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    Spec'ing a new rifle

    Does everyone enjoy the decision making process this much or is it just me?
    Its almost as good as using a new rifle for the first time.

    So far I'm thinking......

    35 Whelen AI 40 degree shoulder
    Border barrel 12" twist 21" long, stainless, heavy sporter, black nitride coated.

    But any of the above could change

    The action is a left handed Lakelander aka Varberger.
    I'll be looking for a 1.5-6 power German scope to mount on it I think.

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    Andy. I don't enjoy the process, too many things to get right (or wrong initially). Setting up a dummy round of the main bullet that you want to shoot in the new rifle is very worthwhile. One point I will be adding to future build specs is a 0 MOA rail. Picking and sourcing the right stock is also a pain. Good luck. JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingstonandy View Post
    Does everyone enjoy the decision making process this much or is it just me?
    Its almost as good as using a new rifle for the first time.

    So far I'm thinking......

    35 Whelen AI 40 degree shoulder
    Border barrel 12" twist 21" long, stainless, heavy sporter, black nitride coated.

    But any of the above could change

    The action is a left handed Lakelander aka Varberger.
    I'll be looking for a 1.5-6 power German scope to mount on it I think.
    Where are you getting the Nitride coating done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danpd View Post
    Where are you getting the Nitride coating done?
    Mike Norris has suggested it. I don't know who he uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingstonandy View Post
    Mike Norris has suggested it. I don't know who he uses.
    Ok Thankyou

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    Varberger action that's interesting as I had one myself some years ago. I don't recall them being available left handed but there again as I am right handed myself so I would never have taken note of it. What stock will you be using? I ask because I tried to source a replacement stock and was told that no one made stocks for Varbergers and that the rotary magazine made producing replacements somewhat difficult to produce.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    I haven't seen the donor rifle yet, but I expect to be using the standard stock for the time being.

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    Mike is currently making me a rifle and I'm nervous as hell! I told him I wanted something to shoot targets with out to 1000 yards but to weigh no more than my Tikka T3 Lite for stalking. Talk about compromises having to be made!!! I'm also a lefthander and have gone for one of B&N's Ratel actions. L/H McMillan stock is what is holding up my delivery so be aware of that long manufacture if you go for one down the line. Good luck with your new rifle - looks like a hell of a calibre.

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    35 Whelen is an interesting choice... presumably you shoot a lot of boar or big deer in woodlands??

    S

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    35 Whelen is an interesting choice... presumably you shoot a lot of boar or big deer in woodlands??

    S
    It is intended as a driven boar rifle, although it should make a good woodland deer tool too.

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