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Thread: My new benchrest rifle...

  1. #31
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    Did you do anything to stabilize the hanger or just avoid it by bedding the forend to the barrel ?
    Anything to the hammer in the way of better lock time? Lightening etc?

  2. #32
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    None of the above. It shot so well when I test fired it that I haven't touched anything. If it shoots as well when I get it back, I still won't mess with it. If it doesn't shoot, then I will do one thing at a time till it does. My past experience with No. 1's is that the fore end up pressure on the barrel, when adjusted, will change how it shoots. When it comes back I will shoot it every chance I get till I'm satisfied. FWIW the fore end is bedded very tightly to the barrel now. ?????? Hope that's good.

    Thank Gawd, I have a good 50 and 100 yd. range just outside my office door... This is Michigan so I will have to wait for nice days. This winter has been mild enough for me to be optimistic re: weather.

    I think I have everything I need to load, clean, etc. except a custom FL size die. Neil Jones will make me what I want as soon as I give him numbers... Now if I could only find my ball mike. I bought 100 Lapua Match cases some time ago.

  3. #33
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    I have always regarded the safety on No. 1's as being an unsightly lump. I got a spare for this gun and ground and filed it down to a more pleasing shape. Then I had it checkered 40 LPI. The edges need rounding off but it's, otherwise, done. I like this a lot better. I asked Charlie to round of the sharp edges before he blues it.
    Last edited by Dick Wright; 02-10-2017 at 07:32 AM.

  4. #34
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    Whilst I wait for the gun to come back, I am collecting everything I need to load, shoot and clean it. I bought 100 Lapua match cases. I am moly coating any .22 BR bullets that I might want to shoot. This gun has a factory chamber with a minimum factory neck. I will neck turn it only enough to clean up any run out in the case neck thickness which, in my experience, is very little with Lapua brass, probably only a few tenths. After I do that and have the numbers I will get a FL size die from Neil Jones. Neil also made me a cleaning rod guide, something a little tricky for a No. 1. My only hold-up so far is I couldn't find my ball mike in this mess... no problem, I borrowed one from a friend.

    The first match is late April, only a little over two months away, so I need to start shooting it as soon as it comes back and weather allows. (Thank Gawd for my 50 and 100 yd. range just outside my office door.) Right now I am praying vigorously that it still shoots the way it did last summer when I test fired it. I have enough IMR 4895 (first choice) and Isreali 2015 (only made in 1990 and 1991) to last me for a while when I decide which one shoots best.

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    My loading bench is inside my office and only a few feet from my range and shooting bench which are just outside the office door.

    I am neck-turning the brass just enough to eliminate any run-out in neck wall thickness. (Factory chamber.)

  6. #36
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    This is the gun exactly as I sent it out for rust bluing and checkering. (Minus the scope.)

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