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    Default What was your first build?

    As the title suggests . . ..What was your first build? How'd it shoot? When you look back now do you shake your head? Haha Post some photos!!

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    my first build was re barreling my first .22 ( a mossberg plinkster) with a greenmountain barrel blank. groups went from ~2" @100yds to .5". It was a great first project and i learned a lot from it.

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    Not sure. I set the barrel back on a 22, H&R M-44, I think. The retaining screw was so tight it had collapsed the bore in front of the chamber. Had to make a new screw as well, it sheared off trying to remove it.

    Tried to use a barrel off a 541-X, but the breech was hardened and it trashed the reamer. I don't remember if that was before setting the original barrel back or after, to see if it would be better. The 541-X was threaded and a Lilja barrel put on. Also made a single shot loading tray with an ejector built in, and rebuilt the trigger with the proper geometry to the sear. That all now seems pretty ambitious for a first project, so I think I'm gonna stick with the H&R as a first.


    First CF was my old M-77 7mag. It was so crooked inside and out I could never get it zeroed with a scope on it. Like *feet* at 100 yds. Made a fixture to true the thread and put a Douglas .338 barrel on it. And then had to grind the outside to get a base lined up. It was a 'round top', used a M-700 base. First shot after dialing the scope straight on a surface plate was only a couple minutes out. Shoots MOA now.

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    Many years ago I made a reversible conversion for a Calico M100 to .17 Mach II. Made a new barrel with a liner, made some Tungsten/Copper inserts for the bolt, and smoothed the feed lips on the mag. Also put a raised rail on the barrel so the scope would point with the barrel instead of the receiver. Zero recoil, point and click 100X, as fast as you like.

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    back in about 1970 my dad had is gun shop at home i was in 7th grade and on sat. night my dad was part of a pit crew for a buddy of his that had a sprint car so i would sneak in to his shop and play he had a rack against the wall were all the take off barrels went [god i wish i new back then what i know now the stuff he would throw away ]so i found a junker 12 ga. barrel cut about 6" off of it and pound it down at one end and it cracked on the sides so i cut off another peace but this time i heated it up red hot with his torch and pounded it down reheated it and folded it again to make a lap joint cooled it off drilled a touch hole in it [sham on the school system for showing us the gun smith of willamsburg in 5th gd.] being my dad did a bit of bird hunting and reloading for it he had a mec 600 set up on one of the benches so there was my powder and shot along with a bit of shop rag for a wad so it was to the back yard [all is was going on at about 10 pm also my mom was a rn that worked the night shift] my dad had a bench with his disk sander for recoil pads that made a nice back stop for the cannon with a bit of powder on top i lit it off and boom after that i cleaned things up and went to bed now the next time i went to fire it the back end came apart and not a scratch i know there is a patron saint for fools as i am living proof but before i was 16 i had had my ear almost tore off by the guy next door dog i was about 5 at the time . then i got hit by a car and got a refracted hip and skull [that explains a lot ] was about 7 [in the hospital keep seeing an add for a new tv show that was coming out batman ] then two weeks before summer in 3rd gd i crushed my hip flying off the side of a hill on a bike i spent 30 days in a hospital and all summer in a body cast and for Christmas i got to have the pins removed and then in about 10gd i hit a tree on a motorcycle and when i got up my knee went sideways and knock on wood that was the last time i spent the night in a hospital at that point the dr. told me you and wheels don't get along the good thing is i did all this as i was still growing so no limping and no pain when its cold and i am 63 o ya the last one was then i was about 19 the guy next door the one that his dog got me his kid [one of my best and oldest pals] got me with a 12 ga 00buck one pellet right at the back of my leg 3" up from the heel that was a er in and out then the cops started calling gun shot wound there's more but that's the life death stuff yup there is a patron saint out there for some of us

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    Some photos of a Krag build. 35/40 with a stainless barrel and red dot sight for fast on target low light pig hunting.
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    Built a single shot silhouette rifle from a VZ24 Mauser. Rebarrelled in .30-06, bedded it to a fiberglass stock, and added a double set trigger.


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    2002 I put a Shilen .452" bull barrel on a 1903 Turkish Mauser and chambered it with a 0.470" straight reamer and a 45acp throater. I had to pound brass in and out of a Lee Carbide sizer die to get the brass to chamber. I loaded to 460 Rowland pressure levels [35 kpsi] and shot groups at 100 yards.
    The bullet made a loud noise when it hit the plywood target.45acp-turkish-mauser-shilen-452-barrel.jpg

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    Hi,
    Here is my Retro 1911 build I did years ago.

    Used a surplus Brazilian Army slide made by Colt with a Foster/ Caspian frame.

    Hand checkered 20 LPI, on the frame and the arched MSH.

    Has a take off S&W .45 barrel and a 10-8 retro rear sight with a peened and soldered Colt front sight.

    Used regular fire control parts but everything was tuned using Ron Power's series 1 and 2 jigs.

    I t is totally reliable with Wilson Combat 47D mags!
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    My first build was a run of the mill AR15, the lower machined from a "30%" forging (magwell broached and a few things to fit the broaching fixture but not much else. Machined properly on my Bridgeport mill, CNC engraved on a converted mini-mill and then anodized. It took a couple relaxed days total with no issues.


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