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Custom L579 7mm-08

Discussion in 'Members Projects' started by tilleyman, May 22, 2022.

  1. tilleyman

    tilleyman Well-Known Member

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    Finally got my L579 back from rebarreling and reblueing... Bob de Vries of Kudu Services worked his magic and did a really great job. I wanted it to look like a factory L579 in 7mm-08, as far as I can tell they were only offered in that chambering with the later AII model.


    The donor rifle presented well in the photos... it had originally been a .308 (hence the cross bolt) but had been rebarrelled in .22/250 using a second hand Sako barrel... and had a nicely figured stock.

    Looked like a straight forward project, but oh what a tale of woe when the rifle finally arrived from Queensland.

    The rifle had obviously been 'ridden hard and put away wet' with deep rust pitting in the trigger bow and floorplate, parts missing from the bolt guide rail and rust inside the rear of the bolt body. Cocking piece had been filed down in an attempt to reduce the sear engagement and the trigger weight spring had been cut down to lighten the release. Many of the screw heads were galled up and metal needed to be carefully peined back down and the screw reprofiled and linished.

    Luckily I had a few spares in my box of Sako treasures and was able to put things right before I undertook a great deal of filing, sanding and stoning all parts of the receiver back to crisp fresh metal ready for hot blueing. Receiver guide rails were lapped, bolt is super smooth now!

    Ranex Rustbuster was used to neutralise the rust, as a bonus it is a very effective blueing remover only takes a couple of minutes with an old toothbrush to bring the receiver dovetail checkering back to the white!
    https://www.bondall.com/ranex-rustbuster/

    The original .22/250 barrel had the same exterior profile as a .308 factory barrel so I asked Bob to get TSE to copy the profile exactly for a drop-in fit to the stock.
    Twist in a 7mm-08 is usually 1:9.5" but TSE only offered 1"9" or 1:10" so I chose 1:9" to stabilise a little heavier bullets.
    https://www.tsengineering.com.au/services/barrels/

    Mounts are Optilock 1" Low that I had spare, could possibly go Extra Low but at present the Low has good clearance between the bolt handle and scope.
    Scope is a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x44mm.
    Recoil pad is a Cervellati Microcell, which I haven't used before as the Pachmayr I had on hand was slightly too small.
    https://www.exsto.it/en/accessories-for-rifles/microcell-recoil-pads/
    Stock was not touched and appears to have original finish... thankfully the amateur gunsmith who caused such carnage elsewhere left the checkering alone!

    Overall I'm very happy with it... now to load up some Lapua brass and head to the range :cool:

    L579-2.jpeg L579-3.jpeg L579-4.jpeg L579-10.jpeg
     
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    tilleyman Well-Known Member

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    L579 floorplate 1.jpeg L579 floorplate 2.jpeg L579 receiver 1.jpeg L579 receiver 2.jpeg L579 receiver 3.jpeg L579 trigger bow 1.jpeg
    7E578F9C-8D9A-4343-84DA-7F51A2602430.jpeg L579 bolt 2.jpeg
    L579 Trigger bow 2.jpeg L579 trigger weight springs.jpeg Sako mount screw 1.jpeg Sako mount screw 2.jpeg
     
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    Good job!
     
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    Foxhunter223 Well-Known Member

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    That looks excellent. You should be more than happy with a fine rifle like that,

    Pete
     
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