Yup, I still can't believe no-one bid on it. A virtually new, entirely functional Jewell for the Model 70 Winnie for only $55.00 delivered. Sometimes eGay can be a friend. Normally these run about $239.00.
Now I need to sneak in the Hart barrel and I'll be ready for when the 'smith calls. I am turning my wife's very rare .223 WSSM Ultimate Shadow into a benchrest quality shooter. I have the brass already prepped, have tried a few bullets but nothing works well, so the new barrel will have a tighter than SAAMI spec chamber, tight neck (I'll have to turn the necks to fit), and essentially no freebore; bullets will just touch the rifling. I think 23 inches starting at 1.200" and taper to 0.900" at the muzzle. The action will be completely rebuilt: single point action & bolt, double sleeve the bolt body, bush the firing pin hole & turn pin, open action thread to 1.062 x 16 tpi, and lastly face the bolt, bolt lugs and receiver lugs. Phew!
Yeah I know it would be better to just buy a BAT or Barnard or similar best quality repeater and start from there, but I emailed all the best and they don't make one that will fit the short, fat case.
I have a 30mm Burris 1-4x Euro on the rifle now that is amazingly bright and super clear. I might keep it, I don't know. I had originally purchased this for her to hunt seal with. The only thing about the Euro scope I don't like is the reticle enlarges as you turn up the power, so at 4x the crosshairs are quite thick. I might send it back to Burris to have them install ultra-thin crosshairs. I really do like the brightness of the scope. This cartridge is so fast and flat, sighted 1" high at 100 yards it is 1" low at 240 yards. Is that crazy or what!?
This waiting 10 months for a build is getting on my nerves big-time though. If I only had $40k for a good Monarch lathe, I would build it myself.