Thursday, September 29, 2011
Good news everyone!
Today the BBT of happiness must have driven by, and slung my package onto the porch as it passed. At least, that's what the box looked like. Luckily the 1938 Turkish Mauser stock inside the box was too old and tough to care. It, and it's hardware, survived intact.
It's old, nasty, greasy, old, grimy, dirty, old, beat up, moldy, old, rusty, and old. It's also a solid piece of dinged up old stock that will fit a Mauser action, complete with handguard and metal work.
I forced myself to move a half dozen wheel barrel loads of firewood before I allowed the pleasure of play. Tearing down a 1980's vintage Interarms commercial Mauser in .300 Winny, I soon found out it will happily fit the 1930's vintage stock.
Now... it's not a perfect fit. There will be quite a bit of carving for the Timney trigger assembly, and the baseplate well in the stock is too long by at least 3/8" and will require filling with carved wood. Also, the stock itself is about as long as the barrel reaches, and will require some thoughtful trimming. In addition, the handguard is designed for an action that has a shim plate to capture it, which this one does not. That will be tricky, as I intend to keep the handguard.... and that means filling in the sight opening in it with yet another piece of carved/matched/fitted/glued/sanded wood.
Yup.... a project. Should be a hoot!