I guess I'll start this thread to help pass the winter nights and see what you guys think of my latest project. This is a personal project of mine that I will be working on through the winter as time and money allow. If I ever move into the 21st century I might even post some pics with my fancy new camera.
So since I have always been of the heavy for caliber, medium velocity camp, and I have a big bore rifle as well as plenty of small bore rifles. I decided recently that a medium bore was in order. Since I stupidly let my 350 Rem mag slip away a few years ago I have been forced to go without since that day. And seeing as how a fella can't get enough rifles and I have been a fairly good boy, I think I deserve another one.
So thus far I have aquired a Ruger77 in 30-06 for a donor and a #3 contour MontanaRifleman barrel in 35 cal. I also have a Leupold Compact 2.5 power that will be sitting atop this new rifle. Everything else is pretty flexible right now as far as sights, stock, and even caliber.
I like the 350 Rem Mag but dont believe in building short action calibers on long actions, not for me anyway, just dont think they match. So I originally thought 35 Whelen, done and done. Then I started to read up on the Improved Whelen, and the 358 Norma, and so on and such forth. So while there is a good chance I will go with the Whelen, I do have an Improved reamer and the Norma reamer is just a phone call away. That being said caliber is still kinda up in the air.
For sights I am thinking of getting one of the NECG Universal banded ramps with the adjustable front blade, and using and old Ruger island rear that I took off of a rifle long ago. But the NECG rear peep is really nice or I could get one of their express rear sights and regulate it for the load I decide on. Ialso have an old Ruger front band I could ream out as well, but it has no provision for a hood. Decisions decisions
On to the stock, I very well may just inlet the forend on the factory stock and glass bed it as it is in fairly decent shape. My problem with that is that I would like a barrel band swivel and plugging the front stud hole in the stock never looks all that good. Also if I decide to use it without the banded swivel I wont be able to put a band on without unsoldering my front band and having to refinish the whole darn thing. If I decide to change the stock I will probably go with MPI, and use their Ruger style as I really like the shape of the 77 stock I just dont know if I want wood or synthetic.
Barrel length will more thatn likely be 20 inches and maybe 22 but absolutely no more than that.
Finish options abound but some of the more traditional won't cut it in this case. I would prefer a rust blue or parkerizing or something of that nature. But here in lies the problem, the only barrel left in the bargain rack at MontanaRifleman barrels was SS. So I took what I could get and I have a SS barrel and a blued action. I like the metal on my guns to be all one color and that just cant happen with normal finishes. I guess my options would be a hard chrome(black, bright, or matte), Nitride, NP3, or one of the bake ons. I don't care for the bakeon stuff at all, no offense just not my cup a tea. NP3 or hard chrome would be pretty darn tuff but I am not real sure about a silver rifle, only stainless guns I've ever owned have been revolvers. The Nitride finish is the toughest thing going and its matte black but it's also pretty spendy. So I don't know what I'll be doing in this area yet either.
So let me know what you think and I'll keep you posted as I make progress.
P.S. I would gladly accept all donations towards this project, please make checks payable to TheKid's Medium Bore rifle project Fund. For just pennies a day you can keep a rifle project going.