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    My new benchrest rifle...



    In 2015 I found a Unertl scope at a gun show at a good price and couldn't resist. Once I had it, I decided it needed a gun. I found a Ruger No. 1 action in .458 and started this project. It was supposed to be a 1960's varmint rifle. I ordered a .22 barrel in 14" twist from Douglas and a Kepplinger trigger from Brownell's. It is now a .222 Rem. I have had lots of sad experience with the factory triggers. A local custom gunsmith put the metal work together for me and I was off and running.

    Over the years I have stocked a number of hunting rifles. I had a set of factory take-off stocks (shown in the pic.) and modified them till I liked the lines. I, then, sent the pattern stocks and a two piece set of Turkish Circassian walnut blanks to a gun maker friend who has a machine that pre-carved the good blanks to my patterns. I got everything back last October and started whittling...

    The stock in the background is a partially completed CZ sporter that I made for a friend. A picture of the finished product along with an identical rifle I made for myself can be found on the rimfire forum in Butch Lambert's thread on his tin can shooter.
    Last edited by Dick Wright; 02-10-2017 at 06:24 AM.

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    BR gun... cont'd.



    After a few hundred hours of stock work this is what I have. I just sent the gun, minus scope, to my pal in Colorado to be checkered and rust blued a couple of days ago.

    I will receive it back by mid-March and will spend as much time as necessary working up loads to make it shoot as well as I can. I did shoot it in the pattern stocks last summer and had excellent results... under 2/10" at 50 yds. and under 4/10" at 100 yds. on my own range. This with no load work-up at all.

    Since my old pal, Matt Dardas, is now running the matches in Winn, MI, I plan to shoot it there this coming season. All my real bench guns are gone and this is the closest thing I have. This will qualify for either the Custom or Factory class. I'm hoping that, with some load work-up, I can make it shoot even better than it did when I test shot it. I don't expect to win anything but I really don't care. I just like to shoot in matches and this gun will give me an opportunity to do so again.

    I have a ton of pictures that totally document the building process. I will share if there is some interest. I've always loved these old falling-black single shots and have very much enjoyed making one for myself.

    Dick Wright
    Last edited by Dick Wright; 04-09-2017 at 07:16 AM.

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    Very nice rifle Dick. Should be lots of fun for you!!

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    Dick

    That is a beautiful piece of work. Nothing like a classic, rust blued rifle, stocked in fine walnut. They will never go out of style.

    Gene Beggs

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    Really nice looking rifle, like your style. Hope to see more pictures of the rifle when you get it back. BTW very nice work as always.



    Chet

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    Gorgeous rifle and I love the glass. We did something similar years ago on a Falling Works action. 10X Unertl, Hart barrel, and chambered in .22 Marciante Blue Streak.





    -Lee
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    Sweet!

    I have a low wall 222 that really shoots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Wright View Post


    After a few hundred hours of stock work this is what I have. I just sent the gun, minus scope, to my pal in Colorado to be checkered and rust blued a couple of days ago.

    I will receive it back by mid-March and will spend as much time as necessary working up loads to make it shoot as well as I can. I did shoot it the pattern stocks last summer and had excellent results... under 2/10" at 50 yds. and under 4/10" at 100 yds. on my own range. This with no load work-up at all.

    Since my old pal, Matt Dardas, is now running the matches in Winn, MI, I plan to shoot it there this coming season. All my real bench guns are gone and this is the closest thing I have. This will qualify for either the Custom or Factory class. I'm hoping that, with some load work-up, I can make it shoot even better than it did when I test shot it. I don't expect to win anything but I really don't care. I just like to shoot in matches and this gun will give me an opportunity to do so again.

    I have a ton of pictures that totally document the building process. I will share if there is some interest. I've always loved these old falling-black single shots and have very much enjoyed making one for myself.

    Dick Wright
    I would like to see more pics if it's not a problem. More info about the scope that style of scope interest me, what are they like to look thru I have never had the pleasure. Priced a few but don't really know enough about them to know if iam getting a deal or getting a bad deal. The whole package looks awesome, total work of art.

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    Rust blue...MmMmMmmm

    Sucks to do, fun to look at..... Classic

    Olde Schoole Plum Browning is another classic. A Plum Browned blackpowder gun looks as righteous as good rust blue.

    But they suck to shoot lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by alinwa View Post
    A Plum Browned blackpowder gun looks as righteous as good rust blue.

    But they suck to shoot lol
    ... and even more to clean after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kielly View Post
    ... and even more to clean after.
    Yeahh....that's actually what I meant.

    I live on a fairly large property, timbered and backed up against a small "mountain" of 1800ft (600m) and it's almost worth it when we bring out the Sharps' and have a Quigley bash at the gongs.....that rolling rebounding POOOM of a misty morning is just sooo sweet. Even the Navy revolvers sound cool...

    but then you gotta' clean...

    pewwww

    And when we do muzzleloaders we take 'em apart and drop em in the bathtub....so we just DON'T very often

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    Hi Dick.
    I had one of 5 rifles built to exacting standards. All 5 where Ruger #1's. The one I had was a .375 cal and I loved it. Lots of luck because they will shoot. The 5 rifles are a .22 Hornet, a .222, .243, .308 and the .375 and how you can tell the difference? they all have barrel bands on them. The .375 had a barrel band on it but it was the only one, the other four were not manufactured with barrel bands.

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    Wjesswheel,

    I've had a lot of Unertls over many years. To me the optics are excellent. Right now they are a very good investment... they just keep appreciating because they aren't making many of them any more. As I understand it, Unertl is still in business but are doing mostly government work. I could be really wrong on this... they have been in and out of business many times since the old man died.

    Unertls are a high quality product and, if you can find one in excellent shape, you will never lose money on it.

    I started competition shooting right out of college... NRA gallery. I scraped my pennies together and bought a M-52 Winchester target rifle and a Unertl just like this one except it was 10X. As I recall, it cost $65.00. This one would sell on eBay right now for $700.00 to $750.00 and it almost certainly not depreciate.

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    Since there seems to be some interest, I will post a few pics showing my progress in making the gun.

    I used a lot of Bondo reshaping the factory take-off stocks till they looked like I wanted them to. This shows the butt stock ready to go to Colorado for machining. An old friend for forty-some years, Charlie Grace, lives in Trinidad and has a duplicating machine. He will machine stock blanks to your or his patterns. I sent him a good set of Turkish Circassian walnut blanks to be machined to my patterns.

    These pattern stocks have no need to look really good. I just want a shape that can be duplicated in the good wood. I want a little too much wood so I can shape it to my own idea of graceful, elegant and totally functional. Sad experience has taught me that it's easy to take wood off but a S.O.B. to put it back on.
    Last edited by Dick Wright; 01-29-2017 at 06:49 AM.

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    Before I shipped the gun and the good wood to Charlie I shot it in the take-off stocks. Before I spent a lot more money I wanted to see exactly what I had. I shot a couple of groups at 50 and 100 yds. on my own range, just outside my office door. My 50 yd. group was under 2/10", the 100 yd. was under 4/10". This with no load work-up at all... I just guessed. See below.

    After a couple of shots to sight it in, I took three shots at 50 yds... the first shot went where it was supposed to. I couldn't find the second shot. ????? Finally decided that it went thru the first hole, barely opening it up. The third shot made the group a little egg shaped. The 100 yd. group confirmed things. This is when I decided that I could shoot it in the matches we will have at ICSC next summer.

    Very important... I bought a Kepplinger trigger for it from Brownell's... a set trigger made in Austria. These are expensive, around $300.00 plus installation, but worth their weight in plutonium. I've spent too many years fighting with No. 1 triggers.

    Back in the day Remington used to send groups with their .222 40X target rifles with the load used written on the target. Most of the loads were 23-1/2 gr. of 4895. I used that load and seated Bart's 52 gr. bullets (moly coated) into a hard jam. That will be my starting point when I do serious load work-up.
    Last edited by Dick Wright; 01-29-2017 at 06:26 AM.

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