Re: My new M70 Jack O'Connor saga continues
I don't really want to go into all the extreme details and specifics that I posted on another forum about the JOC Custom Tribute flaws but I will do a quick highlight. The checkering was soft and undefined. Many places felt more like running your hand across velvet instead of sharp checkering. You could run a cotton ball up and down the checkering, all over the gun, and not a strand would leave the ball. The Metal buttplate was overhanging about 1/16" on each side halfway down the butt end of the stock. The end of the buttplate overhung even more. The ebony forend tip was about 1/16' larger than the forend it was mated to. You could run your hand up the smooth checkering right into the ebony tip and it would stop firmly because the ebony tip stood out that much. However, the ebony tip was sharp, as the checkering should have been. I could live with the other flaws and told Winchester so, one swivel mount was off centered by about 15%, the barrel channel was not floated and a crisp 1$ bill would only make it less than halfway up the channel underneath the barrel before it came to an abrupt halt. One side of the checkering was higher on one side of the forearm than the other, I used a micrometer to measure it but it is still very noticeable to the eye and the finish left many, many, many, unsealed pores and gaps in the woods surface. I can float and bed the barrel, I can rub some more linseed or Tongue or whatever whatever finish used on the stock and I guess I can live with the uneven checkering and the swivel stud just shows a little character I guess but the checkering, forearm tip, and a buttplate that snags everything will not do. The gun case misspelling, oh well, I don't care to lift another finger on the gun case. I would really love to have the right one but paying to send this one back, payng to get another one, blah blah blah, I just couldn't care less when I looked in the case and saw "MADE IN HENRICH CHINA FROM HENRICH CHINA MATERIALS". I'll look for a case made in the USA and if I can't find one then I'll have one made here at our local tailor from some Old seabags I have from my Navy career and let her quilt them and let her embroider my name and city correctly on the gun case. I am not really a vein man but I don't want to look like the village idiot either when I show up with a gun case that has misspelled the home town of the most famous gunwriter of my generation. And yes, my fellow hunting buddies would know because more than a couple are Keith fans and didn't care much for the brash O'Connor as I did, and do. Besides, he's Irish. what else could I do. I just wish he was still around. I could write him a thoughtful letter and he would send one back that he would want enclosed to the letter I sent to Winchester with my gun. I'm sure the gun would be back in 2 weeks, delivered to my door and the case would be waiting for it when it got here.