How long has it been since we started this one?
Back when the 375 Ruger was still a rumor and the dimensions of the brass were not fully know a fellow forum member and I began to discuss the possibilities of such a case as a base for a wildcat. Several here have read about it now and then and it has taken a while to sort out all the details but I think it is finally becoming a reality.
We e-mailed reamer drawings back and forth and we discussed the merits of each change. We also worked through the many details of each step and tried to coordinate every phase so each part of the project would be complete and arrive in time for the next step. I've done this several times and this one has been one of the smoothest from start to completion or near completion that is.
The making of the rifle involves the lock, stock and barrel, not necessarrily in that order. My counter part managed that effort quite well. My tasks were less involved. I finalized plans and the design of the chamber reamer, considering lead time for it to arrive at the chosen gunsmith with the barrel and action. Dave Manson produced one of his superb reamers and that went well for us. The same chamber reamer drawing was forwarded to the die maker to assure dies and chamber and the ultimately formed brass would all be compatable. This requiring a stated 16 weeks lead time which actually became what has now been seven months but delivery is promised within a few days now. This drawing is also e-mailed to the brass maker for a quote for making brass with the correct headstamp and dimensioned to fit the newly designed chamber.
We will have the name, chosen by my forum counter part, stamped on the reamer, dies, rifle barrel and ultimately on the headstamp of our custom made brass. It is a good feeling to know a plan has come together. Though the project is far from over, we are nearing the end of the gunsmith tunnel and the light may be muzzle flash from the new rifle.
I'll leave the details and photos to the owner of this newby and anything else he may have to add. I am still excited about once again stamping another new name on a wildcat cartridge of my design. The fun begins with the initial testing and load development. Hopefullly my experience and education in this field will carry the project through to completion quickly and without serious difficulty.