The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Man, it sure would be nice to have a pic of that altered Swede. Frankly, it sounds much better than a "bubba" job.
Though many milsurps are classic and desirable in their original form, there are many also which, due to excessive wear or abuse, truly are rendered more valuable by high-quality sporterizing.
High Quality being the operative term. Bubba need not apply!
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I'm watching for the results with great interest. In that vein, here's a short story that might give some insight, or it might just explain why I'm interested.
A good friend hunts with a Weatherby Vanguard in .300 Win Mag. He bought it new in 1976 and equipped it with a Redfield Wide-View in 2x7. He restocked it with a new factory replacement stock after the original developed a crack in the recoil lug area. After that, he glas-bedded the receiver. The barrel is free-floated, and tests show no sign that the barrel ever touches the stock.
I have seen him shoot five shot groups at 100 yards that could be covered by a nickel, over and over again. The problem is that it won't hold zero. In fact, the point of impact can shift by a FOOT from one day to the next, although it's usually more reliable than that.
He never had the funds to try any expensive "test cures", such as changing the scope (my hearty recommendation), so we have never been able to pinpoint the cause. I don't understand how a free-floated barrel can always shoot very tight groups and never hold zero.
He's been tempted to wrap it around a tree, so I'm interested to see what effect freezing has on yours.
Hey, I know you're busy Kevin....maybe you will be writing about this but I am interested in everyone's opinion, since it has to do with gun legislation...
Could the zero be wandering because of the bedding of the stock?
I've got six of the Swedish mausers in original condition and they're good shooters. Hope your experiment on the sporterized rifle works out.