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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I stopped at my LGS today, and he had a Savage 111 sitting on the rack. It's not a sexy gun by any stretch, but I have seen what the caliber can do out of the right gun, so i'm intrigued. It was originally a 30-06, but it was rebarreled to a 25-06. The new barrel is a stainless bull barrel, and the only marking on it is "CROSSHAIRS .25-06". A quick search on the interwebs has yielded no information based on what I have to go on. Anybody have any kind of insight on where that barrel may have come from, and if it's of a decent quality?
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I Googled "Crosshair Gunsmithing" and got a positive result for the Gettysburg area. It's my guess that gun was rebarreled by that shop.
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I dont see a barrel nut. My guess is a custom job then the guy asked to have it engraved like that. The only markings on an aftermarket barrel are on the breach end, and that is removed when you chamber it.

A quick look with a bore scope and you could tell real quick if is a quality barrel.

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And how long is that barrel? Looks longer than "normal".

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I Googled "Crosshair Gunsmithing" and got a positive result for the Gettysburg area. It's my guess that gun was rebarreled by that shop.
Thanks... that was the info I needed. I had searched "Crosshair barrel" and a few of that nature, and didn't come up with anything.

I wound up calling the fella and getting some back story on the gun, or at least the barrel. He said that the gun in its current condition bears little resemblance to the one that left his shop, so somebody else has been tinkering with it. Foremost, they removed it from a bedded stock and made it fit back into the factory tupperware, for some reason or another. He was pretty sure the barrel was either Kreiger, Hart or Brooks, so that answered the question of the barrel make. He told me the price the LGS was asking was less than he paid for the barrel blank, and speculated it'd be a good buy, so I went ahead and got it. I'll just want to check it over real well before I throw any rounds in the pipe. I've been wanting to try my hand at bedding an action, so I think this may be a good ginuea pig for that project.

Just what I needed, another project gun!

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Thanks... that was the info I needed. I had searched "Crosshair barrel" and a few of that nature, and didn't come up with anything.
If they went to the expense of a good barrel, and all mentioned are, I'm betting the stock that was on the rifle was also worth more than you paid for the rifle. Sounds like you have the makings of a fun project and great gun. Let us know how she shoots when you get her put together. Good luck.

PS....I've never bedded an action in a synthetic stock, but a couple of guys have told me it can be tricky to get the glass to stick to the stock. I guess this is especially true with cheaper stocks, where you would be most likely to see the benefits of the bedding.
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Use a Dremel tool to put a ledge or lip inside the action channel for a mechanical hold. I have roughened up the channel with a Dremel tool, then a ledge, then clean with denturated . alcohol.
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If they went to the expense of a good barrel, and all mentioned are, I'm betting the stock that was on the rifle was also worth more than you paid for the rifle.
That's what baffles me.... why would someone take a custom-built rifle out of a quality bedded stock, and go through the effort of trying to make the factory stock do the same thing? I just had it apart... someone spent plenty of time trying to put a tuxedo on that turd. They also trimmed down the magazine well, just to add to the mystery.

On the plus side, the trigger is lovely, and the action seems smooth and solid. After cycling a few snap caps, it seems like everything is mechanically sound, although I'd like to check it with a no-go gauge at some point before I shoot it. I think a half-decent stock and a bedding job would bring her close to what it should be.
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I'm resurrecting this post from the dead to update....

I've been slowly picking at this gun since turkey season ended, and hopefully a few more weeks will have me ready to send some rounds downrange.

I may have done things backwards, but I went ahead and ordered a SWFA SS 12x42 scope, Burris Signature rings, and an EGW 20MOA rail. The logic being that I could at least shoot it in its current stock with these things (hasn't happened, but I digress). The rail needed bedded, so I tried my hand at that, and believe it was successful. The rings and scope installed easily, so the next test for those will be on the range.

After frustrating myself researching stocks, I've got a Boyd's Pro Varmint on order. Yes, there's better options out there, but it had the look and color I wanted, and I plan to install pillars and bed the action anyway. The bedding compound and pillars are on their way also, so hopefully I'll have all the components in a week or so. This will be my first shot at bedding, so I'll be taking my time and hopefully will do a serviceable job.

I bought this rifle figuring it would become a fun project, and thus far I'm not disappointed. I'm a little apprehensive about the upcoming bedding job, but there's lots of good information out there to steer me in the right direction. I hope to have another positive update in a few weeks.
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