A couple of weeks ago I commented (in the "98 Mauser Work" thread) on some metal work that Ed LaPour did for me on a Ruger #1, and a couple of you indicated that you would like to see some pictures. First, let me apologize for the pictures. They were taken over the course of the last year or so, so that I would have something to send for the potential engraver to look at. Anyway, the rifle is now at the engraver so I can't take any new pictures until it returns.
This rifle started out life as a Ruger #3, 45-70. Two years ago I sent the action to Mark Stratton to have the 1/2 round, 1/2 octagon barrel installed, which one of his specialities. Mark also did the custom Talley mounts. Well, Mark was working through some very difficult personal issues, and it took forever to get it back from him.
Ed had previously done some extensive work on a Model 54 Winchester for me, so I then sent it off to Ed and asked him to do the barrel band swivel base, reshape the under lever (based on some pictures I sent him), install the Keplinger set trigger, install a new thru bolt, mill the side plates and mill the top tang and manufacture a custom safety lever.
When it was complete Ed asked me and said that he really liked the safety lever design and asked if he could use it on future Ruger projects. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of it and will have to post those when the metal comes back.
I'll post a couple more pictures following this one.