Grandfather's Rifle Restoration

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Project by Backtothebush posted 10-09-2015 10:05 PM 987 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inherited my late Grandfather’s 1923 Savage Arms Bolt Action .22. It was his first gun as a kid. My Grandfather had intended on restoring it and had disassembled it and stripped and sanded the stock. When I received it the takedown screw and trigger guard were long lost. Located some original part replacements and did a restore. Yes… grandpa was an electrician and that’s how the stock was connected to the barrel. Electricians tape.
This was the whole reason I built a shop in my basement. Just for this.
First shot? 50 yards. Iron sights. Soul can was hit. Nice little gun.

This was the first time I have restored a rifle. I’d like to think that Grandpa would be proud…

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 10:23 PM

That is nice!
I have the same model that was my fathers. I refinished it in my woodshop class in high school. About 20 rears ago I bought a my son the same model and if I put the two side by side I would bet the parts are interchangeable. It is a great rifle. I wanted my son to learn to shoot. No scope, no automatic, it is a great well built rifle that is fun to shoot.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 10-09-2015 10:31 PM

Thank you Sir!
Felt great to shoot. Very good quality simple shooter.

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 01:51 AM

Good job. Glad to see family heirlooms passed down the line. I envy you and wish I had my Grandfathers gun, an old double barrel Winchester 12 ga. with hammers. I never knew the man.

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#4 posted 10-10-2015 02:29 AM

That’s too bad. I have his ‘78 Remington 870 Wingmaster 12G Pump Action as well as his 1968 Winchester Model 94 Lever Action 30-30

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#5 posted 10-10-2015 03:32 AM

Good job on a nice .22

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 07:11 PM

Nice job on the little Savage. I have my fathers guns except for a Colt 25 cal. automatic, it was very important to me, but was stolen by someone very close to me. So keep your firearms safe and never exchange parts even if they look alike.

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#7 posted 10-10-2015 07:42 PM

That’s a beautiful rifle and a nice job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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