Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ironwood Burl Hunter

I was asked by a member of forum a read pretty regularly to have a go at developing and making a drop point hunter. Here's how it turned out.

It's made of 1/8 inch O1 tool steel. The blade is about 3 1/2 inches long and its about 8 1/2 inches overall. The handle is ironwood burl from arizonaironwood.com. It's fitted with black spacers, 3/16 mosaic ping, and a 1/4 inch thong tube.

The sheath came out pretty well. I'm still getting the hang of the leather thing. This one was, at least, not compare by the wife to a sculpture of cat crap with a knife in it... ;-).

It's due to arrive at its owner's home today. Let's hope he likes it...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rifle Range Tuesday!

So, at one point late in the last season I realized that while I love the light weight, deadly accurate rifle I put together for last season, long-shooting off the monopod would really be easier with a heavier rifle with a longer barrel and bigger optics. To that end, let's have a look at this rifle here...
This is my idea for the heavyweight squirrel rifle. It has an 18" Clark Barrel, rimfire technologies, trigger, guidrod, a bolt reworked by Randy @ CPC, a custom modified and hand finished stock from Boyd's, but best of all.... it has this.
This is a flanged bedding pillar made from the brass stock of a pressure hose fitting. By bedding the action on a solid tube of metal which is, in turn, epoxied into the stock allows the action and the barrel to be floated free. The result is, in theory anyway, a more accurate action and barrel combination. I also pillar bedded the trigger grouping to complete the setup.
Today was the first day at the range for it. When a barrel is new I seldom get target-worthy results on the first trip out. Today was an exception. In 200 rounds of Aquila 38 grain subsonic ammo, I had no fte's, and no ftf's. This is remarkable in my experience with a new action. Further, once the scope was set, I was able to easily score multiple hits on spend shot shells with very little effort. The whole thing worked very well. I am pleased...

Coupled with my faithful and primary shooter....
I think I have the tandem for the season this year. I have a few more projects to work out, not the least of which is my 60 grain, super-subsonic bolt action rifle project. More on that one when I have more....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

And so it begins...


52 days from today, in the great state of Ohio, the 2009 - 2010 squirrel season opens. What can I say? I am very very pleased. This week is my first real vacation in more than 6 months and there will definatley be a day at the range in there somewhere... It's prep time. :-)


I have three rifles I will be working up for the season this year. Two are 10/22's, one of which is not ready. I need to assemble it tonight. The other is my one-season-old standby, the OD green / GM aero barrelled / Luepold scoped shooter. The third is something different for me. I decided it's time to branch out a bit and purchased a Marlin 980S. I dropped a scope on it and I think it will be a dandy. I have a couple of sets of qd rings and I am going to test the idea of having two scopes sighted for two radically different loads. The first will be for CCI stingers. I love Bentz chambers but I will be glad to pack as much as possible into the stock chamber for a change. The other will be for use with Aguila SSS Sniper Subsonic rounds. I am anxious to try them. We'll see how it goes.


I miss being out in the woods. I really enjoy the hot hunting in early September. The only thing that really gets me down is the bug spray. Otherwise, I am all about it. I am hopeful to get some good pics together this week... and Torque, if you are reading, your knife is on my list of stuff for the week off... it'll be in the mail by Friday... ;-)