Sunday, March 9, 2008

About 175 Days Left

So by my count, there are about 175 days left until the start of the the 2008 Ohio squirrel season. Admittedly, that's still a pretty good stretch to go however the psychological impact to my world just from knowing we are less than 6 months back to the fun is just fantastic. This holds double-true this weekend given Ohio's snowed-in state. (We even made the damned national news last night. Got to love that...)

I've been working up a new, second rifle for hunting the tree rats. It's coming along very well. Where the squirrel rifles before have all focused on utility, thrift, and function as primary concerns with a secondary focus on things like accuracy and higher-end components, this one is more a Ferrari, so to speak. I didn't take any of the usual photos of the barrel fitting to the action or the initial stock to barreled action fitting. I do have some from where things stand today. Have a look...

The lighting in the basement is just crap for photos. It's tough to tell it however, the stock is another B&C Premier Thumbhole done in OD green with black webbing. (Shooter's Discount has them. Check it out). In addition to that, I've unbolted the Whistlepig match barrel and installed a Green Mountain Aero. (also from Shooter's Discount. Best price on the web...)

Other little extras in place so far include Tactical Solutions magazine release and picatiny scope rail, Burris extreme tactical rings, and one of my VQ parts triggers. The Bi-pod is just a working base for things and handy for making pictures. ;-) This angle shows the stock a little better. The picture through the rings is nice. We'll see how it does with a scope in it. Here's a another shot down the barrel. I am pretty fond of the way this system looks. My only real concern at this point is that the shroud rings like a bell when I cycle the action. Easy enough to fix but not something I wanted to have to do...

I have some remaining work to do with this. I have a CPC customized bolt headed my way that I want to try out. I've ordered a VQ edge extractor to install on it.. I hate FTE's. (failures to eject) Also, I am breaking down and going to durabake the bolt handle on this after swearing to never use a finish on this part. Finally, I have every intention of replacing the recoil buffer and putting a Leupold rimfire scope on it. It's a bit heavier than #2 but no prohibitively so. (Want to see #2? Go here and / or here...) I am anxious to get to the range with it sometime next month. GM's barrel break-in procedure is a bit involved compared to others but hey... they are supposed to be great.

175 Days... Not so much time when you need to build and tune a new rifle. Let's hope these last two with cover the need for a while. I can't afford this anymore. ;-) Next time, we can discuss my acquisition of the medium sized ALICE pack and my intention to use it this year. Packing for a few days out in Shawnee and beyond appears to be more involved than I thought. Man, I just love this stuff.

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