This is how it looked like when it arrived summer 2010:
Originally I intended to cut the barrel, add a Boyds stock and some new iron sights from Williams and call it quits, as it was going to be my "polar bear gun".
Then I started my BSN studies, spend a lot of $ on AR stuff and "forgot" about it. Fast forward 3 years, I've gotten my BSN, started working as a nurse, and have more disposable cash and the need for a do-it-all bolt action rifle.
The goal of this rifle was as following;
- It should always work
Have reasonable accuracy
Have loose magazines
Be in a "standard caliber" and have ammo commonality with other guns I own
Have a threaded barrel with flashider
Have custom sling placement
Picatinny rail for the scope
Picatinny rail for bipod-mount
But seeing my one of my buddy's Mauser made me change my mind, and after a call to the gunsmith who build that rifle project "Ridiculously-Expensive-Mauser" came into action.
I ordered a CDI DBM and a Dakota Arms M-70 safety, a Tubbs speed kit and sling mounts through Midway (got dealer pricing via a buddy), 3pcs 10-round AICS style magazines from Alpha Industries, a Boyds stock + a Pachmayer accelerator pad directly from Boyds and a Magpul MS1 sling and a Smith Vortex flash hider from Brownells. Unfortunately Brownells changed their export-list in January, and dropped the Smith from the package (making it a helluva expensive sling when you add shipping...). Discussing this and my options for a helical flash hider with the smith he said "I'll make you a custom one", and I gave him free hands in this. He also talked me into doing a double finish, so the rifle is fully parked', and then painted in Guncote Satin Black.
I handed over the rifle in early February, and picked it up on Tuesday.
Added a Scmidt & Bender 6X42 hunting scope (subject to change), and had a good day at the range yesterday, sighting in the scope and testing accuracy (with .mil ammo).
Rifle at home, scope and bipod added (I use a LaRue on the Harris). The barrel is cut to 45 cm (approx 18"), to conform with Swedish hunting laws (here in Norway we can have 40cm barrels, but 45 cm is a better option if I ever want to pop over the border for a hunt):
Detail of the action with the DBM. The action is bedded into the stock, and the stock is finished with what the smith called "a simple oil coat", which to me looked like lacquer at first because it was so damn thick and smooth...
Detail of the Picatinny for the bipod. The smith had shaped the piece so it is parallel to the barrel, and it's screwed on from the inside(!). While it is really nice and fancy work, I was at first concerned that the LaRue mount would touch the stock in the back, but fortunately it was "lots" of clearance
The custom flash hider. He had looked at the G3 flash hider, and made a custom helical one out of stainless steel. Thus this part is only painted, and there's a little bit of difference in color. I'm eager to see how the Guncote hold up.
At the range yesterday:
Some groups at 100 meters with .mil ammo. Top one is mine and the bottom is a buddy testing the rifle. He is a way better precision shooter than me, since he's into long range shooting as a hobby (and sometimes at work in other countries), and his group gives a more true picture of the potential of the weapon. As it is, the gun grouped at approx 1MOA at 1oo meters with .mil ammo, giving me hopes of greater accuracy with tailored handloads.
Thoughts so far;
This gun shoots better than the scope mounted can wrangle out of it, and I might look into getting a medium range precision scope sometime in the future.
I also need to rise the cheek a little bit, and I'll have to look into what I want to do there.
The Harris I used yesterday is to high (I bought it for use on my IPSC AR), I've had the same problem using it on other rifles as well, and I'm going to bite the bullet and buy myself a Accushot Atlas for range use (with several guns).
I'm still thinking about adding irons, for closerange defense against those pesky polar bears that roam the streets here in Norway...
I'm gonna buy a suppressor (It's almost considered a necessity on hunting rifles here in Norway nowadays)
This gun cost me "a million", and I'll never get the money back if I sell it, but fortunately it both looks and preforms "like a million", so I'm happy.
Shooting is fun. Shooting a custom gun that is different from everyone else's gun is even more fun