Another FNG from Texas

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  1. byron243

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    Hey y’all,

    I recently inherited 2 AV actions from a family friend so I’ve been poring over posts here looking for info. Eventually I’d like to turn these into a 300 win mag and possibly a 280 Rem or 7mm Mag.


    From what I understand so far, the AV has a longer tang than the L61R’s, so a stock built for the latter would have to be modified a bit to fit mine. Does anyone know of a good source for aftermarket stocks or NOS stocks?

    One of the actions I received is “in the white.” The gun stores that I have talked to around here only do cerakote, but I’d much rather have it blued to match the other. Who is the best for bluing?

    Looking forward to spending too much time on here planning these builds! E1843376-4DE8-42B4-9E0A-EC7BBFE368FD.jpeg AC1BF5B5-3658-4F74-9922-C8835CA7D08F.jpeg
     

  2. stonecreek

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    Most of the aftermaket ("pre-fitted) stocks available for the long actions Sakos are made for the A-V tang. However, modifying a wood stock which is inletted for the shorter A-III or L61R tang is very quick and simple for an experienced woodworker.

    Your in-the-white action appears from the box label to have a "magnum" (.530") bolt face. It will have to be used for a belted magnum or similar cartridge with a rim of that size. It is unclear which bolt face your blued action has. If it is for a .473" (.30-06 and most other "standard" calibers), then you could build a .280 Rem on it.

    Nearly any gunsmith who is competent to install a barrel can also blue the barrel and action. You'll just need to shop around.

    But get ready to spend some money. Custom barrels are expensive to buy and expensive to have chambered, installed, headspaced, and blued. An aftermarket plastic stock isn't all that expensive, but a nice custom stock will rip off a hip pocket. If a custom rifle is what you want and you're able to pay for it, then that's fine. But remember, you'll NEVER get as much back out of a custom rifle if you wish to sell it as you put into it. In fact, though certainly very nice, the inheritance of the two fine Sako actions may turn out to be the "gift that keeps on taking".:(
     
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    Now I know why Stone enjoys "mentoring" me into more L461/AI actions.

    I guess turnabout is fair play.....huh? :) :)

    OTOH.....they will fit nicely into some deluxe stocks I've squirreled away over the years. :)
     
  4. Coleman Cowboy

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    Welcome Byron!

    Stonecreek speaks the truth regarding building rifles and spending money to do so. I've done it on multiple occasions and it's incredibly rewarding...but cheap it ain't! Years ago, a very knowledgeable gun writer said something to the effect that (regarding building custom guns), "There's a simple test to see if you're ready to build a custom gun. Take two one hundred dollar bills and place them on the table in front of you. Set fire to one of them. If you're planning on exhibition grade wood or fine engraving, set fire to the other one. If you can do that, you're a prime candidate for a custom build".

    That being said, I'll also admit to being jealous of your two actions and all the potential that they represent. You're gonna have fun!

    Mark
     
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    Hi Byron243
    Your handle like my favorate rifle .243 As for your aftermarket stocks, I have had some luck with Richards Microfit (5) although currently have a mixup on the style I ordered not what I received. Holliday shipping may be the problem.
    I have hunted Texas and if i weren't so old I would move from GA to Texas.
    Last hunted McMullen county, have hunted Salt fork Brazos,& Claradon area.
    South Tex.& Argentina very similar looking. Miskeet trees same family as Calden trees in Argentina & same family as Acacias in africa.(please no scores for spelling) for your tang length issues,you may like to get clear epoxy & mix with fine ground sawdust to fill small areas around tang as needed. Brush small amount of clear epoxy into wood to form a glue line then mix in sawdust to desired color apply release agent totang area & set. Good luck
     
  7. stonecreek

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    You've gotten around quite a swath of Texas, Tony. McMullen County is where the geographers calculate the center of this oddly-shaped state to be. And Clarendon is in the Panhandle just off the Llano Estacado in the northern rolling plains. Just south of there is the Salt Fork of the Brazos, where you were likely hunting somewhere between Aspermont and Knox City -- Four-Sixes Ranch country -- or maybe on down the river toward Seymour. You're right that the South Texas brush is bound to look a lot like parts of the Pampas or Patagonia. Far West Texas looks enough like Southern Namibia that you could strike out thinking you were headed to Marfa and find yourself in Windhoek instead.
     
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    You have to be careful around Marfa, you could be mesmerized by the lights.
     
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    Hi stonecreek, My son & I hunted close to Post Texas where minerals in the water are abundant. I enjoyed my trips in Texas. My first trip was with the USAF to Amarillo Tech. School , B-47 program. I have been blessed with a loving wife & family and although I have had cancer 3 times, both Knees replaced, tumers in the spinal collumn and other ailments I carry on and hope our republic will survive.
     
  11. stonecreek

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    Okay, Post is on the Double Mountain fork of the Brazos, one of three forks. The other two are Salt Fork, and the Clear Fork. I grew up on the banks of the Clear Fork and it's where the big hog in this thread was killed: https://sakocollectors.com/forum/threads/big-texas-wild-boar-with-sako.15953/#post-87499

    But come to think of it, I've also killed hogs on both the Salt and Double Mountain forks, too (just not in such an exciting manner.)
     

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