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Old 02-08-2011, 05:07 PM
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Default Single Shot Rifle-From Scratch

Maybe this goes in the firearms section, I kinda figured it had more to do with fab though since I'm building it from scratch. Doesn't belong in machining because I don't have any of that fancy stuff. All parts were cut with a hacksaw and shaped with a belt grinder and files.
I just test fired it today and it appears to have passed so I'll go ahead and start a thread. Had it come apart, you guys would have never known

I got the basic idea from the book "Mr Single Shot's Book of Rifle Plans" by Frank and Mark Dehaas. Its an interesting book with scaled drawings for 3 different guns. An interesting read but if you pick it up you will see that I didn't follow the plans very closely at all. Borrowed some concepts and then did my own thing to make use of the tools and materials I had. I designed it as I went so there are no drawings for it, its all in my head. With the equipment I have I can't make parts accurately enough to build from a plan, I have to make each part fit the one I made before it. Its a slow process but I get lucky sometimes and it works.

The barrel is the only part I didn't make. Its a clerke custom bull barrel for a Ruger 10-22. Ruger attaches their rimfire barrels with a wedge and bolts. This freed me from the need for a lathe to thread the barrel shank and receiver ring. It also allowed me to use a barrel that is already chambered so I didn't have to buy any expensive gauges or reamers. This rifle is chambered for .22WMR . I need to double check rim thickness and diameter but I believe I can swap in other ruger barrels and also shoot .17hmr and possibly .22lr with this action.

I took a couple pics every day or so as I worked and I will post them in order. At this point its probably not worth trying to describe them all in detail, I'm sure you will get the idea.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:08 PM
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:10 PM
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All welding was done with my hh175. Damn right I wish I had a tig!
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:11 PM
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:12 PM
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:13 PM
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Thats it for now. I need to work on cleaning it all up now that its been tested. I shot 6 rounds with it clamped to a fence post pulling the trigger with a string. I'll dress it all up and smooth it out and I need thin the end of the firing pin, 3/32's is too big and sometimes you have to drop the hammer twice. I think I can speed the hammer up a little bit too.
Then its on to a trigger gaurd, scope base and something to mount the buttstock and forearm to. I think I'm about a month into it at this point and probably have that much or more to go.
Thanks for looking
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:19 PM
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Matt your'e doing some excellent work my friend. Keep it up

There is an article in one of the Machinist bedside readers about a man who made about a dozen replica firearms with nothing but hand tools and files.

Ive got a shop full of tools and I cant even finish a .22 cal tip up derringerIve got started..
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:25 PM
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:28 PM
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When I first got my lathe, I started building a single shot rifle some what like you have done. Mine got too large and did not feel right. After a while I sort of lost interest and now it resides in a drawer.
Maybe someday I will pull it out and see what I can do about making it feel more like a single shot.

That is a very nice job you are doing and should be interesting when you have completed it.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:35 PM
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That's what I call gunSMITHing. Very nice work Matt.
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