I have a neighbor a few house down the street named Jack. Jack is kicking back in his retirement at the comfortable age of 74. Back in the late 70's a guy gave him a new in the box Sears Model 53 as payment for a small debt, about $200.00 as he recalls. He was telling me the story and I asked to see it. Jack didn't like it much since it said Sears and the stock color was a bit yellow. I told him he had a nice Winchester model 70 by a differnet name.
One thing led to another and he decided to dress it up. I removed the barreled action and he got busy on the stock. He stripped it down and sanded the old finish off then spliced in a piece of white phenolic and painted the front cap black. After the epoxy cured he hand sanded and blended the new front section then fitted a Limb Saver recoil pad. Once he stained and varnished the stock he ended up with a good looking rifle.
I dialed in some new brass and made a few measurements for a test batch of 168gr E-Tips that I plan on shooting next week. Jack is recoil sensitive as he is experiencing some pain from bone cancer. This is the third time cancer has hit him. This time it's not operable.
One of Jack's hobbies is bow making, both long bow and recurve. He has been making bows for 50 plus years and has never taken an animal with a firearm. He has taken a few mountain lions, black bears, elk, several deer, rabbit, antelope and turkeys with his bows over the years.
I plan on taking him to Texas next month on a White Tail hunt. If things work out it will be his first firearm hunt. The ammo I'm working up for Jack will be reduced 30-06 loads to about .308 velocity. That should be plenty on a little Texas White Tail. Test results next week.