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Machine Bolt Action Wrench: Shop-made tools allow customization and quality tools can be made cheaper than buying. Sep 1, 2020 616
Savage 112 Picatinny Base: Adapting a Picatinny base to the older Savage M112 receiver. Sep 1, 2020 756
Chamfered Primer Flash Holes: In the modern realm of rifle shooting there would appear little remaining room for progress in the area of research and development... but we must keep on trying. Here's how an internally chamfered primer flash hole affects shooting performance. Aug 1, 2020 2031
Competitive 504 Remington. Jun 1, 2020 1880
Improved Wildcat Cartridges: Gunsmiths should be prepared to test the rifles we build and offer sound advice on some of the lesser understood aspects involved. Working with Improved or Wildcat cartridges fits right in here. Mar 31, 2020 912
Cartridge Case Rings: Making a ring from a cartridge case can be done, but it may require an arduous session of imagination and machining ability. Mar 31, 2020 1107
Accurizing Savage Model 112s: Selection of a non-custom rifle for serious target shooting can be a most difficult choice as inherent quality must be there or all may be for naught Savage Model 112 rifles challenge the best of them. Mar 1, 2020 2259
Savage Trigger Guard Screw Fix: The rear trigger guard screw on the Savage Model 112 is poorly supported and often strips out, along with a chunk of walnut base wood that goes with it. Here's how to make a permanent fix. Mar 1, 2020 484
Sporterizing Model 1896 Swedish Mausers: Finding a new life for an old Swedish military arm developed over a century ago and chambered for the 6.5x55mm Swedish cartridge would represent a formidable gunsmithing challenge. Jan 1, 2020 2400
Scoping .22 Semiautomatic Pistols: With a good measure of creativity, the shooter-gunsmith is often able to reach new heights in accuracy accomplishment... even with the little .22 semiautomatic handguns. Dec 1, 2019 1716
Rifle Grouping Problems, Perplexing Solution: Sometimes solving an isolated shooting problem with our rifles will demand all the study and analysis we can put into it. Sep 1, 2019 1849
M94 Winchester Vintage Peep Sight: When asked if I could install a cusomter's older Redfield micrometer adjustable peep sight on his top eject Model 94 .30-30 WCF rifle, my answer was right there--Yap! Darn good choice. Aug 1, 2019 611
Loading Ramp Bedding Pillar Combo Installation: Here's how the Model 700 Remington rifle, converted to single shot with a special loading ramp and serving as a dual-purpose bedding pillar with added central action screw, shoots with the best of them. Aug 1, 2019 610
Rechambering .222 Remington to .224 Valkyrie: Rechambering a Model 700 Remington action from .222 Remington to .224 Valkyrie entails going to a shorter and larger diameter cartridge. Well accomplish this by enlarging the chamber and utilizing the existing barrel threads while not giving up much barrel length. Jun 1, 2019 899
Remington M700 Recoil Lug Alignment Jig: Using a special recoil lug alignment jig while installing a barrel on a Remington Model 700 rifle series receiver eliminates the guess work in proper barrel installation. Here's how to make and use one. Apr 1, 2019 766
The Weatherby Mark V Switch Barrel: The adaptability of a switch-barrel rifle can serve a shooter's needs in many ways and for less cost than having a rifle for each chambering. Mar 1, 2019 2691
Enhancing Action Rigidity With A Scope Base: As we mount a heavy barrel to a rifle receiver, resultant suspension leverage can actually flex or spring the action. A good, one-piece scope base adds rigidity to action. Jan 1, 2019 913
Precision Bedding For Winchester Model 70 Stealth II Rifles: Few rifles bear close resemblance when it comes down to bedding for best accuracy and there are no real mysteries involved. Nov 1, 2018 1397
Savage Model 12 Extractor Retrofit: Sometimes a new or modified part becomes necessary to improve the dependable and safe function of a firearm. Here's a closer look on how I retrofitted a Savage Model 12 extractor. Nov 1, 2018 779
Building and Using a Better Pistol Rest: There is a good chance you can vastly improve your pistol shooting accuracy--and you won't need a machine rest to do it. Building a reliable pistol rest, along with a sound shooting technique, is a good place to begin. Jun 1, 2018 1634
Cable-Control Trigger Release: A cable-controlled trigger release can be a great aid to accuracy in rifle testing. Here's how to design and build one yourself. Jun 1, 2018 807
Precision Scope Mounting The Remington XP-100: Conventional scope mounting often fails to bring out best accuracy in a firearm. Here's how a quality scope mounting system on the legendary, half-century old Remington XP-100 pistol changed all that. May 1, 2018 940
Precision Case Neck Turning In A Lathe: The importance the cartridge case plays in shooting cannot be over emphasized as it involves both accuracy and safety. Neck turning cases in a lathe creates zero run out in a fraction of the time compared to using conventional, hand-operated, neck turning tools. May 1, 2018 896
Handgun Grip Reconstruction: When shooting some heavy recoiling handguns, grip changes can make shooting more tolerable, effective, and with less felt kick. Apr 1, 2018 605
Knight DISC Extreme Bedding: When a rifle begins to fail in accuracy, action bedding is often the best course of action. Here's how I applied receiver bedding to a Knight DISC Extreme muzzleloader. Mar 1, 2018 799
Barrel Bore Lapping: An effective method of bore lapping is a fundamentally sound step toward establishing or restoring rifle accuracy and overall improved performance. Mar 1, 2018 1493
Bore Throating With Precision And Control: How to use a chamber reamer with maximum precision and control. Dec 1, 2017 1186
Making M70 Ejector Pins: Making a gun part may prove less complicated than ordering one, particularly when the part is needed in a hurry. Here's how I made a Winchester Model 70 ejector pin. Dec 1, 2017 603
Marlin 336 firing pin: parts replacement poses unique differences among firearms. Here's how replacing the firing pin on a Marlin Model 336 lever action went. Sep 1, 2017 657
Savage case extraction: work on a Savage Model 112 revealed case extraction problems. Installation of a well-placed shim on the bolt baffle assembly solved it. Sep 1, 2017 391
Scope leveler device: canting a rifle will always degrade accuracy to some extent but there are positive measures that can be taken to alleviate this on our way to reliable accuracy. Here's how to make, install, and test a scope leveler. Aug 1, 2017 918
H&R 922 Trigger Adjustment: conventional methods of repair won't always get the job done in a safe and satisfactory manner. here's how to adjust and increase the trigger pull weight of an H&R 922 revolver. Jul 17, 2017 830
Upgrading a Henry lever action: few items of equipment add more usefulness to a rifle than a good sling. here's how to add one to a rimfire Henry lever action rifle. Jul 17, 2017 423
Model 94 Custom Repair: an analysis of a non-functioning Model 94 Winchester followed by an unusual repair puts the revered old gun right back into the deer woods. Jun 1, 2017 697
Downchambering a rifle barrel: if a cartridge or chamber size reduction is warranted, here's what you'll need for secondary barrel refitting and chambering. Mar 1, 2017 1165
J.C. Higgins restoration: sometimes we take on jobs that aren't very pretty, but we still do them. Here's how I did a total restoration of an old, damaged J.C. Higgins bolt action shotgun. Feb 1, 2017 1167
Custom Ruger Model 44 Scope Base. Jan 1, 2017 948
Winchester Model 67 sight renovation: making a rear sight elevator and front sight bead for a Winchester Model 67 turned out to be a good reason to go over the whole rifle. Dec 1, 2016 750
Refurbishing a Stevens Model 258A. Nov 1, 2016 728
Knight ignition improvement. Nov 1, 2016 582
Counterbalancing rifle stocks. Jun 1, 2016 579
Soft metal vise jaws. Jun 1, 2016 505
Building home security shotguns: here's how to convert a standard pump-action shotgun into a functional security shotgun. Apr 1, 2016 677
Savage Model 12 AccuTrigger upgrade: making safe improvements on an already good product takes shooting to another level. Mar 1, 2016 889
Forend barrel bedding system installation. Mar 1, 2016 885
Rifle barrel accuracy: a definitive work on the selection, installation, and evaluation of rifle barrels for supreme accuracy. Feb 1, 2016 1948
SKS optic mount: scoping a SKS carbine can be a worthwhile gunsmithing project. Feb 1, 2016 1330
Scoping Henry lever action rifles: while breaking tradition, open sights were replaced by a scope on this legendary rifle. Jan 1, 2016 1405
Cable control trigger release. Oct 1, 2015 787
Repair and restoration of broken stocks: a customer's broken stock had all the looks of a throwaway until a closer look revealed otherwise. Aug 1, 2015 792
Servicing the Timney M510 trigger: service and adjustment of aftermarket triggers requires careful attention to detail. Aug 1, 2015 739
Model 62 Winchester Hammer Spring replacement: we don't know the extent of a job until digging in, especially with older guns like the Winchester Model 62 or firearms without schematics. Jul 1, 2015 665
Bedding The Model 504 Remington receiver ring. May 1, 2015 534
Recoil pad installation on synthetic gunstocks. Apr 1, 2015 1590
A second bolt and barrel for bolt actions: a unique bolt fitting process for fitting a pair of barrels to Remington Model 700 switch-barrel rifles. Feb 1, 2015 1332
Sako-style extractors on Model XP-100 pistols: how to open the bolt face from .223 to .308, add a second bolt, and install a Tubb SpeedLock Extractor Kit on a Remington Model 700 Series rifle bolt. Feb 1, 2015 1157
Improving the Marlin 17VS trigger: though the Marlin Model 17VS bolt action rimfire rifle does not have an adjustable trigger, it can be improved, making the rifle easier to shoot. Dec 1, 2014 658
Custom wildcat cartridges with standard reamers. Dec 1, 2014 1094
Barrel chamber bevel and case head position: an often overlooked area of the rifle involves the chamber mouth of the barrel in connection with case head projection. Nov 1, 2014 1062
Fitting Remington Model 504 extractors. Oct 1, 2014 586
Headspacing pre-cut long chambers: a how-to on headspacing rimless cartridge chambers cut long. Sep 1, 2014 636
Vintage takedown .22 care and cleaning: whether we use them or just cherish them, those little .22s are worth all the care we can give them as we safeguard and protect these old guns. Aug 1, 2014 889
Model K10 High Standard shotgun open rear sight: a customer's shotgun was hitting a foot low and a few inches left at 50 yards. Here's how I fixed it. Dec 1, 2013 454
Unilateral locking lug lapping: an often overlooked link in the accuracy/precision chain is asymmetrical bolt locking lug contact within the receiver. Nov 1, 2013 788
Custom rimfire handgun cleaning rod: important tips on cleaning those .22 rimfire semi-automatic pistols for best accuracy. Oct 1, 2013 1120
Scoping Swedish Mausers: scoping older foreign made rifles, such as the Model 96 Swedish Mauser, results in fine shooting rifles. Sep 1, 2013 568
Custom firing pin for a Stevens single shot rifle: finding a firing pin for an old Stevens single shot rifle was unsuccessful. Making one turned out to be a viable alternative. Aug 1, 2013 728
Stock stiffening: a new and effective way: this somewhat unusual, but very effective, method of adding rigidity to a target stock resembles endoscopic surgery in its approach, but the result is better accuracy. Jul 1, 2013 887
Jukar pistol restoration: as we look into restoration of a firearm we must weigh the good against the bad. So it was with an old rusted-up Jukar Spain .45 caliber black powder pistol. Jul 1, 2013 639
Remington Model 700 trigger removal, installation and adjustment: removing, installing and adjustment of a Remington 700 trigger can be easy. It's all about correct procedure and having the right tools. Jun 1, 2013 1137
Antique shotgun buttplate repair: there was no replacement buttplate to be had for this 130 year old shotgun, so a repair was the best option. Here's how I repaired a Wm. R. Burkhard shotgun sent in for major stock repair. Jun 1, 2013 258
Davidson loading ramp remington rifle installation: converting a Model 700 Remington rifle to single-shot can be done by installing a special pre fitted, permanently bonded-in cartridge ramp. Apr 1, 2013 543
Crossbow crank cocking system: we find improvements on existing equipment used in shooting and hunting. I recently found one with a crossbow. Jan 1, 2013 1394
Model 87 Ithaca Deerslayer scope mount: Ithaca's Model 37 and 87 Deerslayer shotguns have been dependable deer guns for a long time, but an optical sight makes them even better. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2013 455
Counterbalancing the stock: in the accuracy arena, where 1/8th of a minute-of-angle increments can make a significant difference, overall rifle balance can play a huge part. Among the more useful aids in achieving stock/rifle balance will be the addition of weight to the buttstock. Dec 1, 2012 555
Savage long-action Model 112 retrofit: sometimes we gunsmiths are faced with the ultimate challenge. Revising a long-action Savage Model 112 bolt to an older, medium-action Model 112 "J" series rifle ranks among the difficult but well within the realm of accomplishment. Dec 1, 2012 1106
A Timney Trigger on the model 96 Swedish Mauser: in the process of sporterizing an old Model 96 Swedish Mauser rifle, installation of a good after-market trigger was a good move. Nov 1, 2012 488
Barrel sleeving a new way: this in-shop method of barrel sleeving offers real advantages for the shooter and the job fits right in for the gunsmith looking for a unique, cost-effective way to get a quality target/varmint barrel. Oct 1, 2012 1102
Pillar bedding the Remington 700/40X: controversy remains over the usefulness of adding a third pillar to a rifle action but I no longer question this method of bedding. Sep 1, 2012 838
A new scope mount for older Savage 112s: finding a Picatinny scope base for older Savage Model 112 single shot rifles was difficult. Aug 1, 2012 407
Custom open shotgun sights for slug shooting: installation of open sights on a shotgun for use with slugs makes an ideal deer hunting gun. Finding the right sights to fit your particular gun can pose a problem. Two of my recent projects involving Franchi Model 620VS and Rossi Single Shot Youth Shotguns will illustrate how to perform this custom work. Jul 1, 2012 882
Headspacing 101: the sometimes misunderstood subject of cartridge headspacing leads shooters to complicate an otherwise rudimentary part of firearms. Apr 1, 2012 1339
U.S. rifle, caliber.30, Ml Garand overview: this is a synopsis of the required some accurizing measures to consider that may enhance performance. Mar 1, 2012 1476
Improved muzzleloader ignition module: in some styles of muzzleloading rifles the breech plug ignition system can vastly be improved. A new, properly-designed screw-in breech plug can prevent blow back smoke, improve ignition quality and ease of loading. Feb 1, 2012 626
Fitting A forearm hanger extension on the Knight KP-1 rifle: adding a much needed forearm hanger extension solves accuracy problems on some break-frame rifles. Jan 1, 2012 890
Scope mounting the US model of 1917 Eddystone/Enfield rifle: all manner of requests for scope mounting will come into the gunshop. Many of these requests are routine while others are more interesting and can sometimes be quite complicated. Old military rifles are among them. Dec 1, 2011 1116
Breathing new life into a shattered old gunstock: sometimes restoration of an old gunstock isn't even in the realm of possibility, but this old gun was different. Oct 1, 2011 1115
Mounting a crossbow sight, cantilever style: sometimes an imaginative effort is the only solution to getting a job done. turned down by three others, a hunter came to me for help in mounting a scone on his crossbow. Jul 1, 2011 1000
Receiver side base for the model 70 winchester: proper installation of a receiver side base for a model 70 winchester is basically a straight forward Gunsmithing procedure. However, redoing a botched job sends a special message to any gunsmith. here's the procedure I used for a RPA Trakker target sight. Jun 1, 2011 579
Custom heavy barrels for Ruger Model 77/17. May 1, 2011 1202
New method of scoping the model 94 Winchester. May 1, 2011 704
Savage Model 12 extractor refit: Rebarreling a Savage Model 12 rifle with a .308 Winchester-size bolt face for a PPC cartridge will require extractor replacement. Such extractors can be made by careful machining and fitting of a new part. Feb 1, 2011 820
Savage Model 12 rebuild: stock strengthening and center pillar bedding: some rifles can benefit by adding a central bedding pillar as an assist to the regular front and rear bedding. The inherently accurate Savage Model 12 single shot rifle is one of these, with the added advantage to strengthen the stock at the same time. Jan 1, 2011 893
Remington Model 504 bedding pillar and rear action screw: Model 504 Remington rifles are equipped with action draw down screws located centrally and at the front receiver ring. The addition of a third action screw at the rear tang, along with a well placed pillar, adds strength to the overall bedding system. Dec 1, 2010 740
Barrel refit for the Remington Model 504.22 rimfire rifle: marked improvement and better accuracy is the likely result when refitting or replacing a barrel on the Model 504 Remington 22 target rifle. This rifle is capable of extreme accuracy with a few improvements, most notably installing of custom barrel with a more precise fit at the barrel to receiver junction. Nov 1, 2010 788
Pillar bedding the Savage Model 112 long action: while the Savage Model 12 single-shot short action has a rear bedding pillar, the former Model 112 long action single shot did not the addition of two major pillars positioned at the two trigger guard screw holes vastly improves the overall bedding. Oct 1, 2010 1055
A closer look at screw torque in gunsmithing applications: proper screw thread torque is an often overlooked and misused area of gun care. This is particularly true of the do-it-yourself gun owner with limited experience. Sep 1, 2010 1701
Timney trigger installation on the Savage M112: a model 631 Timney allows a safe pull weight from 1 1/4-4 pounds along with adjustment for sear engagement (creep) and over travel. Aug 1, 2010 678
Pillar bedding the Ruger Model 77 rimfire rifle: even though the shock vibrations aren't nearly as great when firing a rimfire rifle there may be an accuracy advantage in pillar bedding. The Ruger Model 77 is an ideal candidate for such work. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2010 538
Scoping the older .22 rimfire single shot rifle: drilling and tapping older .22 single-shot rifles for a scope base is an uncomplicated gunsmithing procedure. However, attention to detail and precision will result in a better job. Jun 1, 2010 1587

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