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That's a very nice looking rifle! I hope to see some more targets posted very soon! (One-hole groups at 100 yards.)
Maybe it's the angle at which the pictures were taken, but the scope seems a little high. Are you able to get a good cheek weld and still see through the scope?
Either you are gifted at rifles or photography or both but, man, that is a sweet looking rifle.
The stock is a Fajen Thumbhole Silhouette target stock, designed for silhouette rifles, which generally have high-magnification scopes with large objective bells. The apparently straight comb is just as high as a high Monte Carlo cheek piece, so it puts my eye comfortably in line with the eyepiece. The rings could be a little lower, but I think the next height down would cause the objective to meet the barrel.
mike: Thanks for the compliments, but the photography ain't that great.
Kevin. I took three years of occupational photography when I was a wee lad in high school. ('73-'76). The technical quality of your photos is excellent. Perfect lighting and focus.
Replace the sheet with something more complimentary to the rifle, a bit of an object to cant the rifle from "lying flat" on the background, and you're home free.
And the rifle. Wow. That is what a sporterized milsurp ought to be.
One other reason for not going to the lower rings though. If your safety clears the scope now, it won't if the occular is set any lower to the bore.
That's a rifle to be proud of though. Does it balance and shoulder as good as it looks?
Here's hoping all the "tricks" get those nice, small groups to run consistent from now on!
Sloop New Dawn
Thanks. The rifle fits me very well. As to the safety, well, it's a target rifle, not a hunting rifle (note: no sling swivels or bipod, etc.) so the safety doesn't get used. When you chamber a round, you mean to touch it off a few seconds later, otherwise it sits on the bench or in the rack with the action open and a chamber flag installed.
As it is, the safety BARELY clears the adjustment ring, if I hold my mouth just right. ;)
And I do purely hope that the cryo treatment has solved the accuracy problem. If not, I'm going to sell it and build something on a 700 action.
Kevin, if you end up quitting the project and selling the beast, I'd be deeply grateful for a right of first refusal. Just e mail me with specifics, should it ever come to market.
Sloop New Dawn
Don't get too eager! ;)
Kevin; Mostly to give Jim (a fellow NoR member) a hard time you understand, I have a Remington 700 in 25-06 that isn't getting enough attention. Think we could arrange a three-way swap if things get to that point?
I'm not a huge fan of thumbhole stocks as a rule, but that's a purty one.
Of course, I'm also not a fan of sporterized Mausers...
...but that one caused just a small trickle of envious drool.
Oh, and one last suggestion: the next time you're close to a Bed Bath & Beyond, get one of their 60"-long bathroom mats in light gray. I've found it to be the perfect backgroud for rifles.