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Offline cooltouch

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Howdy from Houston, Texas
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:29:44 PM »
I found this forum while googling for info to aid me with a custom project I will be starting soon.  This place looks to be just what I was looking for.

Years ago, I took a correspondence course in gunsmithing. At the same time, I also took a year-long course in hand and CNC mill and lathe. Unfortunately I did not own a mill or a lathe -- but I do now.  So I ended up not doing much at all with the gunsmithing program, but now that I have the machines and the time on my hands, I'd like to get back into the mix.

I also build custom guitars (I specialize in classical acoustics), so I have a decent setup when it comes to woodworking, with plenty of power and hand tools. I'm also used to working with various common and exotic hardwoods. So I plan to try my hand at gunstock fabrication as part of my custom rifle projects.

I own four 1909 Argentine M98 actions, built by DWM. They are in excellent shape, with matching bolts. My plans are to build four custom bolt guns using these actions.  The first one I want to build will probably be chambered in 7x57mm Mauser, although I'm also leaning toward the 7x57mm AI.  Because I do not yet own a barrel vise or an action wrench, I'll probably have a local gunsmith experienced in rebarreling install the barrel and ream the chamber.  The more minor metal machining steps, such as installation of a bolt shroud with side-swing safety and tapping the receiver for scope mounts, I should be able to handle with my mill and lathe.  At this time, I'm planning to fabricate my own gunstock.  One of the things I'm looking for, before I get too far into it, is a set of plans or templates I can use to lay out the stock's dimensions on the stock blank. So far I haven't had much luck finding what I want.

So that's about it for now. I think I'll go take a look around. See y'all on the boards.
Best,
Michael


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