Beginning a new project ; and it is probably , ( to me )one of the most difficult things I've ever under-taken . A "F" Open rifle that is chambered in 7.62x54r , and shoots a .308 bullet , for all the obvious reasons . Bullet selection and availability .
Off to a great start ; as I've finally received the barrel after waiting five months , and I'm about three to four weeks from getting the stock . Here is a list of parts this build will consist of .
Receiver / Bolt....1942 Izzy , Hi-wall Round - non matching
Barrel....Kreiger , 27"-5R blank , finish length to be 26".
Stock....Richards , Prone Culbertson in Apache Gold laminate
Trigger Group.... Timney , set at 2 pounds break
Scope....Vortex Viper , HS-T 6x24x50 w/EBR 1-MOA reticule / turrets .
Now ; it's time to involve the members here , for their advice and knowledge on various aspects of this build .
David Fair ; at Coyote Creek Armory will be doing the re-barrel , and the associated work to the action , but I will be under-taking the rest of the project , myself .
Having done several partial , and full bedding jobs on a few SKS and AK's , along with a full bed job and total stock "Mod" to my Archangel Mosin , I've always used J-B Weld for this work . Never been dis-satisfied with the results , or finished product , but working time has always been a problem . Think it might be being caused by the ambient humidity & temps here in Phoenix ,so I'm looking at Brownell's "Steel Bed" compound for this build , as it has a longer working time , and seems to have a following in the M-N community of builders and "Smiths".
Would really like to hear from anyone who has used the Steel Bed , and what you think the pro's and cons for it are .
The Odyssey begins .....and my wife says I've completely lost my mind .
Told her I think I'm in good company , as she walked out the room muttering and shaking her head , as only a wife can .