My Plain Jane has a Heart of Gold

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by Shootist43, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    My most recent acquisition was a Winchester that had been converted into a 404 Jeffery. Plain straight grain wood, no engraving and a barrel from a maker that I'd never heard of, assembled by a guy named Randy. The previous owner had all of the work done and I purchased the rifle as is off Gunbroker. I ran several magazines full of dummy rounds through the gun without a hitch then mounted a relatively inexpensive Nikon Monarch 3 1-4x 20 scope and took it to the range. Before going any further I need to thank 375 Ruger Fan for finding it and frog stealer for building it. Von Gruff gets credit for the load. Shots were made at 50 yds. using a sandbag supporting my left hand which was firmly grasping the rifle and my shoulder. The first two shots are in the upper hole the third shot stands alone.

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  2. IvW

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    Great stuff!! Often less is more!!
     
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  3. Von Gruff

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    So now the question is which one will you take on your next trip Africa bound. That one will killlllll
     
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  4. Hogpatrol

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    DAMN GOOD! What barrel manufacturer? Anyway, you're done. Now go kill something. :D
     
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  5. Nkawu

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    How’s about a nice pic or two of the rifle to feed our jealousy?
     

  6. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    The barrel is a McGowan Precision, it has a target crown. I tried to take photos where some detail can be seen. Like I said outwardly she's just a "Plain Jane." Sorry, I don't own a camera with a wide angle lens.

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  7. Shootist43

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    Von Gruff, there is no clear cut way to decide which one to take. It might come down to the fact that I don't want a "jealous" rifle on my hands. The CZ already has one SCI Gold animal to its' credit and the new Winchester is a virgin. Following that thought I'd be obliged to take the Winchester. It's either that or flip a coin. I'm just happy to have the choice.
     
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  8. Art Lambart II

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    Are we thinking about DG in 2020???
     
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  9. Custom

    Custom BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Enthusiast

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    Nice rifle, @Shootist43. Did it start life as a safari express in 375?
     

  10. Shootist43

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    Custom, yes to both assumptions. This rifle is proof that this conversion is possible. It feeds and functions and shoots like a dream.
     
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  11. Shootist43

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    Not that I'm aware of. At the moment it's Red Stag in Argentina or New Zealand. DG, maybe for my 80th. :):):)
     
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  12. BRICKBURN

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    That rifle will certainly handle what you throw in front of it.
    Congrats on your new toy meeting expectations.
     
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  13. 375 Ruger Fan

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    Lovely rifle. Anything special to bed the action?
     
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  15. Ridgewalker

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    I like it! Perfect along with your 35 Whelen for a two gun Safari! 3-4 PG and 1 DG...PERFECTLY GRAND SAFARI!
     
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  16. cagkt3

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    Heck of a group, looks like a nice pick up!
     
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  17. CAustin

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    Art I actually think the woood looks very nice
     
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  18. Eventually_Africa_Again

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    Wonderful shooting rifle, now get out there to Africa with it so we can get a new hunting report to read!!
     
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  19. Hank2211

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    I like wood stocks, of any kind. And a great caliber. Good for you - this looks great.
     
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  20. RStien321

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    Nice! I followed this one closely on Gun Broker and almost jumped into the bidding! Glad a fellow AH member bought it!
     
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