Welcome to the forum, I will be following your project progress report on the forum, please keep us posted. I am on the fence as what to rebarrel my 7RM with, the 7 Mega is one of the options.
Hopefully I may see you on the range somewhere when you test your rifle. If your Sensei is at least a 10 point holder in Benchrest Hall of Fame, chances are I may know him if he is in TX. Not very many Hall of Famers in our neck of the woods.
I am right here in Williamson County NW Austin area. Maybe we can compare notes when our projects are both done. Not sure if I read it right that you will be doing the chambering or your Sensei. I will be chambering mine.
Whoops, didn't answer your question. Sensei figures that, since I have a decent machine shop and claim to be a competent hobby machinist, I should be able to chamber my own darn barrelsHi Nez,
I would look forward to meeting you and learning. It looks like you are a bit older than me, since I was USMC 1984-88. My Sensei and I tell 'war stories' but nothing happened on my watch while he was in the midst of some ugly stuff a bit over a decade earlier.
I am sure you know Sensei, I just figured that there was no reason to throw around names. I am a rank amateur, although enthusiastic and willing to spend time and money learning. My only saving grace is that I am a Mechanical Engineer and so have at least 'book knowledge'.
I live in Georgetown (also in Williamson county). A bit of a commute to campus in downtown Austin, but I only go to school when I am teaching, and my formal class assignments are in Fall. Let's connect up.
R. Britt Freund
Wow, nice shop. I started my shop to support a university 'bicycle club' for students who wanted to design and build custom bicycles. I am pretty much completely tooled up for custom bike frames. I have a Precision Matthews lathe (may be the same one in your pictures - the gunsmith lathe made in Taiwan) and a Precision Matthews knee-mill (again, the Taiwan version that is a Bridgeport knock-off).brittf,
Sounds good, bud. When you talk to your Sensei tell him I say Hi. I shot benchrest in the 80s with top dogs in TX, I am sure he was one of them.
We can certainly learn from each other. I would love to be a witness as you chamber your Mega.
Here is my shop, you are welcome to swing by and use any if you have a project that pop up while your lathe is occupied. Not in the business, just a hobbyist.
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When you guys get some data let me know so I can add it to the load data page.
If you want to continue the shop talk and keep this thread closer to on track you could pm each other.
^Please! I'm on the fence about ordering a reamer now or waiting, but I don't ream my own.
And enjoyed the TX guys above - I'll be moving down there hopefully late Spring.
Order your reamer I will be glad to guide you through the clambering process in my shop.