Mjolnir is Now Complete!!

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Dillinger, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    So, I have been talking sh!t about this masterpiece for months, and it's finally been completely built ( action wise ) and sent off to Lone Wolf Rifle Stocks for some custom fit fiberglass.

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    This rifle was designed to be my ultimate field piece. I hold no illusions about my ability to stretch my skills to place guaranteed "killing" rounds into a human target at 1,000 yards or more. I haven't had that training.... yet.

    But, I wanted a weapon that could achieve more than I could as the shooter. This would give me nothing but room to improve, and it would drive me, personally, to want to learn reloading, to want to learn windage, learn true long range shooting skills.

    As such, and I recommend this to everyone ever considering a rifle build, I made an appointment to take my riflesmith to lunch and discuss what I wanted to do. I wasn't working with Brett at the time, but he had built my .308 Winchester Rig, along with two other work overs, and we had become friends.

    He was a good consultant when I was overseas. I had never been living in a third world country before... LOL Brett took the time to teach me about off shore banking and other "intricacies" of living outside the protected US of A. Basically, we had a bond and I trusted his opinions. He knew what my skillset was, had seen me shoot, and knew what I was capable of, and not capable of. The benefits of having a really good 'smith.

    We decided on an RPA action first. I am not going to lie and try to tell you that I knew "EXACTLY" what I wanted. I didn't. I had the names of more than 10 custom rifle action makers ranging from the big guys on the block ( McMillan & Hart ) to little known companies ( RPA & BAT ).

    For those that don't know, RPA is a Single Shot action that is BIG in the Benchrest Circuit. We have a World Record Holder who shoots Benchrest and has set ( 2 ) World Records with the 6.5 x 284mm cartridge. I was hoping to piggy back his reloading numbers and score myself some impressive groups. LOL

    Not only did I not settle on the cartridge, I went with another action all together. How about that? :rolleyes:

    After too much back and forth to even talk about, we settled first on the 7mm Remington Magnum cartridge and then the Lawton Machine Rifle Action.

    I am not a big fan of the Remington Rifle Actions, from the factory. The design itself is sound, but the factory action is not the best product that can be turned out. One of the problems I have is with the recoil lug not being an integral part of the rifle action. Lawton has solved this menacing trend with a very easy fix.

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    While not ideal, this fix allows a direct, drop in replacement to any existing stock with a 700 Action. Lawton includes a driven pin that goes through the recoil lug and into the action body itself. Under stress from the fired round, this keeps the recoil lug aligned exactly where it is supposed to be.

    The chamber has been custom cut for the 7mm Remington Magnum Accuracy Load - but we will see what it likes best.

    The barrel is a Krieger 1:9 twist, 26 inch length. The muzzle break will be custom designed, by both of us, to be more of a tank style break and not vent down and out, thereby eliminating any dust signature.

    After the good folks at Lone Wolf complete the custom fiberglass fit for my rifle, we will custom build the muzzle break, sandblast & blue all available parts. The end result will be a deep blue custom hue to come close to matching the black stock from Lone Wolf.

    More pictures when it comes back....

    JD
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    From Lone Wolf

    Got a confirmation from Lone Wolf today, along with a list of components that I had selected for the custom stock:

    TACTICAL MASTER inlet for Lawton Custom Action
    Carbon fiber composite
    Limbsaver recoil pad, 4x spacers, 13 ¾” – 14 ¾”
    Rear sling stud
    Epoxy texture finish – black
    Carbon fiber bedding -#
    Adjustable cheekpiece
    Steel forend rail – installed


    So, with a little bit of luck, my new rifle should be headed back to the shop in about 4 or so weeks.

    JD
     

  3. JPBeck

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    Looking forward to those pictures-- which stock did you get?

    What turns you on about shooting bench rest? I went to a few comps and was turned off by it all-- F comp is much more my speed. Down in the dirt-- is where I belong. You'd be surprised what you can do from a pack or bipod prone (with a Remington Action :) ).

    What kind of glass are putting on it? I got a IOR 4-14 x 50 Tactical (MP-8 dot reticule) with med rings I am thinking about unloading for another S&B 3-12 x 50 PMII LP---

    Well when you get it all "kitted" out give a holler.
     
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  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I'm getting the Tactical Master 1, with the Carbon Fiber Bedding they do at Lone Wolf.

    Definitely not building a benchrest gun. What we have is a benchrest competitor that I was hoping to steal some secrets from for my field gun. His groups, his reloading skills, his general knowledge, all top shelf. I had no desire to compete against him, only a desire to take what he had learned and apply it in a different direction.

    I haven't decided on a scope yet. I am leaning towards Leupold, only because I am familiar with the platform and they have never let me down. IOR Valdada has a nice model, and it's a little more money, but I has much more mag power to it ( 9-36 ).

    Of course I would love the S & B 5-25. But, I don't have $2600 to throw down on a scope right now I am sorry to say.

    I'll post more pictures when it comes back from Lone Wolf and once we get it all blued and ready for optics.

    JD
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Now wait one minute here. Dillinger you don't like Remington 700 actions, but here you go building a rifle with an action based on a Remington 700?
     
  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    LOL - I copped to that MONTHS AGO... Where have you been. :D

    The Lawton is a "Remington design", but each and every one of the Remington flaws has been addressed and the action is a full 3/4 pound heavier than the Remy. It's got the great extractor, it's got the positive safety, the bolt handle and bolt are all one piece, plus the action is blue printed done to dead on nutz, so it's not a factory model by any sense or shape.

    Plus I needed a Remy type action for the stock I wanted from Lone Wolf, or I had to pony up the extra cash, so the search was extensive. It wasn't actually my first choice, but it was where I ended up for the price I wanted to spend for a complete custom action ( less than $1000 ).

    JD
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Ok just making sure. You know I have to give you a hard time every once in a while.

    It will be nice if someday I can build me a custom rifle.

    I want a nesika or bat action.
     
  8. The Swede

    The Swede New Member

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    so.. mjolnir that is quite the name, The stone hammer of Tor the scandinavian thundergod, it was said that lightning was the result of his hammer strikes, and that thir was no foe he culd not bring down. by the way the "true" way to spell it is MJÖLNER.:)
    It will be fun to see how this rifle turns out.
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    100% correct and that was the inspiration for the name. I LOVE Norse Mythology. I have about 10 or 12 books on the subject, going all the way back to the Eddas from the 13th century.

    I am aware of the correct spelling, I am just not adept enough to pull off the two dots above the "O". :eek:

    JD
     
  10. The Swede

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    :eek:Wow...Good for you.:)
    bye the way, you NEED to post some picutres of it when it is all done.
     
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  11. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Definitely. Lone Wolf has guaranteed my stock will be finished before the end of the year, so I will have pictures of that soon.

    Getting a new material that hasn't been readily available to the general public yet, so I am excited/nervous about that.

    It's going to be one of their Tactical Master stocks, but the composition is a new Russian material called Basalt with a fiberglass & carbon fiber cloth inlay for the bedding.

    The pictures are too big for direct upload from work, but I will resize and upload a sample picture sometime over the weekend. In any event, this is supposed to be the strongest stock Lone Wolf has built/tested - without too much added weight, so I am most curious.

    Once it comes back, time for bluing, then optics, a custom made muzzle break and out the door to the range. :cool::D

    Looking forward to it.

    JD
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Looking forward to pics and ultimately a range report.
     
  13. sgtdeath66

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    jd, if u dont mind me askin what did it cost to make ur bolt and action, and did u build it yourself or put in an order
     
  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Send me a PM if you are interested in the costs. I don't want to talk about it in the open. :rolleyes:

    I have done "some" of the work. Like the trigger... LOL

    The action came blue printed out, which means it was already trued up and didn't need anything other than a good barrel. The Barrel's a Krieger, so I am good there. My MasterSmith did all the really accurate stuff ( like cutting the chamber for my specific cartridge, etc. )

    Lone Wolf Rifle stocks will be doing that portion, which includes the bedding.

    I have assisted on the design for the muzzle break, but it will mostly be Brett cutting it and making it fit nice, flush and perfect. I will do the obligatory finish blasting prior to bluing, which will be handled by Brett because he is VERY strict about bluing the right way. :D

    All in all, besides the cash, I will have helped with about 10% of the rifle... LOL
     
  15. Dillinger

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    So, here is the stock that Lone Wolf will be shipping out here, hopefully, this week. The paint scheme, action and glass aren't mine - but the stock is the exact duplicate of what I will be getting to go with the action pictures above.

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  16. Dillinger

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    Lone Wolf called on Monday and were looking for authorization for the final shipping costs on my rifle, which means it should be back in the shop, hopefuly, by the end of the week or by the first of next week. I will get some pictures when it comes in.

    The next step is to blue the action and spray/texture the barrel and then to pick a new scope for it.

    Heavily leaning towards the Leupold VX-III without the fancy tactical knobs of the Mark IV. I also don't get the fancy Mark IV pricing and can save about $300 in the process, which can go towards my new project that is still in the naming process. :D

    I am thinking about going with a local company TPS for my rings. They are making some big waves in the shooting market and reviews have been very positive.

    It would be easy to say Badger Ord and be done with it, but they are falling in love with their name lately and spending $160-$180 for rings when I can get a set that is just as good for half the money just makes sense to me.

    So, more to follow....
     
  17. matt g

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    The TPS look like a good copy of the Badger Ord parts.
     
  18. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    They are a hell of a nice set really and they are precision made, just like the B.O. - I am a big fan of the Badger Ord stuff, but they have been raising their prices for a couple of years now and I feel this choice is just as good, at half the price.

    And let's face it, money isn't exactly growing on trees right now. I don't want to cut corners on this rifle, but with this choice, I think I am just saving money and still getting a hell of a piece of kit.

    JD
     
  19. CA357

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    Sounds good to me.:cool:
     
  20. Dillinger

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    Update

    Rifle got back from Lone Wolf today. I haven't seen it yet, but reports are that it is quite impressive.

    I will be getting multiple pictures tomorrow and should have them up tomorrow night.

    JD