Winchester model 70.......safari style
I've been in such a rush to prepare for his arrival, I've not had time to stop in much, let alone do any fishing.
I have been tinkering with one project I thought I'd share......I'm know there are some other hunters and gun lovers around here.
I've had a plain, ugly Winchester model 70 7mm rem mag in my safe that hasn't been shot in years. I hope to one day go on a safari, so I figured why not redo the ole girl into a safari rifle. This one should be great for plains game.
Most all classic safari rifles have an ebony wood fore end tip.....so, I ordered a block, cut off the end of my stock, and fit one. It started as a 2"x2"x3" block of raw wood.
Next thing was to add some magnum recoil lugs in the stock to make sure there are no issues with splitting. I epoxied a piece of all thread in the stock behind the recoil lug and I front of the trigger guard. The plugs are epoxy dyed to match the ebony tip.
While I was at it, I bedded the action too.
Next I reshaped the grip and added a metal grip cap. What you cannot see is the piece of all thread running through the wrist for reinforcement.
Two screw swivel studs are the norm on safari rifles so, I inletted the stock for one.....a little extra strength.
Added a grind to fit Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad to cushion a bit over the factory hard rubber.
While I was at it, I inletted a Williams one piece bottom metal which is much stronger and better looking than the factory 2 piece. It also has a floor release inside the trigger guard.
Once again, it's traditional for safari rifles to have a barrel band rather than a swivel stud in the fore end.....so that's what I did. Bought one in the white, profiled the edges and contoured it to fit the barrel.
Added a Weaver Super Slam Dangerous Game 1x5 scope on Warne QD Rings to allow use of iron sights if need.
The finished project. I think it turned out pretty well. What say you?
Don't know if I'll ever make it to Africa or not, but I've got my rifle.