All finished and installed. Now to do a test run to make sure everything operates the way it is supposed to.
Finally have all the parts scrounged up to really finish my second home made Martini. Got the trigger frame on ebay. Got the rest of the internals from New Zeland. I am now in the process of building a left hand breech block. The firing pin retainer has 15/32-26 threads. No tap available so will have to substitute and make a new retainer.
The only 15/32 tap available is 32 tpi and it is only $39.00 plus shipping so I will probably go with 1/2-28 for 1/3 the money. I will still have to make a new retainer. Maybe another 2 weeks before completion. Wayne
bigfoot, I hate to tell you this but I have more bad news. They quit making wolf ammo. It is exactly the same as sk standard plus and sk rifle match. I don't know what the real difference was because some shooters had good luck with wolf but not sk. I have a few bricks of federal gold medal ultra match the shoots very good. Nobody seems to have any of that on hand. They are all selling the cheaper 711 & 719 federal. Wayne
I have never shot at 25 yds so thought I would give it a try. It wasn't a very fair test. The rifle I grabbed had a scope on it that only adjusted parallax down to 50 yards. All I could see at 25 yds was a light hazy blue blurr. Next week sometime I will do it again with one of my unertls. Did the eley twice since the first one really opened up. surprisingly not that much difference in group size except for the first try at 50 yards with eley. All 5 shot groups.
Delrin is a joy to work with. It machines and threads beautifully and deburrs easily. You have to be gentle with tightening screws because it strips fairly easily. Just about all the tuners I have seen are clamp on for rimfires. I don't know about tuners on centerfire rifles. I have a well used indexing head. The chuck is pretty well worn so a lot of the precision is lost but good enough for the tuners. Wayne
This is what a tuner looks like on the inside. The threads are 40 tpi to give .025 per revolution. There are 25 grooves around the diameter. This makes them adjustable in .001 increments. A lot more accurate than sliding the external part. Sometimes it only takes a few thousandths to get the setting right. The middle tuner is a factory Harrell tuner weighing 7.7 oz. The other two I made myself. The short one is delrin weighing 3.2 oz. The big one is all steel weighing 1lb 4.9 oz. The one thing I learned for certain is that there a lot more settings that don't work than those that are just right. If you have any questions ask away, I will help if I can. Wayne
I did a little shooting again this afternoon. 45 degrees with a little drizzle but I wanted to check my come ups from 50 to 100 & 200 yards. The groups on the right are federal gold medal ultra match. The left are eley black box. All shooting was at 50 yards. Shooting at 50 yards and clicking up for 100 & 200. The 100 yard groups should be about 3 1/2 inches high and the 200 yard groups should be about 13 inches high. Not perfect but close enough to be zeroed in after about 2 shots. The rest weighs 44 lbs 5 oz and the rifle weighs 20 lbs .5 oz. At my age it is all I can do to get them from the car to the bench.
These pics remind me of the garden I grew up with on the farm near Fordyce. Mom canned everything from beef to peaches and all the vegetables in between. The basement wall was 30 ft long by 8 ft high with everything we needed to survive. 8 ft long freezer full of beef and pork. Those were the good old days. Wayne
I did a little ammo & tuner testing this morning. Three lots of ammo and three tuner settings. Shooting straight into an east wind of 3 - 5 mph. Just holding dead center and pulling the trigger. Two different lots of Federal Gold Medal Ultra Match and one lot of Eley. I think it would have been a lot better with no wind. Now I have to repeat the test on a really calm day.
Forgot to say the temp was 35 when I started and about 45 when I finished.
Hey Greg; Looks like that thing shoots nearly as bad as the PWS T3 Summit I had. Told a guy how bad it shot and he thought he could get it to shoot so bought it. 1 week later he emailed me to tell me I was right. He couldn't get it to shoot either. Sold it cheap shortly after. Wayne
Bit different than those 1-piece rests isn't it Wayne!?
Yea, I started with a 50 then 5 100s in a row and started thinking it was easy. Then the bottom fell out.. I finally learned how to look through the scope with one eye and watch the wind flags with the other. Takes some real concentration.
This was my first real attempt at shooting off a bipod. I usually use my one piece rest. I didn't show my first two attempts because they were pathetic, and that's being kind. It's hard to watch the flags and keep your scope on the target at the same time. I had the wind figured out then forgot to change holdoff when the wind let up. Looking to do better than a 1075 in the future.
Thought maybe Gash would see this here. I used to get scented wax candles at the grocery store but now all they have is soy candles. Are these as good as the regular wax candles? Checked on Amazon and they have soy candles and wax candles. Which are better. Just interested in vanilla scent - can't get enough of it. Thanks, Wayne
I got lucky last night and set a new club record for 5 shot group at 200 yards with rimfire.
All the rest of the groups were only average. We shoot 8 five shot groups for score and group size. Pics of what our 200 yd target holders look like and the rifle and rest. Also pictures of earlier target and group scores.
The two score sheets are from the times I shot 400s with good X counts. The targets are the only times I shot groups under 1". I hope to get ammo that groups smaller on average in the future.
What rifle is that one going on?
Prepping brass here.
Had to say no to being the driver all day.
People just want to keep me working doing chores they should do themselves.
A twenty year old girl doesn't need a babysitter and should have been driving years ago.
Is that maple?
It's the same walnut the forend is made out of. The things that look like birdseyes are oil splatters that got on it when I air hosed oily chips off my mill. I know, kind of careless of me. Going on a MKII I have. Unless Greg talks me out of it.
It makes shooting fun when you sort out a problem and the results are repeatable. I always shoot off a one piece rest, one of these days I will have to try a bipod and rear bag. I will still shoot off a bench because my 76 year old body doesn't like prone at all. Wayne
BTW; nice shooting
I would go with the 36x sightron, but only because that is what I am used to using. Pretty much shoot at 50 - 100 - 200 yard benchrest. I like the target as big as possible. For plinking at odd ranges from 25 - 100 the 8-32 might be a better choice. Wayne
Finally felt healthy enough to shoot again. Bottom row of the first target I missed a wind shift. Second target I paid closer attention. First target CenterX. Second target Midas+.
I was using my rebarreled MKIII Martini. Was just using the range flags, my excuse for not doing better.
If Wayne gets to the range, I think we'll be in trouble. ;)
It may be a while yet. Just spent 1 1/2 hrs in the shop and had to go sit for a while to recuperate. Pneumonia isn't fun but I'm starting to feel human again. Never spent over a week in my life feeling sick and don't want to experience it again. Wayne
I forgot to thank Greg and Kristin for the help and goodies to get me through this. Thank you very much. Wayne
A new specimen arrived today. I had to get one of my unertl's on it right away and see what it could do. This is a factory original with all matching serial numbers 40XB with the most beautiful exhibition grade stock I've ever seen on a CMP rifle. It has some potential in the accuracy department too!
Nice looking rifle Greg. If my new one look half that good and shoots close to that I will be happy. Wayne
This is the first benchrest stock I built. It was about 12 years ago. I don't know if I've learned anything since then or not.
It started life as a straight taper barrel 1.25 to .925 but didn't shoot well so I turned it down too .900 straight. It shoots very well but doesn't like the scope attached to the barrel. You never know until you try. It is heavy. Besides the 8" long bedding block it has a pound of lead in the buttstock. Weighs in at 18lbs - 12.5 oz. The scope is a 36X Unertl.
Parallax is beating me...cheap scope blues...:laughing:
Sheeesh and I gotta follow 3D and Orkan's 40x ezzs with a Daisy 880.........
It isn't how well you shoot, it's how well you shoot what you have that counts. You did very well.
I guess this has become the 40X lookout thread..
That is good thing.
Good luck bidding.
Sorry if I helped hijack your thread! I saw that freeland stock stock when the rifle was first listed and would love to have it. The problem I see with this rifle is the fact that they don't show the barrel channel from the top. It is a standard barrel rifle and I would be afraid the channel is for a larger dia barrel. I wasn't interested enough to ask the seller that question.
It should sell at the buy it now price, but would be border line high. By the time you spend $250 for a bolt plus $150 for a good trigger plus $50 for the small parts You're in pretty deep and you don't have a stock yet. I already have a bolt and trigger and I'm too chicken to buy it. Wayne
Just brightened up my day. Thanks!
How difficult is it to ship Ammo?
I've got some Federal Gold Medal Utramatch you can have for the asking if you're interested.
If it's some egregious fee and process of inspection I'd probably ask you to cover that, but if it's the normal shipping I'd cover it. I have to make a trip to the post office in a few days anyway to send my torque driver to DDD007 and I'd be happy to send it to you while I'm there.
Ammo has to be shipped UPS or FEDEX ground. Can't be sent by mail. Wayne
I've always wanted these. Not sure when I'd use them. Never mind the average annual temperature and snow fall here is something like 58 degrees and a whopping 0 inches....
You people would probably have use for them though.
It would take a pretty big jack to get the first one under. Would be a little easier for the rest.
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