Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stainless Steel Legend Long Range

We have just about completed another stainless steel Legend. This one is chambered for 300 Winchester magnum and made in our Long Range configuration. The only parts that are not stainless on this rifle are some chrome-moly scope base screws, the trigger pivot pin, the guard screws and the swivel studs. I have yet to find a source for swivel studs and a decent magazine spring made from stainless steel. After the photos were take by Kevin Dilly of Klik Photography the rifle was disassembled once again and these few parts were sent off to Robar to be NP-3 Plus coated and the magazine spring sent to Birdsong's to be coated with Black-T. These parts are supposed to be back in the shop by the end of this week and the assembly will be completed for the last time. This 24" Tim North barrel is also fit with a Clay Spencer Brake per the clients request. Coupled with an over all scoped and loaded weight of close to 10lbs it is pleasure to shoot. Once completed the rifle will then go through some load development by request and then shipped to the front range of Montana.

This Legend is also heading to Tajikistan on a Marco Polo hunt later this fall. We will file a hunt report when one becomes available.

Friday, June 7, 2013

More Pics From NG-41

Here are a few more pics from Dr. Bucolo's hunt in NG-41. Once again the bullet is used was a current Barnes Round Nose 525gr Solid. It looks as if we could reload it and use it on another bull.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Up Grading Bobby Hunt's "New" Pre-64

From time to time we get a request to Up-Grade and make field ready a Pre-64 Model 70. Sometimes these are destine to be gifts handed down to children or grandchildren for their first Safari or given as a bonus to an employee for services well done. As 99 % of these rifles are in excellent condition to begin with the idea is not to re-blue or refinish the Pre-64 but to address and correct any bedding issues, re-work and improve the trigger pull, smooth up and refine the feeding of the rifle then mounting and zeroing a scope appropriate for the intended use. If you are a died in the wool Winchester Collector my next statement might cause you to become ill as we ALWAYS glass bed the recoil lug area and the contact points at the middle and rear guard screw locations. This is done to prevent any set back in the stock which is inevitable in the bigger calibers and to enhance the accuracy potential. We often touch up the factory crown and polish out any burs or major machine marks left from the factory manufacturing process. The result of this effort is a very dependable factory made rifle that feeds, functions and shoots well if the factory barrel is any good at all. We're not looking for 1/2" groups and tailored loads, just solid 1" to 1-1/4" repeatable three shot groups.

Bobby Hunt contacted us last year and requested we perform this Up-Grade to a Pre-64 Model 70, 375 H&H that was in superb, mint condition. This rifle looked like it just left the factory floor. The stock was made from better than average walnut and the bluing was without a blemish. All collectors need to stop reading this post now and go cut the lawn. We glassed bedded the action a described above, removed some high spots found in the barrel channel, re-worked the trigger assembly and then polished the feed well and bullet ramp. The extractor hook was tweaked to allow a smother case transition from the magazine to the bolt face and few other operations employed to bring the package together. As he had a hunt booked with Chifuti Safaris we also shot the rifle to see what Soft and Solids shot to the same point of impact for the planned hunt in Zimbabwe. As Bobby works mostly abroad getting a chance to practice with the rifle was going to be an issue, he needed a rifle that was 100% ready to go. Bobby did get  a chance to hunt Whitetails and pigs with this 375 late last year for a week and shot the rifle a much as he could. The next time he used the rifle was with Chifuti it would appear he and the rifle have become pretty close hunting buddies.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

News From NG-41

Knowing Botswana was about to close down its Elephant hunting Dr. Anthony Bucolo arranged one last safari in this beautiful part of Africa specifically for elephant. The hunt was organized and conducted in NG-41 with John Oosthuizen of Hunters & Guides ( Tony and John have shared many a campfire over the past 25 years and together have covered the whole of southern and eastern Africa. Tony had taken a great bull from the delta 3 years ago with John and with some serious effort and maybe a little luck hoped to once again find success in the sands of Botswana.

The conditions in NG-41 and surrounding units have been unusually hot and dry this season and the elephant concentrations and movement were a-typical in everyones opinion. You can't change the weather, it just is what it is. You go to hunt so you rely on the experience of your PH and leave the camp each morning just damn happy to be where you are.

This bull was found just before dark walking through a huge expanse of buffalo grass mid-way through the hunt. Tony took the bull at 60 yards through the lungs and shoulders with 3 carefully placed shots with his Classic 505 Gibbs we put together some years ago. The bullets used were Barnes 525gr Round Nose mono solids that we had Barnes manufacture for us specifically for this rifle and another Gibbs we built for Bryan Walt. These bullets have now accounted for 3 big elephant bulls and despite the lack of any flat meplat have worked flawlessly and feed reliably every time.

Congratulations to both Tony and John on such a successful safari in an area that will no longer be open to hunting in the future. We are truly looking into the opening pages of the Good Old Days.