I was asked to put together something based on a Remington 700 and some bits. The customer had specified a GRS stock, inletted for a bottom metal to accept AICS magazines, a custom reflex type sound moderator and green paint so very straight forward really and this is the finished item.
The barrel is a heavy profile stainless chopped at 18″ and threaded to accept a custom built Barton Gunworks sound moderator. I have been using BGW built moderators for a while and always like what I get plus it is always easy to deal with Will Westlake the owner, I just send him a text or give him a call and whatever I need arrives normally a couple of days later. This particular moderator was a custom build so took a bit longer however it was still with me in well under 10 days which was perfect for my time scale of build.
The GRS stock took a bit longer and I had to cut it to accept an Atlas bottom metal the customer had supplied plus bed the action and open the barrel channel sufficiently to accept the rather hefty profile of the barrel. I added an invisible thread cap should the rifle ever be shot without the moderator and the whole job had a coat of OD Green Cerakote thrown over it including the rail and rings.
Accuracy wise the rifle is superb with 155 grain factory rounds and should suit the customers needs, namely an accurate and quiet rifle for 300m work and my view is it will be equally capable out to 600m with very little effort.
I rather look the look of this particular build hence the pictures and despite its apparent bulk it still comes in an at 6,5kgs so light enough to move around and ideal for prone range work. Who said Remington rifles lack style 🙂
Remember the test firing of the little cannon on Saturday? Well it was in preparation for an event at our local shooting club North Cotes Butts which is located on the East Coast of the Lincolnshire and about half a dozen miles out of the Wolds, for us it is a comfortable 25 minute drive in the mighty Defender and the club has ranges open 24/7 every week of the year so handy for testing.
Sundays event as the Baikal challenge which comprises amongst other things of a variety of competitions using the club Baikal shotguns, .22LR Bench-rest shooting and new for this year the cannon.
The little cannon was set up with members charged GBP2.00 per shot so costs covered plus a little bit for the club. The Viking and I manned the cannon so to speak and the members assisting in loading then sighting and firing the cannon at a splendid model of a Frenchie.
Points were awarded for shot placement with the maximum score being awarded for a hit on the magazine marked just forward of the middle mast and just above the waterline.
As luck would have it a fellow club member had his .50″ cannon with him so he set his up alongside the club cannon and even attempted a synchronised firing at one point however a combination of a strong breeze and rather sketchy lighters meant we missed the mark by a few seconds.
Firing commenced at just after 10:00 and did not stop until close of play at a couple of minutes before 13:00 and I was impressed both by the take up by people with queues at a couple of points. Load was 60 grains of Black Powder, a 4 finger width of fuse with some toilet paper used as wadding and a patched .682″ cast ball. Looking at the ‘target’ at the end of the morning shot placement was remarkably accurate given the numbers of users and lack of sights and the maximum scoring magazine being solidly hit on a couple of occasions. Someone did suggest a small Tannerite charge being added to the magazine next time for maximum spectacle.
All in all a great morning and the cannon only rolled off the table on one occasion so lesson learned, leave a bigger gap between the rear of the carriage and the edge of the table 🙂
Firstly the no longer in circulation bit, well that would be me for the next seven days. I have been having a few problems with my eyes of recent and as a consequence have been to see a consultant at the local hospital who tells me things are easily fixes with a new lens in my eye. Super news I thought as I headed off to be measured up for the bit that is going into my right eye with the left to follow at some point in the not too distant future. Everything went well right up to the point when I mentioned I had my contacts in place. Apparently I should have removed them a week ago however I had not actually been told this so I am back in a weeks time to be measured up. The downside of this is I am as blind as a bat without contacts which means I am probably going to be a liability to myself if I venture onto the machines given that best I can focus my eyes at is a maximum of my hand span. Put a different way if I stick my thumb on the end of my nose and extend my fingers my little finger is completely out of focus. I also look rather silly trying this experiment so…
On a plus side we did decide to take a few days off a short while ago however it never really happened and we probably managed a day and a half away from the customer orders at best. So it looks like my week off starts around now. The good news is I can still use a computer if I put my nose really close to the screen, and I can still use my hands so I am rather hoping I can carry on with some hand sanding on a couple of stock jobs I am working on. Also handy is my vision is superb at 6″ from the work piece so as long as it is not spinning at 2500rpm I *should* be safe 🙂
An update on the Steyr stock that had been chopped up, I have added a filler block to fill the hole that had been cut for a cheek piece and extended the length of pull by around 1.4″/46,0mm and I can always cut it back if needed, the picture is the stock rough sanded with the bits attached and some dowels in the various sling attachment holes as I will decide on what I want regarding such attachments at a later date. Next job will be to peg and glue the front section to the rear, right now that might be a job best left until I can see properly again.
The glue I use is a PU foaming glue that although not he first choice of the purists certainly holds stuff together. Application is very simple, dampen one surface slightly, apply some glue to the other surface and hold the parts firmly together with dowels, screws of clamps. I learnt a long while ago that the wood is pushed apart by the foaming action if not securely held and the result is less than ideal. Also avoid getting the stuff on your clothes or hands as it is not going to come off any time soon… (I wear disposable latex gloves)
I usually allow overnight curing although maximum strength is not achieved for 24 hours.
The lurid green Remington stock is starting to look vaguely acceptable to my eyes (HA!) The picture really does not do the job justice and the barrelled action finished in OD Green Cerakote is actually quite complimentary to the overall look. Yes, I know some will disagree however it is all down to taste and I am sure someone somewhere will like it although the Viking is still not 100% convinced it is something she could own. If all else fails I will source an alternative stock and this one will become firewood however I do have my fingers crossed.
EDIT – Sanding is something you do with your hands not your eyes and feel counts for more than looks at this stage. Anyway it is glued and rough sanded so copying is not so far away once I found a suitable piece of Walnut 🙂
The Nammo Ammunition Handbook – You need a copy of this book if you have any more than a passing interest in shooting and ammunition. Nammo say it is a ‘Complete overview of Nammo’s military ammunition’ and I say it is compulsive reading even if you do not shoot anything over .308 as it lists all of the Nammo offerings from 5,56×45 through to 12,7×99 including blank, ball and armour piercing plus details of their larger offerings up to the large calibres such as 120,0mm along with some basic details including projectile weight, use and accuracy and for me is an instant reference for the more common military ball offerings. It is also an easy way of checking factory ammunition accuracy.
I am lucky enough to have a hard copy however it is also available as a Pdf here:
It has been a busy day so what better way to explain than with a few pictures.
First job of the day was to prepare a stock for copying, this is the Steyr chambered in 6,5x53R and it has a few bits missing. As the stock is going to be used as a pattern there is no real need for matching the parts I am letting into the stock so first operation was onto the Bridgeport to square up a hideous cut out along the top where someone has let in a cheek raiser. This is the butt in the extended jaws and the material that looks like and old toilet mat is exactly that, a cut up toilet mat as it is nice and soft and minimises the chance of leaving pressure marks in the wood. All I did was cut back to a decent edge at either end and level the middle part up so the piece of Walnut I had cut to size could be glued straight in.
Next job was chop the rubber pad off as it has been both screwed and glued in place and I want to fit something more in keeping with the original rifle and with a length of pull of around 13.75″ to 14.00″ when finished.
I was just getting ready to glue and screw the new butt extension in place when there was a knock at the door and the second rifle of the day arrived. I have to say I cannot remember seeing two rifles so well packed and from completely different parts of the company. This Marlin is in for a fairly obvious reason and the new magazine tube and barrel are below the rifle. Sourcing a new octagonal Marlin barrel was interesting and no matter how much I tried I could not find a 24″ replacement so a 20″ will be going on in its place which means the replacement tube will have to be cut to suit.
Next job was off to the range for the Viking to test a potential rifle for herself, sadly the extractor failed instantly so that was the end of the shooting for her until she found someone with a black gun and proceeded to rattle off a fair few CCI HP Subs. I think it was a Walther built HK416 replica and it seemed very reasonable to me however I was at the range to test fire this little thing:
Finally it was back home, grab the dogs and throw them in the back of the Defender and off out to the coast to get them wet, muddy and tired which they needed very little help in doing. Despite the tide being out the ground is sodden with deep puddles along the track, luckily I had my Wellington boots on. Unfortunately I had a Labrador and Lurcher as company as well as the Viking and the dogs conspired to jump in the deepest of puddles as I walked so I am nigh on as wet and muddy as they are. Yes, I am also tired after another busy week 🙂