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Old 03-02-2014, 01:22 AM   #21
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Is there anything that you cannot do on a savage?
I haven't found anything yet.

I sure wish the barrel for this rifle would get here. I'm tired of looking at that unfinished stock setting out in my shop. It should be arriving in the next few weeks.
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I haven't found anything yet.

I sure wish the barrel for this rifle would get here. I'm tired of looking at that unfinished stock setting out in my shop. It should be arriving in the next few weeks.
So what kind of custom barrel(chamber?)did you order, that deserved such a wait?
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Default ***Let the build begin***

The big brown truck brought my barrel today,so I just had to get started on this thing. I dug the barreled action out of the safe,and went out in the shop to swap out the barrels.

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I had put my Heavy Sporter 300WM barrel on this action just to trial fit everything into the stock since I had to modify the magazine inlet in the Center feed stock to fit a Staggered feed action.
You can see that the McGowen 6.5-06 barrel with a Shilen 5.5 contour is a bit larger than the Heavy Sporter contour that's on the action.

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So,I knew I'd be doing some inletting on the stock for the barrel to fit in it. Nothing a little sandpaper,and a piece of pipe won't take care of.

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First up,taping the action off to install the Action wrench. The tape protects the finish on the action,and keeps it from getting scratched up.

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Next,Install the Action wrench,and carefully put the Barrel Nut wrench on the barrel. The barrel nut wrench will scratch the crap out of a barrel if your not careful,so act like your playing that old game Operation when your using it.

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I use a 3 lb dead blow hammer to loosen the barrel nut,just a couple good whacks on the wrench usually gets the job done.
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After you break the nut loose,either loosen or take off the Action wrench. If you don't,you won't be able to unscrew the barrel out of the action.

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Then clean the threads on the action,barrel nut,and new barrel. Install the barrel nut and recoil lug on the new barrel,and screw it onto the action.
Once I get it screwed on,I install a GO gauge into the chamber,and close the bolt.
Then screw the barrel down until it stops. Hand tighten the Barrel nut to the recoil lug,making sure the index on the lug is in the slot on the action,then re-install the Action wrench on the action.

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Tighten the barrel nut with the wrench,and then give it a good whack with the dead blow hammer.
Open and close the bolt with the Go gauge in the chamber,and make sure it isn't too tight. You should feel some resistance,but it shouldn't be hard to close.

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Then put the No Go gauge in the chamber,and try to close the bolt. It should stop about half way,and then your good to go.

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Next,I set the barreled action in the Boyd's thumbhole stock to see how much I was going to have to sand out of the barrel channel.
The pictures a little blurry,but you can see it needs some fitting.

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I use a piece of 3/4" pvc pipe,with 80 grit sandpaper to remove wood from the barrel channel. Using the pipe,allows you to sand in a straight line,and it is the easiest way to do it. It took me 15-20 minutes to inlet the barrel channel this way.
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After finishing the inletting,I put the barreled action in the stock,and torque the action screws down.Then check the stock again to make sure the barrel is free floated to the barrel nut.

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I then took it apart,and did a final look at the stock,and touch up any sanding that needs to take place,removed the recoil pad,hang it up in the air and blow it off with my compressor.
I then wiped it down with a tack rag,and started putting the first coat of Tung oil on the stock. This is a very slow process,I usually put 10-12 coats on a stock,and each coat needs to cure for 24 hours.
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Final pics for the night-

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Awesome job Hillbilly!

very good write up installing the barrel. seems you now have a 6.5-06!
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