Resurrecting an Oldie

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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Stoney » 12 Sep 2018, 8:37 pm

I wish I was your neighbour Homer.
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Homer » 15 Sep 2018, 3:00 pm

G'Day Fella's,

If you were Stoney, I'd never get any bloody work done mate. LOL!

I dropped the Beesa action, Old and New barrel, action wrench (with jaws, to match the BSA), etc and instructions, off to Russell the other day.
A coupla weeks, and I should have it back.
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I'll keep you posted.

Avagreatweekendeh!
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by bigrich » 26 Sep 2018, 5:51 pm

how's this project going homer ? is it back soon ? i'm curious about how much room to make around a barrel when it's floated. looking at a project myself, i've been refering to your efforts as a reference. cheers
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by marksman » 26 Sep 2018, 6:24 pm

its going to turn out a real treat, I cant stand waiting :drinks:
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Homer » 26 Sep 2018, 6:57 pm

G'Day Fella's,

I hope to hear from the Russell the Gunsmith, this week, letting me know the barrel is finished.
I'll then Tig weld the feed ramp in place and then drop it back off with him, to screw it in, and tighten it in place, in the Bessa action.
Once I get the completed barreled action back, I'll abrasive blast it and Cerakote it (either before or after I've finished the barrel channel?).

Here's a couple of images of the forend, masked out in the basic start to the checkering pattern.
Please note, the reprofiled/reshaped, forend tip.
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D'oh!
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Homer » 05 Nov 2018, 12:35 pm

G'Day Fella's,

I got the re-barreld action, back from Mr Russell Le Maitre (of "Group Solutions" Ph; 0401 791 986 and groupsolutions@gmail.com ), a few weeks back.
As is normal for Russell, he did a magnificent job of fitting the the replacement/new .223 Rem barrel, to this action.
This job, came with an issue, that is not common these days.
That being, that these old BSA actions, have a factory barrel reinforce/Knox Form of 1.310" (33.3mm) Diameter, at the action.
But these days, most after market barrels, are made from 1.125" Diameter bar stock, so they are a bit under size for these old action.
Not an issue for Russell, as he machined up a larger diameter "Bush", to marry the New to the Old.
Here are a couple of images, of the new barrel in place.
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With the metal work back, I set to fit the barrel to the forend of the rifles stock.
I wanted the barrel to be free floating, forward of the 1 1/4" or 32mm of the barrel reinforce epoxy bedding, normal for these types of action.
I got into it with my wood scraper and then sand paper, wrapped around a piece of 5/8" / 16mm wooden dowel, and after a few Scrap and Try efforts, that was done.
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So now, this is what it looks like.
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When I get a chance, I'll prep and Cerakote all of the metal work.
Once that is done and cured, I'll then epoxy bed the action again, along with the first part of the barrel.

Not far to go now (apart from the Checkering ...................) .

D'oh!
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by marksman » 06 Nov 2018, 8:53 pm

looks a treat :thumbsup:
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Stix » 07 Nov 2018, 7:59 am

I like the timber without the checkering...

Looks nice...!
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Ziad » 08 Nov 2018, 7:48 am

Wow absolutely beautiful marksmanship and ingenuity at work on this project mate. Well done
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Re: Resurrecting an Oldie

Post by Homer » 12 Nov 2018, 12:06 pm

Thanks for your kind comments Fella's.

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