So, gonna bring this back, rather then clutter up the custom thread. And it's nice to look back and see guns that have come and gone, plans that didn't work out or follow threw on, etc.
I mentioned in the custom thread about a new rimfire...
This is a long story, as is most of these. A few years back I ended up with two beat up Remington 581 rifles, by hedging and bidding on both on GBer, then winning both/ At least they ended up being the same vendor, who combined shipping, and I got both to the door for about $225?
I took both to Carolina Precision Rifles, they bore scoped and looked over both. Decided which one they thought would shoot the best.
I had them take they other and just get it working, which wasn't much I guess. It has a single shot adapter, and actually shot OK..I eventually sold it for about what I had into it.
The then owner, had worked for Jarrett rifles and commented that they had built one of these before, they are basically mini Rem 788 actions. They have extremely fast lock times, which made both the centerfire and rimfire actions very popular for awhile, among bench and other target shooters.
We discussed what was gonna be done, which was revised a time or two. The initial work was to cut and thread the pencil thin barrel at about 18", free float it, add a second action screw, pillar and glass bed the sporter stock, modify a Timney 788 trigger to fit, drill and tap for Warne steel bases, and 3 swivel studs and paint the stock..leaving the metal in its rough state. There were a few bumps along the way...
The initial plan was for it to be a sort of tactical trainer and suppressor host. There were large POI shift that were also inconsistent when installing and removing the suppressor...I think the barrel was/is to thin to support it. It also shot extremely far right..
Eventually, other guns took it's place and it was regulated to the back of the safe.
Then, a friend..Ghost of war, here...had one of his Annies rebarreled with a Lilja, so he had a basically new Anschutz barrel sitting at the smith. I contacted him, Evelio McDonald about rebarrelling the Remington using the Annie barrel...he said he had done it before and they were called Reshutz rifles...he quoted a very fair price I though. He "glues" them in. I also asked about the other issues and some other work. And this is the result...
turned the barrel chamber end down and cut it back to fit the action, it finished at about 21"
opened barrel channel for heavier barrel
stripped, cleaned and polished the bolt
Blasted all the scuff, scratches and electric pencil markings off the receiver, and left it in the white.
He determined the rifle shit so far right due to the scope base holes being drilled off center, and suggested I just use the grooves with BKL rings
Removed the plastic buttplate and installed a thin butt pad. Looks like an in-house made pad..beats my idea of cutting a piece of mouse pad.
I decided to forgo threading it, as Annie barrels are choked at the muzzle, and I have a Ruger American I'll use as a suppressor host.
Earlier in the year I had picked up a used Simmons 15X Silhouette scope for $50..made in Korea & discontinued. For now it is sitting in some B-square rings Dan had lent me. The BKL's are on order.
I am tickled with this rifle. The buttpad is just what I wanted..thin, I only needed it to prevent slipping. The action is much smoother..though it'll never be an Annie...there are 6 locking lugs to fight. The plan was to hit it with some Brownells black AlumaHyde we have..but the in the white look is kinda growing on me...I might wait till it warms up.
The group was shot while leaning over the "bench" on the 50yd pistol range, in a sort of foxhole supported position. Range was 50ish yds and ammo was Remington/Eley club...hardly match ammo. When my range is finished refurbing the rifle range and pushing it out to 200yds, I'll put it on the bench with some SK rifle match or Eley black box stuff. I'm pretty sure I won't be disappointed.
When I lived in NM I bought the fancier version of this rifle with a heavy barrel, I did not like the stock, and my choices to upgrade were limited to one or two McMillan stocks and a USGI target stock...I decided to sell it....what did I know? When I bought this, the choices were the same. Now, Boyds inlets for them...gee..thanks...I'd be tempted to upgrade, but..
Even Evelio suggested I not spend any more money on the rifle. he gave me a deal, because he knew how much I had into it. Parts and smithing knowledge for them are drying up. Only in the last few months has there been an aftermarket mag available. I had gone so far down the rabbit hole, I was past the point of no return, and Evelio pushed it the final mile.
Would I do it again? Recommend doing it? Probably not...if you happen to have the gun or action and want a unique gun, or not want it to go to waste...yeah maybe..but I wouldn't go looking for an action to build. I wanted an action with real locking lugs, and cost me.
A CZ or Annie are much better deals, parts, mags, stocks, smiths, etc..
The Ruger American, while not a CZ or Annie...is not a bad gun, and it takes 10/22 mags, which are everywhere, and cheap. Which is why it'll be my suppressor host.
But...right now, I am tickled with this gun...