Been some 30 years since I worked on a DIY custom rifle and the bug has resurfaced.
What I am working on is a pre 64 (1961 by the serial number) Winchester Mod 70 Featherweight in .243 Win. Been in the family going on 50 years.
Needs a new stock and I am talking to George at Royal Arms Gunstocks in Montana about making me a semi-inlet Mannlicher stock with a tapered beavertail forearm. Waiting to see what he comes up with and hoping to get AA to AAA Fancy English walnut but Claro will do. Checkered steel butt plate and grip cap for a more classic look.
Barrel has some fine rust pitting and I may have to use a stone or file to remove those. I'll see after I get all of the old bluing off and get to the stage of using 180 grit on it. Never did like the matte bluing on the receiver so that's all coming off. Once I get everything polished to 600 grit I plan to rust blue it using the Herters Belgian Blue.
The pre 64 came with aluminum alloy bottom metal that was anodized black. That was pretty much worn off and you could see nicks, scratches and tooling marks. That's all been polished out and I plan to Gun-Kote those parts in sem-satin black.
Bolt and follower I'll jewell and am considering nitre bluing the cocking piece, bolt release, safety and receiver bolts for a little extra appearance.
Finish up by lapping the bore and crown then it's time to work up some handloads for the old rifle.
After all of that I'll let the saving account rest a bit and then find someone to checker the stock. Hope to post pictures soon and I really wish I hadn't read about what an improvement rechambering to .243 Ackley Improved would be ballistically!