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#11832252 - 02/16/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Whilst I wait for the gun to come back, I am preparing brass and moly coating bullets so I can shoot when it arrives. I neck-turned the 100 pieces of brass just enough to eliminate any run-out in neck wall thickness.

This is the loading bench which is in my office and only a few feet (literally) from my shooting bench and range that are just outside the door.

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#11864359 - 02/28/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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While I'm waiting for the gun to come back from Colorado, I'm moly coating any bullets that I might use in competition. There will be a lot of testing to see what shoots best. These are 52 gr. match bullets made by Jimmy Carpenter. I, also, have Bart's and quite a few of the original Remington match bullets from the Mike Walker era. They will all be pretty, shiny silver when the gun gets here.

#11872473 - 03/03/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Dick, I am really enjoying this thread. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.


Yeah, I'm a rifle loony.
#11874620 - 03/04/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: OSU_Sig]  
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Originally Posted by OSU_Sig
Dick, I am really enjoying this thread. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.


Glad you like it. I'm coating more bullets and waiting for the gun to arrive. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. I have everything except a FL BR die which Neil Jones is making.

I heard from Chuck Grace and he is working on the gun... Bluing, checkering and correcting my mistakes. Really anxious to see it.

#11916491 - 03/21/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Spring arrived in Michigan Tuesday. We have a 15 acre lake on our property and the ice is breaking up. I saw two eagles circling the open water yesterday looking for fish. The weather next week promises to be even warmer...

Charlie promised me pictures of the checkering this week. I will post same when I get them. The gun should, then, arrive sometime in the next couple of weeks. Then I will shoot on nice days and try to get it ready for our first benchrest match, scheduled for late April.

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#11932221 - 03/27/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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The stocks are now being checkered.

I have a match to shoot this in next month... Coming closer.

#11934789 - 03/28/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Dick, I have really enjoyed your 222 #1 project rifle. I too miss PS and your articles in it. Where else would i have heard of jack pine savages...

I spoke with you on the phone many years ago when I was having Kelbly's build me a LV rifle. Thanks for your advice!


#11936847 - 03/29/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: CraigD]  
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Craig,

Thanks. I miss PS as much as anybody. Health problems and old age have slowed down my BR shooting a lot. My last real bench gun to go was a Kelbly LV.

I can shoot the Ruger in factory class in the local matches and I'm thankful to be able to do that.

Good luck,

Dick

#11941570 - 03/31/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Charlie Grace checkering the butt stock. Ed Lundberg photo.

#11995424 - 04/24/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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I just heard that Charlie is under the weather. My gun is nearly done and he's too sick to finish it right now. I'm waiting....

Bravo

#12002502 - 04/27/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Charlie seems to have recovered. He sent me these pics of the pistol grip checkering.

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The other side of the checkering.

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Oh boy...


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#12048819 - 05/23/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: OSU_Sig]  
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Chuck Grace sent me this photo taken when he was laying out the checkering pattern for the fore end.

#12063170 - 05/31/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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The fore end checkering almost done. Chuck said he could ship the rifle this week.

#12064555 - 05/31/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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Thats good news!
Looking forward to pics of the completed rifle and your load workup!

#12066090 - 06/01/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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You Sir are an artist! that rifle is a masterpiece!

#12069272 - 06/03/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: mooshoo]  
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I got this from Chuck Grace this morning. Everything is now done. The gun will be assembled and shipped Monday the 5th.

#12072047 - 06/04/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: Dick_Wright]  
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This will be a much nicer picture...

Chuck Grace put the gun together today and sent me this picture. To be shipped 2nd day air tomorrow..

Gonna be a busy week... I have a match to shoot this in Saturday.

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wow. I'm sure the rifle will be even better looking in person than it is on film. Very nice. Thanks for taking us along.


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#12078431 - 06/08/17 Re: My 2017 project... [Re: OSU_Sig]  
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Hey, I'm only halfway there. So far I'm happy with the way it looks. However, from day one this was intended to be a match rifle to be shot in matches. We have really good 100 yd. benchrest matches at the Isabella County Sportsmans Club in Winn, Mi, just a pleasant drive thru the boonies for me. We shoot both full house bench guns and, also, have a factory class that allows shooters to shoot their Rem. and Savage .223's. Winners in both classes get the same prizes, etc.

This shot great last year in the pattern stocks. I'm totally ready and when the gun gets here today, I will immediately clean the barrel, sight it in and shoot groups. I've been lighting candles, making sacrifices (The wife got really mad about the cat.) and praying fervently that it shoots in the new stocks. Whatever, tomorrow night, it and all my benchrest stuff will be loaded in the Porsche and ready to leave early Saturday morning. I will probably be fire forming brass Saturday at the match with Remington's old load of 23-1/2 gr. of 4895. I don't expect to wiin anything but, after the sickness of the last three years, just being there and shooting will be wonderful.

I'll try to get a few pictures when I get the gun and, also, take a couple at the match Sat. Next week will be devoted to serious load work-up as I try to find out just how well I can make it shoot. I have a good, protected 50 and 100 yd. range right here outside my office door. It's been there for twenty years and it makes this sort of thing a lot easier.

I've been tracking the gun on UPS and it should be on the truck for delivery in the next hour or two.

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