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Marlene said:

...my neighborhood blacksmith was out of argon ...

I love where and how I live, but I really do miss having a "neighborhood black smith". I am not willing to move back to the South to get that back, but I miss it.

A really beautiful result for a fun project.

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My neiborhood blacksmith is in Oakland.
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Purdy!

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Very cool! It looks like it came that way from the factory.

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Ok, here’s a post-MITM update:

I still haven’t found an un-checkered oil finish or unfinished walnut Rem 1100 stock for it, but I’ve been shooting it with the stock that’s on it.

With a handful of Shinzen’s reloads (might need to get the recipe) a few of us were easily tagging a silhouette target from 425 yards yesterday. Just cover the torso rectangle with the front sight blade rectangle and you’re good to go. Ping! We were passing the gun back and forth without allowing meaningful cooling time, and the Faxon pencil barrel didn’t mind a bit. At 100 yards this rifle is a bit boring, but at 400 it’s just pleasantly easy.

I’m full of opinions. That’s no surprise to anyone here. This might be the first time I’ve got so many of them in to a rifle so completely. The shootability of this gun feels like I’ve figured some things out about design and it’s a kind of gratification I haven’t had before.
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It is an amazing rifle. It's hard to believe it kinda is an AR.
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Agreed. And it was fun to shoot, as long as it's not just paper at 100- stretching the legs and shooting steel makes an accurate gun fun, especially when it looks and feels like that. I'd ditch my regular AR in a heartbeat for one.

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Marlene wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:44 pm
Ok, here’s a post-MITM update:

I still haven’t found an un-checkered oil finish or unfinished walnut Rem 1100 stock for it, but I’ve been shooting it with the stock that’s on it.

With a handful of Shinzen’s reloads (might need to get the recipe) a few of us were easily tagging a silhouette target from 425 yards yesterday. Just cover the torso rectangle with the front sight blade rectangle and you’re good to go. Ping! We were passing the gun back and forth without allowing meaningful cooling time, and the Faxon pencil barrel didn’t mind a bit. At 100 yards this rifle is a bit boring, but at 400 it’s just pleasantly easy.

I’m full of opinions. That’s no surprise to anyone here. This might be the first time I’ve got so many of them in to a rifle so completely. The shootability of this gun feels like I’ve figured some things out about design and it’s a kind of gratification I haven’t had before.
Not sure if I handed you a bag of the 55gr or the 77gr, but both do pretty well. I still want one of these
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This one’s for sale.
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Marlene wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:04 pm
Threw some black paint on the bare metal parts, this is the first real mechanically complete assembly of the gun.

I’ve got some sight details to work out on first firing (unsure of front blade height).

This is not the final wood, but close enough for now. Expect it to look more Garand-like in finish, like the forend.
It don't look so hilbilly anymore Ma. :clap2:
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Marlene wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 5:30 pm
This one’s for sale.
I'm amazed, I'd wouldn't be able to part with it;
I'd love to know what your asking for it.
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I’ll only part with it cause I can do it again.

With the final version of the wood and either Duracoat or Ceracoat in a parkerize-ish off black, I’d ask 5k, which is parts plus a half week of machinist’s billable hours. It’s a lot for a rifle but it’s the price what goes in to it.

I’m lucky I get to do my own work, because I can’t afford me.
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You know the old saying about having to ask the price;
it certainly applies here for me!
That's about what I spent on five last year and I told myself I had to ease back, or sell something.
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Yeah. Custom build is prototyping without getting to spread the cost over thousands of units sold.
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Are there any serial numbers involved? OOPs,
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It is truly one of a kind...just like Marlene. :)
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Bullitt68 wrote:
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Are there any serial numbers involved? OOPs,
It's an Ares SCR lower. Like any Ares SCR, it's serialized from the factory.
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I just want to say how cool this is.

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It's even cooler to shoot.
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Quiz gets to shoot it in October
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Marlene wrote:Quiz gets to shoot it in October
Oooooooooo.

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M: How hard was adding the 1100 stock? Instead of getting a Mini 14, I'm thinking of maybe one of these SCR's with wood furniture.
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Just gotta mess with the through-bolt hole. No big deal.
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Cool. Your's really got me thinking about how cool these could be. :)
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Serious thought to weight and balance really paid off on this thing. I also think side charging is the way to go for ergonomics not just style.

I think a mini 14 is probably cheaper. The SCR lower is way more pricey than regular ar stuff.
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