Fellow Campfire Members;
This is a rundown on the latest project coming out of my shop.
I started with a parts gun Mauser 98, this one actually made by Mauser and added a Parker Hale .270 Featherweight contour barrel.
At some point last fall, I decided it might be an interesting experiment to see how light I could make this rifle, without rebarreling with a fluted barrel.
This is the starting weight with a walnut stock, Parker Hale trigger, Timney Buehler-type safety,Pachmayr recoil pad, Leupold
M8 4X sitting in steel Redfield type rings and bases, a leather sling, reworked steel military magazine box and trigger guard and 4 rounds of 140gr. ammo. Itís a long story, but that magazine only holds 4.
This is the Wildcat Composites blank I started with. I was impressed with a number of things on this stock and would buy another in a heartbeat.
I was surprised that the aluminum magazine/trigger guard weighed this much.
This is a commercial steel magazine/trigger guard before I drilled it full of holes, which cut less than 1 oz. off of it. Poor return for an hourís work I felt.
These Bushnell rings had the dubious distinction of being both the lightest and the ugliest rings I could find in my parts bins. Including bases, they would see-saw pretty close with Talley Lightweights that Iíve weighed.
This is the finished weight including a Pachmayr Decelerator, 6X Leupold
Compact, ugly Bushnell rings, Weaver bases, Boonie Packer Safari Sling and 5 rounds of 140gr. ammo.
This is one view outside today.
This is the other side.
I'll just rust blue the magazine/trigger guard now and start to play with some loads for this fall.
Thanks for looking in to my latest project.