It's been about 2 years since I've had any time to spend on AH. Since then, I have hunted in Tanzania, retired, got my latest trophies mounted, built a new trophy room and re-started building rifles. Now that I have some time to spend reading and contributing to AH, I thought that I would start with my most recent project - "Sporterizing" an early 1900's Mauser 98. (I hope that I attached the pictures correctly!) Here's the details: STOCK - English walnut - Rosewood forearm tip and grip cap with maple spacers - Concealed crossbolt behind the recoil lug - 5 inch long, 5/16ths inch diameter drill stock rod epoxy-set in wrist - 6 inch long, 5/16th inch diameter drill stock rod epoxy-set in forearm - Pillar-bedded front and rear action screws - Full length epoxy bedding of action - Full length epoxy bedding of barrel - 14 coats of hand-rubbed Waterlox tung oil - Checkering by Sherry Abraham at Custom Checkering ACTION / BOLT / TRIGGER - 90 degree bolt handle - Complete "blueprinting" of action: * Receiver face squared to long axis of bolt * Bolt face re-cut parallel to receiver face * Bolt lugs lapped to 90 percent contact surface * Head spaced to "tight" end of range - Model 70 style 3-position safety - Tubb "speedlock" firing pin and firing pin spring - Timney sportsman 2-4 lb adjustable trigger BARREL / SCOPE / BASES & RINGS - E.R. Shaw barrel - Chambered / head spaced to 8x57mm Mauser - Talley bases and medium height rings - Rings hand-lapped to 80 percent bearing area - 3.5-10x40 Leupold VX-III rifle scope SLING - Custom sling by Debbie Johns (Custom Leathersmith) * Blesbok hide insert (from 2009 safari in RSA) BLUING / POLISHING - All bluing and polishing by Jerry & Co at East Coast Bluing * Includes barrel, action, bolt handle, bottom metal, rings & bases How long did it take? Let's just say I don't watch a lot of television. I'm leaving very soon for a week in the Boundary Waters Canoe area with my wife, kids and kids' spouses. When I get back, I'll dig out the pictures and post a trip report from my 2013 hunt as well as pictures of new trophy room. - browningbbr PS: It's good to be back.