338 Big Baer in Turkish Walnut

Discussion in 'Gun Photos' started by aspenbugle, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. aspenbugle

    aspenbugle Well-Known Member

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    Here is my new build...finally here.

    338 Big Baer, Bat M 8.5, Benchmark 10 twist at 30 inches
    Cerrakoted Black, Jewel Trigger, Bat 20 MOA base
    Turkish Walnut Stock (by Joel Russo) - Russo Stock design

    Gun built by Bruce Baer, all stock work by Joel Russo

    I was originally going to go laminate or McMillan for the stock and save the nice wood for a dangerous game rifle, but Joel's appreciation of fine wood rubbed off on me a little bit. Best decision I made - she's gorgeous even if I do say so myself...

    I have to say - I have a couple other custom guns, but the workmanship and detail by Baer and Joel or incredible on this. It truly is a work of art. Haven't even shot her yet - hope she shoots have as good as her cousin Eleanor (Joel's gun). What can I say about Joel - he didn't just do the stock, but shared lots of great advice and was invaluable to this build. He's a total class act, all the way! Baer builds one fine gun...Watch out elk!
     

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  2. nwkman

    nwkman Well-Known Member

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    Sick! Beautiful rifle.
     

  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    That's a good lookin' rifle!

    How much does it weigh? planning to shoot 300grain pills?
     
  4. aspenbugle

    aspenbugle Well-Known Member

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    Thanks

    She's just shy of 16lbs without scope...so I guess I'll be in the 18lb range with glass (might be a wee heavy for a sheep hunt :) )

    Yep - planning on the 300 gr MKs
     
  5. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    That is one SWEET lookin rig!!!
    Joel sure makes the best of a piece of wood and very helpfull!
     
  6. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    i think classy sums it up. nothing does that like a wood stock. that one is exceptional.
    so now you can get your new ammomaster press set up and follow the instructions you got.
    deburr those case necks first, mine were a little rough.
    id be interested in your load results from the 30" barrel.
    apperently thats enough barrel with that cartridge.
    mines 34" and 1.250 all the way.
     
  7. paste

    paste Well-Known Member

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    i love turkish walnut...makes any firearm gorgeous
     
  8. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    That's the finest wood stock I believe that I have ever seen !! I really like the flueted bolt as well.
     
  9. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    It was a pleasure working with you as well Aspen.

    I knew this one was going to be "purdy" when I opened up the blank...
     

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  10. Willys46

    Willys46 Well-Known Member

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    Another amazing stock!

    If you shoot at a public range with one of Joel's stocks, its hard to shoot with the crowds they draw!
     
  11. aspenbugle

    aspenbugle Well-Known Member

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    Yobuck - I'll let you know on the loads. That is what I was told - 30" should be good. 34" 1.25 all the way on yours - now that's a hunk of barrel. Wow. I really like the whole package here, stock barrel contour/coating etc...hopefully it all works great.

    Willys46 - You're probably right...although he still only gets to work with what ya give him, so I'm sure he wishes we'd all buy a beautiful hunk of wood to let him start with. Ya give him plywood - he'll give your pretty plywood, but it's still plywood :) As others have said though - he sure seems to bring out the best of what you give him. 5 years down the road, that few hundred $ extra fer purty wood will seem like the best $ ever spent (already does).

    I'll try to get a few more close-ups when I can. Also forgot I didn't have the right shellholder for reloading - she's a big'un, so it's on the way. Can't wait to be sittin' with her on a 10,000ft high mountain ridge on a brisk Oct. morning here in Colorado, already hiked in, set up, just gettin light, herd of elk 900yds across the canyon...he he he. Big 6 pt bull through the Schmidt and Bender, 300gr MK lookin down the tube waitin for the order...he he he :) Ka Booom! Shanina bellows...

    Oh, I can't wait....
     
  12. Rock Jock

    Rock Jock Well-Known Member

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    That's a rich piece of wood! Very nice!!
     
  13. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Just awesome quality and craftsmanship.

    Nice to see it.

    Thanks for sharing...
     
  14. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    That sure is some nice looking wood on that rifle!