Not to hijack Topguns thread on floor plate conversion too much...
I have an old 308 Sako L579 hunting rifle that I got handed down from my father.
This rifle had been a dud from day one...40 years of misery. A few years ago I had the rifle rebarreled by Roedale with a 22" Lothar Walther 1450 sporter Barrel. I recently also spent huge ammount of work in fitting it to one of our ultra light carbon fiber stocks and bedded it with my creation of a lightweight bedding material. Rifle is now light and accurate. This year I took part in 2 300yd competitions annoying a few TRG's, BR and F-class rigs...with a light hunting rifle
Only one problem left, the rifle has always had problems feeding from the floor plate mag box. Two days a go I neck shot a spike that was in high grass, just to be ready in case he would get up again I wanted to rack another round in..no, just wouldn't cycle. Deer had it's feet in the air so it was ok....but what about next time?
A similar problem on my new remmy 243 was sorted with an aftermarket mag system that uses AI magazines.
Spoke to Pete Lincoln yesterday how one could either make a bottom metal for the L579 to take AI mags or maybe reshape an existing one. Pete had a very good idea that we will check out over the next few weeks. We could insert a small metal plate into the stock to take the load of the front and maybe rear action screws and hold the barrelled action in the stock. Then with seperate screws fit an existing aftermarket bottom metal mag system from either the T3, Howa or Remmy 700.
I'm looking forward to sorting this problem once and for all.
If this works it could be a way of fixing bad "bottom feeders" even if they have out dated actions.
I'll take some pictures once we get going on this project. What she looks like now.