I am building an Eddystone 1917 rifle right now, and have built several other guns over the years. I enjoy doing this stuff, so lets see what you have in the back of your safe or on the bench.
Here is mine, Milled and trued receiver, jeweled bolt, extractor, and follower, custom barrel length, homemade adjustable trigger take up, converted to cock on closing, custom monte carlo rollover stock in AA grade quilted maple and rosewood tip/cap.
you can see some of the quilting here, it is only roughed in right now and 60 grit finished
simple adjustable trigger take up
I also rebuilt my trusty 1971 Remington model 582 .22 rifle and have a few small things left to do to it.
It started as a plain, nasty colored wood stock. Here I am over 20 years ago with this gun...
and here it is after a strip and tru-oil rub down to 10 coats.
I also had the bolt jeweled, re-blued, and since then cut the shine back on the stock. I still would like to ad a second action screw and bed the barrel block. Mechanically this gun is stock still and functions flawlessly. One of my favorites.
So lets see yours!
Andrew W. Esquire.
It started as a OEM Remington 597 in .22lr, and I really liked it.
After years of working with my hands, including an inordinate amount of pistol shooting for work and fun, my wrists just don't like to be bent over like you have to do when shooting a conventional stock. This is primarily a precision rifle, not a squirrel bagger, so I spend hours at a bench making small holes in paper.
Since I'm already in there, might as well open the barrel channel to free float the barrel and help to stiffen it. The epoxy filler also means that I can put rails or bipods or swivels wherever I want.
Then it was on to reshaping the grip portion to something more pistol-like. This was accomplished with a lot of time, a few files, and a bunch of scubby pads and epoxy. Works like a charm!
With the new BKL Technologies rings and a Nikon Buckmaster scope, I'm shooting much more accurately and am much more comfortable while doing it. Best investment of my time and money that's I've made in a very long time!
Nicely done! I seriously considered making my own stock for my 582 before I just shrugged my shoulders at it and refinished it. Lots of controversy in the Remington circles ovr the type of wood that was used in my stock and a few others in this time frame.
Update to my 1917 project, I found a new in box, vintage Redfield Jr. One piece base for an Enfield (aka 1917, p17, american Enfield, and other names for this rifle) that was milled flat! It isn't quite a perfect fit, going to have to do a bit of sanding and metal removal from the base to get it to fit. I jumped on the 'bay and scoped out a new set of rings, since I don't have any spares to fit the redfield base. Also dug out an old cheap BSA 6-24x40 target turret scope until I get a proper scope. I am considering either a modern Redfield 4-12x40 or a vintage Redfield wideview to go with the gun a bit better.
Pics will soon follow when I get the time to work on it some more.
Anyone else got something on the bench right now?
I had a custom 1917 that I had to let go of due to finances a while back. I LOVED that gun. If only I could trade one of my handmade knives for one. Doubt that ever happens.
I bought a Savage 9317 a little while ago and added a nice prone stock. I had to do some minor inletting and fitting of a new trigger guard, as well as cutting half moon slots to make getting the magazine out a bit easier. I finish shaved the barrel channel to get a "dollar bill float", and put the satin poly finish on it. I love this little rifle!
Here's one I finished up a while back. AR15 platform. Krieger barrel, Milazzo trigger, etc. It's set up for prone "Any-Any",match shooting. I can convert it for National Match Course shooting by losing the scope and installing irons.
I am seriously considering building a second one using the original stock from the above gun, but with iron sights for appleseed type events. I really like the action of these guns. I don't blame you for missing yours!
I come across 1917 projects actually pretty often, its just a matter of how much you want to do to bring it back.
heres a pic of the wifes spikes zombie ar15 with a gold trigger module we built it together and kind of became the plinker till she requested a new color scheme now no one but her shoots it.
Last edited by onestroked388; 02-22-2012 at 03:58 PM.
Way cool! I sure hope there are no kids around, that thing just looks too much like a toy to me! I never got into the "black gun" thing, being in California makes it tough. I do admire them, though. I do love my bolt actions! I'll take a well tuned .30-06 or .22-250 anyday over an AR!
yeah its for the wife, she wanted to get all her brothers to quit shooting her rifle. i just finished a tikka t3 in 270wsm and im with you on the bolt action however i built a 308 in the ar platform with a 2 stage trigger that groups well at 500yrds with match grade hand loads and ive able to hit steel at 800. im in california also is the purple ar legal i didnt even think about looking into that my cousin wants to paint his muzzle break orange i think that might be illegal
Detachable box mag is illegal. Color doesn't matter fro legality. A simple set screw can take care of that. I don't know all the laws concerning "assault rifles" not being into them, but your local toy store (gun shop) should be able to give you the basics you need.
yeah mine does have the california legal bullet button. i ordered all the parts for her rifle at a ar specific gun shop here in town, i finished the gun about 3 weeks back they said give it 6 weeks so shes itchin to shoot it. im dying to see the look on the guys faces at the range when she pulls it out. her friend wnts her maxxis auto 12ga done in pink i might try to take that on
Anyone got anything new to report? My 1917 is going in for surgery tomorrow, going under the mill for some metal work. Going to do some hole filling as well. After that is a bead blast and blue. Once I get my sight line settled, the stock will be attacked full force. Been considering doing an Aqua Fortis coloring and then a hand rubbed satin finish after that. I like wood guns to be pretty, just seems to help me shoot better.
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