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Not to be outdone by the likes of Shay and his checkering experiment, I too have the problem of attempting something simply because someone else can do it. (As my father is fond of saying,"If you put you and your brother together, you'd end up with a half-wit!") But, for once it turned out right... Thanks go out to guys like Dick Heinie for their vision (if it didn't look damn GOOD, it wouldn't be immitated), George at EGW and Chris at Blindhogg for making the impossible look do-able. And a Tool and Die Maker named Jack Hillock who never laughed at me when I said that I wanted to learn how to run a mill.
In a thread several weeks ago Dane and some others were discussing front strap treatments and he rated the "stickshun" of Scallops as slightly than the Wave and a couple of others. So I cut fewer of these into the strap, but made them wider and slightly deeper. I am looking to get more of a 'cavity' so that firmer grip will allow more flesh to engage the scallops and increase adhesion. Sort of like 20LPI checkering vs. 30LPI. Initial impressions are very positive. I'll high-cut the frontstrap slightly and scallop the MSH before re-assembly and test shooting. Then I'll get going on the Upper. This is a Kimber Custom Classic. Now if I can just post these pictures right (remember what my Dad said about that half-wit thing)...



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How deep did those turn out Waldo? I think they look GREAT BTW...Just woderin' how much you had left when you got finished? Sure is amazin' what you can come up with isn't it?

Thanks!...and Congrats!
 

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gyp_c2,

Thanks for the kind words! Its kind of spooky when the first metal shavings start peeling off a (previously) fine gun and you realise, 'Oh, SH!T! Now I can't turn back!'
Its easy to look good when you are "standing on the shoulders of giants". Too many other ballsy/creative people out there to name but, from guys like Hilton and Pvt. Ryan out in their garages to the pieces crafted by Dane and Ned, there's a butt-load out there to be inspired by.
Nominal thickness of the frontstrap was .087" (assuming uniformity of the casting). The max depth on the scallops was .025". There is plenty of meat left there in the strap. I'm waiting for some tool-steel internals, and beavertail for the frame. Currently working on the carry-bevel, fitting an EGW 'Fat' bushing and then I'll re-crown the barrel. If/when I screw something up, I promise to follow the example of Shay and offer it up as a learning experience to the Forum... Scout's honor...

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Waldo1 .... I feel your pain my friend. Hahahaha....nobody can truely appreciate the "pucker factor" until the first time you actually start cutting on one of YOUR OWN guns..... I still remember sitting in my garage on the stool just staring down at the frame, and trying to force myself to make that first cut. The good news is, the hard part is over, you're on the other side now baby !!! The next time it's a piece of cake.
 

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Hilton,

Thanks for the praise! Looks like I fixed the image, but don't know why it went T/U or how long the fix will last. Wife and I came to an agreement when we bought this house- I would finish-off her basement (add bedroom for the in-laws, etc...) and the garage was MINE! I scrimped and saved, sold a couple of guns (you KNOW you're serious about something when you sell your guns to get $$) and bought a small mill and a lathe. Let the fun begin...
 

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Those really do look nice...I kind of like the part that looks like "honeycomb" where they are just barely flattened in a couple places...Could this be a new service name?
LOL...Hang in there and stick with it!

"Honeycomb" Waldo1...

 

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Well that's an uncontrolled "pair"!!!

That's ok...Hang in there, "Honeycomb"

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gyp_c2,

I'll take it! I've been called ALOT worse!! Hey, what the *^&[email protected]$%%&! is going on with my Photopoint link?!? First its there, then it isn't. I'll try to get it back up again after I re-read DDs instructions on posting jpegs. (remember that stuff my Dad says about 'half-wit'?)

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