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    Look what I've got. My friend, Jimmy Carpenter, sent me some of his 52 gr. .22 bullets to try in the Ruger. Here they are, freshly moly coated and ready to be loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Nyhus View Post
    Very nice craftsmanship. Something about a well done #1 makes me smile.... -Al
    Me too, Al. There was a time when people actually shot their varmint rifles in BR matches... lots of falling block single shots with Unertls. I've always had a warm spot in
    my heart for them.

    Many, many years ago, when I was just out of school, I wandered into a gun shop in Saginaw. The clerks knew me cause I hung around a lot. Anyway, I walked in and one of the guys said, "Come here, kid... I got a gun for you. I'll sell it to you for our cost." They had a brand new No. 1 that they had special ordered for a customer. It was a .222 and the customer had died whilst waiting for his gun. They were willing to sell it to me for their cost ($200.00). At that time I was in my early twentys and perpetually broke. I don't know where I got the money but I took it home with me that day. That gun was very accurate even with my handloads of the day. It had a four-digit serial number and would have been worth a lot today had I kept it.
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    Something else that makes me smile is Lee's three window coupe.
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    Chuck Grace has started to checker the stocks. He sent me this picture yesterday.

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    Charlie Grace checkering the butt stock. Ed Lundberg photo.

    I hope to be shooting this soon.

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    Dick, that is a very nice Rifle, exhibiting a degree of Craftsmanship that is often lost on many of us, myself included. I think we often get caught up in concentrating on pure function and loose sight of the artistic value of projects such as this.

    It's almost like a painting by a great artist. The single purpose it serves is to add beauty to the world, and to be admired.

    By the way. I have the '67 Chevelle Malibu, not a 3 Window Coupe. Lee Martin has that super cool Coupe with the Nail Head.
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    Oops! Thanks! Love that coupe. Back in the 50's I spent a lot of time cruising State St. in Saginaw with my own Ford... nothing like Lee's.

    I don't expect to win a lot with the Ruger but it won't be for lack of trying. Old age and health issues make serious competition difficult nowdays. However, we have quite a few matches locally, within an hour or two, to keep me busy this summer. We shoot Factory Class and I might be kind of competitive... The gun shot amazingly well when I test shot it last summer. We'll see...

    Right now it's still in Colorado. I need it back and I need a FL size die from Neil Jones. Hopefully will get both quite soon. Our first match is the 22nd April. I have everything else and, thank God, a 100 yd. range just outside my office door. If we get some decent shooting weather (This is Michigan.) I just might make the first match and be halfway prepared.

    If I don't win anything it will still be fun to look at the gun.

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    Still haven't got the gun back... The checkering is done and now Charlie has to rust blue it and put it back together. He said probably this week. That would give me a week to do load work-up before our match on the 22nd. Charlie fired a few cases in the gun and sent them to Neil Jones so he could do the FL die. Neil wasn't super happy to do it so quickly (He's busy) but we're old friends of forty years and he said he will get it to me.

    Really hoping for nice weather for the match and so I can do the shooting I have to do first.
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    Chuck just sent me pics of the pistol grip checkering.

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    The other side of the checkering.

    I can't wait to shoot this thing.

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    Wow...not much else I can say, Dick. -Al

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    Stunning Dick.....just stunning. Looking forward to hearing how it shoots.

    -Lee
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    It shot very well last summer when I test fired it in the pattern stocks. I'm crossing my fingers now, hoping it does as well now that it has the new stocks.

    The riflesmith that's checkering and bluing it for me (Charles Grace) is one of the founding members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and also a past president of same. He's an old friend of forty some years and is doing me a big favor in finishing it up for me. It's kind of funny... Charlie likes this gun and he is repairing my mistakes. He said he's not shipping it till he's satisfied that it's perfect. He doesn't want anyone else screwing it up. (Meaning me.)

    I think I'm not bad as a stockmaker but nowhere near as good as Charlie. I'm really looking forward to seeing what I get back. I think it's probably going to be a work of art. There will be lots of pics.

    Dick

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    FWIW... I have this to shoot in matches whilst I wait to get the .222 done. Borrowed from a friend, this was smithed by L.E. Wilson for himself and stocked by Tom Shelhamer. It's a .220 Wilson Arrow. To me this represents an important piece of our benchrest history... By Wilson, outa Shelhamer... it doesn't get much better than this.

    I shot this a bit years ago and it was amazingly accurate, easily averaging 1/4" 100 yd. groups on my range. This is better than these guns shot in the day but, I'm quite sure they did not have bullets of the quality that we have today. (Hear that, Bart?)

    It shoots a 52 gr. BR bullet at 3900 fps. and that really isn't a hot load. Should we get a really windy day for a match this summer, I'm gonna get this out and see what it does against the PPC's.

    (Alas, I know what a .222 does against PPC's in a hard wind.)

    Dick
    Last edited by Dick Wright; 04-29-2017 at 07:16 AM.

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