|Project by Texasgaloot||posted 2053 days ago||1766 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Many years ago I had a neighbor who had purchased this old Chliean Mauser from our Government, and purchased a stock blank from Herter’s back when it was in business (the 1960’s.) His intention was to sporterize a high-quality rifle without needing to pay for a big name. He didn’t move very quickly on the project, because all he had accomplished was having a gunsmith weld on a new bolt handle, bob about 4” off the barrel, and to rout an overly-huge channel for the barrel and receiver. He got discouraged, let it set until he was too old to work on it again, and then sold it to me. I shaped the stock, added the maple embellishments, butt pad, and sling swivels, and reworked the wood-to-metal fit. The receiver is Acra-glassed into the stock. The only thing I used my table saw for was to get a clean, square cut for the butt pad and forend cap. Note the undercut cheekrest—I think I was trying to make it look a little more European at the time. It turns out that it’s a pretty good shooter, if I do my part! The stock itself is a wonderful piece of highly figured walnut and the forend cap and pistol grip caps are both maple. Finish is multiple (30+ coats of tung oil/varnish.)
-- There's no tool like an old tool...