- Low Wall Winchester .17 HMR Project -
6/21/11 The buttplate is fitted to the machine inlet using scrapers and chisels. The holes were drilled using a two-diameter drill guide made specially for this Biesen buttplate. This operation including mounting screws required about 5 hours of bench time for a good fit with no gaps.
Tools used included: (Right to left) Numerous chisels in block, Tooth brush blue applicator, Scraper, drill guide drill and screwdriver.
6/21/11 Fitting the Jerry Fisher small grip cap (Brownells). After a good fit is achieved with transfer blue and chisel inletting the mounting hole is drilled using a lathe turned drill guide and the hole is tapped 12/24 for the mounting screw supplied with the cap. This require about 2 hours of bench time. (Drill is loose in this photo.)
6/21/11 Heading up the buttstock. This stock was machine inlet from my proprietary pattern with extra wood left in the inlets and on the exterior. this work required about 4 hours of bench time.
Scraping the head of the stock with bench made scraper.
Notice quarter sawn wood of stock head.
Top tang inlet showing areas of contact and action coated with Prussian blue transfer ink.
Another view of the top tang.
Stock on the action with inletting tools on bench.
Tapping the muzzle to seat the action back onto the stock.
Tools used for inletting the stock head. Tools include (right to left) bastard file, block with four chisels, two screwdrivers, two reamers (one in tap handle) for tapering tang screw hole, Prussian blue brush, three scrapers, scale and pencil, rasp and rawhide mallet.
Also seen on bench mat are grip cap with mounting screw, buttplate, forend and buttstock. Cartridges, .17HMR and fired cases are shown for testing function (with firing pin removed) after inletting and installing butt stock.
6/3/11 Installing ebony forend tip.
The ebony is degreased with alcohol and bonded to the forend tip using Brownells Acraglass© mixed with black coloring. The two surfaces are held in place with rubber banding.
First the ebony block is chosen for matching grain and sawn to size. The forend is sawn to length. Both the gluing end of the ebony and the end of the forend are squared in the milling machine providing true surface for gluing.
This side of the machined stock is shown wet with water to enhance the view of the wood as closer to how it will appear when finished.
The buttstock as machined to my proprietary pattern. Most of the black streaking is the wonderful color of the California English walnut but some (around the cheekpiece) is burn marks as the high-speed cutter stopped momentarily on the hard and dense surface of the walnut.
Low Wall .17 HMR
It is always with some trepidation that I take any piece of walnut to the bandsaw. Typically I will spend at least an hour doing the final layout before I turn the machine on. This would be after taking the “right” blank down from the stash, and looking it over during the course of a week or three. This blank is pretty fancy (for me) California English walnut that I have been aging for more that seven years.
Here are some photos of band sawing, and the results on my workbench, with the last shot showing the pattern I created for this project. It is now ready to ship for precision machine duplication. The rifle is a Low Wall Winchester with an octagon barrel I designed that has be machined, fit and chambered in .17 HMR by Ralf Martini. A reproduction Lyman A5 Scope (One of two built for me years ago from original lens and parts by Al Pauly and Gil Parsons) was mounted, the lower tang altered to pistol grip and the works hand-polished.
Pattern stock on top of band sawn blank
Original Low Wall Winchester action barreled in .17HMR. Barrel designed by SDH, contoured, fitted and chambered by Ralf Martini.