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Old October 14, 2021, 07:32 PM   #26
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You'll be surprised by how mild the recoil is. I have 7,500 bullets for mine.
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Old October 15, 2021, 10:48 AM   #27
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You mention this as I was thinking to myself what this puppy is going to weigh. I could tote it through the field if I really wanted to, but between the stock, action, barrel, scope, etc. I think it is going to be a “camp out in corner of field hoping a woodchuck pops up” kind of rifle. Probably going to be close to 8 or 9 pounds…. then with the mild recoil?? Pleasure to take out for sure!!
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Old October 15, 2021, 03:33 PM   #28
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Yeah mine's fairly heavy with the synthetic stock. A lot will depend on your barrel.
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Old October 17, 2021, 07:39 AM   #29
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Did you see the photos?? Bull contour, 1” at the muzzle. But the tube only comes in at like 3 pounds and change because of the carbon fiber wrap.
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Old October 17, 2021, 10:35 AM   #30
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Barrel shouldn't be bad then. You using a wood stock?
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Old October 17, 2021, 03:46 PM   #31
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Yes, a Boyd’s Hardwood At-One. I’ll have to get photos once its put back together. Bought the upgraded parts with the over molded rubber on the forend and target wrist panels for a more upright grip. The overmolded rubber forend is also beavertail so its flat on the bottom. Great for resting on a bag. Stock is pretty light up front, sporter style. Back end with all the hardware and gizmos is the heavier side, which is a good thing from what I have read.

I plan on setting the stock for myself and just leaving it there. My wife doesn’t do much rifle shooting and the little one isn’t here, yet, so no need to change it anytime soon. I also have a 6-18x40 or 50 with steel Warne Rings and an EGW Picatinny Rail to bridge the two bridges. I find that a one piece scope rail is superior to two piece mounts. But that is splitting hairs.

I think this is going to be one tame little rig. Can’t wait to scare the stuffing out of some woodchucks on my cousin’s farm.
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Old October 17, 2021, 07:13 PM   #32
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Oh it won't scare them it will splatter them. LOL. I have a good time shooting them myself.
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Old October 17, 2021, 07:26 PM   #33
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Speaking of splattering them... Took the 300 WSM out, snapped one off at a chuck maybe 75 yards away. Pink mist. I am sure you understand JUST how gratifying that is... Even just getting a shot off at them is a drug!!

That is a huge slug moving pretty quick. Blunt force trauma alone would ruin its day.

This thing is going to be a smaller pill moving just as fast if not faster. Poor thing isn't going to know what hit it. All this talk is going to cause me to daydream.....
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Old October 17, 2021, 08:00 PM   #34
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I hate woodchucks since i was a kid. Damn near flipped a tractor with a narrow front end. I was raking hay and the hole didn't have a mound around. Both front tires hit the hole. Never met a farmer that will deny you shooting them. You and your wife will enjoy the 6.5. I have mine for a year and have 2000 rounds down the tube.. I was only 7 when i hit that hole.
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Old October 19, 2021, 06:37 PM   #35
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Talk about OUCH!!! My cousin's farm has its fair share of groundhog holes. If we waffle any, he usually either fixes dinner or takes us out for a bite after chorin'.

Even gives us the seemingly unfair advantage of the water truck to flush those bums out. One guy will pump the tunnel full of water, and the rest of us will line up looking for the exit hole, and put a bit of lead downrange.

All this chewing the fat makes me want to suit up and perch on the corner of a field right about now!!
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Old October 19, 2021, 07:03 PM   #36
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That water truck is cheating. LOL
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Old October 19, 2021, 07:06 PM   #37
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I usually take a whistle with me when I see 1 I blow the whistle to get them to stand up. Then shoot them.
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Old October 20, 2021, 03:29 PM   #38
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Dude… cheating or not. You cannot sit there and tell me with a straight face that it would not be just about as entertaining as anything to see those suckers shoot out of their hole followed by a steady stream of water???? Hahahahah

I’ve done the old whistlepig thing, too. That seems to be a foolproof solution. They stand up like they are showing off to some mate, and BAM!!!
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Old October 20, 2021, 06:26 PM   #39
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Never did the water thing. But yeah it would be neat.
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Old October 21, 2021, 04:06 PM   #40
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Can’t wait to get this thing back so I can start hewing out the barrel channel on the stock.

It’s all assembly once the barreled action returns to me. Tick Tock!!!
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Old October 31, 2021, 11:05 AM   #41
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I may or may not have posted about my brass prototype muzzle brake, I think in the Muzzle Brake thread down in “Gear and Accessories” section. But there were a few things about that brass one that didn’t tickle my fancy, so I went back to the CAD files and tweaked the few things I didn’t originally like. Voila!! I have finished it in Stainless Steel and just need to get the crush washer to mount it on the barrel. I am really impressed with this version!
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Old October 31, 2021, 11:06 AM   #42
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Here is the bottom all polished up and the thread face polished up nice and flat so I get full engagement.
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Old October 31, 2021, 12:33 PM   #43
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You got your own lathe/mill?
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Old October 31, 2021, 07:04 PM   #44
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Nice job.
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Old October 31, 2021, 07:38 PM   #45
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Stag,

Yes and no to the own lathe/mill question. Dad’s shop, but whenever I am in town I have free reign so long as he doesn’t need it for his business. It’s just him and one other part time employee, so I rarely run into any issues. Strangest part about his whole business, and this still stumps me to this day, very little turning work. He makes thermo-form molds and such, but I’ve rarely ever ever ever seen a tool and die shop that doesn’t do a lot of turning work, at least repairs. I think I have put more hours on his lathe in the 10 years I’ve been doing this odd job stuff than he has in his 40 of owning the shop.

Sako, thanks, and I got your PM. You should have a reply from me, too.

Stainless steel sure is a real witch to lap and scotch brite. There is just something about it, its gummy, and it galls itself. So as soon as you load up the paper (literally three strokes max) you need to move on to a new fresh spot, or make sure you have enough oil on there to keep it from embedding in the paper. I went through I think 6 entire sheets of 320 grit just to get everything where I was happy. I see there are still some tool marks on the exit side, just couldn’t get those buffed out. And there is one on the threaded side, but that will be covered by the mounting to the barrel. I think I will leave that one on the exit end as a little custom “maker’s mark”. There are also one or two other minor imperfections and surface blemishes that I know exist, but can’t be seen unless you know where they are and really really look for them. I think I will be quite happy with what I have here.

Thank you for all the kind words, I will have to get a photo up here when it is mounted and clocked.
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