/06. Foolishly I said yes about the time he asked the ninetieth time. He picked the stock and base/ring style. The rest he left up to me.

 

A lot of life got in the way over the last four years, and I have not seen him in about 3 years. I piddled around with the rifle off and on, and last week I finally mounted a scope on it. It has never been fired, but I will most likely rememdy that shortly.

 

It has the ususal Richards stock and Redfield style base/ring combo. Neither are to my taste, but the rifle has been growing on me. It fits me very well, and mounted with my eyes closed, I have a full scope picture when I open my peepers.

 

It has a Shilen 24" barrel, Wisner safety, Bold trigger and Turk bottom metal. I used aluminum oxide to blast it before bluing, and it is my first matte blue job. I used DuLite chemicals in a home built bluing system. I jeweled the extractor, but not the bolt. I may do that yet.

 

Rather than shim the rear of the base, I recut the front radius. I built a jig to modify the shroud for the Wisner safety, and have used it for 9 other shrouds since.

 

I did not open up the mag well as the rifle was built as a deer rifle using 150 cup and core bullets. It will accept a 150 grain bullet seated just out past the cannelure. At that length, the bullet is seated just off the rifling when chambered.

 

And yes, the bolt is forged. The scope is a Burris 6XHBR.

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Nice rifle.

What did you use for stock finish?

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It has seven or eight coats of Tru Oil on it. After I shoot it a bit, I will tear it down to mount stock swivels. I'll probably add another couple of coats then.

 

I debated posting pics of it, but pic posting of completed projects seems to me to have been a little slow this winter. Luckily, I footed the bill for the entire project, so I do not feel as if I have someone else's rifle in my hands.

 

 

This rifle has the same finish. I think there are about 10 or 12 coats of Tru Oil on it. I blued them at the same time, however this one is polished. This is a Siamese in 25AKI. LL

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LL, Both are cool. But that stock on the Siamese is to die for. What a beautiful pc of wood. Great lines / contours, also. That's one of those you can spot 3 tables over at a gun show.

Walnut

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This rifle has the same finish. I think there are about 10 or 12 coats of Tru Oil on it. I blued them at the same time, however this one is polished. This is a Siamese in 25AKI. LL

 

 

Where did you get that stock? And if sold by one of the better known companies, what style is it? Those are really nice, simple lines. I especially like the walnut tip.

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The Siamese stock is a Richards modern classic reshaped by myself. I cut off the tip and grip cap, reshaped the stock profile, and shadow cut the cheek piece. It is claro walnut, AA grade I believe. The tip is off a 721 Remington stock. I bought the 721 with a cracked Bishop stock on it and cut that piece out of the butt. I restocked the 721 with an ADL stock I had on hand.

 

I bought a real pretty piece of wood for this years project. The project will be a Mexican with a PacNor barrel in .308. I'm thinking 21 or 22 inches long. Most of my other rifles have barrels of 24 or longer.

 

It may look like hell as I am starting from an uninletted blank. I have the action, the barrel, and the wood. As soon as it warms up a bit outside I will start. I like to work with the door to the shop open on warm days. I have heat, but feel more in tune with the world with fresh air and birds chirping. Next weekend I committed to rebarrel a Rem 700 SA for a friend. I hope the weather is nice. LL

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Good looking rifles LL. That 30-06 is a very nice build, and the 25, wow. Everything on that rifle is a work of art, from the bolt, stock, to the blue. Beautiful, everything just flows together and looks great.

 

Brenden

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A 25AKI is a Krag 30/40 necked down to 25 caliber and then blown out straight with the shoulder pushed quite a bit forward. Case capacity is just a tich over that of a 257 Roberts Ackley Improved and just a tich under a standard 25/06.

 

Thanks for the compliments. I am completely self-taught and have a long way to go yet. I'd like to checker both of these rifles, but the quality of my checkering leaves a lot to be desired. LL

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I'd like to checker both of these rifles, but the quality of my checkering leaves a lot to be desired. LL

 

That's a problem 99% of us have.

Many of the best rifles I've seen built by members here could be improved by checkering. And most mediocre rifles (mine included) would look exponetially better with a checkering job.

Kenny

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Okay, here is a sample of my checkering abilities. This rifle was found in a pawn shop. It had the factory barrel, and an old Weaver 4X in Stith mounts. The D&T was .020 out of line front to back. It is a DHT '03 Springfield, and the bit probably walked on the hard surface. I straightened the holes by going with #8 screws and made the bases to match the receiver hole spacing. I modified a Timney Featherweight trigger to fit. They are made for the '03A3, but not the '03. I also slimmed down the trigger bow.

 

I reshaped the stock as it was chunky, bedded the barrelled action and then checkered it. The rifle is a 257AI with a 26" PacNor 3 groove tube. It was blued here at home and now wears a 6X Leupold in Burris Zee rings. It has accounted for a couple of deer and antelope. The pictures highlight the imperfections. IRL the thing looks better.

 

 

Last but not least, for all of you Fennimore Cooper fans, my black rifle, "Deathwind". It is a VZ24 in 7X57. Once again it is wears a PacNor barrel at 24". It is a 1/10 as I have no use for heavy bullets in this rifle. It handles 150 grain BT's very well, and they are the heaviest I have tried. I have a pile of 139 Hornadys, so that is what I usually use. The bow has been reshaped, a Timney Featherweight added and the barrel and action ride in a Bansner Stock. It wears a Leupold 4X in Millet rings and a B Square base. It is my favorite deer rifle. Again, all work including bluing done at home.

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Okay, here is a sample of my checkering abilities.

 

Where's the photo?

 

 

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Oops! I jumped the gun.

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LL You're a far cry better than I with checkering. Monte Kennedys book speaks well about patterns. You kept a simple pattern and did it well. Far better than a decorative one that's too difficult to do well, especially when it's not a persons routine. You don't jump over your lines like I do. That's when it gets fugly.

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Okay, here is a sample of my checkering abilities. This rifle was found in a pawn shop. It had the factory barrel, and an old Weaver 4X in Stith mounts. The D&T was .020 out of line front to back. It is a DHT '03 Springfield, and the bit probably walked on the hard surface. I straightened the holes by going with #8 screws and made the bases to match the receiver hole spacing. I modified a Timney Featherweight trigger to fit. They are made for the '03A3, but not the '03. I also slimmed down the trigger bow.

 

I reshaped the stock as it was chunky, bedded the barrelled action and then checkered it. The rifle is a 257AI with a 26" PacNor 3 groove tube. It was blued here at home and now wears a 6X Leupold in Burris Zee rings. It has accounted for a couple of deer and antelope. The pictures highlight the imperfections. IRL the thing looks better.

 

 

Last but not least, for all of you Fennimore Cooper fans, my black rifle, "Deathwind". It is a VZ24 in 7X57. Once again it is wears a PacNor barrel at 24". It is a 1/10 as I have no use for heavy bullets in this rifle. It handles 150 grain BT's very well, and they are the heaviest I have tried. I have a pile of 139 Hornadys, so that is what I usually use. The bow has been reshaped, a Timney Featherweight added and the barrel and action ride in a Bansner Stock. It wears a Leupold 4X in Millet rings and a B Square base. It is my favorite deer rifle. Again, all work including bluing done at home.

LOve the Springfields dude thier my alltime favorite I have one of the NRA converted sporters and am working on converting a very butchered demilled drill action only into a bolt pistol (all the rage in my neck of the woods)

 

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