Originally Posted by Chinook
Yeah... But your 10/22 wears a Rolex! Thats a "bling" rifle without lookin the "bling" part.
Couple questions for you if you dont mind...The Varmint contour Shilen is about as heavy as they come, yes? And how did it "fit" your gun? Ive heard of different barrel brands being "finicky" on certain rifles.
But, I am in the process of acquiring the knowledge/resources to start building my dead stock(minus the optics) 10/22 carbine. The only thing Ive done so far is build a new trigger group, with VQ parts, but I am waiting to drop it in 'til I get the rest of the components, and get confident enough to bed the reciever/barrel. At first I was going to have a gunsmith do it, but I think I'd like to try it myself. Considering the gun cost me 50, or 60 bucks at a pawn shop so many years ago, it wouldnt be a total loss. My plan was to tear the gun down, after I have the parts I think I need, and do the "build" all at once. Also, I kind of like the factory stock, would you ever change yours out, if you built it again? And speaking of...did you just cut the front of yours down after you removed the barrel band?
Just curious, as its hard to get search results, of any relevance for stuff like that. Although Ive learned a lot about the subject, reading posts dating back to this forums inception!
Marlin, Ive got my hands in the stew over at an auction site, for a basically stock 795, like yours, but it comes with the standard mags, not the SS, but it wears an unusually nice Leupold scope(prolly cost more than the rifle brand new), and comes with a really nice hard case. I hope it gets a spot next to the Model 60 in the safe!
Wow you got a lotta questions! Yes, the Shilen Varmint contour is heavy, but I think it's still a little less than a 20" .920 bull. This was on close-out at Midway, and I think I paid $360. That's dirt cheap for a barrel of this spec. Yes, this barrel was a monster to get into the receiver, and I doubt it can ever be taken out.
That is the standard stock, cut as you thought, but I'm pretty pleased with one trick from the tips and tricks section of http://www.rimfirecentral.com
About 2" back from the forend, you drill a centered hole, and insert whatever kind of long nut you can firmly glue in there. I used JB Weld. From the outside, you insert a set screw, and on the inside, you use a short piece of nylon round stock. That nylon stock gets sanded round to fit the underside of the barrel while you're inletting the stock for the barrel. The purpose of this set-up is to determine the correct amount of tension to put on the barrel for optimum harmonic tuning. Once you find the correct torque for both that stud and the receiver stud, you can bed the barrel with a pressure point, closer to the v-block. I used JB Weld for that as well.
No way would I change this stock out, unless I upgraded to a very nice Walnut stock, but then it would need all that work again. Birch is very good for a dry climate. It's very tough, but still pretty light. Where there's more humidity, a laminated stock would be better to help prevent warping.
For receiver bedding, I used PAM cooking spray for a release agent. It worked, but I found that it's not so good at the rear of the receiver. I almost glued both of my CRR receivers in for good. Lucky for me, I checked them about 4 hrs. into curing. I used JB Weld for my bedding agent as well. Tensile strength is far more than any other epoxy type stuff, so it serves pretty much as a subframe between the wood and metal.
I don't know how these guys get their 10/.22's to shoot at all with the Boyds' free floated stocks, as I consider barrel bedding to be the single most important thing in 10/.22 accuracy. By the nature of the v-block, an unsupported barrel will eventually droop.
You can install all of your mods at once, but expect to spend a considerable while getting everything tuned in. Don't expect to see your best results until sometime after the first 1,000 rounds. Don't worry about wearing anything out. I've read that Eley changes their test barrels after 1 Million rounds, whether they need it or not.
One final edit!! Yes, the bling factor. This rifle has about $750 into it.