just wanted to send it up the flag pole...

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by 50of4064, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    This is my first, Mauser conversion : .308, Adams & Bennet medium barrel, Timneys trigger, satin chrome finish with a 9x24 BSA contender.

    It shoots better than I ever will: bench rested, three round groups, just over 1/2" @ 100 yrds.

    I need to give Mr. Wood's a thank you for all the guidance and expertise that made this possible, I am forever indebted for his help.
    I want to encourage everyone that ever wanted to try something like this to search out those that have the knowledge base you feel you lack, read all you can on the subject and ask for assistance. The people I have met in the shooting community are the best! I have never had such a fun time learning from these fine individuals.
    If I could do this just think of what you can do! I hope that this will encourage you to try your hand at it!!!!

    Cant wait to see your next project, " Ain't nothing to it, except to do it "

    thanks for you time
     

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  2. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    that is a beautiful rifle.
     

  3. dunerunner

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    Very nice indeed!! And 1/2" @ 100yds isn't bad, it is good shooting! Now go see what you can do at 200yds.!!
     
  4. General-Logic

    General-Logic New Member

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    That is a beautiful rifle...wow.
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations on your build, it seems like you did it right. :cool:
     
  6. M14sRock

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    That looks great!

    I have several VZ24's and Turk 98's with good actions, but no bore left. I have been thinking about doing one like yours in .308Win and another in .260Rem.

    I hate Sporterizing original rifles, but they will never be anything but wall hanging decoration again anyway.

    Did you get your barrel from Midway? I've seen their A&B sales in the past, but did not know they were that capable.
     
  7. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My FFl helped procured the barrel and I don't recall from where it came, This project was an attempt to try something that was 100 % outside of my comfort zone with firearms. If it was not for Mr Wood who walk me through it, and help me every step of the way it would not be a reality.
    I have met many like Mr. Wood on this site and among the shooting community. I want to thank them all.
    This was my 1st attempt at a build up, and I feel it turned out well to say the least.


    Now this was about 5 yrs back, so adjust for inflation,
    A&B barrel: 120
    Timney's trigger with safety : 35-40
    spin the barrell & head space: 120
    drill and tap : 45
    cut and weld handle : 45
    weld and mill the base lock screw holes : 25
    satin chrome finish:120
    initial rifle investment :75

    sub total was around 590

    add the stock (40 ) and the glass bedding material (15 ), scope and rings and base (80,12.50, 7, ) upit to around 750.
    Some scoffed and said I could have purchased a better rifle for the money, But what an education, and the insight into people, good honest people. Priceless

    well thanks for asking and sorry for the ramble

    " Ain't nothing to it except to do it."

    Dennis
     
  8. M14sRock

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    A new rifle for that price is doable, but a BETTER rifle? No. Pretty hard to beat a nice Mauser.

     
  9. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    200 yrd range report, AT LAST

    Finely went shooting last month and was pleased. My 308/Mauser action still shoots .50" holes @ 100 yrds and my best @ 200 yrds was just under 3/4" with an average of under 1.0 ". We had about a 3-5 mph wind with gusts up to about 8 mph crossing from our 10 to our 4 position. Mostly the spread was in the vertical and I am told it was my breathing, so I have need for more time at the range.:)
     
  10. spittinfire

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    That is some OUTSTANDING shooting from any rifle. You can't buy that kind of accuracy for $590 and the satisfaction of doing it yourself and the strength of the mauser action are two big pluses.
     
  11. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Outstanding groups, 50. Where ya been?
     
  12. CA357

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    Most excellent shooting and that is still an awfully pretty rifle. :cool:
     
  13. dunerunner

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    Wow!! Thanks for the report, what a sweet shooter!! :D Excellant windage read BTW!
     
  14. Gunfan--actic

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    That is an absolutely awesome rifle you have built!! The cost is irrelavant, that is something that you built, something you have put "you" into, and there is nothing like the pride and feeling of accomplishment gained from building your own one of a kind rifle. I have been messing with mil-surplus rifles for a few years, changed a Mosin Nagant into a nice target/hunting rifle by cutting the front sight block off, squaring the muzzle then cutting an 11 degree target crown with the Brownells cutter/pilot, removed the rear sight and filled the pin holes in the barrel with peices of the pins cut and fitted to the barrels contour, tack welding them in, then finishing the welds with files, sand paper, and buffing them leaving no sign they were ever there. I drilled and tapped the receiver for a scope mount after squaring the mount with the "block" on the bottom of the receiver to index the screw holes. I then installed an adjustable trigger, sawed off the factory bolt handle, and replaced it with new handle by drilling and tapping a hole in the stub, and bolting on the new handle. I then finished the bolt to a high sheen by polishing it on a buffing wheel. The barreled receiver was then sanded to remove all the dings and machining marks, and I applied a flat black Duracoact finish to it before putting it in an ATI synthetic monte carlo style stock. It turned out remarkably well for my first build of that nature, and I was able to sell the rifle for $550.00, which I used to buy the AK-47 I have always wanted and am currently building to suit me. I have a chance to buy a Mauser rifle for $250.00, and have been wanting to get an action to build a custom, accurate, unique rifle on. Your photos and postings of your rifle are motivating, and I am seriously considering buying the rifle for it's action. Thanks for sharing your custom build, it looks great and you should build another. Or 2. Good work!
     
  15. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a heck of a time posting photos!

    I would love to see yours, POSTEM !!!!!:D
     
  16. progun3400

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    Here is the SKS with the 16'' barrel that I turned the last 1.25" by .025" by hand to get the front sight/brake on. And the Mosin Nagant I reworked
     

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  18. progun3400

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    Done by hand, Looks pretty darn good Gunfan--actic. Looks like a nice little shop you have going there. ;)
     
  19. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Very nice!!!

    Thank you for sharing! It is awesome, Did you camo the stock your self? WELL DONE!!!!!:D
     
  20. Gunfan--actic

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    No, thats a camo ATI stock, but I did the olive drab Duracoat spray on finish to the Nagant, and the matte black/od to the SKS. The SKS was built using alot of Leapers parts, and they featured it on thier web site as a parts demo gun back when they were still doing that. I bought the 91-30 as a C&R, and had the luck of examining the bore before the purchase. The lands and grooves were in great shape so I took it home and stripped it to the barrel receiver and began the work. I am going to contact a gun buddie in a bit to see if he has a large ring Mauser action, or knows where I can get one, I am ready to build one. I will let you know if I locate one.