My recently finished rifle

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by ffwd, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. ffwd

    ffwd Active Member

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    I finished this a few weeks ago. Weatherby Mark V action. All work was completed by myself. Turned a mandrel to fit into the action bore. Cut the action perpendicular to the bolt centerline. Made a spring tool to lap all 9 locking lugs and to square the bolt face. The barrel is a 27.5" long 1 in 9" twist Gaillard. I cut the tenon, the threads, chambered and crowned it. It's chambered in 7mm Weatherby Magnum. Current velocity average is 3100 fps with 70.4 gr. H4831SC and 168 gr. Berger vlds.

    Sait Polytechnic, the trade school in Calgary actually offers a Gunsmithing night course, and I performed all of the machining there.

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  2. Fitch

    Fitch Well-Known Member

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    Well done! Beautiful looking rifle. Feels good doesn't it? There is nothing quite like building your own. I'm a 7mm fan so I really like your choice of cartridge.

    Please post some nice groups when you get the load development done.

    Fitch
     

  3. bugthor

    bugthor Well-Known Member

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    Very nice work. Mark V is probably my favorite action. I recently completed my first build from an old yugo mauser into a 243 win target rifle. You're work makes mine look like tinker toys! You got a great looking rifle.
     
  4. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Quite a bit of gunsmithing you did there, congratulations. Looks great! What type of wood is that?
     
  5. zupatun

    zupatun Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful job. Sounds like a lot of fun.

    Matt
     
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    ogremccloud Well-Known Member

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    very nice
     
  7. ffwd

    ffwd Active Member

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    The stock was made from a piece of Eucalyptus leftover from a job we did a couple of years ago. I think the figure is very striking, it's quite heavy though. Rifle weighs just over 13 lbs.
     
  8. Fitch

    Fitch Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion, that's a very good weight for a 7mm Weatherby Magnum. I have a 7mm Rem. Mag. that weighs just 13 lbs even with scope and it's very pleasant to shoot with out a muzzle brake even with 180g bullets. I use a sling with a wide non-slip padded strap and it's easy to carry as well.

    Fitch
     
  9. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    I would have guessed quarter sawn oak. Looks nice.
     
  10. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on a job well done ... looks very impressive. BTW, your photographic abilities are up there too. Cheers!

    Ed
     
  11. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    ffwd, may sound like a dumb question but, any problem with the wood giving off strong Eucalyptus odor. If so how did you deal with it...curing, sealed?
     
  12. ffwd

    ffwd Active Member

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    It sat in my suppliers warehouse for 2 years before I got it. It was in my shop for another 2 before I started turning it into a stock. It's very dry and only gave off an odor when it was being cut, or sanded. It's got 2 coats of Tung oil on it now.

    The weight makes for a comfortable shooter. No problem prone, with only a t-shirt today.
     
  13. ffwd

    ffwd Active Member

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    My wife is the photographer. Thanks for noticing!

    Carla Fedje, Creative Photographer