308 Norma Mag project

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  1. Pheroze

    Pheroze AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    ...I should've listened! I was warned it would make me blind...:whistle::D
     
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  3. Pheroze

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    Ok, so I am not winning any gold medals:oops:. But, my first time in maybe 30 years using irons at 50 yards. 180gr Norma factory ammo. I like this rifle!:)
     
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    I resized my first lot of the Norma Mag. I have been shooting my 375 H&H for a couple of years, and I have not had to use the belted mag resizing die yet. I just used the die for the first time on these Norma Cases. Weird that. I guess the chamber shape of my Norma allows the case to balloon more than the H&H. o_O

    This resizing die is really easy to use. Very nice piece of equipment.
     
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    I can’t understand why it didn’t catch on more
    I have just had a 308 Norma made on anM17 Eddystone 1 in 10 twist 26inch barrel this has been my dream weapon for 25 years and finally have one
    Now to build the stock (on qld maple) and scope
     
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    US maple on my .308 NM,i bet there are not many maple stocks in Aus let alone on a 308N
    As others attest,it is a great calibre.
    Pic is pre cerakote days.

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    So, I decided to tweak the rifle a little. The idea is to make it as accurate as possible to take advantage of the long range potential. Also, got a deal on wood for a new stock.

    The new barrel is stainless steel Benchmark # 5 that was spiral fluted to reduce weight.

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    The stock was bought at an auction and I totally lucked out:

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    After buying these my own personal economic crash occurred and I parked this project along with my trip to Namibia. But, I am slowly paying off those obligations and the gunsmith completed the project. It's not mine yet (a bit more on the lay away!) But he sent me these images. Holy moly!!

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    The muzzle break is removable with a threaded cap. Christian suggested the muzzle break as I shoot a lot and it will relieve stress on the stock.

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    It's bitter sweet because of the state of things personally and I feel a tad buffoonish. But I am truly humbled by how it is turning out. Now to pay this off and get my Namibia trip back on the rails! Both my outfitter (@KMG Hunting Safaris) and my gunsmith have been incredibly patient with me. I am so fortunate to have such people in my life.
     
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    Absolutely gorgeous piece of wood....have seen nothing that I have liked more than the figure on that stock. Personally, I could not take that afield. Just would sit and admire it...a beauty. You are so fortunate to find something like that and the workmanship looks fantastic. Good luck in Namibia
     
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    Pheroze, I only saw one post where your 308 NM was fired and that was with open sights. What made you decide to re-barrel the rifle? You mentioned you were looking for long range accuracy, was that a problem with the original barrel? What kind of distances are you talking about? BTW that is a sweet looking piece of wood.
     

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  11. Pheroze

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    I popped the scope on it and could not get accuracy like I wanted. I spoke to Christian about the light barrel, accuracy etc. He put me in touch with Gary at Big Horn in Alberta (I think). With my pipe stuffed with rifle crack, I inhaled deeply and....
     

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    Armacoat. I wanted this to be a useful rifle. BTW no one expected the wood to turn out this nicely because my budget did not consider such a nice piece. It was a total fluke to score that piece. And, it just got nicer as it was cut. The fellow who sold it said he would have held it for fine shotguns had he known...lol
     
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    I'm wondering about the barrel spiraling Does it make any difference if the spirals are parallel with or perpendicular to the rifling?
     

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